Creating a new genre – a guest blog from Laura Perry

Have you heard of WitchLit? How to start a new genre and help support a literary charity at the same time!

Druid Life

Have you ever wondered where genres of literature come from? I’ve watched the birth of a new genre over the past year or two and I’m very excited to see where this one goes. The new genre? Witch Lit.
A lot of the time, a genre of literature comes into being when someone (or more likely several someones) realize there’s a bunch of writing out there that follows a common style, theme, or set of contents. That’s exactly what happened with Witch Lit.
The term started out in casual use, as a sort of witchy-magical version of Chick Lit – fiction with strong female characters and a heavy dose of magic and witchy-ness added in. Sometimes it was magical realism; other times it was fantasy or updated fairy tales. But the magical element and female characters held strong, regardless. I was gratified to realize that my novel The Bed fits…

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Stories About Witches by Witches!

I’ve got a story in a new anthology called:

Witch Lit: Words From The Cauldron

WitchLitThis is a charity anthology in aid of Books For Africa, a worthy charity if ever there was one.

The Kindle book can be pre-ordered for only .99 at

Amazon.com

and

Amazon UK

23 authors and stories brimming with magic from those who know. What have you got to lose?

Pre-order today!

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August Release Set

I’ve been busy.

Front125Apart from short story contributions to anthologies, I’ve been finishing off a non-fiction project, Echoes of Ganesha. I set a July deadline, but it’s out now in both paperback and all E-book forms. So, I’m on top of things!

I have one short story yet to write on my project list, but it isn’t due until October, around the same time that Dreamtime Damsels and Fatal Femmes will be coming out. I don’t have a cover to show for that just yet, but it’s in progress. I’m not in control of the anthology but I’ve had input into choosing the effects to use on the cover image along with several other authors.

Front125I’ve committed to catch up on film work this month, but I’m slowly easing back into my next fiction release, The Chase for Choronzon. This one is more than half done, so I anticipate having it ready well in time for release on Friday, 9th August!

I’ll be bouncing between writing and film work between now and then, shifting the main focus as required. I have loads more projects in planning stages or even partially written, but I’m trying not to give myself specific deadlines for them for the moment. Too many can get stressful!

Meanwhile as you plan your summer holidays, you might want to consider taking along paperback copies of the Goblin series! These are on sale direct from Lulu.com. Dance of the Goblins, Demoniac Dance and Power of the Dance are all 30% off through May!

Series

I also have a new series brewing in the background. This one was inspired by the story I wrote for the Dreamtime Damsels and Fatal Femmes anthology. No it’s not related to my goblins or anything else I’ve written before. All I’ll say for now is dragons feature highly.

The characters who came to life in the short story felt like they were just getting started and had many great adventures ahead, so this is in a development phase. How long it will take to write the first book is anyone’s guess. I’ll be finishing Choronzon first and then I would like to continue my second Steampunk book, which has a few early chapters already written.

This one is titled The Winds of Winter Storms and features Mister Bale from The Wake of the Dragon and perhaps a few other familiar characters from that story, including a certain aerialist cat. Somehow what was meant to be a stand alone novel has blossomed into another trilogy!

Well I couldn’t just leave Mister Bale where he was, could I?

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Deadlines, Short Stories and Worthy Charities

I mentioned last blog that I’ve been writing a couple of short stories. Well, this seems to have escalated and I find myself writing several short stories, mostly for charitable causes that I believe in.

I’m not a big fan of big charities as much of the money donated tends to go for admin and keeping the charity itself going, but there are a few exceptions.

WaterAidIf you’ve been following me you’ll know I contributed to both the 2013 and 2014 volumes of Of Words and Water, which contributes all proceeds to WaterAid and is actually available free on Smashwords. It encourages donations directly to the charity.

ddragonsSince then I’ve contributed to the Dreamtime Dragons Fantasy Anthology which donates all profits to the Abington Ferret Refuge and have had stories accepted for Dreamtime Damsels and Fatal Femmes, a Fantasy anthology of stories about strong female protagonists, due out in October 2019 with all proceeds to go to Big Cat Sanctuary in the USA.

