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!

Michael Knost

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:

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

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

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

Formatting your manuscript:

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
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:

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:

Share this link with anyone you feel would be interested.

See you there!