Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sandra Seamans Champions The E-Zine And A Certain Writer

You say you've never been to Sandra Seamans "My Little Corner?" Then how are you going to find out about new sites (not just crime or science fiction-related), Ezines, contests, and read her fine writing?

Yesterday, she brought up the value of Ezines as a venue for up and coming writers to reach audiences that were previously unattainable, then she proceeded to cite the example of a certain crime writing force majeure (a.k.a. Paul D. Brazill) and how he has set a record for story readership on Beat To a Pulp.

People like to slam the Internet, but from what I can see, a more good comes from it than bad. And those good things might not come to fruition if not for communities such as these.

P.S. Here is the story that was mentioned.

13 comments:

John Donald Carlucci said...

it is awesome that you have carved out such a niche as a crime writer. That has such a cool ring to it too.

JDC

Pyzahn said...

This luddite has come to love the Internet. So much info, so little time.

And you meet the nicest people.

Corey Wilde said...

Paul and you and the other fine writers that are now just bubbling to the surface -- no way I could ever have a chance to see such diverse talent without the Internet.

Cormac Brown said...

Johnny Dollars,

Thanks, and guys like Paul and me, owe a huge debt to people like you, David Cranmer, and Sandra.

Pyzahn,

There are more blogs than time, it actually stresses me out some days because I can't keep up.

"And you meet the nicest people."

Absolutely.

Corey,

Absolutely...or one would have to hope that their local bookstore carried a zine like the late "Murdaland."

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Cormac Brown said...

Johnny Dollars,

"I wish I was as prolific as you Mr. C."

I write and I give backrubs...that is the extent of my creativity.

Now if I could draw, sculpt, make videos, websites, edit, and do so many other artistic things that a certain Italian editor does, then maybe I would write a few less stories.

"As far as AAM - she might just expire now that Katherine has been forced to depart (after this coming issue)."

Okay, I don't delete comments unless they are sp*m or extremely noxious, so I won't delete yours. But that was supposed to be a secret!

Paul Brazill said...

I'm with Corey, there's loads of stuff I'd never have read if I hadn't bummped into the world of the zines. I certainly wouldn't be writing, I'm sure.

I think a lot of it will stand up. I comapre it punk/ indie. I still love the Buzzcocks 'spiral sctatch' even though it was never a top ten hit. And lots of people around the world -younger (and older) than me -do too.

Maybe lots of ezine writers will never have novels sold in airports but there is a raggle-taggle bunch of people all over the world getting a lot of pleasure from their work and that's a damn fine thing, I think.

And the editors SHOULD get a lot of well deserved kudos.

Cormac Brown said...

Paulie Decibels,

"I certainly wouldn't be writing, I'm sure."

I believe that we would be writing, but I doubt very much that we would be writing the kinds of things that we're doing now. This where I kind am still mad at Patrick Shawn's rant; the point is not to strive to kick a goal with every touch, but to learn how to advance the ball up the field as best as you can.

You're right in that some of this will live on beyond us, even if the Internet were to succumb tomorrow to a massive c*b*r attack. The Thuglit Anthology just proved that. And your paragraph bears repeating-

"Maybe lots of ezine writers will never have novels sold in airports but there is a raggle-taggle bunch of people all over the world getting a lot of pleasure from their work and that's a damn fine thing, I think.

And the editors SHOULD get a lot of well deserved kudos."

Well said, Paul. Oh, and "The Tut?" Well written.

SkylersDad said...

I will have to go visit.

David Cranmer said...

Thanks Cormac. And Paul deserves all the credit this week. His story has been a runaway juggernaut.

Cormac Brown said...

Sky Dad,

Excellent.

David,

You're welcome. All of the story's greatness goes to Paul, but you provide the means and the audience.

sandra seamans said...

Thanks, Cormac! That little piece sure has generated a lot of comments both here and at Paul's blog. Good to see the zines getting some well-deserved press!

Cormac Brown said...

Sandra,

You're welcome and thanks for jousting the old publishing model on our behalf.

"that little piece sure has generated a lot of comments both here and at Paul's blog."

Deservedly so.