Panel at the New York Public Library, 6/8

What are you doing next Thursday? I’ll be on a panel with one of my favorite writers, Laura K. Curtis, discussing the Decision to Self-Publish, at the New York Public Library’s Ottendorfer Branch, at 5:30pm.

I know, I lost you when I said “Ottendorfer.”  The Ottendorfer Branch isn’t a secretive government agency, despite how it sounds. It’s the original branch of the New York Public Library, donated in 1884 by Oswald Ottendorfer, who ran a German-American newspaper. And holy cats, look at those muttonchops. They’re practically full-grown sheep:

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The panel is titled Self-Publishing: Is it Right for You? and Curtis and I will be discussing that decision and answering questions, as we have both had our books published traditionally and self-published them:

Have you considered self-publishing as an outlet for your work? Can’t decide whether to do it yourself or wait for an agent or a publisher to help you? Laura K. Curtis and Thomas Pluck, who have written short stories and novels in multiple genres, and who have both published independently and with traditional presses, discuss the pros and cons of self-publishing. What questions should you ask yourself before deciding to send your work out into the world yourself? What strategies will give it the best shot at success? They’ll answer all your questions about the brave new world of publishing!

As these debates get “lively,” it should be a good time. I’ll have copies of my traditionally published crime thriller Bad Boy Boogie, and my self-published adventure novel Blade of Dishonor on hand for taste tests.

Where:

The Ottendorfer Library, 135 Second Avenue, Manhattan

When: Thursday June 8th, 5:30pm

 

 

 

There Used to be a BallPark… in Weird NJ

Weird NJ is one of my favorite magazines. It only comes out twice a year, in full color, and is full of the weirdness that makes the Garden State unique. I’ve been reading for decades, and I’ve had a few articles published, but none recently. Check my publications list for what I had in their past issues.

Until I found an abandoned ballpark in the Meadowlands on one of my rambles. You can read all about it in issue #48, the one with a big Mighty Joe Young on the cover (one of my favorite old Ray Harryhausen flicks).

You can pick up Weird NJ at local bookstores like the Montclair Book Center, and Barnes & Noble stores across the state, or at their website www.weirdnj.com

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The Year’s Best Crime & Mystery Stories 2016

I’m over the moon that my story “The Big Snip” was chosen by John Helfers and Kristine Kathryn Rusch for inclusion in The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016 with Megan Abbott, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Higgins Clark, Jedidiah Ayres, SJ Rozan, and more. Thank you to the editors for choosing me, and to Lawrence Block for getting me to write it, and Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges for originally publishing it in Dark City Lights at Three Rooms Press (where you can read it in print, if you prefer).
Paperback available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local indie bookstore.

Available as an e-book on KindleB&N Nook, Apple iBooks, and Kobo.
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 If you haven’t read it, or just want to read it again with some more great crime stories, grab it for your e-reader or read it on your phone, PC, Mac, iPad, ePood, or someone else’s.
My story’s about love and pain and justice on the Neuter Scooter, and it’s a personal favorite. I’ll be returning to these characters…

Life During Wartime at The Flash Fiction Offensive

This was my brutal bullying story for the Noir at the Bar: Trump edition on 11/6/2016. It’s pretty brutal but nothing different than what I experienced as a student. With Pence in power, it may become a reality. He is pro “gay conversion therapy,” where sometimes half the kids forced into them commit suicide. He wants to roll back protections for LGBTQ citizens. And kids have reported being taunted about “getting deported” whether they are legal or not, once Trump is in power, so this is no fantasy.

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Read it at The Flash Fiction Offensive. Thanks to editor Tom Pitts for the quick publication.

 

Blood on the Bayou available for pre-order!

Blood on the Bayou, the Bouchercon 2016 anthology edited by Greg Herren and published by Down & Out Books is now available for pre-order!
My Jay Desmarteaux yarn “Gumbo Weather” appears with stories byDavid Morrell, Eric Beetner, Alison Gaylin, Bv Lawson, Dino Parenti,Gary Phillips and Terrie Moran among others.

Grab an early copy for your Kindle, Nook, or e-reader.
We’ll be signing the print copies at the con! You can also pre-order the paperback directly from Down & Out here.

There are two options: Pick up at Bouchercon (no shipping charge) and Ship to Buyer ($4.95 shipping charge).
The ebook versions of the book are already up and available for pre-orders on Amazon, B&N, and Kobo (at a special pre-order discounted price of $5.99)
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Bouchercon 2016! moderating Leather & Lace

Are you attending Bouchercon 2016 in New Orleans? I’ve been going for five years now, and it keeps getting better. It’s a crime and mystery fiction convention for the fans, and the volunteers who run it do a fantastic job. Judy Bobalik and Jon Jordan handled the immense task of setting up panels for over 700 registered writers and this year I’m moderating one, and speaking at another.

I’ll be moderating Leather & Lace: Hardboiled vs. Cozy, which has writers who do both or skirt the middle. Linda Rodriguez, Chris Knopf, Linda Joffe Hull, Clea Simon, and Dave Putnam will be answering my questions and yours. I’m writing a “cozy” now–at least a less gritty and more humorous novel–and those familiar with Jay Desmarteaux, Denny the Dent, and Blade of Dishonor know I also write hardboiled. This one will be great fun. It’s on Friday at 11:00am.

Zoe Sharp is moderating The Boxer panel, which is about writing violence. Having trained in America and Japan and gotten my butt whupped by Keigo Kunihara in the sparring ring (he fought in UFC55) I know why they chose me for that one. But there’s a lot more to writing violence. I’m looking forward to this one. This is also Friday, 3:30pm.

Here’s the card for Leather & Lace:

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Blood on the Bayou

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I’m thrilled, twitterpated, and titillated to announce that my Jay Desmarteaux story “Gumbo Weather” will appear in the 2016 Bouchercon anthology edited by Greg Herren, Blood on the Bayou.

Jay’s debut novel comes out next year from Down & Out Books, an action-packed crime thriller called Bad Boy Boogie. You can get a taste of Desmarteaux in this anthology, along with stories by David Morrell, Alison Gaylin, Terrie Moran, Gary Phillips, B.V. Lawson and Eric Beetner, among others. You can read the full press release here.

Signed copies of the book will be available at the convention, and you can get unsigned copies wherever books are sold. I’ll post an update when it’s available for pre-order.