New Writer’s Crash Course

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When I started out four years ago, all I knew was I wanted to see my name in print. I had notebooks full of stories that I had written over the years but no idea how to find magazines and presses that would be interested in them.

How do you know who accepts submissions from the public?

How do you contact the editors?

What do they even want?

I was completely intimidated by the whole process.

Through a lot of trial and error and Google searches, I figured it out. I met other writers and they encouraged me, helped promote my work, and guided me through the process. I started selling my stories, building my social media audience, and slowly but surely I was on my way.

I wrote this class for new writers because I wanted to teach you everything it took me weeks, months, and years to learn. If you have a story to tell, you should tell it! Don’t be mystified by the process of sending your stories to editors and seeing your name in print. There are actually very simple steps to do this.

In this class, I outline exactly how this works. We will talk about how to find submission calls, how to write cover letters and bios, how to meet and network with other writers, and how to build an online following– and lots more. I wanted to make it simple and painless for the new writer. If you are interested in taking this class and have found this post, I am offering my readers a discount.

Go to The New Writer’s Crash Course and use the coupon code CRASH18 to get the class for just 21.99 (normally 89.99).

 

 

PUPPET SKIN AND STARR CREEK

In lieu of a review of Danger Slater’s book PUPPET SKIN, I will just transcribe the conversation I had with my 17-year-old daughter about it.

Me *tries doorknob to Zoe’s room and finds it locked* *knocks*

Zoe *opens door*: What?

Me: Do you think that, ultimately, PUPPET SKIN is a commentary on, like, how adults always tell you “that’s the way things are” or worse, “because I said so” or like, how we don’t really question our own beliefs and motivations once we are adults and expect you to have it all figured out just because you’re about to be 18?

Zoe *sitting criss-cross-apple-sauce on the floor, leaning into a mirror, meticulously applying eyeliner*: It’s a lot about how… Like, how everything is sort of pointless and trying to find meaning in a meaningless life. But like, in this nightmare world that’s really not that different from the one we live in, if you think about it. *sighs* There is no god.

Me *notices the kitchen shears and a pile of hair*: Tf you do?

Zoe: Oh, I cut off all my hair. *flips jagged locks over shoulder*

Me:… It’s up to us to decide what has meaning in our lives. *closes door* CLEAN YOUR ROOM!

Find  Danger Slater and more of his work on Goodreads.

 

Next up, Nathan Carson’s raucous romp of a story STARR CREEK. Who knew Lovecraftian themes could be so fun? Maybe you did, but I didn’t! Lovers of STRANGER THINGS rejoice! This little novel is similar in theme and story but… Grittier, dirtier. There’s even an authentic 80’s style bike vs car chase—but with ATV’s and an old pick-up truck. The prose is beautiful (“With no moon they could see the cold x-ray smear of the milky Way… And young minds on acid just loved to do rail slides down that vast spiral arm.”), juxtaposed with the dialogue and antics of foul-mouthed, drug-addled, backwoods characters like that of one of the story’s main antagonists, a man named Puppy (“A gallon of undigested dry dog food sprayed out of Puppy’s mouth on a wave of bile and beer froth.”). This is Nathan Carson’s debut novella and I, for one, will be keeping a sharp eye out for his next one.

Find Nathan, his work, and his website here on Goodreads.

Dim Shores, Strange Aeons, and other weird worlds.

 

Very pleased to announce to the world that LOOMING LOW, from DIM SHORES, will be debuting at this year’s Necronomicon in Providence, RI. My story HEIRLOOM will appear in the anthology alongside the works of many spooky, talented folks.
The TOC includes Nadia Bulkin,Michael Cisco, Kristi DeMeester, Brian Evenson, Kurt Fawver, Gemma Files, Richard Gavin, Craig Laurance Gidney, Michael Griffin, Lisa L. Hannett, Livia Llewellyn, Anya Martin, Daniel Mill, S.P. Miskowski, Sunny Moraine, Scott Nicolay, Betty Rocksteady, Christopher Slatsky, Lucy A. Snyder, Simon Strantzas,Jeffrey Thomas, Damien Angelica Walters, Kaaron Warren , Michael Wehunt , A.C. Wise and is edited by Justin Steele and Sam Cowan.

 

Check out the beautiful artwork on the trade-paperback and the deluxe hardcover, and preorder yours here at http://dimshores.storenvy.com/

I am also excited to let readers know that CHERUB– a little story I wrote for anyone who has ever been confounded by the odd nature of the writing muse, or for anyone who was ever a child, especially the precocious kind– will be appearing in STRANGE AEONS this coming September! I will keep you all posted with the details as that happens.

And keep an eye (and an ear) out for upcoming episodes on The Lift at victoriaslift.com and The Wicked Library written by yours truly. Just check those shows out in general, they’re great fun!

It is a pleasure to get to do what I love and love what I do! And in the meantime, I get to work with some really great people I look forward to our adventures together, dear readers! Stay tuned for interviews, advice, and peeks into the weird, weird world of this writer’s life.

Until we meet again,

B.