Archive for the 'Writing sucess' Category

09
Jul
10

The “From the Darkside” Charity Anthology is on sale!!

*Reblog from JennyBeanses.net*

Goooood morning everyone. The day is finally upon us, after nearly two weeks of suspense-building madness and excerpts. It’s release day, and I am incredibly excited. I know the writers are as well, so the news is going to hit the ‘Net like a ten-pound hammer.

Everyone who contributed to this collection worked so very hard, and they did it out of the kindness of their hearts. Donating their work to the anthology knowing they would not get paid did not cause any bellyaching or fretting. They all seemed to love the idea of being paid in recognition and gratitude.

So, if the writers aren’t getting paid, who is? And why should you buy an anthology that’s not going to pay its writers?

As I’ve said before, all proceeds earned From the Dark Side will be donated to The Office of Letters and Light, you know the people responsible for bringing us awesome programs like NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy. And that’s why you should buy that anthology, aside from the fact that it’s filled to the rim with some really great work, the proceeds are going to an incredibly worthwhile cause.

So, after you buy a copy, please help us spread the word to your friends and family. And remember: You don’t need an eReader or Kindle to read the electronic story. You can download the Kindle software for use on your computer or Mac, there are several apps for the iTouch, iPhone, Palm Pre and more that you can use to download eBook or you can simply read it as a PDF or HTML file right on your computer.

Now, where can you buy it? On Amazon and Smashwords for just $4.99.

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16
Jun
10

Interview with Jennifer Hudock

I recently had the opportunity to interview an up and coming author and force within the podcast community, Jennifer Hudock.

Q: Who is Jennifer Hudock?

Jennifer Hudock is a dark entity from the 9th dimension who was sent here to record data on human behavior so the Old Ones can formulate an effective destruction strategy. In all seriousness, I am a writer, poet, podcaster and editor just trying to get my work out to as many people as I can.

Q: Tell us about the Dark Journeys collection.

The Dark Journeys Short Story collection is a batch of short stories I have tried to have traditionally published over the course of the last five years, to no avail. The first ten stories in the collection have all been either rejected repeatedly, or published in small, nonpaying markets during that time frame.

Q: What can readers expect from these stories?

The unexpected. There are zombies, faeries, ghosts, robots, murderers… It’s a mix-bag of dark fantasy and horror fiction with more emphasis on the horror genre.

Q: Why sell the stories separately rather than as a single volume and do you plan to do so in the future?

Selling them separately is something of an experiment. I figured if I could give a wide variety of people a handful of samples, they might be more inclined to check out more of my work, especially my podcast novel, Goblin Market, which I am currently giving away for free on my website and iTunes. I am planning to combine twelve stories at the end of the journey into one volume and sell it as a short fiction anthology with a bonus short story that most people I know haven’t read yet, even though it was published in a George Romero inspired print anthology.

Q: Will there be any surprises for those who are already familiar with the collection?

I like to hope so. All of the stories are very different from one another, since they cross genres, and I have high hopes that each one is unique enough to surprise readers.

Q: How long have you been writing and in which genres?

I have been writing for about twenty-four years. I started writing little horror and romantic stories when i was eleven years old and never stopped. I prefer to write in dark fantasy and horror, but have been known to dabble in science fiction as well.

Q: Are there any real life experiences that have influenced your writing?

Absolutely. Every life experience is fodder for the muse. I went through a lot of dark and twisted things as a child that probably warped my mind a little, and every time I write something it’s like beating my inner-demons into submission.

Q: Why did you choose to go the self-publishing route?

I was a little frustrated and jaded with the traditional market for awhile. I tried to get my work published for years, with little luck and I watched a friend of mine go through some hardship with so-called traditional publishing that made me want to take a few things into my own hands. Does that mean I wouldn’t like to traditionally publish a novel at some point? No way! But I do feel like I have a little more control and creative freedom when it comes to putting my work out there.

Q: You’ve been releasing ‘The Goblin Market’; an original, dark fantasy novel, as a podcast. Can you tell us a little about that?

Goblin Market is a dark fantasy novel about a young woman who discovers who she really is after she’s drawn into the faerie realm by the Goblin King, who poisoned her younger sister. It was inspired by the Christina Rossetti poem of the same name. It is currently available as a free download on my website and iTunes, but I am also working on edits so I can put together a print and electronic edition for sale. I’ve also had some people talk to me briefly about turning it into a graphic novel, but there is nothing concrete yet.

