A while back, I started an off-the-cuff project called the Crime Writer's Guide to Firearms & Knives. It started as a way to debunk some of the myths about weapons in crime fiction. It soon morphed into a beast of its own, including a glossary and a bit of weapons history.
The point behind this guide was to help crime writers portray firearms and knives accurately in their works. Weapons play a pivotal role in crime fiction. I'm not suggesting an author go in-depth a la Tom Clancy. But getting them right is important. Nothing stops a story (for me, anyway) like a character shooting clay pigeons with shotgun slugs.
The folks at Writer's Digest recently gave this idea the green light. It will be released as an e-book, probably under a slightly tweaked title.
This is a dream come true. I can remember seeing a copy of Writer's Digest as a young pup. I flipped through the pages and was fascinated by it. It helped put the idea of becoming a writer in my head at an influential time in my life.