Posts made in August, 2009

Writing Advice: Email Cover Letters and You

Posted by on Aug 24, 2009 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

By Jennifer Brozek As a submissions editor for multiple projects, I see a lot of email “cover letters.” About half of them are exactly what they need to be. They tell the submissions editor what project the story is being submitted to, what the name of the story is, how long the story is and who is doing the submitting. About half of the email cover letters I receive don’t have this information and it drives me batty. Several emails have had nothing but a blank body and an attached story. This is a problem. INCORRECT: Here is my short story for your publication. I hope you enjoy it. ~Jenn CORRECT: Dear Apex Digest, Attached in RTF form per your guidelines is my short...

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Movie Review: Let the Right One In

Posted by on Aug 18, 2009 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

As a horror fan, I’ve been reading issues of Rue Morgue and Fangoria whenever I remember to buy them at my local Barnes & Noble. Both do a great job covering several aspects of the horror field (those being film, fiction, gaming, special effects, and music) and invariably they lead me to interesting horror films that I might not have otherwise heard about through my daily perusing of the Entertainment Weekly pop blog. For some time, I’d been hearing about this Swedish film called Let the Right One In. Both magazines proclaimed it to be one of the best vampire movies ever made. Granted, to earn this honor from me would be simple. I can’t say I’ve seen many vampire...

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Book Review: Flood by Stephen Baxter

Posted by on Aug 14, 2009 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

The clock is ticking down to the End Times, people. Gather up your family, your pets, and a stash of food and water, because when the reckoning comes, you need to be ready. What shape will the reckoning take? There are many options: nano-virus, swine flu, global warming, zombie outbreak, alien invasion, Cthulu, and others. Stephen Baxter decides to postulate our potential end via an old-fashioned flood. And if Noah thought the flood that hit him back in Biblical times was a ‘big deal’, then he should get a load of the rising waters in Baxter’s Flood. Flood hooks the reader with a strong opening sequence that introduces and ties all the major players in one action-packed...

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Movie Review: Watching Watchmen, Not So Bad, After All

Posted by on Aug 5, 2009 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

I’ve known Justin Stewart for a long time. I’m guessing close to ten years. To me, he’s the arbiter of ‘cool.’ He is the only person I know who can wear a pink t-shirt bearing an image of unicorns making… love… and be considered cool for it. So, it was to my detriment that I ignored Justin’s cries for me to read the Watchmen graphic novel over the past decade. When I heard that a movie adaptation of Watchmen was finally being brought to the big screen, I decided that the time was now to read the novel because, otherwise, half the book would be spoiled by my daily internet reading. Damn you, Entertainment Weekly Popwatch blog! Fair warning–if you haven’t read Watchmen,...

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Writing Advice: Notes About Contributors Promoting Anthologies

Posted by on Aug 4, 2009 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

After writing a guest blog for online promotion guru Monica Valentinelli, I received a number of nice emails. Truthfully, I expected to be called out on the carpet due to my hard line stance on the subject of “publisher/author marketing expectations and dynamics in the small press.” Yet, many thought it a timely subject due to so many mid-list writers dipping into the small press to supplement their incomes, and most agreed with me. One email stood out. First, because the author of the email poured on the compliments. Stroke my ego and you’ll have me purring like a Bengal tiger. Second, because the author of the email asked the following question: “What can individual...

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