Sunday 28 December 2014

Snazzy New Cover for My Wattpad Collection

That's better. I created a new cover for my Wattpad SF collection. Funny enough, the collection was doing quite well without a good cover. It makes you wonder sometimes, doesn't it about recieved wisdom. But I like this one much better. And it only cost me my time and a dollar on A bargain!

Where do you make your covers, folk? Any tips?

Wednesday 17 December 2014

A Great Way to Reach Readers: Free Stories on Wattpad

I'm having fun on Wattpad, putting together a collection of reprint short stories. It's a very simple interface to use. Here's my collection, with three flash stories so far.

If you've got a moment, and you like the stores, any comments or votes would be appreciated. Because it all adds to my rankings.

I really need a new cover. Canva is great, but unfortunately my credit card is blocked at the moment (I entered the wrong pin three times, what am I like)?

Have you experimented with Wattpad? The audience ranks in the millions and the readers are very friendly. It's all about getting more reads and interacting with readers. It's an intriguing platform.

First Foot
Aunty Merkel
Glass Future.

Monday 15 December 2014

Sockdoglager Sale

Three Brother Cities, which first appeared in the Gruff Variations has been accepted for reprint by newly open to submissions, Sockdolager. Guidelines here.

This is science fiction retelling of a fairy tale with the billy goats replaced with sentient cities.

Sunday 14 December 2014

Cover Candy Share

Great cover candy by artist Stephen Cooney, for Fossil Lake II: The Refossiling, edited by Christine Morgan. It makes me want to write about animated dinosaur skeletons. Let me see who my Table of Content buds will be. Here we go:

Foreword by Brian Keene
The Lake, by Edgar Allan Poe
Ricky’s Summer Vacation , by A. Stinky Cat
Fetch!, by Ken Goldman
Perfect Ten, by Scott R. Jones
Bruce Too, by Jodi Lee
Dark Operator, by Clayton Chandler
Blind Date, by David Neilsen
Music Hath Charms, by Mark Orr
Leviathan, by Richard Leavesley
The Tub and Takahashi, by Gregor Cole
Signs, by John M. McIlveen
Hellhole Fishing, by Stanley Webb
Returning Magic to the Kingdom, by Brian M. Sammons
The Author as Fossil, by James Ebersole
The Surface Beneath, by Michael Burnside
Beyond the Boneyard Gate, by Alicia Austen
Critter Marrow, by Patrick Lacey
My Beloved, by J.M. Northwood
Bloodbound, by William Andre Sanders
Trapper Keeper, by A. Stinky Cat
Lady Ghost, by Edward Martin III
Innocent Passage, by Randy Attwood
Frozen in Stone, by Doug Blakeslee
The Body in the Lake, by Peter Sutton
Gods and Mice, by Bruce Boston
The Sea is in my Blood, by Deborah Walker
“Harmless,” by Uncle Don
Retirement Home, by K.H. Koehler
Playing Games, by Kerry G.S. Lipp
The Incident in Central Village, by Doug Rinaldi
Forest of Borth, by Claire Smith
Nickolaus Passionate and the Children of Ereshkigal, by John Goodrich
Red Ochre, by Mary Pletsch
Dollmaker, by Alan Loewen
Secrets in the Soil, by E.S. Wynn
First to One Hundred, by S.L. Dixon
The Unspeakable Confession of Dicky Rashone’s Dog, by Lorenzo Passion
A Far Southern Land, by D.J. Tyrer
They Say Gloria’s Still in the Lake, by Michael Penkas
Blessedly Offended, by Shaun Avery

The Nightmare Lake, by H.P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft and Poe? What fun! 

Monday 8 December 2014

How to Create Aliens: My Secrets on the SFWA Blog

Creating Aliens, is published today, a rare bit of non-fiction from me, spilling my secrets about my alien building techniques.

SFWA is a professionally paying market for non-fiction: do give it a whirl.

Friday 5 December 2014

SFComet: Monthly SF Competition

Read my competition winning story 'Pure and Without Savour' on the SFComet Blog in English and Chinese translation. And find out how to apply for an invitation on the site.

Many thanks to Ninesnows, my translator who must have done a fabulous job. And I've been invited back to take part in the end of year contest. Hoorah

This month's contest sees my writing friends: Sylvia and Floris battling against 宝树, 立习习
and 左小姜

Monday 1 December 2014

New Release: Feral Things, by Erin Cole

Congratulations to Erin Cole on the release of Feral Things

A monster possesses Jamie Fisher, one with claws and sharp teeth. After waking in the Nevada desert, not sure of who she is or how she got there, her key to survival may lie in traveling with a dangerous guy named, Ray. A trust develops between them as they flee from state to state, running from Ray’s own troubled past and blindly heading into Jamie’s. Ray will have to face new monsters and Jamie will have to embrace her own if she wants to save Ray and herself. It’s a bloody mess, and only the feral will survive. Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Kindle | Itunes | Omnilit | Coffeetime Erin Cole's new horror novella, Feral Things, by Damnation Books, is available to purchase in both print and eBook formats at your favorite retailer. Also, enter in the Feral Things (Rafflecopter Giveaway) for a chance to win one of her other three books: Grave Echoes, Of the Night, and Between Feathers and Fins. Want to know more about Feral Things? Read the first chapter HERE.

Chin Wag  BIO: Erin Cole writes dark fiction from a small attic in Portland, Oregon. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association, has work appearing in over 60 publications, and won 10th place in the Writer's Digest 80th Annual Writing Competition. When she's not reading or writing, she loves to cook 'real' food, takes in rescue animals, and loves to explore the great Northwest.