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 on: October 09, 2018, 10:30:49 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Hi Ed

Yep, I'm in Gloucester.

Some news on the writing front - the latest western (#7 - the final part of the trilogy made up of #5, #6, and now #7) is now out on eBook. It briefly peaked at number seven in one of Amazon's lesser charts. The hardback version is due out on Halloween. Western #8, which isn't part of any series is due out in February. I've now made a start on #9...

Also, the first part of the trilogy (#5, Dead Man's Eyes) has been sold on for reprint to a large print publisher - which is good news because (a) it means more readers, (b) it means someone has decided it's good enough to reprint and pay for that reprint, and (c) it means a few more £s to me. Not a lot, but it's all welcome.

Then, on top of that, the publisher has decided to dip their toe in the world of paperback publishing and have selected 10 back-list westerns to publish - including the aforementioned Dead Man's Eyes. Again, it's good because  it means more readers and it'll be nice to finally be out in paperback, but also it means someone at the publishers thinks it's good enough to be in that initial ten.

So all good, on the writing front  cool

Derek

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 on: October 09, 2018, 09:56:02 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Ah, yeah, aren't you Gloucestershire way, Del? My memory is shot

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 on: July 04, 2018, 04:29:26 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
No Northern Line woes for me, Ed. I'm out in the west country - though my commute is up into Birmingham and I have M42 woes most days, although I have cut back to just 2 or 3 days a week commuting and am managing a few days working from home. Did hit London a couple of times in the last few weeks with work and even went up the Post Office tower. An excellent experience.

Keep on keeping on!
Derek

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 on: June 09, 2018, 07:08:02 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Hi Derek -- Renaissance Man time sounds good to me. afro Glad to hear you're still outputting westerns. Hope the Northern Line woes haven't troubled you too much.

I'd be happy with a bit of spare time. I'm time poor at the moment, and have been for quite a while now. I think I've said before that I had planned to work flat out for four years on a big push, and then ease off and do something else, but it hasn't worked out like that. I'm now six or seven years on and though things have changed a lot, and in some ways for the better (no longer working with my worn out body), I'm in the office most of the time these days, trying to find enough work for the guys, pricing jobs, doing all the ordering and organising. That's stressful on the mind rather than the body. When I was on the tools I'd be bored most of the day and on autopilot, doing repetitive tasks. That led on to evenings doing something more creative, to stay sane. I suppose it's just the old private hell thing -- whatever we do has its drawbacks. You tend to forget the past was probably worse in just as many ways as it was better. Hah, still. It could always be worse! I've been trying to retrain myself to see the things that stress me out as exciting opportunities instead. It's not working yet, but I'll keep trying.

Hi Geoff, glad to hear you're still getting on well with the BSFA Orbiters group. Yes, apparently there is occasional life on Doom -- every so often it's nice to drop in and touch base. I keep thinking one day I'll have a bit more time on my hands and there will be a waking of the dead. Put on a new competition and breathe a bit of fetid air into the old dungeon. Get the place kicking again. One day... smiley

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 on: June 09, 2018, 04:11:27 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Geoff_N
I thought I'd pop in and look for evidence of life here. Umm, bit like searching for organic compounds on Mars and yet there is...

Besides these chats I welcomed the critiques and honed many a short horror story for them to end up published somewhere - often on Jeani Rector's The Horror Zine. Now my shorts are still critiqued, as are novels, on the BSFA Orbiters email groups. That works well too - many experienced writers there.

Good to see most of the Cafe Doom people on facebook from time to time and even on twitter.

Write on and prosper.

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 on: April 25, 2018, 04:11:07 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Hey Ed.

Yes all good here. Still bashing out westerns and the occasional short. Still plucking a guitar. And still commuting too far and too often. But I can see a time coming when I might be able to knock the commuting on the head and focus on being a Renaissance man. Maybe a year, maybe two... but there's light at the end of the tunnel. How's you?

