By: Peter B. Giblett Everyday Rules, Laws and Common Sense How do you interpret rules? This is a lighthearted look at submission rules. There are times I admit to being somewhat a rebel. Seeing the “don’t walk on the grass signs” but doing just that, barefoot of course. At the same time, I confess to…
Recently we finished up our second Creativia anthology. Like the first one, all of the writers started with the same prompt, and had about four months to write. This time around, their prompt was “The letter/email/missive/message was ominous, if a little vague in the details. “Midnight, on the bridge. Come alone.””
The finished product is an unusual mix of genres and subjects. Each writer really set off on their own path from the prompt. As usual, they are give a fair bit of leeway in interpreting the prompt as long as they kept the heart of it the same.
As a result, you’ll find colonial America, Victorian London and fantasy worlds alike. There are love stories, cautionary tales, and fantasy. You will find paranormal creatures like wendigos, vampires, Shades, sentient shadows or talking animals.
The six authors represented here took our prompt and each of them headed off in a different direction, and that right there is half the reason I do it! I love the way creative minds work, and it is a thrill getting to edit (and contribute) to this collection.
Now available on Amazon in kindle and paperback formats, get your copy of A Bridge of Shadow today!
I found this article this morning as I was researching news about literary agents. Mark Coker is one of the founders of Smashwords.com, one of the best indie publishing platforms available. I have used both Smashwords and CreateSpace (Amazon’s self -pub), and both have their strengths; however, I would say Smashwords has the easiest interface with a huge list of retailers that will accept your book into their catalogs, if you follow the Smashwords publishing guide – which is free.
This post by Mark Coker looks at the future of indie publishing and some of the road blocks that are being put in place by big retailers like Amazon. He shows how KDP and KU are being used to gain back control of pricing from indie authors. This is well worth a read.
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“I hate writing, I love having written.”
By Gayle R. Lee
We write to express ourselves. But there’s more to it than the desire to communicate our thoughts and ideas to others. We write because it clears out the clutter inside us. It heals, transforms, and settles us. We don’t write so we can say, “Look at what I’ve done. Admire my work and make me feel great.” We write to share parts of us that make us feel vulnerable. This connects us to our audience in a personal way.
Writing lifts the burdens we carry within. It enables cleansing. Day after day, we accumulate stress and add to our baggage. The events of the day can make us feel tired and heavy. Getting our thoughts out on paper releases this stress. It strengthens us in a calm and balanced way.
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By Natalie J. Case
Are you a book reviewer? A reader who loves books? I’m looking for folks who will provide honest reviews of my books. I can provide electronic ARCs if you are a book blogger or reviewer.
I know my work isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but if you’re interested in vampire stories that go beyond the modern teenage love story, you might enjoy Forever, the story of Amara: born to a vampire mother and raised in a clan of killers, Amara finds herself at odds with her family and drawn toward the world of man.
Once Upon a Broken Dream is an anthology of short stories that all emerged from a single prompt. Two of my own stories are in there and I edited the overall anthology. The stories cover a broad spectrum of genres. My two offerings are an introduction to a sci-fi story I hope to introduce next year, Jericho Jordan and a fairy-tale fantasy called Red-Belly about a world once governed by dragons.
Through Shade and Shadow is the opening salvo in a series filled with danger, secret government agencies, psychics, healers and shape-shifters and a world on the brink of war. Meet Mason Jerah, a Shade, who we meet as his world dies, goes from a backwoods, sheltered boy to government agent at the focal point of the coming civil war and Alaric Lambrecht, a Shadow who just wants to keep his people safe. When they finally come together, it could signal the beginning of the end.
In Gathering Shade picks up where Through Shade and Shadow left off, joining Mason and Alaric on a daring escape and meeting a few new players. Raven Ivany is a government agent, working for the same agency as Mason. She too is a Shade, and while investigating what seems to be a Shade serial killer, she happens across Zero, a teenager with the abilities of a Sage and a Shadow, together with Evan Chayton, they find themselves caught up in the machinations of a Shadow who has been manipulating things from behind the scenes.
Anyone interested in reviewing any of these, please reach out to me at email@example.com.
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Here we are again, another Monday, another day in the office. We’re into the middle of July already, which seems ludicrous, really. Before you know it, the holiday season will be upon us!
I have something to celebrate, however, and we don’t have to wait for Christmas! My first book with Creativia Publishing is on promo this week, today through the 16th and you can get a Kindle copy for only $.99! Yes! That’s right, just ninety-nine cents for Forever!
I spent a bunch of time over the weekend working on a short story anthology that I hope to have ready for the publisher by next Monday, and part of that was working on a story of my own that I hope to include. It’s a short piece in the world of a novel I hope to write next year, when I’ve finished with Shades and Shadows. It’s going to be a sci-fi novel and I’m excited to get into it, even if only in a small way.
I suppose I should go pour that cup of coffee and get my day started. So much to do and all that. Have a great Monday, Readers!
I have a confession to make. I have never been to a book festival or convention or other celebration of books. Not as a reader, certainly not as a writer. Some of the reasons for this are fundamental issues of who I am, namely the agoraphobic part of who I am. Large crowds, even mediocre crowds in small spaces make me sweat, palpitate, hyperventilate and ultimately need to leave quickly unless I do an awful lot of prep work first.
So, when I show up on Sunday, June 4th at Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California, I will be attending my first event.
The Bay Area Book Festival is in it’s third year, and while I’d love to be able to attend some of the talks and such on Saturday, I have other obligations. But come Sunday morning, I will load up my cart with books and a table cloth (reminder to self, get a tablecloth), my tablet and credit cart doohicky plus a bunch of water and snacks for the day, and I will BART myself into Berkeley and find my assigned place in the park for the day.
Of course, I hope to sell enough books to break even on the day, but beyond that, my hope is that I can keep my agoraphobic anxiety down and that I get to meet new folks, talk about my books and other books. I’d love to meet readers who are passionate about what they read and love. I’d also love to meet fellow authors who are passionate about what they write and love.
If it isn’t too much to hope for, I’m going to hope that some of my friends and family come out to see me too. It isn’t every day an author gets to do their first event like this…and if I’m being truthful, maybe having someone watch my table for a bit while I look around would be awesome too.
So, if you’re somewhere in the San Francisco Bay area and fancy some book loving come Sunday, June 4th, you should hope on BART and take yourself to the Berkeley Civic Center station. The park is just a short walk away.
I won’t be too hard to find. I’ll be the author with green hair, probably wearing a fedora or other hat, and possibly a Star Wars shirt, depending on my mood. Come Say HI!