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A Few Words on Writing Advice | Dobbin Blog

Let’s talk about writing advice. Nowadays, telling someone not to follow writing advice is as cliché as the writing advice in question. Write what you know – but you can also write what you don’t know (it’s called imagination). Don’t use adverbs – unless they work for the story you’re telling.  To make things worse, there are literally millions of “How-To” books out there (okay, not a million, but it feels that way) espousing the best way to write, most of which promise to help you write the next bestseller or be the next Stephen King. It’s all really very confusing.

It certainly doesn’t help that writers are a nervous bunch. Some might say that we lack self-esteem. Maybe we even lack basic confidence in our work. As such, we often just want someone to tell us that what we are writing is okay, that we meet the standard, that we’re not wasting our time and effort.  We want someone to tell us how to be successful. So, we search for the writing advice, but we see the contradictions. Does writing advice work or doesn’t it? Continue reading A Few Words on Writing Advice | Dobbin Blog

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Winner: “Duplicity” by Ashley Greening | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

Ashley Greening Kit Sora: The ArtobiographyAfter much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the April 2019 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Ashley Greening with her story, Duplicity!

Ashley currently residing in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her first published fiction was ‘Flurries’ in Kit Sora: The Artobiography. Continue reading Winner: “Duplicity” by Ashley Greening | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

Engen Books sale: All June at Broken Books!

img_6761All month at Broken Books all in-stock Engen titles will be 20% off, including Kit Sora: The Artobiography, Family Values, Dystopia from the Rock, and more!

In addition, there are special events this month!
Jon Dobbin will be signing copies of our newest release The Starving, Wednesday from 7-8PM.

Chelsea Bee will be signing copies of London Calling on June 13 from 7-8pm!

Broken Books has an amazing selection of titles, and this month has an entire shelf of Engen Books! Head down and pick up your favorite books, 20% off!

What do these three writers have in common? | LeDrew’s Blog

They are, collectively, the only people who will ever be able to say they’ve been featured in every From the Rock collection: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Chillers, Dystopia, and now Flights from the Rock.

Over the last five years, the From the Rock series has become one that is routinely among the bestselling anthologies in Canada. It has become a series that makes authors bestsellers. With that success has come increased competition: the first volume, Sci-Fi from the Rock, featured many reprints from previous defunct Engen volumes, as we only received a dozen or so submissions. Now we routinely receive over a hundred, typically 300,000 words worth of submissions.

To put it bluntly, the competition has gotten fierce.

Which makes it all the more impressive that there are three authors who have made it into every, single, collection: Ali House, Peter J Foote, & Matthew Daniels. Continue reading What do these three writers have in common? | LeDrew’s Blog

The last Flights from the Rock author announced: Ali House!

Engen Books is proud to reveal the final author to appear in the Flights from the Rock anthology: the amazing Ali House!

A native Newfoundlander, House is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (MUN). She currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she works in arts administration and spends more time than a person should in and around theaters.

House is an avid traveler and foodie, and uses her adventures for her inspiration when she writes. Continue reading The last Flights from the Rock author announced: Ali House!

Bestselling author Paul Carberry writes for Flights from the Rock!

Engen Books is proud to present one of the authors to grace the pages of 2019’s Flights from the Rock, the Bestselling Author of the Zombies on the Rock series, Paul Carberry!

Paul Carberry works for the Canadian Armed Forces and is a proud member the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. He is a huge proponent of the horror genre and its place in literature. He has two children, daughter Dana and son Rick, with his wife Leah. Continue reading Bestselling author Paul Carberry writes for Flights from the Rock!

Prize-Winner JRH Lawless announced as a Flights from the Rock author!

Engen Books is proud to announce that JRH Lawless, winner of the February 2019 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Prize, is bringing his story ‘The White Bird Dives’ to the Flights from the Rock anthology.

J.R.H. Lawless writes Science Fiction full of dark humour and hope, set in a consistent Universe. Continue reading Prize-Winner JRH Lawless announced as a Flights from the Rock author!