My second newsletter – May 2024

You can read back issues of my newsletter here.

May-June 2024 Announcements

  • Our previous RoundTable 360s were fascinating with lively discussions between panelists and audience members.
    Our May RoundTable 360 topic is creative block, and every creative’s been there…that dreaded feeling of hitting a wall, not knowing what to create next or even how to do it, wracking your brain for some kind of answer, direction, or inspiration. (Jack London famously said “You have to go after [inspiration] with a club.”)
    Creative blocks can be frustrating, but they are universal, and creatives have found various ways of dealing with them. Come take part on Thursday, May 30 at 1:30 PM in the East, 10:30 AM in the west and 6:30 PM in London, and join a panel of writers, artists, actors, and other creatives discussing the different ways creative blocks can present themselves, strategies for working through them, and tips and tricks to keep your creativity flowing.
    This episode will be moderated by award-winning poet, publisher, and editor Clarabelle Miray Fields of Carmina Magazine. Reserve your space at Eventbrite.
    Our June RoundTable 360 will be led by noted EU actress, model, and voice talent Sabine Rossbach discussing creating realistic characters.
    Our July RoundTable 360 will be led by London based fantasy, horror, and scifi author Liz Tuckwell discussing rejection.
    Want to be on our panel and/or lead a discussion? Let me know here.
  • Ross Pickering seeks beta readers for his
    Raine Summers: The Lost Child of the Aether, Book One in the Raine Summers series novel. Anyone interested please contact Ross via Facebook.

  • For folks in or near Wales (wish I was there) – Arthurian Scholar Jeffrey Dixon’s putting on a photography exhibition of the late Llandrindod Wells artist Steve Harris. The exhibition is at Centre Celf and is open until 6 June 2024 from Tuesday-Thursday 10am-4pm and Saturdays 9am-12noon.
  • Jeffrey Dixon’s latest work, Encyclopedia of the Holy Grail is currently available from the publisher at a greatly reduced price. Arthurian scholars and readers take note!
  • Rika ChandraRika would love if you could fill in her 5-10 minute survey on family biographies as gifts.
  • I’m hosting a writer’s month long workshop discussing many if not all phases of craft and storytelling. The next class runs Wednesdays, 5-26 June 2024. Sign up here.
  • A movie star returns to her hometown and doesn’t live to regret it.
    Thriller author Donna Huston Murray’s new book, Farewell Performance (a Ginger Barnes Mystery), is available now on ebook and in print 4 June 2024. Pre-order is 99¢ You can also find it here.
  • Amy Olmedo writes “I am looking for a perspective of a mature woman who has overcome adversity and discovered her purpose” to review her new book. Amy says “This book captures a unique blend of spirituality, mythology, and personal experiences, blurring the lines between fiction and non-fiction. This intriguing fusion promises to take readers on a deeply personal yet universally relatable journey of self-discovery and enlightenment.”
    Interested people please contact Amy directly via email or 443-691-4830.

And that’s it for May.

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April 2024 Newsletter

You said you weren’t going to do a newsletter, Joseph

You said you weren’t going to do a newsletter, Joseph

Yes, I did.

I’ve fulltime-authored since 2016 and rejected newslettering because no newslettering authors I talk with have any evidence their newsletters led to increased sales or other authorial opportunities.

Fortunately, I don’t expect this one to, either.

I post irregular announcements and both the open and clickthrough numbers hover around 90%.

Amazing, if you know about such things.

I’m hybridizing newslettering with my irregular announcements because I found a reason to do so; some of my friends have things worth announcing and, on the whole, about once a month should cover them.

So there you go and here it is.

April-May 2024 Announcements

  • IPNE has an excellent and informative post entitled What to look for in a book awards program (downloadable PDF and definitely a worthy read (me thinks)). (bet you can’t guess what it’s about)
  • BizCatalyst 360° is now carried on Google News. Big Congrats to Dennis Pitocco and the BizCatalyst 360° gang
  • BeyondDesignBooks’ Tamian Wood offers Ten Tips For finding (and working with) your ideal cover designer! as a free download. Check it out.
  • A movie star returns to her hometown and doesn’t live to regret it.
    Thriller author Donna Huston Murray’s new book, Farewell Performance (a Ginger Barnes Mystery) is available now on ebook and in print starting 4 June 2024. Pre-order is 99¢ You can also find it here.
  • My That Th!nk You Do is now available as an audiobook, and I have some promo codes available. Fair-Exchange, folks: Want a promo code for a free audio version? Promise to review the book on Amazon, Goodreads, Bookbub, … before the next newsletter goes out (last week of May or so)? Let me know.
  • Our March RoundTable 360 was sold out and many thanks to folks who attended and offered comment.
    Our April RoundTable 360 discussion topic is How do creative people work together? exploring collaboration in the arts. Starting with a panel discussion and then welcoming participation by the audience; our hope is to help creatives see their world differently. This episode will be moderated by author, playwright, and poet, Kenneth Weene. Join us Thursday, April 25, 1:30 PM in the East, 10:30 AM in the west and 6:30 PM in London. For your reserved space, please sign up on Eventbrite. Eventbrite caps these sessions at twenty-five (25) audience members so reserve your seat soon.
    Our May RoundTable 360 will be led by award-winning poet, publisher, and editor Clarabelle Miray Fields of Carmina Magazine.
    Our June RoundTable 360 will be led by noted EU actress, model, and voice talent Sabine Rossbach discussing creating realistic characters.
    Our July RoundTable 360 will be led by London based fantasy, horror, and scifi author Liz Tuckwell discussing rejection.
    Want to be on our panel and/or lead a discussion? Let me know here.
  • I’m looking for first readers for my next release (schedule late June 2024), Tag. I’ll need your feedback/comments/edits/questions and definitely backcover copy and review material by 31 May 2024. Interested and willing to commit to that schedule? Let me know.
    About Tag: Two teenagers, Eric and Julia, seek tree grafts on the outskirts of their medieval village as a summer storm clouds the sky. Sullya, a witch hiding among the trees, grabs Julia. Eric swings his axe and severs Sullya’s hand from her arm. Sullya seeks refuge in the deep bole of an old oak. Her hand falls onto the same oak and crawls up the trunk to join her.
    Eric wants to flee but Julia, believing they are safe, torments the witch. Sullya curses them, their families, their crops, their livestock, and their eastern European village.
    Crops wilt, livestock dies, and much of their village falls ill. The village priest, Father Baillot, is often ignorant of church ways and proves ineffective against the curse.
    The elders seek help elsewhere, specifically from a distant priest,
    Father Patreo, who knows the Old Ways as well as the New.
    Patreo is out of favor with the Church because he makes no effort to hide his belief that progress comes from exploring all paths, not just those the Church decrees acceptable.
    He and Verduan, one of the elders, investigate, and what they discover changes the face of Eastern Europe forever.

And that’s it for April.

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