|IT’S FINISHED! On Tuesday night, I finished How To Write a Howling Good Story. This, after pushing through long-COVID brain fog for many months that dropped my output from 2000-3000 words per day down to 220/day. But done is beautiful! Weighs in at 37 chapters, 100,000 words. A big book! Now to get this to my publisher, Mark Leslie Lefebvre of Stark Publishing Solutions. Kickstarter backers get it first, but it’s coming soon to your favorite retail platform in e-book, trade paperback, and hardcover! I’ll let you know when it’s available for the public to purchase. I’m so happy to bring this to all of you!|
Would you like to find out why I received 115,000+ listens on the interview with John Goodwin on December 28th for the Writers of the Future Podcast? Perhaps people enjoyed the advice on creating multiple income streams to keep your income boat afloat as you move toward full-time writing. It could have been the announcement of a publisher making an offer on my SUPER SECRETS writing book, which many have been waiting for. Or it might just have been the encouragement given to aspiring writers to join the Writers of the Future Forum. You decide. And you can! By clicking HERE.
One thing I did speak a good deal about were the Critters Readers’ Choice Awards, where polling goes on for three weeks at the end of every year to honor the best in forty-one publishing related categories. Would you like to find out how it all turned out in the end? Here’s the Writers of the Future press release regarding the many awards won, but may I be the first to say, “Congratulations, Writers of the Future Forum!” Click HERE to read their exciting press release!
When you look at the tattered edges of old nautical charts, often you’ll find a wicked sea serpent threading through the water. There is even a medieval globe with the inscription: HERE BE DRAGONS. It probably didn’t mean the explorers had run across dragons (although I’d like to think so); it meant they hadn’t explored that location and if you decided to travel there, you would do so at your own risk. You were navigating uncharted waters.
Much of writing is exactly that. No two writers’ journeys are the same because we all have unique circumstances and we are all singularly unique individuals. You can read and study what others did to find their course across the vast oceans of writing and publishing, but in the end, you have to chart your own path, catch the wind in your sails, put your hand to the tiller, and guide your ship to the destination that’s right for you. It’s your journey. You haven’t traversed these waters before. There will be perils. There will be dragons. But if you hold fast and fight to the last, there can also be rich rewards….
So opens my article on the dragons that writers face–especially this writer–while navigating the high seas of writing and publishing. The article appears on the Writers of the Future homepage. Click the link to read my story, a story designed to help you conquer your own dragons and to fortify you to NEVER GIVE UP!
. . . but were afraid to ask. Well, the editor at Third Flatiron Publishing, Juliana Rew, wasn’t afraid! She put the thumbscrews to me after my beastie podcast, and I squealed everything. Juli said I could share–just like influenza, misery loves company. (I always say misery loves comfort, preferably Southern, but what do I know?) Continue reading “Everything you wanted to know about Moon . . .”
Wow! Third Flatiron Publishing produces three wonderful anthologies each year, filled with great stories by award winning writers. And then, at the end of the year, editor Juliana Rew makes her selection for their Best of the Year anthology. It’s a coveted spot–other writers have told me it’s on their bucket list to get in. Guess what? Aw, darn it, you guessed it! My story, “Beast of the Month” from the STRANGE BEASTIES anthology was selected for THIRD FLATIRON BEST OF 2017! It’s available now on Amazon. Just click on the hyperlink if you don’t believe me. Go ahead. Dare ya.
Here’s why editor Juliana Rew published them: “The 13 stories contained in the book are what we consider a representative sampling of the quality of stories published by Third Flatiron Anthologies.” And, on Amazon: “Ranging from science fiction and fantasy to horror and humor, these tales are both universal and unique. Contributors include John Sunseri, James Beamon, Rati Mehrotra, J. L. Forrest, Konstantine Paradias, Jean Graham, Jill Hand, Brian Trent, Ville Nummenpaa, Wulf Moon, Keyan Bowes, Vaughan Stanger, and Premee Mohamed. Edited by Juliana Rew.”
Congratulations to my neighbors selected for this prime real estate! I am honored to be in this anthology with you, and am grateful to Juli Rew for believing in my little mail order fantasy tale!