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Horror 101: The Way Forward: Career advice by seasoned professionals (Crystal Lake's Horror 101 Book 1) Kindle Edition
Crystal Lake Publishing (Tales from the Darkest Depths) proudly presents this Bram Stoker Award-nominated non-fiction anthology, Horror 101: The Way Forward.
Horror 101: The Way Forward – a comprehensive overview of the Horror fiction genre and career opportunities available to established and aspiring authors.
Ever wanted to be a writer? Make money online? Perhaps you’ve already realized that dream and you’re looking to expand your repertoire. Writing comic books sounds nice, right? Or how about screenplays?
Covering aspects such as movies, comics, short stories, ghost-writing, audiobooks, editing, publishing, self-publishing, blogging, writer’s block, YA horror, dark poetry, networking, collaborations, eBooks, podcasts, conventions, formatting, web serials, artwork, social media, agents, and career advice from seasoned professionals and up-and-coming talents, Horror 101 is just what you need to kick your career into high gear.
Horror 101, although written by horror authors, is a must read for any person interested in becoming a writer, be it writing for a hobby or a career.
Horror 101 is not your average On Writing guide. Horror 101 focuses on the career of an author. It covers not only insights into the horror genre, but the people who successfully make a living from it.
Horror 101: The Way Forward is perfect for people who:
- are starting their writing careers
- are planning on infiltrating a different field in horror writing
- are looking to pay more bills with their art
- are trying to establish a name brand
- are looking to get published
- are looking for motivation and/or inspiration
Here are just a few of the great articles and essays you can expect:
- Making Contact by Jack Ketchum
- What is Horror by Graham Masterton
- Avoiding What’s Been Done to Death by Ramsey Campbell
- What a Short Story Editor Does by Ellen Datlow
- Bitten by the Horror Bug by Edward Lee
- 12 Tips on Making a Career of It by Steve Rasnic Tem
- Screamplays! Writing the Horror Film by Lisa Morton
- Balancing Art and Commerce by Taylor Grant
- From Prose to Scripts by Shane McKenzie
- Writing About Films and for Film by Paul Kane
- Screenplay Writing by Dean M. Drinkel
- Audiobooks by Chet Williamson
- Ghost-writing by Thomas Smith
- Self-Publishing: Making Your Own Dreams by Iain Rob Wright
- The Pros and Cons of Collaborations by Michael McCarty
- A beginner’s guide to setting up and running a website by Michael Wilson
- Poetry and Horror by Blaze McRob
- So you want to write comic books… by C.E.L. Welsh
- Writing the Series by Armand Rosamilia
- Running a Web serial by Tonia Brown
- The 7 Signs that make Agents and Editors say, "Yes!" by Anonymous
- Filthy Habits – Writing and Routine by Jasper Bark
- Ten Short Story Endings to Avoid by William Meikle
- Editing and Proofreading by Diane Parkin
- Editing Your Own Work by Jasper Bark
- Writing Exercises by Ben Eads
- The Year After Publication… by Rena Mason
- Networking at Conventions by Lucy A. Snyder
- You Better (Net)Work by Tim Waggoner
- Friendship, Writing, and the Internet by Weston Ochse
- Writer’s Block by Mark West
Horror 101 categories:
- Horror Anthologies
- Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Writing tips
From the Publisher
Tales from the Darkest Depths
Since its founding in 2012, Crystal Lake Publishing has quickly become one of the world’s leading publishers of Dark Fiction and Horror books. With multiple award nominations and wins (including the HWA’s Specialty Press Award), we put integrity, honor, and respect at the forefront of our publishing operations.
Join the Crystal Lake adventure as we strive to present only the highest quality fiction and entertainment, while also supporting authors along their writing journey.
Horror 101: The Way Forward will become a biblefor any wordsmith trying to break into the world of horror. But don't let thegenre fool you! Yes, this book is ultimately marketed towards horror writers,but every writer should get their hands on it." - TentacleBooks
"Theindividual essays are so varied and entertaining that you'll read this forfun as well as for personal advancement... It should be requiredreading for all..." - The British Fantasy Society
"... it will open your eyes to many possibilitiesfor developing your craft and building your career as a professional horrorwriter." - Nick Daws
- ASIN : B00JZJQUYW
- Publisher : Crystal Lake Publishing (April 27, 2014)
- Publication date : April 27, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 7089 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 413 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #746,660 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am old enough to be of the classic On Writing Horror school, so much of the advice in here is simply hammered home again, but with updated views and fresh voices. Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterson, and Edward Lee begin the parade of great advice with their own beliefs on the horror genre. Ramsey Campbell gives some great advice on avoiding whats been done before, Steve Rasnic Tem gives a dozen solid tips on making a career, and Rocky Wood invites us to the Horror Writers Association. These well respected, and well known authors give solid advice that is fresh to hear again in their respective voices.
