Friday, February 24, 2017

Updates, part 1

Hey, y’all! It's been a month and I figured it was time for me to check in and see how everyone’s doing.

Story and Grit has gotten a lot of traffic over the last few days despite there being almost no content.

Here's the thing, I'm a pretty impulsive dude. When I started this site, there was little to no planning put into it. I'd been bouncing the idea around for a few months, there wasn't much of a market for southern based crime fiction, and I figured if I didn't start it no one else would.

So, Story and Grit was born.

With all the traffic that's come to the site, and with our first submission being accepted, I figured I should sit down and think about a few things. Such as: What's my goal for the site, where do I want it to go, and what do I want it to accomplish.

More importantly, I started thinking about when I would launch the site, what features - if any - I would add to the site, and how often did I want to publish.

Here's a few updates in bullet point form:

      Story and Grit will launch on May 1st. I picked this date because it will give me about two months to continue to spread the word, and accept submissions. The story that will launch on May 1st is from a talented guy that published one of the first pieces of flash fiction I ever wrote. It's an honor that he would trust me with his art. Can't wait for y'all to read his story.
      I'm going to continue to improve the look of the site. Right now, the look and feel is a work in progress, and as I become more familiar with designing a website it’ll change. I really want a logo. Having a logo would be cool.
      Once I have a large enough backlog the goal is to publish once or twice a week. Until then, you can expect stories to be published once a month, or every two weeks. It's all about spreading the word to writers, and having them trust me enough to submit their work.
      I also plan to expand into reviews. I'm not sure how soon I’ll branch the site out in that direction. It may be something I handle myself for a while, but it will open to other reviewers. I want reviews for books, movies, TV shows, and music that can be read in five minutes or less. I've never been someone who wants the symbolism of a piece of art broken down for me. I've always been the type that wants to know what your impressions were, and if you'd recommend it. I figure there's a lot of people out there like me.
      I’m also working on author interviews. This is something you can expect in the future. I’m in the query process right now. The goal is to speak with southern authors who have seen success in the crime genre. The concept is simple: They’ll be asked six simple questions about reading, writing, and I’ll try to hit them with a question they’re not normally asked.

Now that you know what to expect I hope you stick around. It'll be a fun ride.

Talk to y'all later,


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Welcome to Story and Grit

This is Story and Grit! Thanks for stopping by.

This webzine is the place where you can find Southern-based crime fiction, Mark Westmoreland's published fiction, and his personal blog. 

The number one goal of this site is to provide writers of crime fiction a place to have their stories read. Especially if your stories revolve around Southerners committing crime or crime committed in the South.

If your stories don't have either of these elements, don't worry! You can submit them anyway. As long as they're greasy and have a criminal element I want to publish what you've written. Just know that stories with Southerners or are set in the South are going to get first priority. 

I hope to be reading your stories very soon. 

If you're interested in submitting what you've written you can find the submissions guidelines in the About page. You can also find my contact information there.