Entries in joe humphrey (3)


My Thoughts on John Grisham's The Litigators

So I'm reading John Grisham's The Litigators, and I have to say, while it's not his best work, it's among his funniest, thanks to quirky characters that come in the form of two Odd Couple ambulance chasers lawyers who seem to always be at each other's throats or their legal secretary's. Owing to 711 Press, however, and their unique approach to storytelling, I'm somewhat spoiled by quick, to-the-point fiction nowadays. Grisham's book tends to drag out details and load the narrative with extraneous info that need not take up precious story space. I'm finding that to be true of much of what I read though, from various authors in the industry.

The truth is, someone, long ago, came up with a set of publshing rules that dictated the "average" length of a novel, and when all the big houses came on board, well, authors had to toe the line in order to get published. Now you have books that have to fall above 75,000 or 85,000 words in order to be considered full length, despite the story the author intended to tell (and maybe that story was 150 pages long originally, before being stretched to 400+ pages). Whatever, all I'm saying is, it's starting to wear on me, and I'm finding myself more partial to 711 Press's more lean and direct storytelling methods. I seriously think they're redefining the storytelling form; repackaging it for the current, on-the-go generation, particularly the one beset by all these modern day distractions and competiting entertainment mediums.

Yeah, Grisham's book has my interest for the most part, but it is a long slog, I gotta say, and at the end of the day, my time is very precious. But to each his and her own.


My New Series is Coming Along Nicely

Just to keep everyone in the loop, I've decided to grace 711 Press with a brand new adventure, which will be unveiled next year (still can't get over the long wait myself, trust me). But it will be a whopper of a story. I'm all about mystery and detecting so that will figure into my series. Yes I said series, folks. No one-offs for the kid. This series, however, will be a departure from the Kevin Bailey book A Dirty Business, a series which is now on hiatus thanks to the new deal I signed with 711 Press a few months back. Things are looking up and I'm excited to be writing within their universe, since all of the Movie and TV Books exist there. Avid 711 readers must know this by now, however.

At any rate, look for the bizarre and downright mysterious, as I plan on delving into uncharted territory with this one. We're talking voodoo, hexes, psychic abilities, government conspiracies and cover-ups (hey, it wouldn't be a 711 Press product without 'em) and much, much more. I believe I've created a strong, mystrious protagonist with a dark past that should intrigue new readers and longtime fans alike for years to come.

Keep you posted.



Joe Humphrey is in the House

Well, it's official, I finally got around to signing those contracts and having the extended Skype meetings about future projects with the heads of 711 Press, Daniel Middleton and Jaime Vendera. And I'm pleased with the way things are going. I know I've been out of the game for a while but I've had a lot of time to develop stories and think about a direction for the things I plan to bring to the table, so look for new material from me early 2013! Yep, I said 2013. Turns out the 711 Press schedule  is fully booked for 2012 so I won't make my debut here till next year, unfortunately. (These guys run a tight ship! LOL)

In the meantime, I'll be blogging my thoughts and insights (if you can call them that) on the official 711 Press Blog, so catch me here from now on. The Blogger addy is going to stay up but it is dead from here on out. I'll be importing what little I posted there though, but new blogs will go up from time to time. (Yeah, they also enforce that here too, but ya ain't heard it from me.)

Holla at ya soon, people.