Suspense Magazine: January-February 2018 Issue

Once again, SDWEG members are invited to check out the latest edition of Suspense Magazine as well as to submit work to the magazine. Their message to members follows.

2018! To say it came fast would be an understatement, but here we are. We would like to kick off the new year with a fantastic issue. We got some new things, old things and some down right scary things. Ok, nothing too scary, but you get what I mean.

We have to give a big shout out to all of you. We are so grateful that you guys keep reading the magazine and making it grow. It is because of all of you that we work so hard, making sure we bring you the very best with each issue. In this issue we have some great author interviews that include:

  • Brad Taylor
  • David Putnam
  • Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Vicki Delany
  • Wendy Corsi Staub
  • Samuel Parker
  • C.J. Cooke

We also have exclusive short stories from authors Peter Swanson and Leslie Budewitz. D.P. Lyle returns with his very popular "Forensic Files" article talking about DNA testing. Dennis Palumbo tells you to "Create Now, Critique Later." Special excerpt by author Jordan Dane, along with pages and pages of new reviews and much more. Here's to a great 2018 for everyone; enjoy.

To open the magazine, click on the cover.


A Traditional Publisher for Californians

Roaring Forties Press, a trade publisher in California, recently contacted the Guild to invite members with manuscripts ready to be published to contact them for consideration.

Roaring Forties Press is dedicated to the proposition that books can be both smart and stylish. Their books are designed to open readers’ eyes, literally and metaphorically.

Roaring Forties Press was founded by Deirdre Greene and Nigel Quinney, who together have more than fifty years of experience in all facets of the publishing industry, both in the United States and abroad. Together, they create books that enrich both the eye and the mind.

Currently, they are looking for nonfiction manuscripts, ideally, but not necessarily, with a Californian angle. As a small publisher, with national and international distribution, based both in Solana Beach and Berkeley, they would like to expand the number of authors based in San Diego where Nigel Quinney is now located. They've been in business for a dozen years, and tend to publish books about travel, the arts, and/or popular culture. Check out their website at for examples of works published.

If  you have a manuscript you're looking to get published, email Nigel Quinney at

From Our Mailbag: Yefe Nof Residency


The following message from Gil Soltz, Founder, the Yefe Nof Residency, landed in the Guild's inbox recently.

I'm writing to let you know that applications for the California Writing Residency in partnership with @1888Center are being accepted until February 28. For more information please go to California Writing Residency.

The story about how Yefe Nof got started and all the details about our new culture are on the site. Some distinguishing points of information to pass onto prospective applicants include:

• This residency is two weeks for one resident at a time.
• The time is for emerging authors to do final stage work.
• Work completed becomes part of interdisciplinary dialogue of ideas.
• Recipients will be considered for 1888's Cost of Paper Anthology.

Thanks in advance for passing on this information. I'm looking forward to meeting your group next time I'm in Southern California.

All the best to you and your fellow writers.

Gil Soltz
Founder, the Yefe Nof Residency

Las Vegas Writers’ Conference 2018


Only 13 Days left to get the Early Bird Rate for the 2018 Las Vegas Writers' Conference to be held April 19-21, 2018.

Register by Jan 31, 2018, for $425.00 ~ As of Feb 01, 2018, the cost will be $500.00

The $75.00 you save can pay for your Thursday night room at the Tuscany!

The 2018 Faculty has been booked and you can check them out at: ~ Las Vegas Writers' Conf. 2018 Faculty

Conference 2018 will be held at the beautiful Tuscany Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Check out our special group rates and if you book, be sure to use the "Group Code."

Note: You must book your room by March 31, 2018, to procure the special rate. ~ Tuscany Hotel

Thank you for considering Las Vegas Writers Conference.

The Henderson Writers’ Group and the Las Vegas Writers’ Conference are grateful for:
"The Las Vegas Review-Journal is the proud media sponsor for the 2018 Las Vegas Writer's Conference."
And the generosity of:
"This project is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency."

Glimmer Train New Writer Award

Upcoming deadline: New Writer Award: 1st place $2,500 and publication

Deadline: 2/28/18

Make a Submission
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Open only to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Previous online publication is fine.)

Our 2018 submission calendar

The 1st-place winner of the New Writer Award will be published in Glimmer Train and will receive $2,500 and 10 copies of that issue. Second- and third-place win $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700. Winners and finalists will be announced in the May bulletin, and contacted directly the previous week.

Most submissions run 1,000 - 4,000 words, but stories as long as 12,000 words are fine.

Writing Guidelines

Most of my stories start with a character doing something. Sometimes that image will mark the beginning of a story and sometimes it will mark the end, so the question for the narrative becomes, either "How did he get in this situation?" or, "Where can she go from here?"

—Bret Anthony Johnston, interviewed by Margo Williams

Suspense Magazine–Best of 2017

Insider Source into Suspense, Mystery, Horror and Thriller Fiction: Suspense Magazine

A few months ago, John Raab, CEO and Publisher of Suspense Magazine, offered a free subscription to the magazine for the benefit of the Guild's members. Here's a message from Suspense Magazine along with a link to the September/October issue. Remember the magazine is looking for new authors in the suspense genre.

Happy Holidays everyone! We are very excited to bring you our year end issue. Inside you will find the only list you will need to discover the Best Books of 2017. Last year author Greg Hurwitz won the Crimson Scribe award, which is given to only one book each year regardless of the category. This year's winner is.....did you really think I would give it away here? Shame on you for thinking that. Anyway we also have some author interviews, maybe you heard of them?

