Guidance from the Dark Scribe – July 2011

You can read my article, ‘When it’s NOT Writer’s Block’, in Issue #13 of Morpheus Tales’ Supplement Edition by clicking here

This is actually the last atricle I’ll be writing for this particular column.  Hope you enjoy.

Why I Do What I Do

I’ve gotten a few emails about this, so I figured it was time to post something about my writing, editing anthologies, and my role as Acquisitions Editor of Ambrotos Press.

As I touched on in my article for Morpheus Tales #11, it’s all about diversifying yourself.  This also goes into why I don’t ever see myself having an agent.  Reason being; I really do enjoy all aspects of the publishing world – from writing a story, editing them, or working with a publisher on the business side of things.  I find the process of each thing fascinating, and I think if you follow me on here or on Facebook, you’ll see how passionate I am about it all.  I enjoy crafting a story just as much as working with another author to get their short story, novella or novel into print.  I dig working with cover artists on my own stuff and that of others.  Pretty much the whole thing.  I can’t speak for the other genres, but folks in the horror realm are some of the nicest and most down to earth people I have ever met.  I love this world, even though it does make my blood pressure rise sometimes, and it’s always been my dream to do it fulltime (though some ask how I work two jobs and find time to write…to which I reply…Red Bull) one day – which I have no doubt will happen. 

The point of all this is; yes, I am still writing (which can be seen by the number of books I have coming out over the next two years), being the Editor for anthologies AND running Ambrotos Press.

Welcome to my world.  This is only the beginning.


Guidance from the Dark Scribe – January 2011

You can read the article, ‘The Other Side(s) of Writing’, in Issue #11 by clicking here.  The article starts on Page 4.

This may be just the kick in the ass that you need to get off your duff in 2011 and start writing like a loon that’s just broke outta the bin.

Laymon’s Rules of Writing

“Laymon’s Rules of Writing” is a slightly revised version of a chapter from, A Writer’s Tale, published by Deadline Press in 1998 (I’m actually lucky enough to own a copy of this).  You can read the aforementioned version here.

As a side note – yes, I have posted this before, and yes, I’m doing it again because I think it speaks a shit ton of truth for writers in every genre.

Oh, and because the 2nd and last ‘Richard Laymon Book Contest’ of 2010 is coming tomorrow…anyone like vampires?!  (hint hint)  Stay tuned…

Ty-ing Up the Genre with Elizabeth Massie

This month, ‘Ty-ing Up the Genre’ on Hellnotes dot com, brought in Elizabeth Massie to write a guest article – ‘My Own Ghosts and Why I Love (All But One Of) Them’. 

Click here to read it.

A Yearly Ritual

Today is my birthday – I’m 33 to be exact.  One year ago, I did a post with the same title – A Yearly Ritual – where I looked at what I currently have going on and my goals for the next 12 months.  Well, instead of listing the seven…yes, that’s 7 books, I have coming out in the next year and a half (as of right now – though I am extremely close to signing a contract to book #8) you can check out everything that’s forthcoming under the Published Works page.  Needless to say – I think I’ve exceeded my goals from last year.

So, what’s in store for the next 12 months, you ask?

  • Have an already completed novella picked up by a ‘certain’ publisher
  • Have an already completed novel picked up by a ‘certain’ publisher
  • Continue to pitch a novella idea to a ‘certain’ publisher
  • Continue to pitch a column idea to a ‘certain’ magazine
  • Finalize a novella idea to a ‘certain’ publisher
  • Sign on the dotted line for previously mentioned book #8 in the coming week or two
  • Finish the short stories for my 2nd short story collection, On Dark, Lonely Nights
  • and last but not least…continue to turn-in all completed mss to my publishers on time (which they all know I’m good for!)

Yes, yes, before you even comment and say something such as, “what’s up with all the vague stuff.”  All I can say is, “you’ll just have to wait and see, because this is the name of the game right now…and that you’ll be happy you stuck around for the ride.”

And to the 100+ birthday wishes on Facebook…I thank you!!