Twin Presentations

writerbewareimage37Tonight was a bit busy. I had a presentation to do for my British Literature Class at Bowie State University at 5 and then my presentation for the Maryland Writers Association at 7.  Let’s just say, they’re not that close together. *grin*

Luckily, my talk went well for the college class. I had to do a synopsis presentation about my final paper. I’m doing a deep reading and analysis of The Jew of Malta, which was an interesting story. Technically an Elizabethan tragedy, but Marlowe can’t seem to help himself about throwing comedic riffs into the story.

My professor excused me right after my presentation, so I had to jump into the car and drive from the DC suburbs to the north side of Baltimore in rush hour traffic. I managed to arrive with about fifteen minutes to spare and quickly got set up and ready to present.

It was a fantastic time. I did a presentation to the MWA on behalf of Writer Beware about how to choose an agent or a publisher who’d be right for you as well as the joys and pitfalls for self-publishing (using my experiences as a self-publisher in the 90s with comics as an example of how not to do it. *sigh*).

There was a very enthusiastic crowd with a lot of good questions. However, some of the questions were outside my scope, so they’re going to look into scheduling a copyright attorney to speak to them sometime in the spring. I will definitely be attending that talk.

Always fun to talk to people about how to protect themselves when it comes to publishing.

Writer Beware

Putting on my Writer Beware hat here for a moment, I’ll be speaking at the Maryland Writers Association monthly meeting in Towson, MD on the 25th of November at 7:00pm.

(That’s 1900 for you military types)

I’ll be doing my updated talk “How NOT to get published”. We’ll be discussing how to choose an agent/publisher who’s right for you as well as avoiding those who’re probably not going to help your career. Additionally, we’ll be discussing self-publishing pros and cons. There will be a Q&A period afterward.

Hope to see some of you there.


Plus, don’t forget to check the Writer Beware blog, Facebook page, and web site. Usually something interesting going on in the world of writing.

Interview for The Eerie Digest

I was recently interviewed by The Eerie Digest. I’ve done a few interviews before but mostly  for podcasts (The Sci-Fi Diner and Pulped come to mind), which means there’s a lot of banter back and forth and things can wander as both the interviewer and the subject think of new directions to take a question.

This one was a little different.  Joe O’Donnell gave me a list of questions that he wanted me to respond to and after a quick glance, there was no denying he had done his homework.  He started off asking questions going all the way back to my days in journalism and working at the college radio station at CMSU . . . hell, it’s not even called CMSU any more, it’s the University of Central Missouri nowdays.

He asked about my days in small press comics, self-publishing,  and so on, all the way through my current writing for StarWarp Concepts, Musa Publishing, and Pro Se Productions. It was probably the easiest interview I’ve ever done.

(Well, duh, Rich, you were talking about yourself.  Shush, you.)

I’m sure I waxed nostalgically and in way more detail than he needed, so I don’t envy him his editing task. Never the less, he assures me  they’ll be appearing in the November 11th issue of The Eerie Digest.

However, don’t wait until then. Go check it out!