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Anthology Submissions Needed!

Twisted Futures!

Visions of the Future Anthology

Submissions Needed, 5,000 words or less, only futuristic themes.  Short stories, flash fiction and poetry are all welcome.  Paint your picture of a dsytopic, utopic or otherwise unique vision of the future.  WORD format preferred, only electronic submissions accepted.  Submission is FREE and you can submit multiple entries if you wish.

Publishing by Michael Bradley, President, Eiverness Consulting Group, Ltd., An Arizona Corporation in Good Standing.  Earlier anthologies were Twisted History and Twisted Nightmares.

Submissions required by December 15, 2013.  Expected publication prior to May 2014 both in print and published in Kindle format.

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Please send inquiries and submissions to:

eiverness@cox.net

For the subject put:  Anthology Submission

Selected authors will receive two free printed copies of the final anthology and will be able to purchase unlimited print versions at cost.  All other sales will be retained by Eiverness Consulting Group, Ltd.

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I Will Be Signing books at Hob Nobs This Friday

I will be at Hob Nobs Cafe and Spirits in Phoenix on Friday, August 2nd, signing copies of The Travelers’ Club and the Ghost Ship, The Travelers’ Club – Fire and Ash, Twisted History and Twisted Nightmares.  Come join me for this First Friday event.  They will have a live band playing starting at 8 pm.  I will be just inside the entrance starting around 7:30 pm.  I look forward to seeing you there!

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Hob Nobs – 149 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85003

 

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My Interview with Ruth Jacobs – In the Booth with Ruth

I am pleased to say that Ruth Jacobs of Hertfordshire, England, “In the Booth with Ruth” has posted her interview with me.  Below is the link and the text.  Please check out her blog at ruthjacobs.co.uk and also her store.  She has novels for sale and also petitions for various human rights causes.  Thanks Ruth!

http://ruthjacobs.co.uk/2013/06/16/michael-bradley-interview/

IN THE BOOTH WITH RUTH – MICHAEL BRADLEY

Michael Bradley

What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you? 

I was an abused child and escaped from reality by reading. I started reading encyclopedia at age four. I have read at least a book a week since I was twelve, and probably close to 5,000 at this point. I have always wanted to be a writer, but adults discouraged me and I went into various fields. Finally, at age forty-seven, I retired on my savings and started writing full time on April 1, 2011. 

How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments? 

I write every day and can pace up to a chapter per day. I write full time for the most part, but also do some consulting, public appearances, and teaching. I am a bit of a word processor. I have so many ideas and stories fully written in my head, that the actual act of writing feels like dictation from my own internal voice. 

In which genre do you most enjoy writing? 

I like writing the same genres I love to read. Fiction, historical fiction, steampunk, and fantasy. I write what I refer to as “pulp fiction” in that it is story and character rich, enjoyable, easy to read, and takes the reader away from the normal world. I do not try to write deep literary fiction with nuanced meanings you have to dwell on for days to understand. 

What draws you to write in that genre? 

I am a strong believer in writing what you enjoy reading. I feel you are a bit of a charlatan if you try to write something because it is popular or marketable. Ideas and writing come easily if you would want to read your own novels and stories if someone else had written them. I tell my readers honestly, that had I not written the stories, I would love to read them. 

Tell me about your current project(s)? 

I work on several things at once. For novels, my next is Blood Bank, a unique post-apocalyptic vampire novel, that is more about what it means to be human than about vampires. It is due out late summer 2013. After that, the third in the Travelers’ Club steampunk series will come out, The Travelers’ Club and The Lost City, late Fall 2013. I am working on next year’s Twistedanthology series, and on The Second Civil War, a political thriller set in 2024. Both I hope to release in early 2014. 

What are your writing plans for the future? 

My goal is to continue to release two or three books per year and a dozen short stories. My career goal is to have thousands of readers who enjoy my writing and look forward to the next story. Financially, I plan to break even, but I would trade profits for readers any day. I have stories bursting to get out and on to paper, and I just want others to read and enjoy them. 

Where can people find out more about you? 

