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How Asia Specialists Crime Wave Press Opened to the World

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In the summer of 2012, my friend Hans Kemp and I were sitting in Bangkok, Thailand, talking about the changing world of publishing and the new challenges facing small independent publishers and writers. Hans and I had just collaborated on a successful illustrated book — Sacred Skin, Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos — for his Hong Kong based publishing house Visionary World.

And I had just had the rights to my first novel, The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu returned to me by a local publisher. I was also sitting on a crime novel, The Cambodian Book of the Dead, I had not managed to sell yet.

“Why don’t we start a crime fiction imprint?”

“We could specialize in crime fiction from Asia. There’s bound to be lots of writers out here trying to find a publisher. And there’s plenty of crime to write about. “

“And we’d have two titles to start with immediately.”

“We could call it Crime Wave Press.”

It was really as easy as that. Well, sort of. Well, not quite….

Read on at Publishing Perspectives this week.

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