Kenneth W. Cain
The Pennsylvania Chapter met Saturday, April 6, 1-5:30 p.m. In attendance were Chuck Buda (guest), Kenneth W. Cain, Somer Canon, Frank Edler (guest), Todd Keisling, Tim Meyer, and Jacque Day Pallone.
We started this month’s meeting with some light discussion, then moved on to the writing/business-related subject of short-listing.
Todd Keisling did a reading of his story, “We’ve All Gone to the Magic Show,” which has been accepted for publication in Vastarien: A Literary Journal.
We then segued into a discussion about craft. This led to a suggestion that we dedicate one out of every three or four meetings to workshops; the group agreed.
The discussion moved back to business-related subjects: what and what not to agree to in terms of contracts, reputable vendors for audio-book production (Findaway Voices and ACX being two that bubbled up), anthologies, and the wisdom of ordering uncorrected, bound proofs of one’s books for review/blurbs.
With conference season coming up, we shared experiences attending Necon, Readercon, etc. This led to the developing discussion of our aim to be a presence at some local cons in PA. Rather than spring for $250 for a table at the brand-new Pop Rock ‘n’ Horror con, we decided this year that a few of us will attend with the general public, to scope it out for future participation. A table at Blobfest for one day at $150 seemed a more favorable prospect. There was also talk of hosting our own bookfest and doing readings and appearances on college campuses.
Frank Michaels Errington, who could not attend due to a prior engagement, nevertheless made his presence known via Facebook Messenger, his on-the-sly slip-outs from the wedding no doubt going undetected by his family.
– Ken Cain has taken on several editing projects for two publishers: In Your Face Publishing and Silver Shamrock Publishing. Ken also edited the recent release, When the Clock Strikes 13 (http://mybook.to/Clock13); both Ken and Somer Canon have stories in the collection.
– Somer Canon, Todd Keisling, and Tim Meyer will appear as part of the annual Beers N Fears brewery book tour, along with authors Armand Rosamilia, Chuck Buda, Frank Edler, and J.C. Walsh. The tour will take place the first two weekends in May, in various craft breweries throughout New Jersey. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/400659537396638/.
– Jacque Day Pallone is entering the Ph.D. program in American Studies at Penn State Harrisburg in fall 2019, concentrating in folklore and Pennsylvania regional horror, with an ultimate aim at salvaging fundamental truth in the public narrative. Jacque is also copy-editing a novel forthcoming from Texas Review Press.
– Frank Michaels Errington has a number of reviews published on his blog at http://frankmichaelserrington.blogspot.com/.
– Allan Rozinski published a poem, “loose change,” in Star*Line 42.1.
– Guest and friend J.C. Walsh says his self-published novel, Death Highway, debuted on Kindle on April 9; it was released in print on April 12.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 1-4 p.m. If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact Kenneth W. Cain at email@example.com or on Facebook/Twitter.