My blog site at www.mbtimetraveler.com is a very eclectic selection of posts that interest me. Usually, I update the blog two or three times daily. Some are pictures, some are reposts of stories, some are original writing of mine. If you follow my blog, you will certainly gain insight into the unusual mix of interests floating around inside my head.

Twitter: @mbtimetraveler

My books can be found on Amazon: Twisted NightmaresThe Travelers’ Club and The Ghost ShipThe Travelers’ Club – Fire and Ash, and Twisted History. I also write movie reviews, book reviews, true science and other columns for multiple magazines, and I have had around forty short stories published in various publications.

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Excitement and Frustration

So, I am going to be at booth #1629 at Phoenix Comic Con 2013 from Thursday May 23rd through Sunday May 26th!  That is the really exciting part.  I will be selling signed copies of Twisted History, The Travelers’ Club and the Ghost Ship, The Travelers’ Club – Fire and Ash, and the newly released Twisted Nightmares.

My wife will be selling vintage jewelry, Gatsby like hair decorations and pop culture creations at the same booth with me, from her Susanne’s Passions craft store.  I am really looking forward to this awesome event, both as a vendor, and as an attendee.  My friend and fellow author, Chris Wilke, and his family will be helping out at the booth some as well.

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So why the mixed feelings?  Why the frustration?

It is because the “powers that be” at Phoenix Comic Con refuse to consider me for any panels.  I will not name the person, but I write articles for the same publication as this person.  Despite the fact that I have appeared at numerous conventions and appeared on local panels at LepreCon, DarkCon, and the Wild Wild West Con, the folks at PCC won’t return my calls or emails.  They even refused to talk to me in person.

Why?  Because I am Indie-published.  Despite the fact that PCC has panels each year on how to Indie publish, their guy in charge of writers only invites those published through traditional publishers.  In fact, the panels on Indie publishing have all authors who are traditionally published.  The exception of course is Michael Stackpole, a great guy who has been a mentor in my journey, who had many books traditionally published and now Indie publishes.

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It is a shame that even at a cutting edge cultural event, the old social morays still stay in place, that some how an Indie published author is a “vanity press” author.  Some of their guests in prior years I have actually outsold as an Indie, and one of them had a book deal but did not even have a book out yet.  I know we each have our own path.  I even feel petty and small for being irritated by this.  However, I have real experiences to share with authors who go to events like PCC to see a panel on “Indie publishing.”  I have been on dozens of panels on the topic, been written up in local newspapers and media, and appeared at many writer conferences to give seminars on the topic.

I am very happy for the authors who are appearing, including a great person I worked with years ago named Amy Nichols who has her first book published, an awesome Children’s book.  Also there will be Jenn Czep, who is a wonderful person with a story in Twisted Nightmares.  Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Terry Brooks and Cherie Priest are all great people too.  Sam Sykes and Gini Koch I know and enjoy as well from meeting them and being on panels together.  I don’t even care that much not to be selected – it is not even being considered because I am an Indie that is frustrating.

I don’t usually rant.  I am a very upbeat guy in general.  For some reason this just annoys the heck out of me.

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Twisted Nightmares Will be Out Soon!

The latest book project will be out on Kindle, Nook, and print versions soon.  I just got the proof copies and we are making a few small changes.  Twisted Nightmares is the second is a series of books that will come out once per year.  The first was Twisted History, an anthology of alternative history stories written by writers from all different genres, making it “twisted.”  The purpose is to induce fresh perspectives into standard genres by having new authors take different approaches to the work than regular genre writers.  In Twisted Nightmares, writers all submitted horror short stories and poems.  Our editor, Andrew Terech, then reviewed and selected them anonymously, and put them through a rigorous edit process.  Thanks also to Chris Wilke for his outstanding work on the cover and in the compilation process.

I am glad to say I have several that made it into print, including Future Sport, Humanity Won, Humanity Too, Terror Insertion, and The Hair.  This is the fourth time The Hair has been picked up for publication.  I will post when Twisted Nightmares will be available.  It will be 99 cents on ebook format and a bit more in print version (have to pay to get it printed, and if at a bookstore, they have to get paid too).  Thanks to all the great writers and readers out there!

