Monday, December 13, 2010

New online writing course with guest teacher Gary A. Braunbeck (week three).

We are accepting ten students for this course...only six slots remain...first come, first serve.

Class One: Choosing the Right Title for Your Story
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 – 9:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Class Two: Motivation
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 – 9:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Class Three: Character & Emotion (guest speaker: Gary Braunbeck)
**Students will turn in a short story (up to 5000 words) for critique.**
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 – 9:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Class Four: Story Critiques
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 – 9:00 p.m. (Eastern)


The cost of the course is $100.00.

To sign up, please send PayPal payment to:

mikecollinsemail@yahoo.com

Remember, when using PayPal, click:

Send money > Personal > Other

Hope to see you there!
Michael Knost



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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Book signing in Ashland KY

I'm going to be signing books at Waldenbooks at Ashland Town Center, on Sat., Nov. 13th, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

With me will be Mark Justice, Jason Keene, and Karen Newman. We will be signing a number of horror and suspense-filled book titles, including the Legends of the Mountain State series, Appalachian Winter Hauntings, Specters In Coal Dust, Dark Tales of Terror, and Writers Workshop of Horror.

For additional information, contact Waldenbooks, Ashland Town Center, 500 Winchester Ave., Ashland, KY; (606) 324-0000.


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sign up for LEVEL ONE Online Writing Course and get a FREE copy of Specters In Coal Dust!

I’ve had a lot of folks asking for the return of the earlier online writing courses, so I have decided to kick off from the beginning: the Level One online writing course. I will then schedule the subsequent course levels after that.

Online classes will be conducted live via audio/video conference with PowerPoint presentations and chat lines. Audio or video capabilities (or special software) are NOT required for participation. However, a computer with Internet connection IS required.

Here is the LEVEL ONE Online Writing Course

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Plot and structure.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Description and detail

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Point of View and Dialogue

Thursday, November 25, 2010
Creating great characters

All classes are from: 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Eastern

The course is $120.00, which includes all four classes. *

To sign up, visit www.MichaelKnost.com.

For questions or confirmations email me at michaelknost@me.com

The first eight people to sign up will receive a free copy of my latest anthology Specters In Coal Dust.























This anthology includes ghost stories set in coal mines from authors such as:

Gary A. Braunbeck
Christopher Golden
Tom Piccirilli
Steve Rasnic Tem
Elizabeth Massie
Lee Thomas
Ronald Kelly
Bev Vincent
William Meikle
Nate Southard
Joshua Reynolds
Barbara Jo Fleming
Michael Bracken
and Brian J. Hatcher.

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Extended submission period

We are extending the submission period for the Appalachian Folklore anthology until we have the stories needed to fill the project. This does not mean that stories already submitted have been rejected, etc. It just means we want more stories to look at.


Title: Appalachian Folklore: Dark Tales of Superstition and Old Wives’ Tales

Publisher: Woodland Press

Editors: Michael Knost and Eugene Johnson

Format: Trade Paperback

Payment: Three-cents per word and one contributor copy.

Story Length: Up to 2500 words

Deadline: When anthology is filled

Please do not query about submissions until November 1, 2010.

Send Submissions to: appalachianfolklore@yahoo.com

Please send attachments (.doc or .rtf) when submitting, please do not copy and paste in the body of the email.

Publication Date: Early 2011

Please take note this is a theme anthology…if your story does not fit the theme, it will not be considered. Therefore, please adhere to the following: Stories should be horror or dark fiction and dealing with a known Appalachian superstition or old wives’ tale. We DO NOT want stories with excessive content or language.

We purchase First English Anthology Rights, non-exclusive audio and e-rights for publication in the English language anywhere in the world.

Manuscript format: Please double-space, use 12-point Times New Roman font, use a slug line in the header (not into the manuscript itself), use bold, italics, underline where desired…format just as you intend the reader to see it. Also don't forget to include your name and contact info in the manuscript.


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Book Trailer for Specters In Coal Dust

Specters In Coal Dust is a collection of ghost stories set in coal mines.

Click HERE to watch video

Order your copy at www.WoodlandPress.com

Sunday, October 17, 2010

FREE local writing classes

I will be teaching a FREE writing course at three local libraries in Logan County, West Virginia.