I’ve also had one accepted for The Witch Lit Anthology with all proceeds donated to the literacy charity Books for Africa. This one is to be released 21 June, 2019.

Apart from that, I’ve submitted to a Steampunk anthology that is not for a charity and plan to submit to two other commercial ventures, the first with a March deadline and the other due in October. I have my eye on another Fantasy anthology that supports a cancer charity that I would very much like to support.

books2019Meanwhile, I’ve been setting deadlines for a few books. The immediate ones are for Echoes of Ganesha, which I would like to have at least the first draft finished by the end of March. I plan to release in July, so thought getting that far much earlier would be in order. This one is non-fiction, about the popularity of and Western Magical approaches to working with Ganesha.

In fiction, I’ve set an August release date for The Chase for Choronzon. One of the commercial short stories I’m working on now has a tie-in to this one.

Do I feel pressure? Well, yes, but I work best under pressure. It’s about time I got some projects out among my writing backlog instead of channeling all my energies into film. I’ll try to keep this blog up to date with the new releases and the short stories as more are added.

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Time is an Illusion

Lunchtime, doubly so. Hands up, who recognises he quote?

I seem to have neglected my blog. I’ve been writing monthly posts for The Story Reading Ape blog, but those mostly have to do with the writing process and marketing, which is not what I want to write about here.

I may, however, re-post some of the articles I’ve written here if I think they’re relevant. This blog is for talking about story, rather than writing.

Old Blood poster 2-2-125smallSo, what have I been doing that has kept me away from this blog for so long? Part of it has been film editing. My vampire comedy, Old Blood, will be available on Amazon Prime from 15th November in English speaking countries. Other countries will follow. The zombie comedy, Graveyard Shift, will get finished now, between doing more subtitles in different languages for Old Blood.

advertcomboI have also been writing. Since my last post, I’ve released two new non-fiction books, Elemental Spirits and The Chaonomicon.

These are available in both e-book and paperback from a variety of retailers. But what about new fiction?

I’ve been working on a few things. I’m working on two new short stories for anthologies at the moment, but I also have The Chase for Choronzon well along and likely to be finished soon. Notes and material for the next two books in my Steampunk series has been accruing. I haven’t been idle.

advertcombo1My first Steampunk book, The Wake of the Dragon, came out in audiobook and the goblin books are set to become audiobooks at some time as well. I’ve been holding out for a particular narrator for the first and third books, but the second one needs a different voice as the protagonist is female.

These aren’t the only projects I’ve been working on, but others are not ready to be made public. Meanwhile, with the holidays upon us, look for a Christmas sale or two in December.

Happy reading!

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Christmas Paperback Sale plus E-book

It seems the holiday season is moving in faster this year than usual, but there’s still time if you want to take advantage of a 30% off on the paperback version of The Goblin Trilogy!

 Paperback Christmas

Buy direct from Lulu!

Meanwhile, if you’re getting a new Kindle for Christmas, the E-book version of the Trilogy will be on sale for 1.99 on Christmas until the end of December at Amazon!

Getting another E-reader? Smashwords is also having a special sale event and all of my books are entered! Most will be 1.00 or even free!

Series

Meanwhile Lulu is still offering delivery in time for Christmas so get those last minute gift orders in! Make a new reader this year!

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Dreamtime Dragon Anthology

I’ve had the privilege of contributing to a Fantasy anthology that focuses on dragon stories. The official release is the 15th of this month, but it’s actually available now and for a limited time, the e-book version can be obtained at Smashwords for free!

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I’ve helped edit some of the other author’s stories and I can confidently say that the quality of material is very professional and worthy of that fantastic artwork on the cover, by artist Corin Spinks.

Grab a copy while it’s free! Reviews, especially on Amazon, are greatly appreciated even if it’s only a few words to say what you thought.

This has been the result of a massive group effort and I have to say I’m proud to have been a part of it.

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