Down & Out Books December 2017 Promotion

“[Phillips] paints sharp, cutting scenes…He peppers the action with tight quips, imagining a very true world through a very discerning set of eyes.” —Tim Learn

THREE KINDS OF FOOL by Matt Phillips, now just 99¢ on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo or from the Down & Out Bookstore. Price effective through December 16th, 2017.


Down & Out: The Magazine

Subscriptions to DOWN & OUT: THE MAGAZINE are now available! Included with your annual subscription are four print AND digital issues of the magazine, coupons good for discounts in the Down & Out Bookstore, and other exclusive surprises to come!

For fans of good writing, good literature, and good crime…welcome.


The Jon Bassoff Signature Collection

Exclusively from the Down & Out Bookstore: The Jon Bassoff Signature Collection, all five books reissued with stunning new covers, each signed by the author. $75 with FREE shipping within the Continental U.S.

ABC Group Documentation

An Imprint of Down & Out Books

Publisher: Jeremy Stabile

All Due Respect

An Imprint of Down & Out Books

Publisher: Chris Rhatigan

Shotgun Honey

An Imprint of Down & Out Books

Publisher: Ron Earl Phillips

In a continuing series of features from our authors, Martin Bodenham talks about why authors should love bad reviews.

Martin Bodenham

With over half a million keystrokes, creating a full-length novel can take the best part of a year—sometimes much longer. Over those many months obsessing over the plot, worrying about character development, and yo-yoing between first person and third person before weeks of ploughing through countless edits and rewrites, our stories become massively precious things. So it’s not hard to understand why we writers can become defensive when feedback comes our way, particularly when our nascent masterpieces are subject to early critique by friends and loved ones.

Then there’s the test we all fret over: the moment when the book goes live and is suddenly out there for the entire world to read and assess. Once a novel is published, most writers I know brace themselves for the early reaction from readers with a mix of excitement and trepidation. We all want readers to love our work, but before the book hits the shelves, there’s no telling whether or not complete strangers who have shelled out hard cash will actually like what we’ve created.

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