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Tips on posting HWA new releases

Those in the know, know that I moderate the new releases page on the Horror Writers Association site. If this is news to you, I hope you find that a fun fact! The following post appeared as and addendum to the May version of the newsletter, and I thought I’d post it here for future reference. Perhaps these tips will help you elsewhere, and improve future submission of new work if you are a HWA member!

Novels, collections, and even some how-to reference — from self-published, small press and well known publishers — the Horrific Minds really show the spread we have and the opportunities that writers, editors and authors have taken. On that note, I’d like to make sure everyone gets the same chance to put their best foot forward.

Some tips on posting your new release information

Make sure the links are viable. An author or publisher website is best. If your personal site or blog has a page devoted to your book, that’s great too. After that, an amazon link works great and may even be better than a purely informational link – after all, having a direct link where readers can buy your book is the point! The worst are links to facebook posts or tweets. They have a shelf-life, can be blocked due to privacy settings, or even simply turn off readers who dislike or don’t use social media.

Having a proper link to your cover image is very important. Not only to make my life easier and save us from having a back and forth over email trying to get an image in place on horror.org, but for potential future use! If your image exists online, you should be able to right-click on it and copy the image URL. This is what we need. Should you have trouble finding a good image there is help to be had from your publisher, other authors, and even the kindle community message boards. Should your image not appear online, you can upload it to image servers like photobucket, imgur, flickr, and even tumblr. The link to the page the image is on is not exactly the right thing – the link should end in .jpg or .png meaning it is the link to the image and not the html or php page.

Keep your blurb ‘blurby’. Long summaries are best saved for press releases and your book’s website or amazon listing. Here, what works best is something akin to back cover copy. In fact, that should really be exactly what you submit. The shorter version should be a couple sentences since it will be edited down if it is too long.

There may be some changes to the new release form in the future, but these tips should serve you well. If you have questions or input on the form, feel free to send an email to newreleases@horror.org anytime.

As ever, I thank you all for the time taken to submit, and to read these hints! It’s all about making your promotional posts the best they can be, especially when everyone gets to see them!

Thank you to all who listed, and please do share these free promotional listings provided to members each month. Make sure to fill out the New Release Form in the Members Only area of the HWA Web site by the 15th of each month to have your future releases posted in Recently Born Of Horrific Minds! I’d love to include every book, but some were released too long ago to count as ‘recent’, so they may not be listed here, but appear on the ‘Members Books’ section of horror.org/new-releases-2017/.

Pray Lied Eve 2 – Now Available!

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Thank you to all my readers, friends, family and fans for the support! There is more coming all too soon, so on the heels of the recent Memento Mori reprint of ‘Tapestry’ and now Pray Lied Eve 2, more dark fiction will be at your door soon enough.  I am awfully proud of this little book, which represents the short horror I have written this year.  Both the Kindle and paperback are there, and if you get the physical copy, you can then get the ebook free. That’s always been the way I’d like books to be so here you go.

If you have any input or questions, let me know, and do leave a review on goodreads, amazon or your blog or wherever you like.

You can find the listing here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NB0YCD7 and more on my author page http://amazon.com/author/lydia.

The Ringer was written for and read aloud at the Wicked Library’s Halloween special. You can download or listen to the episode read by author, friend, madman and the voice of The Librarian himself Nelson W. Pyles. Thank you to Nelson and Dan for being such tremendous support to not only me but countless other authors crawling from their basements. I’m proud to be in the Wicked Library Holding Pen among you all. Please give a listen.

Jack And The Box had bounced around in my head after seeing a prompt for carnival stories. It took a year to take shape and by then that submission call had come and gone. It likely would not have fit in that particular box anyhow.

Midway Park was written for a Halloween anthology, as was Hopscotch Halloween . Both have elements I will revisit someday-the child’s game and the park built over mass graves-as they are just too fun to pass up.

As Is, Where Is was written most recently. Most of the dead people’s things are still around the house somewhere.

Widow’s Wake was written the night before reading it at the first Rue Morgue Dark Carnival Sic Fic competition. While not entirely fictional, I wish it were. The story had written itself over and over in my mind for a decade and I am very pleased to have it out.

Short tales of confusion, fear, and hopelessness.

Horror, weird tales, quiet stories of the supernatural… call them what you will, these six stories serve as a following to the first three dark offerings of Pray Lied Eve. This second installment is longer and delves more deeply into realms perhaps best left undisturbed. Sadness, thoughts of revenge, scenes of torture; many people find themselves exploring these things alone so Pray Lied Eve will offer to be your guide.

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Can Con 2015 Notes and Links

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Three days of following and participating in this past weekend’s writers conference have come to a close. Since it was uncommonly busy for me being on Halloween I opted to not bring books or promotional materials as a way of simplifying. Seeing as I did get to spend almost enough time reading and watching scary movies as I wanted, it all worked out even though I wasn’t present in the dealers room or at after-parties.

To further ease that, here is a list of some of the books and podcasts mentioned in the panels I was on. This conference offers some really great workshops, panels and reading from mainly fantasy and science fiction work, but does have some really rich horror content. Often these genres are blended and as much as I’d love a horror-only event such as this, having Can-Con here in Ottawa makes it so easily accessible.

Horror Reading panel:

  • Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen and the Criminally Insane, edited by John Skipp – specifically ‘Jesse’ by Steve Rasnic Tem and ‘Life With Father’ by Bentley Little on Amazon
  • The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology, edited by Richard Thomas – specifically ‘Father, Son, Holy Rabbit’ by Stephen Graham Jones on Amazon
  • Carnal Surgery, by Edward Lee, a collection of gory and boundary-pushing short stories on Amazon
  • People Live Still in Cashtown Corners, by Tony Burgess on Amazon
  • Something Red podcast
  • This Is Horror podcast
  • Horror Writer’s Association new releases
  • The Wicked Library episode Bad Shepherd by Lydia Peever

Ghost Story panel:

  • Ghosts by Hans Holzer, if not his entire body of work on Amazon
  • Growing up Haunted by Alexandra Holzer, Hans’ daughter on Amazon
  • Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse by Otsuichi, on Amazon
  • The Entity by Frank De Felitta, on Amazon and the film from 1980 to be remade by James Wan
  • Kettle Whistle Radio episode 35 Talkin’ Ghosts and the episode 118 where we discuss The Entity

In both I mentioned the podcast I co-host with Wes Knipe, Dead Air, part of splatterpictures.net and my favourite horror film and discussion podcast Bind Torture Kast. The stories I’ve written that were mentioned can be found in my small collection Pray Lied Eve, and the West Pigeon Press anthology For When The Veil Drops. For other works, check out my Amazon author page or find me on Goodreads.

Thanks!