I’m proud my book, Placenta of Love, is part of the 2011-2012 New Bizarro Author Series.
The New Bizarro Author series started three years ago when Eraserhead Press decided to publish several new books from first time authors each year. During the year that follows each book’s publication, the author spends the year doing their best to promote their book. Each author that proves him or herself as a viable author receives a publishing contract from one of the Bizarro presses, like Eraserhead Press.
Kevin Shamel, New Bizarro Author emeritus and new Eraserhead Press editor writes:
The NBAS strives to bring new voices in Bizarro fiction to our readers. It serves as an opportunity to introduce you to new writers, and to introduce them into the world of being an author. Eraserhead Press is happy to bring new, weird voices to you in the hopes that these authors will prove themselves to be strong members of the Bizarro community and continue to entertain you for years to come. The publishing of this book marks the beginning of a one year proving period. Please help support our NBAS writers in their endeavors by telling your friends about their cool new books. This book you hold is only one of several hundred that must be sold in order for this author to continue on his [or] her path. We hope you help her [or] him along as best you can. Thank you.
According to Eraserhead Press:
There’s so much great weird fiction out there that Eraserhead can’t publish it all. With the current state of the publishing industry, it is hard for new voices to be heard and we wanted to do something about it. The New Bizarro Author series is designed to showcase first books by unknown writers at a low price. By publishing these books on a smaller budget, we’re able to take more risks and publish more writers who would not otherwise be given a chance. If you like what you read here and want more from this writer, go to www.BizarroCentral.com and let us know.
I believe in this year’s New Bizarro Author series. The NBAS has featured wonderful books in the past, and this year is no exception. Included are eight fun, wild, entertaining, delightful Bizarro books. Written by smart, clever, interesting people, they’re also intelligent. (Well, at least the other seven are. But I’d love it if you felt that way about my book.)
Over the next several weeks, I’m going to feature each of the new books on my blog. On Monday, the NBAS book of the week will be reviewed. An interview will be posted on Wednesday, with extra special questions posted at www.BizarroCentral.com. On Friday, I will publish a poem or piece of short fiction by the book’s author.
I’m also ramping up the promotion for my book! The promotional plans for Placenta of Love are months in the making. I’m going to have a lot of fun doing them, and I think you will, too. Stay tuned for more information in the days to come.