Dana King's Blog – March 2009 Archive (6)

Flash Fiction on Powder Burn

My flash fiction, "A Twenty-First Century Hero" has been published on the Powder Burn Flash web site. Thanks to everyone who participated in the "flawed hero" discussion here on Crimespace a few weeks ago, as this story is the direct result of that discussion.

Added by Dana King on March 31, 2009 at 12:40am — 2 Comments

Marketing and the Publisher's Role

(Cross posted at One Bite at a Time.)



Authors have been expected to pick up increasing amounts of the marketing responsibility for their books in recent years. The recent economic slump has not diminished publishers’ inclination in this direction. It is often recommended to include potential marketing hooks, and to describe what the author intended to do as a marketer, in the initial query letter.



Among the marketing ideas often… Continue

Added by Dana King on March 26, 2009 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

A True Mystery

(Cross posted on One Bite at a Time.)



It started out like a normal Saturday: grocery shopping, run a couple of errands, then home for lunch. Last Saturday’s first errand was a trip to the Post Office to pick up Express Mail that had been waiting since Wednesday.



It was a cardboard mailer, standard letter size. A book, I thought, though why someone would spend $25.15 to Express Mail a book for review was beyond me.I opened the… Continue

Added by Dana King on March 19, 2009 at 9:43am — 3 Comments

"Green Gables" to be Published

Todd Robinson of ThugLit webzine has selected my short story, "Green Gables," for inclusion in ThugLit's next annual anthology. Many thanks to Big Daddy Thug and Lady Detroit, who provided valuable editing suggestions, and to everyone who saw the story and provided comments and encouragement before its submission.

Added by Dana King on March 9, 2009 at 10:48am — 2 Comments

"Vig" Available on "Crooked

My short story, "Vig," is available starting today on the Crooked webzine. Feel free to stop by and comment, compliment, or show derision. Check out the other stories while you're at it. Geoff is starting a nice little gig there.

Added by Dana King on March 4, 2009 at 4:08am — 1 Comment

A Twenty-First Century Hero

(Cross posted on One Bite at a Time.)



We had a pretty good discussion last week about whether modern heroes had to be flawed, and how flawed they should be. This is my response.



A Twenty-First Century Hero



My mouth tasted like a dirty sock. The clock on the wall showed 11:30. Insufficient information. I pulled back a curtain. Sunlight… Continue

Added by Dana King on March 2, 2009 at 4:03am — 4 Comments

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