Friday, April 23, 2010


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 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:

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:

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

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