A Revealing Tell-All Podcast Interview with Wulf Moon by Story Unlikely!

Editor Danny Hanknerย interviewed me at Story Unlikely, a literary magazine with 9000 subscribers. He did the interview because he loved my bestselling book ๐‡๐Ž๐– ๐“๐Ž ๐–๐‘๐ˆ๐“๐„ ๐€ ๐‡๐Ž๐–๐‹๐ˆ๐๐† ๐†๐Ž๐Ž๐ƒ ๐’๐“๐Ž๐‘๐˜ย and wanted to know more about the man behind it.

It’s a unique interview because he honed in on the trials we’ve been through that I only alluded to in the book, like surviving an abusive father and being placed in a foster home, like the eight-year-long $800,000 lawsuit with the SEC (I won), like losing our business and island home in the recession, like my wife’s battle with cancer and my decision then to change our destiny through writing.

I can sum up the interview in one sentence: No matter what hand you are dealt in life, if you’re a writer, writing finds a way.

May the interview encourage you to be intrepid and to never surrender your goals and dreams to the storm! The skies do eventually part and the waters will calm if you can hold fast and never give up! Listen to this important podcast by clicking the link HERE and stay the course, my friends!

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

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Wulf Moon to Be an Instructor at Southeastern Writers Association’s 2025 Writing Conference

I am happy to announce I’ve been invited by the board of the Southeastern Writers Association to be an instructor at their 2025 annual conference June 6-10, 2025 at Epworth by the Sea, St. Simons, Georgia. This writers’ association just celebrated 50 years strong in helping writers succeed! I’m proud to be a faculty member next year and hope you’ll come join us at this educational retreat in the South on a beautiful island sanctuary!

Do you live in the South? This Georgia seminar and retreat could be within driving distance for you, saving much in travel expenses! Here’s your chance to get instruction from a wide range of professional writers, and even a one-on-one consult about your writing! Consults are offered at $10 for samples sent in early, or $20 at the conference. What a great way to get professional eyes on your work to help you sharpen your skills!

I’m bringing my best presentations and writing exercises to this conference, and sharing the top strategies I use that have helped me win over fifty writing awards! Come run with the Pack and sharpen those fangs to make your writing lethal.

Check your calendar, start your planning, and I hope to see many of you there next year!

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

Here’s the SWA link: Southeastern Writers Association

Wulf Moonโ€™s Online Super Secrets of Writing Achieves 900,000 Views!

A milestone Iโ€™m celebrating! The online version of Wulf Moonโ€™s Super Secrets of Writing just surpassed 900,000 views! Wow! But with 5300 posts, it can take weeks to read it all (many have told me they have!). To make it easier, I condensed my best award-winning writing secrets into a book called ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐–๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐š ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐†๐จ๐จ๐ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ.

In celebration, Iโ€™m going to let you in on a secret. You likely know this book was the #1 New Release on Amazon for most of six weeks in Fiction Writing, and in the Top 100 Bestsellers in the same category for the bulk of eight months now since release. It also won Best Nonfiction Book of 2023 in the Critters Readers Choice Awards where thousands vote for their faves each year.

What you donโ€™t know is that my publisher, Mark Leslie Lefebvre, put all of his titles in Smashwordsโ€™ Summer Sale at 75% off! That means ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐–๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐š ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐†๐จ๐จ๐ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ $๐Ÿ.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ— ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž!

Get yours for this screaming hot price today while itโ€™s still on sale! โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

Order Your E-book here! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1462411

Another Pro Sale to Story Unlikely and The Best Way to Lose!

The pro literary magazine Story Unlikely just announced to their 10,000 subscribers the results of their 2024 Annual Writing Contest. Over 2,500 entries were submitted. No, I didnโ€™t win the grand prize of $750. So why am I happy? Iโ€™m glad you asked!

