Tuesday, July 31, 2012

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Susan Abel Sullivan

PATHS TO PUBLICATION

I flirted with writing off and on for 23 years before getting serious and marrying it back in 2004. At that time the general advice on getting professionally published as a novelist was to sell a slew of short stories to build a list of credentials and then solicit agents who would in turn sell your novel to a publisher. But the rules are changing as technology races to outdo itself and publishers clamp down on the number of books they buy as brick and mortar stores consolidate and go out of business during these tumultuous economic times. So, what’s a writer who has racked up that list of short fiction sales to do when the agents and publishers aren’t biting? ePublish.

After reading about the success of indie authors such as Amanda Hocking, I figured it was time to test the waters of ePublishing with two short story collections. World Weaver Press, a brand new small press, released Cursed: Wickedly Fun Stories in March and I launched Fried Zombie Dee-light! Ghoulish, Ghostly Tales on my own in April.

In preparation for the big event, I read up on how to ePublish, built a website, joined Twitter, changed my Facebook strategy from social media to professional promotion, and formatted my manuscript for an eReader. A professionally designed book cover is a must to stand out from amateurs, so I collaborated with illustrator Abby Goldsmith for a fun, eye-catching cover. The book is now available on Kindle, Nook, and through Smashwords. It’s taken me time to learn how to do these things, but learning new skills is good.

-Susan Abel Sullivan
July 2012


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Fried Zombie Dee-light! Ghoulish, Ghostly Tales by Susan Abel Sullivan
Available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and Smashwords.com

Delightfully fraught with humor and the macabre, Sullivan's FRIED ZOMBIE DEE-LIGHT masterfully mixes the mundane with the fantastic in her tales of the strange and ghoulish.
--Heidi Ruby Miller, author of AMBASADORA and GREENSHIFT; co-editor of MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT

"Susan Abel Sullivan's talent shines in FRIED ZOMBIE DEE-LIGHT, a collection full of wicked humor and quirky charm."--Sherry Peters, author of SILENCING YOUR INNER SABOTEUR

“Eerie, delectable, and filled with Southern charm, Fried Zombie Dee-Light will leave you wanting more.”—Rebecca Roland, author of the forthcoming SHARDS OF HISTORY from World Weaver Press

Find Susan online at these links:

WEBSITE - www.susanabelsullivan.weebly.com


- http://www.facebook.com/susan.a.sullivan.927



- @susan_abel - https://twitter.com/susan_abel

Monday, July 30, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Ennis Drake

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Ennis Drake

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
I've drawn my whole life; I was determined, pretty much from the time I could hold a pencil to paper, that I was going to become the next Steve Ditko, and then the next Frank Miller, Todd McFarlane, etc..., but I could never make my art meet my standard. I think I was twenty-five, or so, when I hung up that hat and focused on my writing. I still haven't quite given up the dream of comics, though; I scripted a graphic novel a couple of years ago (a sequel to Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space") that I've, more or less, been sitting on since I pitched it to BOOM! comics. I have so much going on right now that I probably won't get back to it till next year, but I fully intend to make it happen.


5. Who are you reading right now?
S.P. Miskowski, David Nickle, and Machen.


6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
I am most inspired when I have deep quiet; when I can hear the overcurrent of my subconscious and can listen without trying to touch it. More often than not, though, I am inspired by my hungers.


9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?

13. Celebrity crush.
Ryan Reynolds. I mean, seriously, who doesn't like Ryan Reynolds? Although, I do kind of have a thing for Selma Blair. Rose McGowan? Avril Lavigne?


14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
Probably the most obvious would be King and Mattheson, Vonnegut, Lovecraft, Michael Moorcock. . .really I absorb almost everything I read.


15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Oh, yeah! Spongebob is quite possibly the greatest TV show ever made.


Ennis Drake's short fiction has appeared in various publications online and in print, including: "Love: The Breath of Eagleray", at Underland Press (publisher of Jeff VanderMeer's "Finch", John Shirley's "In Extremis", and Kealan Patrick Burke's "The Living"); "The Dark That Keeps Her", published in Twisted Legends, an anthology from Pill Hill Press (honorably mentioned in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 2); and most recently,"The Fishing of Dahlia", published in the Bram Stoker-nominated and Black Quill Award-winning Horror Library, Vol. 4. "The Fishing of Dahlia" also received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 3.

Ennis' debut novel, 28 Teeth of Rage, was released by Omnium Gatherum Media on May 31st.

