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Two Great New Reviews
Good start to the week with two new reviews – one 5 Star, the other 4 Star – for my The Twelve Rules creative writing guide on Amazon Kindle.
New Flash Fiction: All Aboard the Last Train !
Today's story – Last Train by SFWA member Jacey Bedford – reflects one of those experiences, or nightmares, we've all experienced. Waiting on the platform of a deserted railway station late at night for the last train home. Will it ever come – or will something far worse arrive in its place?
Check out BSFA Focus - it's out now
The latest issue of the British Science Fiction Association's Focus magazine (#63 - Winter 2014/15) is out now and includes four pages of SF&F poetry edited by your's sincerely. You don't have to be a BSFA member to submit poetry however this is not a paying market – though we can send you a nice print magazine.
New interview with the Original Urban Fantasist (hey, that's me!)
Picture du Jour
Of course now I just get black laser printer toner dust everywhere!
Thought for the day...
Sage advice from one of my day-job contacts on the over-use of buzzwords and hype in descriptions... “Being disruptive and revolutionary is a lot like being classy, if you have to tell people you are, you probably aren’t."
I'd also like to add "guru" + "ninja" + "maven" + "charismatic" to this list!
Latest Crimson Peak official teaser trailer #1
Here's the latest trailer for the new Guillermo del Toro Gothic thriller/horror movies starring Tom Hiddleston + Jessica Chastain + Mia Wasikowski. The US release date is 16 October. Looks to be a little Steampunk action going on here as well.
Congratulations to Susan Burch, one of the authors featured in our most recent SciFaiku Special in Grievous Angel, who has just been named Downtown Washington DC's Most Famous Haiku Poet!
Buy & Read The 12 Rules
Only available on Amazon Kindle as an ebook from £0.99p / $1.50
Do you write genre fiction? Or love reading it? This book reveals the 12 rules that writers of science fiction, fantasy, crime and horror must never break when building believable imaginary worlds for their readers.
What the reviews say...
"What a brilliant book! Rule 13: Read this book. It can only help you write better genre stories. What's to lose?" ...Vanessa Gebbie, award-wining author and editor of Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story
"It's the ideal go-to source for the basic rules and principles of genre fiction writing... it's a thoroughly enjoyable read and easy to dip into in the future for recaps... best of all, it's solid, practical advice."
"With this book, CC has pretty much nailed what to do and not to do."
"This is the book I will keep referring to, it is concise and informative, a useful tool particularly for beginners."
"Serves new and experienced writers... a useful addition to my reference collection."
"The 12 rules are great guidelines that every fiction writer needs to know."
"In my collection, this is one of the Best writing references I have. Insightful, Detailed, Concise, and helpful writing tips. Highly recommended to all writers!"
"A quick and witty read (some great examples are given), this book is well worth returning to at greater length to savour the author's knowledge and analysis of a wide range of fiction and the spin-off films. A short book that packs a punch!"
"This great little book gives aspiring writers a dozen common sense rules for crafting fiction.. it's also well worth the attention of more experienced writers."
"Straight to the point. Gave me great insights. I will be using this every time I need a good reference."
"Excellent and inspirational... relit my creative fire."
"If I had read this book first, maybe I would not be on my fifth rewrite!"
"It's the sort of book I wish I'd had ten years ago, when I started working on my first novel. The price is great and the advice is sound."
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MELTC84
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MELTC84
30 weeks in the Amazon Kindle Top #20 Education/Reference and Writing Skills Bestseller Lists
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