Happy autumn, which it has just become as I write this editorial thingie. It’s nearly 90 at 2 p.m., too. That’s a tad warm for right now, but that’s okay. Better a bit of heat than two feet of snow, right?
And, of course, that means that this is the honkin’ huge pumpkin-spice-infused (for those who enjoy it!) completely-mum (the flower; I prefer asters, my birth-month flower)-free October issue of the HWA Newsletter. Yes, in your cyber-hands, you are holding a publication that is 140+ SINGLE-SPACED pages long. That is, 280+ manuscript pages. Yes, it’s nearly a book manuscript! We sweated blood over this issue … the proofers, the columnists, the other contributors, the editorial staff (Web editor Donna and yours truly). Blood, I tell you! Anyway, the issue is packed with tons of informative and interesting things, as usual, but more seasonal things as well (puzzles, Halloween memories, etc.). You need to read every last word, of course, because there will be a quiz later on. I keep threatening that, you know, and maybe one of these days I’ll do it … with some fun prizes for whoever wins the quiz.
I was going to wax poetic (or not) about how this issue is like a street fair … you walk along and see all the service tables with their handy and informative brochures set out, and you see the reptile display (that would be me!), and you see lots of people performing all sorts of fun things (a gallery of poems, lots of spooky artwork, Halloween food, the puzzles, the scarecrows, the seances, the games), but at this point, I’m kind of wiped out after some late nights and long hours, so I won’t go into all the gruesome details. You’ll find out for yourself as you stroll through the many pages of this issue. However, I could do with a corn dog about right now. And a root-beer float. I’m sure they would be selling those at a street fair, right?
Don’t forget to send in your recipes for the cookbook contest! The deadline is November 15! There’s still time! Five-eyed and tentacled operators are standing by!
I hope you have a Happy Halloween Horror-Folk Season. Get lots of writing and artwork done. Be inspired by those falling leaves, the chill of the nights, and the red eyes glowing down in the basement! I’d like to thank all the artists, who sent artwork to grace the pages, and thanks to the many poets who contributed wonderful poems. Thank you to all the columnists and other folks, who sent in so many extra fun things for this issue. I appreciate it very much! Thanks to Marge Simon, who contacted the artists and poets for me. Thanks, too, to the many folks, who purchased ads for this issue! There’s a lot of everything in this issue, in case you hadn’t figure that out by now!
But while you’re pondering why spooky eyes glow red and not purple, consider sending me some art and photos for the “Sinister Slideshow” residing just above the editorial in each and every fresh-as-a-rotting pumpkin issue. I usually do a theme … Got some great ideas to toss my way? I love nature photos—especially when they are highly atmospheric.
And don’t forget: I am still interested in knowing where you work; it’s something that fascinates me: where does a creative person create? Do you have a cozy shed out in the backyard where you can get away from it all? Do you spread out all your notebooks and pens across a wide-planked verandah as you lean back in your wicker chair? Have you snagged a spot in the quiet living room, the noisy laundry room, the musty basement? Are you camping out in a garret? Do you have an actual office set aside, filled with all the incredibly neat stuff that serious writers and artists need and seem to accumulate? Let me know where you work and include a photo or two and a line or two or three about the space. I’ll be running these in a few months. I might have lost some in the Great E-mail Program Implosion a few months back, so let me know if you don’t see your workspace.
But stop! Before you do anything, query me at email@example.com, 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 after getting excessively grumpy and grousy and grrrrr-y about the whole thing.
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 novel and anthology 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 ghoulishly-fun proofreaders, who really came through like true champions with all the stuff I kept tossing their way (it seemed never-ending, right?): Naching Kassa, Lori Gaudet, Marge Simon, Walt Jarvis, Sheri White, Anthony Ambrogio, Joseph VanBuren, Joel Jacobs, Marty Young, Morven Westfield, Dean Wild, Brick Marlin, Amanda Niehaus-Hard, Chad McClendon, and Greg Faherty. 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, especially with this honkin’ huge issue!
The deadline for the November issue is Tuesday, October 15.
Whew. That’s it. I think. Is it nap time?