First off, hey, there's a new 'Nightmare Men' essay over at the Black Gate Magazine blog! This time, I discuss Inspector Legrasse, a surprisingly durable character from HP Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu". So go read that.
Next up, fellow BL scribe Sarah Cawkwell is having a competition to win copies of her new novel, Valkia the Bloody. Go check that out.
Thirdly, check this here out. That is a nice summary of the whys and wherefores of the current scrap surrounding Undead Press and its EiC, Anthony Giangregorio by Kelli Owen. Do yourself a favour and read that, then check out Brian Keene's own contribution here. Follow that up with John O'Neill's posts on the subject. Then round it off with a look at the crap that Giangregorio is now pulling via screen-cap, courtesy of Nick Mamatas.
I've never had anything like the above happen to me. But it wouldn't surprise me if it had, as frankly, back in the day, I wasn't as picky as I might have been about who I sold stuff to. A lot of those stories never surfaced, and those that did, nobody saw. It's a trial-by-fire sort of thing, and like anything involving fire, sometimes you get burned, especially if you ain't paying attention.
Keep that in mind, folks. If you want to be a writer, research your markets. It takes literally a few minutes of internet detective work to Google the editors and/or the market itself and see if there are any red flags waving wildly about. It's not difficult, and it's a habit that comes in handy more often than not. Learning where to submit is AS important as learning how to write.
Lastly, tomorrow is another edition of SHAKING THE SIX DEMON BAG, featuring Henry Zeo Covert. But while you're waiting on that, why not check out last week's interview with Kevin Broden?