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AUTOMATION UNRAVELS THE FABRIC OF AMERICAN SOCIETY IN A NOT-SO UNBELIEVABLE FUTURE
Automation Unravels the Fabric of American Society In A Not-So Unbelievable Future
“Dramatic and well written, this dystopian trip to a robotic future has everything: lust, law, medicine, betrayal, politics—even love. As humans struggle to retrieve their humanity from the robots who have taken their jobs and self worth, one man—a doctor— has the opportunity to be a hero or villain.”
- Alan Dershowitz
“With touches of Vonnegut and Huxley, Binder delivers a darkly funny look at a future we’re most likely stuck with.” – Seth Meyers
It’s 2036. Henri is a wealthy physician, husband, father, and serial philanderer. He is also one of the relatively few people to still have a job. Automation and other technological advances have led to unemployment so severe that many people are no longer expected to work and now known as “The Absolved.”
Meanwhile, it’s election season, and a candidate from a radical fringe party called The Luddites is calling for an end to the “Divine Rights of Machines.” After Henri is displaced from his job, two Luddite sympathizers—whom Henri has befriended at his local bar—frame him for an anti-technology terrorist act. The prospect of Henri’s salvation comes at the cost of foregoing his guiding principles in life. This new vision for the world, after all, just might prove better than the technological advancements that, paradoxically, have “left humanity out in the cold.”
The Absolved [Black Spot Books, December 4, 2018] examines society and the unanticipated consequences of rapid technological advancement – and our reliance on it – as its protagonist faces off against a future teetering between a utopian leisure culture and a world of boredom and vice.
“While futurists promise the ushering in of a utopian leisure culture, it’s my belief that without work to provide us with a sense of purpose and personal fulfillment people will simply fall victim to boredom and vice,” says Binder. “The Absolved doesn’t purport to provide answers, only to detail the unsustainability of a system that does not work for the majority of the people it serves.”
THE ABSOLVED will be available in paperback and e-book formats through all major retailers and distributors on December 4, 2018.
ISBN (print): 978-1-7324007-2-6
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-7324007-3-3
Pre-order it today from Black Spot Books.
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THE ISLE OF GOLD
MYSTERY, MYTH & MAGIC MEET IN AN EPIC ADVENTURE OF TWO WOMEN LOST AT SEA - AND THE SECRET THAT BINDS THEM TOGETHER
An orphan disguised as a pirate sets sail for a mystical island in hope of unraveling the mysteries of her past.
The year is 1716—the Golden Age of Pirates. An orphan who sleeps in the dusty kitchens of a quayside brothel, Merrin Smith is desperate to unravel the secrets of her past and find the truth about the events that brought her to the Caribbean island of Isla Perla as a child. Disguised as a sailor, and with the help of her longtime friend Claudette, Merrin joins the crew of the pirate ship Riptide, helmed by the notorious Captain Erik Winters. Tenacious and rumored a madman, Winters is known as much for his ruthlessness as for his connection to the enigmatic and beautiful proprietress of the Goodnight Mermaid, Evangeline Dahl, who vanished from Isla Perla two summers before.
At sunset the Riptide sails for the mythical island of Bracile, a place hidden between air and sea and that exists only for a moment every two years, and which has never returned any man who has sailed for its shores. The journey will be perilous and long, and it will take Merrin far away from the only home she’s ever known. Because she can read, Merrin will serve as the Captain’s apprentice, deciphering old texts for clues to the island’s whereabouts as the ship sails through haunted, frozen waters and into the very heart of the ocean. As she struggles to navigate the rough, seafaring life aboard a pirate ship, Merrin must keep her identity hidden from the scrupulous gaze of not only Captain Winters, but also Mister Brandon Dunn, the ship’s surly, legend-spouting quartermaster, and Tom Birch, the charming boatswain Merrin can’t help but feel drawn to.
As the Riptide makes its way to Bracile, Merrin begins to suspect that the men she has worked so hard to deceive may in fact be more connected to her than she would have imagined, and that perhaps her own past might have more to do with the Dunn’s legends and myths than she ever could have guessed.
In The Isle of Gold [Black Spot Books, October 9, 2018] Merrin Smith must face perilous waters, cursed sea goddesses, and the embodiments of some of the ocean’s most terrifying legends as she not only struggles to survive her journey, but to find the answers to the mysteries of her past.
A story where history meets fantasy, The Isle of Gold is an epic, emotional adventure of two women—one desperate to save herself, and the other determined to be rescued—and the secret which binds them together.
