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Crazy Hope & the Submission Numbers Game

Now that I’ve been winging out stories for months in this latest round of publish or perish, I’m in some ways more obsessed with numbers than ever, and in others, letting go of supposed signs that used to get my

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Vignettes From the End of the World: Apocalypse by Apokrupha

Shrieks, excoriating agony, mind-shattering abasement, irredeemable loss, vaporization. Okay, curling up with 53 visions of the end of the world isn’t everyone’s idea of entertainment. Yet there’s something compelling about going head-on with anxiety and even outright terror. The need

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Coffee, Writing and Royalties

It’s possible that not all writers are caffeine addicts. Yet I suspect I’m not unusual in being able to tell you the best coffee venues by the cup and for whole beans in bulk within at least an hour’s radius

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Introvert’s Social Networking Adventure or Social Media Doesn’t Have to be Icky

During the past few years of writing online — mainly nonfiction — I made several attempts to do social networking, with about the same level of enthusiasm as I approached doses of cod liver oil as a kid. Do I

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Amazon Author Page

Another wing-flap out of my bat cave: I created my Bat Hughes Amazon author page. If you’re new to publishing eBooks on Amazon, curious about what kind of author page a horror writer who just published a vampire story might

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Fiction Submissions: Organize Until It’s Almost Painless

The gnashing of teeth, the ligament-stretching, bone-popping rack, the barbed whip and oh please no, the waiting… Yeah. Submitting fiction. Don’t let my enthusiasm put you off. Actually, compared to when I started, printing out and sending every submission by

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Apokrupha: “Dark Bits” Flash Fiction

Whatever your favorite term for scary storytelling is, check out Apokrupha. Here’s a snip from the publisher’s “About” page that describes their bent: “Our first project is LampLight, a magazine focusing on the darker side of fiction. But it is

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The Grinder: Market Database and Submission-Tracking

“Milling your submissions into something useful…” That’s the appealing tagline for The (Submission) Grinder. A couple of fiction rejections rank with my most treasured possessions and are among the reasons I still write. Most of them were recycled long ago.

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