New Website – New Store – Growing up…

New Website – New Store – Growing up…

We have been in need of this facelift for a very long time… Crossroad Press has grown well beyond the tiny dream I once had for it, and become a force in digital publishing, digital audio, as well as producing a growing print catalog. I am going to have to ask readers, customers, and authors to be patient with me. There are around 1600 titles in our catalog… nearly 180 authors. Each product and author has an entry in the store.  I started by making all of the Stargate eBooks available, because, frankly those are the only eBooks anyone regularly buys here at our site, and we have an obligation to the wonderful folks at Fandemonium for trusting us with digital distribution for their books.

Next up will be the books that are either original to Crossroad Press – or that we have done print editions of. I want a good place for people to find and buy our books. I will be adding features like the chance to have any of them autographed by the author … this will require a fee just to ship the book to the author and on to customers, but should add a personal touch. There will be sales and coupons galore.  Each product in the store will have links to audible.com for audiobooks, and to all of the retailers that we use for eBook distribution, as well as direct buy links for print editions.  Each author will have their own drop page, and you can see the bare-bones start of that by clicking this image:

 

 

 

If you are WordPress savvy and (in particular) have experience with Woo Commerce and would like to help with the build, let me know at publisher@crossroadpress.com.

Onward into the future!

New Stargate – Print Auction – Vampire Octet…

New Stargate – Print Auction – Vampire Octet…

SGX-04 -web Octet of Vamps (low res)New for 2016, we have Melissa Scotts “LOST QUEEN” – Stargate SGX-04 – a brand new set of eight vampire novels for one low price, and a run of eBay auctions to clear out some of the stock we’ve bought in the past to take to conventions … lots of exciting things coming up this new year…

WATCH FOR OUR EBAY AUCTIONS – We’ll be selling off a lot of print editions with low starting bids!  Good luck!

LOST QUEEN – Melissa Scott :

Told from the point of view of the Wraith, this novella sees the Atlantis team called upon to help find a missing Wraith queen, lost on a plague-ridden world.

But the shifting tides of trust and mistrust among the Wraith and between the Lanteans and their tentative allies threatens to jeopardise the entire mission – and the nascent alliance between the Wraith and Atlantis.

This 40,000 word novella is set after the STARGATE ATLANTIS Legacy series.

AN OCTET OF VAMPIRES: Amazon / B&N Only $2.99 in digital.

An Octet of Vampires, part of the Box-Set Collection from Crossroad Press, is an omnibus of eight horror novels with a vampire theme. This collection includes classic novels, such as The Light at the End, and voices new to the horror genre. Clocking in at 800K total words, An Octet of Vampires will provide hours of entertainment for fans of the undead.

Included in this collection:

BLOOD KIN by Ronald Kelly
BLOOD PATERNAL by Janet Joyce Holden
CHILD OF THE NIGHT by Nancy Kilpatrick
UNHOLY WAR: THE GATHERING STORM by Matt R. Jones
AFTERAGE by Yvonne Navarro
LESS THAN HUMAN by Gary Raisor
THE LIGHT AT THE END by John Skipp & Craig Spector
THIS IS MY BLOOD by David Niall Wilson

End of April Update – New Stargate SG-1 Novel MORE

End of April Update – New Stargate SG-1 Novel MORE

sg126webJust a very quick update … Fandemonium Books has just released Amy Griswold’s “Stargate SG-1 – Murder at the SGC” … we have this at Crossroad Press in ePub and Mobi formats.  You can find it at: The Crossroad Press Online Store

Also just released in hardcover and trade paperback formats:

John McIlveen’s debut collection: INFLICTIONS

and David Niall Wilson’s novel ANCIENT EYES – previously only available in a signed limited edition.

