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April 6, 2011

I’m baaaack!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 6:06 am

With the recent Spinetingler nomination of Beat to a Pulp – Round One for Best Anthology, it seemed I’d better get the lead out and get something posted.

Round One is the brainchild of David Cranmer, Publisher and Editor of, 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.’ award-voting/comment-page-1/#comment-165353


  1. Its a top notch anthology. Glad to be a part of the talent. I know I saw you in the bar more than once with empty shot glasses, ash trays over flowing with cigarette butts and that pen working it’s red magic.

    Comment by Frank Bill — April 6, 2011 @ 6:29 am

  2. It undoubtedly was an experience working on the first in this series and as I trek forward to the next I will affectionately remember the first child.

    Comment by David Cranmer — April 6, 2011 @ 11:02 am

  3. I just finished reading the book this week and posted my review at Goodreads. I’ll put it up on my blog at some point. Well done.

    Comment by Charles Gramlich — April 7, 2011 @ 3:37 am

  4. Good to see the blog back again, and congrats on the nomination!

    Comment by Al Tucher — April 7, 2011 @ 4:52 am

  5. Hi gang! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve got lots of exciting stuff coming in the weeks ahead, including some guest bloggers.
    Frankie, I love the image but we both work too hard to booze it up big. Maybe at your release party for Crimes in Southern Indiana!
    Charles, a review from you is a real gift. Thank you.
    David, best of luck with Round Two. May the sales force be with you.
    Al, I’m so impressed with your new deal at New Word City for “Bismark Rules.” Congratulations.

    Comment by ashedit — April 7, 2011 @ 6:47 am

  6. For those who might wonder, what we agonized over was: “Politics are a bore.” Elaine pointed out, “Although Websters says the noun may be singular or plural, in this instance it’s plural and should read, ‘Politics is a bore.’ I don’t dare contradict Bismarck who said, ‘Politics is the art of the possible.'” My response was, “You can make the sentence ‘Politics is a bore, is it not?’ if you prefer that. It is more correct (probably!), but colloquially I’m sure you hear ‘politics are’ as often as I do. Tricky…. I’d guess BTAP’s audience is largely North American and the decision is best left to your instincts, as the person on the spot.”

    Comment by Chap O'Keefe — April 7, 2011 @ 10:38 am

  7. Chap, as usual, you are a man after my own heart. How I enjoy the minutiae of words and grammar! However, knowing that it drives some people batty, I generally keep the strenuous debate to those who enjoy it. You, Chap, can go all nine yards! Thank you for this great addition to my blog.

    Comment by ashedit — April 7, 2011 @ 11:03 am

  8. My votes are in. Hope you win. Twice.

    Comment by Evan Lewis — April 7, 2011 @ 11:37 am

  9. One of my favorite new additions to the bookshelf, this book is. The shelf of books I actually hold onto, that is!

    Comment by Chris — April 12, 2011 @ 10:13 am

  10. Tell that to Bukowski and Thompson. Damn, too late.

    Comment by Frank Bill — April 13, 2011 @ 6:16 am

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