NEW YORKED revise2

“Most cities are nouns; New York’s a verb.” —John F. Kennedy, quoted in Native’s Guide to New York

Coming in June from Polis Books.

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Path to Publication 3.1: Second Time’s the Charm!

Negotiations are complete. Contract is signed and in the mail. Nobody died. I’d call that a win.

Column is up at LitReactor. Read it here. 

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Reading at Noir at the Bar this Sunday


I’m reading this Sunday at Noir at the Bar! It’s taking place at Shade in the West Village!

I still don’t know what the hell I’m going to read. So this will either be a lot of fun or a horrible mess.

Come on by! 241 Sullivan Street, 6 p.m.

Also reading: 

Russel D. McLean
Hilary Davidson
Scott Adlerberg
Laura K. Curtis
Dave White
Alison Glasgow
Josh Bazell
Clare Toohey
Gregg Rossi

Here’s the page on Facebook where you can RSVP, which if you have Facebook, you should do that. 

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Path to Publication 3.0: I Have A Book Deal Again!

My Path to Publication column is back at LitReactor!

Come find out how much it sucks to lose a book deal and how nice it is to be back in business.

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I have a book deal again!

I’m thrilled to announce that—after my publisher abruptly shut down and dropped me last month—my books have found a new home: Polis Books.

Jason Pinter, the head of Polis, is a smart, passionate guy, and it’s great to be with a publisher that’s at the vanguard of the industry.

Here’s the official announcement from Publishers Marketplace:

Rob Hart’s debut novel NEW YORKED, about self-described “blunt instrument” Ash McKenna who wakes up to find that the woman he loves has been murdered, and must cut through the city’s underworld to find her killer while confronting his own family history of violence, along with a sequel, CITY OF ROSE, to Jason Pinter at Polis Books by Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency.

Major props to my agent, Bree. She is a rockstar superhero.

It sucks losing a book deal. Here’s a thing you worked your whole life to achieve, and then you actually achieve it, and then it gets taken from you. It’s depressing on a level that’s hard to put into words. Luckily I had the support of an amazing community of writers and readers who reached out with a kind word, or the offer of a drink, or just a ‘like’ on Facebook. Every little bit helped, and it kept the days from being as dark as they could have been.

Now, though, it’s back into the light. Time to put the gears of war back into motion.

Look for New Yorked in print and digital in Summer 2015, with City of Rose to follow in Fall/Winter.

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New Thuglit!

There’s a new issue of Thuglit out in the wild, and I got a story in this thing.

It’s about a taco truck. It’s the fastest story acceptance I ever got; I read it at a Noir at the Bar in NYC and before I even left the mic Todd Robinson called dibs on it for the next issue.

Get it here.

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Books & Booze

Here is a video of me reading my story, “Confessions of a Taco Truck Owner,” at the Books & Booze event in Louisville earlier this month.

Check out their YouTube channel to see all the readers! Seriously, everyone killed it. I don’t know if I did. I’m not watching this. The idea of watching myself read? Horrifying.

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