What are some upcoming trends?
ISIS erotica. Works by Franciscan philosophers about what poverty meant in the 12th century. Writings by artists. Experimental artist e-books. All trending.
What book/genre/topic would you like to see cross your transom?
What’s a transom? Sorry, we only publish two days a week.
What topic don’t you ever want to see again?
There are no topics that are not worth being topical if they are approached with real verve and a genuine sense of curiosity. Unfortunately, there are topics that seem to inspire the same dull insights about why they ought to matter and what they ought to instill in us. Why is this? I don’t know. Badlands steers clear of these topics. They include stories about families, love lives of academics, and books that act like manuals for making money or finding inspiration in everyday life. Anything about Henry Kissinger.
What is unique about your corner of the industry?
I was told by one of our authors that she loves how her friends who don’t typically read buy our books. So we would say that what is unique about our corner is that we publish books for people who don’t read. Or maybe another way to put this is that people who pick up our books tend not to read the [genre] that they think the books belong to. For example, New Lovers, which is our erotic novella series, is geared toward people in their 20s and 30s who don’t regularly read erotica. But because the New Lovers books tell stories that resonate with what it means to be young and in the world today, for better and for worse, people pick them up. The case is the same for Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins. It’s a breezy art history book for people who don’t read art history.
Any interactions with indie authors lately?
Badlands has more interactions with poets and artists. We publish by and large from the vantage point of poets and artists. This is the milieu that Badlands is from. Not even sure what an indie author is.
Founded by Paul Chan in 2010, Badlands Unlimited publishes e-books, limited edition paper books, and artist works in digital and print forms: “Historical distinctions between books, files, and artworks are dissolving rapidly. We publish and produce new works by artists and writers that embody the spirit of this emerging dissolution. We make books in an expanded field.”