Attending: Ken Hueler, Eris Esser, LS Johnson, Loren Rhoads, EM Markoff, Chad Schimke, Anthony De Rouen, Clifford Brooks.
Tales for the Camp Fire, the fundraiser for the community affected by the 2018 Northern California wildfire, was ready April 25, well before for the Bay Area Book Festival on May 4-5. The proof copy looks great!
All congrats to editor Loren Rhoads, and to EM Markoff and LS Johnson for formatting the hard and e-book versions, respectively.
The official Web site is up and running: http://www.ellderet.com/campfire.
Bookmarks are out, and attendees at the meeting all have packets to distribute.
Anthony De Rouen scheduled a book signing on Saturday, May 11, at Books on B Street in Hayward, 3-5 p.m.
We have been featured on dreadcentral.com, and Ben Monroe was interviewed on iHeart Radio by Martha Quinn. Appearances at at more places are in the works.
Death’s Parade Film Festival
Anthony De Rouen continues to line up sponsors for the October horror film festival, Death’s Parade, the most recent being Horrornews.net.
Loren Rhoads presented pointers at the meeting about doing book readings. The main points:
– The people who show up to readings are on your side, so don’t be afraid of them—they want you to do well.
– Your snippet should stand on its own with little backstory needed. Loren has seen authors blow most of their allotted time explaining the setup.
– The scene should not stop at an odd place.
– Keep the number of talking characters to three unless you are really good with voices. The audience can’t hear paragraph breaks, and if the voices sound the same, people will get confused.
– Going over your time limit is disrespectful.
– Don’t dash off stage as soon as applause starts. Show respect to your audience by accepting their praise.
– LS Johnson added that she revises her reading sections by adding more dialogue tags so the audience can keep track of who is talking, and by cutting bits that, though important to the piece as a whole, are unnecessary to that particular scene in isolation.
– Loren compiled a list of local places that host readings, which she has posted on the local HWA page.
Chad Schimke reports that Tor.com has started a horror-specific imprint, Nightfire.
Loren Rhoads has a flash piece, “In the Pines,” in issue 43 of The Sirens Call magazine. She also edited the Camp Fire anthology mentioned above. On May 16, at the Nebulas, Loren will be giving a talk called “The Future of Death” about body composting, aquamation, and other new technologies for disposal of mortal remains.