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Amazon Breakout Novel Contest?
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Anyone have any info on the Amazon Breakout Novel Contest for 2014?Last year I think entries were taken from Jan. 14-Jan.  27.  I figured if the entry dates were going to be around the same time…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by I. J. Parker Jan 19.

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Happy to say I won a copy of the new Dana King crime novel, "Grind Joint," in a recent contest.I was looking forward to this one anyway; now I'm going to get it a few days early.It's published by…Continue

Tags: House, Crime, Stark, Joint, King

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Krauss Nov 3, 2013.

Is BSP Alone Allowed?
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I notice a very small number of people use the site for self-promotion exclusively and seem to offer nothing else to the group.  Is this allowed?Of course it may backfire on them anyway.  I totally…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin R. Tipple Oct 13, 2013.

1st & 3rd Person P. O. V. Novel?
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Does anyone have thoughts on a novel where some chapters (Protagonist) are in 1st person P. O. V., others in 3rd person?

Started this discussion. Last reply by iabanon Sep 28, 2013.


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Feb 19
I. J. Parker replied to Jed Power's discussion Amazon Breakout Novel Contest?
"I recently received an announcement from Amazon."
Jan 19
Jack Getze replied to Jed Power's discussion Amazon Breakout Novel Contest?
" New contest announced the other day .."
Jan 18
Jed Power replied to Jed Power's discussion Amazon Breakout Novel Contest?
"Hi, Jack.  Sorry but my kids say I'm not an expert at anything anymore. Seriously though, everything right up until you win (and the odds are only a bit better than winning a Mega Bucs Lottery) looks fine to me.  I was attracted…"
Jan 5
Jack Getze replied to Jed Power's discussion Amazon Breakout Novel Contest?
"Seems like they should announce it soon. Curious, Jed: Should you win or get picked as a finalist, are you happy with that contract? I was reading last year's. Seems restrictive. And you're my contract expert as I have no clue and usually…"
Jan 5
Jed Power replied to Jed Power's discussion Amazon Breakout Novel Contest?
"Thanks, MC, but I know all about it.  It's a great contest, run by Amazon with no entrance fee.  I've already been in a couple of times.   Just trying to find out if they are having it this year and submission dates.…"
Jan 4
MC - Tina replied to Jed Power's discussion Amazon Breakout Novel Contest?
"I entered it years ago but can't remember much other than it's been running several years now so it should be legit.  Just be sure you read contract good so you don't give away more than you care to (film rights etc). …"
Jan 3
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Amazon Breakout Novel Contest?

Anyone have any info on the Amazon Breakout Novel Contest for 2014?Last year I think entries were taken from Jan. 14-Jan.  27.  I figured if the entry dates were going to be around the same time period, that they would have announce it by now.  I can't find anything though.  See More
Jan 3
Jed Power commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post The By No Means Finished Ultimate (Cold) Reading List of Fiction For Men
"I don't get it, Victortia.  If this is somehow going to get men who don't read fiction, to do so--I think it will have the opposite effect.   I've been reading a novel literally every day of my life as far back as I can…"
Dec 31, 2013
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Book Signing

Used Book Superstore in Danvers, MA December 14, 2013 with my Dan Marlowe novels and "Stone Cold" Crime Anthology.
Dec 15, 2013
Jed Power replied to Jed Power's discussion OK To Use Real Business As a Location?
"Thanks for the reply, Tina. Since that post I've gone with using real locations.  I only use fictional ones when something negative or derogatory about the business is taking place.  Business owners seem to love having their business…"
Dec 11, 2013
MC - Tina replied to Jed Power's discussion OK To Use Real Business As a Location?
"Can you alter it just a bit?  I understand that if a name is changed at least 10% then one need not ask permission.  The Book Den could become Ye Old Book Den or Fisherman's Lounge could be Fisherman's Wharf Lounge or something…"
Dec 10, 2013
Jed Power replied to Eric Christopherson's discussion Top Ten Noir films
" Eric, All of them, including the ones you mentioned, except #7, are excellent films. I like to plug "They Live By Night."  One of my all time favorites.  It was based on the novel, "Thieves Like Us," and was the…"
Dec 7, 2013
Dana King commented on Jed Power's blog post New Spinetingler Story
"Thanks for the heads up. Nice angle. Well done."
Dec 5, 2013
Jed Power replied to I. J. Parker's discussion Crossing the genre lines.
"I'm trying to be good, Jack.  My wife and kids tell me I don't have enough friends as it is.  I don't want to lose any more.  "
Dec 5, 2013
Jed Power replied to I. J. Parker's discussion Crossing the genre lines.
"I know common wisdom is to write in more than one genre so you can make more sales, but I don't do it.  Maybe some day.  Right now I find it enough of a challenge to master the couple of sub-genres in the mystery field which I enjoy."
Dec 4, 2013