Interviews with:

  • Dean Koontz
  • Anne Rice
  • Christopher Rice
  • Marcia Clark
  • Marc Cameron

Alan Jacobson gives us some valuable information in the writer's toolkit. Dennis Palumbo writes a great article on deadline dread. Forensic files with D.P. Lyle, along with excerpts, reviews and short stories all included in this issue.

If I keep going you will never be able to enter the magazine, so I'll shut up now and let the games begin.

Click on the cover to get the magazine.

Don't forget to check out Suspense Radio and all the shows on the station.


Are You a Friend of the Library?

The Guild occasionally considers promoting days observing aspects of writing with local libraries. Examples of occasions are Indie Author Day (the next one will be October 13, 2018) or Multicultural Children's Books Day (upcoming on January 27, 2018). To do so, we'd like to know which of our members are also members of the San Diego City or County Friends of the Library organizations.

Whether or not you are a Friend of the Library, please fill out the form below. We'd like to explore how working with Friends of the Library may help in promotion activities as well as how many Guild members are also interested.

In case you aren't aware, the cost of joining Friends of the Library is very reasonable, as little as $5 per year at the San Diego Central Library (for students and seniors) and some County Library branches. Each branch library's Friends organization sets its own membership dues.


SDWEG’s Laura Roberts Featured in Alpine Neighbors Magazine

Our own Laura Roberts and her National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) write-in sessions at the Alpine Library during November were featured in the November issue of Alpine Neighbors magazine. Both Laura and your webmaster unsuccessfully searched for a copy of the magazine online. Therefore, instead of linking to a copy, here are screen shots of the two-page article.

Suspense Magazine: September/October Issue

Insider Source into Suspense, Mystery, Horror and Thriller Fiction: Suspense Magazine

A few months ago, John Raab, CEO and Publisher of Suspense Magazine, offered a free subscription to the magazine for the benefit of the Guild's members. Here's a message from Suspense Magazine along with a link to the September/October issue. Remember the magazine is looking for new authors in the suspense genre.

Trick or Treat! Well in this case it's both. Inside the current issue of the magazine we have articles and interviews that will treat any suspense / thriller fan. Some of the short stories will trick you into thinking you know what is going on, only to have the candy taken away from you. Some of the highlights of the issue are listed below.

Interviews with:

  • Laurie Childs
  • Terrie Farley Moran
  • Jonathan Maberry
  • Bryan Thomas Schmidt
  • Erica Spindler
  • Charlaine Harris

Forensic Files with D.P. Lyle will explore "Amnesia and the Auto Accident." Anthony Franze and Barry Lancet take their rules of fiction to the debut side with Liv Constantine.

So much more is in store for you in the issue. We are also compiling our list of the "Best of 2017" coming in December, you won't want to miss that one!

Suspense Magazine Cover

Click on the cover to get the magazine.

Don't forget to check out Suspense Radio and all the shows on the station.


Writing Classes, Many of Them Free

Writing Classes

Recently the Guild's email inbox contained a message from someone interested in finding beginning writing classes. Since most of the links on our Resources page are aimed at experienced writers, I went in search of free writing courses in the area or online.

Following is a list compiled to meet the mostly free or in the area criteria:

  • San Diego Writers, Ink: SDWI offers classes (several sessions) and workshops (one-time-only-meetings) in many genres including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir and creative nonfiction, screen and playwriting for all levels of writers. They also offer classes in creative writing and courses in creativity and inspiration. Their instructors are experienced writers in the genre they teach and the class size is limited to ensure personal attention and lively interaction. Small cost for each class.
  • Many schools offer free online courses and materials through OpenCourseWare (OCW) projects. While formal admission isn't necessary to access lectures and other materials, these courses don't usually award college credit. Students looking for the same ease of access and the opportunity to apply their study time towards a degree or certificate program might want to consider courses that can lead to credit through
  • Creative Writing at Grossmont College: Grossmont College offers a number of writing courses following the academic year.
  • Creative Writing Now: Creative Writing Now offers a number of creative writing classes and free online writing courses.
  • Coursera: The skills taught in the Academic English: Writing Specialization will empower you to succeed in any college-level course or professional field. You’ll learn to conduct rigorous academic research and to express your ideas clearly in an academic format. In the final Capstone Project, all the knowledge that you’ve gained over the span of these courses will culminate into an academic research paper on an issue of your choice.
  • edX: No one is born with good writing skills. It takes time to learn proper writing techniques and a great deal of practice to hone your skills. Starting with any one of the EDX five introductory writing courses will not only build a strong foundation of grammar skills, but also teach the important elements of composition and style that will improve all of your written communication from business emails to job applications.
  • The Learning Path: Creative writing requires the application of hard work, discipline and much practice. Use these free creative writing courses online to hone your skills and become a better writer.
  • The Open University: Everything on the multi-award winning Open Learn is free to everyone!
  • The Crafty Writer: Are you a beginner writer? Do you know you want to put pen to paper but not know where to start? This eight-session online creative writing course will give you an introduction to the basic elements of creative writing, from prose fiction to poetry. The course is entirely free and you can work through it at your own pace. The exercises are designed to help you start writing and self-analyse your work. Feedback from a tutor will not be provided. However, you may ask questions along the way if there is something you don’t understand about how the course is put together. Post them in the comments box.  If you have any questions about how the course operates before contacting me please check out the FAQ list on the menu above which covers pretty much everything – and that includes how to get started and whether or not it’s really free!

If you have experience with any of these resources, especially if your experience wasn't positive, please share your thoughts. If you know of other area classes, either online or in person, share that information as well.