This is a blind submission contest, which means no names are included on the judged manuscripts. Paid website subscribers get a bonus where they can submit up to three stories in the contest, and I took advantage of that. Their team voted on contest submissions by merit alone and selected nine finalists. From these nine they chose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place. As Maxwell Smart said, “Missed it by that much!” But for me, my results felt better than a win (not that I wouldnโ€™t have liked the money!). You see, ๐€๐‹๐‹ ๐“๐‡๐‘๐„๐„ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐š๐๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ! ๐ˆ๐ง ๐š ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐Ÿ,๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ+ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ! The editor told me no one else came close to that accomplishment. And then he sent me a contract and bought โ€œGrasshoppers Against the Jar.โ€

And thereโ€™s more icing on this cake. I set this contest as a writing challenge for my Wulf Pack Writers group and two of our writersโ€”Brittany Rainsdon and Robert Stahlโ€”made finalist as well! That means of the nine finalists in this international literary contest, over half were Wulf Pack Writersโ€™ stories. So cool!

Thank you for reading, and I hope youโ€™ll subscribe to Story Unlikely and read all these amazing stories in an upcoming issue. Here’s a few snippets below that you can read from their latest issue, including the editorโ€™s kind words about my results. He even commended my teaching ability and told his readers to get my book HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY. 

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2024 SHORT STORY CONTEST RESULTS

 Our annual short story contest was a huge success, with over over 2,500 submissions received! Our benevolent volunteers worked tirelessly to sift these down to the top three winning stories. So here we are, proud to announce our winners, finalists and honorable mentions (and may I mention that all Paying Members who receive honorable mention or higher received personal feedback from our very own editor-in-chief – of which numerous stories this year did!). Congrats to the winners and everyone whose name made it this far – the competition was fierce, and ya’ll earned your certificates. So plaster them all over your social media feeds to proudly declare to the world, โ€œI almost won an international writing competition!โ€ฆbut not quite.โ€

Winning Stories

1st place – Five Miles to Epworth by Zack Harmes (will be featured in September issue)

2nd place – Range Unknown by Josie Turner (will be featured in August issue)

3rd place – The Pack by Sarah Cannavo (featured this issue!)

Finalists

Andrew Hughes – The Thousand Mile Track

Brittany Rainsdon – Rainbow Baby

Robert Stahl – Dead Presidents

Wulf Moon โ€“ Grasshoppers Against the Jar

Wulf Moon โ€“ The Weeping Tree

Wulf Moon – Time Dusting

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And then editor Danny Hankner shared tips to help writers win and said the following, including a nod to my bestselling writing book:

Learn from the best by reading our Writer’s Gym, which features in-depth articles on writing by some of the best writers in the business. For example, one of our featured authors is a guy named Wulf Moon. If that name isn’t familiar (we’ve published his work previously), take a peak up at the finalists – Moon managed to snag not one but ALL THREE stories (Paying Members can submit up to 3 stories, FY!), and remember, this is from an effectively blind contest. We didn’t know his identity until placing was established. For all three of his stories to be contenders is just astounding! And equally as impressive, Moon’s writer’s group – The Wulf Pack – managed to find their way to 5 out of the top 9 spots. Incredible! So yes, Moon knows what he’s talking about, and you should absolutely listen to our shameless membership plugs so you can do well in this contest too! (or read his book, or both!)

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With my recent First Place wins in the Southeastern Writers Association 50th Anniversary Writing Contests, I’ve won over fifty regional, national, and international writing contests. I didn’t say it, the editor of Story Unlikely just said it: “Moon knows what he’s talking about.” And what did he say about a writing group achieving five out of the nine top spots in his international contest with over 2500 submissions? “Incredible!”

If you’re a writer and haven’t joined the Wulf Pack Writers tier on my Patreon page where I coach writers, you’re missing out! Winners do happen here, and we can help! Or take one of my masterclasses or webinars and sharpen your skills. Your blade has to be sharper than anyone else’s to cut through the competition. Get the edge you need to win!

Here’s the link to my bestselling book HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY (#38 on Amazon’s Best Seller list today in Fiction Writing books). Shhh, it’s also in a massive sale right now on Smashwords. Click HERE.

