On The Brink Volume II

Here it is! At long last, the second in our edge of your seat fiction anthologies! On The Brink… Volume II from featuring Yvonne Dutchover Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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2012 – Let the End begin!

We all know it’s not going to happen. We’ve lived through one Rapture, this next supposed Apocalypse might be worthy of opening a bottle of champagne, but not much else. But that doesn’t mean people don’t want to read about it! “End of The World” stories are making their mark as one of the most popular sub-genres of Science Fiction, Horror and even some other less obvious styles. That’s why Spectacle Publishing Media Group LLC is assembling top-notch fiction stories for our upcoming anthology Omega. You got it my friend; this is a flat-out call for submissions! You want to be published! You have a story to tell! We want to publish you! We want to tell your story! Here are the details on what we’re looking for: End of The World, Civilization or Species  stories 2,500 – 10,000 words Strong CHARACTERS Unique Plots (or common plots told in face-melting style) Error FREE, proof read and spell checked submissions For inclusion in this Anthology email submissions@spectaclepmg.com with the subject line “2012 anthology” Short story submissions DO NOT need queries. DO NOT put your story in the body of an email. Attach as a Word doc or RTF file. Deadline for submissions: December 31st, 2011 (however, this date may be changed at our discretion due to scheduling and content needs) By submitting your fiction to SPMG, you are agreeing to allow us to publish in print and eBook format. As always, if you have a longer piece that fits this genre, prepare a query and send it to queries@spectaclepmg.com. Got it? Let’s review: Short Story about the end of the world go to: submissions@spectaclepmg.com (subject line: 2012 Anthology) Do not put your story in the body of an email Longer stories (novels) need a query and they go to: queries@spectaclepmg.com Hurry up! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Scary S@*#

Halloween is just around the corner. Or maybe it’s hiding in the closet or under the bed. It might be sliding from shadow to shadow as you wander wearily to the bathroom in the middle of the night. My bet is that it was watching you from the window, probably ever since you got home this evening. Did you lock the doors up? Do you dare go check? Whatever your relationship with Halloween, no one dislikes a good horror story. Everyone likes to be scared. It’s fun when you’re a kid, it’s fun when you’re an adult. The question becomes “what is scary?” There’s no shortage of Stephen Kings and Dean R. Koontzs and Clive Barkers, but is this stuff scary anymore? How many times can King tell a story about a haunted car? Three to my best estimation (Maximum Overdrive, Christine and I’m sure there’s one more…) The trend in “scary” has changed from that tingling uneasiness you get when walking in the woods alone at sunset, to scenes of gruesome torture and mutilation. Mutilation is not horror. Mutilation is a car accident or an artillery shell. Torture is not horror; it is a debased form of intelligence gathering. So what is scary? Well, it’s not vampires anymore. They’re too clever and charming, their fashion sense is overwhelming and with such perfect smiles, how could they instill fear in anything? Werewolves too, have fallen to the wayside on the highway of terror. Ghosts, while unsettling for most are recycled and trite. Zombies and some of the more gruesome undead seem to be holding out cultural attention. I personally have read a dozen books that treat the topic with excellent insight as well as innovation. Ever since the 2003 release of 28 Days Later, we’ve seen the Zombie sub-genre blossom like a yellow-musk creeper in corpse pile (old school D&D reference anyone?). Now that zombies are fast, can run and chase you, and want nothing more than to devour you, to eat you alive while you struggle vainly to protect your exposed flesh from their rotting, chipped teeth, they are a bit more frightening. The denizens of the underworld, demons and devils, always occupy a special place, a shadowy corner in the recesses of the minds of the pious. But is it the threat of eternal damnation or the threat of a being whose very existence is anathema to your continued survival that is scary? I guess we should check in with William Peter Blatty for that one. When I talk with writers about horror, about mustering up strange fears that often the audience didn’t even know it had, I always start with a conversation about what the writer...

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For Writers: Marketing 101

One of the biggest advantages of working with a publisher is the company’s marketing resource. You have to ask yourself, are you a writer or a marketer? Do you want to spend all day Saturday writing, doing what you love, then all night doing something you don’t really understand? The old ways of marketing are changing, evolving (mutating) at an incredible rate. What was “best practice” last week could be a no-no next week. It’s not rocket science, but it is a matter of time—how much do you have to spare not creating a product? That said there are some basic tips and tools a writer must use to promote their work. Spectacle Publishing Media Group LLC utilizes a team of degreed, certified Internet marketing specialists to promote our author’s works. But we can’t do it all, as much as we’d like to. Talk about your work Our research indicates that there’s no better advertising that word-of-mouth recommendations. We all talk about the books we read, excitedly relaying the clever plots and witty prose of a new author we’ve discovered to our friends over dinner or drinks. So, tell people about your writing. Tell them they might be interested in your new short story, your novella or your epic swords and sorcery story. Tell them how to find the piece, online or otherwise. Be excited and they will be excited as well. You need a website You really, really do. This is place where you can talk about work some more! Since it’s your website and people are visiting to learn about you, that’s the place to be a braggart! Tell them you’ve been published and where! Tell people about your awards or decorations. Talk about your gritty urban style or your refined autumn prose. Tell them about your great professors in college or the first time you were published. Maybe don’t tell them about your cat’s bladder issues or post pictures of you in your favorite wig. Or maybe you should, who knows? The only thing that’s certain is that you need to have an easily accessible web presence for people who want to learn more about you. Social Media You’re Facebooking all day at work anyway. You’re tweeting and texting and Foursquaring already. Why not post a few items about your writing? Maybe offer a link to where your mom can buy a copy. I know my mom always buys a copy of my stories. Anyway, the tools are all right there and free to use. You can do your social media marketing on your smart phone while you’re on the train or the bus. You can’t do it while you’re driving, but you knew that. Encourage...

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Make a Spectacle of yourself!

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