A Baker’s Dozen of Magic – the 2015 Anthology is out!

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A Baker’s Dozen of Magic featuring Thomas A. Fowler is out! Our second anthology can be purchased on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Bakers-Dozen-Magic-Story-Anthology/dp/0692609148 or on CreateSpace at https://www.createspace.com/5963363

Many thanks to our graphic designer, Sandra Wheeler, and to all of the authors who submitted stories in 2015.  If you are a Story of the Month Club member, you get a 40% discount off the hardcopy of the book. Look for your discount code in your monthly email.

Happy Reading!

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Winner – 2015 Author Contest

SyringeFor the past two years, in January, we have hosted a reader’s choice contest – where fans, subscribers, and authors can vote for their favorite story, cover, or author for the previous year. I am pleased to announce that the winner for Featured Author for 2015 is none other than Thomas A. Fower, for his story, Adam’s Ale. Thomas will be listed on the cover as the featured author, and his story will take pride of place in the anthology, A Baker’s Dozen of Magic (out later this year) as our leading story. Congratulations to Thomas, and a big thank you to all of the authors that submitted stories and participated throughout the year.

Please keep an eye on the website for news about the anthology, and for a special submission period that will open later this year.

2015 Author Contest

vote-buttonIn 2014 we had a fantastic batch of authors, and between them we put together an anthology that covered the entire year. (You can find that one on Amazon: Madness, Machines and Magic) This year we’re doing it again, and we need your help!

From December 15th, through January 15th 2016 you can vote on your favorite story from the past year. The poll is on the right hand side of the page, and if you need a refresher on the great stories that we’ve had, check out this page. (You can find the poll on that page too! Note: It will not appear until December 15th!)

The Rules:

  • One Vote per person per day. (assuming I got my coding right!)
  • Tell all your friends to vote!
  • The author with the most votes at the end of the contest will be featured on the cover of the Story of the Month Club 2015 anthology: A Baker’s Dozen of Magic. (Projected release date March 15th)
  • Anyone that subscribes to Story of the Month Club will be able to get the anthology at a 40% discount.


Author Sightings – Myths and Legends Con

It’s confirmed! A number of our authors from last year, and this year will be at Myths and Legends Con this weekend. In attendance will be Keith R.A. DeCandido, he’ll be providing our October story for 2015; Kevin Ikenberry, who gave us Chellaari’s Stand earlier this year; Josh Vogt (The Woman Who Hunted the Wind, 2015); and Sam Knight, who’s delightful holiday story will come out in December.

You’ll also be able to get your copies of Madness, Machines and Magic autographed by a number of last year’s authors, including:

Peter J. Wacks, Jessica Brawner (myself of course), Lou J. Berger, and David Boop. (I expect Peter Sartucci will be there as well, but he is not officially listed.)

Swing by the Story of the Month Club booth and renew your subscription (you’ll get a discount on last year’s anthology if you do!) And bring your friend over to check us out!


Madness, Machines and Magic is here!

MadnessMachinesMagicFrontAfter many delays, and learning experiences, the 2014 Story of the Month Club Anthology, Madness, Machines and Magic is here!

I’d like to thank all of the great authors and subscribers, and our fantastic graphic designer that helped make our inaugural year a successful one. I couldn’t have done it without you guys.

The 2014 anthology contains a variety of new and experienced authors, and several genres and story types. I didn’t give the authors any direction beyond length, and that it had to be considered Fantasy, Steampunk or Science Fiction. They produced wonderful results.

As a thank you to our subscribers, we will be offering a 40% discount on orders through CreateSpace. The discount code will be included with August’s story.

If you would like to subscribe, you can do so at www.storyofthemonthclub.com

To order a copy of Madness, Machines and Magic from Create Space visit: https://www.createspace.com/5211253

Or on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692390669


The 2014 Anthology is almost here

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth the 2014 anthology, Madness, Machines and Magic, featuring Lou J. Berger and David Boop is almost ready. I am waiting on a proof from the printer, and hope to have copies available at Myths and Legends Con. In the meantime, here’s a look at the cover! Front Cover

Authors included in the anthology: Kevin J. Anderson, Peter J. Wacks, Lou J. Berger (There seems to be a J. theme here…) David Boop, Jessica Brawner, Gregory Z. Avery, & Peter Sartucci.

Anomaly Con Denver

Story of the Month Club will be at Anomaly Con March 27 – 29th

The convention will be held at:

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Avenue
Denver, CO 80237

I’ll have a table out with my books (unfortunately the Story of the Month Club Anthology is not yet done. Soon I promise.) , and I have a great looking panel schedule, so drop in and ask questions!

