I constantly find myself running out of reading time, and as a remedy to this problem I’ve taken to carrying a book with me everywhere. You never know when you’re going to get to your next meeting twenty minutes early, or your bus is running late, or you just need to take a break from reality.
That’s the great thing about short stories. If you have 15-20 minutes, you have time to get away to another place, to be another person, and be back in time to get to the next thing on your to-do list.
If you’re looking for your next great read, check out this Goodreads Giveaway. We’re giving away five paperback copies of our latest anthology, For the Road: Short Stories of America’s Highways. (The book sells on Amazon.com for $14.95.)
Enter to win your free copy of For the Road here.
This anthology features short stories by ten authors from around the country. From bizarre travelling companions, to ghost stories, to madness described in eloquent prose, For the Road has a little something for everyone.
If you’re expecting tales of good Samaritans and happy travelers, you may want to take another route. For the Road explores the spectacular fear we hold for the unknown, as embodied by the lonesome highway. Seasoned travelers may laugh at the villains and specters within these pages, while homebodies will make sure to lock their doors a little earlier in the evening.
-CCC Director, Brad Pauquette
This giveaway is only open for a short time! Enter to win while you still can.
Production for our latest anthology–For the Road: Short Stories of America’s Highways–is almost finished! We’re putting the finishing touches on what is going to be a fantastic book.
This anthology features ten original pieces of short fiction from authors around the country. You’ll find ghosts, hitchhikers, runaways, cannibals and more within these pages. If you like dark, gritty tales of traveling, don’t miss For the Road!
Special thanks to Columbus Publishing Lab’s team of editors and designers who helped produce the book, and to Michelle Berki for her cover design.
We’ll be hosting a release party on December 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Claddagh Irish Pub- 585 S. Front St #100e, Columbus, OH 43215. Clink glasses with the anthology authors, chat with other writers and enjoy some good old fashioned Irish Pub fare.This event is free and open to the public. Bring a friend–everyone is invited!
Join the Facebook event here.
With your help, Columbus Creative Cooperative will keep producing great anthologies like For the Road, and encouraging writers everywhere to support each other with constructive feedback. If you’re not already a CCC Member, please consider joining today. Memberships are affordable, and they come with great perks.
Learn more about our memberships here.
Questions? Contact us.
If you’re like me, you’re already planning your next weekend. We’ve got you covered. Join us for Folk & Fiction Columbus at Java Central Cafe- 20 S State St, Westerville, OH 43081 from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, 11/09. This event is free and open to the public. You do NOT have to be a CCC member to attend.
Join the Facebook event here.
Enjoy an excellent cup of coffee, listen to some live local music and hear local authors read some of their best short stories. What more could you ask for on a Sunday afternoon?
Performing musicians include local band The Detours, and the piano playing, song writing Chris Minton.
Featured authors include Justin Hanson, author of “Twilight of the Revolution,” which appears in Best of Ohio Short Stories. Cynthia Rosi, author of The Light Catcher and contributor to the CCC anthology, While You Were Out, will also be reading.
We’ll be announcing more authors soon!
Email email@example.com with questions. I hope to see you there!
This week only, nab a free Kindle download of The Self-Publishing Handbook by Brad Pauquette. The newest release by Columbus Press, this e-book normally retails for $4.95.
Get your free download from Amazon.com here.
The self-publishing industry is huge. With so many choices, it can be hard to know which services are worthwhile, and which ones are a waste of time and money. The Self-Publishing Handbook is your guide to navigating the publishing process, no matter which route you choose. From hiring professionals, to D.I.Y. tips, this compact book separates worthwhile services from scams, and gets you on your way to producing an excellent book.
If you’re interested in navigating the self-publishing world, make sure you pick up a free copy of this handbook before Friday!
Our members are awesome and we want to help spread the word! Every month we highlight the accomplishments of our Writer and Sponsor Members in our Monthly Member News.
The Light Catcher by Cynthia Rosi is now available to pre-order. The book features a strong female protagonist, paranormal experiences and mystery. Assent Publishing will be releasing the book on October 17. Pre-order The Light Catcher here.
