L. Joseph Shosty's Blog - Posts Tagged "fantasy"

For the first time in over a decade, my short story, "One of Us, Old Boy", is back in print. I consider this to be one of the finest stories I've ever written. It concerns the final talk of Dr. Trotter, a university literature professor, and his protege, a young man named Thomas. As their afternoon wears on, strange and terrible secrets are revealed, and as a little magic disappears from the world, so is a little magic born.

I hope you enjoy it.

http://store.untreedreads.com/index.p...

Reprinted from my story collection, Hoodwinks on a Crumbling Fence.
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Published on May 10, 2012 22:23 • 75 views • Tags: fantasy, fiction, short-stories
It's been out for several months now, but that never stops me from giving my work the occasional push. Please do click the Amazon link below and read the excerpt from January's Stupefying Stories. My short, "Morality for Alchemists and Thieves", is there. Most of it is available to read, in fact. If you like it, don't forget to pick up a copy of the book, cheap at $1.99. Enjoy!

http://www.amazon.com/Stupefying-Stor...
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Published on June 04, 2012 02:50 • 114 views • Tags: fantasy, periodical, science-fiction
TeAmNeRd Reviews asked me to write a guest blog as part of their series. My topic is advice on how to handle bad book reviews. It's not the best-written piece of my career (there's a paragraph where I use the word "writer" about a million times), but I think if you can wade through the rough parts, there might be some wisdom in there for those who need it. Enjoy.

http://www.nerdalien.com/2012/06/auth...
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Published on July 03, 2012 04:21 • 88 views • Tags: fantasy, fiction, horror, mystery, reviews, science-fiction
In 1999, Abby the Troll Publications published my short, "Of All Beautiful Things", as part of its fiction sampler, E-Books Byte!. Abby's gone, but I've always believed this story was one of the best I've ever written. I'm happy that Tyree Campbell and the others at Sam's Dot Publishing decided to pick up the reprint for the September 2012 issue. It's such a bittersweet, little tale. Also, its protagonist is one of the good guys. It seems so rare anymore to read about a good person. These days, the focus always seems to be on a "gray area" character and his flaws, not in the way a good person transcends his flaws by force of virtue, but how he overcomes them. I'm as guilty of buying into this trend as anyone else, and so it does my heart fine to be able to present this story. I hope you'll all purchase a copy and give it a read.

--Louis

http://sdpbookstore.com/aoifeskiss.htm
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Published on September 04, 2012 15:20 • 102 views • Tags: fantasy, fiction, short-stories
For past year-and-a-half, I've been making moves toward creating and building a new comic book company, called Accurate Comics Online. We're within a few months of our launch date, and I've started a blog to introduce everyone to our collective universe, our publishing philosophy, characters, and the creators behind the comics, among other things. Do drop by and give it a look.

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Published on September 19, 2012 08:32 • 128 views • Tags: comic-books, fantasy, horror, science-fiction, superheroes
I'm currently trying to get my old blog, A Cellar Full of Midnight, back on its feet as I begin the massive undertaking of moving five of my books into print.

The first blog post concerns a description of the content of each of these books. It's a very exciting new move for me, and I hope you'll all check it out.

http://themadaccount.blogspot.com/201...
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Published on October 26, 2014 15:41 • 24 views • Tags: anthologies, blog, dark-fantasy, fantasy, horror, mystery, science-fiction, self-publishing, single-author-collection
I have a new post up over at my blog, A Cellar Full of Midnight. This one concerns decisions on what to include in my newest short story collection, Trouble My Bones.

Give it a look.

http://themadaccount.blogspot.com/201...
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Published on November 03, 2014 14:42 • 49 views • Tags: cormac-mccarthy, fantasy, horror, publishing, science-fiction, short-story, single-author-collection, the-road, writing
I've had a few conversations over the past few days with writers who are new(ish) to the business, and I've been helping where I can.

First, let me say that, in case it's not obvious, I'm not much better off than any of you who have just finished his or her first book. But I've been around a while, and if I can offer advice on something for newbies, I feel obligated to do so. I've had the experience of working with some very talented people over the years. I've had a mentor take me under her wing and teach me quite a bit, give me encouragement, and help me navigate the sometimes brutal waters of publishing. It's a moral imperative that I give back what I've been so generously given, and then some.

