Blob-blob-blobbidy-blob-blob. Got your attention? Good. Yes, it’s later-than-you-think sum-sum-summertime summer. Scorching temperatures, heat indices high enough to rip the top of your head off, and swizzlin’ sweat by the bucket. Who’s ready for horror? Yow. Who can think of horror when the days (and the suffocatingly-like-a-heavy-wet-woolen-blanket nights) are one step this side of Hades-on-Toast? Can you? Or do you find it easier to create horror, in whatever shape, in the autumn or winter or spring? Let me know. No, really.
But even though we’re all melting like that singular green-skinned witch, we have to think about one thing: the October issue of the HWA Newsletter! It’ll be here before you can click the heels of those ruby slippers. (Geez, what’s with THE WIZARD OF OZ references? I have no idea, Toto. I just type the words that float into my head.). If you have some suggestions as to what you’d like to see in the mega-huge ever-bigger We’re-Celebrating-Our-Holiday October Issue, let me know. E-mail me at email@example.com. I’m making my list already! Will we have a record number of fantastically horrifying articles and art and columns and whatnots this year? Stay tuned!
So, while we’re figuring out what’s what for that issue, 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. I am especially interested in what you have to say for writers who are shy or hesitant to get out there and press the flesh, so to speak. Thanks.
Before you send me any of your scintillating stuff, query me first at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can send me a private message on Facebook. Do NOT (NOT NOT 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 good photos (this means IN FOCUS) of your book signings and readings and seminars and poetry slams and workshops and convention attendances and zoo visits 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! There will be special rates for the ads in the October issue, but I don’t know what they are yet. Keep an eye on the advertising rates page on the HWA site.
As always, I would like to thank my intrepid proofreaders: Joel Jacobs, Naching Kassa, Marge Simon, Marty Young, Brick Marlin, Lori Gaudet, Walter Jarvis, Amanda Niehaus-Hard, Sheri White, Chad McClendon, Joseph VanBuren, Anthony Ambrogio, Greg Faherty, Dean Wild, and Morven Westfield. And many, many thankful thanks to the HWA Newsletter Web editor and designer (and columnist!) Donna K. Fitch for all her extremely hard work getting the newsletter put up at the site!
The deadline for the SEPTEMBER issue is Thursday, August 15. And you can bet your sweet flying monkeys on that!