Q: What made you decide to begin podcasting your stories? And,

I love listening to people tell stories. Even more than that, I love to tell stories, so when I discovered podcasting in 2009, I was intrigued by the idea of recording my own stories and getting them out to more people.

Q: What impact do you think it’s had on the number of readers you’ve reached?

Goblin Market was just sitting on my flash drive collecting space dust before I started podcasting. At the time I had no expectations as to how it would fare out in the audio world. I just wanted to get it out there so I felt like I was doing something proactive. Because of the generosity of the podcast community, through word of mouth and exchanging promos, it’s gotten a lot of downloads even though I have yet to upload it to podiobooks.com.

Q: Do you find there’s a great deal of competition among creative types to get their work noticed?

I think creative types are inherently competitive, but on the other hand, many of us tend to be very insecure. We sort of thrive on one another’s support and feedback in a way that tones down the competition to a comfortable level. Networking with other creators has been a huge inspiration, which actually prompted my fiance and I to start a creator’s community called The Creative Alliance. Our goal with that community was to draw creative types of every ilk together in one place, and provide support, encouragement and inspiration to one another in hopes that as a community we could move forward and make a major impact on the creative world as a group.

Surprisingly, it has worked out much the way we envisioned when we first started talking about it, which is a beautiful thing. We work together as a group to help promote each other, critique each other, brainstorm together and support one another. The power of community is incredible, and I would love to see more people get actively involved.

Q: (Is there anything else you want readers to know?)

I am currently piecing together and editing two fiction anthologies: From the Dark Side and Farrago, that will be released electronically later in 2010 on Smashwords and Amazon, and if they go over well, there are also plans to put them into print.

From the Dark Side was an idea I cooked up with Patrick Pillars to get the creative community together in one place where they could showcase their work and get word out about their other endeavors. Once published, it will sell for about $4.99 and all proceeds will be donated to the Letters and Light organization, which is a youth creative writing program affiliated with NaNoWriMo.

Farrago was an idea my fiance, James Melzer, and I came up with to help raise money to fund my friend Michael Bekemeyer’s film project. He was talking about turning his screenplay into a film one afternoon, noodling over how much money he would need to actually do it, and a little frustrated at the prospects. We asked people if they would be interested in contributing to an anthology to help raise some funds, and the response was overwhelming. It just goes to show what kind of community we are all a part of, and it’s amazing.
You can follow Jennifer at any of the following

Official website: http://jennybeans.net
Real TV Addict: http://www.realtvaddict.com/author/jhudock/
Vivastic: http://www.vivastic.com/author/jhudock/
Nice Dwells: http://www.nicedwells.com/author/jhudock/
Twirlit: http://www.twirlit.com/author/jenh/
The Creative Alliance: http://tca.spruz.com/

21
May
10

Masters of Horror Anthology – author interview Jennifer Brozek

Interview with Jennifer Brozek
Interview originally posted at Catherine Mede Writes

Jennifer Brozek is a freelance author for many RPG companies including Margaret Weis Productions, Rogue Games and Catalyst Game Labs. Her contributions to RPG sourcebooks include Dragonlance, Colonial Gothic, Shadowrun, Serenity and White Wolf SAS. She has also co-authored three books including Dragonvarld Adventures with Margaret Weis. Author of In a Gilded Light (Dark Quest Books, 6/2010), she is published in several anthologies, is the creator and editor of the semiprozine, The Edge of Propinquity, and is a submissions editor for the Apex Book Company. When she is not writing her heart out, she is gallivanting around the Pacific Northwest in its wonderfully mercurial weather. Jennifer is a member of Broad Universe, SFWA and HWA. She also blogs on a regular basis on LiveJournal – http://jennifer-brozek.livejournal.com

Jennifer contributed “Cost of Job Security” to the Masters of Horror Anthology. I asked her some questions about writing and inspiration.

Where did you come up with the idea for the story in the anthology?

My husband and I were at GenCon in 2008. Our hotel was connected to the convention center but only through the intervening mall. Late one night, we headed back to our hotel to discover that while the door between the convention center and the mall was open, the door between the mall and the hotel was closed and locked. By the time we got back to the convention center, that door was also closed and locked. My husband, being the intrepid sort led me through the “employees only” back halls to find an exit. The contrast between the shiny stores and the dingy back hallways suck with me. Eventually, “The Cost of Job Security” blossomed in my mind.

What is it about your main character that you like? Dislike?

