Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Beyond the Binding - Cover Reveal, IWSG, & Links

Here it is! The companion anthology to Composers for Relief, which includes a story from moi!

Embark on an exciting journey “Beyond the Binding” of the imagination with 29 authors from across the globe, in a groundbreaking collaboration where music meets fiction. Surrender to soaring compositions as they surge through the veins of every story, capturing the triumphant pulse of the notes in heart pounding sci fi, enchanting fantasy and gripping slices of realism.

All proceeds of the Composers for Relief  album and Companion Collection ebook will go to Gawad Kalinga (“give care”) and GVSP (Gualandi Volunteer Service Programme), to support the relief efforts for victims of the deadliest natural disaster in Philippines’ history, Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Ebook available from Amazon, Amazon UK, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, Sony, Diesel & Smashwords.

Composers for Relief album available on ITunes, Amazon, CDBaby & Spotify

(I'll add links to the e-books when I get those!)

Today is also the Insecure Writer's Support Group, created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Ninja, himself.

I don't know, I'm feeling a bit less insecure than usual, seeing as how I have a cover reveal for something I'm in!!! Squee! I've been so busy with non-writing that I haven't had a lot of time to write, BUT my hubster got me an awesome Christmas present, which I get to redeem this weekend: 2 nights at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO! For those who are unaware, that's the hotel Stephen King was inspired by to write The Shining, and the hotel he began writing it in. I already have a game plan for what I will get done while there, AND I get to go on a writing retreat at the end of the month with a group of fellow writers. I think these two things will help me get that old energy and inspiration back. I'm incredibly excited about both, and hoping for okay weather, considering the weather we've been getting.

I hope everyone can find a means of inspiration and energy this month, whatever that may be!

Now for some links.

Accepting Submissions:

Houston Writer's Guild has opened an anthology call for Tides of Possibility, a sci-fi anthology. Deadline is February 15. Short fiction of up to 8000 words; flash fiction and poetry are okay. Pays half a cent per word, plus one person will be chosen by internal contest to receive a $50 bonus. 

Interfictions is taking submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction through February 16 for their 3rd issue. Pays $.05/word for fiction. Other pay varies. They seek work that blurs the lines between literary genres.

Villainous Press is seeking fiction for their anthology, Steampunk: The Worlds Beyond. Deadline is February 28. They have specific guidelines, so please review carefully. Pays $15-$25, depending upon length of story.

Ninth Letter is accepting fiction, poetry, and essay through February 28. Pays $25 per printed page, plus 2 complimentary issues. 

Sybaritic Press is open for submissions from poetry to novel-length. They like horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and erotica. Pays royalties quarterly. 

Blog Hops (Also known as No Gary's Land):

The Last Krystallos is hosting the Love Bites Anti-Valentine Blog Hop. You can post anytime between now and the 11th. Post a flash piece on the theme. There are prizes!

Ali Cross is co-hosting IndieReCon2014 February 25-27. This is a free online conference for writers. JA Konrath and Barry Eisler will be taking part.

Kyra Lennon is hosting the WIP: The Movie Blog Hop with Rachel Schieffelbein. Cast your WIP and post the pictures/descriptions on February 28.

Of Interest:

Delve Writing is holding an online workshop entitled Say it Like a Pro: How to Talk About Your Book Articulately and Enticingly at PPWC or Anywhere. Chris Mandeville will be teaching this course (she's a friend of mine and a great presenter!) Price is $20 if you register before February 8. This is a 2-session camp, to be held Saturday, April 5 and Saturday, April 12, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM MT. It is online only and live.

Kirkus Reviews has several job openings right now. You can't go wrong working for the place that will be reviewing your books someday! Book Reviewer is one of the job openings.

Pikes Peak Library District is holding A Novel Evening: The Great Gatsby at Briarhurst Manor, Friday, February 28, 6 PM, to benefit the Manitou Library. 3-course dinner, silent auction, dancing, period costumes welcome.

Anything of interest above? Anything to share? What do you think of the cover for Beyond the Binding? What are your insecurities?

May you find your Muse.


  1. Oh, I bet you'll get some inspiration from your stay at The Stanley Hotel. What a great gift! Have lots of fun and come home full of ideas.

    Congrats on the story, and on feeling less insecure. :)

  2. Thanks for all the useful information, Shannon.

  3. You're going to have a great weekend!
    Congratulations on the story in Beyond the Bonding. Such a great project.

  4. What a cool present! Have fun!

    Woo hoo on being in the anthology!

  5. What a cool present, only one that a true writer can appreciate. Have fun at your hotel stay. Maybe you can even blog about it.

    And good to hear that you're making progress in your writing.

  6. Congrats on the project, and double YAY for the hotel stay and the writing retreat. Can't wait to hear about your new inspirations from these trips :-)

  7. That is a great cover. I'll be waiting for the ebook. Sounds like a fun weekend coming up for you along with that writing retreat. Have a great time.

  8. Congratulations. I'll be waiting ofr the e-book too. A weekend in that hotel will be so cool, although I do imagine it being kind of creepy in there. Hope you have a good time.
    Thanks fo rthe links at the end of your post too. The only one I'd heard of was IndieRecon.

  9. I've been seeing Beyond the Binding around today! The cover is beautiful! And have fun on your writing trip soon :) I'm jealous.

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  11. Being in the hotel should be very inspiring. And terrifying. But mostly inspiring.
    ***Corrected typo***

  12. Now I know of 1 more blogger in this book. Cool!

  13. Congrats on the anthology cover - it's awesome!

    And wow on getting to go to the Stanley Hotel. Enjoy the stay and the writing retreat!

  14. Oh it sounds like your writer's mojo is going to be churning soon. I love to have a full plate of things to do, but only when they are things I want to do. I'm glad to hear about the cover reveal. Enjoy your journeys.

    Leanne Ross ( & @LeanneRossRF )

  15. Oh Shannon, what an awesome Christmas gift...I need someone to recognize that I need a vacation like that and put me up in a classy hotel for a three day weekend...maybe even a whole week.

    And the eBook! Squee back to you, and I'm not a usual squee-er. Great to be a part of it with you.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

  16. Oh man, the Stanley? That's a hilarious gift for a writer! I hope you have a blast, and that you get a better cure for writer's block than Jack did.

    I have a friend at Kirkus. It's intense work, but they're very smart and professional. Anyone who wants to work in reviewing should give it a shot.

  17. I envy you the two nights at the hotel! What a treat that would be. Here's to getting that inspiration.

    As always, thanks for the links.

    The cover for the collaboration is beautiful.

  18. Ohhhh, I hope we get to hear about your hotel stay after it's happened? That would be so awesome! :D

  19. Very nice cover -- congratulations. I've got stories out to Ninth Letter, and I've subbed to Interfictions before.

  20. Wahoo! Here's to vacations that keep us going, eh? I'm loving the Composers for Relief project, and truthfully, I've been thinking about getting back into orchestral composition for a little bit. I used to pen out at least one new project a month, and wow. I was never so inspired as when creating music. I think mixing up our creative endeavors or diversifying is a great way to keep inspiration spinning.

  21. Hey Shannon,

    Beyond the Binding. A great cause enhanced by all you great writers and your collaboration. Excellent stuff! Super cover.

    "I Was Seeking Gary." Inspiration can sure come from the most amazing of resources :)

    Steampunk? What's one of those?

    Blog Hops! Bless the darned things!!!

    Gary :)