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An update to the MEAN STREETS STORY BUNDLE … not only does this bundle include the original 11 novels, four by Crossroad Press authors Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, Tom Piccirilli, Clive Barker and David Niall Wilson – but now it includes TWO BONUS NOVELS – David Niall Wilson’s The Not Quite Right Reverend Cletus J. Diggs & The Crazy Case of Foreman James – and a book featuring Steven Savile’s JACK STONE…  That’s 13 BOOKS and you pay what you want.  Part of the money goes to charity.  It’s a good deal, and I hope you’ll pop on over to http://storybundle.com/crime and check it out…

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New Titles for October – Halloween, Thrillers & More

New Titles for October – Halloween, Thrillers & More

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There’s a lot going on at Crossroad Press.  There will be more news following, holiday sales, a contest, and more – for now, here are four new releases for yoru Halloween pleasure… OCTOBER 10th NEVERMORE will be featured at Bookbub. From now until then you can buy it for only .99

NEVERMORE – A NOVEL OF LOVE, LOSS & EDGAR ALLAN POE – by DAVID NIALL WILSON – .99 through October 17 – On the banks of Lake Drummond, on the edge of The Great Dismal Swamp, there is a tree in the shape of a woman. One dark, moonlit night, two artists met at The Lake Drummond Hotel, built directly on the borderline of North Carolina and Virginia. One was a young woman with the ability to see spirits trapped in trees and stone, anchored to the earth beyond their years. Her gift was to draw them, and then to set them free. The other was a dark man, haunted by dreams and visions that brought him stories of sadness and pain, and trapped in a life between the powers he sensed all around him, and a mundane existence attended by failure. They were Eleanore MacReady, Lenore, to her friends, and a young poet named Edgar Allan Poe, who traveled with a crow that was his secret, and almost constant companion, a bird named Grimm for the talented brothers of fairy-tale fame. Their meeting drew them together in vision, and legend, and pitted their strange powers and quick minds against the depths of the Dismal Swamp itself, ancient legends, and time. Once, upon a shoreline dreary, there was a tree. This is her story.

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BUMP IN THE NIGHT – by ROB MacGREGOR – If you’re captivated by the spookiness of Halloween, when the veils between worlds are the thinnest, then BUMP IN THE NIGHT offers you the chance to explore the realm of ghosts and spirits and even alien encounters any day of the year.

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CASE WHITE – by THOMAS SULLIVAN – No work of fiction or nonfiction has done what CASE WHITE does in this monumental new novel by USA Today Best-selling author Thomas Sullivan. Set in the era of two world wars, this comprehensive work weaves together the bizarre mythology and eccentric beliefs that explain how a nation went insane for 12 years. Told through the compelling lives and loves of a pair of very unique characters, this tour de force will take you into a radical blend of religion and myth frighteningly similar to what is going on in parts of the world today. Certain to be a benchmark work of elegantly written fiction and historical perspective, CASE WHITE delivers a poignant people story played out on a grand stage.

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THE SKELETON INSIDE ME – by DAVID NIALL WILSON – A young girl receives a fright when her father brings home a new Halloween decoration. As the story progresses, she learns more about the “monster” in the box and her own body, and comes to grips with her fears. An amusing story for Halloween, rendered in clever rhyme and beautifully illustrated by Dan Monroe.

Available in Hardcover, paperback, eBook and Unabridged Audio – narrated by Gigi Shane (The Audiobook comes with a PDF copy of the book so you can show the pictures to your kids and follow along)

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AMERI-SCARES: ILLINOIS – THE CEMETERY CLUB – by ELIZABETH MASSIE – When twelve-year-old Hilary Wilson’s family moves from Pennsylvania to Justice, Illinois, she finds herself feeling angry, frustrated, and lonely. To make matters worse, bully Frank Simmons, whose favorite pastime is scaring people, decides Hilary should be his next victim. Along with his friends Audrey and Todd, Frank challenges Hilary to join his “Cemetery Club,” which meets inside the huge, imposing Resurrection Cemetery and consists of a series of creepy pranks. Hilary is determined to prove her courage and not let Frank’s spooky tricks scare her. Then Marjorie, a very strange girl Hilary befriends in the cemetery, comes to Hilary’s defense with even creepier tricks to play on Frank. But when Marjorie’s pranks become terrifying and seemingly impossible, Hilary has to convince Marjorie to stop. And she must find out once and for all who Marjorie really is.