"28 Teeth of Rage has the bite of a crocodile. Drake tears a hole right through modern horror. This guy isn't on the way; he's kicking in the door."
--Laird Barron, two-time Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of "The Imago Sequence", "Occultation", and "The Croning"

"[28 Teeth of Rage] is a tale of possession and madness, but the kind that any sane person will understand. Drake gets inside the heart and mind of each character and never stops digging for the truth. You know these people. I know them. They have suffered terribly, and they are haunted by their loss. At the same time they are the inheritors of the spectacular horrors human beings have hurled at one another throughout our blood-spattered history. This is a hell of a ghost story, one you won't forget thanks to Drake's storytelling ingenuity, but also because it springs directly from our collective well of grief and rage. This animal howl--for justice, for retribution--resonates within us, and is unanswerable."
--S.P. Mikowski, Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author of "Knock Knock"

"A powerful work of horror. Drake's prose beats with a million-mile-an-hour force, propelling you through meat and sinew with a terrifying bite. This is not a work for the weak, for the timid. With beautiful language and raw power, Drake takes you on wrenching journey into our worst desires. A propulsive read by a fantastic new voice in the genre, one you're likely to never forget."
--Simon Strantzas, author of "Nightingale Songs"

Buy 28 Teeth of Rage:


- http://www.amazon.com/28-Teeth-Rage-Ennis-Drake/dp/0615645291/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342712345&sr=8-1&keywords=ennis+drake

Saturday, July 07, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Bryan Thomas Schmidt

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Bryan Thomas Schmidt


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Pick a child? Ha! I’m not done with them yet. It wouldn’t be wise to show bias. Although, to the degree that each of them possesses some aspect of myself, they all have moments in the favored spotlight, you might say. But don’t tell them that. I tell them each that he or she is my favorite.


2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
I am a composer, arranger and performer of music. I play guitar, banjo, percussion, keyboards and sing. I also have a recording studio and have made 3 CDs of original music. I had one national and several local singles in the 90s. I am an editor and copyeditor for independent/small presses and authors as well.


5. Who are you reading right now?
Sam Sykes, S.B. Knight, and Timothy Zahn.


6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Inspiration comes in many ways. It could be a soundbyte on the news or in a newspaper story; something from a conversation, article or film. Sometimes it comes from other books or short stories or other authors. Mostly, it comes from releasing the natural flow of creativity and seeing where it takes me. It can make for an interesting ride. It’s fun to wind up down roads and in places you never expected when you started the journey. It’s even more fun to watch readers relive the ride and enjoy it.


9. Food you could eat everyday.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride? Pantser all the way. I wear pants as I pants it. Yep. I like to discover the story in a way that helps me embody the reader. I do limited outlining when working on sequels. Since I use a lot of POVs and storylines interspersed, there’s a lot to keep track of and it really helps me get a clear head and keep it tight. But the outlines are basic: storyline(s) the scene belongs to, characters involved, one or two sentence description. And the outline is fluid. I change the order, cut scenes or completely rework them as I write with no apologies.

13. Celebrity crush.

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
Timothy Zahn, Robert Silverberg, Orson Scott Card, David Eddings, Mike Resnick, Ken Scholes, John Grisham, and WEB Griffin.


15. Do you still watch cartoons?


Bryan Thomas Schmidt is the author of the space opera novels The Worker Prince, a Barnes & Noble Book Clubs Year’s Best SF Releases of 2011 Honorable Mention, and The Returning, the collection The North Star Serial, Part 1, and has several short stories featured in anthologies and magazines. He edited the new anthology Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6 for Flying Pen Press, headlined by Mike Resnick. His children’s book 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Jokes For Kids from Delabarre Publishing. As a freelance editor, he’s edited a novels and nonfiction. He’s also the host of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat every Wednesday at 9 pm EST on Twitter, where he interviews people like Mike Resnick, AC Crispin, Kevin J. Anderson and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. A frequent contributor to Adventures In SF Publishing, Grasping For The Wind and SFSignal, he can be found online as @BryanThomasS on Twitter or via his website. Bryan is an affiliate member of the SFWA.

DESCRIPTION FOR The Returning:
New challenges arise in this second book in the series as Davi Rhii’s rival Bordox and his uncle, Xalivar, seek revenge for his actions in The Worker Prince, putting his life and those of his friends and family in constant danger. Meanwhile, politics as usual has the Borali Alliance split apart over questions of citizenship and freedom for the former slaves. Someone’s even killing them off. Davi’s involvement in the investigation turns his life upside down, including his relationship with his fiancĂ©e, Tela. The answers are not easy with his whole world at stake.

To order The Returning at a discount or to read the rest of the entries on this blog tour, go to http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/2012/05/29/the-returning-blog-tour-schedule/

Thursday, July 05, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jonas Hyde

HEIDI'S PICK SIX



Jonas Hyde


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
My favorite character is definitely Alistair Helling from a little known, ongoing series I write The Days and Nights of Sir Alistair Helling. It has been compared to Sherlock Holmes, but with a more poetic voice. The character is so rich and deep, he is great to work with.


