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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Post MileHiCon Report

Friday, 10/24/2014

Went over early to help my publisher, WolfSinger Publications, set up her booth in the dealer's room. When a break was needed got my parking pass for the weekend.

 First panel I attended was How Small Presses Chose Covers featuring several local publishers. They talked about the varying quality of artwork and freelancers looking for work. Some come through and some don't. Some work directly with the authors, others don't. Very interesting and educational.

Visited the art show. 

First panel I was on was Short Story Sampler, Vol. 1 Discussion & Readings. We talked the challenge, or not, of short story writing and each of us read an excerpt from a short story. I chose Pack Rule. It's a short story in the charity anthology Tails from the Front Lines. 

Afterward I was an autograph alley. Did more networking than anything else. Later, the writers had a huge networking event in the bar. Huge turnout and I met many new authors and artists.

Saturday, 10/25/2014

Arrived around tenish and attended the Secret Fans of Fan Fiction: Why I read/write it.
Delightful fun and a great discussions. Always is when fanfiction writers are violating copyright.

At eleven, I was on my first panel, So you Want to be in an Anthology. Much better turnout than expected. The three panelist, all of which have worked together before, shared our experiences, set the basic guidelines and allowed the audience to pick a topic for which everyone in attendance would be allowed to submit a story. Acceptance subject to story quality. We also came up with a second topic for which I am now the co-editor.

Spent a couple of hours hanging out with my publisher.

At three went to the 'Popcorn' Books/Movies/TV I Love and Refuse to Apologize for.
Fascinating look at bad movies, or some not so bad, books and TV shows that are watched for fun.

At four I managed to catch Michael Carroll before his panel. He did the cover of my newest book and I wanted him to know how thrilled I was with it. Signed his copy of my book.

Socialized with several fellow writers. We gathered around one of the tables in the main lobby and talked.

Back to my publisher until the dealers room closed.

Sunday, 10/26/2014

Arrived before the art show closed. Wasn't really looking for anything, but it's always fun to watch the last mad dash of buying that goes on before it shuts down and auction begins.

Mostly hung out with my publisher, bought beads, my one treat to myself, and a book directly from the author.

Had one panel late in the afternoon. Writing that is Adored/Obsessed Over
Fun discussions on various writings and took questions from the floor.

Con over. Said by to many friends until the next con.

One fun thing that happened. All the guidelines I took for my new anthology, and my publisher graciously allowed me to display at her table, were taken by writers. Yeah!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Extinct Possibilities Guidelines

Extinct Possibilities
Edited by Dana Bell
Imagine a world where dinosaurs, ancient mammals or other creatures, like the dodo bird,  including lost branches of man, never went extinct. How would it have changed our world? What would their place or ours be?  What if…? In these alternate history stories, these questions or others should be asked and answered.

Research will need to be on these stories, both historical and archeological. Come up with story themes or ideas that haven’t been done.

What is not acceptable! Time travel or portals. No genetic manipulation or radiation mutation. No traditional monster stories. No first or last of its kind. No evolution to intelligence. No hibernation, it was frozen in ice, found in a secret installation preserved, etc. If it’s something you’ve seen on Syfy, it’s NOT appropriate for this anthology.

PG13 rating. No sex. No erotica. No graphic violence. Cussing to be limited to hell and damn. If you’re overly fond of the F word, your story will be rejected. Not opposed to faith based stories, just as long as it’s important to the character or story line. If they’re preaching on any belief system, the piece will be rejected.

Stories can be told in any time period, from the ancient past to the distant future even other planets. Looking for variety here so think beyond or before present day.

You don’t have to be published in order to have your story considered for this anthology. Editor averages two to four first sales for every anthology edited.  Feel free to read Time Traveling Coffers, Different Dragons, and Different Dragons II for a sampling of authors and styles.

Editor’s job is to make your story shine. Critiques and suggestions to improve are given for all accepted stories and why the story is rejected for all others.

All genres accepted. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Mystery, Romance, Horror, et el.
Flash fiction is acceptable. Stories length up to 6000 words. Longer stories by approval only and will be granted exclusively to authors editor has worked with before.

Stories must be formatted in New Times or Times Roman, 12 pt., double spaced with indents for paragraphs. Numbers must be written out unless they are an exception to the rule, for instance gun types. No semi-colons or colons. This is an editorial preference. Dashes only for emphasis and used sparingly. Pet word ‘that’ or anything crutch word used in excess. Ex. but, in a moment, for a moment, suddenly, etc. Accepting  rft and doc attachments ONLY.  Docx will be returned to reformat. Anything else will be rejected.

On the first page, please include: Name, address, phone number, email address, organizations you belong to and approx. word count. This is very important! Editor has had to contact writers and without this full info, your story could be dropped if you can’t be reached.

In the cover email, please, include a one line synopsis of the story and less than 50 words about yourself. Authors who have been accepted in previous anthologies, need only include synopsis.
Submissions open 01/01/2015 and end 04/30/2015. Stories received before January open or after end date will be rejected, UNLESS, permission is granted by the editor.

Submit to: In subject line: Extinct possibilities – story name – your name.
Feel free to pitch: Will accept pitches during MileHiCon and other local cons. By email, in the subject line : Extinct Possibilities – Pitch – your name.  Then pitch your idea in less than 25 words.

Author bios will be requested from all accepted stories. Do not send unless asked for.

WolfSinger Publications has expressed an interest in this anthology. Payment and contract terms will be discussed at a later date.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

MileHiCon Schedule

Hi all,

Next weekend is MileHiCon, so I'm posting my schedule here.

Friday, Oct. 24th.

My first panel is at  7PM. Short story sampler, discussion & reading. In Mesa Verde 3.

8 PM will find me on autograph alley. Afterward I'm planning on attending the writer's networking in the bar.

Saturday, Oct 25th.

11 AM. So you want to be in an Anthology. Mesa Verda A. I'll be joined by Sam Knight, Quincy Allen and Guy Anthony DeMarco.

Sunday, Oct 26th.
 3 PM. Writing that is Adored/Obsessed over.

Otherwise, I can be found either helping my publisher in the dealer's room. I will be taking pitches for my next anthology all weekend.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

God's Gift cover & other news

Received the cover art for God's Gift. It's absolutely beautiful. Michael Carroll, a local artist, composed it. For those who don't know Michael, he's the one who did the beautiful space paintings for NASA.

While much has gone on in my personal life, I'm running behind on my writing projects. Am hoping to get caught up later this month. I'm taking some days off before MileHiCon Oct 24-26. In fact, that week, this blog will not be posted until Thursday, 10/23/2014.Main reason is, it will contain the guidelines for my newest anthology, which opens to submissions 1/1/2015.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Different Dragons II Released

Big news : Different Dragons II will officially be released Oct. 1st. For those of you who totally enjoyed the first one, the second has new surprises and authors.

From the publisher:

Until 15 Oct – I am also offering a 25% new release discount to buyers who purchase through CreateSpace – please direct your readers to the link above and give the discount code TGERED9J for the 25% off – this code is only valid until 15 October.
For ebook copies – go to Smashwords - - enter coupon MVNN to download a free copy (you can also give this code to reviewers – it will be valid until the end of the year)
For readers you can also direct them to the Smashwords link and give them coupon ED26N to save 25% - this code is only valid until 15 October.

Get your copies now!