If you missed the Author Meet & Greet last month at Crestview Public Library, you will have another chance to meet a bunch of friendly authors at the next group booksigning at Cafe Bienville, Niceville, on August 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Once again, 15 authors will be available to discuss writing and sign books. It’s a great networking opportunity for readers and writers to get to know each other and share knowledge. To prepare, I’ll be running interviews on the authors that will be attending.
Registration for authors will begin Tuesday, June 27. Interested authors may contact Tami at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To kick off is author and event organizer Tami Kidd from Baker. She lives with her husband, Davy, a miniature dachshund named Millie and the small herd of cats that have adopted them. She’s blessed to have her daughter and granddaughter nearby and values the time she spends with them.
When not writing, she works full time at Hurlburt Field as a defense contractor as what some refer to as “tan pants,” because many of the contractors wear khaki pants almost daily.
Angela: Tami, when did you start writing?
Tami: I started writing journals when I was very young and continued into adulthood. I also wrote poetry and short stories, but put my writing on hold to have a family. Then later in life, much later, I discovered Nanowrimo and wrote my first novel during the challenge. I write mystery novels, some people call them “cozy mysteries.”
Angela: What inspired you to become a writer?
Tami: I don’t know that any one author inspired me to write. I just always felt a need to write. Since becoming more involved in the writing community I have read lots of different genres by authors with many different styles. Some I love and some I don’t, but I appreciate them all because I know how hard it is to put yourself on the page.
Angela: What has been the biggest challenge of your career?
Tami: Time and marketing. Writing takes time away from other things that I feel need to be accomplished such as, cleaning house, cooking, grocery shopping, laundry and bathing. Marketing is a huge challenge for self-published or indie authors. It’s full time job. Putting yourself out in the public eye is difficult and sometimes seems boastful, but it’s a necessity of getting your work out to readers.
Angela: What has been your biggest triumph?
Tami: Completing my first novel, and also when one of my poems won first place in a poetry contest. I felt validated as a writer and I think that’s a great triumph for a writer: validation.
Angela: What do you hope to achieve with the Author Meet & Greet?
Tami: If I can inspire one person to follow their dreams to write, that would make my day. I love meeting new readers and meeting fellow writers. Anytime I have a chance to share myself with others, it’s a great day.
Angela: What is your advice to new writers?
Tami: Don’t wait till you have time to write. I let many years slip through my fingers that I wish I could get back. Don’t stop writing, even if you can only write one paragraph a day. Don’t be overly critical of your writing. The first draft is always bad, but that’s the worst your novel will ever be. Find others who love to write and share your wins and losses with them. They will understand you more than someone who doesn’t write. Find a good critique group. Edit, edit and edit some more and then send your work to a professional editor. Read.
You can find Tami’s book, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, on Amazon or visit Tami Kidd on her website at AuthorTamiKidd.com. You can also find Tami on Facebook and Twitter as @tamikidd.
I’ve finally set up my profile on Patreon, a membership platform that allows artists to receive funding directly from their fans, or patrons.
Now that I write full time, I am much more appreciative of the tiny royalties that eke my way as well as the generous support of patrons. Every bit helps!
I’ll be adding videos within the week and new reward levels, but for now I invite you to take a look at my page and tell me what you think. You can visit my Patreon profile here.
HerStory Blog, a storytelling blog for women, is taking poetry submissions. They believe that poetry is another form of story telling and welcome women of all writing talents and backgrounds to submit.
Herstory supports budding poets and those who have been writing poems for years. They publish new poems every Monday.
To see your poem published on the blog visit their writing guidelines and submit your story to email@example.com with the subject line Poetry.
HerStory publishes short fiction pieces every few months. If you would like to submit a short story email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got something short, sharp and snappy to tell? The Hummingbird Flash Fiction contest is waiting to be wow’d with your most economical and brilliant storytelling.
This contest is for short fiction under 1000 words. As a bonus, you can get feedback on your story with a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $15 more.
Contest opens: 1 May 2017
Deadline: 15 June 2017
Winners notified: 15 July 2017
Winners published in: Pulp Literature Issue 17, Winter 2018
First Prize: $300
Read full details on this contest here.
Creatives often struggle with the more mundane and worldly aspects of art whether they are musicians, visual artists or writers. When you are up in the clouds creating your magnum opus, who has time for effective social media management?
I struggle with this myself, but my years as an author have taught me that it does no good to make something amazing if no one knows about it. Luckily, there are simple and powerful ways to handle the business side of your creativity without taking too much time away from your art.
This Saturday, June 17, I’ll be teaching a Business of Creativity workshop in the back room of Cafe Bienville in Niceville. The class will cover the different sides of The Creative, defining your brand, social media, your business card, how to write a press release and how to get the most bang for NO bucks.
