Take a look at this helpful piece, readers: Recipe for a 250-Word Story The secret recipe for an enticing story is the same, no matter the word count. But if you can cook up a concise and coherent story in only 250 words, those skills will help you tackle bigger and more complex creations. You … Continue reading Reposted: Recipe for a 250-Word Story
Cirsova Magazine is gearing up for the release of its Spring Issue for 2022, readers, so now seems to be a good time to review their 2021 Winter Issue*. This one has thrills and chills aplenty, with the cover story being particularly frightening. A word of free advice? Do not read that story in the … Continue reading Review: Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense, Issue #9/ Winter 2021
Courtesy of Richard Paolinelli Planetary Anthology: Saturn* has been released, readers! The last book in the Planetary Anthology Series is available in e-book and paperback format. Now you can purchase all eleven books from Tuscany Bay and have the entire collection on your shelf, digital or physical! Apparently, being a busy beaver of a writer … Continue reading Bulletin: “Where Now Are the Dunedain, Elessar, Elessar?”
Along with writers James Pyles and Rebecca Spellman, this author has decided to join Ko-fi, a platform which allows artists to solicit donations. The price set by Ko-fi is $3 – the price of a cup of coffee. If you like my stories and my posts here at A Song of Joy, you can click … Continue reading Bulletin: Buy Me a Coffee?
Cirsova Magazine is celebrating their 5th Anniversary with a Kickstarter for their Spring Issue. For the first time ever, there will be illustrations to accompany the stories in this and following editions of the magazine. Some are available for preview at the Cirsova website here, while others are offered for viewing at the kickstarter page here. This … Continue reading Bulletin: New Cirsova Kickstarter and More!
Well, almost complete. Tuscany Bay Books’ landmark anthology series, which they acquired from Superversive Press, has nearly wrapped up production. Planetary Anthology: Neptune*, the tenth book in the series, released this past December. There is now only one volume left to be published – Planetary Anthology: Saturn! (It is available for pre-order as an e-book … Continue reading Bulletin: “The Circle Is Now Complete!”
So you have written a short story – a story between 2,000 and 17,500 words. You have polished it, checked to make sure the characters are in their proper places, that the setting is right, and are otherwise certain this is the story you want to tell. Now you and your tale are ready and … Continue reading The Query Letter, Part 1: How to Write a Query for a Short Story
I stumbled across this little treasure while surfing through Amazon’s Kindle store. Although I say “little,” the term is not meant to be derogatory; The Most Expensive Alley Cat in London is a short story. One can read it in under an hour, making it a small gem, indeed: A Desperate Urchin. A Mysterious Stray. … Continue reading Review: The Most Expensive Alley Cat in London by Corinna Turner
Cirsova Magazine’s Summer Issue is LIVE, readers! You can now purchase either the e-book* or paperback* copies of this great issue through these Amazon Affiliate links. When you do, Amazon will pay this author a small fee at no extra cost to you. The same will be true if you buy something completely different through … Continue reading Bulletin: Cirsova’s Summer Issue Is LIVE!!!
Cirsova’s Summer Issue for 2020, which includes my short story “Death’s Shadow,” is now available for pre-order in paperback*! The e-book* preceded it, but the paperback edition is now available as well. If you want to purchase this issue ahead its release date – August 7, 2020 – then be sure to place your order … Continue reading Bulletin: Cirsova’s Summer Issue Available for Pre-Order in Paperback!