The son of a policeman, Tyler Dilts grew up wanting to follow in his father's footsteps. Along the line, his career goals changed, but he never lost his interest in the daily work of homicide detectives. Now an instructor at California State University in Long Beach, his writing has appeared in "The Los Angeles Times," "The Chronicle of Higher Education," "The Best American Mystery Stories," and in numerous other publications. "A King of Infinite Space" is his first novel.
Sorry about the delay in continuing the AmazonEncore thread. We had a whole bunch of stuff going on, some of which was good and some of which wasn't, but things have settled down and everything's getting back to normal here at Infinite Space central.
And now, back to our topic. AmazonEncore and how A King of Infinite Space was made it into their initial lineup of publications.
After the frenzy of online activity that came with th
Knowing that World Parade Books was a very small press, I was aware that I would need to do most of the marketing of the book myself. I did a bit of research, and I learned quickly that my best bet for attracting an audience for the book would be to focus most of my attention on online social networking.
World Parade produced an initial print of a few hundred copies, and decided that for subsequent demands, it would use Amazon's print-on-demand services. This would allow
So I had more or less exhausted all the options available to me at the time. What happened then? An incredibly lucky break.
I had been teaching English at California State University, Long Beach, for a few years. My office mate at the time, who also happened to be a poet, had just completed his PhD in Literature. After gaining some experience in publishing his own work with small presses, he decided to start his own. World Parade Books, founded by Paul Tayyar
I've had great big bunches of people ask me about AmazonEncore and all the ins and outs of who they are and what they're doing.
To start off, though, I want to tell you a bit about the history of A KING OF INFINITE SPACE. I started writing AKoIS quite a while ago when I was in the MFA program in fiction writing at California State University, Long Beach. The first third of the book was my thesis project. After I graduated, I spent about
More good news from Amazon. After a post last week on the official Kindle blog, the Kindle edition of AKoIS has been posting some very impressive numbers. The new high point is #64 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary. That means AKoIS was #53 in among ALL of the contemporary fiction on Amazon!
Wow. I'm probably sounding like a broken record at this point, but thank you all very much. This wouldn't be happ
So there was so much demand for A KING OF INFINITE SPACE that Amazon crashed! I shit you not, the store at Amazon was closed due to technical difficulties for several hours yesterday. When was the last time you visited Amazon and couldn't buy a book? Of course, they aren't saying it was AKoIS that caused the problems, but what else could it possibly have been? If you're reading this, then of course you know the amazing powers Infinite Spacers possess to rock the wor
Today is the day. A KING OF INFINITE SPACE is now available! Head on over to Amazon to check it out. And be sure to ask about in your local bookstore. I know a lot of you bought the World Parade edition. That's actually what got Amazon interested. I can't thank you enough for that. Could you do me one more solid now and help spread the word?
I'm going to keep this post brief, because it's been almost two
Just one more day until the big re-release of A KING OF INFINITE SPACE. I gotta say, I'm bit nervous. The feeling like I'm I playing in a whole new league is pretty strong. Sports metaphors have never ben my strong suit, but I feel like I'm walking up to the plate and the first pitch is going to be coming my way before I know it. I've been preparing. Working on the website, getting the soundtrack contest rolling, trying to put together a few readings, even wor
The first ever "Win an Autographed copy of A KING OF INFINITE SPACE Contest" is now up and running. Head on over to AKoIS Facebook Group for details about how to enter.
Good luck, everyone!
So I'm still plugging away at Stieg Larsson's THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST. It's not getting any better, but I think I've figured the biggest problem with the book, and with the "Millennium Trilogy" itself. Each book in the series assumes that the reader has somehow gotten stupider since the last installment. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is written in such a way that a person with a normal level of intelligence will be able to understand it. THE GIRL
The brilliant folks at Amazon have selected the second essay I posted below to include on my book page. I think they're banking on the marketing power of cuteness. They asked for the photo to go along with it, so I scanned it, and now I'm posting it just about anyplace I can get away with. People like the tie, but in my opinion, it's the plaid pants that make the ensemble work. I gotta give myself some props, though. Even at four years old I knew all the cool detect
I made the mistake of following up the extremely well-written THE PASSAGE with THE GIRLS WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST. It's too soon to render a final judgment, but at this point I'm seriously thinking about abandoning the book altogether. Not only is the book witholding the only character I care anything about, Lisbeth Salander, but it's not even giving me much Mary Sue Blomqvist. Only a whole passel of indistinguishable thugs and cops who serve merely to spout exposition and do incredibly
I finished reading Justin Cronin's THE PASSAGE over the weekend. It's a very impressive piece of work, and one that's very engaging and absorbing. For the first time in recent memory, I actually stayed up (very) late to read. I honestly can't remember the last time I traded sleep for a book.