Derek

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 on: April 17, 2018, 03:45:20 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Yeah, thanks Jerry. Good one. Hi Del -- nice to see people still dropping by from time to time. How's life, folks? smiley

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 on: March 12, 2018, 07:39:28 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Nice! Thanks for the heads up, elay,

I shall have a bash at this - it's about time I wrote a horror short again!

Cheers
Derek

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 on: February 16, 2018, 01:14:13 PM 
Started by elay2433 - Last post by elay2433
https://darkregions.com/blogs/news/writing-contest-open-submissions-free-to-enter-with-1-000-in-prizes

February 15, 2018

We are very excited to announce a new Dark Regions Press writing contest! Send us your best horror flash fiction story ranging from 10 to 1,000 words based on a sole survivor stranded on a deserted island and you could win from $1,000 in prizes and have the story published in digital anthologies used to promote the stories, authors and press! Five stories will be selected as winners and each author who is selected will have Dark Regions Press featuring them in ads, newsletters and on the website!

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS (MUST FOLLOW OR NO ENTRY)
WORD COUNT: 10 to 1,000 words

THEME: Horror story of a lone survivor on a deserted island

PAY: Contest with $1,000 Prize Pool - 1st place: $500 2nd place: $200 3rd place: $100 4th place: $100 5th place: $100

ADDITIONAL: the 5 winning stories will be published in digital anthologies from Dark Regions Press where the authors will be credited. DRP will also feature the authors in our newsletters, ads and websites!

ENTRY FEE: None but you must be a subscriber to the Dark Regions Press e-mail newsletter to qualify which is free to join at darkregions.com/newsletter

SUBMISSION RULES: No reprints or stories published anywhere else before including author websites. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Only one submission per author for the duration of the contest. Story must be a horror flash fiction story no more than 1,000 words focusing on a sole survivor on a deserted island.

TURNAROUND TIME/TIMELINE: all stories must be sent to Dark Regions Press by March 31st 2018. Our team will then read all of the stories and will select the 5 winners and issue prize money by Summer 2018. The winners will be announced exclusively in our e-mail newsletter after being contacted personally. The digital anthologies including the stories will be published throughout the 2nd half of 2018, 2019 and beyond.

RIGHTS: By entering this contest you agree that if you are selected as one of the 5 winners Dark Regions Press has the right to publish your winning story in digital anthologies and can offer these anthologies and/or the story for sale digitally. Two year exclusive digital rights, rights to sell the story digitally indefinitely thereafter. Your story is free to be published in any physical edition. It can also be published in Best Of anthologies within our 2 year exclusive digital rights period. After the two year digital exclusivity period the author is free to publish the story digitally anywhere else in any capacity.

HOW TO SEND US YOUR MANUSCRIPT (READ CAREFULLY): please send us an e-mail with a subject line reading: "MY STORY TITLE - Dark Regions Press Writing Contest Deserted Island" then in the e-mail body please include a list of the following information:

Full name
Mailing address
Primary e-mail
Payment information (PayPal preferred)
Please refrain from including any credentials or other information, we wish to judge the stories purely based on the stories themselves! If you are selected as one of the winners we will ask for an author bio and photo (if available).

MANUSCRIPT MUST BE ATTACHED TO EMAIL AS A WORD DOCUMENT! .doc, .docx or .rtf are acceptable file types.

Please make sure you have read the above instructions carefully.

Send your Word Doc manuscript of no more than 1,000 words to our writing contest e-mail at: darkregionswritingcontest@gmail.com

Please only use that e-mail for story submissions for our currently active writing contests! Any other submissions/e-mails to that address will be marked as spam.

Thank you and we can't wait to read everyone's lone survivor deserted island horror stories!

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 on: February 16, 2018, 01:12:20 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by elay2433
I know there's not much activity here as of late, but I thought I'd post this just in case any of you pop in from time to time like I do.

https://darkregions.com/blogs/news/writing-contest-open-submissions-free-to-enter-with-1-000-in-prizes

Check it out. Could be fun.

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