“For as long as men have sailed the ocean, they have told stories about the sea,” says Jane. “It’s a place of mystery, myth, and magic—and this makes The Isle of Gold a perfect setting for an epic adventure that is not only a tale of historical fiction, but of the very evolution of a woman’s spirit as she seeks to find herself in a world of unpredictability and uncertainty.”
About the Author
Seven Jane is an author of dark fantasy and speculative fiction. She also regularly writes short stories and poetry that is published in various literary magazines. Seven is a member of The Author's Guild and Women's Fiction Writing Association. She lives in New England. Follow @SevenJaneWrites on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
The Isle of Gold will be available in paperback and e-book formats through all major retailers and distributors on October 9, 2018.
ISBN (print): 978-0-9997423-8-9
ISBN (ebook): 978-0-9997423-9-6
Pre-order it today from Black Spot Books.
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We are excited to share that Alcy Leyva, author of the upcoming And Then There Were Crows, will be speaking at this year's Bronx Book Fair in Bronx, NY.
Launched in 2013, the Bronx Book Fair is dedicated to engaging and growing the community of poets and writers in the Bronx and to connecting literary artists to readers and book lovers of all ages. Through readings, workshops, and presentations our goal is to engage the community with a variety of literature and programs that will broaden access to Bronx literary artists, increase library usage, and encourage a love of books and reading.
Check out the event here or on Facebook and come snag an early copy copy of Crows!
This blog is a reprint. It was originally posted by Logojoy on January 15, 2018.
Black Spot Books is gearing up for a big year. Named after the literary device used in Treasure Island, the small-press publisher specializes in speculative fiction, including titles in dark humor, fantasy, paranormal, and horror.
We spoke to owner Lindy Ryan about how to become a book publisher and choose a niche you’re passionate about.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember, and have had an intrinsic yearning to be part of the literary world, so I think the inspiration was always there.
Choosing speculative fiction and diving into genres like fantasy, dark humor, and science fiction was a pretty natural decision. From authors like Orwell and Adams to Tolkien, King, and everywhere in between, these are the types of books I’ve always loved to read, so they were exactly the types of titles I wanted to publish.
Did you have previous publishing experience before launching Black Spot Books?
As both a traditionally published and indie author, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the largest publishing houses and some of the most boutique, as well as brilliant folks in the industry — agents, editors, artists, and many phenomenal writers.
This incredible experience and network helped to solidify the vision for Black Spot Books when we launched in late 2017. Now, going into 2018, we have several titles already in production and can’t wait until they hit shelves this summer.
How did you determine your niche and the types of authors you wanted to work with?
I think this has been something of a natural evolution after having been involved so intimately in the publishing community in various ways. You begin to put together what works and what doesn’t, what you’d like to see done differently, and where you can bring something new and unique to the market.
Our primary principles are passion, creativity, and investment in the long-term success of our publications and our authors. We look for authors that share that vision, and who have great stories to tell.
What were your biggest startup costs and considerations?
Believe it or not, there a lot of costs that go into books — from editing and copyediting, cover and layout design, copyright and other fees, marketing, and so on.
The biggest startup cost for Black Spot Books was making sure we had the financial “nest egg” to go into business sustainably and deliver on our promise to bring quality content into the market, to support our authors, and to guarantee that we could keep a publication schedule of one release per month for the foreseeable future.
This nest egg wasn’t formal funding, but years of savings — I never wanted to start in a position of debt or where I had to compromise Black Spot’s vision.
Working with companies like Logojoy that helped funnel our brand vision into brand guidelines was an amazing and efficient process!
How did you find your first authors to work with?
It’s like that famous line from the film Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.”
We reached out to our author network — our friends and peers in the writing community — and hit up social media and a few strategic advertising places, and were lucky enough to receive a great response to our initial call for submissions.
What online tools do you use to run your business?
As analytics people, we’re fans of powerful, intuitive tools with strong data backends. We use several Zoho products, as well as some cool disrupter tools like Airtable and Canva, and analytical tools like Tableau.
What company values does your logo represent?
Bold. Creative. Dark.
What advice would you have for people who want to become book publishers?
The best tip I can give to be successful in the publishing world is to read — read everything you can get your hands on. Get involved in the right communities online. Spend copious amounts of time perusing bookstores.
The more you know, and the better you know your market, the more successful you will be.
Read more at Logojoy here.