Friends,

It's a busy month for my books.  Below are the August releases:



https://www.amazon.com/Exiled-Clan-Claw-Book-One/dp/1439134413/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1299294988&sr=1-1

In an alternate Bronze Age where the Chicxulub meteorite never impacted, sentient saurians and felines must fight for territory, as the Mediterranean Basin infills.  A shared universe with Harry Turtledove, SM Stirling, Jody Lynn Nye, John Ringo and myself.



https://www.amazon.com/Lawyers-Hell-Janet-Morris/dp/1937035018/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0

In Hell, airborne lawyers including Joseph McCarthy and SV Benet must seek the head of the most honest man in Hell, to be deposed by Satan himself.  Also catch my friend Leo's story, "Revolutionary Justice," wherein Che Guevara is condemned to be recognized as, "That guy off the T shirt."



https://www.amazon.com/Citizens-John-Ringo/dp/143913460X/ref=tmm_mmp_title_0

A collection of stories by veterans, including several classic works and some new ones. Eric Frank Russell's "Alamagoosa" is my favorite.



https://www.amazon.com/Do-Unto-Others-Michael-Williamson/dp/1439134596/ref=tmm_mmp_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1259774149&sr=1-1

A paperback reprint of last year's Ripple Creek story.  A family that owns an entire system of resources hires Ripple Creek's best team to keep them alive in a domed mining colony of hostile agents.

https://www.amazon.com/forum/anthologies/ref=cm_cd_dp_rft_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=FxZ8FZHFP6EYOQ&cdThread=Tx2TJYCXTCHU620

Interesting discussion.  I note that half or more of the comments are by people pimping their own short stories or fanzines.

Then there's this comment:

 says:
Absolutely not. Simply asking the question shows that the medium still has relevancy.

Er, huh?

"Does anyone still speak Linear B?"

No, I think that reply is a logical fail.

Consider the work of the following authors: Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret, Wells Tower, Roddy Doyle, T. C. Boyle, Miranda July, David Schickler... You cannot possibly tell me that you are unable to parse out a heartbeat there.

So people are writing short stories. The followup question is, are they making money at it, and are their publishers?  I also get the impression he's trying to impress us by namedropping. Keret hasn't published anything in several years, and his Amazon rankings are not impressive.  Eggers is doing well, but he's also one of those literati darlings. He may be an excellent writer, but I suspect his sales have more to do with zeitgeist than quality.  Schickler has published two whole books, one of which is out of print and one ranking down around 1,000,000.  So regardless of quality, sales seem to...suck.  July dabbles in everything, her last book was 4 years ago from a small press.  I had to google them and I haven't heard of the others.  They're certainly not "Stephen King," who did write a lot of shorts but now mostly writes whole books, nor Hemingway.

In SF, Heinlein got paid 5c a word in the 1950s.  That was serious money.  And around 2006, SFWA raised the minimum "professional" rate for SF to....5c a word, from 3c.  You are not paying any bills with that.

Someone comments:

The mid-length short story may be in somewhat of a (temporary?) decline as print magazines are struggling with all the publishing changes. However, ultra-short fiction forms (flash fiction, micro fiction, hint fiction etc.) are on the rise as more people discover (free) online reading and the range of ezines available.

Oh, it's hardly temporary.  Magazines that had circulation in the hundreds of thousands have dropped into the mere thousands, and there are less all the time.  The specialty mags are happy to get hundreds of readers (out of a US population approaching a third of a billion).  As for free content--it's worth what you pay for it.

It is true more content is moving online.  There's likely more of it, but, with the proliferation of amateur sites, it will become increasingly difficult to find an audience, and there will be less development by the practitioners.  You will see less and less great stories, and even if they exist, you'll see less of them as they are swallowed in the mire of puerile shit.

See, part of what professional publishing brings to the table (as many of us in the field try to remind people), is that development and filter.  Few people can finish a story.  Fewer a good one.  Fewer still can convince someone to part with a mere nickel per word up front for their story.  If no one is willing to pay a nickel per word, in the hopes that advertising will recoup those few dozen dollars, is the story really any good?  Probably not.

In exchange, the publisher brings a podium.  You can have the best message in the world.  Shout it in the middle of the Tibetan Plateau and you waste it.  Whisper it in the right location in Times Square, say, and you'll have half the world as your audience.  Then the message can do some good.

Now, the short form is not dead.  However, it's not what it used to be.  The magazines are dying, the web won't really offer much in the way of money.  These days, the primary reason a writer produces short stuff is for promotional purposes.  If you like the short content (and blogging counts), you may spend money on the heavier content.

