Maxine Clarke was an avid reader and strong supporter of crime fiction and crime writers. The world of crime fiction lost one of its dearest members and I lost a good friend when Maxine passed away in December 2012. As a way of giving back just a little of what she gave to us all, I’ve decided to put together a crime fiction short story anthology.
Maxine always told me I ought to have my sleuth Joel Williams solve the murder of a publisher, editor or reviewer. Well, Maxine, I’m going to take your advice. The short story collection I have in mind will focus on the world of writing, publishing and editing. Maxine was among other things a highly skilled editor, so I think she’d appreciate the kinds of things that go on in that world that can lead to murder and mayhem.
Any proceeds from this collection will be donated to the Princess Alice Hospice, which was so supportive of Maxine and her family during her last days and weeks.
Now, here’s where you come in:
If you’re an author, please consider contributing a story for this collection. Maxine supported us all, so let’s return the favour. Here are a few things I have in mind to help you decide whether you’d like to be a part of this:
The stories will all focus on crime in the world of editing, publishing, writing and/or reviewing. Feel free to explore that theme in your own way. Stories about fiction writing, non-fiction writing, research or academic writing are all fair game.
Please, no stories with excessive gore or violence against children or animals.
I’m hoping that the anthology would be ready by the end of this year for e-publication. So if you’re interested I’d ask that you’d be prepared to contribute your story by the first week of August.
If you already have a story that hasn’t been published elsewhere, feel free to contribute that.
Interested? Oh, I’m so glad! Email me at margotkinberg(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll be happy to give you the ‘nitty-gritty’ particulars.
Rather not? That’s fine too. But please, please, please spread the word. Please mention this project on your own blog and other social network sites, talk to other authors you know, etc.. I could really use your help in getting the word out to authors who might want to contribute.
Not an author but still think this project is a good idea? Thanks Please help me spread the word about it and let potential contributors know about the project. We all have connections, and I’d appreciate your using yours. You can talk to authors you know, spread the word on your blog and other social network sites and, well, you know the drill.
Questions? Feel free to email me (margotkinberg(at)gmail(dot)com).
Now, while you’re waiting for this project, you can help remember Maxine in other ways too. Check out Petrona Remembered, where bloggers and writers are sharing their reviews and discussions of great crime fiction. We would love your contributions!!
NOTE: The title of this post is a line from Paul Simon’s The Boy in the Bubble.