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.


Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Your book release party looks like so much fun! And what a great idea about the canned goods donation.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shannon - how lovely to see you all and particularly you having so much fun. Great to have all those friends and family there - many congratulations and I loved seeing all the photos ... and yes such a good idea re the donation ... cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looks like a great turnout for your book event. And you got food donations - double bonus.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

What a fun release party.

KJ Scrim, Writer said...

Looks like everyone had a great time. Congratulations!!!!!!

John Wiswell said...

Looks like a blast. Congratulations on the release and the turnout!

Julie Flanders said...

Wonderful photos!!! Congratulations and what a great idea to do the food donations.

Jean Davis said...

You're ahead of the game. I'm still catching up from last month's IWSG.

Looks like a great launch party! My husband does my cover art too. Nice having a graphics person close by, isn't it? Love the creepy creature props.

cleemckenzie said...

You had fun! And it seems everyone else did, too. Congrats again on your release.