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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Charles Kelley

This marks the last post in our author feature series for the upcoming Absurd Apocalypse anthology. Last, and mostly least, is CCP co-founder Charles Kelley. Kelley has two stories featured in the anthology, focusing on two very different apocalyptic situations.

This article originally appeared on CircleCityPublishing.com.

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Jonathan Degler

Something we’ve been excited to see with this second anthology is the mixture of familiar faces, along with fresh new voices. Last week, we announced another familiar face in the CCP world, Katheryn Schwarz.

This week is our last first-time CCP contributor, although we were fortunate enough to help him edit his amazing fantasy tale, Princess Olive, in 2019. Jonathan Degler has been a friend and mentor in our writing endeavors, and we’re elated to be able to include a story from him in our upcoming second anthology.

This article originally appeared on CircleCityPublishing.com.

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Katheryn Schwarz

Something we’ve been excited to see with this second anthology is the mixture of familiar faces, along with fresh new voices. Last week, we announced a familiar face in the CCP world, Patrick J. O’Brian.

This week we get another familiar face. Katheryn submitted a companion story to her Dragon’s Ascent series for our first anthology, Fun Size. She’s back this time with a great story about a serial killer stuck in a pandemic.

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An Absurd Apocalypse Cover Reveal

It’s cover reveal day! While I’m excited to share the cover art for Circle City Publishing’s second anthology, I’m even more excited for you to see the stories within. But first, the cover:

The end of the world has become a romanticized topic thanks to the numerous books, television shows, and movies on the subject.  But what about all the times when things don’t go according to plan?  Zombies roam the planet.  Basic survival necessities become scarce.  Behavioral patterns are thrown into chaos.  Zombies.  The world itself revolts against its oppressors.  Survivors are forced to come together, whether they like it or not.  And, of course, did we mention zombies?  

An Absurd Apocalypse explores all of these ideas, while begging the question – What happens when the end of the world doesn’t go according to plan?  Seven authors contribute their unique ideas to answer that very question.  Get ready for some of the unluckiest survivors in uncomfortable conditions.  

Worst. Apocalypse. Ever.

Release date TBD

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Patrick J. O’Brian

Something we’ve been excited to see with this second anthology is the mixture of familiar faces, along with fresh new voices. Last week, we introduced a first-time CCP contributor, Serena Mossgraves.

Today, we have the pleasure of announcing another familiar face to CCP readers. O’Brian also submitted a story to our Fun Size anthology, and we were very excited to see his submission for the Absurd Apocalypse anthology. 

While zombies are undeniably an abomination, if you keep your faith during a crisis, God will provide. “Holy Undead” is a textbook example of that.

This article originally appeared on CircleCityPublishing.com.

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Serena Mossgraves

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Something we’ve been excited to see with this second anthology is the mixture of familiar faces, along with fresh new voices. Last week, we revisited a returning CCP contributor, Benjamin Oneal.

This week, we get to welcome another new CCP contributor, Serena Mossgraves. While Serena is certainly no stranger to publishing, her flash fiction in the upcoming Absurd Apocalypse anthology will be her first submission to Circle City Publishing. 

Zombies are no strangers to apocalyptic tales, but the perspective on that genre is typically pretty straight-forward. That’s not exactly the case with Serena’s short story, “Hunger.”

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Benjamin Oneal

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Something we’ve been excited to see with this second anthology is the mixture of familiar faces, along with fresh new voices. Last week, we introduced a new author, Bryanna Wearley.

This week, we get to share a little about a returning contributor and his story for An Absurd Apocalypse. Benjamin Oneal’s submission, “A Case for Mankind” is a truly unique spin on an apocalyptic tale, and we can’t wait to share it along with all the other great stories in the upcoming anthology!

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Bryanna Wearley

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CCP’s upcoming anthology will feature a wide-range of authors with an even wider range of experience levels. For the next seven weeks, we will spotlight each of the contributors and give a glimpse of their submission to this incredible, quirky collection.

We’ll kick it off with a first-time writer, Bryanna Wearly. Bryanna is an up-and-comer, and if this first story from her is any indication of what’s to come, we can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve!

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Authors Supporting Authors

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We’ve previously shared tips on how to show support for upcoming authors for free here and here, and for cheap here. With those ideas being provided, we’d be remiss to acknowledge the struggle within the writing community to support each other. What we’ve seen more times than we can count, is authors who are so laser-focused on selling a single copy of their own book, that they miss the opportunity to support the larger writing community in a way that could offer long-term benefit. There is a focus to sell books at all costs, without recognizing that not every reader is their target demographic. It almost seems like there is a competitive approach, as in, let’s see who can sell the most books. Sure, generally, that’s the end goal. But when you’re still finding your place in the writing world, it would be beneficial to ally yourself with other authors who can work with each other and help the collective group.

Social media has provided countless groups for this very thing. The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to the writing community, especially compared to how difficult and limited the resources and options were just twenty years ago (pre-internet). While it’s fun to surround yourself with other writers that you share interests with, it might be more beneficial to find a well-rounded group, ranging from various writing styles, multiple genres, and differing experience levels. That way when you meet a new reader, and you ask them what they like to read, you can give them fitting choices when you make a recommendation. Sure, that recommendation might lead that reader to a different author, but the other authors in your group would ideally be doing the same thing and pointing identified readers in your direction as well. That’s a win-win for everyone involved. Not only that, but it also helps the reader find something that they will enjoy. They can then focus more support on a new favorite author, instead of getting annoyed and/or burned out from having books pushed on them that they aren’t interested in.

Unfortunately, what we’ve seen time and again, are author’s who seem to have the impression that there aren’t enough readers to go around, and that their book should be in everyone’s hands, even if that reader isn’t interested in their genre, topic, style, etc. While it’s true that there is a limited amount of money for readers to spend on books, wouldn’t it be better served if it was used for the benefit of the community, instead of trying to gobble up every reader whether they like your genre or not, $12 at a time?

Additionally, beyond selfish sales approaches, we’ve noticed that authors don’t always practice what they preach. Writers are always asking for book reviews, however, they aren’t the most reliable group to offer reviews to other authors. As previously noted, it doesn’t have to be a full-on, multiple paragraph essay-type book review. A simple “fun read” or “interesting book” work just fine. If you have a blog and want to do a complete book review, then even better. Not only are you letting readers know about a particular book, you’re generating easy content for your site. How can you go wrong with that?

Lastly, also discussed previously, most authors have fanpages on social media, and every author craves likes, shares, and comments. Although, you can have a whole friends list of writers, and will still struggle to receive the kind of attention that’s desired. It can be very defeating to offer support to others, and not have it reciprocated, and the logic behind it is baffling. The golden rule seems quite fitting here, doesn’t it? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you? Unfortunately, a lot of time, it comes down to do unto others when it benefits you. Or do unto others after they’ve done unto you.

Are you an author that finds themselves in this group of guilty offenders? Well, the good news is it’s never too late to start supporting the writing community!

 
 

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Easy & Cheap Ways to Support an Author

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Previously, we shared how to support an author for free. You can review those articles here and here. This time we’ll offer some suggestions on how you can help support your favorite authors if you have a few extra dollars to spend. These are pretty simple and straight-forward, so this post will be pretty short. Continue reading

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