So the answer comes in three forms:

Yes.  Kiss the mags goodbye, they're done.

No, but you're really going to have to dig to find it.

No, but it's never going to be what it was in the past.

I do still write quite a few shorts, but largely as promotion to keep my name out there.  I mean, I enjoy it, and I try to deliver the best story possible, but they're all in existing universes and the publicity benefits me more than the few bucks.

We were told to take historical people, especially lawyers, and create their perpetual demise and torment.

 

 

LAWYERS IN HELL OFFICIAL NAME/ENTITY LIST

(04/25/11)

© 2011 Janet Morris, all rights reserved

The Adjudication of Henrietta (Hetty) Howland Robinson Green--Allan Gilbreath

Henrietta (Hetty) Howland Robinson Green

Edward (Eddie) J. O’Hare, Esquire

Inferni Club

Brother Francis

Valeria Messalina

And Injustice for All--Jason Cordova

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France and of Navarre

Rasputin

Nostradamus

Madame Blavatsky

Henrietta Maria

Prophecy Dolls, LLC

Unwelfare Housing

Perdition Broadcasting System (“PBS” )

Gremlins Chinese Theater

Hellywood Walk of Shame

Hellywood

Counselor John Pym

Henri Sanson

Madame Toadstool’s Finery

Beasterly Hells

Dishonorable Raum, Great Earl of Hell and Demonic Lord

Lost Angeles Uncivil Circuit Court of the Hall of Injustice

Decapitol Records Eternal Waiting Room a/k/a The Lobby

Appellate Angel--Edward McKeown

Arkiel, watcher cast down for dalliance with human women

Yoko, demon of lust, being a lawyer to punish being too sexy

Slamtrack

Gravelog, demon limo driver

The Appellate Section of the Grand Court of Hell, Pandemonium Division

Aztec Priest Huemac

Malfean, succubus/paralegal

Check and Mate--Bradley H. Sinor

John Adams

Lieserl Einstein

Aleister Crowley

Demon’s Gambit Chess Club

DisgraceBook

Big Bill Jansen, Proprietor of

The Hellegality Club

Walter Gibson

Hellizdat Publishing

Captain Meriwether Lewis

hellphone

The Dark Arts--Kimberly Richardson

Clarence Darrow

Penemue (fallen angel)

Nicolo Paganini

Attorney Boulder

John Ginger

Rue de la Mort in Lost Angeles

Thanatos Library

Disclaimer--John Manning

Aaron “Monty” Montgomery

Rudolfo (Imp, elevator operator)

Demonic Idol

Welcome Woman

Howard Hughes

Undertaker

Demetrius the Chief Librarian of hell’s Law Library

Justice Cardozo

Foreman

Belli

Golgotha Gardens Retirement Home and Assisted Living Center

His Satanic Majesty

Maureen Johanssen

Omar Sharif

Pazuzu (demon)

Mari (female slave to Pazuzu

Jehovah

Palestine

Sodom

Gomorrah

Jericho

Babylon

Damascus

Yahweh

Jerusalem

Canaan

Jordan River

Egypt

Persia

Sinai

Eastern Mediterranean

Allah

Mohammed

Christ

Kathy Griffin

Apsu

Marduk

Mummu

Ba’al

Che Guevara

Infernal Action Request

Asmoday, Amdusias, Amon, Marchosias, Marbas & Zepar, Attorneys At Law

Jean Harlow

Marquis Marchosias (demon)

Bram Stoker

Prince Vlad III Drakulya aka Vlad Tepes aka Drakulja, Prince of Wallachia and Transylvania

Count Dracula

Aaron Burr

Alexander Hamilton

Sultan Mehmed II

Enemies Like These--David L. Burkhead

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel William Dunlap Simpson, Fourteenth South Carolina Volunteers

Midgarder

Nidhogg, the World Serpent, the Death of the World

World Ash Yggdrassil

Fimbulwinter

Surtr, the fire giant

Niffelheim

Wotan

Mirmir’s Well

Niffelhel

Vafthruthnir, the giant

Gjöll River, the river resounding

General Sherman

Thomas Huxley

Ragnarok, the Fate of the Gods

Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead

Jötuns

Asgard, the Abode of the Gods

Gold-thatched Hall of Gimle

Valhöl

Ginungagap, the yawning void from before the world was

Gjällerbru, bridge over Gjöll

Hel

Helheim

Modgud, the giantess

Garmr, the Hel Hound

Odin

Gold Teeth

Fenris the wolf

Jörmungand the world serpent

Erra and the Seven--Chris Morris

William Shakespeare

Lysicles the Athenian

Erebos

Styx

Hades

Tartaros

Asphodel

Elysion

Erra and his Seven Sibitti

Lethe the water of forgetfulness

Mnemosyne the water of remembrance

Hecate

Homer

Chares

Hammurabi

Draco

Alexander of Macedon aka Alexander the Macedonian

Aristotle

Oceanus

Ten Courts of Hell in Diyu

Yama Kings

Jahannam

Allah

Almighty Kur, lord of Ki-gal

Eshi, Kigali boy

Ki-gal

Arali

Pandemonium (city)

