by Kathryn Ptacek
Cough, cough. Snuffle. Cough. Ack, ack. Sigh.
Yes, I’m sick, even as I type these words. What fun! Not. But what that means is this won’t be a long editorial. Hurray! Plus, it’s nearly two a.m., and I want to go to bed because I don’t feel good. Sure, I could finish this editorial in the morning, but where’s the fun in that? Let me know when you have an answer.
A new column debuts in this issue. Forbidden Words. Check it out! And be sure to check out all the other great articles and columns.
I was just thinking about various newsletter-y things earlier this evening, and you know what I’d really like to see? An in-depth article or two about occult/paranormal detectives. Anyone interested in writing it? Query me. Thanks!
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. The marketing tips and techniques (blog crawls? Tweets? Press releases? Radio interviews? Cookie baking contests?) should be no longer than a page or two.
And don’t forget: I am still interested in knowing where you work; it’s one of those things 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 and imported stationery across a wide-planked verandah as you catch those cooling evening breezes? Have you snagged an isolated spot in the quiet living room, the noisy laundry room, the cobweb-infested basement? Are you camping out in a garret (aka the attic?)? Do you have an actual office set aside, filled with all the incredibly neat stuff that serious writers and artists need? Let me know where you work … and include a photo or two and a line or two or three about the space. I have about a dozen or so submissions right now, and I’m going to run these and the others you’ll be sending me in future issues.
And, as always, I’d like to see articles (or perhaps columns) on the following:
– YA horror (writing, marketing, etc.)
– unusual stuff out in the horror world
– comics and graphic novels
– writing plays
– writing films
– writing stuff we don’t know much about
– publicity and marketing
– media tie-ins and novelizations
– writing computer games
– collaborations (the good, the bad, and the ugly)
– horror subgenres (historical, sf, mystery, etc.)
– horror photography
– the ups and downs, ins and outs of self-publishing
– horror in other countries
– writer archives/library collections
– different kinds of horror/trends
– what happens when a writer dies (this is about the estate, not decomposition of the actual body)
– the late great giants of the field
– what folks in the field see for the future of the genre
– humor in horror
– horror and television
– horror and the stage
– horror and snacks (Just wanted to see if you were awake! Please pass the ladyfingers!)
– horror cosplay
– horror crafts
– horror field trips (places to visit: Lizzie Borden’s house, Poe’s grave, Cthulhu Caverns, The Editor’s Demonic Slope, etc.)
– religion in horror
– sex and the single horror writer, aka erotica and horror
– horror maps and geography and real and not-real places
– the horror writer and social media
– the history of horror
– ghost hunters/paranormal investigation
– horror tropes—old and new
– how to write enticing, entertaining, engaging jacket copy without giving away twists and the ending
– decorating the horror home
– horror art, book covers, posters, etc.
– discussions with librarians, editors, etc.
– this and that … the list goes on.
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. Do NOT send opinion pieces or blog reprints (mostly—but it depends, of course, on the subject matter).
And don’t forget to send photos of your book signings and readings and seminars and dictionary bake-offs and other writerly events.
The deadline for each issue is ALWAYS the 15th of each month, so send your news/photos/whatever early—that is, BEFORE the 15th and not on that date or shortly after. This is FREE promotion for you and your work! FREE! FREE! FREE! Take advantage of that!
As always, I would like to thank my proofreaders: Greg Faherty, Joel Jacobs, Naching Kassa, Morven Westfield, Brick Marlin, Marge Simon, Walt Jarvis, Sheri White, Anthony Ambrogio, Ron Breznay, and Marty Young. And thanks to the sainted Donna K. Fitch for all her extremely hard work getting the newsletter put up at the Web!
The deadline for the December (the end is nigh! Well, the end of the year, that is!) issue is Wednesday, November 15. No editors were harmed in the writing of this editorial, although one of ’em got kind of cranky and sneezed a lot and alarmed a fair number of sleeping cats.