THE ENTIRE AMERI-SCARES SERIES IS PERFECT FOR YOUNGER READERS AT HALLOWEEN!

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MISTER GLOW-BONES and OTHER HALLOWEEN TALES – by RONALD  – KELLY – Halloween is more than a holiday; more than a fun time of candy and costumes for the young. It is inoculated into our very being at an early age and there it remains. As we grow old, it grows dormant… but it is still there. For the lucky ones, such as us, it emerges every year, like a reanimated corpse digging its way out of graveyard earth to shamble across our souls. And we rejoice… oh, if we are the fortunate ones, we most certainly rejoice.

Stories included in this collection:
Mister Glow-Bones
The Outhouse
Billy’s Mask
Pins & Needles
Black Harvest
Pelingrad’s Pit
Mister Mack & the Monster Mobile
The Halloween Train
The Candy in the Ditch Gang
Halloweens: Past & Present
Monsters in a Box

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THREE SMALL COINKYDINKS – A DuckBob Spinowitz Adventure – By AARON ROSENBERG – (If you don’t think this is scary enough for Halloween, try having a duck’s hyead…) Bob Spinowitz was an average guy—until aliens abducted him and gave him the head of a duck. Then they asked “DuckBob” to save the universe, since their modifications meant he could. Talk about a backhanded compliment!

Amazingly, though, DuckBob did it. And thus became Guardian of the Matrix, which protects the cosmos from further invasion—as long as he’s plugged in. Literally.

But alien techie pal Ned just made the Matrix User Interface wireless. Suddenly, DuckBob is free again—the whole universe is at his alien-altered, webbed feet! Only problem is, could being unplugged mean he’s out of a job?

As a pick-me-up, Ned takes DuckBob to his homeworld—which looks just like Brooklyn. Odd changes are afoot, there, however—ones with potentially cosmic repercussions. Soon DuckBob finds himself struggling to stay alive. And to find lunch, which is equally important.

Can DuckBob conquer his doubt, rein in his freedom, and help save Ned’s world? Or will our avian-esque hero’s first unrestricted flight be the last—not just for him but for us all?

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The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics UPDATE!

The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics UPDATE!

2014 OlympicswebThe eBook editions of the Complete Book of the Winter Olympics by David Wallechinsky and Jaime Loucky are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at the Crossroad Press webstore.  If you buy from Crossroad Press please remember to select from the available formats using the check boxes at the bottom of the product page.  The print edition is in final proofing and will be submitted for processing to the printer tonight.  I expect that the print edition will be available for order by sometime next week.  If you need the book more quickly than normal creation and shipping would allow for (this is a Print on Demand title, until there is an order it’s not created) – let us know.  For an additional charge we will be able to expedite both printing and shipping.  This book will be available through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble shortly after approval, and through Crossroad Press immediately after the final proofs are approved.  I will announce that the moment it happens, and will put up the order page at the Crossroad Press Store.  Thanks for your patience.  This is a big, important project, and it’s been quite a ride getting it ready…

 

Crossroad Press Best Sellers Lists SEP 2012 – SEP 2013

Crossroad Press Best Sellers Lists SEP 2012 – SEP 2013

I like to look back over the year and see how things have gone, where, and why.  In doing this, I would be seriously remiss in not making note of the many creative talents who have made it all possible.  With that in mind, I present, the Best Selling Crossroad Press titles from September 2012 to September 2013 – The Top 25 in eBook, Audiobook, and Print – as well as the top ten for each  in Horror / Mystery-Thriller / Science Fiction & Fantasy – I could have broken it down farther, but I think this gives a good over-all picture.  I will also post the top ten lists in their respective Imprint sites as we are moving forward into 2014 with all of our new imprints live and posting regularly… Welcome to the new year!

