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Sunday, 8 August 2010

HARD CASE CRIME - WE WILL SURVIVE

The news this week about Dorchester Books moving away from mass market paperbacks to go into eBook and POD publishing sent shock waves across the industry - The Archive wondered what this meant for Hard Case Crime, an imprint we have long supported, who had a distribution deal with Dorchester. Well now Hard Case boss man, Charles Ardai releases the following statement:

Friends,

Those of you who are tuned in to goings-on in the publishing industry may have seen the announcement last week from Dorchester Publishing that they've decided to get out of the business of publishing mass-market paperback novels (the main business they've been in for the past 40 years).  Instead, they've announced they're only going to publish ebooks and a limited number of larger trade paperbacks, using a 'print on demand' process. 

What does this have to do with Hard Case Crime? Well, for the past six years, Dorchester has been the company that has printed and distributed our books.  They're a first-rate company run by good people, and I'm sorry to see them going through tough times.  I'm also sorry to see them stop publishing books in our format.  What does this mean for us?  Well, either we'll need to switch from the smaller "mass market" format to the larger "trade" format, or we'll need to start working with another publisher, or both.  (Most likely both, but we'll see.)

It'll take a little while for this all to get sorted out, and I apologize for delays in the meantime.  Our August title, Brett Halliday's MURDER IS MY BUSINESS, has shipped to booksellers and is available right now.  I'd encourage you to grab a copy while you can -- it's a terrific book (with a gorgeous Robert McGinnis cover), and it'll be the last new Hard Case Crime book you'll see for a while.  The next two -- QUARRY'S EX by Max Allan Collins and CHOKE HOLD by Christa Faust -- will not be coming out in October and March as planned.  They will come out -- but probably not till sometime later next year.  We'll keep you posted as soon as we know when.

And you'll be glad to know we're already at work on subsequent titles.  It's too early to spill the beans about what they are -- but it looks like books #69 and #70 will actually be by the same author, one well known to readers of our line.  The former will be a reprint, the latter a brand-new book, and both are very exciting.  As soon as I can let the cat out of the bag (once the ink is dry on the contracts!), you'll hear more.

After that?  Well, you won't be seeing a new book every month, but I expect you'll continue to see a handful of new Hard Case Crime titles each year, and rest assured they'll be good ones.  Stay tuned to your email for news and announcements (also not every month -- but every time we've got news to share, I promise).

And if you're a member of the Hard Case Crime Book Club, I'd say don't cancel that subscription just yet -- again, it's too early to talk about what we've got in store, but a neat idea has surfaced for a way to keep the books coming and if it works out, I think you're going to like it.  (I know I'm excited about it.)

In the meantime, I want to thank you all for your years of support and your passion for our books -- it feels good to know so many of you are as excited about these books as I am, and (circumstances permitting) I'm looking forward to bringing you more of them for years to come.

Best,
Charles

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