There is a new link below for the book press:
You can see above that we have added a new Facebook page to describe the book press efforts. The press is the larger entity under which we’ll make the magazine and stand-alone books and other publications. We’ll divide the publishing like this:
So, Black Denim Press serves as Publisher, Distributor and Editor of Books and Magazines, print and eBooks.
The governing submissions guidelines for stories are found here. Remember:
- General Lit and Sci-fi/Fantasy preferred.
- Action/adventure or Western.
- Mystery, Crime, Suspense or Thriller.
- …but not erotica nor horror.
- Prose, not poetry.
- Fiction, not letters, essays, journals or other non-fiction.
- Material of all length considered
Over 17,500 words will be stand-alone volumes under Black Denim Press. Under, will be handled in the magazine, Black Denim Lit.
Without entering into a debate as to what qualifies as “literary” we are looking for stories that have unique and lasting artistic merit.
Find all of it on bdlit.com or Twitter, Facebook, and most social media using “BlackDenimLit” keyword.
Comment below or write us and tell us what you think~!
As can happen sometimes, one of the stories licensed to Black Denim Lit has been re-posted on another website without permission or attribution. The original author contacted us to say that there was no permission at all granted for the other “reprinting site” to reproduce this story. We acted quickly on the author’s behalf to get the post removed.
In this case, there are several reasons why the reprint violated the author’s rights:
- All content on that site was made newly available under Creative Commons license “BY SA” which is insufficient to protect this copyrighted material (from being propagated for profit or being modified)
- The posting of the story was missing the author copyright notice
- It was missing the correct attribution to the author
- It was missing the attribution for the source publication
- The reprint site solicited for financial compensation (a gratuity), implying there was an agreement between the author and the reprint site, which there was not
- The posting listed an email for the original author on the site’s domain, which was not under the actual author’s control. Also this appearance would incorrectly imply to a casual reader that the author is a contributor for them, which he wasn’t.
In the beginning, we at Black Denim Lit were able to acquire the author’s story under paid license for First Rights only. Anyone reprinting without permission from the author is a misappropriation. In other words that act infringes on the author’s control of copyright that were never licensed to anyone.
Specific to us as a magazine, copying the material from Black Denim Lit threatens our ability to assure our authors that their works remain their own and that they have all other copyrights over what they have trusted to our magazine first.
In general, during the story acceptance process I tell authors not to agree to publishing stories without understanding what rights exist over their work and how to grant or license the rights to others. Advocacy sites such as www.pw.org can help. For our part we enforce a terms of service link on the site. Among many simple points of law and common courtesy, it advises site users that they aren’t supposed to be reprinting without written permission.
In the end, I asked that the reprinting site remove the story immediately and they complied within a day, providing an indefensible explanation and tepid apologies. They offered no means for the author to be given any funds that were solicited from the public on his behalf. Lastly, they severed their relationship with us, withdrawing all their articles about “Black Denim Lit,” which is arguably unnecessary, but probably for the best.
It was an unfortunate situation, but copyrights are important and should not be thrown down casually for the sake of exposure or ignorance of what is guaranteed by law to be fair.
Given March, 2014 Stories, would you vote?
Scent of Darkness wins. Stupid Poll.
Every month we provide new stories, but did you know we compile these into a free eBook for eReaders? There’s EPUB, MOBI and PDF and more.
In stores, too?
We push these to all eReader storefronts. To do this, we use four channels: Smashwords, Amazon KDP, Google Play and Lulu. This covers every eReader, and then some.
Note that it can take weeks for our monthly issue to appear in those catalogs, so if you are too impatient waiting for your issue, you do have the option of using the direct links to your favorite format, which you can “sideload” on your own. Once our monthly tasks in the four channels above are completed, then Nook is probably the first thing to show up. If they are not first in the eBook market, at least they can be first to market.
Can you keep it up?
It might not seem worth all the work to distribute monthly, so we make sure that every issue is at least 15,000 words. We’ll need your submissions for that, right? Hint, hint?
For exhaustive details on these channels please read, About Distribution, at the main site. Here are sample links for March, 2014.
As a writer, why should I care?
Because, when you change from publishing in journals to publishing yourself, you’ll learn a lot about where your work is being read. I love graphs. Don’t you? Here is one about worldwide markets for all eBook sales:
Find more statistics at Statista
Let’s face it, we’re getting stories we like, but we could use more submissions. You writers get personal feedback on every submission. It’s like we’re right there with you telling you, “No,” but holding your hand, while we do it. Doesn’t that sound nice? Creepy, you say? No.
We’d like the authors to have a chance to add a post-script to their piece and have it included. This isn’t original but we like it, so we’ll add it on a case-by-case basis. Just think how nice it is when Robert Osborne comes out and tells us a little context or backstory, before or after a film and it makes the viewer go, “Huh, wow, Bobby’s getting old.”
You know the drill: We’re calling writers for literary fiction short stories and flash fiction submissions at our journal bdlit.com … genre fiction is OK, too.
Selecting first-person narrative is high-risk. Will you, the writer, create a first-person story that is anecdotal, reminiscent, exposition-heavy, didactic or …? Odds are: yes. Check out this example:
- Narrative gives off this tone: “This is important because I remember it.”
- Readers think: “Stop talking already. I’m trying to hear the story.”
Is this your story? If so, try shifting the narrative power to stealth mode. It more easily transports the reader without speed bumps, without authorial intrusion. Does “first-person” always fail? Of course not. Just be objective about how your choice in relating your story either complicates or enhances the reading.
The Way to Shangri-La
David W. Landrum
“Your calling to live in an ashram and pursue a certain type of spiritual attainment is at an end. You have come on this pilgrimage to find new direction. Your calling has changed.”
Scent of Darkness
It seemed to absorb the dark of night so that in dawn’s twilight it appeared more than merely black but an actual void, an emptiness in the air that one might step through into another place altogether, like Alice’s rabbit-hole.
It is an old thing. The kind of machine that was innovative a hundred years ago, but now is pretty left behind. I like to keep it on hand just to see how the old markets are doing. They never do very well, but I still have money out there, locked away.
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