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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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Jed Power replied to Richard Krauss's discussion Where and why did you buy that book?
"That is only if you are self-published, I. J. You are technically allowing them to be the publisher. If you have started your own publishing company only that name will be on the book, just as they do for publishing companies that have been around…"
Jed Power replied to Richard Krauss's discussion Where and why did you buy that book?
"Your problem may be that you didn't start your own small publishing company (which is very easy to do.) There is no way possible for a library to know (unless you tell them) that you are the owner of said small publishing firm. They are just as…"
Jed Power posted a blog post

Hardboiled is No More

I've just had a story published in "Hardboiled."  Unfortunately it is their last issue after almost 25 years of publication.Some great stories by some great writers, many of whom went on to be very successful authors.  Gary Lovisi did an outstanding job as editor/publisher through the years.The magazine will be missed!See More
Sep 10
Jed Power replied to Richard Krauss's discussion Where and why did you buy that book?
"Hi Joy, If you're looking for more "Dead Sand," by Dubois and signed, Abebooks has a few all in Fine condition with Fine dust jackets.  All under $15.00 which includes shipping."
Aug 4
Jed Power commented on Dana King's blog post Writing as a Career
"I agree with most of what you say, Dana.  On the other hand, most of these writers are frustrated by continually dealing with small book publishers and non-paying or very little paying short story markets.  Why they continue to submit to…"
Aug 2
Jed Power commented on Stephen Seitz's blog post Another good year at Bookstock
"Congratulations!  Having only 3 copies left tells us nothing though.  Wonder if you had 100 to start or 10?  Also if you are with a traditional publisher, and what size is it, or Indie published.  That makes a huge difference.…"
Jul 28
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)…"
Jul 24
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…"
Jul 21
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…"
Jul 20
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…"
Jul 19
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…"
Jul 19
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

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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 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
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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Hardboiled is No More

I've just had a story published in "Hardboiled."  Unfortunately it is their last issue after almost 25 years of publication.

Some great stories by some great writers, many of whom went on to be very successful authors.  Gary Lovisi did an outstanding job as editor/publisher through the years.

The magazine will be missed!

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 8:55am

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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