Let’s Have Another Show, Shall We?

BroadstairsI was contemplating prompts for the next Word Count Podcast when Word Count Irregular, Matthew Munson posted a photo from an stroll he took early one morning near his home.

Look at the photo off to your right.  Does it not smack of writing possibilities?  Where is that strange green light coming from?  Whose foot steps do I hear behind me?  What has the glowing eyes at the end of the alley?

So, dear sinners…we now have our prompt for episode 37 of the show:

“I was out for an early morning stroll when…”

The Word Count is open to submissions to anyone.  And I want to be clear here.  I affectionately call those who contribute more than once to the show the “Word Count Irregulars.”  Submissions to the show are absolutely open to ALL artists out there.  I have had poems, songs and rants submitted that have made it onto the podcast.

My point is this.  If you write and want to expand your audience for free, this is a really fun way to do it.  Just follow the submission guidelines and get writing!

But first, allow me to provide a little background.

I put together the podcast to feature writers (new and “old hands,” famous and just starting) as a way to get YOUR writing out there.  The show is simple: based on a prompt; you create an original short story and then record yourself reading it.

That’s it. No ads, no hard sell.  Just a podcast with great stories. I rely on the contributing writers and fans to promote the hell out of it and we are over 20,000 downloads at this point.

Why do I do it?  It’s a hobby.  And I’ve been meeting wonderful authors through the show.  It’s all about networking and friendships.

Listen to past shows for FREE HERE or you can download/subscribe via iTunes (also free).

Easy, fun and you’ll pick up a few more fans. So…now you’ll be needing the guidelines.

 

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 37

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 14 February 2014 (Bloody Valentine’s day) at MIDNIGHT.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the prompt (“I was out for an early morning stroll when…”).

Do NOT exceed ten minutes.

As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT ONLY, and please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio
  • Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fanpage etc.
  • Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
  • A photo of you I can use for the show notes
  • At the end of your recording, please add “This is <state your name> author of <state your work(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast”
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 14 February 2014. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but will communicate that to you should it be the case. I add the ‘Explicit’ tag to the ‘cast, so if your story uses adult themes or language that’s ok—but it should be necessary for the story.

Peace

Thoughts In Between Consulting Gigs

Punch-ComputerOther than the Word Count shows, there have been very little in the way of blogs lately. I’m sure there’s a bit of procrastination involved in the reason of “why not,” but it’s more than that.

To be honest, until this week, I haven’t done much by way of writing—let alone blogging—and my issue isn’t so much time.

God knows I’ve been extraordinarily busy.  The consulting Program Manager life isn’t for the faint of heart—you’re responsible for everything but have the authority to change nothing.  Yet you still have to deliver.

I love that challenge, by the way.  Don’t let me ever tell you otherwise.

There.  I’m doing it again.  Procrastinating.  And avoiding.

See, I’m struggling a bit and I’m not the type of guy who normally asks for help.  One of the reasons I went “indie” is control.  I can write and publish what I want.  I can pick an editor I love (yes—as an indie you NEED an editor.  See the bazillion posts on that particular issue all over the internet.  It’s second only to cat videos).  I can choose the cover artist I like.  I can publish when I want in the format of my choice.

But I hit a problem a couple years ago.  A famous author started to bring out books of her own with the same series name as mine.  And by “bring out” I mean be published by one of the big publishing houses.

I tried to trademark my series name after the fact.  No dice.

I tried to write to her, her agent and her publishing house.  Close your eyes and you’ll see the number of responses I received.

But…no one has tried to send me a cease and desist order either.  Small blessings.

I’ll be changing the name of the series—probably whenever I get book two done. But this entire situation and the walk through of this tough patch was done mostly alone.  Because I’m a…you know…”indie.”

I typed earlier that I’m not one to ask for help.  That’s kinda of a critical flaw when it comes to being an indie writer.  I have NO issue asking for help in the Program Management life I lead by day.

But in my “writer life,” it’s an issue.

I tried a small press once—not the best of business experiences for me.

There certainly are other small presses out there.  Booktrope has an interesting model and I like the folks who work there.  Ragnarok Publications looks really awesome too—and they signed Mercedes M. Yardley who is a terrific writer, mom and all-around good person (and she has a stuffed dragon I’m gonna steal someday).

I just submitted a short story to Grey Matter Press—who also seem pretty awesome.

I know, I know.  I’m wandering a bit. We are coming close to my struggle here.  It’s my blog, my therapy session.  Stay with me.

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…but I don’t have the right temperment…!

 

See, I need more structure to my writing.  I need somebody who ‘gets’ what I’m trying to do and will work with me to make me a better writer—and a better storyteller.

I need someone to be blown away when I write something awesome.  I need them to kick me in the nuts when I don’t.

The writing groups and individuals I’ve met in this industry over the years provide bits and pieces.  Some good advice, some bad.  A lot of folks hawking their own books. And lots and lots of noise.

This, more than anything else, is what I’ve learned being an Indie writer.  I’ve learned what I need to do better.  I’ve learned what I can’t do on my own.  I’ve learned what I need to better the story.

I need a mentor, a confidant, a fan, an editor, a publicist and the crazy nun/penguin from The Blues Brothers.

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Okay.  Maybe not the penguin.

 

In short, I think I might need to find a publisher.

“For reals,” (as my daughter says).

Peace

The Word Count Podcast Episode 36

Welcome to Episode 36 of “The Word Count” podcast!

Four of our “Regular” Word Count Irregulars join me on a journey to desolate, winter theme:

“The snow drifts covered the door and the windows of the cabin…”

I think you find some good stuff within the show…by our authors.  Me?  Hell, I cracked a few ribs a few days ago and am on some good painkillers.  I have no IDEA what I said.

