Open Submissions: Sawmill Magazine

Typecast’s free online magazine, Sawmill, is produced six times a year. Each issue focuses on one branch of the literary tree: fiction, graphic stories, and poetry.  Sawmill has open submissions at this time in fiction and graphic stories.   Per their website, Sawmill does not discriminate against any genre or brand of fiction writing. Please send your fiction submission to [email protected] as a .pdf, .doc, or Pages attachment. Submissions should be 6,500 words or less.

Deadlines are:

For Summer 2012: Open submissions begin on December 1, 2011 and close on March 1, 2012.

For Winter 2013: Open submissions begin on June 1, 2012 and close on September 1, 2012.

For more information, visit their site.

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Words, and how to love them…

Author Valerie Douglas
Author Valerie Douglas

If any topic was foreordained to write, it was this one.  (No, I didn’t mean preordained, although I could have used that as well. *grins*)

First I saw this quote from Roy Blount, Jr. – “The last time somebody said, ‘I find I can write much better with a word processor.’, I replied, ‘They used to say the same thing about drugs.’ ”

Then I opened a lovely e-mail from a fan, the last line of which said, “Your book was fun and refreshingly intelligent in the genre (erotica), and therefore it not only made me happy to read it, but kind of renewed my faith that you can still write romance novels using wonderful words like ‘sere’.'” Wasn’t that wonderful? I wonder what she’ll do when she finds out that in the sequel the heroine is a physics professor who quotes string theory to explain magic? (And sere is a wonderful word, isn’t it?) Continue reading “Words, and how to love them…”

Making Video Trailers on by Pete Morin

Author Pete Morin
Author Pete Morin

Thanks to IndiesUnlimited for inviting me to share some thoughts about book promotion.

The genesis of the invitation itself is worthy of note. As part of my marketing efforts, I spend a bit of time occasionally dropping in to the many LinkedIn writing-related groups. One of the threads was a discussion on what people do to promote their books. I posted a comment with links to several short teasers I composed using the website. Within minutes, K.S. Brooks messaged me with an invitation to discuss them. So – social networking works.

What is Surely you’ve seen the iconic So You Want to Write a Novel! In November of 2010, aspiring novelist David Kazzie uploaded the clip to promote his novel, The Jackpot. Since then, the clip has amassed 230,000 views. There was a time after it came out when it was all over the web. Has it helped sell The Jackpot? Hard to say, but it certainly hasn’t hurt. Continue reading “Making Video Trailers on by Pete Morin”

IU Writing Exercise Contest Voting Poll: WEEK 4

The time has arrived to begin voting in this week’s Writing Exercise Competition. On behalf of the IU staff, I want to thank all the entrants for doing such a great job with the writing prompt and the merciless constraints of the exercise. One entrant was eliminated for exceeding the 250 word limit specified in the rules.

This week, there are thirteen entries from which to choose. You may review the entries here. Please spread the word and encourage your friends to vote by using the share buttons at the bottom of the post!

Select the entrant with the best story for the IU writing exercise competition, "Sudden Death."

  • #11. Sandra Campbell (17%, 15 Votes)
  • #01. Linda Rae Blair (16%, 14 Votes)
  • #05. Donna B. McNicol (16%, 14 Votes)
  • #12. Neil L. Yuzuk (12%, 10 Votes)
  • #02. Dannye Williamsen (10%, 9 Votes)
  • #06. S. Wayne Roberts (9%, 8 Votes)
  • #13 A. L. Kaplan (5%, 4 Votes)
  • #04. Garrett Hise (3%, 3 Votes)
  • #07.William C. Busch (3%, 3 Votes)
  • #10. Jacqueline Hopkins (3%, 3 Votes)
  • #03. Paula Friedman (1%, 1 Votes)
  • #08. Charles Ray (1%, 1 Votes)
  • #09. Salvatore Buttaci (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 86

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