Introducing Slattery Publishing

So that I now have books on IngramSpark and Amazon and have created The Chamber Magazine and have some items on Zazzle and am constantly exploring other possible online businesses, I have decided to bring them all under the organizational umbrella of Slattery Publishing. Expand this article to read more…

I have decided to push Slattery Publishing a bit more as a business.

I created Slattery Publishing (not an official, established, incorporated company, just a one-man operation) to get a check in the box when I published A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror on IngramSpark. The form requested a publisher, so I gave them that name. Slattery Publishing also had a different logo originally. The current logo is another spur of the moment decision.

So that I now had books on IngramSpark and Amazon and was creating The Chamber Magazine and had some items on Zazzle and was constantly exploring other possible online businesses, I decided to bring them all under the organizational umbrella of Slattery Publishing.

As you know, I have published my works on Amazon and one at IngramSpark as well. Recently, while watching some YouTube videos, I became interested in publishing no or low content books as an additional line of income. They are relatively easy to make and may bring in another cash flow if handled right.

If you are not familiar with no/low content books, these are books like journals and diaries and blank books (no content) and coloring books and puzzles, etc. (low content books).

I have not tried to create any low content books yet, but I have created several on Amazon. They are fun and easy to make. I made a few test samples, which are at amazon.com/author/philslattery. These I made with no title or subtitle as those would be on the amazon page anyway and I did not want to limit possible buyers to a particular subject. A simple photo can be seen as representing many things, but once a title is added, those possibilities are narrowed considerably. But then, I found out that Amazon indexes by title and subtitles and it’s easier to recognize the purpose of a book if it has a title. Therefore, my next several books all had titles and subtitles.

Once I started creating these books, my creativity took hold and I found it was hard for me to stop creating these. I decided to start afresh with the journals and to keep them separate from my personal Amazon account, so that my few works of fiction wouldn’t be lost in the deluge of no-content books. Therefore, I created a separate Amazon account for Slattery Publishing.

I have created several notebooks so far. I am trying to make them incredibly beautiful and colorful, so that they catch eyes wandering over hundreds of notebooks trying to find the prettiest one or the one that best suits their philosophy or mood or whatever. Also, I now try to give them titles that reflect a certain subject, which is represented by the cover art. I also put a watermark related to the subject on each page and all the pages are numbered. Although most “blank books” don’t do this, I would find it useful if I ever wanted to jot down where I could find a specific note or create a table of contents or whatever. I also make them often in large sizes (8.5 x 11) with 200-300 pages so that the owner make copious notes. I also make some in a more convenient 6 x 9 size and I will experiment with other sizes as my creative side develops.

So, check out the notebooks at the links above and see which you think is the most beautiful and eye-catching. If you really like something, let me know, so that I can expand on that line. If you see something you don’t like, let me know, so that I can improve the marketability of my books and Slattery Publishing will be able to produce better books.

A few examples of the covers are below. you can find all at Slattery Publishing.

Be forewarned: as these are new, there may be a few glitches on Amazon’s part. I spot-checked one and it had someone else’s interior. All mine will have numbered pages and a watermark on each page. Nothing else at this point, though I will probably introduce lined pages soon.

More choices are available at Slattery Publishing.

Alternate Ad For A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror

I am testing this to see how effective it might be if I used in marketing channels (keywords, links, etc.) other than the ones I have been using for it.

Ad for A Tale of Hell
New ad created August 19, 2020.

Two of My Works Now in Paperback

Available on Amazon Kindle
Available on Amazon Kindle

Now available at Amazon in paperback: my novelette Click, an action/adventure tale set on the south Texas coast, and my short story collection examining the dark side of love, The Scent and Other Stories.

In Click, a Texas policeman, on a secluded island while recovering from the guilt of shooting an unarmed man, suddenly finds himself under attack by unknown assailants and caught up unknowingly in a web of intrigue.

Reader Charles Stacey gave Click five stars and commented: “Author has a wonderful ability to develop the characters using few words. Great foreshadowing to build suspense. And then a really outstanding twist at the end that left me smiling.”

