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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.

GRIND JOINT WINNER!
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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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Jed Power replied to Richard Krauss's discussion Crime Digests/Magazines
"I have a subscription to both and read about half the stories in each. The others are usually in a sub-genre I'm not interested in. Except for those two, and the Strand, (which I'm boycotting because they don't respond to submissions)…"
9 hours ago
Jed Power replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"Yes, I agree with you. I wonder though if, again, all things being equal--talent, etc., someone with a law enforcement background's writing could be topped for realism in the police procedural field? Joseph Wambaugh comes to mind? All the…"
Sunday
Jed Power replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"Of course it doesn't require that one lived it. If it did very litte crime fiction would ever be written. Just an observation that it is hard to top someone with first hand experience if all other considerations, including talent are equal. As…"
Saturday
Jed Power replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"Of course no one has to take up a life of crime to write about it. There are very few criminals, that are known at least, that have written fiction. Fewer still that are any good and only a half-dozen maybe who are in the top tier of all time crime…"
Friday
Jed Power replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"Police reports can never give the same insight as someone who has lived the incidents. Funny you mention Mosley--he has acknowledged his admiration for Goines work. Mosley is a very good writer but so was Goines. Goines lived the life, Mosley…"
Friday
Jed Power replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"If all other things, such as talent, are equal then no one can write as convincingly as someone who has lived the life-style being written about. One example--Donald Goines. To this day no writer has written as realistically about black criminal…"
Jul 17
Jed Power replied to Susan's discussion Why Hate Women?
"Ha,Ha. "...what happened to me (Muslim man undressing me with his eyes)..." Thank goodness Christian men would never do that. This is a joke, right? To jack up interest in our recently slow site. That's got to be it. Please…"
Jun 21
Jed Power replied to Susan's discussion Why Hate Women?
"Never use xenophobia to fight an injustice. In the USA this is becoming a dangerously strong current used by many groups. Just listen to any radio talk show. As long as liberals and so-called progressives don't see this when they themselves use…"
Jun 20
Sam King replied to Jed Power's discussion OK To Use Real Business As a Location?
"Legally you CANNOT do this without permission.  The name of the pub may be registered. That would mean a corporate lawsuit of some type in future unless you got written permission.  For instance although I use Tiverton in my crime…"
Jun 17
Jed Power replied to Tom Greer's discussion Raymond Chandler
"I would start with "The Big Sleep." It may not be his best, but it was his first of only seven novels. He didn't start until his mid-forties. This way you can follow his progression as a writer and observe his deteriorating view of…"
Jun 7
Jed Power updated their profile
Jun 6
Jed Power replied to QualityBookReviews's discussion What are you currently reading?
"Just read again, "The Vengeful Virgin," by Gil Brewer.  Hardboiled crime fiction doesn't get much better than that."
May 24
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"Blood On Hampton Beach"

"Blood On Hampton Beach," the third crime novel in the Dan Marlowe/Hampton Beach series. It is now available in Trade Paper & e-versions everywhere. I'm working on the 4th in the series now.I also have a completed crime novel, "The Combat Zone,"…
May 22
Jed Power replied to David DeLee's discussion So, What's Everyone Working On
"Thanks, Joy, but I should be thanking you.  You're feedback, including titles, in our group has been a great help & fun. Jed"
May 16
Jed Power replied to David DeLee's discussion So, What's Everyone Working On
"My 3rd crime novel in the Dan Marlowe/Hampton Beach series, "Blood On Hampton Beach," will be out in paper and ebook in 1 week.  I'm working on the 4th. I also have a completed crime novel, "The Combat Zone," about a PI…"
May 16
I. J. Parker replied to Jed Power's discussion Amazon Breakout Novel Contest?
"I recently received an announcement from Amazon."
Jan 19

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Hometown:
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 also have a completed novel, the first in a proposed series, called "The Combat Zone," about a PI who hangs his hat in 1970's Harvard Square and prowls the Combat Zone, Boston's
red-light district. I am looking for a publisher who offers a hefty advance and/or a serious publicity push or an agent who can obtain one for this series.
I have had short stories published in Hardboiled, Spinetingler, Boys' Life, Over My Dead Body, The Rap Sheet, Stone Cold--Best New England Crime Stories, Plan B, Near To The Knuckle, Yellow Mama, Naked Kiss, Twist of Noir, Plan B Anthology 3, Short Story Digest, Short Story.Me!, and others.
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
Website:
http://www.darkjettypublishing.com
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…

Jed,

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. http://www.jakonrath.com/writers.htm

Dean Wesley Smith books:
Think Like a Publisher
http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?page_id=3736

Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing
http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?page_id=860

New World of Publishing
http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?page_id=2168


Dan Poynter's Guide to Self-Publishing.
http://www.amazon.com/Dan-Poynters-Self-Publishing-Manual-Write/dp/1568601425

The website of Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
http://kriswrites.com/
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!
http://indieauthorservices.com/2012/03/01/march-madness-cover-sale/

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: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/113991

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 pulpnoir22@aol.com, phone 480-205-5982.  Thanks.

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

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