As a side note they have raised their rates for fiction authors from $.05/word to $.10/word up to 10,000 words.
There’s the old adage about not judging a book by its cover (though sometimes publishers may spend several thousand dollars designing them). The same could probably be said about judging a book by a blurb. Picking up Andrew Post’s, Knuckleduster, one’s not only greeted with poor cover art but the blurb on the front about tempering rage with brass knuckles made this book seem as unappealing as a root canal.
We’re given an interesting protagonist in Brody Calhoun, a veteran who was blinded in an ambush in Egypt. He now makes his money using brass knuckles to beat up men who knock around their wives and girlfriends when they had one too many. The reason he asks for the money is so that he can buy batteries to recharge his carotene lenses that allow him to see. Not only are we given a hero that has an actual disability that he can’t overcome, but he is deathly afraid of his disability taking over his life. This isn’t something he can just push through or learn to live with as if he didn’t have a disability at all (think Rutger Hauer’s character from Blind Fury,1989). Brody has found a way to make money helping people while using loopholes to stay out of jail...more