Funny, Irreverent Account of Christopher’s Rebellious Journey through the American Job Market Also Seen As “Survival Guide” for Gen-X and Millennials
LIGHTNING RELEASES: BANGKOK (12/3/2014) – The Job Pirate by Brandon Christopher will be the first book published by Bleeding Heart Publications, a new literary publishing house based in Southeast Asia that specializes in full-length and short creative non-fiction and fiction for the U.S. market. The book will be released in all formats on Feb. 19, 2015, and be available online and in bookstores. Christopher, who currently lives in Portland, Oregon, but grew up in Los Angeles, writes with wit, panache and ruthless honesty about two dozen of the more than 82 “crappy” jobs he has worked over the last 20 years, primarily in LA. These include stints as a mortuary driver, a florist, a mover, a door-to-door water purifier salesman, an entertainment industry chauffeur, a plumber, a sales clerk, a rehab hotline operator, and the only straight writer at a gay porn magazine publisher.
Watch The Job Pirate video and Q&A with Brandon Christopher.
Often hilarious and sometimes absurd, The Job Pirate also possesses a muckraking, journalistic edge as Christopher steps out from behind the driver’s wheel, the cash register and the office desk to report on the lighter and darker sides of humanity in the workplace. At the end of the day, Christopher strips off the façade of the American Dream and gives us a penetrating and ultimately compassionate look into the work lives of everyday Americans who are just trying to survive, and whom we encounter anonymously every day.
Christopher views his book as a “survival guide” for his own Gen-X and the upcoming Millennials. “Knowing the score is half the battle,” he explains. “Once you realize that this is no longer your Dad’s America, it becomes easier to survive it. My own Generation X plus the Millennials that are soon to follow have to understand that the rules have changed – a 30-year career, job security, pensions, retirement funds, social security, and 401Ks are quickly becoming things of the past. You can no longer have one job for the rest of your life, so you have to be prepared to reinvent yourself with every new occupation. You’ve got to become a Job Pirate just to survive now.”
Cali Dawson, managing director and co-founder of Bleeding Heart Publications, is thrilled that The Job Pirate will be the independent press’ first offering. “Brandon writes with such a distinctive and engaging voice,” she says. “He’s a serious and gifted writer, but he also has a lot of ‘bad boy’ charisma and attitude. We’re honored to be publishing The Job Pirate and will do everything we can to make it a success. We are committed to publishing high-quality creative non-fiction, and happy that Brandon and The Job Pirate are leading the way.”
Christopher has published more than a dozen short stories and essays in magazines, literary journals, websites and anthologies. In 2007, he published his first autobiographical book, Dirty Little Altar Boy, through Ghost Pants Press. He also is a writer and producer of several documentaries and TV biographies, including: Just for the Record – The Rolling Stones, the highly acclaimed 16-hour documentary The Definitive Elvis, and The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made.
Bleeding Heart Publications was created in 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand, by a small, dedicated group of British and American ex-patriots – led by co-founders Gordon Ross, director, and Dawson. The independent press has four books scheduled for publication in all formats in 2015 and is aggressively seeking manuscripts and short stories from new and previously published authors. Bleeding Heart Publications also will publish Transfusion, a twice-yearly literary journal featuring short stories of 5,000 words or less and poetry. The company is registered in Singapore with editorial offices in Bangkok, Thailand.
Bleeding Heart Publications is launching with a comprehensive advertising and social marketing campaign, including a full-page ad that will run in the New York Times Book Review on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. It also has allocated six-figure USD budgets for marketing each of its first two books.
Bleeding Heart Publications is partnering with Greenleaf Books in Austin, Texas, to provide book and cover design, production and distribution services, and marketing across all formats and platforms in the U.S.
For more information about Brandon Christopher and The Job Pirate, visit his author’s website. For more information about Bleeding Heart Publications, its authors and submission policies, visit the BHP website. For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with BHP’s principals or authors, contact Scott Busby at The Busby Group at [email protected] or 310.475.2914.