Here’s the link to join my Wulf Pack Writers group on Patreon. Click HERE.

Here’s the link to my on-demand recorded workshops to give you a leg up, including my newest masterclass based on my bestselling book! Click HERE.

Cheers!


Offshoots Anthology by Third Flatiron Features a NEW Wulf Moon Story Set in Port Townsend!

OFFSHOOTS: HUMANITY TWIGGED by Third Flatiron Publishing is now available for preorder! This pro anthology open call was one of our Wulf Pack Writers Submission Challenges. Many wrote fresh stories for this and FIVE Wulf Pack stories were accepted! Well done, Wulf Pack! Super-duper congratulations are due to our soon to be published members Scott M Sands (his first pro sale!), our beloved and dearly departed Catherine Weaver, Robert Stahl, & David J Hankins. None of these writers had pro sales (most had no sales) before joining my writing group. Well done, wulves! GO WULF PACK!!!

My story published here is “Pink Pickled Pixies.” It’s set in a fictitious sandwich shop in the Victorian town of Port Townsend, Washington where strange creatures gather, and I don’t just mean the ones coming off the ferries! ๐Ÿ˜„ Come take a trip to PT with me, and to destinies across the planet (and galaxy!) by ordering a copy today for your summer reading pleasure! Releases July 20th–it’s almost here!

Two Wulf Pack Writers Group Members Are Finalists in the Baen Fantasy Contest

The Baen Fantasy Adventure Award is a prestigious annual writing contest sponsored by a major SFF publisher: Baen Books! The Wulf Pack Writers group that I coach has had winners before and this yearโ€™s finalists were just announced, to be followed up with final results at Dragon Con. Congratulations to all of the finalists, and we wish them the best of success in the final round!

Itโ€™s another great year here for our Wulf Pack Writers! Two of our members made finalist: Robert F. Lowell and David Hankins! Please cheer them on in your comments here as we await final judging! Go Wulf Pack!๐Ÿบ๐ŸŒŸ

Here is the press release:

2024 BAEN FANTASY ADVENTURE AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

This annual contest continues to highlight new names and big adventures in the fantasy genreโ€”with entries from all around the world!

RIVERDALE, NEW YORK, July 5, 2024โ€”Baen Books formally announced this yearโ€™s finalists for the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award today.

First launched in 2014, the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award has sought to celebrate original fantasy short stories that, despite coming from a range of fantasy subgenresโ€”from sword and sorcery to urban fantasyโ€”focus on heroics, high stakes, and adventure.

Judges for the award were five members of the editorial staff of Baen Books, as well as special guest judge Howard Andrew Jones, and all entries were judged anonymously. The contest occurs annually and looks for original fantasy short stories that range in style from epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, and urban fantasy.

โ€œOne of the great things about this contest is the breadth of subgenres we get to see, and this year has been no exception,โ€ said Baen publisher Toni Weisskopf.

โ€œWhat an excellent crop of stories I saw,โ€ added Howard Andrew Jones. Besides being the managing editor of Tales From the Magicianโ€™s Skull, he is the author of the lauded Chronicles of Hanuvar series, published by Baen Books. He continued, โ€œI never read more than one or two in a single setting so that theyโ€™d stay fresh, and every day I was surprised and entertained. It was a challenge to determine the final order!โ€

The finalists for the 2024 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award are:

โ€œThe Long Night Aheadโ€ by Jason P. Crawford
โ€œThe Wish Doctorโ€ by Arlen Feldman
โ€œWater-Witchingโ€ by Shannon Fox
โ€œThe Spheres of Sangโ€ by Alex S. Garcia
โ€œDrinking Plot Holeโ€ by David Hankins
โ€œBullfrog County Atomic Jackalope Rescueโ€ by Robert F. Lowell
โ€œThe Queen of Hearts and Mindsโ€ by R. H. McConnell
โ€œFind Meโ€ by Lindsey Medrano
โ€œHall of Heroesโ€ by J. M. Roberts
โ€œA Stick, A Staffโ€ by Willor Wyrd

This yearโ€™s winner will be announced and honored at the Baen Books Traveling Roadshow at Dragon Con 2024, in Atlanta, GA, on Aug. 29 โ€“ Sept. 2, 2024. In addition to the award and the trophy, the winning story will be published on Baen.com and the author paid professional rates.

