May 2020 Author Newsletter

Hello there, Friends and Stuff! I’m excited to enter a new month and bring you some new and brilliant updates!

Dark Divinations – A Victorian Horror Anthology

DarkDivBanner Dark Divinations Horror Addicts

First, Dark Divinations debuted on May 1st. You can order it now in paperback on Amazon. If you want to get the party pack, you can still get that here! Later this month, I’ll be posting updates about some special videos going up on Facebook… you’ll want to get in on that for sure!

Open Novella Contest

Whaaaat!? I made it through Round 2 of the contest? I couldn’t believe it. My novella, a 25,000-word story about a gay WWII pilot who crashes and washes up on an island reminiscent of Dante’s Inferno, actually had enough score to make it through. You can find the novella here if you’re interested.

Our Lady of Perdition

Do I think it will win? Hell no. It’s the most artsy-fartsy thing I’ve written in my entire life, and it seems like Wattpad is more interested in YA-focused romantic fantasies or something a bit more… commercial. But the fact I’ve made it through round 2 is really pleasing, because it means the story’s well written enough to make it through despite sounding like it was written by a person totally not in Wattpad’s primary audience.

Changes on the Blog

You’ll notice a few (somewhat unfortunate) changes on the blog. Let’s start with the good and move our way to the bad!

Home Page Updates

My home page has been updated – now it’s easier to find the How-To articles by clicking on the Witty Nib Writing Club. There’s also a new blog-roll going where you can access recent posts more easily.

Expect New Graphics in June

I’m preparing for a few big changes that will go up in June and will reflect some of the things associated with the Dark Divinations anthology. If you stick around and watch the video watch party on Facebook, you may be surprised to see an interesting face and hear a terrible voice! To go along with these revelations, my avatar and a few other pieces of the website will be changing.

Witty Nib Writing Club Changes

06092019 Writing Club witty nibSadly, the prompts and attempts at collaboration with the Club didn’t quite turn out. I’m ever grateful to Robbie Cheadle for her response to the research prompt, but I think among the corner of blogs I survey, there’s a plentitude of prompts. As a result, the Witty Nib Writing Club will change from a monthly prompt and informative post to a monthly informative post alone. You can still join in the club using the comments, but I thought it’s time to retire the club. Maybe I’ll start something easier up in the future!

More Professional Foci

Something I’ve realized in the past few months – while I’ve not had a real job – is that blogging, sadly, doesn’t further professional writing credentials. It does help me meet new people who I love to follow, obtain new info about upcoming releases, and fulfill a long-term audience goal, but it takes up so much time. So much. I’ve decided to reduce the time spent on my blog in order to attempt more short story submissions, perhaps consider doing a poetry submission, and finish my newest novel.

Sadly, I’m probably not going to be reading as many blogs or be quite as responsive. I’ll give it my best shot, but that’s all I can promise!

I’ll also be (at least temporarily) closed to beta reading requests, and any book review requests (while still open) will not be completed for quite some time.

Speaking of Novels…

I’ve got several novels up on the blog: American Chimera, If I Only Had No Heart, and Evolution of the Predator. You can click on each of these links to see their representative pages. However, these links aren’t going to work forever. No – I’m going to be taking my novels down, one at a time, starting at the end of the month with Evolution of the Predator. I was pretty torn when making this decision, but ultimately I think it needs to happen.

The reason for this decision is because they’re second drafts, beta read only by my partner, and they’re not representative of my best work. Because I seek to present a higher level of professionalism, I’m taking the oldest work – Evolution of the Predator – down first because it represents that which was written at my least mature point. That will start at the end of this month, May 2020.

It’s Not Too Late to Catch These Novels!

Nope! Until May 30th, all novels will be available for download. You should head to their pages and download the PDF files if you want to save them for later reading.

Evolution of the Predator

On May 23rd, 2020, I’ll have a reminder post telling about the imminent takedown of the novel. On May 30th, 2020, the downloadable PDF of Evolution of the Predator will be taken down from the Evolution of the Predator page. Starting on June 6th, I will take the post containing the first chapter down. Following that, one chapter will be taken down per week (as long as I don’t forget – but I’ll handle it as soon as I can). They’ll be removed in order from first chapter to last with the hopes that potential readers will be able to read one chapter per week without losing access (though I will probably email you chapters if you ask nicely). The page already lists the dates I plan to take down each chapter. The page and entire story will be gone on November 14th, 2020. All links to it on the site will be broken, though I will attempt to remove links by hand as I can.

If I Only Had No Heart

On July 18th, 2020, I will post a reminder that If I Only Had No Heart will be ending soon. On July 25th, 2020, the PDF will be removed from the If I Only Had No Heart page. On August 8th, the first chapter will be removed. One chapter will removed per week after, starting with the first chapter and ending with the last chapter. The page and entire story will be gone on November 14th, 2020. All links to it on the site will be broken, though I will attempt to remove links by hand as I can.

American Chimera

Don’t worry about this baby for now! I’m still posting this one serially, and she won’t be finished posting until December 2020. It’s also a pretty good little book, just needs some editing. However, I will be taking it down sometime in 2021 (not yet planned fully), so catch it while you can!

What About You?

Do you have any cool new things going on in May? Any excellent accomplishments in April? I’d love to hear about them to celebrate and/or commiserate with you! Cheers!