At the risk of hyperbole, I'm going out on a limb and saying THE PASSAGE is my new favorite postapocalyptic novel, right up there with (and maybe even topping) both THE ROAD and THE STAND. Mayb
So the wonderful folks over at AmazonEncore have asked me to write a short essay that has something to with AKoIS. I couldn't decide what to do, but I took a couple of shots at it.
I don’t like to admit it, but I used to be a literary snob. As I prepared to enter graduate school for a master’s degree in English, I believed I’d put genre fiction--mysteries, science fiction, the whole lot of it--behind me. Literature with a capital L, that was the stuff for me.
Do you know the work of Irish crime novelist Declan Burke? You should, and not just because he has one of the coolest first names ever and the very same last name as his holiness, and not just because he's a damn good writer, but because he's got a brand spanking new Q&A up with yours truly over at his terrific blog, CRIME ALWAYS PAYS. Let's all go check it out, shall we?
After a lengthy absence, for which we heartily apologize, we are back with big news! The new edition of AKOIS from AmazonEncore is just around the corner! You can pre-order it now, or wait a week and and half until the the official release date, June 29!
There's gonna be a whole bunch of hoopla, both online and at various locations around Southern California. Keep watching here or over in the official AKoIS Facebook group for more details.
A big fat Thank You to everyone who made it out to Borders in Long Beach for the reading tonight. Saw quite a few familiar faces, and I just have to give a few special shouts out to Jim and Sonay, both of whom I haven't seen in far too long a time. And one more for Brianna who really impressed my mom.
And I don't want to sound ungrateful or anything, but doesn't Borders usually provide a table to sit at for the signing portion of the evening? I felt kind of funny signing books stan
So like a year and a half ago, me and Dave and the rest of us were walking around Naples Island and just as we were coming back around to Second Street. A Toyota Prius clipped the rear end of a Ford Escape and the Escape flipped over onto it's roof and slid about a hundred feet. The Prius took off. A Hit-and-Run. Apparently everybody was okay. I was the only good citizen on the scene, though, the only one who gave my contact info to the responding officer.
It's official, everybody. My first Amazon review is up, and AKoIS is not only rated five stars, but also the best book of the year! Here's the whole review:
"Tyler Dilts has created a masterpiece with his debut detective novel, A King of Infinite Space. Set in Long Beach, California, Detective Danny Beckett and Jen Tanaka must solve the case of a brutally-murdered English teacher. Through painful mastery of image, dream, characterization, and story telling, Tyler Dilts excels a
Big news! The book is now available on Amazon! Woo Hoo! They tell us the whole process of including all of the bells and whistles and making the book fully available takes about ten days. We are in Day Three, but the book is already in stock and ready to go!
The long-awaited AKoIS Amazon Buying Event will take place in early July. Stay tuned for the exact date and details.
What, you might ask, is the AKoIS Amazon Buying Event?
What a crazy week. For starters, it was the second week of summer school, the toilets backed up again, the refrigerator motor burned up, the termites came back, and I had two readings and conference.
I'm tired. But I'm surprisingly revved up and raring to go, to. I'm gonna spend at least two hours working on the THE PAIN SCALE tomorrow. The California Crime Writers Conference in Pasadena got me really psyched. Listened to lots of people talk about lots of stuff,
Since we're all about poetry these days, has anybody read Paul Tayyar's POSTMARK ATLANTIS yet? If you've heard me talk about Tayyar's poetry (his two previous collections are EVERYDAY MAGIC and SCENES FROM A GOOD LIFE), then you've heard me marvel at his ability to write happy poetry. I don't really understand happy poetry and honestly I don't get the purpose of it. Usually I even find it a little bit annoying. But somehow Tayyar makes it work. Perhaps its his ability to find just the righ