Top Twenty-five eBook Titles

The Man – Irving Wallace
The Books of Blood, Vol 1 – Clive Barker
Aliens in the Backyard – Trish & Rob MacGregor
The Man in the Window – C. Dennis Moore
Fins – Ashley Knight
The Second Lady – Irving Wallace
Fathom – Ashley Knight
The James Bond Bedside Companion – Raymond Benson
Ladies’ Night – Jack Ketchum
The Woman – Jack Ketchum
Forever – Ashley Knight
The Parting- David Niall Wilson
The Seventh Secret – Irving Wallace
Stranglehold – Jack Ketchum
Too Late to Die – Bill Crider
Hexes – Tom Piccirilli
The Books of Blood, Vol. 4 – Clive Barker
Lake Monsters – Joseph A. Citro
On the Strength of Wings – Marthayn Peligrimas
Velvet Dogma – Weston Ochse
Nevermore – David Niall Wilson
The Fan Club – Irving Wallace
SGA-20: Secrets – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Harlot’s Moon – Ed Gorman
Top Ten Horror eBooks

The Books of Blood Volume 1 – Clive Barker
The Man in the Window – C. Dennis Moore
Ladies’ Night – Jack Ketchum
The Woman – Jack Ketchum
Stranglehold – Jack Ketchum
Hexes – Tom Piccirilli
The Books of Blood, Vol. 4 – Clive Barker
Lake Monsters – Joseph A. Citro
Nevermore – David Niall Wilson
The Books of Blood, Volume 2 – Clive Barker

Top Ten Mystery / Thriller e-Books

The Man – Irving Wallace
The Second Lady – Irving Wallace
The Seventh Secret – Irving Wallace
Too Late to Die – Bill Crider
The Fan Club – Irving Wallace
Harlot’s Moon – Ed Gorman
Small Felonies – Bill Pronzini
D.O.A. – Dave Pedneau
The Weedless Widow – Deborah Morgan
Bohemian Heart – James Dalessandro

Top Ten Science Fiction / Fantasy eBooks

Fins – Ashley Knight
Fathom – Ashley Knight
Forever – Ashley Knight
The Parting – David Niall Wilson
SGA-16 Homecoming – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
SGA-20 – Secrets – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
SGA-21 – Inheritors – Melissa Scott, Jo Graham & Amy Griswold
SGA-17 – The Lost – Jo Graham & Amy Griswold
SGA-18 – Allegiance – Jo Graham & Amy Griswold
Lost Things – Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold

Top 25 Audiobooks of 2013

The Books of Blood, Volume 1- Clive Barker
Aliens in the Backyard – Trish & Rob MacGregor
Confessions of a D-List Supervillain (Unabridged) – Jim Bernheimer
The Hellbound Heart: Abridged Edition – Clive Barker
The Books of Blood, Vol 2 – Clive Barker
The Black Stiletto – Raymond Benson
The Black Stiletto: Black & White – Raymond Benson
The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes – Raymond Benson
Dark Dixie – Ronald Kelly
Lyncanthropos – Jeffrey Sackett
The Hellbound Heart (Unabridged) – Clive Barker
The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Traveling Circus – Clive
Barker
The James Bond Bedside Companion – Raymond Benson
The Dirty Parts of the Bible: A Novel – Sam Torode
Hand of Isis – Jo Graham
The Parting – David Niall Wilson
Lost Things: The Order of the Air – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Save My Soul: A Paranormal Romance: Preternaturals, Book Two – Zoe Winters
Blaze of Glory – Weston Ochse
Midnight Eyes – Sidney Williams
The Light at the End – John Skipp & Craig Spector
Blood Lust: The Preternaturals, Book 1 – Zoe Winters
Kin – Kealan Patrick Burke
The Hereafter Gang – Neal Barrett Jr.
Sleep Disorder – Jack Ketchum