24 thoughts on “May 2020 Author Newsletter

  1. joanne the geek says:

    Should I be able to buy Dark Divinations in the future (I’m lucky if I can afford a book these days) is there anywhere else other than Amazon to0 buy it? I don’t like how Amazon treats it’s workforce, and the last time I bought something from Amazon they also tried to charge me for Amazon Prime when I didn’t ask for it, so I’m boycotting Amazon as much as I can at the moment…

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Right now, I think Amazon is the big one. I’ll let you know if they come up with something else.

      I do know, though, that HorrorAddicts has a free podcast you can subscribe to.

  2. Almost Iowa says:

    Sorry to learn you are backing off blogging, at least a bit, though that is probably wise. Blogging is to writing, what Doritos are to eating. Tasty, fun, somewhat filling but no substitute for the real thing.

  3. crispina kemp says:

    Well. Visual indigestion. That was a lot of information. However.. congratulations, congratulations, a good idea, thoroughly understand, and aw-wah. Did I cover it all? And in the right order? Probably not, so please don’t be offended if my responses fall short or long. Great news, great plans. Yea. Go for it. 🙂

      • crispina kemp says:

        It was informative, and needed. I’ve withdrawn most of mine from public view, yet they remain on the WP system. As well to store it there as elsewhere

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        Your post about the beta reading was what inspired this move. I thought about it a little bit, then realized I need to do this in order to maintain quality rather than quantity. I’d originally made the site so my mom could read the crap I write, but then about 2018 I realized she had never followed any of my links. So I’m taking it down since it was never meant to be seen professionally.

      • crispina kemp says:

        I can get with that. I had once hoped my family might take a peep at what I’m doing. But… it’s not facebook gossip, not boring enough, not mundane. Oh dear, that woman, she’s STILL being creative. I hear them tut and wag their heads. Oh to be the black sheep.

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        Mom’s like “I don’t want to hurt my eyes.” Then she’ll read something else and I’m like, “Whyyy can’t you read this thing I PRINTED for you in giant font?”

        “Because I don’t want to hurt my eyes.”

        I think she just doesn’t want to run the risk of her “baby” writing something uncouth.

  4. Alexander Elliott says:

    I understand taking down some of your books – I had to do it for my first novel. Hard decision, but it was not my best work. There are SO MANY things which keep us from writing, so don’t feel bad about cutting back. It’s hard to remain focused when everyone and everything is clamoring for our attention. Stick to your guns! As for me, April was the best month for sales I’ve had in a long time! A very pleasant surprise indeed. I have more to do than ever between writing new material, promotions, and work. Speaking of work, whatever happened with that promising job interview you had a while back??

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      That’s why I have to cut back on the blog – I did get the job! I didn’t announce it because I think now’s not the time to remind peopke suffering from COVID shutdowns that they *don’t* have one. So I’m admitting it when asked, but I’m not openly advertising.

      • Alexander Elliott says:

        Well, congratulations! I think most people would be happy for you, all things considered. You must be relieved, and it’s a very good reason to cut back on other things.

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        I am relieved. I think I’m going to like it – all depends on how quickly I can get through basic training, haha! Training documents are so terrible.

      • robertawrites235681907 says:

        I am glad to hear you have a new job, H. Fantastic news.I will miss your regular posts, but you will get used to fitting work into your day [haha, doesn’t that sound funny] and still find time for the things you enjoy. I am strict about blogging and only do it in the mornings before the boys are up and then for a short while in the evening when everyone else watches TV. I can’t write at night as I am always tired after my long work day. If possible, I squeeze an hour of writing in during the afternoons and I write a lot over weekends and during my holiday periods.

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        I hope that in a couple months, maybe a few more, I’ll get used to it all and be able to get back in the swing of it. For right now, though, it’s hard to figure out how to re-fit life around work (even though I used to do it when working as a research assistant during the PhD). But it’s not a forever situation! 🙂

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        Hopefully won’t disappear! I’m aiming to just settle down a little, maybe set some of the blog email-deliveries to weekly rather than daily…

  5. theceaselessreaderwrites says:

    Wow, H.R.R., you have some awesome stuff going on! Congrats on making it through to round 2 on Wattpad!

    My biggest recent accomplishments are 1) (barely) surviving a 6 weeks of working from home and trying to keep The Girl’s & The Boy’s minds occupied & interested, during which I allowed my frustration & anxiety to keep me from blogging; 2) returning to the office this week!

  6. D. Wallace Peach says:

    Good changes really from top to bottom. I think upping our game every once in a while is a good thing, and sometimes that means less blogging and visiting and focusing on the harder work of writing. Nothing to feel “bad” about – it’s an evolution. I do hope that your books end up on kindle at some point (I’m finding it’s my best way to read since I read at night while the hubby is sleeping). And I like the changes to the site! Best of luck with this new venture.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Thanks! These may or may not end up there soon. The “If I Only Had No Heart” one definitely won’t because it takes some ideas from a D&D campaign and I wouldn’t feel right making money off something the rest of my group put some work into (even if I wrote it as a backstory to my character in a world I invented). The other two I’ve got up here, though, have potential.

  7. Jade M. Wong says:

    Congratulations on making it to the second round of the contest! Also, I understand your decision to spend a little less time on the blog and a little more time interacting with the Real World 😂. I’ve also had to cut back on my blogging time for the same reasons, and found it much easier to balance submitting to magazines, checking in on the blog, and working on my personal writing. Good luck to you, my friend!

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