I've heard horror stories recently of professional contracts. Much of these came from established writers, guy and gals who have been around since the 60s and 70s, even. I've heard things about veritable gods of science fiction that would curl your toes and blanch your hair, tales of woe and contractual obligations which rest firmly on the border of slavery. In hearing these stories I always ask, "How would you fix that?" There's a ton of theories, along with assurances that, for the most part, the internet community make for good watch dogs where bad contracts are concerned. Of course, that's not enough. We must always be vigilant. When I ask how such issues might be fixed, it's so that I can pass that hard-earned wisdom along.

Indie authors don't fare any better than their professionally-published brethren, despite having more control over their destinies. More of the business rests on their shoulders, and there is a strong idea among writers that you must disdain all notions of it being a business, which is pure garbage. So, there's not a lot of helpful advice out there. For example, what's a good price for editing services? When do you use a pre-made cover rather than shell out mucho dinero for a custom-made job? When do you call in a typesetter? Is it smart to do your own designs?

I try to help where I can. I do freelance editing on the side, and I have a few regular customers. One of them recently told me he was paying somewhere in the vicinity of $2500 to self-publish his book. This was in addition to the fees I charge him as his editor. When I woke up in the hospital six weeks later from the resultant stroke, I was able to tell him (via rudimentary sign language) that this was highway robbery. The thing is, this guy has great promotional machinery in place. He's got swag to go with his books, and he has a large following in his community. After his book was on the shelves for three years, he told me he finally earned out at $3/copy. Three years, and after hundreds of copies sold, dozens of buttons and t-shirts sold at conventions, and he had just recouped his losses. He was about to repeat the process with his second book when I showed him alternatives that, while they still cost, are but a fraction of that $2500 price tag. Maybe this time around, he'll actually see a little profit.

I wouldn't know to give that help if I hadn't been around a while, and if someone hadn't told me. My hope is that my advice helps more than it hurts, and that, when someone I've helped sees another young writer struggling, that he or she will do the same. They say writing is a lonely activity, but parts of it don't have to be. We can be a community, and we can help each other. We're not in competition, not really. Yes, there is a finite amount of money in the world to be spent on books, but publishing is still a very large table. We can all have a place there together without somebody getting elbowed out of the way when the biscuits get passed around.
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Published on March 18, 2015 20:48 • 29 views • Tags: fantasy, helping-out, horror, publishing, science-fiction, writing
I'm giving away copies of my story collection, Wizards for the Immediate Cheddar, on Amazon. To enter, you need an Amazon account and have a device capable of reading Kindle (.mobi) files. If you don't have such a device, the Kindle App is free for download.

Yep, this is a giveaway for ebooks only. If this giveaway goes well, I'll likely do a print copy soon. Keep watching around here, or like me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/shostyis1337).

Good luck to everyone who participates, and please feel free to let others know about the contest.

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/d98c65d...
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Published on May 24, 2016 22:53 • 3 views • Tags: ebooks, fantasy, giveaway, horror, science-fiction, short-stories
At 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12th, I will be participating in a panel at Barnes & Noble in Beaumont, TX. The subject will be non-traditional publishing as part of their event for promoting an interest in teen/YA fiction. Local actor, writer, and film director, Paul Bloyd, will moderate, and I will be joined (so far) by another local author, Kenneth Deville (the Copper, Texas series and Real Love).

Immediately afterward, I will be signing copies of my two collections, Old Wine & Black Hearts and Wizards for the Immediate Cheddar. I'm inviting everyone to come and participate in what is sure to be a fun Q&A.

And don't forget to check out my Amazon.com giveaway (see previous blog post). There's still some time to try and win an electronic copy of my collection, Wizards for the Immediate Cheddar.

Old Wine & Black Hearts: http://www.amazon.com/Wine-Black-Hear...

Wizards for the Immediate Cheddar: https://www.amazon.com/Wizards-Immedi...
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Published on May 30, 2016 15:51 • 3 views • Tags: book-signing, dark-fantasy, event, fantasy, horror, science-fiction, short-stories