I don’t usually post about Kicksters but I felt this one could be of interest. ‘Full Bleed’ is a new quarterly magazine brought by a new division of IDW which will have a focus on the creative community. They’ll obviously be primarily checking out some of the bigger names out there and might give some unique perspective and insight to how they work. I thought it was interesting enough to share all of the details with you!
You can check out the full press release below:
IDW Publishing’s Dirk Wood announced the first project to come out of the publisher’s new Portland office and WOODWORKS imprint to a packed house at Rose City Comic Con this past weekend, getting strong positive reactions for both the art and content revealed, and a unique distribution plan. Premiering today on Kickstarter is the new division’s flagship publication: FULL BLEED!
FULL BLEED is a brand-new quarterly, print-only, 200-page hardcover magazine, curated and edited by IDW Publishing’s Dirk Wood alongside CEO and Publisher, Ted Adams. Bringing together the very best in comics, fiction, non-fiction, in-depth interviews, opinion, history, think-pieces, and more, FULL BLEED will be a reading experience like no other. Shot through an international lens, but filtered through the unique perspective of the IDW:PDX satellite office in Portland, Oregon, FULL BLEED will tackle all aspects of the creative culture, and beyond — comics, music, film, television, fine art, photography, design, politics, and more. FULL BLEED seeks true and total diversity through its content, creators and contributors, as well as genre and format.
“IDW is always at its best when we’re breaking new ground and FULL BLEED is the latest example,” says Adams. “Not only is it a great magazine, but I’m also excited about the way we’re launching it. We’re not using Kickstarter to crowdsource funds in the usual sense, because IDW doesn’t need to raise money that way. We’re using Kickstarter to appeal directly to readers and, in an unprecedented and revolutionary way, we’ve worked it out so comic shops can order the books via Kickstarter and have them fulfilled by Diamond. We’re always looking for new ways to sell our books and comics, and we won’t stop until everyone on Earth with a bookshelf knows what IDW can do.”
“This project is a dream come true. Working with such an amazing group of creators, on such a labor of love, is so much fun,” says Wood. “If you think we’ve got a lot of crazy-good content lined up for the first one, just wait until you see what’s coming.”
FULL BLEED is the premiere publication from IDW’s new Oregon-based imprint; WOODWORKS. Following the December launch, IDW & WOODWORKS will be creating a campaign to help Traveling Stories, a charity dedicated to children’s literacy and “outsmarting poverty one book at a time,” as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, to help with their continued work for literacy and libraries. WOODWORKS aims to make “smart books for smart people,” with the hope of “helping to make a few more smart people.”
FULL BLEED launches on Kickstarter today with the first volume scheduled for release in early December.
Hi All, I’m back with some more self-doubt fighting words. I know, it’s been a long time since my last post, but I’ve been busy with finishing the third draft of my novel, which took longer to finish than planned, but the third draft is now completed.
So, what do I have for you today? Well, three years ago, I wrote a post titled, ‘The Doubts of Others’. In this post, I talked about how, for some of us writers, there are people out there who feel that we are wasting our time in trying to achieve this dream. Well, that was three years ago, and since then I have had more short stories published and won competitions, but still, there are people out there who belittle my achievements and see my writing as a joke. As I mentioned in the last post, it’s hard enough fighting your own negative thoughts without having to deal with other people’s negative opinions because this only releases Mr Self Doubt. So, today, I want to tell you (and myself) that it’s time to ignore the negative voices.
How do you ignore the negative voices, you ask? Well, I have my famous five tips for you:
Remember, you don’t need anyone’s permission to write – this is an important point because many of us will feel that we need people’s approval to write, and so when we don’t get it we stop writing. The only permission you need to write is your own. If writing makes you happy, if it’s your dream to get published and see your book in a bookshop window, then go for it, and don’t let anyone stop you. It’s your life. You need to do what makes you happy.
Call yourself a writer – no one will believe that you are a writer if you don’t believe it yourself. If you tell people that you do this ‘writing thing’ then you will only encourage them to not take your writing seriously. And even though your writing isn’t important to them it is still important to you, so don’t trivialise what you do. Stand up and tell people, ‘I’m a writer, and I’m proud of that.’ I’m glad to say that I finally call myself a writer because that’s what I do. I’m not a published novelist, yet, but I am a writer.
