Write a little more

It has been a while since I did a blog. Call it laziness, writers block, or whatever it is, the words just haven’t been flowing lately. So what’s been going on? For those who have followed me you know that I have a few books that I have put out.  The last one was Beyond the Darkness which was published in October of 2017.  The book chronicles a team of Paranormal Investigators and more specifically, the lead investigator, Lucas Mitchell who discovers a deep connection to the events of his past during their current investigation. Some haunting and scary things unfold culminating in events that will change his world forever.

When I first decided to write this book I realized that there wasn’t really a book like it out there. A lot of the books under the genre of Paranormal have to do with romancing a vampire or to some degree a lover’s tale with a hint of paranormal. I have no problems with books like that but I wanted to do something a little bit different. I don’t consider my book a horror book, it is more paranormal than anything else. I wanted to tell a story that would have some scares but also have deep characters. So if you are into ghosts and other spooky things but also want a good story to follow, check it out. If you are interested in reviewing this book, send me a message. I am always looking for honest reviews.

So I am jumping back on the writing train after a brief rest although its been a little more than brief. I have a couple of projects I’m working on. I have begun the follow up book to Pine Brook Falls, this would be book 2 of the series. If you have read Pine Brook Falls, please know that the next book in the series will be out next year. Stay tuned for more information and a early preview later this year. Another project is in the early stages and I am thinking of making it into a series if all works out. I will have more information about this in the future.

I wanted to share a few links I have come across. These are different sites offering writers opportunities. I have not personally checked them out so I cannot speak on their validity but in case you are interested, feel free to check them out for yourself. I am not sponsored, affiliated, or have any association with any of these organizations.

Stairway Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Stairway Press publishes and markets literary books in a variety of genres including science, science fiction, short stories, political essays, literary thrillers and adventure books. They are not interested in young adult or children books. Their main focus is quality writing. Although a number of the books I looked at I would not describe as literary, even in the context of genre.

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Through the Ages: Seven Markets for Historical Short Fiction

Historical fiction is an astonishingly vast genre that transports authors and readers back to the past – from Wild West tales of cowboys and gunslingers to prehistoric fiction featuring the early beginnings of mankind. Take a look at some of these magazines, websites and literary journals that accept historical short fiction.

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Tor.com Publishing Open to Novellas till May 15th

Until 15 May 2018 (9 a.m. EST), Tor.com Publishing, the publishing arm of the science fiction and fantasy website Tor.com, will be open for unsolicited novella submissions.

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Well until next time, happy writing and happy reading.

Matt A Byron

 

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Inkitt, writing opportunities, and more

Hello,

I have recently submitted my latest book to Inkitt’s writing contest.  I don’t know much about Inkitt but I thought it was worth a shot.  My latest book, Beyond the Darkness, is available for free through this contest. If you are interested in reading my Paranormal thriller for free, click on this link.

If you are still curious about what my book,  read the following review.

Jen C.

November 6, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love a good supernatural thriller, and Beyond the Darkness by Matt A. Byron fit the bill. In this supernatural novel, you get everything those of us who like ghosts and hauntings enjoy – a team of paranormal investigators, ghosts, a haunted old house, and a mystery.

In the story, Lucas Mitchell (the head of this team of paranormal investigators) is trying to wrap his mind around the events of his past and the things he is experiencing in the present. The author does not give the reader any easy answers, so I found myself reading the lengthy book rather quickly so I could find out what was really happening. And, I was surprised!

Fans of hauntings and books that make the hairs on your arms stand up will enjoy this novel. It has excellent pacing and solid characters and enough spooky elements to satisfy your thrill-seeking nature. Without a doubt, I will suggest this book to like-minded friends and read Matt Byron’s next novel.

If you read my story on Inkitt and like it, I would love if you would vote for it. This would help it gain traction.  I am interested to hear what people think.  Thank you for reading this and hopefully you find Beyond the Darkness worthy of your vote.
Everyone is looking for writing opportunities and I have a couple to share with you.  I get offers all the time.  Some of them look promising while others seem more like hype.  I have a couple to share with you that looked pretty good.
Writer’s Digest is conducing their 87th annual writing competition.  They have an early bird special submission by May 4th.  Here is information about the contest.
 For more than 80 years, talented writers of all genres have been celebrated in this renowned competition. And this year, the spotlight could be on YOU.

Submit your best work in up to 9 categories, including Memoir/Personal Essay, Rhyming Poetry, Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.) and more!  To get more information click here.

I am not affiliated with Writer’s Digest in any way, but it looks like a good opportunity.  Another one I have found is here.

$200 for Short Stories and Essays

The Masters Reviews bills itself as a “Platform for Emerging Writers.” They publish short stories and narrative non-fiction.

One key point: They want writing from writers who are not yet established. That means, “any new and emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length. You must not have a novel forthcoming at the time of submission”

They pay 10 cents per word, up to $200.

Submissions are free for their “New Voices” category.

According to their submission guidelines:

We accept fiction and narrative non-fiction. We do accept a variety of genres and styles, our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. But please, send us polished work. Our aim is to showcase writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. Send us only your best.

If you would like more information about this opportunity, click here.

 

Okay, that’s all I have for today.  I hope you find some of this information helpful.  If you want to check out Beyond the Darkness on Inkitt, you can check it out here.  Until next time, happy writing.