Irkalla, Babylonian goddess of the dead

Nature

Satan

New Hell’s Hall of Injustice

Laelaps, hound of Zeus

Zeus

Teumessian fox

Gehenna

Sheol

Hellywood Boulevard

Emeslam

Heads You Lose--Michael Z. Williamson

Captain Joseph McCarthy, “Tail-dragger Joe"

Lt. Roger Upton Howard, III

William Rehnquist, paralegal

Henry J. Summers, II

General S.V. Benet

Sergeant Strom Thurmond

Horace

Gandhi

Walter Cronkite

Mathew Brady

His Satanic Majesty

Sinberia

Hellaska

Coordinating Legal Airborne Platoon (CLAP)

Regulatory Statutes of Unfairness

Ashcanistan

Kabum, capital city of Ashcanistan

Taliban

Taliwhackers

Supervising Legal Airborne Group (“SLAG” )

Forced Unified Central Kabum Emergency Resistance

Perdition Seal on official legal documents

DisgraceBook

Drownin’ Numbnuts

Interview with the Devil--Janet and Chris Morris

Marilyn Monroe

William Safire

New Hell Times Sinday Magazine

Mephistopheles

Richard Nixon

Frank Lloyd Wright

Pernicious Demonic Avatars (PDA)

Devil’s Children

Insecurity Service

Machiavelli

Nero

Saddam Hussein

Caligula

Sartre

Mortuary

Hell’s Angels

Island Out of Time--Richard Groller

Oracle of Delphi

Nichols

Richard (“Dick” ) Welch

Croesus, king of Lydia

Zeno of Elea

Achilles

Pythagoras

Infernal Observatory, Department of Apparent Time, Mount Sinai

Daniel Webster

Christopher Marlowe

Gurgle

SATSATPHORECNET (Satanic Satellite Photographic Reconnaissance Network)

USS (Underworld Satanical Ship) Arizona,

NUDET (Nuclear Detonation) sensors

(Infernal Japanese Navy) Yamato

Erik Weisz aka Harry Houdini

Captain John B. Merkerson

Major John Wesley Powell

TazzMania

Society of American Magicians

Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP)

Measure of a Man--Deborah Koren

Alan Bensinger

William Barclay “Bat” Masterson

New Bodie

Unlucky Strike Hotel

Dead Hat Joe

Ungrand Opera House

Giacomo Puccini

Sally Lockett

Josie’s Saloon

Wyatt Earp

Luigi Bonzoni

Marshal Lee Hall

Orientation Day--Sarah Hulcy

Demetrius, Chief Librarian of Hell

Percy Foreman

Melvin Belli

Justice Benjamin Cardozo

Altos – the volunteer angel

Makalani, First Assistant to Demetrius

Dr. Miguel Bartsch

Hell’s Law Library

Register of Preeminently Damned Lawyers

Infernal Revenue Service

Out of Court Settlement--C.J. Cherryh

Julius Caesar

Cleopatra

Sargon of Akkad

Hatshepsut

Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, Secretary to the Second Chancery de la Repubblica di Fierenze, lately Secretary to Caius Julius Caesar Octavianus Augustus

Julius’ sons: Caesarion and Marcus Junius Brutus

Emperor Tiberius

Caius Iulius Caesar Octavianus Augustus

Cardinal Richelieu

Stalenus, Dolabella & Crassus (law firm)

Marcus Licinius Crassus

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Antonius

Claudius

Caracalla

Caligula

Decentral Park

Hellzacre BarBQ

Cong

Dante Alighieri

Erra and the Seven

German Guards

Cesare Borgia

Decius Mus

Scaevola

Scorpion Guards

Plains of Hell--Bruce Durham

General James Wolfe

Labratt’s Blew

Sludgeweiser

Helliken

John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough and Governor of the Hudson Bay Company

Prince Eugene of Savoy

Glenn Gould

Marquis Louis-Joseph de Montcalm

Judge Roy Bean

One Ear (demon)

