Saturday, January 31, 2015

TERRI DELCAMPO - WOMAN IN HORROR!










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Terri DelCampo is my Woman In Horror today! In fact, she gets to start things off this year. We need some ooky and a case of the willies to get us rolling.

Her online magazine Owl's Eye View Magazine has been moved to Amazon Kindle because of some problems with her former website. It's much easier to find on Kindle as well. Terri is bringing all the issues to Amazon so everyone can find them.

The entire concept of the magazine is fresh and unusual with a Twilight Zone meets reality which might not be reality and is a fantastic paradox of thought and eventualities. I'm sure I have everyone confused now. No need to be.

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In Terri's words:

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"The only thing more fun than reading an ooky story that keeps me up all night, is writing one that keeps YOU up all night! Terri DelCampo, Managing Editor, OEV Magazine."


"Owl's Eye View Magazine is a dark fiction publication that concerns itself with all things Owl's Nest, Delaware."

"Owl's Nest, Delaware is the fictional town where the author, Terri DelCampo sets most of her novels and stories."

"The columnists for OEV are all residents of Owl's Nest, Delaware. (Affectionately referred to as Owl's.)"

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Until last year, Terri had nothing on Amazon. She asked me what she should do with all the books she had written. Pretty simple answer: publish them, I told her. All of them. And so she did. Now she has 27 books for your reading enjoyment.

One of my personal favorites is Owl Guts. This is a scary collection of tales. And . . . and it is very dark. I think I love it because it is a thinking person's book. No fluff or over-description. Deep in the soul horror, that which we can understand and acknowledge at the same time we look for deeper meanings. Those which reside within the collection of stories. Simply go to Amazon and read from the free sample. You'll be hooked.

Terri has much more coming out this year, so be ready for her and her fantastic books.

We all need ooky and the willies.

Terri DelCampo is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob

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Terri DelCampo is a write-a-holic and the founding editor of Owl's Eye View Magazine, a dark fiction monthly available on www.amazon.com Terri freelanced for Yahoo Contributor's Network (now defunct), producing popular series of articles including "Disability Challenge," "Write Now," and "Healthy Nudge." Her current projects include publishing collections of her 100+ dark fiction short stories and novellas in Kindle book format, as well as publishing her seven novels. Disabled since 2009, Terri is a mother of two, grandmother of four (2 human, 2 canine), has worked as a pharmacy tech, corporate writer, and waitress, all of which have inspired her writing...some spurring helpful articles, some spurring ooky chilling tidbits from the darkest, cob-webbiest corners of her mind. Muahaha... 



 



Chills by Terri DelCampo (Oct 27, 2014)

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The Shakes by Terri DelCampo (Oct 22, 2014)

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Owl's Eye View Magazine Presents The Best of On the WindSpirit by Terri DelCampo (Oct 21, 2014)

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OwlMares by Terri DelCampo (Aug 21, 2014)

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Reflection by Terri DelCampo (Aug 11, 2014)

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OWL GUTS by Terri DelCampo (Jul 26, 2014)

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Ooky Bites by Terri DelCampo (Aug 5, 2014)

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Carnival & Carnival Battle by Terri DelCampo (Sep 6, 2014)

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The Creeps by Terri DelCampo (Aug 28, 2014)

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Cringes by Terri DelCampo (Oct 16, 2014)

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Fiesta Morte by Terri DelCampo (Aug 26, 2014)

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Heebie-Jeebies by Terri DelCampo (Aug 31, 2014)

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Holy Terrors by Terri DelCampo (Aug 26, 2014)

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Into the Mist by Terri DelCampo (Aug 19, 2014)

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Lightning Bolts by Terri DelCampo (Sep 29, 2014)

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MEDS by Terri DelCampo (Sep 3, 2014)

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Owl's Eye View Magazine Presents The Best of "Screech On!" by Terri DelCampo (Oct 7, 2014)

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Owl's Eye View Magazine Presents The Best of From the Perch by Terri DelCampo (Sep 28, 2014)

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Owl's Eye View Magazine Presents The Best of Macabre Mirth by Terri DelCampo (Oct 24, 2014)

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Owl's Eye View Magazine Presents The Best of Visceral Verse by Terri DelCampo (Oct 25, 2014)

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Parliament by Terri DelCampo (Oct 11, 2014)

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Psychotic Glimpses by Terri DelCampo (Aug 23, 2014)

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Screech by Terri DelCampo (Aug 31, 2014)

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The Shudders by Terri DelCampo (Oct 23, 2014)

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Tooth for a Tooth by Terri DelCampo (Oct 13, 2014)

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True Crime Shelf by Terri DelCampo (Oct 4, 2014)

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The Willies by Terri DelCampo (Aug 28, 2014)

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NINE LIVES - BY BLAZE MCROB - IS THIS WEEK'S SCARY SATURDAY TALE!

