But it sure is a lot to me!
We're only 6 away from breaking 100 likes on the C.M. Humphries facebook Author Page!
You're already getting the free story in 2014, but I've challenged my self as a sort of early New Year's Resolution.
When expectations are high, money is tight, love is tainted and stress is ubiquitous, the citizens of Chase County will do anything to make sure they survive. From the deconstruction of a town to frivolous intercourse with strangers, No-Injury Policy explores the dark depths of human nature when social pressures peak.
No sooner than the meek taste retribution, however, they encounter the demons that have aided authority figures to the top - demons that refuse to lose control no matter what it takes.
No-Injury Policy is the 1st short story collection by C.M. Humphries, showcasing seven of the eeriest tales from every town in Chase County: Raven's Crook, Lovington, Lakeside, and Long Brooke.
Following along as I provide a snippet of each story in the collection. If there's a picture to the left of the premise, that means I blogged on a topic from the story. Be sure to check them all out.
Five Splendorous Tips for the Newbie Author
If you missed the Midwest Writers Workshop this year, you've truly missed a treat.
We had folks like Matthew Clemens, Kelsey Timmerman, Cathy Day, and Jane Friedman leading discussions, as well as a plethora of agents, editors, and publicists. If you haven't arrived at this idea already, I'm ashamed: There was a lot of information to hack.
I'm not too sure how long I will run these tips, but I couldn't simply leave the workshop (#mww11) without dropping these five tips I discovered.
To be honest, I interned for this event, so I shouldn't have hopped in some of the sessions at all. However, I considered my committee badge a backstage pass.
At any rate, let's embark on the tipping of tips.
5. If you want to use social media to your advantage, stop posting nonsense, don't talk politics or religion - and most importantly, DON'T TALK SHIT.
In addition, I would add that you shouldn't do what I used to do.
Check this out! Check out my blog! Hey look at me!
Shameless self-promotion is fine and dandy as long as you have quality content that other people will want to consume.
4. Don't Touch the Agents. (@KelseyTimmerman)
I assume this phrase is akin to "Don't poke the bear" or maybe "The rooster is in the hen house."
During this presentation, however, Timmerman made several valid points. One of which is, just because you were turned down by the agent you pitched to does not necessarily mean game-over during the workshop.
Mingle. Mingle. Mingle. Conversation will get you everywhere. Don't run up to agent after agent, begging them to help you with your story. Stalk them. Be coy.
Which brings me to . . .
3. We're all in this together.
Between sessions and - well - livin' it up with the faculty, I discovered agents are humans. I surmised they were cyborgs, which seems false. Although, I didn't disprove the opposite, and my suspicions still linger.
Nonetheless, everyone in the writing world must work together. Agents don't make the bacon-money unless the writer makes the bacon-money. Same with publicists. They have to sell the crap out of your work to a) Make a living; b)Keep up a valuable reputation.
Don't be afraid to approach them in person or in cyberspace. But . . .
2. Don't Be Careless.
Yep, I made this mistake. My pitch session seemed to be on fire until the moment I (Can you guess what?) told instead of showed.
Yep, always show. Always and everywhere. Nothing is worse than hearing a critique you once heard in high school English.
(And no, telling your date that writers show rather than tell will no make the bed creak any faster.)
For my last tip of the day, I would to make it clear that, due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to return home early from MWW11. However, thanks to twitter, I learned . . .
1. Having a Website or book doesn't make you a writer. Sitting down and enjoying the act of writing, makes you a writer. - @daycathy #mww11
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.