Mental Health Monday–Periodic Reassessment

Anachron Press is hosting a pre-order special to the first 50 folks who pre-order the URBAN OCCULT anthology. Pre-order now and get a copy of Day of Demons for FREE! My story, City of Lights and Stone is in the Day of Demons anthology. 😉

Here are the deets:

Urban Occult Limited Pre-Order

Limited to 50.

Behind urban life, weird and horrific things fester. 

The whispers and chills of things long gone… the promise of power from the darkness… the seduction of those that lie in the shadows… the occult is all around us: in town houses, in mansions, and in your very own street.

Editor Colin F. Barnes collected together fifteen stories by a cast of critically acclaimed authors from around the globe who look into the stygian gloom, explore the dark corners of our houses, and peer into the abyss of human temptation.

Featuring stories by: Gary McMahon, Ren Warom, Gary Fry, Mark West, K.T. Davies, Nerine Dorman, Alan Baxter, Adam Millard, Julie Travis, Jason Andrew, James Brogden, A.A Garrison, Jennifer Williams, Sarah Anne Langton, and Chris Barnham.

Special Pre-Order Edition Limited to 50.

This pre-order edition means you will get the book at least a week to two weeks ahead of general release and:

A FREE ebook version (for any eReader)

and A FREE ebook of Day of Demons. (eBooks will be emailed to you on the 4th of March).

Just £9.99 (+£2.99 shipping anywhere in the world).

Pre-Order here: http://www.anachronpress.com/product/anthologies/urban-occult-limited-pre-order/

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Time is money and us spread-too-thin multi-taskers have to spend it wisely.

For me, I spend around 50 hours a week doing day job stuff, and sometimes work weekends (those 12 day stretches really exhaust me!).

That leaves nights and weekends for writerly stuff. Encompassed in that time is blogging, visiting blogs, social media-ing, marketing, reading, reviewing, critting, writing, and editing. I tend to reserve reading and critting for weeknight stuff and writing and blogging for weekends, when I’m fresher.

Note the placement of each item.

It’s quite scary that writing and editing are last.

I’m a writer who writes after everything else is done. Shouldn’t that be the other way around?

Gosh, admitting this makes me sad.

When I first started writing, that’s where most of my time went. Sure, I’d spend some time on forums (like QueryTracker), but for the most part, my brain was hyperfocused on writing and that’s what I did.

With time came critting.

Then I started this blog.

Then I joined Facebook and Twitter.

Marketing came after New Pride and Shifting Pride were published.

With each added item, writing got shoved further down the list.

I’ve been feeling the pain about this for a while, but now it’s time to admit I need to do something.

I need to reassess where I’m at.

My goal is to incorporate more writing and editing into my routine. I will continue blogging, but may do only two posts a week. There will be the odd week with the same M-W-F routine, based on previously scheduled posts. 😉

I’m getting back to basics.

What about you guys? Do you engage in periodic reassessment? What have you learned by checking in with your routine every so often?

Flake-out Friday–Interview with Colin F. Barnes, Owner of Anachron Press

Hey gang!

On Tuesday, I got to share some fun info on Colin’s cyberpunk/horror/exorcistesque novel, THE TECHXORCIST. Today, Colin himself is here to answer questions on how he took the plunge into publishing.

HE STARTED HIS OWN PUBLISHING COMPANY, FOLKS! I’m incredibly impressed with Colin, his drive, and his work.

Let’s give him a warm welcome!

Hi Colin!

I’ve been so impressed by how you’ve put together your publishing business. How did Anachron Press come to be?

Thank you for the kind words, Laura. Anachron Press come about as a means to publish an anthology of stories known as ‘City of Hell Chronicles’. It was a combined project between me and 7 of my writer friends. As it came together it made sense to create a publishing name to put it out, and then I got the bug and carried on with other titles.

How did you come to be involved in publishing?

I’ve been a writer for about 15 years on and off, and between those times I’ve had a number of businesses and took a number of publishing courses, and with publishing City of Hell Chronicles it seemed like something I’d enjoy doing.

What made you choose to open your own press?

Probably a bit of ego and a sense of adventure. I’ve got nothing against traditional publishing houses or other small presses and I still submit my work to them, but there’s a different range of skills needed for publishing, and I wanted to make my work and bring great fiction to the world.

I can’t imagine the learning curve necessary to develop all the skills required to run a press—taking submissions, developing ideas, editing, developing cover art, formatting, marketing, etc. What’s been the most challenging part?

Apart from scheduling and organising the work, I think the hardest part is marketing. Getting noticed amongst the thousands of other small presses (and larger presses) is very difficult without spending a lot of money. So at the moment it’s a case of taking baby steps and slowly increasing my catalogue and hopefully fan-base.

I was first introduced to your work when City of Hell came out. I particularly love how all the stories in that anthology follow the same theme. Each writer brings their own flare and each story builds on the central idea. It was really fascinating seeing how all the pieces went together. Where did the idea come from?

I’ve always been off H.P Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos. I love how it’s grown in size as other authors have written in that world, adding to it their stories, and I wanted to do something similar. I wanted to have my own pantheon of gods and myths to feature in stories. I have many more plans for the City of Hell Chronicles world and will hopefully be seeing more titles in that universe in 2013.

Your cover art is FAB! I know you work with an artist—how does the creative process go for you guys?

It’s true I have a couple of artists I work with. In the main I do the covers myself, but some of them are collaborative. I studied Graphic Design at college so this is an area I really enjoy working in. If I’m not doing the cover myself, then the process is I usually come up with the layout, the typography and the art-style, then I’ll go to one of my artists to create an image for the illustration if I can’t find something suitable from a stock photo library.

You are developing a new Pulp Line of fiction. What do you like about Pulp Fiction? How can people get involved?

Pulp fiction is all about fun. It’s that simple. It’s silly over-the-top stories with larger-than-life characters going on adventures or investigating dangerous criminals. It’s the stuff I read as a kid and still love today, and that’s what I’m doing it now; I want to bring it back and give pulp stories a new platform so that readers new to it can discover it and have as much fun as I’ve had reading it. People can get involved in two ways:

1. Buy the books! 🙂

2. Submit a story. Full details are here: http://www.anachronpress.com/open-submissions-for-pulp-line/

You’ve done some excellent work, Colin. I’m a forever fan, always looking forward to the next piece of work you pub. Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you Laura, your support is much appreciated, and I hope to continue publishing stories that you enjoy reading. And thanks for having me on your blog again.

Remember to check out Colin’s newest work, The Techxorcist. I know I am! Click here to go to Anachron Press!