Cost will be $10 advance per student or $15 at the door the day of and will include handouts. Class limited to 30. Call 850-517-7886 to reserve your space. First five paid students will receive a signed copy of “No Money Marketing.”
The first week on Radish went well. I released three stories, all available for free, including Bitter Suites, a Radish exclusive. Download the app for free from Apple or from Google Play. I release my new chapters every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Here’s what’s coming up this week…
Stray Tales—Pirantulas!—No man has the right to play God, not even the brilliant Dr. Brogan, despite the fact that his adoring students were certain he was omnipotent. What began an act of scientific whimsy has triggered events that have sounded the death knell for one town— and may threaten the very existence of mankind. For now the monstrosities known as pirantula stay confined to the the marshy land surrounding the small town of Boggy Bayou, but how long before their hunger drives them to migrate? Mondays at 6 p.m. central.
End of Mae—Between Death and the Devil—Injured, Mae meets Heylel and is held captive. He interrogates her and develops an interest in this small town reporter. Lies are uncovered, but the biggest lie has just begun. Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
Bitter Suites—Poinsettia Creams—A couple in love decides to indulge in the most romantic act of all…dying for each other. In the process, they discover that sometimes death isn’t as pretty as they are and life choices are put in perspective. It’s “until death do us part,” until things get ugly. Fridays at 6 p.m.
To read these tales, download Radish from Apple or from Google Play and search for Angela Yuriko Smith.
Alsina’s Serial Fiction contest is open for submissions! Alsina is looking for serial fiction, also sometimes called mini-series. But what is serial fiction?
From AlsinaPublishing.com—It’s like a TV series, only in writing! The overall story should have a good story arc, but each episode can stand alone. The characters develop and evolve over the course of the story, but they might have a particular event that happens to them in a particular episode. There are no restrictions on genre, but certain genres (romance, mystery/crime/thriller) lend themselves more naturally than others.
Rules: The whole story must be between 5,000 – 10,000 words in total and each individual “episode” should be anywhere between 500 – 1,500 words each. Winner will be published through Alsina’s LingoBites app. Complete details here.
Deadline: June 30th, 2017
Feedback: Winners will be announced by July 17, 2017 deadline.
New Beginnings Animal Sanctuary is 29 BAGS away from their shoe drive goal! I’m even parting with a few pairs of my precious Chocolaticas shoes!
NBAS is collecting shoes for Funds2Orgs, who will contribute $1,000 to New Beginnings per 100 bags of shoes. Funds2Orgs redistributes the shoes in developing nations.
Drop any shoes you don’t want off to New Beginnings Animal Sanctuary in the Niceville Animal Clinic building.
If you know a thrift store with an over stock of shoes, call NBAS at (850) 678-2002 and someone will pick them up locally.
New Beginnings Animal Sanctuary, 509 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville, or call (850) 678-2002.
I’m happy to share that Escape Claws has been translated into Spanish and is available on Amazon! Thank you to Pamela Sanabria for her excellent translation work, and special thanks to my friend Soraya for some last minute help with the blurb.
You can find Escape Claws in Spanish here.
Escape Claws in English here.
The book description: Escape Claws es el relato verídico de las experiencias que el autor vivió mientras crecía en casas embrujadas. Combina narración y poesía, e incluye fotografías de las casas en las que vivió el autor. Cada palabra describe los recuerdos de esos hechos reales. Más allá de la oscuridad y el terror, Escape Claws es la prueba de que hay luz en las noches más negras, basta con mirar al cielo para descubrir estrellas brillantes.
My Bio in Spanish: Angela Yuriko Smith es un autora de amplia difusión, poeta, profesora de escritura / oradora. Escribe en diferentes géneros incluyendo terror para jóvenes adultos, no-ficción y cuentos infantiles. Actualmente enseña escritura creativa en Northwest Florida State College y escribe. Visita su página web/blog y suscríbete a su boletín mensual gratuito en AngelaYSmith.com o síguele como @angelayurikosmith en Facebook o @AngelaYSmith en Twitter.
I’ve recently joined the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association and they are having a contest to raise funds for SFPA, as well as to draw more attention to speculative poets and reward writers of good speculative poems.
The 2017 Science Fiction Poetry Contest opened June 1. Winners will be announced by October 1. Mary McMyne is the 2017 Contest Chair. Questions about the contest can be sent to email@example.com. This year’s judge is Nikia Chaney. The deadline is August 31.
Contest Rules: The 2017 SFPA speculative poetry contest is open to all poets, including non-SFPA-members. Prizes will be awarded for best poem in 3 categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines [prose poems 0–100 words]); Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 101–499 words]); Long (50 lines and more [prose 500 words and up]). Line count does not include title or stanza breaks. All sub-genres of speculative poetry allowed in any form. Entries will be read blind.
Please see the website for full submission guidelines: http://sfpoetry.com/contests.html