Sponsored by Logan County Libraries and the Logan County Commission, the course (known as Level One), which includes four classes each, is free to the public (all ages invited) and is scheduled as:



Buffalo Creek Memorial Library, Man, WV – 304-583-7887

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Chapmanville Public Library, Chapmanville, WV – 304-855-3405

Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Logan Public Library, Logan, WV – 304-752-6652

Friday, November 5, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.




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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Three new books debuting in Huntington, WV this weekend.

BARBOURSVILLE, WV - For the first time in the Mountain State, a book publishing company will be unveiling three brand new book titles simultaneously, and multiple Appalachian authors will be on hand to help celebrate their national release. The event will take place at the Huntington Mall Borders, this Saturday afternoon, Oct 9th, from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.



Borders bookstore planners have announced the upcoming appearance of 2009 Bram Stoker Award-winning editor and writer Michael Knost, along with "a representation of the state's best and brightest writers," including Brian J. Hatcher, Mark Justice, F. Keith Davis, Jason Keene, Ellen Thompson McCloud, Frank Larnerd, S. Clayton Rhodes, G. Cameron Fuller, Karin Fuller and Jessie Grayson.

"We have assembled an impressive group of state and nationally-known writers for one gigantic book release party," said Lill Neace, spokesperson for the Barboursville bookstore. "Three new books will be launched here, and 11 authors will be on hand to meet and greet store visitors."

Knost will be introducing the much-anticipated fourth installment of the Legends of the Mountain State series, as well as his new anthology of ghost tales from the coal mines, entitled, Specters in Coal Dust.

Also, for this event, Brian J. Hatcher, noted Charleston-area magician as well as a speculative fiction writer and editor, will be performing illusions, special effects and sleight-of-hand demonstrations, as he celebrates the launch of his new anthology, Mountain Magic: Spellbinding Tales of Appalachia.

"I think everyone is really exhilarated over this book release party, especially because of the number of respected writers joining us," said Knost. "It's not often that one can meet and greet this many of the preeminent storytellers of West Virginia and Kentucky at one single event."

All three new titles — published by West Virginia independent publisher, Woodland Press — contain a variety of Appalachian-themed stories by exceptional Appalachian and nationally-known writers. Besides the three new releases, the participating authors will also personally autograph copies of other Woodland Press titles, including Legends of the Mountain State volumes 1-3, Appalachian Winter Hauntings, Dark Tales of Terror, The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman, West Virginia Tough Boys, The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys and Writers Workshop of Horror.

For additional information about the Sat., Oct. 9th event (4:30 - 6:30 p.m.), or to reserve copies in advance, contact Borders, (304) 736-6233, 120 Mall Road, Barboursville, WV 25504.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New anthology guidelines



Title: The Mothman Files

Publisher: Woodland Press

Editor: Michael Knost

Format: Trade Paperback

Payment: five-cents per word (upon publication) plus contributor copy.

No reprints

Story length: Up to 3000 words

No multiple or simultaneous subs

Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2011

E-mail submissions to: themothmanfiles at yahoo dot com

We will accept .doc attachments only.

I am looking for fictional mothman stories. The setting is not limited to West
Virginia or any other regional area known as mothman territory.

I want tales with a solid plot and good character development. Stories should
grab the reader's attention quickly and hold it until the end. I want powerful
and emotional tales that are creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody.

Although stories will mainly target an adult/young adult audience, we DO NOT
want stories containing language or content unsuitable for children.

Formatting your manuscript:

Double-space.
Use Times New Roman (12).
Italicize what you want italicized.
Single space after sentence-ending punctuation.

Be sure to include your name, address, email on manuscript.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Context Writing Workshop

If you are attending Context this weekend, I wanted to let you know there are 8 seats remaining in my writing workshop.

From the website:

Level One Writers Workshop

(Saturday, August 28th, 10am-3:30pm)

Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Michael Knost will be leading this intensive workshop, which covers all the basics for new writers. If you are serious about getting published, then this is a good first step in your writing career. This workshop includes sections on Story & Plot, Description, Point of View & Dialogue, and Creating Great Characters.

$90, 5.5 hours.

Come on, I'm bringing Guinness!

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL WORKSHOPS AT CONTEXT

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Specters in Coal Dust

Hitting stores this October:



CLICK ON THE COVER TO SEE LARGER

The contributors are listed in order of appearance.


