Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

lion-mobileNow in its thirteenth year, this contest, sponsored by Winning Writers, seeks the best in original humor poems. Published and unpublished poems of any length welcome. One poem per person, please.

Entry Fee: NONE

Deadline: April 1, 2014

Prizes: $1000 for top prize; 10 honorable mentions for $100 each.

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Video Trailer: Crosswind

CrosswindLife on Earth is much improved since the pagan gods’ return. As conflict has eased around the world, more money is being spent on humanitarian goals. But the former ruling class is about to stage a last-ditch effort to bring the old system back. In response, the gods have recruited three humans to help them fight back — but Tess, Darrell and Sue must find a way past their own flaws first.

Crosswind: Land, Sea, Sky Book 1, the urban fantasy tale by Lynne Cantwell, is available from Amazon.com, Smashwords, and Amazon UK and other online booksellers.

Don’t forget, you can cast your vote for trailer of the month on February 22, 2014 at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

PublishAmerica Changes Its Name, but Can It Change Its Stripes?

americastar2Recently, Victoria Strauss wrote a post for Writer Beware about a change at PublishAmerica. If you’re not familiar with PA, they are one of the most seductive of vanity publishers, primarily because they promise so much and require no up-front payment from authors, blurring the definition of vanity publishing just enough to make it sound good. When I first stumbled onto them over a decade ago, they blared in very large type across their webpage, “We don’t want your money! We want your book!”

And they did, and were very happy to have it.

I won’t lie; I fell for it. While I had had several books traditionally published by then, I still had several unsold manuscripts and uploaded one; they gobbled it up. It sure seemed like a win-win. It didn’t take too long before I was disabused of that notion. Continue reading “PublishAmerica Changes Its Name, but Can It Change Its Stripes?”