May Editorial

Welcome to the latest issue of The Big Click! We’re thrilled to offer you two great stories, one from Heather L. Nelson, and the other from well-known crime writer Gary Phillips.

Nelson came in via our query system—send us an introductory note and tell us about a story you might like us to see, and when we do read it we may just like it enough to acquire it, publish it, and pay real money. A hundred smackers money!

We’ve also been getting more queries lately, so here is a brief guide to writing one:

  • Describe the story to us. Most often people just tell us the premise of the story, which is not actually a description of the story. Premise-only queries are just descriptions of the first page.
  • Don’t write your query like cover copy for a book, or an ad for a motion picture.
  • If you apologize for or say anything negative about your own story in your query, we’ll pass on it instantly. Simply because it’s easier for us that way!
  • We pretty much reject anything that is just about a detective solving a crime, or that is in any way described as a “classic.”

And when we get your story, please please, please do not send us something that:

  • ends with a single-sentence paragraph.
  • makes a pointed reference to something in the first paragraph in the last sentence.
  • ends with a sentence that somehow integrates the story’s  title into the text.

Well, that covers about 90 percent of what we reject. Really!

We also have a new column by Barry Graham, the return of the mother-in-law review corner (spoiler: she didn’t like it!), and other fun stuff. Buy an ebook or a subscription to keep us going and come on back in July for a special Molly Tanzer-edited Bizarro Crime issue!

About the Author

The Editors

Jeremiah Tolbert is a web designer, writer, and photographer living in Tonganoxie, Kansas.

Nick Mamatas is a writer and editor living in Berkeley, California.

Seth Cadin is an East Bay artist and editor who also sometimes trades stories for money.

Molly Tanzer writes and edits in Boulder, Colorado.



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