Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Helvete 3 Now Published

Helvete 3: Bleeding Black Noise

Helvete 3 is freshly published!

Many thanks to Amelia Ishmael and Eileen Joy for the massive work that went into this issue, as well as all the contributors: Gast BouschetFaith ColocciaNadine HilbertBagus JalangAlessandro KeeganMax KuiperKyle McGeeSusanne PrattSimon PröllMichaël SellamNathan Snaza, and Bert Stabler. And extra thanks to Chris Piuma for the gorgeous cover design:

Helvete 3: Bleeding Black Noise

This third issue of Helvete: A Journal of Black Metal Theory, “Bleeding Black Noise,” features artwork and essays that focus on the sonic aspects of Black Metal, specifically its interactions with Noise — the interruptions, creations, and destructions of signals. “Bleeding Black Noise” is a revision of Steven Parrino’s statement, “My relation between Rock and visual art: I will bleed for you.” In this issue, Rock is replaced with Noise, and Bleeding is celebrated as a release of the Black Noise — raw energy and formless potential. The essays and art portfolios included here experiment with sonic and conceptual feedback, as well as the way that black noise works through feedback as a process, resonating as background hums or drones, and cascading in foregrounded screams.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Two Presentations in One Week!

Andrew Doty presents to SLPA members
photo thanks to Warren Martin

English degrees don't typically involve a lot of presentations. I think I could count the number of in-front-of-the-class presentations I gave during my undergrad on one hand — and most of them were in foreign language classes.

Suffice it to say I've never delivered any comprehensive slideshow presentations, and no presentations at all for many years. But last week, I gave two.

The first, on Wednesday, was part of an Author Resources Guide organized by Kevin Ericson for the St. Louis Publishers Association (SLPA). It had an attendance of about fifty and a panel of myself, book designer Peggy Nehman, and author and book marketing whiz Bob Baker. I presented a rush of resources for the audience, over forty slides in under 20 minutes. Whew!

The second presentation, Saturday morning, was part of a workshop put on by the St. Louis Publishers Association at St. Louis Community College, "How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know." Thirty people signed up (and asked lots of great questions). I gave an Editing 101 crash course in about 25 minutes, covering:
  1. What editing is.
  2. Why you need to edit.
  3. Why you need editors.
  4. How to find good editors.
  5. How to work well with editors.
  6. How to edit your own writing.
I think I did okay! At least I didn't melt down, and if I let loose any spoonerisms, I didn't hear myself and no one pointed it out!

It was encouraging to feel confident enough in the thoroughness of my editing style sheets, practices, experience, and mental notes that I felt competent enough to present and answer questions. And I met a lot of great people through it!

Many thanks to the SLPA for putting on these two great events. Both slideshows will be available to SLPA members on the SLPA website.

I heard a lot of interesting questions from people in unique publishing situations, and I loved putting my mind to work and pondering over good solutions with with the other panel members. I loved it so much I want to do it some more! So please, post some questions in the comments below! What do you want to know?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2nd Annual St. Louis Indie Book Fair Announced

St. Louis author Mark Pannebecker has just announced the time and place of the 2nd annual St. Louis Indie Book Fair: Saturday, May 7th, 2016, from 10am to 5pm at the St. Louis Public Library's historic Central Library (1301 Olive Street).

The book fair will include tables with local authors and publishers, as well as a "Pitching Hour" in which authors can make quick idea pitches to local publishers.

Pannebecker will announce more details as the event develops. For now, authors and publishers can apply at the St. Louis Indie Book Fair's website.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Video: 79 Common Mispronunciations

Well, this detours into celebrity names for quite a tangent. If you're going to count names, you could just keep going forever. Why stop at 79?

And actually, irregardless is a word. In the dictionary. Why? Because, contrary to the entire concept of this presentation, the ways people speak define the rules of the language, not the other way around. But, as he says himself: "We're going to continue being pedantic for the rest of the video."

By the way, for a quick article on why telling people they should pronounce "ask" [æsk] instead of [æks] is probably racist, see Walt Wolfram's explanation of the linguistic inferiority principle in his essay "Myth 13: Black Children are Verbally Deprived" from the book Language Myths.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

St. Louis Indie Book Fair

St. Louis author Mark Pannebecker has been hard at work organizing his hometown's first inaugural Indie Book Fair. Beginning at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 9, the fair will feature booths and live readings until 9:00 pm. For more details, visit the St. Louis Indie Book Fair website or Facebook page. Entry is free; don't miss it!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Copyediting and Proofreading: The Secret to Professionalism

Photograph credit: Alberto G.

I recently conducted a brief survey on reader reactions to typos and other mistakes in writing. The survey was short: just seven questions, with an optional eighth question to sort respondants by occupation. About 500 people responded to the survey via links posted to LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

The results are fascinating, and I can’t wait to conduct a second version. In my updates, I intend to clarify some questions, add a few questions, and attempt to attract a more diverse array of respondents. I welcome your suggestions.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Publishing Short Stories

Photo credit: Marcus Hansson.

Writers hate outlines. Of course! Writers want to write, the way painters want to paint and dancers want to dance. But the finished product of any art is the presentation, and presentations require lots of preparation. A well-considered and flexible outline can do wonders to make a story effective. But what about the story of your stories?

Zoom out and add another level to consider: what does your publishing outline look like? A publishing outline is a plan for publishing your stories, and it's always better to plan ahead. Here's how to start: