Some people (mostly regular visitors to the site) have been asking me, "So what's the deal with you losing TheGline.com and moving to GenjiPress.com?" Some of this has been discussed in the About Me page, but I thought some description of what Genji Press itself is would be worth bringing up.
I'll be posting a version of this to the FAQ section of the site and updating it from time to time, but for now I thought I'd post this to the front page as well for comment.
What is Genji Press, exactly?
Genji Press is my own personal imprint, an ægis that I will be using for books of my own creation. Since I'm discovering that most of what I want to write and publish centers around Japan or Asia / the Far East in general, I chose a name and an image (the Genji clan crest) that seemed fitting.
Everything that is published through Genji Press is my own creation — not just the writing, but also the artwork, typesetting, layout, the whole package.
Why did you start doing this?
I started Genji Press for a few reasons:
With the advent of print-on-demand publishing, it's become not only possible but easy for me to make all this happen at minimal cost to myself. I can sell individual copies and still make a profit, although I do make a bit more if I manage to sell in volume.
Will your books be available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.?
Yes. My strategy is to issue a standalone, direct-print edition first, leave that in print for about a year, and then replace it with a barcoded version that is available through major online retailers. I do this because barcodes are expensive — $100 or so for each book — and I want to make sure the content and design are both "locked" before committing myself. I will post notice of when the barcoded versions are available.
[If you have other questions, don't hesitate to post them here so I can add them to the FAQ.]
That's right! The first new copies of The Four-Day Weekend are back in-house and ready to be signed, sealed, delivered and sent your merry way!
Signed copies are $25 (includes shipping and any applicable sales tax). Unsigned copies ordered directly from the printer are $15, as always.
Go to the main 4DW page for the purchase link!
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The copies I've ordered (which I'll be signing and sending out) should be in sometime next week. Sorry to keep everyone waiting, but I wanted to make sure everything was right.
UPDATE: For those of you who wanted signed copies, I'll eventually have a PayPal link directly from the book page. Look for that in the coming week or so.
I spent most of the last two days highballing NyQuil and wishing I didn't feel like red-hot pokers were being shoved into my eyesockets. That's right — Con Crud (or Con Staph, ha ha), which is rather surprising since I felt more than fine after I left, followed pretty scrupulous self-sanitization measures, and haven't gotten a case of serious consickness since about 2003 or so.
So I dosed myself, and slept — or tried to — and was plunged into a fever nightmare the likes of which I hadn't experienced in a long time. The good news is that fever dreams are, for me, usually a source of inspiration.
The dream was set in Japan's Taishō Era — sort of the Roaring Twenties of Japan, but also suffused with a heavy dose of dread and deathly decadence. Kawabata's novel The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa and Edogawa Rampo's detective thriller The Black Lizard both do a great job of encapsulating the aroma and flavor of the era — the former in a more literary way, and the latter in the guise of pulp fiction.
My dream, though, revolved around a young man who was caught in the Kantō Earthquake and finds himself curiously "unstuck in time". He journeys to the past before the devastation of the quake, and finds comfort there in things he remembers, but that comfort soon turns out to be short-lived — everything that was familiar and happy there quickly turns strange and terrible. He returns to the present, but there finds himself pursued by hellish apparitions bent on consuming his soul. He finds some shelter with a spirit medium, but even she isn't able to help him. The only answer lies in the future ...
... and if I start talking about how all that works out, I'll ruin one of the best reasons to read it when I finish writing it. Which, by my best estimates, will probably start sometime in, oh, November. Hint, hint.
One key thing is the look and feel of the whole work, which is hard to put into words. My closest point of comparison would be the art of Suehiro Maruo — he of the phantasmagorically evil Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show, the brilliant if also vile Ultra-Gash Inferno, and many others that will probably never see print in the U.S. at this rate. His nostalgia for the Taishō-era look and feel comes through in all of his works — even the ones that are allegedly set in the present day — and so does an all-pervading sense of unease, something else I want to capture in this thing when i write it.
I even have a tentative title: 関東地獄 Kantō Jigoku, or Tokyo Inferno. Kantō is the Eastern part of Japan that contains Tokyo, and there is a certain cachet associated with using that word, although in English "Tokyo" carries more of a meaning than "Kantō", sadly. Hence the substitution.
I'll be tagging posts about this and setting up a separate category for it before long.
Note: To all those who replied, thank you — I haven't forgotten about you. I've just been dealing with a horrid case of the flu for the past two days. I'm hoping to have all the pending orders fulfilled by this weekend. Thanks for being patient — I'll have some extra goodies in it for you!
ATTENTION: ANIMEFEST 2008 COUPON CODE HOLDERS!
If you came by the Genji Press table at AnimeFest 2008, some of you got a coupon code — a six-character code redeemable for a signed copy of either Summerworld or The Four-Day Weekend at the convention price of $15 (instead of the usual price of $25 for a signed copy).
Here's what you need to do to redeem your code:
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