Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Short and cheap

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 14 Oct 2007

On 10/14/07, hardcasecrime <> wrote:
> Someone might optionThe Colorado Kid as a television series? People
> will buy anything with Stephen King's name on it. That was, by far, the most
> disappointing Hard Case title. Can't blame you for publishing it, because if
> Stephen King scribbles something on a napkin and drops it on the floor of a
> bar bathroom its destined to sell a ton of copies, but the book lacked any
> sort of action. It was all talk and no action. If I remember correctly the
> main characters were never in any sort of danger. I mean, a weekly series
> where the main character is a reporter for a weekly newspaper isn't exactly
> sexy. That was my first job out of college and, trust me, its not exactly
> packed with drama.

  That said, I think Peter Pavia's Dutch Uncle, which is one HC title you don't hear mentioned much, would make a great movie.

Yes -- the first of the Aleas novels, LITTLE GIRL LOST, is in
> development as a feature...but there's an enormous gulf between "in
> development" and "in theaters near you," so who knows whether it'll
> ever wind up getting made. As for other Hard Case titles, I believe
> Jason and Ken have optioned BUST; SAY IT WITH BULLETS is at the
> screenplay stage; I believe THE LAST QUARRY is being filmed as we
> speak (albeit at a pretty low budget); and DEADLY BELOVED has been
> optioned to become a TV movie on the Oxygen Network. THE GUTTER AND
> THE GRAVE has also been optioned, and THE COLORADO KID has a chance
> of being the basis for a network TV series. Meanwhile I talk with
> one producer or another about one of our books or another at least
> once a week.
> All of which is great -- but until the first of these projects
> actually hits a screen, large or small, I won't really believe it's
> happening.
> Would it give sales of our books a boost if one of these films got
> made? Maybe in a very small way; it would probably briefly boost the
> sales of that particular title, if the movie were a success, and
> maybe some people who bought that book would enjoy it enough that
> they'd be impelled to hunt down others in the series. But I wouldn't
> bet on a major, lasting, or series-wide effect.
> Now, if we could get a TV series on the air called "Hard Case Crime,"
> I do expect that would have a major impact on our sales --
> when "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" was revived on NBC, sales of Alfred
> Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine hit an all-time peak that was more than
> 5 times what their sales are now. But getting such a series on the
> air is not an easy thing to accomplish. (That doesn't stop me from
> trying, though...)
> > Anyway, I sure appreciate what you're doing.
> > I've reviewed a few HC's on my blog, with more
> > to come, and make a point of spreading my
> > purchases around to different retailers, in
> > the hopes that they'll all continue to carry
> > them.
> And I sure appreciate what you're doing! You're really going above
> and beyond the call to help us out, and that means a lot to me, and I
> thank you for it.
> That said, I didn't mean to make anyone feel bad for us -- we're
> doing fine. Not rolling in dough, but surviving, and these days that
> counts as success. I just wanted to explain, to the best of my
> ability, why $2 paperbacks are unlikely ever to come back again.
> --Charles

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