9 Slush Pile Mistakes: A Guest Post by 2 Slush Readers

Beverly Bambury/ September 30, 2014/ authors, editing, Publishing, Submissions, Useful Stuff, writers, Writing Markets/ 1 comments

Welcome to Adam Shaftoe (slush reader for Daily Science Fiction) and Patrick Icasas (slush reader for Flash Fiction Online). I’ve known Adam for a few years now thanks to the Toronto-area convention scene and I very much admire his reviewing skills. Read his blog, people! I met Patrick only recently via my LAB•B work, and it turned out we had lots of interests

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Urban Fantasy Twitter Chat, GenreLitChat #3

Beverly Bambury/ August 29, 2014/ #GenreLitChat, Announcements, authors, Book Marketing, Book Tours, Social Media, Twitter/ 0 comments

It’s that time again! Thursday, September 4th at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific is the next #GenreLitChat, and this time it’s urban fantasy. You can participate in this chat by sending me questions ahead of time for me to ask the panel, or simply being on Twitter and following the hashtag. While this is a moderated discussion, you’ll

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Calls for Submission #7

Beverly Bambury/ August 23, 2014/ Calls for Submission, Submissions, Useful Stuff, Writing Markets/ 0 comments

This week Selene MacLeod once again brings us the occasional column Calls for Submission (CfS). You can see all of the CfS columns here. Don’t forget to joint Selene’s Facebook groups  Call for Submissions: Poetry, Fiction, Art and Open Call: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Pulp, as well as similar active groups Open Call: Horror Markets, Open Call: For the Love of Horror, and Open Call: Crime,

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DetCon1 – The Aftermath

Beverly Bambury/ July 22, 2014/ Conventions/ 4 comments

It was a great convention, with good quality panels and panelists, and lots of fun at parties at night (and in some cases, great beer!). The volunteers and ConCom were fantastic as well. I was well fed by the con suite, all told. Plus the hotel was futuristic-looking and pleasant… the spaces felt good. There were food and drinks for

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Service Highlight: Affordable, No-BS Book Marketing and Social Media Consultations

Beverly Bambury/ July 18, 2014/ Book Marketing, Marketing, Service Highlight, Useful Stuff/ 0 comments

My most under-the-radar services are the consulting services, so I wanted to say a bit more about those, and to share some words from happy consulting clients, too! How do consulting services help you? Offload some of the work you don’t want to do Get query letters written for you (or a critique for the ones you have) Ease your

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My DetCon Schedule

Beverly Bambury/ July 17, 2014/ Book Marketing, Conventions, Publicity, Publishing/ 0 comments

Hi, all! I will be at NASFic DetCon 1 this weekend from Friday, July 18th through Sunday, July 20th. I have a couple of panels I am moderating as well as a kaffeeklatsch (kaffeeklatsch=consulting time for free if you play your cards right! ;)) North American Science Fiction Convention (DetCon) Schedule Econ 101 of Self-Publishing, Nicolet A, Saturday 11 a.m. I am

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Calls for Submission #6 Plus Sources

Beverly Bambury/ May 31, 2014/ Calls for Submission, Submissions, Useful Stuff, Writing Markets/ 0 comments

This week Selene MacLeod once again brings us the occasional column Calls for Submission (CfS). You can see all of the CfS columns here. Don’t forget to joint Selene’s Facebook groups  Call for Submissions: Poetry, Fiction, Art and Open Call: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Pulp, as well as similar active groups Open Call: Horror Markets, Open Call: For the Love of Horror, and Open Call: Crime,

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GenreLitChat #2: Crime and Thriller

Beverly Bambury/ May 8, 2014/ #GenreLitChat, Announcements, Interviews, Twitter/ 0 comments

We’re two weeks away from the next #GenreLitChat, and this time it’s a crime! The lineup: J.T. Ellison  (When Shadows Fall) (J.T.’s Twitter: @thrillerchick) John Rector (Out of the Black) (John’s Twitter: @john_rector) Christopher Irvin (Federales) (Christopher’s Twitter: @chrislirvin) John Mantooth (The Year of the Storm) (John’s Twitter: @busfulloflosers) What is #GenreLitChat? It’s an occasional Twitter chat with writers on the state of genre,

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The Amazing Stories Response to the Travelling to Cons on the Cheap Guest Post

Beverly Bambury/ May 6, 2014/ Conventions, Guest Post/ 1 comments

A while back, Effie Seiberg was kind enough to author a guest post for me, The Cheapskate’s Guide to SF/F cons: A Guest Post. It’s been among the more popular posts on my blog with its useful info that balances being a fan and attending cons for fun, and the all-important business-savvy advice. Today Steve Davidson, the head honcho over

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