Magical Words Link Roundup 09-29-2016

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Here are a few options for the booksellers in your life.

Our very own A. J. Hartley’s interview continues at Airship Ambassador.

Strange California is “26 tales of strangeness, lavishly illustrated, that will pull you into another world, a world where migrant girls stand up to witches who live in orange groves, where trickster magpies try to steal souls from Russian sisters in the early days of Fort Bragg, where water is both currency and predator, and Gold Rush-era ghosts wander the streets of San Francisco alongside panther ladies”.

Mocha Memoirs Press is accepting submissions for their upcoming project, Curious Incidents: More Improbable Adventures, an anthology of paranormal stories featuring Sherlock Holmes. Deadline is October 14!

Joshua Palmatier’s series on creating an anthology continues with Step 8: The Cover.

Rachel Aaron talks about Planning Your Edit Like A Pro

Have you listened to The Black Tapes? Why not? And speaking of that, you need to listen to TANIS, too.

You’ve been lost for days, when you come upon this house. What do you do?

WE FUNDED! The Robots, Water and Death anthologies will happen, which means the Open Call for submissions is live. (If you meant to pledge but haven’t yet, there is still a little time.)

Magical Words Link Roundup 09-28-2016


Our friend A. J. Hartley is interviewed at Airship Ambassador about his wonderful book Steeplejack.

Eight rules of writing from Neil Gaiman

A couple of days ago, someone was ridiculous enough to tell a writer of some small fame that she should not post anything political on her Facebook. Chuck Wendig had a thought about that.

Joshua Palmatier’s series continues with Step 7: Copy Edits!

I’ll bet you don’t know why the word “Tonto” is so offensive. Native Circle answers that, and other questions, so you can be fully aware before you write.

If you’re looking for some scary fun this weekend, you can go to the ConCarolinas Zombie Walk and Pokemon Crawl in downtown Gastonia NC!

Signed books just got harder to sell in California.

Magical Words Link Roundup 09-27-2016

It’s Banned Books Week! Go to your library and borrow something thrilling today!

Joshua Palmatier, of Zombies Need Brains, brings us another installment in his series on creating an anthology – The Table of Contents! And if you haven’t already heard, his latest project, a three-anthology campaign, is still live. Don’t wait – there are only two days left for you to pledge to Robots, Water and Death!

Hold Onto the Light has a website now.

Are you a geek? Do you like to have geeky fun? Then the Geek Gala is made for you! There are still tickets available, and we’d love to see you there.

After learning that writer Stephen King has faced death threats in real life, James Patterson decided not to release his upcoming novel, The Murder of Stephen King. Gosh, that’s awful sensitive of him.

Here’s a great interview with the publisher of The Weird Wild West, Danielle Ackley-McPhail of eSpec Books!

I fell in love with Tim Powers’ book, The Anubis Gates. I fell so hard that I started buying used copies to give to people that I hoped would also love it. Apparently, I wasn’t alone.

JT Glover offers some tips on finding historical and current horror/weird fiction by female authors.

What are your favorite lines from literature? Here are 51 choices.

Magical Words Link Roundup 09-26-2016

Tad Williams talks about writing hard fantasy.

Joshua Palmatier’s series on creating anthologies continues with Step Five: Editing. His latest project (which will include stories from Faith Hunter and me!) is still active. If you’ve already pledged, thank you! If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? There are only four days left!

Speaking of anthologies, Lawless Lands’ open submission call closes on the 30th. If you’re sending us a story, now’s the time.

Carrie Fisher shares the hilarious reasons General Leia and Han Solo broke up.

Aidan Moher and Corrina Lawson debate one of the pressing issues of our day: Standalone or Series?

Need a quick read? Here’s Alyssa Wong’s short story, A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers.

Bubba the Monster Hunter meets William Shakespeare meets Pokemon Go in a no-holds-barred cage match for hilarity! John Hartness has released the latest Bubba the Monster Hunter story, Midsummer, exclusively on Amazon.

Scientist Stephen Hawking believes that if aliens come calling, we should be wary of answering back.

Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series is coming to the big screen (no word on casting yet.) Who would you like to see in the role of Stark?

Some of Magical Words Folks

A bunch of us will be the Cabarrus County Library, in NC, today–Saturday, 9-25.

Come see us!


Magical Words Roundup 09-23-2016

No Award talks about The Invisible Women

As mentioned in the above article, here’s The Conversation’s Friday essay: Science Fiction’s Women Problem

Joshua Palmatier’s next installment on anthology creation: Step Four: The Slush Pile. (Don’t forget, the Kickstarter for Robots, Water and Death is still live!)

My friend, author Garrett Calcaterra, shares The Best of The Machine Stops. (Here’s a hint – he’s got an interview with David B Coe and me!)

eSpec Books is holding a Piratical Flash Fiction contest! The winner will receive a free ebook copy of the eSpec Books title of their choice. Deadline is September 30.

Philomena knows absolutely nothing about Shakespeare but that won’t stop her presenting a groundbreaking documentary about him..

Magical Words Roundup 09-22-2016

If you need a site to help you meet your writing goals, you can try Pacemaker.

My friends Emily Lavin Leverett and Sarah Joy Adams have a new book out: Changeling’s Fall. from Falstaff Books! Deor’s grandmother told her that her long-lost father was more than just another deadbeat dad – he was a faerie, and she’s a Changeling, half-human, half-fae. Now Deor has to rush to Faerie in search of her missing father before his magical parting gift kills her.

People You Might See At A Con

Compulsion Games is hiring.

Joshua Palmatier continues his wonderful series on creating an anthology with Step Three: Funding. (Don’t forget to take a look at his latest Kickstarter, for Robots, Water and Death!)

To The Shelves offers tips for Chapter Endings that will pull your readers forward.

Our own David B Coe has a guest post on Gail Martin’s Disquieting Visions. Go read what he has to say about Turning Back to Epic Fantasy!