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Stemmed from a start-up as a pitch to a record label, Criminal Class Press has become an internationally known and distributed publisher. It has expanded it's B2B activity, establishing relationships with larger entities, and continues to grow every year. Collaborating with such authors as Kent & Keith Zimmerman to launching a digital media branch, CCP has become Chicago's number one urban/mystery/crime fiction publisher.

Paul D. Brazill
06/30/2018
Paul D. Brazill

Paul D. Brazill

Last Year's Man is OUT NOW from All Due Respect and Down and Out Books.

Because These #Books Are #Free, And You LOVE #Crimefiction:
06/21/2018

Because These #Books Are #Free, And You LOVE #Crimefiction:

Your Arsenal of Authors Is Incomplete Without Paul D. Brazill, Richard Godwin, Paul Heatley, Tom Leins, And Chris Roy:
06/16/2018

Your Arsenal of Authors Is Incomplete Without Paul D. Brazill, Richard Godwin, Paul Heatley, Tom Leins, And Chris Roy:

Why Haven't You Looked Into Near To The Knuckle When They're Releasing Paul D. Brazill's New Book: (Find Out More: https...
04/21/2018
Check Out The Cover of Paul D. Brazill’s Latest Collection!

Why Haven't You Looked Into Near To The Knuckle When They're Releasing Paul D. Brazill's New Book: (Find Out More: https://dorsetbookdetective.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/check-out-the-cover-of-paul-d-brazills-latest-collection/)

Paul D. Brazill, who I interviewed previously, is launching a new collection of stories called Small Time Crimes through Near the Knuckle Press. The collection is due to be published in Summer of t…

As a "Thank You" for educating the majority of our staff, we've "donated" our overstock to Columbia College Chicago--go ...
01/28/2018

As a "Thank You" for educating the majority of our staff, we've "donated" our overstock to Columbia College Chicago--go and get 'em, folks!

THANK YOU, Mark Williams--PLEASE Repost!     “Not a dozen experimental models but full-scale production—just five ye...
10/07/2016
Ford to ship self-driving cars without steering wheels, brake or gas pedals by 2021

THANK YOU, Mark Williams--PLEASE Repost!

“Not a dozen experimental models but full-scale production—just five years away.

If you’re wondering what this has to do with indie authors, obviously you haven’t been reading my past ‘Beware The Future’ posts.

The pace of tech change and innovation is accelerating at a phenomenal rate. That pace itself will accelerate exponentially as 5G arrives, the Internet of Things becomes mainstream with 6G the Internet of Everything taunting us on the horizon, and VR and AR move from the realm of geek novelty to everyday reality for everyday folk.

It’s not just forward-thinking sci-fi writers who need to worry, faced with their sci-fi masterpieces being re-categorised in the historic-novels section.

We’ve already seen this past five years changes in the way entertainment is consumed, which was pretty much inconceivable ten years ago and seemed implausible even just five years ago.

But change just keeps on coming no matter how much we want to bury our heads in the sand.

Some will be good for us, just as e-readers and mobile phone reading have been good for us, opening up opportunities and changing the lives of many of us.

But there are other changes looming that will be less welcome.
Right now, the Washington Post is busy delivering news items on the Rio Olympics that no human has written or pre-approved—bot-written content has become mainstream.

The Washington Post has a dedicated team of tech experts working on artificial intelligence programmes to provide news content, which is said to be indistinguishable from content written by humans.

It has a team of three engineers working full-time on Heliograf, the Post’s AI software. A few more product analysts are spending about half of their time on the project, and four or five newsroom staffers are also spending time shaping the software—this in 2016.

The Washington Post is owned by Jeff Bezos. So how many tech teams might he have working on bot-written books over at Amazon?

We all know to our costs how barely-legible books can soar up the charts and push professionally written titles aside on the way. We all know formulaic tabloid titles are what sell best—just look at James Patterson.

...bottom line is, as Patterson understands, most readers don’t care for Shakespeare and fancy prose. They don’t mind—or even notice—the occasional plot hole or overuse of clichéd themes.
They just want to be entertained.

And if a bot can write an item on the Rio Olympics today that is as good as a professional reporter’s work, how long before a bot can write a basic novel that will satisfy less-discerning readers?

Or far more worrying...write the next Harry Potter or Jack Reacher series?

We’re just a very few short years away from the point where a bot can write a book, edit & proof it, format it, slap a cover on it, publish it, promote it, and send it soaring up the charts all in the time it took you to read this paragraph.

Beware the future. It’s not just closer than you think. It’s right behind you and breathing down your neck!”

Ford says it's going to deliver self-driving cars by 2021 – and these will ship in volume, and will also lack steering wheels, brake or gas pedals, offering..

#Americana #Cultural #artists #nostalgia #paintings #art #oldschool #skateboarder #culture #images #skatecrate #soapbox
07/22/2016
This Guy's Art Will Take You Back In Time

#Americana #Cultural #artists #nostalgia #paintings #art #oldschool #skateboarder #culture #images #skatecrate #soapbox

Revisiting An All-But-Lost Aesthetic

#technology #humans #relationships #business #socialmedia #sociology #studies #Twitter #automation #robots #machines #me...
07/20/2016
These People Fell In Love Via Twitter.

