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5 Quick Tips for a Live Reading of Your Book

G.V. Pearce

5 Quick Tips for a Live Reading of Your Book

Doing a live reading or discussion of your work is something most new authors dream about long before publication. However, when the time comes, it can also be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you’re not accustomed to public speaking. I was recently lucky enough to talk to the Romancing the Gothic group about my first novel Ghost Story, and I’d like to share some things I learned with other new writers who might find themselves scared of the prospect of talking in front of friends and strangers alike. So here are my five tips for live readings: Practice – it...

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"I nearly talked myself out of it…"

A Heavy Hug Griffin Raynor

"I nearly talked myself out of it…"

By Griffin Raynor “There is a dark corner in my room, and the shadowcast across my walls and carpet is far largerthan it should be, far deeper than it usually is.” So, my story, A Heavy Hug – quoted above – is going to be in an Improbable Press Anthology, Dark Cheer: Cryptids Emerging. This anthology is centered around cryptids of all types, both existing and invented, but with an emphasis on emerging – and on the more positive side of cryptids – creatures that laugh; creatures that love; creatures that humans can actually, perhaps, gaze upon without terror. My...

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Fame, Cannoli, and Minestrone: Or Author Bo Starsky Talks About Getting Published

Bo Starsky In Full Uniform LGBT Fiction Promoting Your Book

Fame, Cannoli, and Minestrone: Or Author Bo Starsky Talks About Getting Published

By Bo Starsky Living in a small town like I do, it’s rather special when you end up in the paper. It’s something of a sign that you’ve made it, and though the fame, if you could even call it that, is fleeting, it still feels pretty fucking good to be complimented on your work when you go to the shops on a shameful trip to buy more chocolate or chips and dip. So far in my adult life I’ve been in the papers twice, once by accident, and once on purpose. I have popped up one other time but...

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Submission Guidelines? I'm a special writer, I don't need no stinkin' guidelines!

Atlin Merrick Submission Guidelines Writer's Guidelines

Submission Guidelines? I'm a special writer, I don't need no stinkin' guidelines!

Just…just go around me. I'm going to be here awhile, stretched out on this grass, staring at the fluffy clouds while I tell youngsters to get off my lawn. Which is to say I am a tiny bit exhausted. O so weary of others doing what I used to do, and now I just want to squirt everyone with this hose I'm not holding and holler "Learn from my mistakes for heaven's sake! I also didn't follow submission guidelines! And do you know what it got me? Don't you walk away while I'm yelling at you!" Submission Guidelines and Why...

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Behind You Is… (Writing Prompts)

Writing Challenge Writing Prompts

Behind You Is… (Writing Prompts)

We're back! Back. Back. And do you want to know why? Why we're going to start posting prompts again? Because I missed you. I missed your stories. Your wonderful, amazing, ridiculous, funny, sad stories. Every single one of you told tales I couldn't wait to read and I'm going to ask you to do it again. Shall we begin? More… Royalties and Who’s Out to Get You White Knights (Writing Prompts) Escape the Maze (Writing Prompts)

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