Benjamin Sobieck's Blog (202)

Review: Vincent Zandri's Newest and Best Novel

The fourth book on my Vincent Zandri crime spree is also his newest, "Concrete Pearl." Having read and reviewed the unholy trio that put him on the map (read my reviews of…


Added by Benjamin Sobieck on July 10, 2011 at 9:36am — No Comments

Win $10,000 for First Crime Novel Contest

I can't win this. Maybe you should.

St. Martin's Minotaur and Mystery Writers Writers of America remind you that the deadline for requesting an entry form is November 15, 2011. The winner of the 2012 contest will be announced at the 2012 Edgar Awards banquet on April 26, 2012.

Sponsored by St. Martin's Minotaur and Mystery Writers of America (MWA), the winner will be offered a contract with a $10,000 advance.

Full rules are at… Continue

Added by Benjamin Sobieck on July 8, 2011 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Read Preview of "Maynard Soloman Fixes Social Security and Eats a Pony"

It's Blatant Self-Promotion Time!


I'm very pleased to announce the next standalone Maynard Soloman short story, "Maynard Soloman Fixes Social Security and Eats a Pony." After two previous installments, I finally feel like this series has hit its rhythm.


Once again, Trestle Press is offering this short story as an ebook for 99…


Added by Benjamin Sobieck on July 7, 2011 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Noir junkies: Black Heart Magazine has your fix

Hey, noir junkies! Pick up your styrofoam cup and get off the sidewalk. Black Heart Magazine is a kick-ass honest-to-goodness magazine based out of Austin, Texas. It touches on a lot of hardcore themes, including noir in its latest issue.



Added by Benjamin Sobieck on July 7, 2011 at 11:32pm — No Comments

Buy This Ebook or Go to Hell (If We're Doing BSP, We May as Well Be Honest)

When the trained chimps at Trestle Press approached me with the idea of "The Ultimate Six-Pack," I said, "I didn't know you had a liquor license." After explaining why my lame sense of humor should be illegal, it was revealed that this six-pack would involve…


Added by Benjamin Sobieck on June 23, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

A Damn Near Perfect Crime Novel


Book three in my Vincent Zandri marathon was…


Added by Benjamin Sobieck on June 17, 2011 at 11:34pm — No Comments

Chewing the Fat on the G-Zone

Listen to it right here on CrimeSpace. I called in to Giovanni Gelati's G-Zone podcast today. The more I do these calls, the easier it is to sound coherent. I write for a living, not talk in front of people. But I don't mind it.


I call in about halfway through. S.R. Edvalson talks about her new noir short story in the first half. Here you be:


Listen to…

Added by Benjamin Sobieck on June 17, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Authors: A Warning About Facebook Ads

This seems to be not isolated to my experience, since there are scores of threads online about how facebook is mismanaging its ad system. Once you open an ad account, it requires you to enter a billing method. However, I cannot close my ad account or remove that billing method. I've tried a million ways. I can't.


Seems scammy.


They also billed one of my advertising campaigns to my credit card when they should've done it to a coupon they e-mailed me. I sent no…


Added by Benjamin Sobieck on June 11, 2011 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Holy Crap I'm #2 on Amazon!

This is big news. I knocked the price of my collection of experimental flash fiction, "4 Killer Crime Stories in 4 Minutes," down to free.


As of this writing, it's the #2 best-selling free (that's an oxymoron) collection of short stories in all of Amazon. You can see the list here: (Note that ranking is only as of this writing, I don't know if it will still be there when you see…


Added by Benjamin Sobieck on June 6, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Thank You, CrimeSpace

Just wanted to take a time out from reading the threads and posts to say "thank you" to the CrimeSpace community. This year marked the culmination of a lot of hard work. I turned to the C'Spacers a lot during that time, and their insights helped me get to where I am today. I may not be rich or famous, but I've got a novel out I can be proud of.