Nice work, Cynthia!
Hagridden by Samuel Snoek-Brown was recently released by Columbus Press. Hagridden is set in Civil War times against the backdrop of the war-ravaged bayou. Two women, stranded and alone, fight to survive. Find Hagridden here.
The Self-Publishing Handbook by Brad Pauquette was recently released by Columbus Press. The handbook clearly and concisely highlights the essential processes for producing a great book. Learn the five key steps to professional self-publishing while avoiding common pitfalls. Find The Self-Publishing Handbook here.
Chris Minton was recently awarded first place in a Brilliant Flash Fiction contest. Participants were given the first half of a story, and instructed to finish it while staying under a strict word limit. Chris’s story was picked out of 187 entries! Read his winning story here. (The stories are listed alphabetically. Keep scrolling until you get to the “M” section!)
Way to go, Chris!
If you are a Writer Member or a Sponsor Member with news to share, email Emily@ohiowriters.org. The Monthly Member News is released once a month to spread the word about our members’ accomplishments.
If you’re not already a Writer Member, please consider registering or upgrading and supporting Columbus Creative Cooperative. Membership comes with a ton of great benefits in addition to supporting the events and resources CCC provides to writers.
Learn more about membership here.
Don’t miss tonight’s Q&A session with Hagridden author, Samuel Snoek-Brown! The Q&A will begin at 7 p.m., with an informal meet and greet afterward. Stop in anytime, have a drink and chat a while.
Now’s your chance to pick the brain of a published author. Sam has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of North Texas, and his work has appeared in dozens of print and online literary magazines. He is the author of the fiction chapbook Box Cutters (sunnyoutside press, 2013), and he received a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship for Hagridden. Tonight, he answers your questions!
This event is free and open to the public. Join the Facebook event and bring a friend! See you there.
There’s a Goodreads giveaway going on now for the book Hagridden by Samuel Snoek- Brown, which will be released August 19 by Columbus Press.
Click here to enter the giveaway!
Hagridden is a haunting drama that unflinchingly approaches race, culture, apathy and humanity stripped to its core. The novel follows two women struggling to survive in the war-torn South as the Civil War tumbles to an end.
There’s no obligation involved with this contest. Simply click the link below, and enter to win an autographed paperback copy of Hagridden.
Did you know there’s a giant, werewolf-themed street race going on in September? Check out Journey to the End of the Night here. It’s free to participate in the game and there’s a giant party at Gateway Film Center at the end.
This week only, nab a copy of Triskaidekan: 13 Stories for 2013 on the CCC website for just $5! (It normally sells for $14.95.)
Get your copy here.
The thirteen short stories in this anthology are all based around the number 13. You’ll find suspense, drama, romance, literary fiction, adventure, science fiction and horror.
Triskaideka is a prefix referring to “thirteen,” as in triskaidekalets (thirteen babies), triskaidekacycle (a vehicle with thirteen wheels), and triskaidekaphobia (the fear of the number 13). We think you’ll enjoy reading how each author uniquely incorporated the number 13 into their story.
This sale is open to everyone. You do NOT have to be a CCC member to get this book at a bargain.
This sale won’t last long! Pass this along to someone you know who loves great local literature by sharing this link-columbuscoop.org/store/view_item.php?id=8
Today is the absolute last day to download Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume One for free!
Get your free e-Book here.
This outstanding anthology is comprised of 18 short stories by 18 talented Ohio authors.
Thanks to all the folks who have downloaded it this week, it is currently the #1 book in its category on Amazon.com. Don’t be the only one not reading Best of Ohio Short Stories this weekend.
You do NOT have to be a CCC member to download this free book, so share this special offer with anyone you know who loves great local literature.
Through New Year’s Day, all of our e-books are only $2.99 on Amazon.com. Get all five for your new Kindle for less than $15! (Save 40%!)
You can find all of them here.
This includes Columbus: Past, Present and Future, While You Were Out, Across Town, Overgrown and Origins.
On January 2, 2013, all five books will return to their regular price of $4.99.