Short month. Short issue. Short editorial! I like that, and I’m sure you do, too!
Keep writing! Write, write, write! I’m getting some things done, too … And just how the heck did it get to be the fifth month of the year already? Time flies when you have deadlines, right?
While you’re checking the calendar and your deadlines, think about sending me some art and photos for the “Sinister Slideshow” just above the editorial. I do a theme each time, but don’t always know what that will be, so check the HWA Facebook page where I tend to announce the theme. Or you can E-mail me and ask! Imagine that!
Also, I’d LOVE (really!) to see what you as a writer (or artist or editor or whatever) do for marketing and promotion of your work. I want to run these useful bits in upcoming issues; if I get enough, I could have something in every issue. Now, wouldn’t that be swell? The marketing tips and techniques (Blog crawls? Thrilling tweets? Press releases? Radio interviews? Chile cook-offs? Helpful podcasts? Slideshow presentations? Book signings? Spooky séances?) should be no longer than a page or two. Thanks.
Before you send stuff, query me first at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can send me a private message on Facebook. Do NOT query me in a post on my Facebook page or HWA’s page; I will delete it. Yup.
And don’t forget to send photos of your book signings and readings and seminars and dictionary-tossing contests and other writerly events.
The deadline for each issue is ALWAYS the 15th of each month, so send your news/photos/whatever early to the proper person (Your local chapter! The calendar! Your fiendish item! Recent releases! There are so many options!)—that is, BEFORE the 15th and not on that date or shortly after because that’s when the columnists send me their stuff; they need YOUR stuff before the deadline! REMEMBER: This is all FREE promotion for you and your work! Month after month of free promotion with no strings attached! FREE! FREE! FREE! Take advantage of that!
Don’t forget that you can purchase a display ad or two or three … The prices are very reasonable. Ad sizes are listed in the advertising link on the front page of the newsletter. Let other HWA members see what you’re doing!
As always, I would like to thank my intrepid proofreaders: Marty Young, Morven Westfield, Marge Simon, Chad McClendon, Brick Marlin, Naching Kassa, Amanda Niehaus-Hard, Dean Wild, Sheri White, Walter Jarvis, Joseph VanBuren, Greg Faherty, Lori Gaudet, and Anthony Ambrogio. And thanks to mistress of the dark Donna K. Fitch for all her extremely hard work getting the newsletter put up at the Web!
The deadline for the JUNE issue is Wednesday, May 15.