In my mind, the main character in this story is Mark, the head security guard. He’s worked at the mall for years and he knows that the mall consumes someone 4-5 times a year. I like the fact that he has made peace with his situation. In his mind, he really has no other choice. All he knows is that his mall eats people and while he works there, he is safe. What I don’t like is the fact that he is not willing to go beyond that. Part of me thinks of him as someone who gives up easily. Then again, it is hard to combat something as esoteric as a mall that eats people.

What made you write a horror story?

I am the kind of author who writes my demons away. If something bothers me, I write a story about it. Once on the page, whatever was bothering me leaves me alone. I also like to write out “what if” stories. As it happens, I have a very twisted sense of the world. I can see monsters in everyday things.

What inspires you in your writing?

Literally everything. It is hard to answer this question in a meaningful way. In my forthcoming collection, In a Gilded Light: 105 Tales of the Macabre (Dark Quest Books, May 2010), I put down my inspiration for the story at the bottom. Everything from a late handyman to a song to a bowl of soup to a detour sign inspired me to write a story.

How long have you been writing?

Professionally and getting paid for it? 6 or 7 years. But I’ve been writing stories for much longer than that. I started with RPG reviews, moved into magazine fiction and RPG world building and now I do fiction, editing, RPG world building and anything else that catches my fancy.

Why do you write?

Why does anyone do anything? I write because I love to write and because I have stories to tell.

What horror books / authors do you like / respect / admire?

The top of my list of favorite authors are Stephen King and Neil Gaiman. I want to become their literary unholy love child. Following them is a plethora of authors: Steve Perry (Matadora series), Dean Koontz (Odd Thomas series), Seanan McGuire (Toby Daye series), Cherie Priest (Eden Moore series), Michael Moorcock (Elric series) and the list goes on. Between my husband and me, we own well over a thousand books. Also, Ellen Datlow is a favorite editor of dark/horror anthologies

15
Mar
10

Masters of Horror Anthology available for purchase

The Masters of Horror Anthology which contains my story “Once Seen” as well as many other great stories is now available. The print version doesn’t come out till the end of April. but the digital version of the book is available now from Smashwords for $1.99. It’s available in several formats including PDF, Kindle, LRM (sony), E-Pub, PDB (Palm) as well as others. Check it out if you are so inclined. You can get it here

14
Mar
10

Video trailer for The Masters of Horror Anthology

Something the editors of Triskaideka Books put together for the release. The book is due out in late April. I think however, the e-book is going on sale much sooner. I should have a definite date on it very soon.

06
Mar
10

Masters of Horror Anthology update

I heard from many people asking when the anthology is coming out. I just received an exciting update and wanted to share it with you.

1) We are currently line-editing
2) First proof is expected in early April
3) 18 people have graciously offered reviews. In an effort to spread the word about the authors involoved in this anthology and the anthology its self please feel free to spread the reviews on your blogs, facebook, and more. I will post them here as they as they come in.
4) Lee Pletzers, the editor, is in the process of creating a book video as well as a page on the
Triskaideka Books site for the MoH anthology.

I’ll pass along more info as I get it, and if you still want more info now, check the previous posts on this

14
Feb
10

Masters of Horror Full Cover with Roster of Authors

This is the final roster for the Anthology, not necessarily in order of appearance. Publication is tentatively set for the second week in March. I think I speak for every one in saying it is an honor to be involved in the project, and we hope you’ll look for it when it is available. ****Update**** via Lee Pletzer – editor for Triskaideka Books. We will print and release via lulu for print books. Because Triskaideka is not located in the US, nor has a US ID # they can’t get the Print book on Amazon, but can get the e-book versions on Amazon via Kindle and Smashwords. The lulu version books will be priced to sell

*****Update****
The Roster now reflects the order in which the stories will appear.
*****Due to minor setback the release has been pushed back to late April. ******

1. Joseph Mulak ————– Wounds
2. Angel McCoy————– The Barnes Family Reunion
3. Carole Gill——————-Truth Hurts
4. Cassie Hart —————– Its All in the Cards
5. Marty Young ————–Fireflies of the Bushfire
6. Jennifer Brozek ———– Cost of Job Security
7. Scott M. Goriscak———- Home Sweet Home
8. Karen Johnson Mead —– One Day
9. Lee Pletzers—————- Teeth
10. Bob Morgan Jr————- Ladies of the Scale
11. KK  —————————Visitation
12. Larry Kokko ————— The Clifton house
13. Jason Warden—————Once Seen
14. William Cook ————– Devil Inside
15. Richard Barnes ———— Something Unpleasant
16. Mark Edward Hall———-The Fear

Cover art by Robert Elrod