So Charming, Not Creepy Join our gentlemen (and ladies) of class in discussing how to approach people and be friendly (or even strike up a romance) without being that creep. A lesson on etiquette, common sense and fandom with respect. C. Kemp, J. Vogt, J. Brawner, T.A. Fowler. Fri 6pm
Closing the Loop Editing and re-editing and outlining and reviewing and getting your book out to an agent…you have so much to do now that you’ve finished your first novel draft. Where do you go from here? B. Dornbusch, S. Chambers, J. Brawner, Ay-leen the Peacemaker Fri 7pm
Things I Learned From Books (That I Should Have Learned From…) Sexuality and surprises in fiction, and the stories we read that opened our eyes to a bigger world. Did you get “the talk” from a book? This one’s for you. T. A. Fowler, J. Campbell, J. Brawner, P. Nihiser Sat 12pm
Privacy and Practicality on The Web Where does privacy give way to social interaction on the web? How can you protect yourself? And what about Facebook? C. Doctorow, J. Brawner, G. DeMarco, Psyche Corporation Sun 11am
Physics and Astronomy in Science Fiction Real astronomers talk about writing astronomy into fiction the right way. Denver Astronomical Society Presenting. J. Brawner, L. Berger, Sorin Sun 12pm


Congratulations to Lou J. Berger

lou-j-berger-author-roundStory of the Month Club would like to congratulate Lou J. Berger. By popular vote, Lou will be the 2014 Featured Author for the Story of the Month Club Anthology. (Anticipated release date Feb. 2015, Title Pending)justasecondfinal

Keep an eye out for news about the anthology here, and tell your friends, we have  host of new stories and authors coming for 2015, starting with J.L. Forrest and his story “The Desert of Forever”.

Lacey on the Roof with Demons – December’s story!

old atticGhosts, Demons, Creepy old hotels…. I don’t want to give away everything, but this story is high on the creepy factor. Lacy on the Roof with Demons is a weird western written by the ever talented David Boop. Subscribers should receive their story Friday evening, so keep an eye on your inbox!

David Boop is a Denver-based speculative fiction author. In addition to his novels, short stories and children’s books, he’s also an award-winning essayist and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, debuted in 2008 (and will return to print in 2015.) Since then, David has had over forty short stories published and two short films produced. He specializes in weird westerns, but has been published across several genres including media tie-ins for Green Hornet, The Black Bat, Veronica Mars and Marcus Sakey’s Abnorm Chronicles. 2013 saw the digital release of his first Steampunk children’s book, The Three Inventors Sneebury, with a print release due in 2016. David tours the country speaking on writing and publishing at schools, libraries and conventions.
He’s a single dad, returning college student, part-time temp worker and believer. He’s a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writer, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Western Writers of America. His hobbies include film noir, anime, the Blues and Mayan History. You can find out more on his fanpage, www.facebook.com/dboop.updates or Twitter @david_boop.

Lacy on the Roof with Demons will be our last story for 2014, and we are working on selecting the stories for 2015 right now. If you’ve ever wanted to submit, now is the time. You can view our submission guidelines here.

In addition, we will be doing an inaugural anthology! You can help us choose which author and cover art to feature. Take a moment to vote for your favorite story/cover art here!


NaNoWriMo Writing Toolkit

All Covers LargeTwo of the Story of the Month past contributors are included in this month’s Storybundle.com deal, along with 9 other great titles. Jessica Brawner’s (Me!) Charisma +1 The Guide to Convention Etiquette for Writers, Geeks and the Socially Awkward, and Kevin J. Anderson’s Million Dollar Professionalism for the Writer & Million Dollar Productivity.

Kevin said it best over on his blog, kjablog.com

I’ve curated many novel bundles before, but this one is a very special toolkit for writers.  Storybundle.com has put together a massive batch of useful books that will help you survive—and thrive—during National Novel Writing Month. Twelve books on writing craft, productivity, and business—by eight bestselling writers, a TV producer, and more.  And you name your own price.

The NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle is a treasure chest of books vital to your success not only in writing your novel in a month but in launching your long-term career as a successful writer. This is a toolkit, a drill sergeant, a mentor, and a cheerleading section, all in one.

To help you write, and keep writing, there’s Million Dollar Productivity by Kevin J. Anderson, 500 Ways to Write Harder by Chuck Wendig, and A Novel in 21 Days by Mike Stackpole.

To hone your craft as a writer, there’s Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland, The Pursuit of Perfection (and How It Harms Writers) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Drawing on the Power of Resonance in Writing by David Farland, Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler, and The Non-User-Friendly Guide for Aspiring TV Writers by XENA producer Steven L. Sears.

To understand the business of writing and to build your career, there’s Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing by Dean Wesley Smith, The Freelancer’s Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Million Dollar Professionalism for Writers by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, and Charisma +1: A Convention Etiquette Guide for Writers, Geeks, and the Socially Awkward by Jessica Brawner.

At storybundle.com, you name your own price and receive either the basic bundle of six books (minimum $5 bid) or all 12 books (minimum $15 bid) which are vital books to hone your writing skills and your business acumen in the writing and publishing industry. Available in all eBook formats, and *worldwide*.  In other words, pay $5 (or more) and get the first six; pay $15 (or more) and get the whole batch. And a portion of the proceeds goes to two worthy literacy charities.

It’s something to read when you’re not writing!