The Word Count Podcast Episode 55 – OPEN for SUBMISSIONS!

 

White-Cute-Puppy-With 54 episodes in the can and Spring nearly here, the itch to create is already awakening from its winter slumber.

What does that mean? I have no idea--so lets move along...

The #wordcountpodcast provides YOU the listener with free original stories by brilliant authors--the 'peeps' I euphemistically call the Word Count Irregulars.

Over 300 stories, over 80 authors.  And we are still going!  Now it's time to open up episode 55 for submissions!

A new three-word prompt is on tap for this show:

DOG, WHEELCHAIR, ADDICTION

You must construct a story using all three words.  Anyone can write, read and record a submission!  The submission guidelines are below, but first--and for those unfamiliar with the show…

The Word Count Podcast is truly one of my joys. I direct, produce, write and host the show—and also come up with the various themes our writers—The “Word Count Irregulars”—use to create unique and brilliant stories.

All for the listener and lovers of great storytelling.

There are no endorsements…no paid stories. It’s all done for the love of the written word. And downloads are always free. Always.

The only thing I ask is a little help via social media to point folks at the show.

To start listening go to either my Libsyn Page or to iTunes:

LIBSYN

iTUNES

There are Fifty Four shows available right now!

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 55 – “Dog, wheelchair, addiction.”

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as they have recently CHANGED)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 11 March 2016 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on the three words: "Dog, wheelchair, addiction.“

Do NOT exceed SEVEN 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 (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST)
  • 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.
  • PLEASE Make sure you have included ALL ARTIFACTS I have asked for. Do not assume I can “Get your picture from the internet” or can “Pull your bio from your web page.”

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 11 March 2016. 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

Chocolate, Thorns and Lust – The Word Count Podcast episode 54

lustWelcome to Episode 54 of The Word Count Podcast!

We return to our “three word prompt” format, a little late for Valentine’s Day, with four stories based on:

Chocolate, thorns and lust.

Should have just said “write about RB’s favorite things.” Would have been quicker.

Anyway, before we introduce our cadre of writers and their most excellent stories, 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:

eden at benmcnallyEden Baylee “The Letter”

Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to become a full-time writer. She incorporates many of her favorite things into her writing such as: travel; humor; music; poetry; art; and much more.

Stranger at Sunset is her first mystery novel, on the heels of several books of erotic anthologies and short stories. She writes in multiple genres.

An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often!

To stay apprised of Eden’s book-related news, please add your name to her mailing list.

Connect with her via her website | blog | twitter @edenbaylee | facebook

 CThomasSmith2C. Thomas Smith ”Take Me”

It has been brought to my attention that my bios are not “good”, that they are in fact, “silly” and I should do as the professionals do and extol my values and my work. Ok. Here goes:

C. Thomas Smith is the author of hundreds of short stories (99% have never left his hard drive) and half a dozen unpublished novels (50% cowardice / 50% self-doubt). He is a fan of common sense, free speech, noticing the truth in the absurd and caffeine. He sort of likes cats. He lives in Ireland with his partner, two children, a mortgage and a cat he doesn’t trust.

Wasn’t that a hoot. Of course the point of a bio is to tell someone who you are and what you are offering. I’m a highly strung neurotic scribbler who likes to write “silly” things in the hope that they make you smile, or laugh or shake your head in confusion. Or at the very least take a moment out of an otherwise challenging day to enjoy a little bit of the ridiculous for no other reason than it's on offer from someone who wants to thank you for giving up some of your time. I’m not a professional, though I am working to change that. I’m someone who knows that the words don’t always work, but that once in a while when they do, they’re golden. I thank you for your time, I thank you for hearing and reading my words and I promise to always try and creep you out or make you laugh. Because that is who I am and that is what I offer.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web = www.infinity-forge.com

BillkBill Kirton “Genesis”

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 published a novel for children called The Loch Ewe Mystery, and his latest publication is a satirical novella about online gaming and the real and virtual worlds.

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. It’s also been optioned by a film company in Los Angeles.

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

Twitter: @carver22

Website & Blog: www.bill-kirton.co.uk

MariaHaskinsMaria Haskins “The Unicorn”

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator with a passion for science fiction and fantasy. She was born and grew up in Sweden, but moved to Canada in the early 1990s and now lives just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, and a large black dog.

Maria debuted as a writer in Sweden, and has had several books published there. Her English language debut Odin's Eye - a collection of science fiction short-stories - was published in March, 2015. Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 - 2015 - a collection of poetry - was released in November, 2015.

Website: https://mariahaskins.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mariahaskinswriter/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13459869.Maria_Haskins

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00UICDA2K

Smashbooks: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mariahaskins

Twitter: @mariahaskins

 

 

 

 

The Word Count Podcast Episode 54 – Open for Submissions!

4441417155_a8bab0cdd9I'm so amazingly excited.

The last few episodes of the #wordcountpodcast have been downloaded more than all the previous episodes...53 shows and well over 100,00 downloads at this point.

Free original stories by brilliant authors--seems to be taking hold.  I'd love the show to go viral!  And your help in promoting the show via social media has been a huge help.

But we'd be nothing without our authors--the 'peeps' I euphemistically call the Word Count Irregulars.

Over 300 stories, over 80 authors.  And we are still going!  And it's time to open up episode 54 for submissions!

So I think for this next show. we'll return to out three word prompt:

CHOCOLATE, THORNS, LUST

 

 

You must construct a story using all three words.  Anyone can write, read and record a submission!  The submission guidelines are below, but first--and for those unfamiliar with the show…

The Word Count Podcast is truly one of my joys. I direct, produce, write and host the show—and also come up with the various themes our writers—The “Word Count Irregulars”—use to create unique and brilliant stories.

All for the listener and lovers of great storytelling.

There are no endorsements…no paid stories. It’s all done for the love of the written word. And downloads are always free. Always.

The only thing I ask is a little help via social media to point folks at the show.

To start listening go to either my Libsyn Page or to iTunes:

LIBSYN

iTUNES

There are Fifty Three shows available right now!

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 54 – “Chocolate, thorns, lust,”

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as they have recently CHANGED)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 19 February 2016 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original story based on the three words: "Chocolate, thorns, lust “

Do NOT exceed SEVEN 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 (DO NOT ASSUME I HAVE YOUR LATEST)
  • 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.
  • PLEASE Make sure you have included ALL ARTIFACTS I have asked for. Do not assume I can “Get your picture from the internet” or can “Pull your bio from your web page.”

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 19 February 2016. 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