Writing has changed so much since the above mentioned classic that there needed to be something new to answer questions by writers, like me, who are realizing how vital the digital age is to a successful writing career. I am one of those writers who has no problem getting through a draft or two, but I get to the editing part and... oh look a butterfly is dancing around the garden outside my window... I can address my problems as a writer, but I am still fairly new to Facebook and the digital age. After years of telling myself how ridiculous Facebook and Twitter is, I have come to realize how vital it can be if used correctly. Many of the newer authors in this book have been active in the digital age for some time and I have picked up vital advice from authors I was somewhat familiar with, like Shane McKenzie, Michael Arnzen, Lucy Snyder,Tim Waggoner, and Scott Nicholson.
I was also more than pleasantly surprised by the advice from authors like Jasper Bark, Weston Ochse, Blaze McRob, and a few others whose writing was so good for this anthology of advice, that I will surely be looking forward to reading more from them and have already added many of them to my mental list of authors to check out.
As a struggling wannabe writer, I have to applaud and thank Joe Mynhardt, not only for his great advice within the pages of his anthology, but for taking the time to put this book together. The time he must have spent talking to these authors, putting it all together, and editing it must have been exhausting and I'm sure he cussed himself out for beginning such a detailed and extensive project. At the end, he has created a classic that any writer, not just us horror junkies, can call upon for advice and inspiration.
Most of the essays are great, but I especially loved Ellen Datlow's contribution about "What a Short Story Editor Does." This essay really opened my eyes to how difficult it can be to break through in professional, paying markets, but it also inspired me to take on that challenge. The entire "Dirty Deeds (Being a Writer)" section was fantastic because I recently started writing horror again; I'll revisit this section frequently in the months and years to come. Essays about networking and conventions by Lucy A. Snyder, R.J. Cavender, and Tim Waggoner finally convinced me that networking is not entirely an awful thing, and they have some useful tips about how to push yourself to network if you are an introvert, and how not to be a jerk in the process. Speaking of dealing with jerks, Theresa Derwin's wonderful "Class: Vaginas in Horror" is a must-read.
I'm writing a horror novel this NaNoWriMo 2018, and this book fits right in with my process by helping to keep me writing regularly, and also inspiring me to reach for quality in my writing, too, despite the quantity of words I'm attempting to accomplish in a short amount of time. Let these essays wash over you even if some of them don't directly apply to your own dreams in horror; you'll discovery, I hope, that you are part of a fascinating, complex, and increasingly diverse community in which there is room for everyone. Everyone is finding their own path forward, and some are providing guideposts along the way.
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Advice on prose and style: Check
Working habits: Check
Writing for screen, comics and audio books: Check
Submitting and formatting: Check
I could go on and on, but suffice to say, if there is another book so stuffed to the gills with advice and help, I have yet to find it. This has it all. Suffering from writers block or lack of inspiration? Mark West and Emma Audsley are there to help. Thinking of creating a website to promote your masterpiece? Then Michael Wilson has just the article for you. Want to find an editor or write a kindle book, yep, you guessed it, all covered. And these guys (and gals) know what they're talking about. Too many books of this sort are put together by writers who's only publishing credit is the 'how to book' with their name on it. With Horror 101 though, you have banquet of talent. Authors like Graham Masterton, Edward Lee and Ramsey Campbell; these people know their craft and are more than happy to share their insights with you. It's like attending a week long camp with your favorite writers but without the hangover.
I could go on and on about this title, but I will end in saying that as a fledgling writer myself, this has, and continues to be invaluable. If you want to write (and not just horror, as it is beneficial to all writers) then you need this book. Simple as that.
Inspirational. Helpful. Essential.
This book has a lot of advice for people who want to be horror authors in the 21st century - with topics spanning networking, professional etiquette, managing creativity and more.
The contributors are professionals (or semi-professionals?), although they're not the A-list of horror writers.
I think this book is a good choice for someone who already writes horror, and has ambitions to develop the hobby into a part-time freelance career.
If you're looking for a book that is more focused on the actual craft of writing horror fiction, you may find On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association useful.
Whether you practice quiet horror or gore-ror, whether you're a seasoned warrior - as Voltaire said, to hold a pen is to be at war - or a tender greenfoot, BUY THIS BOOK. Sorry to shout but it needs shouting about. I only wish it had been around when I started out back in '85 (19, not 18. Cheeky. ;o)
If you're serious about your craft, buy this book. If you want that extra edge or push, buy this book. If you've finished an opus and you're not sure what to do next, buy this book.If you enjoy good writing, buy this book. Did I say you should buy this book?
And if I were you, I'd do it before the price goes up.