I thought that it was about time I wrote a new blog that would lend authors a helping hand. It would be interesting and it would educate readers of it a little. It would have to be short – that would help! It would make a point that may help the next time that I need to edit a manuscript. It would make my life easier if everyone stopped using 'that' all the time – it really would!
When proof-reading a piece, try reading the sentence aloud but omitting the word 'that' – most of the time the word can be deleted. While we're talking about manuscripts, the word 'it' robs your work of richness.
I thought I should write a blog to lend authors a helping hand. The topic would need to be interesting and perhaps a little educational. Also a short blog would be more likely to be read in full. The point I am making may help the next time I am required to edit, whether my work or someone else's...
It has been a long time since we posted here but DGP has been far from quiet!
On both sides of the Atlantic John and Marcus have been busy reading a massive pile of submissions for the next Hardboiled book. The process has been long and arduous. driving us both mad, but has very nearly reached the end.
After the submissions are chosen, John will be hard at work formatting the book and Marcus has a pile of proof reading to complete. Once the typo and comma chase is complete the next Hardboiled will be with you - and it's shaping up to be a helluva read!
The E-zine has returned and can be seen here. If you would like to join the ever-growing list of authors published online the check out our Submissions page.
Sorry for leaving it so long between posts, I would say I'll be back soon - but you've heard that line before! lol
Dead Guns Press is back!
It was a hard journey but we got here :)
Whether you are joining us for the first time or have travelled with us over the years - welcome to our new site :)
Things have changed in many ways the most obvious of which is we are now a paying market! Dead Guns Press will be releasing an annual Hardboiled anthology of crime fiction, which may well become bi-annual. Check out our Submissions page for more details and a great look at the fantastic cover by John Thompson.
We are also bringing our very popular E-zine back. Whether you are a seasoned vet of an author or a new to the game wordsmith you can submit and gain experience and exposure to an ever expanding audience.
This site is always to be considered a work in progress and, as such, you may find errors. If you wish to you can report them via our Contact page or over on Facebook.
This is gonna be fun!
Work has been continuing on the site, with major changes to the layout and SEO continuing. There are three pieces of artwork that John is creating that will make the overall site look a lot better (they will remove the need for temporary placeholder graphics).
Many thanks to those who have had an early peek at the work-in-progress :)
It's been a long time...
Dead Guns Press has stood back, taken stock of the situation, and is almost ready to launch again!
Most noticeable change is this website but far more is going on behind the scenes.
Get your guns cleaned and your pens out...
Greetings one and all! I’m sure most of you are just frothing at the bit for some news and you’re going to get it. We got this blog and decided to use it for a change so here we go.
First off, and this one is one that everyone has been waiting for. Dead Guns Magazine… WTF is going on? Well, partly (partly? lol -M.) you can place blame at my feet. I’ve been working the formatting for some months and basically, it boils down to: I flaming hated the layout and the script got damaged at one point due to my own negligence and then, back to square one. I’ve decided to go basic and this one is slated – drumroll please M?- January 15th, 2016. Regardless of my hopes for this one being a mighty eight by ten, I’ve been relegated to using the standard six by nine instead. Yeah it sucks waiting for this long but this is where we’re at and look for it to hit Amazon and Lulu on January 15th. Also, we revised the cover, so here it is, the final:
What gives there?
Well, we decided to expand our publishing outlets. Amazon is nice but we gotta spread our wings and fly or go down in flames. 2015 goes down in our books as a low point due to life in general but 2016 is looking to shape up and here’s why.
First, and this is for the contributors of the hardboiled anthology series or anyone else interested for that matter. We’re publishing, for a very limited time, hardback editions for the first three Hardboiled anthologies via Lulu. Are we making any dough off it? No, we’re not. (Wait... what? -M.) It’s our way of saying thank you guys for considering DGP for your story submissions (that's cool -M.). These editions will be edited once more and formatted accordingly. I know I plan on acquiring these limited editions for my own library and we hope you will also. Once these are gone, they are gone forever into the ether. So I add here for your review of the dust jacket for the first edition of Hardboiled: Crime and Detective. This edition will only be available from January 15th through April 15th….hmmm, don’t forget your taxes either guys. Crime Scene will then be available from April 15th through August 15th and then Dames and Sin from August 15th through December 15th…then, it’ll be over for these limited hardcover editions but the paperbacks will still be available.
The next anthology, the forth in the annual series for Hardboiled, will be focusing on UK based authors. We’re considering sub titles at the moment such as British Steel, Brit Brawl or something like that but regardless, you lads over across the pond just keep looking to our subs page for detail once August of 2016 rolls around. And no, there will not be any hardcover editions made for this anthology, just paperbacks…hint, hint hint.
Starting February, we will be looking for submissions for the Presents line. We had some brain storming sessions and came to the conclusion that our financial bucket is pretty low and the best we can offer is $100 for stories between 25,000 to 45,000 and also throw in five contributor’s copies. I know a hundred bucks ain’t shit, but it’s what our finances can do since we’re small potatoes in the grand theme of things. Once we can get the Presents line established and get a bankroll going, we will eventually be offering more for your stories. Look for the submissions page for details as the time draws nigh.
And finally, we’re still needing your stories for the e-zine. We got a great line up though January and we’re really proud of what you guys have sent in.
Also, a final thought and note, we’re looking at subs for the Derringer awards gig once more. We’ll keep you all posted on who makes the cut. We’re to begin discussions this week.
Until the next blog posting, cheers fellow crime lords.