Anyway.

But before we introduce our writers, a bit about the show:

What is The Word Count Podcast?

It is a free broadcast by writers for writers.  Simply put, a theme for each show is announced via this site, Twitter and Facebook and writers are given a week or two to write AND RECORD their stories based on said theme.

Why?

Why not, says I.  It’s a great way to practice writing and public speaking.  It’s another way for writers to get their work “out there.”  And I love to meet fellow authors and have a blast putting the show together.  It’s just that simple.

Okay.  Where can I find it?

 You can listen to the latest podcast below, subscribe via iTunes or listen at the show’s site.

 

Direct: http://thewordcount.libsyn.com/webpage

 

iTunes (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!): http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-word-count/id392550989

Our guests this week:

 

Bill_KBill Kirton “The Lovers of Wensley Dale”

Before taking early retirement to become a full-time writer, Bill Kirton was a lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen. He’s written stage and radio plays, short stories, novels, skits and songs for revues, and five non-fiction books aimed at helping students with their writing and study skills. His five modern crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and Unsafe Acts are set in north east Scotland and his historical crime/romance novel, The Figurehead, is set in Aberdeen in 1840. The Darkness won the silver award in the mystery category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards and his spoof mystery, The Sparrow Conundrum, was the winner in the humor category.

 

He’s had radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC.  His short stories have appeared in many anthologies, including three of the CWA’s annual collections, and one was chosen by Maxim Jakubowski for his 2010 anthology of Best British Crime Stories.

 

Writing as Jack Rosse, he’s published a novel for children called The Loch Ewe Mystery.

He’s been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

 

Twitter: @carver22

Website: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

Blog: www.Livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com

 

MMUNSONMatthew Munson “Brothers” 

Matthew is British and lives in a small town you’ve probably never heard of, but do look up Broadstairs when you get some time. It’s rather spiffing.

 

He was published through Inspired Quill, with Fall From Grace out in 2011 and Leap of Faith out in 2013, and has always thoroughly enjoyed being a part of The Word Count Podcast … even if he did (ahem) disappear off the radar for a while.

 

He writes and vlogs about dyspraxia and disability issues in his “other life” and occasionally rants about public transport on social media. That bit’s just a hobby. Go and say hello over at www.matthewmunson.co.uk or www.facebook.com/matthewmunsonauthor

 

You’ll notice that the speaker for Matthew’s story isn’t him; it would be worryng if it was. No, the dulcet tones belong to Lisa Payne, a British actor who has saved Matthew from inflicting his own tones on you. Doesn’t she sound good?

Krstvr_White_IC. Thomas Smith “The Folly

In the future, when historians look back & try to explain what it was that caused the downfall of the cats evil plans & halted the Catapocalypse, they will cite my mad ramblings. Why? Because they will have no idea what actually happened since they are talking to maybe six people and are using dried leaves as references. Later, alone in their hammocks, those same historians will dream of wool and butterflies. They will stroke their whiskers and drift off to the land of milk and catnip.

Sweet dreams my overlords.

 

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = krstvr.com

 

eden_at_benmcnallyEden Baylee “The Last Refuge”

Eden Baylee writes literary erotica and infuses erotic elements into many of her stories. Incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on, her brand of writing is both sensual and sexual.

Her latest release is a book of erotic flash fiction and poetry called HOT FLASH.

SPRING INTO SUMMER is her second collection of erotic novellas and the companion piece to her first book, FALL INTO WINTER.

Connect with her via her websiteblogtwitter @edenbayleefacebook

First Word Count of 2014 OPEN for Submissions!

mountains_winter_night_stars_skyscapes_cottage_night_sky_1920x1080_wallpaper_www.wallpaperhi.com_76Happy 2014 everyone!

Now that the holidays are past, it’s time to chip a bit of winter ice off our Word Count Irregulars and start the new year with a new Podcast.

Which means episode 36 of The Word Count is now OFFICIALLY open for submissions!

But what, dear sinners, will we be writing and recording this time?

Here is our winter-themed prompt:

“The snow drifts covered the door and the windows of the cabin…”

The Word Count is open to submissions to anyone.  And I want to be clear here.  I affectionately call those who contribute more than once to the show the “Word Count Irregulars.”  Submissions to the show are absolutely open to ALL artists out there.  I have had poems, songs and rants submitted that have made it onto the show.

My point is this.  If you write and want to expand your audience for free, this is a really fun way to do it.  Just follow the submission guidelines and get writing!

But first, allow me to provide a little background about the show.

I put together the podcast to feature writers (new and “old hands,” famous and just starting) as a way to get YOUR writing out there.  The show is simple: based on a prompt; you create an original short story and then record yourself reading it.

That’s it. No ads, no hard sell.  Just a podcast with great stories. I rely on the contributing writers and fans to promote the hell out of it and we are nearly at 20,000 downloads at this point.

Why do I do it?  It’s a hobby.  And I’ve been meeting wonderful authors through the show.  It’s all about networking and friendships.

Listen to past shows HERE or you can download/subscribe via iTunes.

Easy, fun and you’ll pick up a few more fans. So…now you’ll be needing the guidelines.

 

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 36

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 17 January 2014 at MIDNIGHT.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the prompt “The snow drifts covered the door and the windows of the cabin…”).

Do NOT exceed ten minutes.

As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT ONLY, and please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following: 

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio
  • Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fanpage etc.
  • Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
  • A photo of you I can use for the show notes
  • At the end of your recording, please add “This is <state your name> author of <state your work(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast”
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 17 January 2014. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but will communicate that to you should it be the case.I add the ‘Explicit’ tag to the ‘cast, so if your story uses adult themes or language that’s ok—but it should be necessary for the story.

Peace