Before you break out the guitars and sing, "Kumbaya," know that I'm not kissing anyone's arse in particular. It's just good to have a…


Added by Benjamin Sobieck on June 4, 2011 at 10:59am — 3 Comments

Review: "Godchild" by Vincent Zandri

The noir genre and I have an uneasy relationship. On the one hand, pitch black noir can entertain like no other. The characters are always in varying degrees of damnation, the violence is brutal, the alcohol/drug abuse is ubiquitous and nothing about the plot is as it seems.


On the other hand, there are certain noir stereotypes that never go away. If you've read one, you've read them all. There's the PI with the tortured past who drinks too much. There's the female in need of…


Added by Benjamin Sobieck on June 3, 2011 at 11:39pm — No Comments

I Interview Ian Ayris

Ian Ayris is not new to the crime fiction scene, but he is on the cusp of being a debut novelist. Caffeine Nights Publishing will release his crime novel, "Abide With Me," very soon.



Added by Benjamin Sobieck on June 1, 2011 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Listen to This Morning's Podcast Right Here on CrimeSpace

Earlier this morning, I appeared on the G-Zone live podcast show with Giovanni Gelati. It was fun to talk with the guy, and I hope he enjoyed my company.


You can listen to a recording of the podcast below. The first parts go into the stories behind my stories, like why I would choose to have a character named "Benjamin" in my novel. Enjoy!


Listen to…

Added by Benjamin Sobieck on May 28, 2011 at 2:56am — No Comments

Oh man, I hope my writing is as good as this cover

Trestle Press green-lit this cover this morning. It's for the first standalone in the Maynard Soloman short story series (the crusty ol' bastard's first appearance being in "Who Whacked the Blogger?")


This one is called, "Maynard Soloman Solves The War on Drugs." It's a lofty claim, but the cantankerous codger wouldn't say it if it weren't sort of true.



Added by Benjamin Sobieck on May 25, 2011 at 11:06am — 6 Comments

Taking a Time Out to Look Back

Oh man, Crimespace, it's been moving so quick on my end. Ever since I signed up with Trestle Press, I've been keeping busy with writing, promoting, networking and everything else (not bad things at all). It's time to stop and assess the situation.


Careful, you might turn into a pillar of salt.


I find I've carved out four distinct styles of writing. My various writing projects fall into one of these categories, published and…


Added by Benjamin Sobieck on May 24, 2011 at 12:04pm — 3 Comments

Listen to My Random Appearance on a Live Podcast

While I am looking forward to the May 27 live podcast at 8 a.m., I drunkenly crashed the G-Zone showyesterday evening. (OK, that's a lie, I was invited to an authors roundup by the host, but "crashed" sounds more exciting, doesn't it?)


I felt like an ant next to a herd of elephants amongst the other authors. Vincent Zandri. Big Daddy…


Added by Benjamin Sobieck on May 22, 2011 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

Make Plans May 27 to Verbally Harass Me for What I Write on CrimeSpace

Grease up those tongues for lashing, I'll be making an appearance on Giovanni Gelati's live podcast, "The G-Zone," at My live segment airs at 8 a.m. EST on Friday, May 27, 2011, at


"Live" means live-live, not recorded-live. There will even be a number you can dial in to harass me…


Added by Benjamin Sobieck on May 19, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Buy this, buy this, buy this, look at me

Hey, you!


Buy this book, or buy this book, but definitely buy this book or just pay attention to this sentence and buy something later.


Does BSP work? Or do readers find authors organically through non-BSP means?

Added by Benjamin Sobieck on May 15, 2011 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

Forget the Real World, Here's A VIRTUAL Launch Party for "Cleansing Eden"

Rather than rent out a community center or library for a "real-world" launch party, I'm hosting one virtually via my e-mail newsletter (shout out to CrimeSpace's Clay Morgan for the inspiration, as he's a big proponent of e-mail newsletters).


But unlike a regular old "buy this buy this buy this" event, this launch party is full of exclusive fun only for newsletter subscribers. I'm including plenty of prizes, an online video game based on the novel, writing I've never shared…


Added by Benjamin Sobieck on May 8, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

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