Today I’d like to direct you to a piece by Bill Crandell. Bill’s a really interesting guy, Vietnam vet, PhD in history, adoptive father, novelist, retired speech writer from DC by way of Ohio. Last year he won best short story nationally. Bill typically writes crime dramas from the Beltway, but this piece is memoir, straight from Bill’s soul to yours. What are you doing with your lunch hour? Why not give it a try?
I am looking for some folks who blog about books, mystery books, who would like to read a book before it is released, blog about it, and get a free copy of the book.The author I want to tell you about is William Crandell.
Bill is a Vietnam Vet in USA who writes historical and hardboiled detective fiction featuring WWII veteran Jack Griffin. Griffin’s books primarily take place in Washington DC, where Bill lived for a time and did extensive research, so his books are very accurate.
For myself, I am a real Raymond Chandler nut, and Bill’s books have the same wit and style.
Bill has won state arts grants for his writing, and just last year his short story “The Last Lootenant Wins His Fucking Medal” won national short story of the year. Bill’s first book in the series, “Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl” is coming out this summer.
You can read excerpts of it (there is only one currently but there will be more) on his blog, and see if you’d be interested in reading the whole book. If this interests you, and you want to help Bill, please shoot me an email through Bill’s blog.
Were you a member of the FB group and publisher Sweety Cat Press (SCP)? This wonderful group was doing its level-best to promote authors and get publishing out there, and it is folding because it is soooo difficult (absent a college to pay your way) to keep a small press going. Here @ DPP we have three imprints (Sci Fi, Horror, and Mystery/Detective) in addition to our straight-up literary arm (DPP) and, premiering later this month, our new online magazine (Instant Noodles). We pay a royalty for anthology pieces we accept for the printed books; we don’t charge authors of full-length works for editing or promotion or submission fees for contests, and we pay them royalties 2x/year. We work really hard at getting writers out there. And our submission pile is growing rapidly. Subscribe to our newsletter so you get updates on opportunities to publish. And consider buying a book. I can well-understand that SLC @ SCP can no longer do this. It is amazing he did it so long. So do, please consider buying a book from a small press for that next Xmas or birthday gift, or to read yourself:
****even if you are not in it.****
It is the only way small presses survive to bring you more publication opportunities. We are not making a living at this. It is a mission, and we cannot do it without the occasional purchase that is simply because you want to read, or give as a gift, good writing.
We are so sorry to lose SCP and that great community, but so lucky to have been a small part of it.
Are you a late bloomer? I know I am. Sometimes being a late bloomer can feel like you’ve just spent your prior time being unsuccessful, or focusing on the wrong things. But that’s truly not the case. I remember my favorite of all the primary care docs I’ve ever had told me she had gone to medical school in her late 40s, early 50s, after her children were through college. She was a wonderful and compassionate GP who made house calls! And she was clearly actively engaged in a passion project (parenting) before she became a doctor, so why would anyone judge her as unsuccessful?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since elementary school, when I wrote plays. I began writing poetry in high school, but continued writing plays.
We’ve formally launched our sci-fi imprint, aptly titled Out-of-This-World Press. In the coming months we’ll be releasing our first two titles, and I could not be more excited to be bringing these fantastic works of fiction to market.
BALANCE OF FORTUNE is an epic work of science fiction that sees three worlds nearing the brink of war, with their salvation in the hands of one man who has been thrust into his rule by circumstances beyond his control. It’s written by Mel Lee Newmin whose body of work is beyond impressive. Mel’s online (and ongoing) story of Niles Gule, a vampire residing in Baltimore, is, for example, a must-read epic of its own. Be sure to check it out, and stay tuned for more details as BALANCE OF FORTUNE gets closer to its publication date later in 2021.
Speaking of prolific authors, David W. Dutton has written an intriguing tale entitled DNA (Do Not Ask). If you’ve ever considered dabbling with a DNA test kit to learn about your ancestry, this story will surely cause you to second-guess that decision. David’s first novel with DPP is the award-winning ONE OF THE MADDING CROWD, and we think you’ll find the writing in DNA to be every bit as compelling as that earlier title. David is also serializing a new novel on his website, so be sure to check it out while you await the arrival of DNA.
The Out-of-This-World Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages are now live. We plan to make these pages fun places to visit. More about the world of sci-fi and less about the hard sell. So please consider following/liking OOTW on these sites: