Crystal Lake Publishing’s new series of essays for writers kicked off today with WRITERS ON WRITING: VOLUME ONE, available now on Kindle for an introductory price of 99 cents. The 99 cent price will remain in effect today and tomorrow before increasing to its regular price of $2.99. Here’s the lineup for this volume:
Learn the craft of writing from those who know it best.
This is Writers On Writing – An Author’s Guide, where your favorite authors share their secrets in the ultimate guide to becoming – and being – an author.
In this first volume you’ll find in-depth essays from authors such as Jack Ketchum, Brian Hodge, Mercedes M. Yardley, Tim Waggoner, Jasper Bark, Kevin Lucia, Monique Snyman, Todd Keisling, and Dave-Brendon de Burgh. Edited by Joe Mynhardt.
- “The Infrastructure of the Gods: 11 Signposts for Going all the Way” by Brian Hodge“The Writer’s Purgatory: Between Finishing the First Draft and Submitting the Manuscript” by Monique Snyman
- “Why Rejection is Still Important” by Kevin Lucia
- “Real Writers Steal Time” by Mercedes M. Yardley“What Right Do I Have to Write” by Jasper Bark
- “Go Pace Yourself” by Jack Ketchum
- “A Little Infusion of Magic” by Dave-Brendon de Burgh
- “Never Look Away: Confronting Your Fears in Fiction” by Todd Keisling
- “Once More With Feeling” by Tim Waggoner
Writers On Writing is an ongoing series of 15,000 to 20,000 word eBooks, with original ‘On Writing’ essays by writing professionals. A new edition will be launched every few months. Future volumes will include essays by the likes of Kealan Patrick Burke, Richard Thomas, Mark Scioneaux, Rena Mason, J.G. Faherty, William Meikle, Lucy A. Snyder, Kate Jonez, Chantal Noordeloos, Taylor Grant, Gary McMahon, Lori Michelle, Robert W. Walker, Brian Kirk, Lisa Morton, Lynda E. Rucker, Maria Alexander, and many more.
I’m deeply honored to be a part of this collection, and I’m immensely grateful for Joe Mynhardt’s invitation to contribute. So what are you waiting for? Go read it!
I wanted to post an update here during the week but I had a number of things going on. I’m submitting my proof here for your scrutiny:
I signed my contract with Crystal Lake Publishing for their upcoming anthology WRITERS ON WRITING: VOLUME ONE. I’m really honored to be a part of this. Not only does it include a bunch of authors I respect and is being compiled by an incredible publisher, it’s also my first sale of non-fiction. The editor told me it will be released in a matter of days, so if you’re interested in this one, I urge you to keep your eyes peeled.
I threw down some words on Monochrome #3. I can’t actually show you because that would, you know, spoil things. You’ll just have to trust me. I also had a call with Amelia last week to discuss something I had in mind for the plot’s structure, but I think I’m going to stick with what I know instead of experimenting with something that may not work in execution. Maybe for the next non-Monochrome novel . . .
We sold 15 shirts! It’s not quite 25, but it’s not zero, either. Many thanks to all of you who ordered shirts! Teespring tells me they should arrive by the end of the month, and I can’t wait to see them. Please send pictures when you do.
I have two copies of ALT and one copy of TLM left in my Storenvy shop. If you’d like a signed paperback, you should get on that before they’re gone. I don’t know when I’ll order more.
I finally got around to framing prints of my book covers. I still have to get a print of the ULT cover, though.
Okay, I think that’s about it for now. I hope you all have a great weekend.
On Friday I announced an upcoming publication in a new series by Crystal Lake Publishing. My contribution is an essay about using your fears in fiction, which is something I’ve got experience with, as I usually end up doing it in some form or fashion in pretty much every story I write. Anyway, I used a sample of ALT to demonstrate one of the essay’s points (I’ll let you guess which scene), and that got me thinking a lot about where I was at the time when I wrote it.
So many people tell me that ALT is a positive story, how it inspired them, and so on. And I think that’s wonderful. But it wasn’t like that for me when I wrote it. That book–the whole trilogy, really–comes from a dark place. Me and Erica were barely scraping by. She’d just lost her job, which put more of a burden on my shoulders to cover the bills. The job I had–the infamous law firm–was awful, to the point that I’d have panic attacks about going into work every morning. I was young and didn’t really understand my own brain back then, but now I know that I was in the clutches of depression. I considered suicide once or twice, and the only reason I didn’t is because I didn’t want to put that kind of burden on Erica.
I’m in a much better place now. I have been for a while. But listening to this live performance of “La Mer” and what Mr. Reznor had to say about the song’s origins, combined with my work on the essay, just brought a lot of those memories back.
“I’m afraid to go back to that place because it feels kind of haunted to me.”
I think that’s one of the reasons why I put off working on the final Monochrome book for so long. But I’m going to go back to confront those demons . . . and to finish what I started.
Joe Mynhardt, the editor for Crystal Lake Publishing, approached me a couple of months ago about contributing to a new series called WRITERS ON WRITING. I was excited about the prospect because Crystal Lake does good work–just take a look at Kevin Lucia’s latest release, as well as Horror 101: The Way Forward–so of course I said yes.
I sent a draft of my essay to Joe on Wednesday night, and he accepted it for publication on Thursday afternoon. The essay is called “Never Look Away: Confronting Your Fears in Fiction,” and it will appear in the first volume of the series along such names as Jack Ketchum, Brian Hodge, Monique Snyman, Jasper Bark, and a few others which have yet to be announced. I’m deeply honored and excited to be a part of this project, and I can’t wait to see the final product when it’s released. Speaking of which, the first volume should be released sometime next month. For more information, check out the page at Crystal Lake’s website.
P.S. There’s just nine days left to order a Monochrome T-shirt. Get on that.
Meet Joe Bannerman. I’ve never met this guy in person, but I know him online. He’s one of my readers. A few months ago, Joe suffered a stroke and had to undergo an emergency surgical procedure called Parietal Temporal Craniotomy. The surgery was a success, but the aftermath has taken its toll on him. The stroke left him partially paralyzed on his left side, necessitating intensive physical rehabilitation.
Admittedly, I wasn’t in the loop on most of this–I just knew that he’d had to have surgery and that he was on a long road to recovery. I learned the details today when he shared a GoFundMe campaign on Facebook. The campaign was set up to help his family with the onslaught of medical bills that have started to roll in. Having dealt with that same onslaught myself just a couple of years ago, I know all too well how quickly the bills can pile up and overwhelm a person.
So, to help out Joe and his family, I’m going to share the GoFundMe campaign here. Give a buck, give ten bucks, give a hundred–it doesn’t matter. Every cent is one more than they had before. And if you can’t spare a penny, maybe you can spare a few seconds to share this campaign with others. Every little bit helps.
Thanks for your time, folks.
For those of you who aren’t in the loop, Zachary Walters (aka Z-Dubbz) is a book reviewer for the horror podcast The Mouths of Madness. Last week, he sent me an email with some questions about why I’m putting the ULT series on hiatus. One email led to another, and then suddenly an interview happened. Here’s an excerpt:
TK: I made a commitment to readers about three years ago when my second novel was published. That book ended on a cliffhanger, and I promised I’d return to finish Donovan Candle’s story after I’d taken some time off to work on other things. Those other things turned out to be the ULT series, which grew to be something bigger than I expected it would. Earlier this year I realized that I only have enough bandwidth to focus on one or the other, so I had to make a judgment call.
ZDubbz: Was this a difficult decision to make?
TK: It was. The ULT series defied my expectations and became more successful than I imagined it would. It’s been a fun ride and I’m hesitant to bring it to a halt, but the Monochrome’s calling my name.
ZDubbz: Are you leaving any ULT stories unfinished? If so, are you concerned with losing touch, losing momentum, with these stories, and do you expect any difficulty in reconnecting in the future?
TK: Oh yes. I have incomplete drafts of seven other stories that will eventually see the light of day. Combined with ULT #5 and ULT #6, they will complete the second volume of the series. Honestly, I’m not all that concerned with losing touch or momentum. Hell, ULT #3 was in various states of progress for about four years before I completed it. ULT #4 dates back to 2007. Sometimes these stories need longer to cook. They’ll be ready when they’re ready, you know?