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On projection and reading. | Sam Bauer Blog

Fantasy from the Rock

Ellen Curtis & Erin Vance (Editors) Twenty-One short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans of their field and some of them new to the craft!

C$25.00

I have an odd question for you; how much meaning can you imbue into a text? (By text, I mean any media, be it song, story, memoir, or movie.) How much can you actually insure that the reader will take the meaning you want them to? This is a question I am wholeheartedly unqualified to answer. But I do have an anecdote, about when I was reading way too much into a text.

So, I was sitting at home when my phone buzzed on the counter next to me. Upon opening it, I found that Matt had texted me, asking if I could read something and tell him if it was fantasy enough for Fantasy from the Rock, as the three judges (Matt, Ellen and Erin) were in a deadlock. Of course, my first question was how on earth three people managed to tie. He replied that there was some sort of “electoral college” system to keep him from getting too much power. Fair enough, I get to reading. As I read, I start analyzing it. Continue reading On projection and reading. | Sam Bauer Blog

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Wrestling a Story into Submission | House Blog

You know what it’s like when you get an idea for a story and you’re really excited to write it down and bask in the wonder of your genius, but once you start writing you suddenly get stuck and the words don’t sound like they should and the idea’s not really coming across and it isn’t the way you thought it would be and you’re having trouble making that line sound good and you’re not even halfway through but it’s all crumbling in front of you and you don’t know what to do to make it right?

*takes a deep, calming breath*

Normally once I’ve reached this point I would put that particular story aside and work on something else, but the problem is that I don’t want to work on something else. Like a petulant child: I wanna to write this specific story and I want it to be good! Continue reading Wrestling a Story into Submission | House Blog

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

Flights from the Rock, the fifth volume in the modern From the Rock series, hit #1 Bestseller on June 12, 2019 at 5:19 PM Newfoundland Standard Time: a full month before its release. It reached #1 in the categories of ‘Military Historical Fiction,’ and ‘War Fiction.’ As of this writing it has reached #127 on the overall paid Amazon ca charts, #1 in Military Historical Fiction, #1 in War Fiction, #1 in Hot New Releases in Historical Fiction, #38 in Historical Fiction overall, and #70 across all Genre Fiction.

Bestseller in War Fiction

Flights from the Rock features twenty-seven short stories celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the first Trans-Atlantic Flight! Stories by wonderful bestselling authors as well as new talent, and edited by Erin Vance, Lisa Daly, and Ellen Curtis! This collection features the thrilling, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent, imagination, and prestige that Canada — both in the Atlantic region and beyond — has to offer. Continue reading ‘Flights from the Rock’ becomes Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories!

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

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