Round One is the brainchild of David Cranmer, Publisher and Editor of beattoapulp.com, and his brilliant designer-wife Denise. David brought me onboard originally at the website as Editor at Large and I took on developmental duties, working one-on-one with writers to sharpen a plot here, craft a sentence there, and then proofread relentlessly. I remember Chap O’Keefe and I spending about two weeks “Americanizing” one word of a sentence in his wonderful, short satire entitled,”The Unreal Jesse James.”
That’s the kind of dedication Beat to a Pulp became known for, but I digress already. Fast forward to 2009, and David was already formulating the print version of Round One. I couldn’t handle the workload of the webzine and the print anthology at the same time, so I left Beat to a Pulp with a kiss and a prayer, and went to work full throttle on the antho. Two years of developmental editing, 140,000 words proofread a minimum of 5 times, and now my (our) baby is nominated for Best Anthology.
David and Denise made the book into a work of art. Everything they touch seems to turn to visual gold, garnering a second Spinetingler nom for Best Cover. (Original artwork by James O’Barr, creator of The Crow.) David’s unflagging dedication to blogging and discovering new writers is also a major reason for the success of BTAP.
It’s been a huge boost to my career as an editor to work on Round One. We are up against formidable competition, most notably Otto Penzler and James Ellroy. It’s a blast seeing my name sitting in the same voting bloc – in fact, it’s the prize. May the best anthology win!
To vote go here. There is a blue scroll bar at the side that takes you through the blocs. Scroll to the very end and click “FINISH SURVEY.’