The End…

All but gone...

All but gone…

Hey folks. I forgot to mention something that had been sneaking up on me.

Friday marks the two year anniversary of 100 Horrors: Tales of Horror in the Blink of an Eye. This was my first published work. Grand times, except that Cruentus Libri Press will be closing its doors then.

100 Horrors, I believe, is definitely being taken down. However, the following books containing work by yours truly are likely to be removed as well.

From Their Cradle to Your Grave

Under the Knife

War is Hell

This will be it for those tales, guys. It’s rare and sad that roughly half my bibliography will no longer be on the market. So now is your last chance to grab a little history in the making.

So grab your copies while you still can! Available in both print and digital.

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Writer’s Scars

“Today was not a possibility. It was an inevitability.”

 

So long since my last post, and so much news.

The Black Wind’s Whispers is (finally) out in print edition. Still working on the same for Marching Time, although the Kindle version of that is available. And we’ve been making strides towards Far Worlds, our next Bolthole anthology which is currently in the works.

I’m also stepping down from the Bloghole. I enjoyed my time there and learned so much about the business, but I want to return to writing and writing related projects.

But the whooping news is that a particular publishing company is shutting down. Their printing ends in February next year. And with it, fellow writer Jonathan Ward and I are losing over half our published works.

As I spoke to him, I learned final warnings from the owner. He told me stories of queries from contributors and new authors, trying to find out when the next opening was. Gauging if they could openly submit a novel. He told me how disheartening it was to turn people down and dealing with points of reduced sales.

But despair and I are old friends. Few people know how to hold onto lost causes better than myself or Rhett Butler, and the education given to me by others only serves to enhance my zeal.

But the former point the owner mentioned is a lesson. I’m spoiled because so many new writers dive after novels instead of trying their hands at short stories and mastering their craft. I did a novella once, and have learned that it is better to do as you are asked than try your hand at something unexpected and not requested.

It seems that future writing projects will need to have some kind of buffer. We’ll have to draw our line carefully and find a means to filter that which we do not ask for.

Well, that’s a concern for a future day.

But there’s a coming-of-age lesson here and it starts with the title. Today was not a possibility. It was an inevitability. Every writer who held on has to deal with the moment that the publication containing their works goes out of print somehow. Maybe the one-time rights expire. Maybe the company shuts down, or violates some agreement and has to stop the book from further circulation.

Maybe you knew it was coming. Maybe it’s a bolt out of the blue. But those stories you crafted, the tales that wowed editors enough to be printer worthy, are given back to you. And it dawns on you that, for the first time, your pieces of work must be submitted with the word ‘reprint’ stamped to it.

All of a sudden, this great tale is no longer quite as valuable. Sometimes, companies flat out refuse reprints. Other times they’ll take them… at 10% the cost of what they would pay for an original. “Our normal rate is $.05 a word. But since this has already been published once, we can only offer you a flat rate of $25.”

Or less.

But like I said. Anyone who holds on long enough has to deal with this. Stories do eventually become homeless. I think of accomplished guys like Josh Reynolds, who have or had well over a hundred short stories published. There’s no way they could all remain in circulation.

It’s a day to remember at least. But for now, the following stories are available for only another five months. Get them while they’re hot…

“On Ne Passé Pas!” from War is Hell.

“Happily Ever After”from Under the Knife.

“The Child of Iron” from From Their Cradle to Your Grave.

“The Eyes from 100 Horrors: Tales of Horror in the Blink of an Eye.

‘Under the Knife’ Available Now!

There's pretty much no healthcare joke I can make that won't anger somebody right now...

There’s no time for a second opinion! We must order now!

My life has been a whirlwind of work, work and more work. The job has been hard but rewarding, and the writing has been tough.

But there have been some developments for on the writing. I wrote a few good tales and am working on another two. I’d like to finish the month with three flash pieces. I foresee a writing break for half the month of June.

But there’s one really important tidbit. At long last, it’s finally out. Under the Knife from Cruentus Libri Press is finally out. Click on the picture to order!

Also available for Kindle.

PR Slingshot Effect?

I’m in a possibly curious position.

Here’s what’s going on. A few months back, I mentioned my work being accepted for a couple of anthologies. Due to a few events, Under the Knife and War is Hell will not be released for a while. Although frustrating, there’s nothing I can do but wait it out and continue to write. However, thanks to the Bolthole Writers’ Fair, I’ve gotten four submissions into various publishers, and more are on their way at all times.

It suddenly occurred to me that given the time frame, it could be a blessing or a total curse. It’s certainly possible that anywhere from two to six stories (maybe more) bearing my name could suddenly “explode” onto the scene mid-summer.

If it does occur, it’s neither how I intended nor wanted to. I was hoping to have a gradual build up of my name. Like every other month, a new story comes out. “Oh James, the author of that previous story you liked, just pushed out something new.”

And in terms of sales, I doubt it’s beneficial. Books cost a small amount and take a while to be used. So other books I wrote might be “drowned out” by the onslaught. But on the bright side, it’s not impossible to take the sudden interest in my name and use the momentum towards something bigger and better. But I don’t know what.

If summer sees a spike in new traffic, I’ll have to be ready.

Cover Art of New Anthologies

Babies require a lot of care. Diapers, food, love, it’s quite a bit. But sometimes, you get a special child. Sometimes, you’ll need holy water, fire, sunlight, garlic, silver bullets and girded loins. Cruentus Libri Press is firmly aware of the difficulties such children can be, and thus have concocted an anthology of cautionary tales to prepare the lucky parents of monster babies.

"Aw look at em! He's a coconut this guy..." -Famous Last Words

“Aw look at em! He’s a coconut, this guy…” -Famous Last Words

But wait! There’s more! As if horror tales involving pint sized sociopaths weren’t enough, we can even bring in the family doctor! Also including a story by yours truly!

There's pretty much no healthcare joke I can make that won't anger somebody right now...

On the bright side, your HMOs got this.

Look for both these new anthologies this month! … please. Also coming soon: The Black Wind’s Whispers by the Bolthole. And by soon, I mean someday.