2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
Well, first off let me say it is very kind of you to assume I can write! Sometimes when the blocks hit, I wonder. *smiles* - I am quite the cook and one heck of a grill master. Very relaxing during the process, and always ends with great results!


5. Who are you reading right now?
Poe is never far from my hands. I read something of his daily. I also find myself rereading Robert Greene a lot. As for new material, a friend of mine suggested I read Robert James Russell’s Sea of Trees, so am very excited to start that next.


6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Unfortunately, a great deal of my writing comes from the pains caused by life. Nearly everything I write has its root in some event that I’ve had to cope with. I always hate going through it at the time, but it usually results in some great pieces. Melpomene’s Tears is a prime example.


9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
I’m a huge fan of 90’s music such as Hootie, Counting Crows and the Wallflowers. Heck, the entire Dylan family I listen to often. Whenever I write though, and I always listen to music when I write, both Heather Nova and Damien Rice are my choices. I think 100% of Melpomene’s Tears was written to those two. Last artist I bought? Mumford & Sons.


12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
The single biggest influence has been Dante’s Divine Comedy. It really shaped my entire approach to writing. Also, as I mention earlier, Edgar Allan Poe’s work has been also been a huge influence – probably too much in many ways.


15. Do you still watch cartoons?

For years, Jonas Hyde has been enticing readers with his classical-styled narrative poetry and episodic fiction. While thematically spanning many genres from romantic tragedies to psychological thrillers, the common thread between all his works is the intense imagery and raw emotion given life by every word. His latest work, Melpomene's Tears, is a collection of some of his most popular poems with brief introductions by the author himself. It can be found online at Amazon.com or at Hyde's website, www.jonashyde.com. Always looking to engage with his readers, Hyde can also be reached jonashyde [at] gmail [dot] com.

Find Jonas online at these links:
WEBSITE - http://jonashyde.com


- http://ow.ly/c21x1


- http://facebook.com/thejonashyde


- @jonas_hyde - http://twitter.com/jonas_hyde

DESCRIPTION FOR Melpomene's Tears:
Melpomene's Tears is a collection of romantic tragedy poems by Jonas Hyde. The collection includes the popular epic tragedies, Lament for Lady Beth and Seraph's Song: The Epic Fable of Sister Sera. It also includes the complete Moment with a Muse and Twilight's Star anthologies. In addition, the collection is then filled out by a series of other poems that will truly resonate with anyone who has felt heartache, pain, or loss. While most of us try to forget such emotions, understanding it on the intimate level presented by Jonas Hyde enables us to deal with our own anguish. As a bonus, each poem is briefly introduced by Hyde, giving additional insight into each work by the author himself. This read will truly change your life.

Monday, July 02, 2012

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: The Third Scroll by Dana Marton

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS

THE THIRD SCROLL

AUTHOR: DANA MARTON

DESCRIPTION:A maiden healer sold to barbarians.
A world of savage warlords and cruel concubines.
When ancient powers collide, can the slave save the realm and the high lord's heart?

Sold into slavery, Tera, a budding healer, is thrust into the savage realm of barbarian warlords, the same realm which claimed her mother years ago. She must avoid the displeasure of her warrior lord and survive the cruelties of the concubines, even as war threatens on the horizon.

Yet a greater danger looms when she catches the eye of the most powerful lord of the land and he takes her for his Pleasure Hall. Tera struggles to escape, while searching for the secret behind her mother’s death. But what she discovers challenges everything she believes in. A path set long ago beckons. A path that could lead to triumph, or the destruction of her world.


CHARACTERS:





Jason Momoa as Batumar (Warlord, the High Lord of the Kadar)









Maria Mena as Tera (healer, concubine)







Chris Hemsworth as Lord Gilrem










some bearded guy as Shartor the Soothsayer










Dana Marton is the author of thirty novels that have been translated into a dozen languages and sold all over the world. She is a Rita Award finalist and the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. Her path to publication was nothing but unglamorous, says the author.

“I wrote for 13 years and completed several novels (as well as having others in various stages of completion) before I finally received a call from an editor. I was beginning to wonder if I was being tenacious or just too dense to know when to quit. But it all worked out at the end! While continuing writing romantic suspense, I recently ventured into the exciting world of epic fantasy. I love, love, love writing and would spend all day in front of the computer if I could just break my family of the habit of wanting to eat and wear clean clothes. What's up with that?”


Find The Third Scroll online at these links:

WEBSITE - http://www.thethirdscroll.com


- http://www.amazon.com/Third-Scroll-Hardstorm-Saga-ebook/dp/B007YWXDEW