T-Nightmares-Cover

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Come By the Wild Wild West Con 2 Tomorrow and Say Hello!

Friday, March 8th, 2013, I will be appearing as a guest at Wild Wild West Con 2, the only Steampunk only Con at an actual 1880s theme park.  Old Tucson Studios, the site of over 300 movies and TV shows, will be hosting the event for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It is hosted by the great folks at the Arizona Steampunk Society who have put tons of work into it.  A shout out to Diana, Jason and Noe and to the hundreds of others working to make this a fun and exciting weekend event.

Thanks to their gracious invitation, I will be there Friday, on a panel at 2 pm discussing writing steampunk, steampunk themes in literature and indie publishing.  Joining me on the panel are author/publisher/magazine editor Patti Hulstrand, and author/cover designer/computer whiz Chris Wilke.  Please stop by not only to see us, but all the great costumes, events, performances and live bands.  Here is a link:

http://www.wildwildwestcon.com/d/

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Unfortunately, due to still recovering from recent medical procedures, I will only be able to attend the first day.  I will not have a vendor booth, but will be available briefly before and after the panel to sign copies of my Steampunk and other books.  You will also get to see me as my alter ego, dressed in 1880s western steampunk garb.  It is sure to be a great day for you and all you bring.  Lots of fun, and a unique experience.

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Who Do You Write Like?

I came across this very cool site on StumbleUpon called, I Write Like:

http://iwl.me/

I Write Like

You put a chapter of a book you wrote/are writing, or a short story, or an article in the provided box.  It then tells you who the writing is similar to.  I can’t attest to its accuracy, but I found it pretty fun.

My results:

Chapter One Draft of Blood Bank – Margaret Atwood

Chapter Two Draft of Blood Bank – William Gibson

Second Chapter, The Travelers’ Club – Fire and Ash – James Joyce

Hop To It, One of my shorts in Twisted History – Chuck Palahniuk

So, I guess it is true I write in a different style whether writing horror, steampunk, or humorous history.

What results will you have?

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Anthology Submission Deadline – January 31st!! Just Two more weeks!!

You need to get me those submissions by January 31st!!!

For all of you writers or aspiring writers, each year I help publish an anthology on one subject.  Last year, we published Twisted History, and all the stories were alternative history.  It was “twisted” because we had comedy writers, fiction, non-fiction and other genre writers all writing alternative history.  This year, the topic is horror, and the working title is Twisted Nightmares.  Twisted History has sold thousands of copies, and we expect Twisted Nightmares to do even better.  It will be available on Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble Online, at several bookstores, and in printed form for your resale.

We accept any form of writing, poems, flash fiction, or short stories up to 5,000 words.  Your submissions are judged anonymously by a panel of writers and editors.  Selected submissions will then be professionally edited and returned to you for changes.  The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013.  Expected publication date is March 1, 2013.  Here is a flyer which has more detail, and also has our cover, supplied to us by the original photographer for use.  (more on them later :-) )

Twisted Nightmares!

Horror Anthology

 Submissions Needed, 5,000 words or less, only horror themes.  WORD format preferred, only electronic submissions accepted.

Publishing by Michael Bradley, President, Eiverness Consulting Group, Ltd., An Arizona Corporation in Good Standing

Senior Editor – Andrew Terech

 

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Submissions required by January 31, 2013.  Expected publication prior to May 2013 and published in Kindle format.

Please send inquiries and submissions to:

eiverness@cox.net

For the subject put:  Anthology Submission

This publication is designed to be an additional opportunity to highlight the talents of aspiring writers.  Those chosen for publication will receive two free copies of the printed version and will be able to buy printed copies at cost for their own use or sale.  All other profits and expenses, including electronic sales will be retained by the publisher.