Past winners of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award have gone on to further career successes. The 2020 winner, G. Scott Huggins, later also won the Jim Baen Memorial Award, and the 2021 winner, M. Elizabeth Ticknor, went on to win Writers of the Future.

Baen Books is known for its New York Times best-selling science fiction and fantasy, including David Weberโ€™s Honor Harrington series, Eric Flintโ€™s Ring of Fire alternate histories, Larry Correiaโ€™s Monster Hunter Internationalurban fantasies, and Lois McMaster Bujoldโ€™s Penric stories. Baenโ€™s physical books are distributed by Simon & Schuster, while their ebooks are sold at numerous on-line venues, including their own website.

WINK Anthology Released Today With 7 NYT Bestsellers and a New Story by Wulf Moon!

NEW! The WINK anthology published by Brigids Gate Press and edited by Henry L Herz has been released into the world! Grab your copy in e-book or paperback today! Seven New York Times bestselling authors in this one, so youโ€™re sure to have an exciting read as your favorite childhood tales are retold and reimagined. Includes โ€œPrecious Treasure,โ€ my spin off The Hobbitย with a deadly adventure that surely occurred on the mysterious journey home.๐Ÿ‘€<wink, wink>๐Ÿ‘€

Hereโ€™s the publisherโ€™s copy on WINK: Young Adult Tales that Wink at Classic Children’s Books:

โ€œClever and pithy childrenโ€™s classics turned upside-down, WINK is a true delight.โ€

โ€”Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of Damsel

โ€œThere will definitely be something in there for every reader, and it’s a pleasant, quick read. Definitely recommended if you enjoy retellings, or if you need a palate cleanser between longer works!โ€œ

โ€”NetGalley Review

Fifteen young adult contemporary fantasy and science fiction tales that wink at classic works of children’s literature.

Featuring stories by:

James Aquilone

Kendare Blake

Leah Cypess

Stacia Deutsch

David Gerrold

Tara Gilboy

Henry Herz

Nancy Holder

Alethea Kontis

Jonathan Maberry

Seanan McGuire

Wulf Moon

Henry Neff

Alex Shvartsman

Maggie Stiefvater

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Travel back to your favorite youthful adventures and feed your inner child! Get your copy today by clicking HERE! Cheers!๐Ÿ’–

NEW DreamForge Kickstarter Campaign With a Wulf Moon Webinar!

Do you love speculative fiction that inspires hope for humanity? Then back the DreamForge Magazine Kickstarter campaign today! Thereโ€™s something for everyone in these juicy pledge rewards, including gorgeous bonus prints, story and novel edits, and webinars to hone your writing craft katana sharp!

Iโ€™ve also donated a NEW online webinar on my Super Secret to writing stories that rise to the top and win writing contests (Iโ€™ve won over 50 using this strategyโ€”two more 1st Placers last week!). Donโ€™t miss โ€œThe Price of Victory: The Powerful Secret of the Sacrifice.โ€ But hurryโ€”my webinars sell out, and thereโ€™s only 20 spotsโ€”wait, two pledges immediately gobbled upโ€”thereโ€™s only 18 spots left! ๐Ÿ‘€

Light the Forge for the future by backing DreamForge today!๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Check out the campaign by clicking HERE! 

DEEP MAGIC VOL. 2 Gets a New Publisher, A New Cover, and New Marketing!

WE JUST GOT PERMISSION TO SHARE!!! Deep Magic Volume 2 has now been reprinted and marketed by Oliver Heber Books! Jeff Wheeler originally published this as Best of Deep Magic Anthology 2. Jeff has worked with Oliver Heber Books before and sings of their marketing prowess, so I’m excited to see what they do with this amazing set of noblebright stories!