Top Ten Horror Audiobooks

The Books of Blood, Volume 1- Clive Barker
The Hellbound Heart: Abridged Edition – Clive Barker
The Books of Blood, Vol 2 – Clive Barker
Dark Dixie – Ronald Kelly
Lyncanthropos – Jeffrey Sackett
The Hellbound Heart (Unabridged) – Clive Barker
Midnight Eyes – Sidney Williams
The Light at the End – John Skipp & Craig Spector
Kin – Kealan Patrick Burke
Sleep Disorder – Jack Ketchum

Top Ten Mystery / Thriller  Audiobooks

The Black Stiletto – Raymond Benson
The Black Stiletto: Black & White – Raymond Benson
The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes – Raymond Benson
The Fan Club – Irving Wallace
The Prize – Irving Wallace
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder – Jeff Markowitz
The Man – Irving Wallace
Graveyard Plots – Bill Pronzini
A Minor Case of Murder – Jeff Marcowitz
Blood Moon – Ed Gorman

Top Ten Sci-Fi / Fantasy Audiobooks

Confessions of a D-List Supervillain (Unabridged) – Jim Bernheimer
The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Traveling Circus – Clive
Barker
Hand of Isis – Jo Graham
The Parting – David Niall Wilson
Lost Things: The Order of the Air – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Save My Soul: A Paranormal Romance: Preternaturals, Book Two – Zoe Winters
Blood Lust: The Preternaturals, Book 1 – Zoe Winters
Nevermore – David Niall Wilson
Fins – Ashley Knight
Chase Tinker & The House of Magic – Malia Ann Haberman

Top Twenty-five Print Editions

Aliens in the Backyard – Trish & Rob MacGregor
Vermont’s Haunts – Joseph A. Citro
10 Ways to Get the Most From Your Child’s Teacher Diana Grycan
Lost Things – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Fins – Book I of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
Not Yet Dead – Joseph A. Citro
The Horror… The Horror: An Autobiography – Rick Hautala
A Minor Case of Murder – Jeff Marcowitz
Steel Blues – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Forever – Book III of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
City of Knives – William Bayer
The Monarchs – Stephen Mark Rainey
The Quest of the Thirteen – John DeFilippis
Fathom – Book II of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
Chase Tinker and the House of Magic – Malia Ann Haberman
Ask the Dice – Ed Lynskey
London Macabre – Steven Savile
Artifact of Evil – Raymond Benson
Blood Diamonds – Ed Lynskey
The Case of the Claw – Keith R. A. DeCandido
The Holy Terror – Wayne Allen Sallee
The Ravens of Falkenau – Jo Graham
Nightjack – Tom Piccirilli
Dragon Island – Shane Berryhill
Years Without Hope – Werner I. Juretzko

Top Ten Horror Print Editions

Vermont’s Haunts – Joseph A. Citro
Not Yet Dead – Joseph A. Citro
The Monarchs – Stephen Mark Rainey
London Macabre – Steven Savile
The Holy Terror – Wayne Allen Sallee
Nightjack – Tom Piccirilli
Crescent Lake – Dave Sakmyster
Nevermore – David Niall Wilson
Incursion – Aaron Rosenberg
Heart of a Dragon – David Niall Wilson

Top Ten Mystery / Thriller Print Editions

A Minor Case of Murder – Jeff Marcowitz
City of Knives – William Bayer
Ask the Dice – Ed Lynskey
Artifact of Evil – Raymond Benson
Blood Diamonds – Ed Lynskey
Crescent Lake -Dave Sakmyster
Blood is Pretty – Steven Leiva
The Heist – Michael A. Black
Defenders of the Faith – Chet Williamson
Sins of the Flash – David Niall Wilson

Top Ten Sci-Fi / Fantasy Print Editions

Lost Things – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Fins – Book I of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
Steel Blues – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Forever – Book III of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
The Quest of the Thirteen – John DeFilippis
Fathom – Book II of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
Chase Tinker and the House of Magic – Malia Ann Haberman
The Case of the Claw – Keith R. A. DeCandido
The Ravens of Falkenau – Jo Graham
Dragon Island – Shane Berryhill

