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February 29, 2012

Blasted Heath signs Anonymous-9 to 2-Book Deal

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 10:09 am

As many readers of this blog know, Elaine Ash writes under the pen-name of Anonymous-9.  A few years ago I wrote a short story called HARD BITE and have been working ever since to turn it into a novel. I asked for, and received, a lot of help from some terrific people every step of the way. A few weeks ago, the second draft was ready to show and went directly to a handful of publishers. Expecting instant rejection, the way would then be free and clear to self-publish. Or so I thought.

Allan Guthrie read the manuscript of HARD BITE, THE NOVEL in record time and sent along a contract from Blasted Heath. Now that the ink is dry, the truth can be told: The deal is e-book rights-only, a straight-up profit split based on a 2-book delivery and option clause for a third.

Allan started as an agent with Jenny Brown Associates,and he’s also a writer with several novels under his belt along with nominations for the Edgar, Anthony and Gumshoe awards. Allan’s partner, Kyle MacRae, handles all the technical aspects of digital publishing for BH and sent me a cheery note of welcome. Anonymous-9 will be a full-fledged Blasted Heath author along with Douglas Lindsay, Ray Banks, Anthony Neil Smith (my former editor at Plots With Guns), Gary Carson, Damien Seaman, Brian Pendreigh and Gerard Brennan.


HARD BITE, THE NOVEL is based on a short story that won Spinetingler’s Best Short Story on the Web, 2009. It was the 3rd story ever published by BEAT TO A PULP webzine.

Anonymous-9 already has one e-book for sale on Amazon and Smashwords titled HARD BITE & OTHER SHORT STORIES.



  1. Wonderful, wonderful news Elaine. I thrilled for you – congratulations on this important step!

    Comment by Chris James — February 29, 2012 @ 10:12 am

  2. That’s fantastic news!

    Comment by Paul D Brazill — February 29, 2012 @ 10:19 am

  3. I’m delighted for you. I’ve read Hard Bite in proofs and I can see instantly why they grabbed it in record time.

    It’s a really, really good read with sharp, memorable characters, wild action, and a satisfying punch at the end. This book is going to take you places.

    When’s the next one? Pant. Pant.

    Comment by Mar Preston — February 29, 2012 @ 10:31 am

  4. Can’t wait to read it, congratulations!!

    Comment by Kris calvin — February 29, 2012 @ 10:33 am

  5. Hey thanks for the kind words everybody. Can’t really believe it yet. But it’s true!

    Comment by ashedit — February 29, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  6. Fantastic news and well deserved.

    Comment by Alan Griffiths — February 29, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

  7. Outstanding! Congratulations. Now we can say we knew you when…

    Comment by Derek Pacifico — February 29, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

  8. Awesome, Elaine. So happy to see you succeed!

    Comment by Chris Rhatigan — February 29, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

  9. Just found out. Excellent, and congrats. They chose wisely.

    Comment by N — February 29, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

  10. Awww, thanks everybody. It’ll be about a month until I’m up on the Blasted Heath site as one of their authors. There’s a polish due on the ms and we’re planning the promotional campaign now. Wish you all were here so we could party down.

    Comment by ashedit — February 29, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

  11. Congrabulations on a job very well done!

    Comment by G — March 1, 2012 @ 3:20 am

  12. Late to the party here, Elaine, but I’m really happy for you.

    The cream always rises to the top, and, in Blasted Heath, you’ve joined a quality outfit.



    Comment by Col Bury — March 4, 2012 @ 11:22 am

  13. What they all said!

    Comment by Al Tucher — March 6, 2012 @ 6:26 am

  14. Elaine, I know I’m late to the party here, but congratulations on your deal with Blasted Heath!

    Comment by Mark Boss — March 7, 2012 @ 8:46 am

  15. George, Col, Al, Mark (I thanked others previously) your kind words mean a lot. These comments warm the heart when the going gets tough as it all does for us from time to time. Thank you.

    Comment by Elaine Ash — March 7, 2012 @ 10:04 am

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