If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.

Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Confessions of a Virgin Editor

I learned of Sarah E. Glenn and Gwen Mayo's story and invited them to guest blog on Writers Who Kill, the Salad Bowl Saturday version. As writers and now publishers, they have a different perspective than those who only do one thing or the other.

Without further ado, here is Sarah E. Glenn.

~ Jim

In 2012, I lived out an author's version of a country song. My father's health condition went terminal, and my spouse and I relocated to help care for him. We gave up our house, our jobs, and our healthcare, but we also gave up our writing friends, Bouchercon, Magna cum Murder, and anything passing for quiet time.

In a country song, the dog dies. In the writer's version, your publisher folds. We loved the Pill Hill folks, but, like us, life circumstances dictated that they focus on something more important than the written word. I hope that in time Pill Hill will reopen.

So: 2013 begins, we've begun writing again, but we have no publisher to turn to. Gwen has a sequel suitable for a mainstream press, but I tend to write weird stuff. Sometimes it's just odd stuff, other times I combine it with non-mainstream heroes. We both like writing short stories, but openings for our special flavor of fiction are scarce. Pill Hill had all sorts of great anthology ideas: one of my favorites was “The ePocalypse - Emails at the End”. Teams of authors wrote stories that were purely interactions between people facing the end of the world. Gwen and I wrote a story about two detectives who have one final case they're trying to solve.

With a favorite venue closed, we decided to publish our own anthologies and invite others to contribute to them. We've had some good responses from our friends at Sisters in Crime - several members have submitted stories.

Our maiden effort is STRANGELY FUNNY: a collection of stories that combines the paranormal with the funny. We received several good stories built around the popular creatures of the night - vampires and zombies, but we also got a great story about a group of animated toys that pull a heist. We received one about a talking lizard-chicken in Native American myth. I also read so many stories about cannibalism that I'm considering doing an anthology of them. Who would have thought cannibalism could be funny, outside of "To Serve Man"?

What I've learned so far: why editors are such stick-in-the-muds about format guidelines. I can spot a typo or a homophone and fix it. If an author has given up on the Oxford comma, I can (and will) fix that. If someone goes old school and puts two spaces at the end of a sentence, I can do a global find and replace. Quotation marks are more problematic. Single or double varies according to the country one is from. A global find and replace is a bad idea when a story has a lot of conversations and contractions. What frustrates me the most, however, are those items invisible unless you use the magic setting on Word - hard returns and altered indents. I've definitely made some additions to the writers' guidelines on our site.

I've also learned that there are a lot of good writers out there. Choosing the stories for STRANGELY FUNNY became very difficult, especially when I had a dozen good stories left on my “short” list, but only enough space for four. I'm a writer. I know how rejection feels. I didn't want to say “no,” but I did. The ones that closed the deal: 'monsters' with all-too-human flaws, tales of otherworldly “misfits” dealing with real world situations, and paranormals with unusual handicaps, like a vampire with broken teeth. I like things a little “different,” even by the standards of fantasy and horror.

Right now, I'm hoping people will enjoy our first offering. Come back in a year, and I'll have more to share.


Sarah E. Glenn is the editor for Mystery and Horror, LLC. She has a degree in journalism, but didn’t really learn grammar until she studied Greek and Latin. STRANGELY FUNNY, her maiden voyage as an anthology editor, is a collection of humorous paranormal tales. Contributors include Joette Rozanski, WWK’s Gloria Alden, and Catriona McPherson.

STRANGELY FUNNY is scheduled for August 1, 2013 release.
You can preorder at their website http://www.mysteryandhorrorllc.com/products.html

Catch Sarah at her blog http://saraheglenn.blogspot.com or


Gloria Alden said...

Thank you, Sarah, for including me in your anthology. It made me soar for a few days when I got the message.

Your life story is all too familiar. I never had to care for my parents, although my father did have a stroke and ended up in a nursing home, he wasn't that far away not to visit often. Also, with 5 siblings and my mother, he had lots of attention. But I did have to care for my young son with cancer. Quite heartbreaking. Life does have it's ups and downs, but overall most of us do survive and every hardship makes us stronger and better writers.

James Montgomery Jackson said...

I think you have a very interesting story to tell, and wish you both the best of luck in your writing and publishing.

~ Jim

Paula Gail Benson said...

Sarah, best wishes on your publishing career. Your anthologies sound both intriguing and delightful. I'm looking forward to reading them.

Warren Bull said...

I think every author should spend some time as an editor or maybe a contest judge to appreciate all that goes into editing.

E. B. Davis said...

The anthology sounds like fun! Put me on your newsletter list as a reader and distribution to authors for call for stories, please. I love the title, "To Serve Man," and a werewolf with teeth problems would be fun reading.

Kara Cerise said...

I appreciate your perspective as writer and now publisher, Sarah. The stories in STRANGELY FUNNY sound creative and fun!