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KillerCon 2012 Report

Tonya and I attended KillerCon 4, an annual horror-genre convention held in Las Vegas every September. We stayed at the Stratosphere, where the con unfolded over the long weekend. We drove our little “creeper” van, which probably cost us more than a flight, but we enjoyed each other’s company on the trip. Tonya spotted a […]

HWA’s Halloween Haunts 2012

Coming this October from the Horror Writers Association… Halloween Haunts 2012 31 days of special posts from members of the Horror Writers Association. Blogs, interviews, book excerpts, and prizes from top horror authors in the genre. All are free, stop by the HWA Blog starting Oct 1st.

Facebook for Authors

 Originally posted in the Horror Writers Association newsletter. The vast majority of an author’s fans have a Facebook page. Writing is a business, and savvy authors take advantage of this marketing tool. Love it or hate it, an author should use this avenue for connecting with their fanbase. There are three separate types of Facebook […]

Busy busy busy little bees…

My goodness, I need to get to the point where I can write full-time. I get emails 24 hours a day for my day job in IT, which makes it difficult to get large block of writing completed. I end up getting 4-6 hours of sleep between writing and fixing computers. Here’s what I’m working […]

Trash

 Trash Stella had to give in and wrap the suspended torso in plastic to contain the stench. She paused and smiled. Six weeks later, and she was proud she didn’t give in. “I told you I wasn’t going to take the trash out ever again.” This is my entry for a 55 word or less […]

Sailing the Digital Seas: Researching Publishers

  Recently, the blogosphere was all atwitter concerning the story of Mandy DeGeit, a new author who discovered the story she submitted to an anthology wasn’t the same as the story that was published under her name. Heavyweights like Neil Gaiman and Jonathan Maberry waded in to give their take on the carnage. Authors who […]

Pirates: Dead Sites Tell No Tales

As authors, piracy is a constant threat to our income and property. Some don’t mind having their works available for download, while others are adamant that their work should be purchased. Should you find your works posted on a pirate website — or worse, plagiarized with someone else’s name as the author — you can […]

Give Ralan Some Love

 Yes, folks, it’s time to put your money where your pen is. If you’ve ever found a market opening on Ralan’s website, or chanced upon an important submission change notice there, it’s time to toss a few bucks into keeping Ralan’s online. The suggested donation is about $10US. That’s it…ten bucks for one year’s worth […]