Wednesday, November 17, 2010

News Update: Top Suspense Group

I'm excited to report about a new eBook venture called Top Suspense Group. Founded by Dave Zeltserman (author of The Caretaker of Lorne Field and Pariah), Top Suspense Group is offering eBook versions of some of the best crime writers out there, including Ed Gorman, Vicki Hendricks, Max Allan Collins, Bill Crider, Harry Shannon, and Zeltserman himself.

What I find encouraging about this group – beyond the service of making available some great books, some of which are unjustly out of print (such as Gorman's spectacular Western Wolf Moon) – is that it is bringing people together to work as a group. We all know the literary industry is undergoing a lot of changes, and people are figuring out how to adapt in order to survive as authors, publishers, and readers. Collaborations such as Top Suspense Group seem like a good possibility for the future.

Read the official press release below:

TOP SUSPENSE GROUP

www.topsuspense.com
www.topsuspensegroup.com

Electronic books are soon to be a billion dollar business, yet it's more difficult than ever to find a good read, especially via digital download. With more than 700,000 ebooks already on line, with a good number of them self-published, ebook stores are becoming the equivalent of publisher's past 'slush piles'. A newly-formed collaborative site called The Top Suspense Group plans to slash through all the clutter. www.topsuspensegroup.com will be offering readers one central site filled with exciting e-books, covering several genres and all at reasonable prices.


"Readers can count on us," creator and acclaimed author Dave Zeltserman explains, "Every member of our group has already made his or her mark on genre fiction, whether it's noir, crime, mystery, thriller, horror or Westerns, and in some cases, several of these genres."


Authors aboard include Zeltserman, Max Allan Collins, Bill Crider, Ed Gorman, Vicki Hendricks, and Harry Shannon.


Zeltserman has spoken before about the difficulty readers have in searching for sites that offer seasoned professionals. Top Suspense Group members make some of their finest material available at affordable prices. Many of the ebooks will contain bonus material, such as the writer’s commentary on the book that has been purchased, or the addition of a free short story.


"We believe readers will appreciate a reliable inexpensive site that continuously delivers some of the best in contemporary genre fiction," said Top Suspense Group member and multi-award winning author, Max Allan Collins.

6 comments:

  1. Cullen, I reckon this is exciting and important news. Thanks for bringing TSG to our attention.

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  2. Cullen, thanks, and yeah, I think this collaborative effort is going to be what's needed in the eBook world where the shear volume of eBooks is going to force a lot of readers to buying only the most recognizable names. Maybe Top Suspense Group will be the first of many of these types of eBook collaborative recommendation sites. Btw. To set the record straight, the group was really started from conversations Harry Shannon + Ed Gorman and I had about how writers can survive in this new eBook world. I think I'm getting credit as the creator (Ed wrote the press release, not me) because I was more a constant pain in the ass in getting the website issues moving along.

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  3. Thanks, Cullen, we've got high hopes and delighted to be in such good company,
    Harry

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