It lurks in the undergrowth. It lurks from deep within. One life may not be enough to read this week's newest ‪#‎horror‬ ‪#‎fiction‬: NINE LIVES http://wp.me/p2iKoL-N9 by Blaze McRob, only from Pen of the Damned.
The edges of the jungle dance to the tune played by the vibrant colors of the burning village, twisting, cavorting shadows interspersed with the unknown entities hiding beyond where no light will g...
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I have only included a snippet to post here of my story Nine Lives. The entire story can be read on the Pen Of The Damned website along with many other tales from our twisted members. All these tales are for the price of free. We hold nothing back. Our goal is to bring you to the Damned side. Come. Join us.

Blaze McRob

Nine Lives

The edges of the jungle dance to the tune played by the vibrant colors of the burning village, twisting, cavorting shadows interspersed with the unknown entities hiding beyond where no light will go.
I know what lurks within the boundaries of the dense undergrowth. Most of what resides there is not good. Death lives and thrives at its core and spreads out to capture ever more territory when the veil of darkness works in its favor.
For now, at least, the fire is saving those of us still alive from being entombed within the snare of annihilation. I wonder if that’s a good thing, though. Sure, we’re saved for now, but at what cost? Capture later on? Torture?
Some fucking life! Yet, some of us can’t condone rolling over and accepting a fate of doom. Better to resist and fight ’til the end than to subjugate yourself to the wishes of the tormentors.
Fuck! I don’t make the rules. This is war. One side wins; one side loses. It’s as simple as that.
Most of the villagers waste no time in leaving their former homes. No sense in staying now. All that remains is burned rubble and ash. We help those who will accept it to get on their way. Their stares tell me what I already know without a word having been spoken: the burning of their village, the forced evacuation from their meager existence, it’s our fault. Yeah, in their minds, the ‘Cong were after us and they are paying the penalty for this retaliatory strike . . .

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

THE DEEP END - LATEST VENTURE FROM CRYSTAL LAKE PUBLISHING!










Beneath the Lake offers readers/authors some of the best non-fiction essays and articles on the web, including behind the scenes glimpses into the lives of horror writers. Crystal Lake Publishing's owner and operator, Joe Mynhardt, also interviews the amazing list of authors who have graced our book…
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From Joe Mynhardt comes word of his latest venture: The Deep End.

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Do you have a new book coming out soon? Is there a deeper meaning to your book, or perhaps a tough journey you had to go through to write this book?
Then send an email to crystallakepub@gmail.com with the following information:
Your name and surname
Book title
Publisher (self-published books are accepted)
Formats available (paperback, Kindle, audiobook etc.)
Release date
Your website URL
The opening 500 words of your book
A 100 to 150 word summary of what your guest post will be about (your book’s deeper meaning or your personal journey writing it)

If we like what we see, we’ll ask you to write a guest blog post about your book’s deeper meaning or your personal journey. Or perhaps both. Then we’ll publish the blog on the day of your book’s release on our Beneath the Lake blog under the heading "The Deep End." 

Books that have already been published (unless this is a relaunch) will not be accepted. Your book must be Dark Fiction (Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Noir, Thriller, Suspense, Weird, Dark Fantasy, etc.) and published in English. We will accept guest blog posts on novels, novellas, short story collections, and poetry collections. 
To save on admin, you will only hear from us if we’re interested in your blog post.

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This is a great opportunity for some fantastic promotional opportunities for Dark Fiction authors. It's also perfect for readers who love to find out more about their favorite books and authors.


Get in on this super deal!


http://www.crystallakepub.com/beneath-the-lake/our-latest-venture-the-deep-end 


Blaze McRob


WYOMING WRITERS, INC. 41ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN CHEYENNE, WYOMING!


2015 Wyoming Writers Conference Faculty Wyoming Writers 2015 Conference Presenters By Tom Spence MARK THE DATE If you have the 2015 edition of your calendar (the one with the Harley Davidson motorcycles, or mountain scenes, or vintage cars, or fuzzy pets) write it in– June 5, 6, 7. Put the…
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Wyoming Writers, Inc. 41st Annual Conference in Cheyenne, WY will be coming to Cheyenne, Wyoming on June 5, 6, 7. Just take a look at the outstanding authors, editors, and poet extraordinaire who will be here. I know I will be there for sure. Writing is a learning experience, and that learning never stops. 