Original Makeup and Character by: Kiera Von D – Blademouth (see more of Kiera’s work here:www.facebook.com/nytroxsfx)
Shared by: Jona Than

To see how pretty Blademouth is in real life and learn more:

http://www.examiner.com/slideshow/seattle-s-sweetheart-blade-mouth-aka-kiera-von-d-an-aspiring-special-effects-make-up-artist

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Why Nerd Conventions are Full

As a nerd myself, I am proud of my vast reading, viewing and gaming history.  I have played hundreds of video games, including Massively Multi-player Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) like Everquest, EQ2, Star Wars Galaxies, Dark Age of Camelot, World of Warcraft, etc.  I have been and am, Guild Leader, officer, organizer of several.  In First Person Shooters (FPS) I have also been in clans and player associations, often ranking in the top 5 out of 500,000 players world-wide.  I have a comic book collection, I have every star wars and forgotten realms books ever published.  I was a Dungeon Master for D&D and played wargames before that, going back to the original Chainmail rules, and boxed sets.  I read Lord of The Rings in the first grade.  I made my own first computer and programmed on a cassette tape deck with a Commodore 20.  At one point, I held world records for Space Invaders, Robotron, and and Battletank.  I could go on, but let it suffice to say that I have been, and always will be, a super nerd.

Oddly enough, my first actual convention was in 2010, at Phoenix ComicCon.  As a child I wanted to go to GenCon in the worst way, but I was too poor.  As an adult, I had a wife, kids, and very demanding jobs.  I finally decided to go in March of 2010.  I was very nervous, being 47 at the time, that I would be the old man wondering around looking stupid, that I would not know how to do anything, that all my gaming knowledge was archaic.  Instead, after my initial nervousness, and having my at the time normal, non-nerd wife go, we had a blast.  Films, fun, games, great guests, great vendors, costumes and great people abounded.  My wife had more fun than I, starting her perilous descent into my world of imagination, fantasy and sci-fi.  She dressed up as an original crewman from Star Trek, and was hit on by people while I was standing protectively near her.  I will have to scan the picture and post of her and Lou Ferigno.  John Schneider got cozy with her, the kid who played Boba Fett in Star Wars was grown up, early 20s and asking her out – in front of me…  Almost had to take down the bounty hunter…

The point is, outsiders view conventions as a bunch of geeks and nerds doing stupid things, even today.  In fact, they are awesome fun.  The other thing that outsiders do not realize is the existence of “cosplayers.”  Cosplay is short for costume players.  It ranges from dressing up in a costume but not on Halloween, to entire lifestyles of dress and counter-culture.  This has spawned the existence of the dream girl for male nerds.  The geekgirl, the cyberchick, the cosplayer, the nerdgirl…  Lots of terms, but none do justice to these new mega-stars of the convention scene.  You might not know them, but they have hundreds of thousands of fans and are well known names among us science fiction fans.

Here are some examples of why young guys flock to conventions, other than the science fiction:

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Cyber Monday SPECIALS!!

THREE CYBER MONDAY SPECIALS!!

1) For a limited time, you can purchase The Travelers’ Club and the Ghost Ship for just 99 cents, which is a 93% discount off the bookstore price on Kindle, Smashwords, and other online ebook vendors:

http://www.amazon.com/Travelers-Club-Ghost-Ship-ebook/dp/B0060QYM2K/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2)  You can purchase Twisted History for just 99 cents, which is an 87% discount from retail bookstore prices on Kindle, Smashwords, and other ebook vendors:

http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-History-ebook/dp/B007QEZ71A/ref=pd_sim_kstore_4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3)  You can get the Brand New – The Travelers’ Club – Fire and Ash (2nd in the Series) for just $4.99 cents, which is a 66% discount off the bookstore price on Kindle, Smashwords, and other online ebook vendors:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Travelers-Club-Fire-ebook/dp/B00A467QKW/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVEN BETTER – IF YOU LIKE OR SHARE THIS POST – YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY ENTER A CONTEST TO HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE SIGNED COPY OF THE PRINT VERSION, MAILED DIRECTLY TO YOU AT NO COST!!

Thank you all for your ongoing support!

Michael Bradley

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