Posts Tagged Joe Mynhardt

Children’s Writing Course & Horror Short Story Competition

Here are two things I’ve come across recently that might be of interest.

Firstly, Groupon are offering a massive discount on a course entitled ‘Learn to Write Children’s Stories’. It is advertised as being reduced from £349 to £14!

The course consists of 14 modules (those of you who are good at Maths will have worked out that this is the equivalent £1 per module) and guides “beginners through the process of writing great children’s stories, from plot to story structure to voice and style, this course aims to free imaginations and let the inner child create tales of adventure”.

However, this offer is only valid for five more days (which, by my calculations, is until 19th June 2014).

Full details are here.

Secondly, Joe Mynhardt of Crystal Lake Publishing is running a FREE to enter Horror Short Story Competition.

The organisation of this competition is different to most competitions. Initially Joe only wants to see 150 words. These words must be split (in any ratio) over the synopsis and opening of the story. For example the synopsis might be 30 words and the opening 120 words or vice versa.

Those that get through this first round of the competition will then be invited to submit their full story, which must be between 3000 and 7000 words and it must be horror, weird or suspenseful.

The prizes are as follows:

1st: Your story in Tales From the Lake Vol.2; $40; one contributor’s copy; bragging rights; a 30,000 word edit by Joe Mynhardt; all Crystal publish eBooks published at the time of announcing the winners.

2nd: Your story in Tales From the Lake Vol.2; one contributor’s copy; $30; a 20,000 word edit by Joe Mynhardt; any two Crystal publish eBooks published at the time of announcing the winners.

3rd: Your story in Tales From the Lake Vol.2; one contributor’s copy; $20; a 10,000 word edit by Joe Mynhardt; any one Crystal publish eBook published at the time of announcing the winners.

Full details of the competition are here and the first round closes on June 30th 2014 – so there’s still time to write those initial 150 words.

Regular readers of this blog may remember that Joe did an informative guest post for us on fiction writing. It’s still available here and might be worth a read if you’re thinking of entering the competition.

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Fiction Writing Advice From Crystal Lake Publishing

Joe Mynhardt runs Crystal Lake Publishing in South Africa. He publishes horror and dark fiction in both paperback and e-book format. Fear the Reaper Joe Mynhardt

Joe’s put together some advice for horror writers but it can apply equally well to fiction writers in any genre so I thought  I’d share it with you:

  • Write
  • Read
  • Join a forum and participate in it
  • Read non-fiction books, especially about marketing. You’ll need it eventually.
  • Always be open and ready for opportunities.
  • Have confidence in yourself. Every small step becomes part of the bigger journey.
  • Have a story or two on standby at all times.
  • Write every day, even if it’s only 10 minutes.
  • Learn how to edit your own work.
  • Be as visible as possible on the internet.
  • Be professional in everything you say and do. Growing a tough skin goes a long way in not acting like an emotional roller coaster on social media. Think before you post on impulse!
  • Help others as much as you can, even if you just share or re-tweet/re-blog their stuff. Celebrate their successes with them, and don’t be jealous. One day you may be grateful for their help!
  • Eat, breathe and sleep stories, but take time to rest. Writer’s fatigue is no joke.
  • Take some time to just sit and think about creative things to do, whether they’re story or promotion ideas.
  • Don’t listen to negative thoughts. You’ll have off days when you’ll just have to ignore yourself.
  • Take care of your body, especially your back and wrists. Being an author is not a race, but a marathon that never ends.

If I had to pick out just two of those points as being the most important I’d go for ‘Write every day’ and ‘Don’t listen to negative thoughts’. What about you?

Joe is currently running a competition on the Crystal Lake Publishing website. First prize is e-book copies of the first seven books published by his company so far. Details are here. It closes 31/12/2013.

And do have a look at the brilliant covers on the Crystal Lake books – some of them are quite terrifying!


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