Don’t waste your energy with anger – it’s understandable that you would want to rip out people’s throats for mocking what you do, but anger only hurts you. So don’t waste your time being angry and thinking about all the terrible things you can do to that person (some of us are horror writers for a reason lol). Instead, accept that these people don’t believe that you will succeed, but don’t let them make you quit.
Focus on the positive voices – you may have people who think you’re wasting your time and not take your writing seriously, but there will be people out there who do. So, don’t focus on the negative people, instead focus on the people who go to your writing events, who celebrate when you are published, and who tell you that you can do this when you feel like you can’t. And if you don’t have anyone like that then you can always find them via writing groups or online. I’m lucky because I have more people in my life who believe in me than I do who don’t believe in me. They see and know that I’m working hard, and it’s those people that I plan to focus on, and you should do the same, even if there’s only one person in your life who believes in you.
Keep writing – yes, this is what you should definitely do. Actually, this should be point one, but I thought it would be a nice way to end the post. You will never achieve your dreams if you stop writing, so don’t listen to the negative voices. Instead, focus on your path and continue with it. And hey, you can always use those negative people to inspire a villain (or victim) in your stories – just make sure that they won’t recognise that it’s them. And when you do have a novel published, you should send them a signed copy of your book.
So there you have it, five tips on how to ignore the negative voices, and none of them involved any violence. There are many reasons why people will put you down for following your dreams, one of the reasons is jealousy because unlike them, you have the courage and determination to pursue your dream. So don’t waste your time with those negative people, instead focus on what truly matters.
Keep writing folks!
To end this post, here is another inspirational quote:
“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions” – Will Smith
Derek – Well I am 33 years young, I am married to my beautiful wife and I have two amazing daughters. They are the driving force behind all that I do. I am currently a Registered Nurse and work full time. I was in the Army as an Airborne Infantryman. I am a really big fan of Batman. I love football both watching and playing.
Liz – How long have you been a writer for?
Derek – Now that is a bit more of a difficult question, I mean I would say my whole life but I suppose you want me narrow that down a bit. I have always been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I read the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan when I was 15 and it changed my life. I began devouring books after that, and I think it was Stephen King who said something to the extent, that “you can only read for so long before you have to write your own story.”
So, when I was 29, I decided it was time to start checking on items off my bucket list. This included completely my first triathlon, completing the swim Alcatraz duathlon, and writing a book.
Liz – That’s some impressive bucket list items right there! What do you enjoy most about writing?
Derek – When I was younger, I remember reading this book and being transported to another world. So, for me writing is my chance to share the journey with the reader. I work very hard to make sure that I transport my readers into my world.
Liz – You’re first novel, Until the End, was released last year digitally and will be released in paperback later this year – can you tell us what it’s about?
Derek – At its essence it is a journey about the lengths that a father would go to for his daughter. Of course, it is told of the course of an outbreak of a virus that causes people to become flesh eating monsters. I mean if you are thinking to yourself, Zombies, you are on the right path.
So the reason behind the waited release of the paperback version is due to some of the feedback that I have gotten from my readers. I am currently working on some edits, I want to make sure that it is in its most perfect form when it is put on paper.
Liz – What was the inspiration behind it?
Derek – The idea of what I would do my daughters, there is no question, there is nothing that I would not do for them.
Liz – The unbreakable Daddy/Daughter bond! How long did it take you to write, from planning right through to now?
Derek – Too long, but I suppose that is the story of many authors. The idea started when I was 29 and I would say that is still an ongoing process. Another quote from Stephen King, a story is never finished as long as the writer is alive. Basically, I think that as you become a better writer there are always going to be things that you are going to want to improve.
Liz – We can be our own worst enemies…What made you decide to self-publish?
Derek – For me, I didn’t really see any other option to get my book out, as I have gotten more into writing, I realize that there are other avenues but it worked for me.
Liz – How have you found that whole process?
Derek – Self-Publishing has been an amazing process. I like the way that Amazon makes it very easy to see how my book is performing. The control that I have over pricing and sales. I think it is a great way to reach readers.
Liz – You’re currently working on a collection of short stories and poems – is there a central theme? Or is it a collection of work you have accumulated over time?
Derek – True Horror, every story that I write is something true or something that could happen. I have always been afraid of the darkness of human nature.
Liz – It’s the scariest kind of horror, I think! In your spare time you enjoy photography, in particular horror photography. What does that entail and how to you prepare your shoots?
Derek – I have always enjoyed photography, trying to get the perfect shot. I recently came across Joshua Hoffine’s work. It is amazing and inspiring. So, I have decided to try my hand at that and see what I can come up with. I’ll have to get back to on what it entails exactly.
Liz – You also spend time in Cosplay a Batman, The Dark Knight – why Batman?
Andrew – I have always been a huge fan of Batman, I mean the story of a tortured hero, what’s not to like?
Liz – How did you get into entertaining children in hospitals and schools? Was it a natural progression of the cosplay, or was it something you were doing first?
Derek – I got into it with the intention of wanting to do something nice. After watching the story of Lenny B. Robinson, who was a cosplayer who dressed up visiting hospitals before his untimely death. I thought it was such an awesome thing that he was doing and said to myself, hey I can do that. So, I got to work and put my costume together. It has been such an amazing experience, the people that I have got to meet and interact with because of it.
Liz – That’s amazing, I’m sure your visits are greatly appreciated. I have to ask – you’re the self-appointed ‘Bob’s Burger’s’ Biggest Fan – what makes you so? And what is about the show that you enjoy so much?
Derek – Yes the self-appointed, biggest ‘Bob’s Burger’s’ Fan, I am just a huge fan of the show. I love watching the show, the dark dry sense of humor, compliments my own so well. I also got to recently meet the creator and cast, it was a high point of my visit to San Diego Comic Con earlier this year.
Liz – You’ve recently become a Registered Nurse. How do you juggle the nursing and the writing?
Derek – I am blessed to be working as a nurse; fortunately I work three nights a week so I am able to spend my days with my family and my other nights writing.
Liz – Have you always wanted to be a nurse? What do enjoy most about it?
Derek – I have always known that I want to help people. I just didn’t know what avenue I would take to obtain that goal. About nine years ago I was faced with a huge decision in my life. I had been accepted to a Licensed Nurse Program and to a Police Academy. As part of the application process for the nursing program, I had requested a letter of recommendation from a doctor I worked with. He spoke with me a few days prior to me needing to make my decision. He asked me what I was going to do and I told him I was on the fence. So, he says hold on, goes to his car, comes back with a check for my nursing tuition, and tells me to go to nursing school. To this day I cannot thank him enough, I still keep in touch and talk to him now. He completely altered the direction of my life for the better.
Liz – What an amazing gift of generosity! The world needs more acts of kindness like that. Do you find inspiration for your writing in your nursing work?
Derek – I do, I have seen many things in my career as a nurse and it would be hard to not incorporate my experiences into my stories.
Liz – I see you have also directed short films! Can you tell us about them?
Derek – Yes as if I didn’t have enough things on my plate, I have recently tried my hand at writing, directing, and editing short films. You can check them out at my youtube page.
Liz – Is directing something you would like to do more of in the future?
Derek – It was a ton of fun, but a lot of work. I will be doing more yes. My mind rarely stops moving.
Liz – I certainly know that feeling! Aside from Bob’s Burger’s and Batman, who else inspires you?
Derek – If you can’t tell, Stephen King a huge inspiration for me. Robert Jordan opened up worlds for me. Raymond E. Fiest ranks among my top favourites, I actually got to meet him a few years ago. Lee Child’s ability to tell fast paced action filled stories amazes me. Frank Miller’s dark noir tales are fantastic and KC Wayland’s, We’re Alive, podcast are phenomenal. I could literally go on.
Liz – Lastly, if you could meet one person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Derek – Wow… I think it would be pretty awesome to meet, Edgar Allen Poe.
Liz – Now that is an impressive choice! Thank you so much for your time, Derek!
If you would like to contact Derek, or check out the below links.
Deadline: October 31st, 2017
Payment: 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry
NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue’s theme. We invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-write a familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all your life. We also invite art that will accompany the literature and be featured on our cover. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to some specific aspect of the source text (a character, episode, or setting). Submissions only related by a vague, general, thematic similarity are unlikely to be accepted.
NonBinary Review accepts fiction and creative non-fiction of up to 5,000 words in length, although shorter is probably better. Fiction should be double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font in a Word document or text file. Authors may submit up to 5 pieces of flash fiction, no more than 1000 words each, in this category. Please upload each piece as a separate document on this submission. Flash (fiction or CNF) is the ONLY category where multiple pieces related to the same theme may be selected for publication.
NonBinary Review accepts poetry of up to 3 pages in length. Poetry should be single spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font in a Word document or text file. You may submit up to five files with this submission, but each poem must be submitted as a separate document.
We prefer high-resolution images in JPEG, PDF, TIFF, GIF or PNG format. Visual art must be related to each issue’s theme and please attach only one file at a time. Each file must be accompanied by the artist’s bio and an artist’s statement, which should be submitted as a Word document or text file, double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font.
Your 50-word bio should be included in your cover letter. If your bio is longer than 50 words, it WILL be edited for length if your piece is selected. You may submit more than one piece, but each piece must be submitted as a separate document.
NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite) and $25 per piece of visual art, payable upon receipt of the signed publication contract. In return, we ask for worldwide serial rights and electronic publishing rights. NonBinary Review accepts previously published work as long as the original publication is clearly credited. All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears.
If you are interested in your work appearing online, please indicate on your submission that you would like to be considered for our weekly online feature, Alphanumeric. Alphanumeric pays a flat fee of $10 per piece regardless of genre or length, and adheres to the same theme and style conventions as the current reading period for NonBinary Review. Alphanumeric pieces will be published online for the 3 active months per each issue, after which, these pieces will be published as a compendium to the issue in which they were published. All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears.
Authors and artists should state in their cover letters for which issue their submission is intended. Submissions not related to an upcoming issue’s theme will be deleted unread.
Ever since we launched ‘Trembling With Fear’ I’ve seen quite a few interesting submissions from you fine folks. I’ve also noticed a few key areas that authors are not focusing on which could be easily improved and which I’ll be discussing over the course of the next year. These topics and the advice given are all intended to support your development as a writer and as a professional. I hope that you find them both useful and informative.
Today’s Topic? The Author Bio.
Quite often you will see with our submission call a request for an author bio at X number of words. It is something that we actually request is sent in with the initial submission (note: not reading guidelines is a problem in itself. I can’t tell you how many submissions haven’t had a bio included.) The idea of the bio itself is straight forward. It is a quick down and dirty biography to tell the world, the publisher, and the readers who you are.
Why Is The Author Bio Important?
The author bio is made to grab attention and has a two-fold purpose. On the one hand, it is trying to grab the editor’s attention to tell them a little about why you and your story matter. On the other, it is also meant to pique the interest of the reader who has taken the time to sit down with your work.
So let’s take a look at how the bio matters to the two groups of people who are reading your work.
This is your chance to grab an editor’s attention before they hit your work. What can you bring to the table? What works do you have published? What kind of a following do you have? How well can you draw them in? This is you, advertising you, in 100-400 words. You can’t make it bland but going too far overboard could lose interest.
To be totally honest, most readers aren’t going to want to know about your other works first if they are reading your bio. This is where you make a connection with them to draw them back for more. Including your prior works is required or strongly welcomed by many publishers, though it might work to your advantage to include them at the end of your bio.
But where do the editors who will be selecting your shorts through novels weigh in on this?
Author bios are important to readers as well as publishers, because they let the reader get to know them a little better, beyond just through their writing. Maybe they are from the same town as the reader, or the author and reader share a similar hobby.
The biggest mistake I see authors make with their bios is when they get too in-depth and too personal in what they share. Bios are supposed to be a brief snapshot of what makes them interesting as people. But if winning a yodeling contest at age 8 didn’t somehow shape the author, it’s best to leave that out.
Whenever I’m asked, I recommend to authors that they keep their bio to no more than 200 words. Only share one or two personal details that you feel really speak to who you are as a writer and as a person. Don’t share anything you feel you might regret having shared later.
Editor, Mighty Quill Press
First impressions are everything. It is often difficult to regain a level of respect or dignity if a first impression is negative or lacking in charisma. As a publisher, a short bio that lacks substantial information or credence to the writer concerned shows me not only that the author doesn’t find the submission process serious, but also that the author doesn’t take themselves seriously.
Professionalism is everything in the world of publishing and presentation is key. When we receive a submission from an author, we see them as an investment. It is difficult to justify investing in something that either appears sloppy or quite frankly, boring. Writers should always present bios written as though they were submitting to themselves.
Ask yourself, “what would I want to see in a potential author?” “What would hook me if I was a publisher?” I cannot vouch for other publishers, but I can say that for myself, each author we open our doors to are authors that we see the potential of developing lifelong relationships with. Through networking and connections, possibilities are endless. Because of this, we want to know you not only as a potential investment but as a potential friend. I have made countless friendships along the way and the bio is often the first thing I look at when considering a writer’s work. Sometimes even before I read their manuscript. Take yourself seriously and we will be inclined to reciprocate this notion.
Editor, Gehenna Publishing House
The biggest thing I’m looking for in a bio is experience and promotion ability. I want a link to a website where I can see the author actively working on their craft. Even if they haven’t been published yet, I want to see them trying, building a blog/social media readership, and actively seeking publication. It’s nice to see what else they have published, just so I can get a feel of their experience level if I decide to publish them. I also like to hear about other talents. I’m not so concerned with what writer associations they belong to or awards they won, although I understand other editors might be interested in that.
The two biggest mistakes on bios are:
1) When they don’t give me anything I can identify them with. Even if you haven’t been published yet, give me an identity! Are you the foremost expert on birds of Africa? Do you have another career that we can tie in? Are you a championship BMX racer? Do you volunteer 20 hours a month at an animal shelter? Do you hold the record for most crocheted telephone poles? Why should we and our readers care to read what you’ve written?
2) Not giving a website link is a big problem. I need to know who I’m publishing. While we at HorrorAddicts.net choose authors by story content first, if we have two stories and we can only pick one, we’ll investigate your public image to see if our readers will be able to engage with you. The worst thing you can do (And this is a real quote) is say, “I don’t have a website, blog, or social media, and I don’t plan on getting any.” Not having a way for readers to connect with you is career suicide and we’ll not help you “unpromote”.
Editor, Horror Addicts
So where does this leave you on the bio?
You want to connect with both your audience and the editor. Your bio needs to be both marketable and relatable. Not too long, and not too short. It’s a fine line on length though most publishers will list their preference in their submission calls.
My suggestion is to make multiple versions of your biography that would fit in 2-3 length ranges so that you’re prepared for whatever option comes up. In addition, make sure it is both personable and professional. You want to mix sharing your work with your personality. Your bio is in many cases just as important as your writing—it can open the door to a publisher and have a potential reader coming back for more.
Is there any aspect of the bio that you believe we’ve left out? Are there any other areas of writing that you’d like us to discuss? Share your thoughts below!
We’re closing in on the end of summer and the beginning of Fall. While I for one am sad to see the warm weather on the way out, Fall has always been my favorite time of the year and the most inspiring for writing. Hopefully, that is the same for some of you as well!
Hey, look at that. Two months in a row where I’m able to give you a solid update on how the site is and where we’re heading. Thanks for sticking with us as we try to help navigate you through the crazy world of open calls, writing advice, and more!
Editor, Horror Tree
As mentioned last month, Liz Butcher has become our interview coordinator. Since that time we’ve added multiple new interviewers! Derek Brown has already included a couple on the site with both Ruschelle Dillon (who has previously contributed to Trembling With Fear) and Selene MacLeod both looking to help as well. More on that hopefully this coming month!
Last month saw our Twitter account account break 5900 followers, this month? We broke 6300! Thanks to those who are interested in the craft of writing and wanted to check us out! Our Facebook really is vastly behind.
Other changes that the site has made on the boring tech site is that we’ve made it https compliant to make Google happy since that’s apparently a thing now. Boring, but I wanted to mention it in case you saw and wondered.
Finally, a bit of vagueness. We have four potential ‘things’ in the works for the site being planned. I’m hoping that some of this will be good news over the next few months that we’ll be able to share with you sooner than later!
I can’t stress enough again how super smooth the Trembling With Fear line has been going with Stephanie Ellis on board! She’s also got some ideas for expanding which mesh with mine and has just made it so much more organized and running like a mostly well-oiled machine!
Discussions are in the early phases, but there will be some changes to TWF in 2018.
Speaking of, we always meant for at least the first year’s worth of work to be collected into an anthology. Anyone out there with artistic or formatting talent who might be interested in donating some time on that end of things – please reach out!
If you follow our social feeds, you’ve likely noticed the push in TWF posts and our articles. Fun fact: everyone seems to be enjoying the fiction as, from at least the social aspect, we’ve had about a 40% higher click through from that!
If there are any thoughts or suggestions on how we can help make Trembling With Fear better or expand it, please reach out!