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Heartstrings | Kit Sora’s Storytime

STORYTIME!! This particular shoot I actually managed to plan this one in advance!

We were inside of Montana’s having a lovely feed with our darling Louisa, watching the daylight fade away. The plan was to wait until the sun was close to setting, but food was too good to pass up! We all rushed home with out bellies full, and dove into photo mode!

This shot was actually taken in our tiny downtown back yard, in front of our 3+ story high tree! I’m sat on an old pair of pants because night ground can be scary, and holding a heart covered in flowers, attached to a green vine which was super glued to a scar that was spirit gummed to by chest, the process began. Continue reading Heartstrings | Kit Sora’s Storytime

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Watch Your Reviews | Writing & Publishing Advice with Engen Founder Matthew LeDrew

It’s been a long time since I wrote an ongoing series of articles on this, or any other, website. That’s weighed on me. Since graduating I miss the exercise of penning essays. I’ve even encouraged my fellow Engen authors to write ongoing writing blogs (namely Ali House, Brad Dunne, Kit Sora, and Jon Dobbin, all of whom you should check out). But I never have myself. Writing advice is one thing, all our authors can offer that… but publishing advice? Marketing advice? Social Media advice… that comes with a different set of expectations, and a lot of hurt feelings.

Part of my anxiety around this has become the subject of today’s piece, because I want to address the evident hypocrisy in it right off the bat.

Today’s advice is: don’t post negative reviews, especially of authors at (or near) your current level of notoriety. Continue reading Watch Your Reviews | Writing & Publishing Advice with Engen Founder Matthew LeDrew

Winner: “Sent by the WiseWoman” by Lynne Sargent | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the January 31 2019 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Lynne Sargent with her story, Sent by the WiseWoman!

Lynne Sargent was born in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. She has previously published works in venues such as Strange Horizons, Wild Musette, and Truancy. She was a 2018 Rhysling and 2018 Aurora Award Nominee. A complete list of publications can be found at this link: https://scribbledshadows.wordpress.com/ Continue reading Winner: “Sent by the WiseWoman” by Lynne Sargent | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

What If? Do the Mash, do the Genre Mash | Jon Dobbin’s Blog

Listen, okay, writing isn’t easy. Right now, I’m sitting in an uncomfortable chair, balancing a laptop and generous sized tea all the while trying to churn out words that make some semblance of sense. Not easy. Sometimes I feel like Tobey Maguire in that scene from Spider-Man when he grabbed all of MJ’s lunch on the tray before it splattered to the cafeteria floor (not CGI or special effects by the way. Tobey Maguire is just really method). As I was saying, writing isn’t easy. Perhaps the hardest part of writing, besides balancing laptops and hot beverages, is coming up with original ideas, because… there are none. Not really, not anymore. Don’t lose hope though, you’re ideas are still valid, they still work. You are still a writer. It just takes a little tweaking. Every writer has their own way of doing this, and I’m going to tell you about mine.

Ask yourself: What if? That’s it. Simple. Continue reading What If? Do the Mash, do the Genre Mash | Jon Dobbin’s Blog

‘Dystopia from the Rock’ becomes Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories!

Dystopia from the Rock

Dystopia from the Rock, the fourth volume in the modern From the Rock series, hit #1 Bestseller on February 21, 2019 at 8:22 AM Newfoundland Standard Time: a full month before its release. It reached #1 in the category of ‘Science Fiction Short Stories,’ and ‘Cyberpunk.’ As of this writing it has reached #1086 on the overall paid Amazon ca charts, #7 in Cyberpunk Science-Fiction, and #10 in Genetic Engineering Science-Fiction.

Dystopia from the Rock features thirty-two short stories written by a diverse mix of some of the best speculative fiction and thriller authors in Canada, including both award-winners, veterans of their craft, and brand new talent. Continue reading ‘Dystopia from the Rock’ becomes Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories!

Engen to release novel from Lauralana Dunne!

Engen Books is proud to announce the upcoming release of Lauralana Dunne’s first novel, a YA Fantasy story titled Ashes.

“We are exceptionally proud to have Lauralana on board,” says Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “Her story is amazing and she’s put a lot of thought and care into it. I think there could be a real upset in fantasy writing in the next year or so, and Dunne is a huge part of it.” Continue reading Engen to release novel from Lauralana Dunne!

Call for Pulp Sci-Fi Submissions!

Over the last four years, the From the Rock series has become one of the preeminent anthology series’ in Atlantic Canada. We have been home to some amazing established talent and helped some new authors break through that have gone on to dominate their fields, becoming genre bestsellers in their own right. From the Rock is a title readers consistently ask for, review well, and is a great way for avid readers to get introduced to indie talent they might find interesting. In March 2018 the series’ third entry, Chillers from the Rock, went Bestseller on pre-orders alone!

We are currently accepting submissions for the sixth entry in this series: Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock, to be available in Winter of 2020. Continue reading Call for Pulp Sci-Fi Submissions!