Robert Swartwood

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Giotto’s Circle

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My latest ebook has just been released. It’s called Giotto’s Circle. It’s a short story, about 6,000 words long, and it’s quite good if I may say so myself.

Anyway, here are the buy links, including Ganxy, which is basically as direct as I can get to selling you my ebooks besides knocking on your front door and pulling some electrons out of my pocket. iTunes should be available in the next day or so. Add it to your Goodreads shelf here.

Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Google Play | Ganxy

Included in the ebook is an excerpt from my forthcoming novel New Avalon, which is up for pre-order on Kindle, Kobo, iTunes, and Google Play. It’s coming out November 15th. Soon!

Another Kobo Sale

The people at Kobo are the best. They’ve included me in the past several promotions and I’m eternally grateful. This month my novels Legion and Bullet Rain are eligible for a 30% off promo code. It’s an unlimited code, so use it as many times as you please on select books. Check out other books by Douglas Clegg, Nick Stephenson, Hugh Howey, and many, many more. Offer ends Monday, so check it out!

Kobo Weekend Sale

The good folks over at Kobo are having what they’re calling a TGIF Summer Sale this weekend, where you can get 30% off select titles using coupon code TGIFSAVE30. You can use the code as many times as you want, but only for those select titles. Two of my titles are included in the sale — The Serial Killer’s Wife and The Calling — so if you have a Kobo and don’t have either of those books, now would be a good time to grab them. And check out the other books on sale too!

Pillar of Salt

I just released a new ebook called Pillar of Salt. It’s a short story that originally appeared in Postscripts a couple of years ago. As I mentioned before, I plan to make more of my short stories available as single ebooks because … well, why not. Plus, with the recent announcement of Kindle Unlimited, I figured it would be a good chance to test the system.

What’s Pillar of Salt about? Here’s a short blurb:

In a small Pennsylvania town, the dead still get their mail.

The rule is simple: do not open the mail.

Somebody is about to break that rule.

I priced this ebook at $2.99, much higher than I normally price short stories, mostly because I don’t expect anyone to actually buy this. Instead, I want people to download it via Kindle Unlimited, seeing as how everyone has a free 30-day trial. You download it for free, read it (or at least get past the 10% mark), and I still get paid. Win-win.

Obviously, because this ebook is exclusive to Amazon right now, it won’t be on Nook, Kobo, iTunes, or Google Play for another three months. Also, from what I understand, Kindle Unlimited is only available to U.S. residents right now. Sorry.

In the meantime, download Pillar of Salt on Amazon, and add it to your Goodreads bookshelf.

Operation: Ice Bat – A Benefit Anthology

OPERATION: ICE BAT is a new benefit anthology edited by Brian Keene. It’s available for $2.99 on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

It contains new stories and reprints by Brian Keene, Christopher Golden, J. F. Gonzalez, Kelli Owen, James A. Moore, Mary SanGiovanni, Geoff Cooper, Robert Ford, Mandy DeGeit, Nate Southard, and many, many more. My story is a rare reprint entitled “Noogle Knock.” Here’s the whole table of contents:

Introduction – Brian Keene
Breathe My Name – Christopher Golden
The Tin Box – Kelli Owen
For Whom We Mourn – Geoff Cooper
Inviolable – Mandy DeGeit
Mouth – Nate Southard
Little King – Nikki McKenzie
Home – J.F. Gonzalez
The Taste of Our Indiscretions – Robert Ford
In the Details – Michele Mixell
The Guardian of Tsalal – Brian Keene
A Family Birthday – Jacob Haddon
Emily’s Kiss – James A. Moore
Pretty, Pretty Shiny – Alyn Day
I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday – Mike Lombardo
The Mime – Mary SanGiovanni
The Wretched Spawn – Michael H. Antonio
Arrearages – Wesley Southard
Noogle Knock – Robert Swartwood
Biographies

100% of the proceeds go to our friend Dave Thomas, who is going through hard times right now.

