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      CommentAuthorCK Burch
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2012 edited
    Warren did this thread a while ago, and I thought I'd revive it myself. There's quite a few readers here on Whitechapel, but I'm among that there is a strong contingent of writers as well. Do you have books out? Can they be purchased? Tell us about yourself, your work, and where to get it.

    I, myself, am an author, so I'll shamelessly start with my own work.

    My first novel is titled The Icarus Void, and the short description is thus:

    The crew of the Icarus is used to high-stress situations: their ship is designed to dive into the heart of a star to collect scientific data for research. But when they discover an alien artifact hovering in low orbit of the Sun, the attempt to retrieve it pushes them to the breaking point.

    Captain Gordon Markov is more than happy to oversee his final mission on board Icarus. And Doctor Stephen Straub is more than happy to be a part of the prestigious research team assigned to the ship. Testing out the Icarus's new heatshielding is the plan, but the artifact in orbit of the Sun leads Doctor Catherine Tybalt, head of the research team, to press the captain to retrieve the object for further analysis. The interior of the artifact is hollow -- a void -- and should be incinerated, but it's perfectly intact. If they can discover what makes the object naturally resilient to the radiation of the Sun, perhaps it can be used for future development in stardiving. With a risky plan in place, Captain Markov reluctantly agrees. However, the artifact emits a strange radiation that affects not just the operational systems of the ship, but also the crew itself. Once the artifact is on board, research begins, and the scientists discover the terrifying secret of the void...but when they do, the fate of the ship may have already been sealed.

    It can be found at Amazon, Smashwords, and Lulu, $2.99 for the ebook or $8.99 for the print version.

    I really feel like it's a great time to be a writer. While independent publishing doesn't create the biggest or brightest of spotlights, word-of-mouth is insanely powerful, and when internet readers find something they love, they're a core, loyal set of fandom. It's not easy to self-promote and get an immediate foothold with sales, but it can be done, and I think that when the community of writers/readers comes together to discover new work and not just shill themselves for dollars, we can all benefit from the rewards of such.

    So sound off, novelists, show us your bits as Warren once said, and let's discover some great new work right here.
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      CommentAuthorCK Burch
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2012
    Si, have you written any books, short stories, etc? If so, got anything out there for purchase; if not, what are you plans? Looking at self-publishing, traditional publishing?
      CommentAuthorCK Burch
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
    Bump! Edited the title to say WRITERS instead of NOVELISTS.

    Let's get all the writers here on Whitechapel over here. Where are ya, lads?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
    I guess I'll take a stab. Here's my modest list writing accomplishments to date (those I've been paid for anyway):

    1. "Reflections", The Edge of Propinquity,, 2007

    2. "Sense", Cthulhurotica, Dagan Books, 2010 Amazon

    3. "Tilling", Seasons in the Abyss, Blood Bound Books, 2011 Amazon

    4. "Toll Booth", Space Tramps: Full-Throttle Space Tales #5", Flying Pen Press, 2011
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2012
    Oi. Most of my shit lives on Weaponizer, and I've got a short story anthology with a buddy coming out in a few weeks.
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    I'm not sure if I'm quite accomplished enough to play, but to hell with that! I've spent several years writing screenplays. The one I got hired to write will never get made if there is any kind of supreme being. The entire premis was THAT bad. I've managed quarter finalist in competitions with three different works of my own. I'm currently doing re-writes on what will likely be my last feature for a while. When I got sick of writing things that would never go anywhere, I started writing comics. I have one 4 issue story with a buddy of mine to draw. We've only been talking about doing a comic together since middle school. Sadly... his life is keeping him otherwise occupied so progress is slow. I'm over 3/4 of the way through an 8 issue story arch for another comic. Once that's done, I'll put it onto a shelf until I find the right artist. My next project is 85-90% likely to be a novel. I've got the characters and setting and the basic plot. The rest is easy, right? Right? So nothing to shill here, but always happy to talk craft.
    • CommentAuthorWelland
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2012
    Struggling word assembler right here.

    I currently have an online book going called 4th, the site is I’m sure I’ve mentioned it here on the WC before.

    Right now chapter one is available while I flesh out the rest of the book, hopefully we will be back come June/july.
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    I am haunted by comics that I wrote for Yaoi Press when in need of money a few years back. They won't go away and have now popped up on Amazon in digital form.

    I have a comic called Longship coming out from TImebomb Comics sometime in he next year or so. Hopefully I'll be able to post a preview in the next month or so.
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    I tend to write horror, sci-fi and fantasy short stories. The genre and nature of the story usually depends on my mood and I tend to like to get all my main ideas down in one go to give myself the kick to complete things. I've also planned out and written a few issues of a couple of different comic series that have hit dead-ends due to real life issues happening to the artists. Oh, and I entered a play for the Bruntwood prize last year because I was tired of it still staring at me after a few attempts at live productions fell apart the previous year.

