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So Far, So Good

Thursday, February 01, 2007
Before I get to the news of the day, allow me to say - I go out of town for the weekend, and you ALL upgrade to the new Blogger? That's how it seemed, at least, and that's the reason the site was down for a couple of days.

A little over a week ago, celebrated its one year anniversary. The first year was a lot of fun, with new, interesting blogs popping up all over. I had the chance to meet a number of contributors down in Austin and hope to meet more of you over the next couple of years. You guys are what makes this site great; you write the stories, I just provide the Word templates.

In Other News: Bill Crider has been nominated for an Edgar award, as everyone who matters knows (note: if you didn't know this, you don't matter). The nominated story, "Cranked", was a direct sequel to a story he wrote for "Going Twice", the second big blog story project, and appeared in Damn Near Dead, one of the best anthologies of 2006. Congrats to Bill, to editor Duane Swear Sweirz Duane S., and to publisher David Thompson.

To celebrate, Duane held a contest for the best absolutely true fact about Bill. I was a little late to that party, but I happen to know that Bill has a secretary named Lincoln, and Abraham Lincoln had a secretary named Crider.

Dave Zeltserman at Hardluck Stories is now accepting submissions for the "truthiness" issue. Inspired by Stephen Colbert, Dave's zine was even plugged on Comedy Central's web site. In related news, I'm starting the "Dave Z. Sells Out" countdown.

Have I mentioned that ThugLit is now a monthly? After vaulting into the top rank of crime 'zines last year, now only do they pay but you can't seem to get rid of them.

Last, critic Dick Adler is running his new novel, Men's Adventure, in installments over at the Rap Sheet. I implore you to go check this out immediately.

Incidentally, I just noticed that I have mentioned, just in this post, a virtual anthology posted to blogs, and webzine that has become one of the top markets in just a few issues, and novel serialized in blog posts. Anyone doubt the web has changed publishing?

posted by Graham Powell at 10:20 AM