Snotex

Count Tilly

Marshal Ney

General Longstreet

General Benjamin Arnott aka Benedict Arnold

Plains of Abraham

Edward R. Murrow

The Rapture Elevator--Michael A. Armstrong

Kinmont Willie aka William of Morton Rig aka William Strang

Scott of Buccleuch aka Scott, the Bold Buccleuch

Queen Elizabeth I

Jamey (Willie’s horse)

Rapture Elevator

Salkeld

Carlisle Castle

North Road, New Hell

RMS Titanic

Shanidar the Neanderthal (sometime bouncer at Oasis)

Ringan’s Tam

Dick of the Side, Nixon aka President Richard Nixon

Job, the Ombudsman

Sassenach (derogatory term for English)

The Register--Michael H. Hanson

Alistair Chrysler-Smith

The Hell Register of Preeminently Damned Lawyers

Gefjon, Malfean, Alalahe, and Gemmeul (succubi)

Pandemonium (city)

Nile Boulevard, Pandemonium

Matali

Pandemonium City Courthouse

Death Rattle Club

Ungrateful Dead

White House contractor John McShain

Laborers’ International Union of North America

Register Ratings Department Demons: Mayet, Astraea, Mynndie, Vali, Naru-Kami, and Chantico

‘Dante and Virgil in Hell’ by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Miranda Attorney Alvin Moore

The Apostasies, Hell’s Supreme Court

Justice Taney

Remember, Remember, Hell in November--Larry Atchley, Jr.

Guy Fawkes

Anton Szandor LaVey

Welcome Woman

Harlot of Hell

His Satanic Majesty

Eyjolf Bolverksson, Icelandic lawspeaker

Eric Blair (George Orwell)

Jonathan Swift

Yuri Andropov

Revolutionary Justice--Leo Champion

William Walker

Che Guevara

Kurt Cobain

Saul Alinsky

Leon Trotsky

Eric Blair (George Orwell)

Patrice Lumumba

Voltaire

Maximilian Robespierre

Simon Bolivar

Giuseppe Garibaldi

Devil’s Children

Tiberius Gracchus

Gaius Gracchus

Nouveau Paris

Erra and his pitiless Seven

Tim

Rosa Luxembourg

Boz

Totalitarian Club

DeadEx

Harry Innis, Third Associate Section Head for Traffic and Parking Enforcement

Infernal Bureau of Sewage and Drinking Water Management, Fourth Division, New Hell Department

Max Weber

Brigadier-General Henry Martyn Robert

New Hell Times

Tale of a Tail--Nancy Asire

Napoleon Bonaparte

Countess Marie Walewska

The Duke of Wellington aka The Iron Duke

New Hell City

Decentral Park

Viet Cong

Hellview Estates

Grand Marshal Duroc

Hellview Golf and Country Club

Attila the Hun

Ildilco, Attilla’s wife

Erra and the Seven

Unsafeway

HDOT

Hellphone

Queen Victoria

Ma-hell

New Hell I.D. card

Hell-horse

Hell-goat

Martin Chase Standish, Esquire, President Hellview Estates Home Owners’ Association

New Hell Human and Urban Development

Windows4U

Infernal National Guard

Purgatory

Goebbels

Hellview Estates Home Owner’s Association versus Demon of Unknown Origin, Emergency Petition Alleging Fraud Against the Infernal Government

Theos Khthonios

Scott Oden

King Leonidas, son of Anaxandridas

River Styx

Hades

Hades’ Realm

Tartaros

Skiritai (Spartan Scouts)

Dienekes

Stygian Mere

Blue Men

Argives

Spartan shields, the inverted ‘V’ of Lakedaemon

Simonides of Keos

Kleomenes

Ephialtes of Trachis

The Ataphoi – Shades of the Unburied

Caeadas, Temple of the Ephors

Kore (Hades’ wife, Persephone)

Kerberos, the Hound of Hades

Alexandros of Macedon

Nearchos

The Ephors: Chosen of Persephone

Erinys

Menelaos

Lykourgos, called the Lawgiver

Agis

Brasidas

Lysandros

Alpheus

Eurytus

Maron

Aristandros

Tribe of Hell--Janet Morris

Almighty Kur, ruler of Ki-gal and the Kigali

Eshi, Kur’s protégé and erominos

Erra and the Seven (the Sibitti)

Lysicles

Draco, lawgiver of Athens

Hammurabi

Chares

Thomas Edward Lawrence (of Arabia)

Aristotle

Alexander of Macedon (the Great) aka Alexandros Philippou Macedon

The Downward Road

Emeslam

The Three Fates, Atropos and her sisters

Elysion

Hades

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