    Other than a couple of stories commissioned by friends as birthday presents I haven't had anything published to -The Public- due to my continued confusion over what distribution channel would best suit me and my own personal ignorance as to how to approach/where to look for outlets in the first place. Basically, I am my own obstacle. The continued search for a regular paying job also consumes most of my time at the moment due to having a family to feed. Still, if anyone has suggestions on good places to start sending shorts too for a bit of exposure/feedback and portfolio love, please feel free to shove me in the right direction as I'm determined to make my writing a main focus for 2012, what with the world ending and everything.
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2012
    I'm just getting back into writing music criticism -- have my first interview in ages tomorrow morning, in fact. A friend and I are planning a books-and-music-crit website, which you'll all be spammed about soon enough.
    In the meantime, there's Differencing The Engine, which oddbill and I wrote a while back. There's also an archive of music reviews and some other stuff.
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2012 edited
    I write stuff. Last ten years have been (mostly) SF short stories, published free on the web, and slam poetry. I also publish other people's stuff online: I edit Weaponizer. We're soon to publish our second magazine. I also engage in random acts of music journalism for The Skinny and Shallow Rave. Once, I even got to interview Alan Moore.

    Working on my first novel (third attempt at one) just now. No plans to tuck a shotgun under my chin in frustration... yet. This Last year I sold my first story, to a small press in the US. The anthology, a collection of positive post-apocalypse stories, can be purchased here.

    I'm consistently blown away by the quality of writing by my Whitechapel contemporaries. Have the honour of web-publishing folk like Fauxhammer, City Creed, Cat Vincent and K. Patrick Glover, among many (many) others.... you guys have taught me so much. I basically owe any success I have as a writer to this forum. You inspiring, deranged, beautiful bastards.

    Also: Si's novels rock my fucking world. 'Contract' ... is just so... holy fuck!
    • CommentAuthorSteve Toase
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2012 edited
    I write everything from press releases on pottery groups to reviews on custom bike shows to stories about chess playing bears.

    I've been doing magazine work (Freelancing for BSH Custom Bike magazine, reviewing for Fortean Times) for a couple of years now. Started submitted my fiction just over a year ago. Since then I've had a fair few stories published by good folks like texture at Weaponizer, Rachel Kendall at Sein und Werden (Which is well worth checking out), Beautiful Scruffiness and Cafe Irreal. I've also won a couple of prizes, and have a story in the anthology put together by Steevo.

    I tend to write stories that are mainly unsettling, whether crime, magical or mythic fiction. I'm working on a series of stories I hope to get published in a chapbook, based around hauntology and bedsits. One of the stories is here
    Glockenspiel Girl
    Glockenspiel Girl 2
    The next one story will be published by Sein und Werden at the end of the month
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2012
    "based around hauntology and bedsits"

    Oh hell yes!
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    I've got four of the stories written now (I want to do four in total) and I've just sounded out a small press to see if they would be interested. I'll let you know how it goes...
      CommentAuthorCK Burch
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2012
    Cthulhurotica is probably one of the best words I've ever heard ever.
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2012
    I write comics that nobody ever draws. I was also a small part of Out of Place, Out of Time.
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    If I can spam this thread for a sec. I've been asked to read as part of a session in this year's York Literature Festival and the details are now available:

    Pub Shorts
    Join Helen Cadbury and friends for some gripping
    new short stories from Yorkshire writers, and a
    panel discussion about the future of the e-book
    versus print in short story publishing. Writers
    A.J. Ashworth, whose debut short story collection,
    Somewhere Else, or Even Here, won The Scott Prize
    and was published by Salt in November 2011.
    Tony Dew, subsidiary prize winner of the 2010
    Bridport Short Story Competition, whose memoir
    Rock Ahead - The Autobiography of a Rocking
    Horse Maker is published on Kindle.
    Steve Toase, whose quick-fire flash fiction graces
    several online publications.
    James Wall - a Bridport shortlisted short story
    writer from Harrogate.
    Hosted by Helen Cadbury, winner of the Malton
    Literature Festival Short Story Prize, whose stories
    have been broadcast on BBC Radio Four and
    published by Ether Books for iphone and ipad.
    Venue: Wolfe Room, Black Swan Pub,
    Peasholme Green
    £4.00 from York Theatre Royal
    Box Office 01904 623568
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2012
    @CK Burch

    And a good, classy anthology too. A second one is going to be coming out later this year.
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    I've been away from Whitechapel for a while, so this is actually an opportune spot to make my reappearance.

    I've written various speculative short stories. Some of them I'm shopping around, others need some more polishing.

    My first published work is a middle grade adventure novel I'm writing under the name M.E. Castle, called Popular Clone. It's set for release on January 24th in the states, available now for preorder on amazon. There's also a website for the book series(there will be more),