Two friends, Tom Vater and Hans Kemp, recently launched Crime Wave Press, in Hong Kong.
Here Tom explains how they began their publishing (ad)venture.
“In the summer of 2012, Hans and I were sitting in Bangkok talking about the changing world of publishing and the new challenges facing small independent publishers and writers. We had just collaborated on a successful illustrated book, Sacred Skin, Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos, for his Hong Kong based publishing house, Visionary World. Meanwhile, 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 yet managed to sell.
Our conversation went something like this.
“Why don’t we start a crime fiction imprint?”
“We could specialise 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 the full story at Asian Books Blog.