Wulf Pack Writer Brittany Rainsdon has her first published short story in this anthology, “Perfectly Painted Lies.” And my novelette “Muzik Man” is in this anthology as well. Both of our stories earned a star on Tangent Online’s Recommended Reading List, so you know they’ll be good. “Muzik Man” also won Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Story of 2020 in the Critters Readers’ Choice Awards. Includes stunning tales by bestselling authors Jeff Wheeler, Charlie Holmberg, Ken Liu, Michael Sullivan, and more!

Here’s the publishers comments:

The Best of Deep Magic: Anthology Twoโ€” fantastical worlds of space adventures, mysterious poisoners and war birds await โ€” stories with depth, strong protagonists, high tension, all told while pulling at your heart strings, or making you smile with understanding. In this anthology, youโ€™ll find seventeen stories, including many novelettes. Go on adventures with heroes old and young, and visit many new worlds.

The stories included in this anthology are: FORGED IN IRON AND BLOOD by Jeanna Mason Stay, THE POISONER’S REVENGE – A KINGFOUNTAIN TALE by WSJ bestselling author Jeff Wheeler, THE RED WALLS OF ISHRI by Patrick Hurley, THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO THE DANIEL WEBSTER CHARTER SCHOOL PTAโ€™S ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CHILI COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER by Eric James Stone, HIS LADYโ€™S FAVOR by K.D. Julicher, THE TEN SUNS by Nebula and Hugo award winning author Ken Liu, GRAVE SECRETS by WSJ bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg, THE HALL OF THE DIAMOND QUEEN by NYT bestselling author Anthony Ryan, THE LADY OF PAIN by Steve DuBois, LOVE IN THE TIME OF HOLODECKS by Charity West, HANGING TREES by Christoph Weber, MUZIK MAN by award-winning author Wulf Moon, DARNED SOCKS by Brendon Taylor, PERFECTLY PAINTED LIES by Brittany Rainsdon, THE JOB PROSPECTS OF HISTORY MAJORS by Alyssa Eckles, PILE OF BONES by NYT bestselling author Michael J Sullivan, and DONโ€™T WAKE THE DREAMER by K.M. Dailey.

Deep Magic’s Anthology Two has science fiction and fantasy stories hand-selected by our team. All of these stories have a noblebright thread of honor, compassion, or selflessness. So jump in and learn about escapism holodecks, battered old technology which has created a new culture, and a messianic robot, learn the magic of needles and thread, and so much more in this jam-packed anthology. Explore these stories by bestselling authors today, and experience new adventures of sacrifice, love, family, loss, and triumph.
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You can enjoy DM1 and DM2 as an e-book set, or you can order individually. My story “Muzik Man” is in Deep Magic Volume 2, so don’t miss that one! Word is still out on the print version, but you can order the e-book(s) today! I LOVE the new dragon/samurai cover! Get yours by clicking the link below and you’ll be loaded for bear on this summer’s reads! Cheers!

Two First Place Wins For Wulf Moon in Southeastern Writers’ Writing Contests

I made this announcement on Facebook today:

๐‡๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐ฐ๐ฌ! The Southeastern Writers Association celebrated their FIFTY year anniversary at their conference last weekend (Go SWA!), and announced the winners of their annual writing contest last night. This year, they offered ten contest categories for entrants to submit their poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and novel chapters. I submitted stories to three categories and ๐ฐ๐จ๐ง ๐…๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐•๐ž๐ ๐š ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐’๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐’๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐…๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐ข๐œ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐…๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ก ๐…๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง.

Thank you, SWA and donors for the lovely certificates and cash prizes! Thank you, Dr. Amy R. Wethington, for being an excellent contest coordinator and ensuring the integrity of the annual contest through your blind judging process! And happy congratulations to all the winners for boldly submitting your creative works and being honored by this long-standing writers’ association and their distinguished judges! Cheers!