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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pre-orders for Legends of the Mountain State 4

The fourth installment of the extremely popular "Legends of the Mountain State" series (Woodland Press) is here—and it's fantastic! As a matter of fact, Woodland Press is taking pre-orders now and books will ship by Oct. 18th, 2010, the same week as the national release of "Legends of the Mountain State 4" at the West Virginia Book Festival, Oct. 16 - 17th, held at the Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV.



CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER

Again, Appalachian myths, ghost tales, and folklore provide an eerie backdrop for powerful, dark, and gritty storytelling. Concerning the series, Shroud Magazine has written that myth, legend, and folklore are among the most powerful forms of storytelling, and "Legends of the Mountain State 4” will not disappoint—not one bit. Michael Knost again takes the reins as chief editor and coordinator; and here you’ll discover 13 "creeped-out" chapters—bone-chilling tales and legends to delight the reader. Stories are penned by many of the preeminent writers in the horror industry along with exceptional in-state storytellers. Authors include:

Gary A. Braunbeck
Steve Rasnic Tem
Alethea Kontis
G. Cameron Fuller
Jason Keene
Elizabeth Massie
JG Faherty
Brian J. Hatcher
S. Clayton Rhodes
Lisa Morton
Mark Justice
Lisa Mannetti
Michael Arnzen

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Monday, July 26, 2010

I need stories!

I have about ten good stories for my upcoming Legends of the Mountain State 4
anthology, but need around three more stories in order to send to the publisher.

I have more to read, but am getting ready to send rejections...and I still need
around three stories ASAP. Are you up for it?

If you have something that would fit the guidelines, or are a fast writer, now
is your chance to send me something for this.

The following guidelines should give you all the information you need.

Send me your best!

Thanks,
Michael Knost


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Title: Legends of the Mountain State 4

Publisher: Woodland Press

Editor: Michael Knost

Format: Trade Paperback

Payment: five-cents per word (upon publication) plus contributor copy.

No reprints (and please do not resubmit rejected stories from previous editions)

Story length: Up to 2000 words

No multiple or simultaneous subs

Deadline: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Send submissions to: LOTMS4@yahoo.com

E-mail submissions only. We will accept .doc attachments only. Do NOT copy and
paste story into the body of your e-mail. Send submissions or inquiries to the
above e-mail address.

I do NOT want stories with legends or ghosts already covered in previous
editions of this series. Reading the other books is a great way to see what I am
buying.

Stories MUST expand a known legend/ghost tale from the state of West Virginia.

You do not need to be a West Virginian to submit, but you will need to keep the
story (and legend/ghost) true to the state. All stories should include real
towns and counties from the Mountain State. Do not tell us the biography of a
legend/ghost—-tell us a story with the legend or ghost at story's center.

We are looking for tales with a solid plot and good character development.
Stories should grab the reader's attention quickly and hold it until the end. We
want powerful and emotional tales that are creepy, chilling, disturbing, and
moody.

***However, we DO NOT want stories containing language or content unsuitable for
children.*

Formatting your manuscript:

Double-space
Use Times New Roman (12)
Italicize what you want italicized
Single space after sentence-ending punctuation.

Be sure to include your name, address, etc.

We purchase First World Anthology Rights for publication in the English language
anywhere in the world.


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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Writer's Workshop (Level I course) at Context

I wanted to let everyone know that I will be teaching my Level I Writer's Workshop at Context this year.

It will be held on Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

This course usually costs $120.00, but Context students will pay only $90 for all four classes, which include:

Story & Plot
Description
Point of View & Dialogue
Creating Great Characters.

There are only 12 seats currently available, so sign up now while you still can!

Here's the link for all the writing workshops available:

http://www.contextsf.org/workshop.htm

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Book signing in Pikeville, KY

I will be signing books at BookNotes, a local bookstore in Pikeville, KY. Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: 180 Town Mountain Road, Pikeville, KY 41501

I will be signing the following books:

• Writers Workshop of Horror
• Legends of the Mountain State
• Legends of the Mountain State 2
• Legends of the Mountain State 3
• Appalachian Winter Hauntings
• Dark Tales of Terror

For more information, contact Glenda Hall, BookNotes owner, at (606) 437-1030.


