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Antonia Crane Tackles Warmed And Bound

Not only does Ms. Crane cover some of the more well-known authors featured in Warmed And Bound, but she pays special attention to some of the authors you may not know. The Rumpus.net publishes a stunning review of Warmed And Bound, written by Antonia Crane, that you can read here.

According to The Rumpus, Antonia Crane is a sex worker and freelance journalist from Humboldt County. Her essays have appeared in Black Clock, Word Riot, The Whistling Fire, The Coachella Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Rumpus Women Vol 1 and lots of other places. She is contributing columnist for The Rumpus and has been working hard on her memoir, SPENT. She lives in Los Angeles with her cats and earns her keep pole dancing in New Orleans. She holds an MFA from Antioch.

You can follow Antonia Crane at her blog.

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Spinetingler Reviews Warmed And Bound

The splendid people at Spinetingler Magazine tackled a number of the stories from Warmed And Bound: A Velvet Anthology. You can check the reviews of the stories by: J David Osborne, Craig Clevenger, Caleb J Ross, Stephen Graham Jones, Bob Pastorella, Sean P Ferguson, Axel Taiari, Vincent Louis Carrella, Mark Jaskowski, Craig Wallwork, Nik Korpon, Paul Tremblay, DeLeon DeMicoli, and our editor, Pela Via by clicking on each author’s names.

Spinetingler Magazine has their finger on the pulse of everything literary and everything that even thinks about dressing up and walking around all noir-like. Give their reviews, stories, and press a peek. Nik Korpon and Richard Thomas were both published in their Speedloader, with the cover-work being done by our good, good friend Boden Steiner.


Booked and Warmed And Bound Together Again!


The gentlemen at Booked are doing something tremendous! They’re doing a massive Warmed And Bound themed giveaway over at Goodreads. That’s the generalities. Here’s the incredible details:

You get:
Warmed And Bound: A Velvet Anthology signed by authors Richard Thomas and Chris Deal; Stranger Will signed by author Caleb J. Ross; When October Falls signed by author Christopher J. Dwyer; Cienfuegos signed by author Chris Deal; AND Shivers VI signed by author Richard Thomas

To Win:
Get yourself an account at Goodreads and then click HERE. You should have an account with Goodreads anyhow.


Reviews in the Interim

We took a break from promotion, largely to avoid wearing out our friends, but now we’re terribly behind. Apologies to those whose efforts (or emails) haven’t been properly acknowledged yet. Soon, I promise.

Meanwhile, some new reviews are up at Amazon. (One immense review by The Velvet’s own Roger Sarao that I’d like to have notarized)

I can’t express how helpful and wonderful these are for us. If you have a moment to write a quick review or give a star rating, we would be sincerely grateful. Because anything we could possibly say about this book probably sounds better coming from you.

quick links: Amazon (reviews now require purchase–annoying but prevents fudged ratings), GoodreadsBarnes&NoblePowell’s

Lastly, within the Velvet community, a classy place for contributors to review without shame.

Thanks. Updates and Velvet Press news to come. We hope you’ve had a nice summer.


Goodreads Giveaway

>>Enter to win a copy of Warmed and Bound

Courtesy of Richard Thomas
1 copy available, to be signed by authors Richard Thomas and Chris Deal
Contest ends Aug 22, 2011

Additional Links:
Warmed and Bound on Goodreads

Contibutors on Goodreads: Pela ViaSteve EricksonCraig ClevengerStephen Graham JonesBrian EvensonCaleb J. Ross,Cameron PierceNic Young , Paul G. TremblayBradley SandsChristopher J. DwyerBlake ButlerJ.R. HarlanMark JaskowskiEdward J. RathkeGayle TowellBob PastorellaNik KorponKyle MinorBrandon TietzGordon HighlandVincent Louis CarrellaGary Paul LiberoSean FergusonDeLeon DeMicoliRob ParkerJeremy Robert Johnson,Anthony David JacquesChris DealAmanda GowinCraig WallworkMatt BellCraig DavidsonGavin PateTim BeverstockDoc O’DonnellRichard ThomasAxel TaiariJ. David Osborne


Phil Jourdan on Warmed and Bound

 examines Warmed and Bound from a unique angle, drawing parallels between modern online writing communities and the early 20th century “amateur journalism” movement.

Warmed and Bound is selling so well that, even in terms of the market, it has legitimized itself. By virtue of its uncompromising “underground” roots it has broken into the mainstream, and people like it. That should tell us something.”

He brings an interesting perspective and shares why the success of The Velvet anthology hasn’t exactly surprised him.

“What makes the people over at The Velvet more interesting than others is their drive to push things forwards.”

Many thanks to Phil for the encouraging words.

>> Read the article at PAJourdan.com.


A Month in the Thunderdome

Thunderdome is a webzine founded by the multi-talented Michael Paul Gonzalez.

Michael has a brilliant eye for art, crossing many mediums and platforms. In the fall of 2011 he will edit the Thunderdome print anthology, In Search of a City – Los Angeles in 1,000 Words, with stories prompted by gorgeous Hipstamatic-style photos of LA, and featuring many of Warmed and Bound‘s own contributors.

