June 2010 News You know, it's amazing how fast the months go by when you're doing a free newsletter. No sooner do I have May out than June rushes by.

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June 2010 News

You know, it's amazing how fast the months go by when you're doing a free newsletter. No sooner do I have May out than June rushes by. Of course, I do manage to do a bit of writing and/or art along the way -- and that's the subject of this month's news: New & Upcoming Projects.

 
 

New Stories on Kindle

This has been a big month for me converting stories into e-format and making them available on Kindle and in other electronic formats. Since last month's newsletter, I've put up two novellas, The Blood-Red Isle and Festival at Wolfnacht as well as the story I was giving away last month, "The Gates of Paradise." (Did you write a review and get your free copy?)

You can buy the stories from Amazon by clicking the book covers above.

Or, if you prefer, you can get both of the above novellas -- The Blood-Red Isle and Festival at Wolfnacht -- packaged together in one really cool e-book: Zombies, Werewolves, & Unicorns, also available at Amazon.

Finally, for us "old timers" who prefer our stories on paper, Zombies, Werewolves, & Unicorns comes that way, too.

Collectors' Alert! I'm thinking about changing the format of the paperback slightly in the near future. So the book you buy from Amazon today might be a rare collector's item tomorrow. Be sure to order your copy of the original edition by clicking the book cover to the right, now!

Am I a Writer or an Artist?

Am I a writer who draws, or an artist who writes? That question's been on my mind over the last few weeks as I've moved between writing stories (and planning more) and doing art, mostly covers for Kindle books & stories. I seem to be unique among my peers -- neither fish nor fowl, as it were. I'm closest, maybe, to some of my comic book friends -- like Bill Willingham. But I could never draw well enough fast enough to both write and draw comics (Twilight Empire being the exception). And I've written way more books than most or all of my cartoonist friends.

I'm thankful for my gifts, but there is sometimes a tension between the two "halves" of my brain/personality/career. I wonder if I'd get more done if I concentrated on just one thing. But both writing and art give me so much joy, I have no real desire to give either up, though there have been times when I do more of one than the other. And often, a story will start with an image in my head -- like the Blood-Red Queen rising, that became the story "The Blood-Red Isle," or the image that inspired the new Umira the Accursed story. Even The Scorpion started with the image at the start of the book - the lone samurai among a field of the dead.

Now as publisher of Walkabout Publishing, it's very handy to be able to do both stories and art -- and do both fairly well, too, I think. It certainly helps in putting my stories up on Kindle and in other e-book formats.

What do you think? Should I be a writer, or an artist, or both?

 
 

Get a Free Story Program Continues!

As I said last month, I'm continuing my "write a review, get a free story" policy. So, if you've posted something on your blog, or Facebook, or Amazon (or elsewhere), let me know. You can contact me through those services, my website, or just write to fanmail@stephendsullivan.com.

For your efforts, I'll send you a free story in PDF format. I'll even try to send something you haven't seen before. And, those who put up reviews are also likely to get a first look at my new stuff (like my upcoming Snowraven story - previewed above). Such a deal! So, what are you waiting for? Get typing!

Help Build the Tribe: Tell Your Friends!

Help me out by spreading the word! Tell your friends about this newsletter. Have them go to my website and sign up. (Sign up yourself if you got this newsletter indirectly.) Help me build my fanbase so I can continue to write cool stories -- and offer some of them for free!

Thanks!

Steve Sullivan

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