SEMWA Online Interview/Podcast Is Now Available!

On Thursday, June 1st, I had a new adventure. I was the guest of a monthly gathering of the Southeast Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. Only it wasn’t an in-person meeting. We all checked into a website and it was all done over that new-fangled Internet thingy.

My thanks to the wonderful Beth Terrell for putting it together and my thanks to SEMWA for letting me put a link up so everyone can listen. It was a fun time and let’s all go support MWA!

https://recordings.join.me/ZKyd_G5G-0eXPFe4FvHu-w

On The Beauty of Indie Publishing…

I’ve been very quiet on the blog and news front lately, but only because I’ve been so busy on other fronts. The fourth, fifth, and sixth Harry James Denton novels are in the publication pipeline. The fourth, Chain Of Fools, is ready to go. The fifth, Murder Manual, is with the copy editor, and I’m putting together the files for Dirty Money.

My wonderful book cover designer, Dawn Charles at BookGraphics.net, is working on the covers as we speak.

And here’s the beauty of the independent publishing movement–twenty years or so ago, when the Harry James Denton novels were originally published by Ballantine Books, I lost two different battles over titles. My editor didn’t like my original title for the fourth novel, so he vetoed it and called the book Chain Of Fools. I think he was trying to maintain some kind of music riff after Dead Folks’ Blues and Torch Town Boogie.

But when I hear that title, all I can think of is the Aretha Franklin hit from 1968. In fact, if you Google Chain Of Fools, that’s what you get: All Aretha/All The Time…

So since I’m now the publisher as well as the author, I’m reverting back to the original title for that novel, Nobody’s Chain Lays Straight.

Hope everyone likes it. Same with the title to the fifth novel, Murder Manual. The original title for that one was Life’s Little Murder Manual.

So that’s what it’s going back to.

Enjoy…

Crimereaders.com Interview About The Return of Harry James Denton

Wonderful mystery writer and great human being Jaden Terrell runs a website for mystery fans called Crimereaders.com. I was thrilled and honored to be her guest today for a short talk about the return of Harry James Denton…

You can check it out at: https://crimereaders.com/2017/04/04/steven-womack/

 

So What’s A “Shopping Agreement?”

A very good friend of mine, actor-writer Sam Dalton, has co-developed a possible episodic TV series with his collaborator. They’ve got a producer interested, but rather than a traditional option, the producer wants what is become increasingly common in the film business, a “shopping agreement.”

So what is a shopping agreement? In an industry that is as complicated and as laden with legal minefields as film and publishing, a shopping agreement is an attempt to move a project forward without the time, expense and hassle of engaging a crew of lawyers.

But as this article from FilmmakerMagazine.com reveals, it’s really difficult to get past all that:

Not an Option: The Ins and Outs of Shopping Agreements

Harry James Denton Returns March 31st!

Harry James Denton Returns March 31!

Dead Folks’ Blues, Torch Town Boogie, Way Past Dead EBook Editions Available From All Major Distributors

The first three installments of the Edgar and Shamus-Award winning series featuring Nashville P.I. Harry James Denton will be reissued by Spearhead Press in digital editions on March 31, 2017.

The books will be available from all major EBook distributors, including Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and Apple.com/iBooks.

The books will be available for pre-order approximately one week before pub date.

“I’m thrilled to see these three books available to mystery fans again,” author Steven Womack said. “Harry was a great character to write and I want to see him back again.”

The last three books in the series–Chain of Fools, Murder Manual, and Dirty Money–will be published in late May. Trade paperback editions will also be available at a date to be announced later.

The Harry James Denton novels were published from 1993-2000. Each of the six installments in the series either won or was nominated for a major mystery award.

 

 

Harry James Denton Returns!

For the past several months, I’ve been very quiet on my blog, mainly because–in addition to teaching full-time and the rest of life–I’ve been working to republish the first three Harry James Denton novels under the Spearhead Press imprint.

I’m thrilled to say that the first three novels, Dead Folks’ BluesTorch Town Boogie and Way Past Dead are nearly ready to go! The covers have been redesigned by the wonderful BookGraphics.net. Here are the first two:

And the cover for Way Past Dead will be ready in January.

I’d love to hear what you think. Shoot me a line.

Meantime, more to follow!

 

Joseph Campbell and Donald Trump

I’ve been totally overwhelmed by work and ramping up the new school year at Watkins. I’m teaching my first graduate class and have a whole list of new students, new projects, plus my own work. So things have  been busy.

And since I’m way too overbooked and haven’t had time to come up with anything creative and brilliant on my own, I pass along this wonderful piece that speculates on what Joseph Campbell would think about contemporary American politics, especially Donald Trump…

Fascinating. Take a look!

 

WHY WEALTH INEQUALITY SUCKS Is In Progress!

Why Wealth Inequality Sucks With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little Less…

I’m hard at work on the second of a planned eight broadsides on the main issues facing Americans. The first, Why Politics Sucks, was published on July 4th and went all the way to #14 in its category on Amazon.

I anticipate needing another couple of weeks, perhaps a little longer, to get the next one ready for publication. Meanwhile, the cover has come in and I thought I’d share it with you…

WWIS WEB PROMO mediumHope you like it!

 

Edgar and Shamus Award-Winning Author