Archive for October, 2014

Or should I say, have  a ghastly Halloween?

Halloween Kentucky Style (middle readers, Diversion Press, paperback)
Mike and Timmy try to scare Alice and Rosie. The trick’s on them when a younger neighbor and a homeless man team up to give them a real Halloween scare!

A sampling of bookstores that cover Halloween Kentucky Style:

Morgan Hill Bookstore:


Subterranean Books:


Green Apple Books:


Scuppernong Books:



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Anyone from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana is welcome.

Monday, November 3, 6 to 8 pm. No RSVP required.
The first hour will be for socializing, the second hour for optional critiques. Writers can read for three minutes. Illustrators are always welcome.

Barnes & Noble’s Café, 801 South Hurstbourne Parkway, one mile north of I-64, on the right. This is NOT the Summit Shopping Center B&N.
You do not need to be an SCBWI Midsouth member to attend. For more information, contact Charles Suddeth csuddeth@iglou.com


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I have signed a publishing contract for my mystery, Eighth Mask, with Library Tales Publishing. The contract includes print, eBooks, digital media, and movie rights. To be released summer 2015: http://www.librarytalespublishing.com/

Eighth Mask

Deputy Sheriff Charlie Yuchalla and Alcy investigate the deaths of two Cherokee Booger Dancers. When Charlie is accused of murder, he discovers that someone in the traditional Cherokee community has targeted him. Can they find the killer before the Sheriff charges Charlie with murder?



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  1. Think Like a Teen: more than POV, be a teen while you write
  2. Find the “Emotional Truth” of the Teenage Experience: most teens have similar problems, goals etc.
  3. A Good Pop-Culture Reference Goes a Long Way: music, TV shows etc. (might have made-up names)
  4. Get Input From Real Teenagers: co-writer, beta reader, critique
  5. Use Slang Words at Your Own Risk: slang mutates quickly
  6. Keep It Moving: keep it simple & stay on the plot
  7. It’s Okay for YA To Get Dark: nothing is off limits anymore
  8. Find the Kernel of Hope: even with a sad ending, leave a way out
  9. IreadYA-select

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The Kentucky Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Louisville, KY, on February 6, 2015. Holiday Inn Louisville East, 1325 S Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40222. This is near where I host my Chit Chatters Schmoozes. http://kentuckywritingworkshop.com/2014/09/25/the-2015-kentucky-writing-workshop-feb-6-2015/

experiment sketch - signed

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November 15, 2014

The Writer’s Block Festival, Louisville, KY, celebrates literature and the writing craft with a range of activities, including readings, panels, guest talks, and craft workshops. The festival is free, except for small craft workshops, each available for $25. Pre-registration recommended. http://louisvilleliterary.wix.com/louliteraryarts#!writers-block-festival/c12k5

American Queen

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The 2014 Green River Writers Contest is over. We received 570 entries from 33 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and Malaysia. Winners will be posted on our website on November 30, 2014.



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