“Fahrenheit only break the rules. Fahrenheit 13 burns the rule book and buries it out in the desert..."
In the new era of book selling, the internet is the battlefront and indie presses like Fahrenheit are on the front line, when the opportunity came up to join their gang I jumped at it.
Fahrenheit don't play by the rules. Sometimes you'd think they don't even know what the rules are, but believe me they do, they're savvy sons of bitches, and anyway it's more fun to break the rules if you know you're breaking the rules, right?
I've collaborated with Chris McVeigh before, of course, over Grant Nicol's books. Up front, straight down the line and I haven't yet left a business meeting sober.
Fahrenheit have a simple business model: do right by the authors and the readers and everybody else, and have fun while you're doing it. Have fun, because otherwise there's no point in doing it at all.
So, here I am, the new head of a new imprint and it's important to me that Fahrenheit 13 has a distinctive feel. So if Fahrenheit are the punk publishers of crime fiction, where does that leave Fahrenheit 13?
Simple: Fahrenheit only break the rules. Fahrenheit 13 burns the rule book and buries it out in the desert.
Hardboiled, pulp, crossover, literary, neo- or classic noir, everything goes.
Fahrenheit 13 is Fahrenheit with a harder edge and nothing to lose.
But it's still going to be fun. It's going to be a blast.
Chris Black (Senior Editor, Fahrenheit 13)