Writing

Scenes that Stayed by Brian Fatah Steele (Guest Blog)

Before I found my calling as a writer, I was a visual artist. In fact, I initially went to school for Fine Arts at Kent State University back in the mid-1990’s. However, part of the reason I never finished with an art degree was because the professors didn’t care for my oft-preferred subject matter. I(…)

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Fossil Lake Anthology TOC

This was announced last month and I’d mentioned it on my Facebook, but I had completely neglected to say anything on my blog about it. Lemme fix that right now: I’m honored to be included in the upcoming Fossil Lake Anthology, edited by Christine Morgan and as you’ll see, I will be in very good(…)

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My thoughts on the great Kobo book nuke.

It’s been a month now since Kobo freaked out about news of selling extra-obscene filth and their answer was “nuke the self-published titles and any small press publishers that sell erotica from orbit… only way to be sure.” The best breakdown of the situation, imo, can be found here, so please give it a read(…)

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Excerpt from Tabloid Terrors 2

We’re coming up on the weekend so I thought I’d offer another long excerpt from one of my stories, this time “A Very Squishy Date Rape: Sog Monkeys After Dark” found in Tabloid Terrors 2: Nessie Tried to Pimp My Wife. For those unfamiliar with the Tabloid Terrors trilogy, they’re anthologies that parody the tabloids.(…)

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Nook Press

Well, Barnes & Noble has finally done something smart by calling their e-publishing service “Nook Press.” If they’d had any sense to begin with, they would have done this in the beginning, rather than calling it something that completely separates the service from the company or e-reader, “PubIt.” I can just imagine how it must(…)

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Awards

Awards can be a beautiful thing. For authors, they can be a sign of appreciation from your readers and receiving one is truly an honor. The problem? It usually doesn’t work out that way. There are some genuine ones out there, so don’t get me wrong, but here are the cold truths about the vast(…)

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Advances

Here is an opinion that states if a publisher says they’ll offer no advance to a writer, they’re basically shit and think you’re dumb, etc. But here is something he said that especially stood out for me in his comments section: Because in my opinion there is no good reason not to pay the writer first.(…)

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Plagiarist alert!

Take a look HERE at Misty Wright, aka Esther Lam, author of Assassin’s Love, published on Kindle August 24, 2012. If you will, download the free Kindle Sample and read a bit. Just don’t buy it! Here’s the first paragraph: It was one in the morning when she made the county line and the blue(…)

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Kindle and changing ebook prices

A while back, there was some outrage going around about teh ebil Amazon empire and their treacherous ways with lowering Kindle prices on some ebooks, which may or may not affect royalty payments. One author, we’ll call him John Doe, went on for weeks about it. He’d published an ebook through Kindle and one day,(…)

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Phone call from Pacione!

I just received my very first threatening phone call from Nickolaus Pacione! It was hilarious! The conversation went something like this: JB: Hello? NP: Why you trying to ruin my company? JB: What? Oh! Is this Nick? NP: Look, asshole, don’t publish any book called “Lake Fossil.” JB: Okay. *silence*   JB: Still there, bud?(…)

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Love from Nickolaus Pacione

I’m certainly not the first to get hate mail from the deranged idiot, Nickolaus Pacione. After all, he steadily goes after such greats as Brian Keene, Poppy Z. Brite, and Ray Garton, to name but a few. But tonight I got some love from him, and he not only goes after me, but my wife.(…)

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Ego boost

Don’t worry. It’s not going to my head. But it was a fun app to play. What do you get? I write like Stephen King I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing! I’d pasted in a few paragraphs from my serial, Fear the Woods: It started to rain thick, stinging drops.(…)

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New Fear the Woods review!

Thank you Shroud Magazine and Anton Cancre for posting a great review of Fear the Woods Book One: How to Make a Vampire. READ IT HERE! And he was dead-on about the fun 80s horror influence. BUY IT HERE!

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