In this The Scent and Other Stories, I explore the dark, sometimes violent, sometimes twisted, sometimes touching side of love, the side kept not only from public view, but sometimes from our mates. Set in the modern era, these stories range in setting from forbidden interracial love in the hills of 1970’s Kentucky to a mother’s confession in present-day New Mexico to the callous manipulation of a lover in Texas.

Readers comments on The Scent and Other Stories include:

On “The Scent”

“This story has a lovely dreamy quality whilst being unsettling too. It lingers on half processed emotional experiences and leaves the reader asking ‘what if’ and ‘if only’ – feelings that are familiar for so many people.”

“You wrote about something we can all relate to – how, out of the blue, the scent of something evokes a memory of something long past; and the emotions we felt at the time! A clever story …”

“This descriptive piece about remembrance, the thought of what might have been, is a common sad thread that will resonate with those have experienced the pain of that one love lost. Slattery’s use of scent was exquisite as we feel Quinn’s pain and hope that he finds his peace, at last.”

On “Decision”

“Fantastic writing – I held my breath for most of the story. The descriptions of the countryside and the people were beautiful and the tension compelling. This could possibly be the start of a novel or a suite of stories. Thank you very much and good luck with your writing in the future”

“Suspenseful and engaging. The dialogue and descriptions kept pace with the action. Well done.”

On “A Good Man”

“Lots of detail examining an old question of how do you judge a person’s life. It left me wondering.”

“Great job capturing the social climate of the sixties. Good choice for how to present the story – deathbed “confession” by the mother. I enjoyed it.”

On “The Slightest of Indiscretions”

“Excellent writing brings this poignant story to life and makes the reader work to understand more of what might be. Very many thanks for a satisfying, emotionally intelligent read…”

Available on Amazon Kindle
Available on Amazon Kindle

A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror is currently available only on Kindle, but it should be out in paperback in the very near future.  Watch for it at Amazon.

Readers of the stories contained include:

In this collection of published and previously unpublished stories of horror, I offer a look into the minds of people who perpetrate horrors, from acts of stupidity with unintended results to cold-hearted revenge to pure enjoyment to complete indifference. Settings range from 17th-century France in the heart of the werewolf trials to the Old West to the present and on to alien worlds in the distant future. Comments on previously published stories include:

Jay Manning, editor of Midnight Times commented in its Spring, 2006 issue: “Wolfsheim” is basically a traditional horror story that tells the tale of a small European village confronted by the threat of werewolves. If you like stories about lycans, you definitely need to check this one out. Great stuff.”

Publisher Charlie Fish of Fiction on the Web summarizes “A Tale of Hell” as a “… chilling vision of hell”. Other comments on “A Tale of Hell” from readers of Fiction on the Web:

“An intense and well paced story, cleverly leading the reader up a number of garden paths before Jack’s reality finally clarifies and appears in all its horror. The writing is focused and spare as Jack’s malevolent characteristics and idiosyncrasies manifest themselves…Overall a strong tale that lingers in the imagination…”

“brilliantly descriptive piece on man´s apparently unstoppable descent, literally into hell,…”

” Enjoyed this story. I thought it was nicely written. Started with a familiar vision of hell, but added several unique treatments; kept me interested in how it all would end. Thanks”

Publisher Charlie Fish of Fiction on the Web summarizes “Dream Warrior” as a “…powerful revenge epic about a man who visits his Mexican grandfather for spiritual guidance after a violent crime results in the death if his fiancée”. Fiction on the Web readers commented:

“quite literally a rite of passage, mystical and with an interesting payoff, one which Miguel may have to reckon with in time. some very good writing and characterisation. well done”

“…this is a rite of passage, complex and rich with significance. The cultural invocations are vivid and intense, the work of a writer in his/her full stride. The future for Miguel, who knows? The readers interest is fully engaged with what is to come…”

“Really enjoyed the story-kept me up past my bedtime reading it!”

Available on Amazon Kindle
Available on Amazon Kindle

“I loved the concept, was fascinated by the almost hallucinatory detail of legend with its fatal shadowlands.”

Reader comments on “Murder by Plastic” includPhile:

“Chilling and brilliantly economical”

“Very well-paced and intriguing”

“Fabulous story! Five stars!”

While you are at Amazon, visit my new author’s page and visit it frequently to keep up with my newest releases and stay on top of my new  miniblog.