#technology #humans #relationships #business #socialmedia #sociology #studies #Twitter #automation #robots #machines #memoryconsolidation #moderation

Should Machines Facilitate Relationships?

Get Ready to Be Hungry...#food #waste #bacteria #starvation #firstworldproblems #documentary #books #produce #meat #beef...
07/18/2016
THE TERRIBLE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD

Get Ready to Be Hungry...
#food #waste #bacteria #starvation #firstworldproblems #documentary #books #produce #meat #beef #Last_Week_Tonight #JohnOliver #diseases #GMO #Ecoli #livestock #cows #chickens #farms #corporations

The latest in first-world problems hit an all-time jaw-dropping low. Recently, it was discovered the US throws away nearly the same amount of food as it consumes. (On a global scale, 1.6 billion tons are wasted.) While it was thought American’s had all but vanquished their vanity, superficialit...

Pop Culture: The New Curriculum #popculture #college #professors #highered #dumbanddumber #studentsurveys #coursework #b...
07/16/2016
KIDS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE CLASSROOMS

Pop Culture: The New Curriculum #popculture #college #professors #highered #dumbanddumber #studentsurveys #coursework #boredom #graduates

Since 1992, US colleges have allowed students to rate their experience via surveys. In 1999, the Rate My Professors website availed itself to college students—built by undergrads. It wasn’t until around 2007 that these student outlets had a strong impact on whether or not professors kept their…

#relationships #singlebecause #dating #couples #love #mates #single
07/15/2016
"#Single Because" | RealClear

#relationships #singlebecause #dating #couples #love #mates #single

On Twitter, there’s a #SingleBecause trend going around. People are posting various reasons as to why there’s nobody special in their life. While some folks are intentionally rolling solo, others are confined to the belief nobody would possibly want to be with them. Some just can’t fathom monog...

#slang #urbandictionary #oxfordenglishdictionary #AP #styleguides #language #communication #selfie #cray #tiggity #faceb...
07/14/2016
What's The Word?

#slang #urbandictionary #oxfordenglishdictionary #AP #styleguides #language #communication #selfie #cray #tiggity #facebookanality #fleek #glamp #loweredexpectations #idiocracy #starchitect #startermarriage #repertoire #vocabulary #words #society #humor #socialcommentary

Facebookanality, fleek, cray and tiggity are just some of the infinitely many entries found in "Urban Dictionary." In 2014, the Associated Press added "selfie” to their stylebook. Recently, the "Oxford English Dictionary" made some surprising additions of their own—re: glamp, starchitect and st...

#BigTech #future #Wall_E #Pixar #dystopia #technology #lazytech #obesity #gamers #automation #waffles #laziness #devolut...
07/13/2016
"Wall-E" World | RealClear

#BigTech #future #Wall_E #Pixar #dystopia #technology #lazytech #obesity #gamers #automation #waffles #laziness #devolution #innovation #endofworld #gadgetry #inventions #hoverboard #golfboard #movies #Gamer #society #fail

Pixar’s “Wall-E” depicted a dystopian future where a large surplus of garbage had forced humanity to leave the planet and live aboard spaceships. The fictitious BnL ad promoted automation, as miscellaneous robots/machines catered to the people’s every need—e.g., hover chairs. Every person aboar...

#smartfolks #jobs #recruiters #Divergent #VeronicaRoth #NeilBurger #highereducation #recruiterssuck #Einstein #movies #R...
07/11/2016
Overqualified For Life

#smartfolks #jobs #recruiters #Divergent #VeronicaRoth #NeilBurger #highereducation #recruiterssuck #Einstein #movies #RodneyDangerfield #overqualified #resumes #jobsearch

LinkedIn featured Maurice Ewing’s article, “Why Smart People Don’t Get Hired.” Ewing elaborated on how said people tend to have “cognitive biases” that cause a “blind spot.” He also touched on above-average-intelligent people’s resumes. The writing blurs actual skills and/or prevents them from getti...

#craigslist #scams #porn #pornography #foodmodeling #humantrafficking #modeling #creepy #fetishes #sexual #ads #classifi...
07/11/2016
Barely Legal

#craigslist #scams #porn #pornography #foodmodeling #humantrafficking #modeling #creepy #fetishes #sexual #ads #classifieds #danger #women #illegal #legality

Many people use Craigslist on a daily basis—for all kinds of things. One particular ad is seeking women for a “Sexy Female Feet Shoot.” While it claims to pay up to $100 per hour, it also states: “...depending the types of foot modeling we agree to.”

#trend_cycles #fashion #eighties #new_retro_wave #synthpop #music #clothing #psychology #marketing #realclear #culture #...
07/08/2016
Wash, Rinse, Repeat

#trend_cycles #fashion #eighties #new_retro_wave #synthpop #music #clothing #psychology #marketing #realclear #culture #brainwashing #overstock #SBTB

A short look at the psychology behind trend cylces.

