We Did It!

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Y’all, I’m so proud and thrilled to say that The Weird Wild West Kickstarter funded successfully! If you were one of the wonderful backers, thank you so very much! We couldn’t have done this without you, and we’re so excited to bring you a book of incredible and thrilling stories soon.

But here’s the really good part…we managed to reach two of our stretch goals, which means that we’ll be opening SIX submission slots! We’re accepting submissions now, so if you have an idea for a great weird western story, now’s the time to write it, polish it, and send it to us.

All submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point, in .doc or .docx format. Stories should be between 3,000 and 9,000 words. No multiple or simultaneous submissions, and please, no reprints.

We seek stories of the Wild West in all its glory but with that […]

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There’s Stories In Them There Hills!

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Y’all, I’m so excited to announce this, I can hardly sit still! Our wonderful publisher, eSpec Books, has come up with some bonus stories to offer everyone who backs the Weird Wild West kickstarter, and it’s pretty incredible.

For each $500 sub-goal we reach ($3500, $4000, $4500, $5000), all backers will immediately receive a bonus bundle of digital fiction with prizes from Gail Z. Martin, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Cynthia Ward, and Ragnarok Publishing, among others. Right this minute, we’re $134 away ftom breaking our first subgoal!

When we hit our goal of $5500, one backer at the $20 or higher level will receive a package of promotional goodies, plus the following mega-western pack of movies and classic TV:

Paul Serenity High Plains Drifter Joe Kidd Two Mules for Sister Sara Tombstone The Outlaw Josey Wales Pale Rider Lone Ranger (12 classic episodes) Shotgun Slade (eight episodes) Zorro (24 episodes) The Cisco […]

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The Weird Wild West Needs Homesteaders!

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Hey y’all! I hope the holidays treated everyone well, and that you were fortunate enough to spend at least some of the time with people you like who like you back!

I’m back again to talk about our Kickstarter. We’re pleased that so many folks believe in us enough to pledge a little money, and we hope that we reach our goal so that we can bring you all some incredible stories. The first volume will feature thrilling tales by R S Belcher, Tonia Brown, Diana Pharaoh Francis, John Hartness, Gail Martin, James Tuck, Jonathan Maberry and me. But we’ll also have space for some of you!

If we reach our initial funding goal, we’ll offer up four open submission spots. We’re very excited to see what you all can imagine, but it will only happen if we reach that goal. You can help us along. Pledge if you can, […]

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Things Other People Said

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It’s holiday week at the Massey homestead, which means that I’m going to be going a little crazy for the next few days. I figured I’d do something else a little fun today…some of my favorite quotes from Westerns (weird and otherwise!)

Our Kickstarter is still moving along. We’re about 30% funded, which is wonderful. If you haven’t read down that far, I want to mention that if we can somehow manage to overfund our goal, we’ll be offering a second volume, featuring stories from our very own Faith Hunter, and friends of MW Barb Hendee, Laura Anne Gilman and many more. So if you haven’t shared the link around, please do!

One other bit of news…Emily Leverett, Margaret McGraw, Danielle Ackley-McPhail and I will be guests on tonight’s Talk of the Tavern podcast radio show! You can listen live tonight at 9 pm, or you can download the show […]

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Things You Didn’t Know About The Wild West

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One week in, and the Weird Wild West Kickstarter is not only 22% funded, but was named a Staff Pick on the very first day! It’s going to be a great book – we have amazing writers lined up to craft stories for you – and if we can manage to fund for the second volume, we’ll have more stories by even more great writers!

Today I thought I’d entertain you with some interesting bits of information about the Wild West. This might be your chance to win at Jeopardy! Or even more likely, one of the following wacky facts might spark your ideas enough to get a story started. Did I mention that there’ll be open submission slots in The Weird Wild West if we fund successfully? There will be, so share the link with your friends!


Whiskey had a number of names during the days of the […]

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The Weird Wild West

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Back in the summer, while standing in the hallway after a raucous session of Live Action Slush (it’s a panel we do – loads of fun and definitely something you should check out if you come to ConCarolinas next year) Emily Leverett, Margaret McGraw and I were talking about weird westerns. Ideas were flying fast and furious, and all of a sudden, before we really had a chance to think about it, the three of us were agreeing to edit an anthology of western fantasy stories. Over the next few months, we approached publishers and writers until we found one we were happy with – Danielle Ackley-McPhail, of eSpec Books. The quickest way to get the ball rolling seemed to be trying a Kickstarter to fund the project, so we had photos made, arranged pledge rewards and stretch goals from our committed authors, created a video and built the site. […]

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Home From Atomacon

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I was fortunate enough to be a guest at Atomacon last weekend in Charleston SC. It was the second year for this con, and I was happy to see that attendance increased by a noticeable margin. (It would be way cool to see some of you guys there next year!)

I appeared on several panels, one of which was “Ten Things That Will Make An Editor Stop Reading”. It was based on things we covered during the Live Action Slush panels at ConCarolinas (for those of you who weren’t there, we asked people to submit the first page of their work without their names attached. David, Faith and I listened while one of our intrepid readers read the work aloud. As we heard something that would make us stop reading, we raised our hands. Once all three hands were raised, we stopped the reading and discussed what we felt needed […]

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