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Monday, July 5, 2010

FREE online class -- manuscript formatting

After receiving numerous submitted manuscripts that make me want to pull both of my hairs out, I have decided to offer a free online class to anyone wishing to sign up.

The class (approximately one hour in length) will focus on manuscript formatting for fiction stories. You will see examples with a Powerpoint presentation while watching and listening to me via online camera/mic...but please don't let that keep you from signing up.

Date: Friday, July 16, 2010

Time: 9:00 p.m. eastern

I have set the time so as to accommodate folks from both coasts on the U.S.

Attendees DO NOT NEED to have a camera or microphone for class.

The following link is needed to get into the class:

http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/340589-manuscript-formatting

Share this link with anyone you feel would be interested.

See you there!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Writer's Workshop in Huntington, WV

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For those who are serious about becoming a writer,
or improving in the writing craft, the first step may be a
comprehensive writing course to be held Huntington, WV, Saturday, June 26.
International Bram Stoker Award-winning author/editor Michael Knost will be the lead instructor as he offers his LEVEL ONE Writers Workshop Saturday, June 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., at Mountwest Community & Technical College.

"If you are serious about improving as a storyteller, and if your goal
is to be published, then this one day intensive writing course, which
includes four distinct classes, is the first step toward a successful
writing career," Knost said, explaining that he will be personally
teaching a course that will focus on four writing themes, including:
Plot and Story (9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.); Description (10 a.m. – 10:45
a.m.); Point of View and Dialogue (11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.); and Creating
Great Characters (1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.). Although lunch is not included
in the cost, Knost will host a "free-for-all writing craft discussion"
for all who would like to attend during the lunch hour, from 12-noon
to 1:00 p.m.

Knost's book, Writers Workshop of Horror (Woodland Press), recently
won the Bram Stoker Award in the nonfiction category. The Bram
Stoker Award is hosted by the Horror Writers Association and is
considered the highest honor for authors and editors in the horror and
dark fiction genres.

The tuition for Writers Workshop: Level One, which includes includes
all four classes during the one-day course, is $125.00 For additional
information, or to sign up for the one day class at Mountwest
Community and Technical College, visit http://pages.suddenlink.net/michaelknost/huntington.html, or email michaelknost@yahoo.com.

Mountwest Community & Technical College is located at
3rd Ave. and 18th Street, Huntington, WV (Next to the Cam Henderson
Center). Class size is restricted, so interested individuals are
encouraged to sign-up early.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Michael Knost Commandments for Fiction Writing

1. Thou shalt have something to say.

2. Thou shalt populate thy story with living individuals, not characters.

3. Thou shalt give thy protagonist a want.

4. Thou shalt allow an antagonist to (at least temporarily) keep thy protagonist from
obtaining that want.

5. Thou shalt avoid temptations of clich├ęs, puns, info-dumps, or dream endings.

6. Thou shalt slay adverbs and adjectives with the jawbone of an ass.

7. Thou shalt research everything.

8. Thou shalt ensure thy words perform double and/or triple duties when possible.

9. Thou shalt circumcise excess.

10. Thou shalt never remind the reader she is reading.


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Monday, May 24, 2010

LEVEL V Classes

I have scheduled the four-week LEVEL V classes to start Monday, May 31, 2010.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD

All classes are from: 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Eastern

Cost: $120.00 for all four classes

Payment (for all classes) must be paid in full no later than May 31, 2010
Nonrefundable on or after May 31, 2010

Accepted payment methods:
PayPal – Money Order – Personal Check


Monday, May 31, 2010
EDITING TIPS FOR THE FINAL DRAFT

Monday, June 7, 2010
MANUSCRIPT FORMATTING

Monday, June 14, 2010
QUERY LETTER & BOOK PROPOSAL

Monday, June 21, 2010
CONTRACTS & NEGOTIATIONS

To sign up, simply drop me an email (writingwithknost@yahoo.com) with
your choice of payment. I will then send you an email with the information needed to make the payment.


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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Writer's Workshop in Huntington, WV

For anyone close enough to Huntington, WV, I am offering a four-class course (my Level One course) live and in person. Better than dead and in person, I guess.

Mountwest Community & Technical College
3rd Ave. and 18th street
Huntington, WV
(Next to the Cam Henderson Center)

Saturday, May 22, 2010
From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Plot & Story
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Description
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Point of View & Dialogue
11:00 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.

Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

(lunch is not included in cost, but we will all eat together with a free-for-all writing craft discussion.)

Creating Great Characters
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


Cost $125.00 for all four classes


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP OR PAY VIA PAYPAL.

If you have any questions or troubles paying on the website, send me an email at:

michaelknost at me dot com

If you can't make it, please share with your friends.

Thanks,
Michael Knost

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Friday, April 23, 2010

HOW TO BULLETPROOF YOUR MANUSCRIPT

I wanted to let you know about an online class I'm offering this Thursday night. It will be a nuts and bolts class on "How To Bulletproof Your Manuscript," ensuring editors will take you and your story seriously.

The reason I decided to do this class is due to the number of manuscripts I receive on a daily basis that give the impression the story I am about to read is one written by an amateur.

The class will be very specific, including screenshots using Microsoft Word as the tool, with plenty of tips to do these things faster and easier. This will go much deeper than manuscript formatting...it will go into the mindset of the editor, and why he or she looks at the manuscript the way he or she does.

This is a single class, one night only:

Thursday, April 29, 2010 (9:00 p.m. eastern, U.S.)

Cost: $30.00

PayPal address: mikecollinsemail@yahoo.com

Please remember the following when sending payment via PayPal:

Under the "Purchase" tab, check "Services"
Under the "Personal" tab, check "other"

I hope to see you there.

Michael Knost




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Sunday, April 18, 2010

New anthology guidelines

Submission Guidelines:

Title: Appalachian Folklore: Dark Tales of Superstition and Old Wives’ Tales

Publisher: Woodland Press

Editors: Michael Knost and Eugene Johnson

Format: Trade Paperback

Payment: Three-cents per word and one contributor copy.

Story Length: Up to 2500 words

Deadline: September 1, 2010

Please do not query about submissions until November 1, 2010.

Send Submissions to: appalachianfolklore@yahoo.com

Please send attachments (.doc or .rtf) when submitting, please do not copy and paste in the body of the email.

Publication Date: Late 2010

Please take note this is a theme anthology…if your story does not fit the theme, it will not be considered. Therefore, please adhere to the following: Stories should be horror or dark fiction and dealing with a known Appalachian superstition or old wives’ tale. We DO NOT want stories with excessive content or language.

We purchase First English Anthology Rights, non-exclusive audio and e-rights for publication in the English language anywhere in the world.

Manuscript format: Please double-space, use 12-point Times New Roman font, use a slug line in the header (not into the manuscript itself), use bold, italics, underline where desired…format just as you intend the reader to see it. Also don't forget to include your name and contact info in the manuscript.


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Friday, April 2, 2010

Book Launch Party

The following is a press release from Woodland Press:

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – A new book launch party and epic booksigning event will take place this weekend at Huntington Mall Borders, on Sat., Apr. 3rd, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The new title, Dark Tales of Terror, includes sixteen bone-chilling short stories by West Virginia storytellers with strong appetites for the macabre—and most of the contributing writers will be on hand for the activities.

According to event planners, this book release party—on the day before Easter—will represent the single largest gathering of Appalachian authors since the West Virginia Book Festival, last October in Charleston.

Scheduled to appear at Huntington Mall Borders will be 2010 Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Michael Knost, along with book contributors G. Cameron Fuller, Karen L. Newman, Brian J. Hatcher, Michael Fitzgerald, Lesley Conner, Karin Fuller, Ellen Thompson McCloud, S. Clayton Rhodes, Robert W. Walker, Ellen Bolt, Jessie Grayson, Miranda Phillips Walker and Jason L. Keene.

“The public is cordially invited to this special event,” said Lill Neace, of Borders. “We’re very excited. The authors will be here greeting the public and signing copies of Dark Tales of Terror.”

Just back home from the 2010 World Horror Convention in Brighton, England, after winning the coveted Stoker Award on Mar. 27th, Knost says that within the pages of the new title lie.... “terrifying ghost tales sure to cause more than a few sleepless nights.  It is a gripping anthology—full of Southern-fried horror of the first degree.”

During the scheduled event, Knost will also be signing copies of the award-winning title, Writers Workshop of Horror, as well as his other books, including the popular Legends of the Mountain State series.

Woodland Press, of Chapmanville, WV, published the new anthology.  For additional information about the event, call Borders, 120 Huntington Mall, Barboursville, (304) 736-6233, or go online, at woodlandpress.com.


