Wednesday, January 30, 2013

EVENT: Seton Hill WPF Residency 2013


Many Genres One Craft contributors were in full force at the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction MFA Residency this month. The keynote speaker was Kevin Hearne, New York Times Bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles.

Kevin Hearne and Heidi Ruby Miller

Albert Wendland

Lee Allen Howard and Jason Jack Miller

Heidi Ruby Miller and Victoria Thompson

Anne Harris and friends

Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller

Elaine Ervin and Lee Allen Howard

Heidi Ruby Miller and Albert Wendland

Thursday, January 24, 2013

MGOC Contributor: Lawrence C. Connolly


EXCERPT from "The Teaching Writer" by Lawrence C. Connolly in Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction:

You’ve finished your first novel. Now what?

The conventional wisdom is simple enough: start writing your second. That’s how you build a career. Write every day. Submit work when it’s finished. Keep submitting your finished work until it’s accepted. Unfortunately, none of these career-building steps are going to pay the rent. Indeed, even after acceptance, you’ll have to wait awhile for that first advance. Contracts will need to be vetted, signed, and returned. Checks will need to be cut (and if that sounds like a quick operation, just you wait). And if you’ve employed the services of an agent, you’ll have to wait for the publisher’s check to clear the agent’s bank before another check can be cut and mailed to you.


Lawrence C. Connolly's fiction has appeared in many of the major genre magazines, among them Amazing Stories, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Cemetery Dance Magazine, and Rod Serling's Twilight Zone Magazine. His work can also be found in a number of best-of collections, among them Year's Best Horror, Best of Borderlands, and Best of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction from One of his short stories, “Echoes,” has been made into two films. His supernatural thrillers Veins and Vipers are published by Fantasist Enterprises.

Monday, January 14, 2013

MGOC Contributor Event: Diane Turnshek at Mars Desert Research Station

Many Genres, One Craft contributor Diane Turnshek takes researching her next novel to a whole new world...or as close as possible.

My work in progress is a YA novel set on Mars. In order to research the setting, I took a two week trip to the Mars Desert Research Station in the badlands of Utah. The Mars Society has been operating facilities like this for a decade to study how colonists would adapt to the isolation, rehydrated/dehydrated food, limited water supply, bitter cold and awe-inspiring red vistas. I didn't expect to have so much fun with my teammates, heading outside in spacesuits, off-roading on ATVs and being the subjects of an indy Swiss film. "Do your research!" now has a whole new meaning.

-Diane Turnshek
January 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Support the Fridge of the Damned and Get Instigation Prompts

Many Genres editor Michael Arnzen has combined forces with indie publisher Raw Dog Screaming Press and horror flash fiction site to launch a Kickstarter campaign to make The Fridge of the Damned -- a twisted refrigerator magnet poetry set -- a reality. Help fund the fridge and get some fun word magnets to mess with...and an ebook filled with offbeat writing prompts (Arnzen's trademarked "Instigation") to inspire your fiction! Pledges need to be received before February 1st, so don't delay.