ABCtales & Unbound
Posted by Luke Neima on Fri, 04 Jul 2014
Unbound offers a modern take on publishing, putting readers directly in touch with authors. Authors get a platform on Unbound to pitch their book, and if enough readers support it, the book gets published. It’s a simple way of putting the power of publishing back in readers’ hands, and Unbound is firmly committed to giving new voices a chance to break out.
That’s where ABC comes in. Unbound wants to draw on the ABC community to help identify and promote debut novelists, and this month they’ll be putting up three novels written on ABCtales. This is the start, we hope, of a long running venture that will give ABCtales authors a new way of getting their work noticed and in the hands of readers.
Chances are that if you’ve been around ABC for a while you’ve had a read of the first drafts of all three of these books, as they’ve earned much-warranted praise during their writing on these pages. You’ll see Celticman's Lily Poole (formerly known as School Photos), Ewan's Gibbous House and Lavadis's Ex. Three outstanding works of fiction that run the gamut of the styles and insight on offer across ABC.
Much, much more to come on these three excellent novels – but for now lets celebrate. I hope you’ll all get behind what I hope will be the start of a long run of ABCtales authors publishing through Unbound.
Our story of the week come from a new series Ewan has been putting up on ABC. He’s been away from the site for a while, but he’s back with an altogether surprising, imaginative start to a novel – A P.I. named Gabriel – one part street-talking tough guy one part angel (literally) is on Earth tracking down the infamous Lillith. This is Men In Black meets Dogma; a perfectly paced detective noir with an incredible array of detail about both heaven and earth. There’s a little snatch of something surprising in each section – read the latest excerpt here or start from the beginning.
Our poem of the week is a stunningly subtle response to this week’s IP, Exit Strategies. Agnosticum's Regarding your roses, sir, carefully balances two characters, and two lives, in verse, illuminating the life of a relationship in the interstices between which feelings can be shared and which can not. A very finely wrought piece.
Agnosticum’s response wasn’t the only terrific take on this week’s IP – they seem to be getting better and better. I’d urge you all to have a go at this week’s, too - The Rehearsal.