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Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Incredible Shrinking Man

I've had many people asking for updated photos during my weight loss progression. I have been so busy that I have really not had time to accommodate the requests, but I decided to post this today to show what I look like (so far) after losing 70 plus pounds.



To give you a little perspective of what I looked like prior to the weight loss, here's a photo taken during last year's Context:



I still have about 25 more to lose and then convert remaining fat to muscle.


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Thursday, March 11, 2010

True Professionals

I may catch some flack for this post, but I really don’t care. The content needs said, and I am more than willing to say it.

Someone once asked why I invite “big name authors” to contribute to my projects rather than allowing more slots for up-and-comers. I tried to be diplomatic in my answer, hoping not to come across as the jackass I really am (just ask my wife). So, I replied with something that sounded nice, sweet, and non-caloric.

Well, I would like to answer that question a little more openly here.

The reason I like working with “big name authors” is because I know I’ll be working with professionals.

I don’t have to worry about egos, petty crap, or prima donnas crowing endlessly about messing with their art. I know that sounds bass-ackwards, but it’s true. The “problem authors” I’ve had to deal with (or pacify) while working as an anthologist or editor, has primarily been first time or up-and-coming writers.

You see, if I LOVE a professional’s story but ask for changes, I don’t get hostility, resentment, or a flame war, I get the story I want with true professional cooperation. The professional wants to work with the editor or publisher, not fight them. That doesn’t mean a professional will not disagree over certain points, but it means each will work together to produce the strongest piece possible…without the attitude.

Let me say this, too. The problem children—the loudest crowers—are by far less talented than those I call professionals. This is my opinion, but I swear I see it on a consistent basis. And by the way, professionals are not all “big name writers” per se…they are merely professionals. I know and have worked with many professionals that do not have the “big name” tagged on them.

And while I’m at it, let’s talk about submission guidelines.

The true professional stays within the guidelines, straying very little…and when he or she veers slightly from the path, I can see why and usually agree with them.

I edited an anthology with Mark Justice called Appalachian Winter Hauntings where the theme was (plainly stated in the guidelines) Christmas ghost stories set in the Appalachian region of the United States. Our first submission was not only set in Oregon (as far from the Appalachian region as one can possibly get and yet remain in the Continental US), but also had NOTHING to do with Christmas, or any other holiday for that matter.

I have yet to put together a project where I have not had to deal with this in mass quantity, and I don’t understand it. Do the writers think the editor or publisher will forget what he or she is asking for and take anything coming in? Or do they just not read the guidelines?

A friend recently took on his first editing job with a themed anthology and I warned him he would get similar submissions. I don’t think he really believed me, but he recently called me with the news that he’d already experienced this phenomenon…and his submissions are not even officially open yet!

While I’m at it, I’ll also mention that within MINUTES of posting the submission guidelines for Appalachian Winter Hauntings, I received the non-Christmas ghost story set in Oregon. Of course this told me I would be reading a trunk story, and I would not be dealing with a professional.

If you really want to be treated like a professional, then you must write, work, and act like one.


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Monday, March 8, 2010

Specters in Coal Dust submission guidelines

Tentative title: Specters in Coal Dust

Publisher: Woodland Press

Editor: Michael Knost

Format: Trade Paperback

Payment: five-cents per word (upon publication) plus contributor copy.

No reprints, please

Story length: Up to 3000 words

No multiple or simultaneous subs

Submissions deadline: August 1, 2010

Do NOT query about submission status until September 1, 2010

Send submissions or questions to: spectersandcoaldust@yahoo.com

E-mail submissions only. We will accept .doc or .rtf attachments only. Do NOT copy and paste story into the body of your e-mail. Send submissions or inquiries to the above e-mail address.

Projected publication date: November 1, 2010

We are looking for COALMINE GHOST STORIES SET IN OR AROUND THE APPALACHIAN REGION. Stories need not be based on a known ghost or legend, but that certainly does not mean it can’t be.

We’re looking for emotional tales that are creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody. However, we DO NOT want stories containing explicit language or content.

Please double-space your manuscript, using either Times New Roman or Currier fonts.

