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At 4:05pm on July 6, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Hi Benjamin,  the discussion on the forum about social commentary in crime fiction has gotten quite a lot of responses.  This has inspired us at Noir Nation to add a new section to the first issue of Noir Nation wherein writers opine on the following question: Must crime noir have a moral point?  The word limit is 300 to 500 words. Include short bio, and photo. There is a $25 honoraria, payable on publication. Best five get published in Issue No. 1. Send to eddie@evegaonline.com

 

-- Eddie Vega, Noir Nation editor in chief
At 5:52am on June 28, 2011, Noir Nation said…
You just might find him or her in the first issue of Noir Nation, due out in September.
At 8:20am on June 13, 2011, I. J. Parker said…
Great!  Side-loaded?  Who knew?
At 1:07am on June 13, 2011, I. J. Parker said…
Thanks, Benjamin, for the link.  The book is doing amazingly well, publicity-wise. A lot of people willing to help.  You, too!  Thank you.
At 4:12am on May 21, 2011, Jennifer Chase said…

Hi Ben,  Would love to submit to your blog (great blog by the way :).  Let me know which ones.  I have some others I'm working on about fingerprints too.   -Jen (contact: jchase2000@aol.com)

 

At 1:11pm on April 27, 2011, Laura L. Cooper said…
Thanks for the invite.  BTW loved the cover and title for WHO WHACKED THE BLOGGER?  Good luck with the story!
At 3:52am on February 25, 2011, Dorte said…
Thanks for your mail. Will take a look at your website + stories later - have got the flu right now :(
At 3:09pm on September 14, 2010, Copper Smith said…
Remember Goofus's and Gallant?
Read all about Goofus's drift to the dark side in 'Always the bad example.'
At 4:22pm on June 23, 2010, Melissa Emerald said…
Now I see the problem. I can't read. But I never let that stop me from writing. Besides, in journalism, we all just looked at the photos. :-)

You wrote, "I asked a retired newspaper reporter (no, they don't all fall off the wagon before 40) how long articles should be. He answered, "Until it's done.""

"Until it's done" or "As many as it takes" used to be the word count for news stories. These days, what with short reader attention spans and the high cost of newsprint, short is in. Editors at the paper I used to work for generally liked a story to be between 8 and 14 inches ... unless it's a juicy one.

As far as books go, take a look at the links that I posted in your thread. I think those will be good guidelines for all of us. At least that's what this unpublished writer is shooting for. :-)
At 4:01pm on June 23, 2010, Melissa Emerald said…
Ah...I thought I read a post where you said you were a retired newspaper reporter ... something I rarely hear of. Most of my colleagues can't afford to retire. Even more sad, most of my colleagues (including me) are victims of newsroom downsizing.

BTW ... I'm jealous of that $42.71 401k you've got going there. I think mine has $22.50. On the up side, being much older than you means I don't need to make mine last as long. :-)
At 3:06am on June 22, 2010, Stacy said…
Good luck on the new book in November, Ben! I just got my fourth deal too! My book will be out some time next year. It's so early I don't know when yet but the ball's rolling fast. We're already getting things done and it's not close to next year, LOL!

You can read more about it at my website. If you visit, sign my guestbook!

Best Wishes!

http://www.stacy-deanne.net
At 2:45am on June 9, 2010, Kate the Book Buff said…
I started assigning MPAA ratings when a few church book clubs contacted me. They mentioned that they rely on my recommendations, but they were a little nervous as they didn't want to read anything rated PG13 or above. So I started putting the ratings on their for them, but it ended up being quite popular
At 2:01pm on June 7, 2010, Robin Spano said…
Thanks! Good luck to you, too. And thanks for those trailer tips. It's heartening to see one that's good and done on a zero budget. (Seems like it's usually one or the other.)
At 10:59am on June 7, 2010, Stacy Juba said…
Hi Benjamin, thanks for adding me as a friend. Congratulations on your book!
At 1:51pm on April 8, 2010, B.R.Stateham said…
Ben--just got home from work and read your review for Ffolkes' Medicine. Whew! I was worried. I had hopes you'd like it--but I was worried you might think it was a clunker.

I take it you must'uv liked it. (grinning)
At 12:50pm on February 16, 2010, Jon Loomis said…
Hey, man--congratulations on the book! Great news!
At 9:15am on November 18, 2009, RONALD FEASEL said…
add me my requests full
At 1:17am on September 22, 2009, Jennie Spallone said…
After finally getting my hubby to sit down and listen to the ending I'd planned -- he's into non-fiction so It's a pain to harness him to his seat for fiction -- he told me the twists were getting way too confusing. As I listened to his description of what was flying past him, I came up with a much simpler ending. Yet the reader will still be left wondering how one phone call ties into the end. I can fix that, of course, but I'm not sure I want to. Am I nuts?
At 1:03am on September 15, 2009, Jennie Spallone said…
Hi Ben,

Sounds like you're doing amazing! When you're near the end of your book and your mind blanks for a fierce ending, what tricks do you employ?
At 5:28am on July 31, 2009, Jon Loomis said…
Hey, thanks Benjamin! Yeah, I'm happy. They did a fine job. And I'm moving some books!

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