#directors #contemporaryart #media #artists #movies #films #context #entertainment #branding #marketing #art #poetry #no...
07/07/2016
"It All Comes Back To 'Ghostbusters'" | RealClear

#directors #contemporaryart #media #artists #movies #films #context #entertainment #branding #marketing #art #poetry #nostalgia #cultfilms #society #socialcommentary

A truly introspective look into how people absorb today's media.

Violence Served Up Frisco Style: #frisco5 #sanfrancisco #violence #urbandecay #westcoast #california #norcal #killercops...
05/10/2016
The Misadventures of the Frisco Five

Violence Served Up Frisco Style: #frisco5 #sanfrancisco #violence #urbandecay #westcoast #california #norcal #killercops #brutality #protesters #FriscoFive #killercops #innercityviolence #racism #raceriot

In San Fransisco, the last few months have availed violence against unarmed black and brown men at the hands of police at alarming rates. In response, a group of five people (dubbed the “Frisco Fiv…

Miami Beach: Where Sex is on Display: #erotic #fineart #sensual #upcloseandpersonal #notyourtypicalmuseum #sex #Miami #m...
04/19/2016
WEAM & The Miami Sexcapade

Miami Beach: Where Sex is on Display: #erotic #fineart #sensual #upcloseandpersonal #notyourtypicalmuseum #sex #Miami #museums #WEAM #eroticart #erotica #Miamibeach #art #artists #copulation #offthebeatenpath #sexcapades #culture #aclockworkorange #malcolmmcdowell #phallic

By Julie Littman Next to a Starbucks, a few blocks from the loud parties and bars in Miami Beach, is a quiet building filled with pen*ses, vaginas and people having passionate sex. Still, The World…

Subversive Serves You the Best by Getting Down & Dirty with No Flow's Josey Wales: #bands #touring #interviews #westcoas...
04/02/2016
Lucky Days, Girls, and Drugs

Subversive Serves You the Best by Getting Down & Dirty with No Flow's Josey Wales: #bands #touring #interviews #westcoast #drugs #girls #drinking #theft #reviews #backstagepass

By Steven Yuen No Flow has been around for quite a bit of time. One of their first shows was in a basement owned by the family of a friend. It was unoccupied, unfurnished, and in complete disarray.…

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03/05/2016

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02/27/2016
Manslaughter Review Issue 1

CCP All-Star Andrew Riconda Featured in Manslaughter Review: #manslaughter #literaryfiction #noir #shortstory #authors #NYC #fiction

Manslaughter Review is a journal of crime fiction.

02/14/2016
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Hey, Chicago! It's time to be generous. More, in exchange for your generosity, Taco In A Bag is giving away free tickets...
11/29/2015

Hey, Chicago! It's time to be generous. More, in exchange for your generosity, Taco In A Bag is giving away free tickets to "The Incredibly Strange Holiday Spectacular"--just bring an unused, unwrapped toy. Hit up 4603 N. Lincoln Ave. for your ticket! #freetickets #holidayshow #toydrive #toysfortots #toys #Chicago #tacos #freeshow #entertainment #holidayfun #tacoinabag

From Our Family to Yours--Happy Holidays.#holidays #family #Thanksgiving #NYC #Chicago #goodtimes #loyalty #camaraderie ...
11/26/2015

From Our Family to Yours--Happy Holidays.
#holidays #family #Thanksgiving #NYC #Chicago #goodtimes #loyalty #camaraderie #criminalclasspress #werestillhere

09/25/2015
NO DELUSIONS - A Chicago Hardcore Documentary - 2015 TRAILER

Straight Outta Chi-Town:
#Chicago #hardcore #nodelusions #documentaries #documentary #bands #musicians #scene #history #citylife #culture #popculture #f**ksh*tup #documentaryfilms #music

Hardcore bands from the Midwest are generally overlooked by the rest of the world. Regardless, Chicago has a strong scene that has consistently chosen to do ...

THINGS TO CONSIDER:Major publishers will give you a 1 percent chance of making it, and you're up against Grisham and Dan...
09/15/2015
Blooming Twig - Books That Matter

THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Major publishers will give you a 1 percent chance of making it, and you're up against Grisham and Dan Brown.
If they take you on, this will still be a hobby.
Recall the Dummies Guide author who worked for eight months on a guide, got a big advance; but then the book sold two-million copies--he didn't see anything after the advance.
Blooming Twig/Books That Matter offers an opportunity for you to make your work marketable, and ultimately, for you to become marketable in the greater marketplace of ideas.
When there are somewhere around 15 million books published every year now, how do you differentiate yourself? It's not about having a great book anymore. It's about branding, marketing, and positioning. In other words, the game has changed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7bI-bke1aE
#publishing #bloomingtwig #booksthatmatter #branding #authors #numberone #manuscripts #books #salvation #beattherest #thebest #publishing #strategy

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