Audio and Print Books – Thanksgiving Where it’s Due

Audio and Print Books – Thanksgiving Where it’s Due

audioAs of today, we have 69 print books and 347 audiobooks.  I have posted a thank you to most of the folks involved with our main product – eBooks – at my own website – http://www.davidniallwilson.com – and I don’t need to repeat those here.  Here I want to thank two individuals in particular, a company, and a community of professionals – as a group because they number so many…

Print books at Crossroad Press would probably exist without Aaron Rosenberg, but they would be fewer and farther between, would cost a lot more than they make, and would not have his very professional and very particular perfectionist’s touch behind them.  It’s incredible, if you think about it.  I have begun learning to use the program Adobe InDesign that is behind the interiors of our books.  Aaron, is a master.  I can tell you that just to get ready to design the interior takes a couple of days of intense, mind-numbing formatting – and that’s just the beginning.  From there, you have design points – fonts, matching the covers and looking stylish, headers, and any number of things most people take for granted, like a single line not getting orphaned at the top of a page… Aaron has been the final hand on every book we have published – has designed the covers and banners for The Scattered Earth and O.C.L.T. series – as well as writing three of the books in one series and two in the other.

We are doing print editions for two reasons.  Authors love to have them to hold and sell at conventions, and fans like them to be signed – and because of the uproar our digital only company caused early on.  We must have print editions! The clamor was awful.  Now, of course, very few of those people seem to really want to buy print editions, they were just incensed that the books didn’t exist.  We will continue to do print editions of our new, original books, and I am determined to find good ways to market them.  That in mind, really glad Aaron is there…without him, it would certainly fail.

In audio, there is a very similar situation.  Jeff Kafer has been working with me since the very first audiobook that I was involved with – my own Roll Them Bones – which he narrated.  Back then, I had big dreams of changing the way audio was done.  I designed a royalty share program where authors and narrators shared the risks… Jeff and I managed to get our books into a lot of big distribution outlets.  Sales, however, were mostly through Audible, and they just would not pay us enough of a percentage for my system to work.  Before I move on to the people who changed all of that, I want to thank Jeff from the bottom of my 54 year old heart.  He has engineered and mastered the sound on every one of our audiobooks…as we have grown, hopefully we’ve started to make all of that worth his while…he’s a great friend and a consummate professional.  Again – without him, there would probably BE no Crossroad Press Audio…

And without the good folks at ACX who created a system where we could work with a huge talent stream of narrators to bring our titles to audio.  We got a fair shake on the royalties, as did the narrators who worked with us.  Sales still were (and are) an enigma.  What you would think would sell doesn’t, things you thought might flop – do not.  Through all of that, the engineers, rights and marketing, and everyone else at ACX have been incredibly helpful.  They have provided guidance, have helped us out when we really needed it, and have been unbelievably supportive and positive.  Here’s to a long and profitable relationship!

Last, but not least by ANY stretch – the community of audiobook narrators and producers – those we talk with regularly on Facebook, and others we’ve worked with over the years.  Some of the most talented voices in the business have worked with us – often for no more than the hope of profit over time.  Many times they worked under the rates bigger companies would / could pay them.  Often, they have become my friends. I have a great respect for the amount of work that goes into preparing, narrating, and worst of all – editing – the audio files that become the books we download and listen to.  It takes dedication, talent, and stamina.  I have my doubts as to whether, even granted a golden voice that I do not have, I could do what they do, day in and day out, and that they have worked with me, trusted me, and helped me build this company makes me VERY thankful.

So, this is our thanks to all of you who – behind the scenes – make the audio and print branches of Crossroad Press Publications possible.  We are better for knowing and working with you.

Sincerely (and we mean that)

David Wilson / David Dodd / Patricia Lee Macomber
Crossroad Press