Come join me. This is open to everyone. Learn what's happening in the industry. Pitch your great stories. All this and more. June is a great month in Wyoming. It just got better.

Take a peek below as further enticements for you to come.


Blaze McRob

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 Milkweed Editions editor Patrick Thomas is coming to the Wyoming Writers, Inc. 41st Annual Conference in Cheyenne to present a workshop on the state of publishing, and to receive pitches. June 5-7, 2015.

 


 More news from our upcoming Conference 2015, Cheyenne: Meghan Saar, senior editor of True West Magazine wants to hear pitches and give advice on the non-fiction of Western lore—history, memoir, remembrances. That is the focus of True West Magazine.

 



“Kent Nelson has published more short stories than almost any other American writer in our time.” (Kent Haruf, best-selling author of Plainsong). “(Nelson’s)… descriptions of land and light create perfect backgrounds for characters who struggle to find meaningful ways to live their lives….This new collection [Spirit Bird: Stories; University of Pittsburgh Press; 2014; winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize.] shows why he’s so frequently published. It’s simply because he’s so good.”
The Wyoming Writers Board is proud and excited that Kent is coming to our 2015 Conference. He will be discussing many aspects of short fiction, not just crafting a good story, but getting it placed, anthologized; or...








Tiffany Schofield, a University of Maine graduate, joined Five Star Publishing in 1999, and her passion is all things Five Star. She currently manages the Five Star Publishing list, as well as managing the western fiction large print lists for Thorndike Press and Wheeler Publishing, cousin imprints to Five Star. Tiffany oversees the editorial process of acquiring eighty-four unpublished manuscript projects each year for the three Five Star Publishing genre lists which are Western, Mystery, and Frontier Fiction. She enjoys working with writers and agents directly and is passionate about discovering exciting new voices in fiction publishing. Under Tiffany’s vigilant editorial leadership, several Five Star Publishing novels have been selected as award finalists and winners. In 2013, Five Star Publishing was awarded the Western Writers of America Lariat Award. This special award is given to those who have achieved distinction in their support of Western Writers of America and the literature of the West.
Tiffany is looking for all types of crime fiction from cozy to thriller, as well as traditional western fiction and Frontier Fiction stories that are set in the pre-1920s American West







Laura Pritchett will be our featured presenter on the novel—not just the big picture and big problems, but the nitty-gritty too. Her “breakout” novel, Stars Go Blue (Counterpoint Press, 2014) was “starred” by Booklist and the Library Journal: “…a brilliant novel filled with heartache and humor that will strike a chord with many readers. A heart-wrenching exploration of a family in crisis.” Laura’s collection of stories, Hell’s Bottom Colorado (Milkweed Editions, 2014), was the winner of the PEN USA award and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize.
Laura has a B. A. and an M. A. from Colorado State University, and PhD. in English from Purdue University. She is a member of the faculty of Pacific University’s MFA program. But, that’s not all. She does non-fiction, essay and memoir, writes nature and environmental issues; she has a fondness for re-cyclers (see: Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers; University of Oklahoma Press; 2009.).



The Board of Wyoming Writers is excited to have the poet, Aaron Abeyta, from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, as our presenter in poetry workshops, and as our keynote speaker. When the word got out that Aaron was coming, we got messages from people praising the choice. Poets, writers, and teachers who have had the privilege of working with Aaron in a variety of workshop and classroom settings were enthusiastic about both his writing and his thoughtful approach to teaching and motivating poetry from the roots up.
Aaron says: “The poet must be both ‘piper’ and ‘bard,’ tender and turbulent, dangerous and comforting; the poet must be able to understand, as Czeslaw Milosz put it: ‘In the very essence of poetry there is something indecent: a thing brought forth which we didn’t know we had in us, so we blink our eyes….’ ( Ars Poetica)” In our correspondence he excerpted another poet from workshop material, the American, Mary Oliver: “‘…just/ pay attention, then patch/ a few words together and don’t try/ to make them elaborate, this isn’t/ a contest but the doorway…’ (from Praying). In short, we must be observant and ‘prayerful’ in our watchfulness of the world around us.”
Aaron has a B. A. in English, and an M. F. A. in Poetry from Colorado State University. His most recent collection: Letters from the Headwaters (Western Press Books) in out this year. An earlier collection, Colcha won the American Book Award for Poetry, and the Colorado Book Award. His list of publications and appearances is lengthy.

