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    Way to go Randy!!!!
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    Wow Ricardo, you're having an impressive year. 10 stories, editing gigs, blog wriiting, single author collections, A SECOND NOVEL! Sir, YOU ROCK! Oh and Terry, thanks for the kind words my friend. How are you doing of late? By the way all, I've been reading Norman Partridge's "Halloween Boy" and it's fairly good. He has an interestingly light writing style that's easy to read. I just finished Laurell K. Hamilton's "Strange Candy" and she has a bunch of "I WISH I'D WROTE THAT" sort of stories in that collection. Fresh ideas and a smooth feminine writing voice; a style like every word was written with a feathery quill on the finest linen stationary. It was a refreshing break from the constant Stephen King reading I've been perusing.

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    New Storyville column is up. It's impossible to pick the top ten best short stories ever, but I gave it a shot. How did I do? You may recognize a few, yeah?

    http://litreactor.com/columns/storyv...t-stories-ever

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy D. Rubin View Post
    Wow Ricardo, you're having an impressive year. 10 stories, editing gigs, blog wriiting, single author collections, A SECOND NOVEL! Sir, YOU ROCK! O
    thanks. now if i could only make a living on all of this nonsense! :-)

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    That's the key for all of us.

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    New Storyville column up at Lit Reactor—happy, not sappy. What do you think? Chime in, I'd love to hear your thoughts. I know we write horror, but the other side of that coin is valuable too.

    http://litreactor.com/columns/storyv...appy-not-sappy

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    Okay, Here's a kick in the dick. I haven't sold a single copy of my novella in the Merry Merry month of November according to the bean counters that send me this monthly sales e-mail from the publisher. WTF? The real ass buster is that I have family around the country and students that have sworn that they have purchased copies and they obviously are full of proverbial, literal and inexorable bullshit. I thought I marketed the hell out of it on several forums and Twitty and FacePlace and Old Dominion University (my Alma Mater) and I just don't flippin' get it. I'm going back to my writing and keep producing more tales of whatever, Horror, Terror, Romance, Humor, Bizarro, I don't care what its called. I love doing it. It makes me feel happy and fulfilled. It gives me a sense of pride and worth and accomplishment. I hate this other part-- this marketing and administrative bullshit. Checking and selling and corresponding and more selling and begging folks to sample my wares. I hate it, I tell ya!

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    This is just what I know from my own experiences, so the reality of the various publishers may differ.

    Anything POD typically takes anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks to show up in royalties. Then, there is a minimum withdrawal balance. So if you don't hit that number, you won't get the royalties unless the publisher is going to front you the money.

    For digital, depending on the venue, there are different payout periods (monthly for some and quarterly for others). All of those also have a minimum payout, so until you hit those numbers, you likely won't see a dime again, unless your publisher is fronting you the money.

    The good news is that if people are buying the novella, eventually you will see a payday. It may not be millions, but you will see one eventually.

    Probably the hardest thing I have learned about this business is that you need to have an incredible amount of patience (something I am still working on myself). It isn't easy by any stretch.

    And yes, the necessary evils of self-promotion suck. It is often hard to find the right mix, but I'd be careful of doing too much, as it can turn some off. I always feel like I am bothering people. Be careful, but also enjoy and be proud of your accomplishment.

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    Thanks Ozmo. At this stage of the game I'd be satisfied to have sold a few copies of the book, as I'm really just looking for some feedback. The money would be nice but I'm not starving or destitute so I don't need it. I can pay my bills fine without it. I just wanted some validation, I suppose, as we all who do this want. I've been lied to by friends, acquaintances, colleagues and family alike and that's what pisses me off. But hey I appreciate the friendly "pat on the back", really I do. Thank you again, writer Brother!

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    It will come. Keep at it and it will come. Feedback is often harder to come by than the money.

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    Last day for .99 Kindle titles at Snubnose. My collection HERNIATED ROOTS is included and SPEEDLOADER, as well as so many other fantastic collections. Go take a peek.

    http://tinyurl.com/amyvjb5

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    Do those work for NOOK readers as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy D. Rubin View Post
    Do those work for NOOK readers as well?
    no, go to B&N for those, here's my book there, you should be able to find them all there, i think

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hern...=2940015677317

    here's them ALL: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/snub...snubnose+press

    ENJOY! Nik Korpon is great, I'd suggest him, Jed Ayres, Keith Rawson, too.

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    Thanks Richard, and how was your holiday season? I trust you had a good Christmas and New years celebration. For me less turned out to be more in that there was less fighting between my daughters, less commercialism and hype and more concentration on the power of family. I had Christmas Lite with one third the calories and other bullshit associated with the holidays of the past. It was, in a word, joyous. Hope yours was too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy D. Rubin View Post
    Thanks Richard, and how was your holiday season? I trust you had a good Christmas and New years celebration. For me less turned out to be more in that there was less fighting between my daughters, less commercialism and hype and more concentration on the power of family. I had Christmas Lite with one third the calories and other bullshit associated with the holidays of the past. It was, in a word, joyous. Hope yours was too.
    Yeah, it was good. Spent time with family, tried to chill out. Now, it's back to the grindstone. Did manage to submit a story to the open CD submissions, though!

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    So did I, Brother, best of luck.

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    Ellen Datlow and ChiZine Kickstarter. If you don't know both of these names, then you need to get out. She's the QUEEN of anthologies, and CZP does amazing work with dark fiction. Chip in $$$ if you can. Four days left. AND, they'll have open submissions if it gets funded, and Ellen never does that.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...logy-of-horror

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    I will have a short story collection coming out with Kraken Press this year, entitled STARING INTO THE ABYSS. It includes a few contest winners, and a Pushcart nominee. Dark stuff, as usual.

    http://krakenpress.com/?p=98

    Table of Contents

    Maker of Flight • Page 2
    Steel-Toed Boots • Page 3
    Freedom • Page 5
    Committed • Page 9
    Splintered • Page 10
    Fallible • Page 13
    Stillness • Page 14
    Fringe • Page 16
    Underground Wonder Bound • Page 18
    Amazement • Page 21
    Victimized • Page 22
    Twenty-Dollar Bill • Page 34
    Interview • Page 36
    Paying Up • Page 41
    Ten Steps • Page 42
    Honor • Page 46
    Stephen King Ate My Brain • Page 49
    Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave • Page 51
    Transmogrify • Page 52
    Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears • Page 58

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    Congrats Richard, you're really going strong now. Two short story collections within twelve months is nothing short of amazing. Well done.

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    thanks. george does great work, has done art for a lot of magazines, video games, etc. he's new, and small, but doing amazing things.

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