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First Page Friday (On Wednesday) with Strangest Day So Far

First Page Friday GV Pearce Strangest Day So Far

First Page Friday (On Wednesday) with Strangest Day So Far

1 A close encounter with a surface-to-air missile is going to ruin anyone's day. This is especially true when the person involved is strapped into a parachute harness, several thousand feet above enemy terrain, in the middle of the night. For as long as he could remember, Ronan's personal philosophy had been 'you can't plan for everything, but you should still try to plan for anything.' That approach to life had saved his arse more times than he could count. Still, he'd always known the day would come when his plans reached their limit. How unfortunate that he was reaching...

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A Short Story is a Seed: Plant as Many as You Can

Atlin Merrick Call for Submissions Short Stories Tips for Selling Your Writing

A Short Story is a Seed: Plant as Many as You Can

By Atlin Merrick I was editing an anthology some years ago and the book needed one more story to round it out, but needed it fast. I reached out to a writer I knew through their online writing and asked if they wanted to write a short story for us quick. They said yes, so I told them the parameters – theme, length, due date. Then something happened. A rare thing. A good thing. The writer sent us exactly what we asked for. The theme, the length, on the date it was due. The publisher bought the story and do...

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5 Ways for Shy People to Promote Their Book

Book Promotion Promoting Your Book Publishing Reference

5 Ways for Shy People to Promote Their Book

First, that title is a little misleading – these are easy ways for everyone to promote their book, but they do favour the shy. If you're ever, ever not clear on how to move forward with self-promotion know that you can talk to your publisher. They can't read minds and they really want to help you because it helps them. Producing a book – ebook or paperback – is a pricey endeavor; publishers want to make their money back and share your great words with the world. So talk to them! Promoting Your Book:Social media | Newspapers | Reviews |...

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11 Ways to Promote Your Book (Even When You're Shy)

Promoting Your Book Publishing Reference

11 Ways to Promote Your Book (Even When You're Shy)

"Any usual advice you can give on doing PR for my book?" Yes! And also no! I was asked this question by a writer the other day, and I've got a lot of yes for them (which follows), and a certain amount of no, because there's nothing really 'usual' about promoting a book. Each writer has their own way of engaging with the world, so their usual may not be yours. That said, the first thing you want to do is know, down deep in your bones, that you are vital to your book's success. Writing is the first part,...

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Musings on a Collection of Cryptids

Atlin Merrick Cryptid Anthology

Musings on a Collection of Cryptids

I've always loved cool-creepy cryptid stories. That's why Improbable Press is doing a cryptid anthology in 2021, and why I encourage you to submit a story (after checking out our guidelines above). What I'm encouraging me to do is read again, about these creatures I loved so much as a kid. The Loch Ness monster (Nessie, I still have the artwork I drew of you when I was eleven!), Bigfoot (you're famous in Oregon, where I used to live), and jackalopes (hello Moon, spokes cryptid for our pending anthology). Do I believe in these creatures? Yes. Also no. See, it's...

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