Monday, January 26, 2015

MINIMUM WAGE - PART FIVE


Time for another piece in my Minimum Wage for authors series. Pretty much, I have been discussing ebooks. For a while, ebooks were going crazy. Readers were filling up their Kindles with tons of cheap and free books. Bingo! The Kindles are either filled up or readers want to read what they have on their readers first. Makes sense to me. I'm not saying you can't make money selling ebooks, but it's not as easy as it was last year.

So, what do you do? Well, you could write books that are so good they knock everyones' socks off and the word of mouth travels faster than a raging forest fire fanned by 50 mph winds. That's what you should be doing anyway. This is step one.

Step two. Get your short story collections, novellas, and novels in paper form. Yes, you're saying, "Blaze is a flaming idiot. My ebooks are not getting me the money I want. Who will fork over $10.00 to $15.00 or more for a paper back?"

Wipe that stupid thinking inside the box theory from your mind. You are smart enough to write a great book. Now market it! Hire a Publicist. You will be amazed at the difference that makes. Your name is everywhere. Get on Twitter and retweet for other people. It will come back to you. Get an author page on Facebook. Don't be spammy. Tell folks about other authors' books. Make certain your website is more about others than it is you. Once more, you will be making friends everywhere. What a pleasant way to find great new authors and friends too.

Now we come to some Blaze McRob tactics. Take your books to the local bars in your town. Arrange with the owners or managers to allow you to have book signings. Guess what happens? They give you a look that says, "How do I get this Bozo out of here?" Until . . . until you say, "I'll make it worth your while. Let me put up a sign at my table that says, 'Buy a book, and I'll buy you a beer' " Wham. You have their attention now. Make sure you allow at least $1.00 tip for the waitress or bartender. They will send folks to your table.

I've mentioned this in another article a ways back. Authors are still reluctant to try this out. Hey, I can't force you. I am merely suggesting. Simple math once more. You have a book that sells on Amazon for $15.00. If you self-publish, that book can be bought by you on Createspace for about $4.50. Okay: You order in bulk to cut down on the shipping costs and you might pay .80 a book. You're up to $5.30 now. add in $4.00 for a beer, and  a $1.00 tip, and your expense is $10.30 now. You make $4.70 per book. The naysayers in the back of the room are screaming that that's ridiculous. If someone buys that same book on Amazon, by the time Amazon takes out their piece of the pie, you're making anywhere from $2.00 to $3.00 on average. Doesn't sound so stupid now, does it. And there is no limit to the number of bars you can do this in.

For those who don't drink or care to go to bars, this can be done in coffee shops as well.

How about libraries? Get your book in there, and have signings there as well. Now, you're the local famous author. Swag can be easily arranged there: fancy bookmarks, coupons for coffee shops - even better if the library has their own coffee shop - and more. Have buy two and get one free if you have multiple titles. Or buy one and get one of lesser cost for free. It all works.

Set yourself up at craft shows, flea markets, festivals, and other things of like nature.

Antique shops are good. How do I know? I sell used books, comics, and new books there in my store within a store. I'm the only horror author in the city, and perhaps the entire state of Wyoming for all I know. Which books sell the best? My books. Why? Because I'm local. People like to know a real author.

Another thing you can do at a signing is to get ebook codes for the paper backs you're selling   and if a reader buys a paper version, give them the code to get a free ebook as well. What if they don't want an ebook of that title? Have other codes, or get their email address and send it to them. This is particularly handy with Smashwords. By the way, you do have a plan set in place on Amazon where if someone buys a paper back they get the ebook for free, right? If you don't, shame on you!

Now, I have a completely different approach to selling paper backs at book signings. I was going to divulge this later, after a particular novel of mine was published. Also, I have a collaboration book I was going to do this with as well. This is so simple as to make me wonder why other people are not doing this. In my novel, a friend of mine is the hero. I use his full name. Okay, so I am always the hero in my stories, but it is through my buddy that my escapades are brought to life. Come book signing time, he and I both will sit down at the table and sign the books. I worked with Ed for a number of years, and we will have the first signings at our work place. Since Ed works in my home city of Cheyenne, we can do it all over the place. Ed is very excited about this, and I am too. You don't think this will work? I'll give you facts and figures when we do it.

Yes, some of these things I have mentioned you have heard of before. Some you haven't and maybe you won't consider doing these things. You can have a table set up close to the restrooms in a book store like a friend of mine did, or you walk in as if you own the place and tell them you can sell some books and you would like table space in the front of the store.

Ed and I know what we're going to do. We're going to party hearty as we sell some books. Look us up when you're in Cheyenne. I'll buy you a beer.


Blaze McRob