Through the month of August, Thunderdome will feature two stories a week by Warmed and Bound contributors. It is a unique privilege for us to get a full month of attention from such an awesome magazine. Please help us return the affection by ‘liking’ the Thunderdome Facebook page and returning often to www.thundadome.com.

From the Thunderdome website:
“August will be a bit of a departure from our latest “Writer in Residence” series, and instead present writers, a collection of them in fact! The Velvet, an online literary community, released its first print collection last month to a rousing success – the book sold so rapidly that it temporarily broke Barnes & Noble’s website (which is a very dark story on its own…). This month, we’ll roll out two stories per week from some of the writers featured in the book, concluding the month with Mlaz Corbier’s latest Dispatch from Thunder Road as he tracks down the wily and elusive Pela Via, hard-working editor of the Warmed and Bound collection. Some of these stories are stand alone works, some are previously published in print, but appearing online for the first time, and others are tangential to the stories you’ll see in the book. Enjoy the ride!”

Aug 3: “Mr. Wadsworth & The Flea Circus” by Craig Wallwork


Order Overload

On a less fun note, it’s true Barnes & Noble has canceled orders. We don’t yet know why, or if there are more cancellations to come, but we’re presently seeking a very good explanation.

For readers affected: We wouldn’t recommend placing a new order quite yet, not without a better understanding of where the breakdown occurred. (Especially with regard to Barnes and Noble, whose price is now up to $15.95.) Till further notice—to serve as a temporary and to offset the inconvenience—Barnes and Noble cancellation emails can be forwarded to PELAVIA@THE-VELVET.COM in exchange for a PDF of the book.

Sincere apologies this has happened.


Barnes & Noble Bestseller

On the day of its release, Warmed and Bound reached seventh in the country on the Barnes & Noble Top Bestseller list. Among all paperbacks, it ranked third. Now into its second day, it remains the number one trending book.

We never knew what to expect with this project. A fledgling press, pulled into existence to create this one book, the objective was to not lose money. We weren’t expecting this.

We feel an enormous debt of gratitude to all those who bought the book or helped spread the word. Thank you.  —PV


Jay Slayton-Joslin Vs. Twenty-Two: And We Love Him

Jay Slayton-Joslin, the upcoming author interviewer took on the great task of interviewing twenty-two of the thirty-eight authors contained within Warmed and Bound: A Velvet Anthology. He asked each author three questions, resulting in a great variation in sixty-six responses.

You can read the interview: Warmed & Bound Collection – The Multiple Voices Inside Your Book at http://jayslaytonjoslin.com/

And while you’re there, feel free to check out Jay’s own personal writing in the menu at the top of his website, or simply click: HERE


Warmed and Bound: The Trailer

Created by Gordon Highland, a genius with still photos and making them move:

Warmed and Bound (book trailer) from Gordon Highland on Vimeo.

Gordon is also the author of Major Inversions, the forth coming Flashover, and he wrote Headshot which appears in Warmed and Bound: A Velvet Anthology.


Booked Podcast: Warmed and Bound Sessions

The fine gentlemen behind the Booked Podcast Series, Livius Nedin and Robb Olson, have launched a Warmed and Bound series of interviews, to feature a new interview every day for the next seventeen days. 

This is incredibly kind of them and we like the attention, so please repay the favor: subscribe to the podcast, leave intimate love notes in the comment section, and spread the word. Their show is great, it’s my favorite podcast, easily. (Between us, most of us were fans and listeners before they expressed any interest in our anthology, so we feel beyond flattered.)

Interview line-up:

7.18.11 Chris Deal 7.19.11 Amanda Gowin
7.20.11 Sean Ferguson 7.21.11 Richard Thomas
7.22.11 Pela Via 7.23.11 Caleb J Ross
7.24.11 Anthony David Jacques 7.25.11 Doc O’Donnell
7.26.11 Edward J Rathke 7.27.11 Axel Taiari
7.28.11 Nik Korpon 7.29.11 J David Osborne
7.30.11 Bob Pastorella 7.31.11 Gordon Highland
8.01.11 Brian Evenson 8.02.11 Stephen Graham Jones
8.03.11 Craig Clevenger    


James Frey

Author James Frey blogs about Warmed and Bound: A Velvet Anthology, highlighting a story by our own DeLeon DeMicoli.


A Foreword by the Illustrious Steve Erickson

I was there and I’m still confused by our connection to Steve Erickson.

The man makes us go bananas, I’ve tried to tell him—likely to no avail. Perhaps more than any other living author, he personifies what The Velvet’s writers so voraciously adore in fiction.

There is a distinct vitality in his approach to story. An unmitigated and unfeigned desire for freshness. While the need to restore image over and over is lost amid the affection for new beauty or higher language. That he found any part of WARMED AND BOUND favorable speaks to his warmhearted and openminded nature, above all else.

As accidental forewords go, I couldn’t have thought up a more appropriate author to dream into our book.