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Thrilled To Announce I've Signed With A Publisher

I’m very excited to announce that my upcoming novel, 'On the Lips of Children,' is going to be published by Books of the Dead Press. Read the announcement here.

 I’m one happy writer dude to be working with a partner to showcase this piece of work that is guaranteed to tattoo the inside of your eyeball.  For runners, it will make you think twice about the safety of the trail you run on. For any human being with a heart, it showcases the endurance of the human spirit and the hells we all have to harrow through to protect what we love.  The characters are vivid and dripping with ink and I can't wait for you to meet them.

Books of the Dead is a great fit.  In the words of their blog:

Books of the Dead Press has become one of the most successful small press companies in the horror genre, a leader in the ebook revolution, and an innovator in digital marketing. It was founded by James Roy Daley and was established in December of 2009. Within its first 18 months Books of the Dead published 15 titles, including work by New York Times bestselling authors such as Tim Lebbon and Jonathan Maberry. The press also published award winning writers such as Tim Waggoner, Michael Laimo, Ray Garton, Jeff Strand, Nancy Kilpatrick, Paul Kane, Joe McKinney, Simon Wood, Kim Paffenroth, Gary McMahon, John Everson, and Mort Castle.

Before the music plays, I’d like to thank a few folks,

James Roy Daley of Books of the Dead Press for his investment and time. Despite the dark nature of his books and name of his press, James is a minion of good.

Author Richard Thomas, who is a very established author but took the time to respond to microscopic me and refer me to the Books of The Dead Press.

The Beta readers, who gave me much needed feedback before the final draft was done, especially Anne of the blog Run DMZ, who provided some great storyline and San Diego specific feedback, and Erik Smith of Goodreads, a dark fiction fan who has offered beta reader feedback to many writers. 

And finally, Katy Sozaevawho, who seems to be six different people in the publishing world, and referred me to Weston Kincade of Wake Editing, whose expertise provided edits in form, style, and content. It’s clear Weston cares about what he does.

Look for the publication date soon. For more information and an interview regarding the novel, click here.


LadyT said…
YAY!! Congratulations!
Weston Kincade said…
It's great to hear this. Congratulations. I certainly hope you have found a great home for this book and future books. Good luck and let me know if there is any more I can do to help.
LBTEPA said…
Char said…
That's great news. Congratulations.
Anonymous said…
I had no idea you were a recovering addict. I lost my best friend to addiction when we were 19. I have never been the same but I have used it as my fire to fight for other people facing addiction. I have always enjoyed your blog and I am really excited for you!
Mark Matthews said…
Thanks for the comments folks!
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This is wonderful - and much deserved - news, Mark. What every writer dreams of!
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