Feel free to italicize, bold, and/or underline words as they should appear in print.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Balloon

For those who missed this post last year, here is the updated version:

This Valentine's Day my wife and I celebrate eighteen wonderful years together . . . we also celebrate the releasing of our eighteenth balloon.

Let me explain, we’d been dating only a few weeks when Valentine's Day was approaching. I bought flowers, candy, and a beautiful card for her . . . she bought a rose and a huge helium-filled balloon for me.

We decided to meet at a local grocery store parking lot before going out to eat. In the parking lot, she handed me the rose and balloon, except I thought the balloon’s string was tied to the rose, and she thought that I had a hold of the string and rose. We both watched helplessly as the balloon rose slowly out of sight. It was at that moment I asked her to "go steady" with me . . . fortunately she said yes.

Every Valentine's Day since, we have made our way to a grocery store parking lot and released a balloon into the sky. With this tradition we have turned a blunder into a celebrated moment.



Since then, we have released balloons from various states, and have been so busy at times we were forced to make a special effort to even continue the tradition. In 1999, balloon number seven was released in the middle of a hectic week of packing as we were moving from one city to another. Balloon number six was the very first to be released outside our native state of West Virginia, and on February 13, 1996, my wife's father passed away after only one week in the hospital . . . the next day we tearfully released balloon number four.

So, what have I learned in eighteen years? Well, I’ve learned that true love is not about flowers, candy, gifts, or even balloons. I’ve learned it’s not about possessions, wealth, youth, or power. I’ve learned that tough times are par for the course, but the course always gets smoother if you just keep playing. I also discovered it’s not always about me.

But more importantly, I’ve learned that true love really comes with no strings attached.


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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Level I online classes to start February 9, 2010

I have had a bunch of folks asking when I would offer the first level of classes again. So, I have scheduled the four-week LEVEL I classes to start Tuesday, February 9, 2010.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD

All classes are from: 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Eastern

Cost: $120.00 for all four classes

Payment (for all classes) must be paid in full no later than February 9, 2010
Nonrefundable on or after February 9, 2010

Accepted payment methods:
PayPal – Money Order – Personal Check

Online classes will be conducted live via audio/video conference with
PowerPoint presentations and chat lines. Audio or video capabilities
(or special software) are NOT required for participation. However,
a computer with Internet connection IS required.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Plot and structure.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Description and detail

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Point of View and Dialogue

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Creating great characters

To sign up, simply drop me an email (writingwithknost@yahoo.com) with
your choice of payment. I will then send you an email with the information needed to make the payment.


Thanks again!
Michael Knost

www.MichaelKnost.com

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

New online classes start Monday

I taught the first class (pacing) to my classroom students tonight (Thursday) and they said it was the best yet.

Here's the schedule:

Monday, February 1, 2009 @ 6:00 OR 9:00 PM – Pacing
Monday, February 8, 2009 @ 6:00 OR 9:00 PM – Mood & Tone
Monday, February 15, 2009 @ 6:00 PM OR 9:00 PM – Book Proposal
Monday, February 22, 2009 @ 6:00 OR 9:00 PM – Marketing

Cost is $120.00 for the four-week set.

For more information or PayPal instructions send email to michaelknost@yahoo.com


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Monday, January 18, 2010

The winner for this week's Writers Workshop of Horror winner is:

Stephen Griglak of Milltown, NJ.


There is still time to sign up for the next drawings.

Visit www.MichaelKnost.com and fill in the entry form, then send.

I will draw a name out of a hat (yes, an actual hat) and announce the winners on the same website. I will also contact each winner via email.

You need only make one entry to be eligible for all drawings.

Good luck!
Michael Knost


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Monday, January 11, 2010

First week winner!

Congratulations to Thomas Riley of Minot, North Dakota!

Thomas is the winner of the first week copy of Writers Workshop of Horror.

If you have already entered, your name good for all future drawings.

If you have not entered, you may do so at any time at:

CLICK HERE

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Win a FREE copy of Writers Workshop of Horror

Want to win a signed (by editor Michael Knost) copy of Writers Workshop of Horror?

I will give away a copy each week for the month of January.

Visit www.MichaelKnost.com and fill in the entry form, then send.

I will draw a name out of a hat (yes, an actual hat) and announce the winners on the same website. I will also contact each winner via email.

You need only make one entry to be eligible for all drawings.

Good luck!
Michael Knost


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