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Writer’s Digest Conference Two Weeks Away

So in the next two weeks I’ll be at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City, hanging out with the likes of Harlan Coben and Hugh Howey … or, at least, seeing them from a distance. The dates are August 1 – 3, at the Roosevelt Hotel. I’m on two panels  Expanding Your Brand with Co-Writers, with my Refuge co-authors Jeremy Robinson and Kane Gilmour, as well as Sean Ellis, and Getting Real about Self-Publishing, with Jeremy and Kane, as well as Judith Gille and Ember Reichgott Junge. You can see the rest of the schedule here. AND, if you haven’t signed up yet, you can use this (case sensitive!) discount code for $50.00 off the Basic Conference or Pitch Slam/Basic Conference Package: WDSPEAKER. Hope to see some of you there!

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

What does Harlan Coben, Hugh Howey, and I have in common? We’ll be at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference this summer in New York City (though, admittedly, many more people will be attending to see those two dudes … okay, basically everyone will be attending to see those two dudes). The dates are August 1 – 3, at the Roosevelt Hotel. I’m on two panels  Expanding Your Brand with Co-Writers, with my Refuge co-authors Jeremy Robinson and Kane Gilmour, as well as Sean Ellis, and Getting Real about Self-Publishing, with Jeremy and Kane, as well as Judith Gille and Ember Reichgott Junge. You can see the rest of the schedule here. Hope to see some of you there!

Wart

My flash fiction piece “Wart” is up today at Vol. 1 Brooklyn. This is the first flash fiction piece I’ve written in a long time, so it’s nice dabbling in the genre again. A big thanks to Tobias Carroll and everyone else at Vol. 1 Brooklyn for giving it a place to be read.

Me In Google Play

Not too long ago Google contacted me about making my ebooks available in Google Play. And now several of them are. Mostly just my novels right now, but eventually I’ll get the short stories and novellas up at some point. Anyway, if you use Google Play, or know someone who does, help spread the word!

New Hint Fiction Contest

It’s been almost five years since my essay “Hint Fiction: When Flash Fiction Becomes Just Too Flashy” was first published at Flash Fiction Chronicles. Since then Hint Fiction has really taken on a life of its own. Besides the anthology published by W. W. Norton four years ago, there’s been an art show, a film contest, and even recently an anthology of Sri Lankan Hint Fiction. There have been three contests in the past — judged by Stewart O’Nan, James Frey, and Joyce Carol Oates — and this year I thought it was time to host another contest.

What is Hint Fiction? It’s a story of 25 words or fewer that suggests a larger, more complex story. Think of Hemingway’s apocryphal six-word story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” It doesn’t have a title, but those six words convey a punch. Not only that, they stand on their own. They’re not the first line of a story, or a random sentence plucked from a longer story.

The reason I didn’t host a contest the past two years is because the stories submitted in 2011 seemed rather … formulaic. After all, there is only so much that can be done with a 25 word limit. Having said that, I have a faith that more can be done with the genre, that writers can think outside the box, so that’s why I’m doing another contest.

This year’s judge is the one and only Benjamin Percy. He is the author of two novels, Red Moon and The Wilding, as well as two books of stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His honors include an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Plimpton Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics. His story “Impact” appeared in the Hint Fiction anthology.

The submission period will be from April 1 to April 30 at this website. You can submit up to two Hint Fiction stories (subscribers to my newsletter can submit up to three, those lucky sons of guns). After April 30th, a top 20 will be chosen and will be published online, where readers can vote for their favorites à la American Idol. Then from there a top 10 will be narrowed down, which will be sent to Benjamin Percy (please note that I hold veto power, so if a story I feel strongly about in the top 20 doesn’t make the top 10, I may include it anyway).

The prizes are as follows:

  • 1st place $100, 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25.
  • All winners and runners up will receive signed copies of the Hint Fiction anthology, as well as signed copies of my very short fiction collection Phantom Energy.
  • Perera-Hussein Publishing House has generously donated copies of their Sri Lankan Hint Fiction anthology Short & Sweet to the winners and runners up as well.
  • Finally, the 1st place winner will also have his or her Hint Fiction story animated by Dustin Grella, who has animated a few Hint Fiction stories in the past (here and here and here).

There is no entry fee.

Still not sure what Hint Fiction is? It’s strongly recommended you check out the anthology, which is still available in paperback. Also, Norton has kindly lowered the price of the ebook for a limited time, so you can purchase it for just $2.99 on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iTunes.

So check back here April 1st. In the meantime, have fun!

EDIT: The contest is currently open.

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