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Woburn, Ma
About Me:
My first crime novel titled "The Boss of Hampton Beach" is available in trade paper and e-versions from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. My second crime novel in the Dan Marlowe series, "Hampton Beach Homicide," is also available in trade paper and ebook from the same outlets. The third in the Dan Marlowe crime series, "Blood on Hampton Beach," will be published in paper and e-versions Memorial Day 2014.
My Hampton Beach, NH bartender protagonist in all the novels is named Dan Marlowe. The real Dan Marlowe was my Dad's best friend and wrote "The Name of the Game is Death" while living with my family. He named a character in the novel after me, so I have returned the honor.
I have had many short stories published. They, with many more yet to be put up, can be purchased at Amazon, B & N, etc., or at Dark Jetty Publishing.
I also collect vintage Noir/Hardboiled paperbacks. Part of which is, I believe, the largest collection of Dan Marlowe novels, magazine stories and inscribed items.
I am an "Active" member of Mystery Writers of America.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Publisher
Books And Authors I Like:
Dan Marlowe, Charles Willeford, Harry Whittington, Fredric Brown, David Goodis, Gil Brewer, Steve Fisher, James Cain, Marcel Montecino, Eugene Izzi, Wallace Stroby, etc.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
ANY good Noir/Hardboiled movie. "Sopranos," "Breaking Bad," "Sons of Anarchy," in that order for TV.

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New Spinetingler Story

I have a  new story up at Spinetingler that might interest some here.  It concerns a writer and how he handles rejection.

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 8:42am — 1 Comment

"Stone Cold--Best New England Crime Stories" On Sale

The anthology, "Stone Cold--Best New England Crime Stories," is now on sale.

I am proud to have one of my short stories, "Pipe Dream," included.

Posted on November 23, 2013 at 5:03am

The Rap Sheet

I have the headline article today on The Rap Sheet blog.

Posted on October 12, 2013 at 3:52am — 1 Comment

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At 3:40am on September 15, 2013, dan petrosini said…

Thanks for the warm welcome Jed.

At 12:11am on March 17, 2012, Dale Phillips said…


First things first-- congratulations! You've got a book to publish.

Second, you are making important decisions with long-term consequences. In this new world of publishing, you're correct (and smart) to get control.

You need to be well-informed. Can't say this enough.

Get the following, and thoroughly digest them:

The Newbie's Guide to Publishing, by JA Konrath.

Dean Wesley Smith books:
Think Like a Publisher

Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing

New World of Publishing

Dan Poynter's Guide to Self-Publishing.

The website of Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
Because being your own publisher is a business, so it pays to know the business you're getting into.

That company who offered for your book is not really a publisher, they're providing one-time services and a website listing.

These are easy things to outsource, and you don't give up profits on your book forever. Do you still want to giving up a percentage of your book 5 years down the road? 10? Longer? As they say, "forever is a long time."

Okay-- has your book been professionally edited? It's going out as your brand- is it a professional product? Because it's going to establish your reputation.

It is vital that your book cover look professional as well. Your son may do a great job-- if so, that's terrific.
Better, though, for this task is experience and a proven track record-- and right now, you can get the bargain of a lifetime-- top-notch cover designer at a steal!

For formatting, there are people who will do it for a small fee. Compare rates and see what else they've done. We're talking at best, a couple of hours work, so price accordingly.

Yes, put out the ebook on Smashwords first. Because your ebook is instantly available in ALL e-reader formats. And you can get instant notification on each sale, can do coupons for free for reviewers, and it's 1-2-3 easy.
They have a free, easy-to-follow guide. You say you aren't technically savvy-- can you follow directions? Take a look at it, and work through it.

It's a pain point to have to learn this stuff, but you'll be doing it over and over for a long while, as each book is ready. You can do this yourself, or continue to pay others to do it for you-- your choice.

And for print, go to CreateSpace. They have templates, and it's a doable process for you. I've put out 5 books of short stories since December! They look great. A couple are already listed on Amazon, and I'll get the others up.

If you're going to be in this business, it's something vital to learn, or you're giving away a huge share of profits for simple stuff. We're talking a few hours and a bit of learning curve, but well worth it as a career move.

Jed, hope this helps. Hate to see people work so hard on the writing and then hand over the money to someone else for a bit of work.

At 11:06am on March 1, 2012, Dale Phillips said…

Thanks, Jed, and let me know when your books are up. I think you'll like the Zack Taylor series. I've got a 5-story collection in print and up on Smashwords, too:

All can be sampled first, so you can see if you'll like the writing!

At 1:41am on February 21, 2012, David DeLee said…

Hey Jed. I'm in the Manchester area. Hampton Beach is great. I don't get over that way nearly enough.

At 12:54am on January 8, 2012, Charles Kelly said…

Hi, Jed.  I'm writing a biography of Dan Marlowe and I'd love to interview you. I'm on Crimespace: Charles Kelly, Scottsdale, AZ, email, phone 480-205-5982.  Thanks.

At 5:11pm on May 22, 2011, Robert Christopher said…
Welcome. ;-)

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