Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Release Party Photos & Links

Since I somehow had it in my head that it was IWSG (yeah, not for another week--maybe it's because I have some exciting new to share...), I figured I'd do a brief post about my book release party, which was this past Thursday at a local restaurant, 3.14 Sweet & Savory Pi Bar.

Photo by Ron

Photo by Sue

It was wonderful to see so many of my friends and family members. Even people who don't read horror, and therefore didn't buy a book, came out to show their support. I offered a discount if people brought canned/dry goods to donate to One Nation Walking Together, and was excited that a few people took me up on that, so I'll be taking their donations along with my own (if you're local, their food drive will be going through April 30, with the food going to those living in poverty on reservations--they also take cash donations online throughout the year).

I have to give a shout-out to the local writing community. I'm incredibly lucky to live in a city (and state) with a strong arts and writing community. There are all manner of writing groups and gatherings, and many people I've met through these groups came to the signing to show their support.

Here's a snippet of photos from the party. If you've got me on Facebook, you've probably already seen these, and then some!

Photo by Ron

Selfie by Jason

Photo by Ron

Selfie by Justin

As anyone who's had a book signing knows, it's impossible to feel like you got to talk to everyone satisfactorily, and I missed out on getting photos of some of those who attended, but the bits of time I had with people were such great fun. I was exhausted afterward, and took a couple days to fully recover from the party, but it was completely worth it.

To close out before I jump into submission links, here's a photo of me with my husband, aka the cover designer, snapped by a friend. He has helped throughout the process, and was a huge help that night, carrying things, helping setup, keeping me hydrated, taking pictures, and packing up at the end. Oh, and he made the signage you see! He has mad skillz.

Photo by Sue
Now for the links. Bear in mind I'm not endorsing these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.

Accepting Submissions:

NonBinary Review is seeking poetry, fiction, essays, and art relating to A Wrinkle in Time (book only). Up to 5000 words. Pays $.01/word. Deadline April 23.

Unnerving Magazine is seeking gothic fiction and poetry for Haunted Are These Houses, an anthology. 400 to 6000 words. Pays $.01/word. Deadline April 28.

Flash Bang Mysteries is seeking mystery and suspense of all types. 500 to 750 words. Pays $20. Deadline April 30 (does not open for submissions until April 1).

Hellbound Books is seeking horror like that around in the 80s for Schlock! Horror!, an anthology. 5000 to 15,000 words. Pays $10. Deadline April 30.

Sincyr Publishing is seeking creative nonfiction and poetry about personal healing after trauma for Kintsugi. 1000 to 5000 words. Pays in royalties. Deadline April 30.

Cohesion Press is seeking military horror for Snafu: Resurrection. 2000 to 10,000 words. Pays $.04AUD/word. Deadline April 30.

Less Than Three Press is seeking polyamorous LGBTQ+ non-erotic stories about family for Happiness in Numbers. 10,000 to 20,000 words. Pays $200. Deadline April 30.

What was your favorite game or feature at a book release/signing? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share?

May you find your Muse.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book Release Celebration & Tick Tock Coming Soon

Today's my book release party in Colorado Springs for Blue Sludge Blues. Woo-hoo! Wish me luck!

Congratulations to the winners of the Rafflecopter giveaway for e-books of  Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations: Tamara N., Traci A., and Arlee J.!

Now guess what? The IWSG anthology is coming out in just over a week, so here's a quick word on the book release:

Themed anthologies are a great way to become acquainted with new writers and reconnect with those writers you enjoy. This newest one from Dancing Lemur Press offers an exciting variety of styles and some "against the clock" tales to keep you reading.

The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

Coming May 1!

Add it to your Goodreads TBR List.
Preorder your copy.

Link time. Bear in mind I'm not endorsing any of these, merely passing them along. Always do your own due diligence before submitting.

Accepting Submissions:

Blackbird is seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Up to 8000 words (or query for longer). Paying market. Deadline April 15.

Epoch is seeking literary fiction, poetry, essays, screenplays, cartoons, graphic art, and graphic fiction. Submit by mail only. Pays $50 to $150. Deadline April 15.

Galli Books is seeking speculative short fiction and cover art for Speculative Masculinities. 1000 to 7500 words. Pays £0.08/word. Deadline April 15.

Circlet Press is seeking asexual romance speculative fiction. 2500 to 8500 words. Pays $25 for an e-book edition then $25 for a possible print anthology in the future. Deadline April 15.

Visions is seeking speculative fiction with the theme of Home. Up to 5000 words. Pays 4 to 5p. Deadline April 15.

Third Flatiron is seeking space opera and sci-fi for Galileo's Theme Park. 1500 to 3000 words. Pays $.06/word. Deadline April 15.

Spider and Ladybug Magazines (for kids) are seeking LGBTQ+ inclusive fiction, poetry, and non-fiction for an Over the Rainbow theme. Up to 1000 words for fiction, 800 words for non-fiction. Pays up to $.25/word. Deadline April 15.

Evernight Teen is seeking YA contemporary romance for Kissed. Must begin and end with a kiss. 15,000 to 25,000 words. May be royalty paying, but not specified on the anthology page. Deadline April 20.

Will you be purchasing Tick Tock? What do you think of the cover? Any of these markets of interest? Anything to share?

May you find your Muse.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Release Day! Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations

Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations
by Shannon Lawrence

Release Date: March 15, 2018
Horror short story collection

A collection of frights, from the psychological to the monstrous. These tales are a reminder of how much we have to fear: A creature lurking in the blue, sludgy depths of a rest area toilet; a friendly neighbor with a dark secret hidden in his basement; a woman with nothing more to lose hellbent on vengeance; a hike gone terribly wrong for three friends; a man cursed to clean up the bodies left behind by an inhuman force. These and other stories prowl the pages of this short story collection.


From For Love of the Hunt:

"The taste of his dying heart was the most succulent flavor I'd ever partaken of. The thick, rich blood flowed into my throat and I felt it burning its way through my entire body, even as that great muscle pulsed against my lips. His strength belonged to me now."

You can read other excerpts at the blogs of those helping with my book release. Each person has an excerpt from a different story:

Tamara Narayan - Know Thy Neighbor (and she's telling a scary real life story)
Christine Rains - Shifting Sands
Mina Burrows - Cravings
Jennifer Lane - What the Fire Left Behind
Lisa Southard - Maelstrom
Diane Burton - Sound Advice (and info on skinwalkers)
Meka James - Salvation Lottery
Patricia Lynne - Metamorphosis (and she's telling a scary real life story)
Juneta Key - In the Dark (and a bit on writing about horror)
Elizabeth Seckman - The Blue Mist
Catherine Dilts - Blue Sludge Blues
Pete Aldin - Faceless
Joylene Nowell Butler - The Tourist

Buy the Book

Also available from Apple and other countries through Amazon

If you'd like to help share the news about my book, here are a couple pre-made tweets (and feel free to use any images posted here):

Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations by Shannon Lawrence now on sale at Amazon! Also B&N and Kobo. Get your horror fix in with this collection of short stories @thewarriormuse

Killer mists, creatures in rest stop toilets, and neighbors you should beware, Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations by Shannon Lawrence now on sale at Amazon! Also B&N and Kobo. @thewarriormuse

The dark side of being the sole survivor, creatures in the woods, and more, Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations by Shannon Lawrence now on sale at Amazon! Also B&N and Kobo. @thewarriormuse 

About the Author

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes mostly fantasy and horror. Her stories can be found in magazines and anthologies, including Space and Time Magazine, Dark Moon Digest, and Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things. When she's not writing, she's hiking the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there's always a place to hide a body or birth a monster.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG - Safety in Numbers

It's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group again!

Created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the purpose of the IWSG is to air your insecurities while supporting others doing the same thing. Anyone can sign up by clicking HERE. Be sure to bop around and visit others, too.

This month's co-hosts are:

This month's optional question is: 
How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story?

I don't usually celebrate a goal/finishing a short story, but I do celebrate when I finish a novel by having a milkshake. And when I place a short story, I get a Funko Pop villain/monster. I've just recently added Carrie, Jack from The Shining, and Norman Bates, all there on the top next to Pennywise and Cthulhu. 

My husband added the third shelf while I was away a couple weeks ago, because the other two were getting too cluttered. What happens when I fill that shelf? I can't wait to find out!

As far as my insecurities this month...well, I've got my first solo horror short story collection coming out. Sure, I've been published in magazines and anthologies, but it was never just me. I feel like I'm about to walk in front of a room full of people naked, and it's mildly terrifying. What else? I'm having a public book release celebration and signing (if you're local, there's information on my appearances tab about it, but the quick version is I'll be at 3.14 Sweet and Savory in Colorado Springs from 5-9 PM on March 22), and I'd hate to sit there all alone and pathetic with my box of books, which is why I'm having a book release celebration instead of signing at a bookstore (for now, at least.) I desperately did not want to sit there all formal behind a table, staring at the door, wondering when someone would show up. Instead, I'll be somewhere familiar, with wine and food and pie, so I can drown myself in calories if no one comes.

By the way, my book release will be March 15, and each blogger posting it has an excerpt from a different short story. Some of you asked about quick tweets. I'll put some of those together and get those out, too. It's available for pre-order in e-book right now, with paperback and e-book release on the 15th.

I guest posted at Pete Aldin's blog with book release information. You can check it out HERE. I talk about four ways horror can be beneficial, and you can get a sneak peek at the first excerpt from my collection.

Moving on, here are my stats for last month. I post each month to keep myself accountable.

In February, I:

Submitted 10 short stories
Got 2 short stories short listed
Got 2 acceptances
Got 8 rejections
Got 1 invite to submit 1 of those rejected stories to a different anthology by the editor
I currently have 12 short stories on submission

A pretty good month! Believe me, it doesn't always look like this, so don't get discouraged if you're submitting and getting rejections. I went through a major dry spell for several months with tons of rejections and no sales. So please get out there and submit! And relish every rejection you get. And feel free to post your stats in the comments so we can celebrate short stories together.

Finally, let's get to the links. Bear in mind I'm not endorsing these, merely passing them along, so always do your own due diligence before submitting.

Accepting Submissions:

West Branch is seeking poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. No more than 30 pages. Pays $.05/word. Deadline April 1.

Paper Dog Books is seeking speculative short fiction the Robots Live Now anthology. 1500 to 5000 words. Pays $.06/word. Deadline April 1.

Bikes in Space is seeking stories with the theme Dragons. 500 to 8000 words. Will pay a minimum of $30, with how much more depending upon the Kickstarter. Deadline April 1.

Radiant Crown Publishing is seeking adult and erotic romance with a strong speculative element for Mystique Masquerade, an anthology. Novelettes and novellas, so 7500 to 40,000 words. Pays $.01/word. Deadline April 1.

Syntax & Salt Magazine is seeking short literary speculative fiction. Up to 3500 words. Pays $10. 

Flash Fiction Magazine is seeking flash fiction. 300 to 1000 words. Pays $40 for stories chosen to be published in the anthologies (pays nothing if published on website).

What do you celebrate, and how? What are your current insecurities? Any submission stats to share? Any of these links of interest? Anything to share?

May you find your Muse.