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You Don t Want To Be Published Other Things Nobody Tells You When You First Start Writing

Author : Peter M. Ball
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In these essays, Peter M. Ball-Aurealis award-winning author and founder of Brian Jar Press-explores the seemingly unintuitive lessons he's learned over twenty years of writing, educating other writers, and running writing conferences attended by hundreds of authors at every level of experience. Drawn from some of his most popular blog posts, author presentations, and articles, You Don't Want To Be Published sets out to bring the kind of conversations established writers have in private to a more general audience. Here Ball explores the anxieties of building a writing career, the unexpected writing lesson drawn from other forms of narrative, the importance of treating your business like a business, and the subtle shifts in psychology and mindset that can help push your writing career to the next level. Primarily written during the years Ball convened the popular GenreCon Writers Conference and managed the Australian Writers Marketplace, these essays also strive to find the questions new writers don't yet know they should be asking, while arguing the most common inquiry new writers pursue-how do I get published?-is actually the worst place to start. Whether you're a new writer looking to sidestep the common problems, an established writer trying to figure out why your career feels like it's been derailed, or you're simply eager to figure out a new strategy that can push your career forward, You Don't Want to Be Published is full of blunt, irreverent, and unexpected advice that just might change the way you look at the writer's job forever.

Hornets Attack Your Best Friend Victor Other Things We Called The Band

Author : Peter M. Ball
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Their final gig ended with two hundred people dead. Patrick’s only regret is that he wasn’t there to be a part of it. There were three things everyone knew about the band: they played like demons, sang like angels, and there was definitely something magic about the way they glowed onstage. Patrick’s still hanging onto that, 15 years after their final gig. All those people may be dead, but they were part of something special and he chickened out before the end. Now he’s back on the Gold Coast for the first time in years, walking the streets where he used to see the posters, going past clubs that have been turned into Korean restaurant instead of a home for punk gigs. He can remember everything about those years when he was a fan, and he’s loaded with regrets about the gigs he missed. The band were called many things in their day: Hornet’s Attack Your Best Friend Victor; Whisky-Whisky-111; All that Glitters and We Will Always Have the Lighthouse My Melancholy Bride. None of those names stuck. None of them felt real. And Patrick isn’t sure he cares what the band was called—he just wants to touch that feeling he lost, no matter what it might cost him.

The Birdcage Heart Other Strange Tales

Author : Peter M. Ball
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12 short stories those who love strange, heartbreaking, and unforgettable fantasy. What if kaiju decimated your hometown, but only half the population could see them? What if mermaids unleashed their wrath against Copenhagen using mechanoid war-machines? What if the man you loved wanted nothing more than running away to live with the faeries, but you were the one they wanted to take with them? The Birdcage Heart & Other Strange Tales gathers together twelve wild and genre-bending fantasy tales from the pen of Peter M Ball, the Ditmar and Aurealis Award-winning author of the cult hit Horn and the Keith Murphy urban fantasy thrillers. These scintillating tales draw inspiration from myth, pop-culture, magic realism and Lovecraftian horrors, showcasing Peter M. Ball’s talent for blurring the line between genres and finding the sublime in both the everyday and the extraordinary. Come meet a man with a birdcage where his heart should be, the resident of Isla Tortuga’s most dangerous bordello, clockwork goats and smokestack magi, dragonkeepers, vengeful musicians, and frustrated public servants. Walk paths through briar-choked cities, deceptively ordinary towns, and an endless stairwell populated by tourists. Prepare yourself for the wickedly inventive magic and startlingly human moments. Whether you’re already a fan of Peter M. Ball, or you’re just about to become one, The Birdcage Heart & Other Strange Tales is a debut collection that shouldn’t be missed. PRAISE FOR PETER M. BALL "Only Peter M. Ball's fiction makes falling down the rabbit hole feel like flying. Funny and surprising, with moments of extraordinary grace." Angela Slatter, Author of the World Fantasy Award-winning The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings TABLE OF CONTENTS - The Last, Great House of Isla Tortuga - On the Destruction of Copenhagen By the War-Machines of the Merfolk - The Seventeen Executions of Signore Don Vashta - It’s Not A Bad Job, Really - The Dragonkeeper’s Wife - On the Finding Of Photographs Of My Former Loves - The Clockwork Goat & The Smokestack Magus - The Birdcage Heart - On the Cliffs, By The Sea - Briar Day - L’esprit de L’escalier - On the Arrival of the Paddle-Steamer on the Docks of V—

Crusade

Author : Peter M. Ball
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Keith followed orders. He came back home. He freed his soul and laid claim to a magic sword. But Keith Murphy doesn’t have time to rest, because his sorcerous partner Danny Roark is out of commission and the end of the world is thundering towards humanity like a freight train on steroids. As the elder entities from the depths of the Gloom break through the veil of reality with increasing regularity, Keith is forced to assemble a rag-tag army of demons, seers, and reluctant allies to stop Ragnarök from occurring.

Gold Coast 2002 Poems

Author : Peter M. Ball
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Years before he built his name as a science fiction and fantasy author, Peter M. Ball was a young poet and member of the Gold Coast’s Post Hoc Performing Word collective, building a profile with publications in venerable magazines such as Overland and performances at writer’s festivals around Australia. Gold Coast, 2002, collects 24 poems capturing life as a permanent resident of Australia’s most notorious tourist destination, bringing them into print for the first time in 20 years.

Briar Day

Author : Peter M. Ball
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Published here as a stand-alone chapbook, Briar Day is a short, slipstream story about masculinity, fairy tales, and the narratives we tell ourselves. Also available in the collection The Birdcage Heart & Other Strange Tales. Everyone remembers where they were when the briars first choked the city. Everyone celebrates the anniversary of their rescue from the rampaging dragon and the mysterious curse that afflicted Brisbane. But not everybody is in the mood to celebrate the anniversary of Briar Day, and for two old friends with terrible memories of the day, the annual celebrations are nothing but a source of heartbreak.

Clockwork Patchwork Raven

Author : Peter M. Ball
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When Randal finds an injured girl, cruelly beaten and cut apart by the genetically modified crow boys, he dreams of rising above his status as a clockwork man and becoming a hero. With the help of his adopted father, Jackson, Randal patches the girl together and nurses her back to health using the same clockwork cybernetics that brought Randal back from death. But grim streets of Downside are no place for fairy tales, and gangs do not let people walk away without paying a price. As the crow boys gather, demanding Randal turn over their injured prey, the clockwork man will find out the hero’s path can be deadly. Winner of the 2009 Aurealis Awards for best Science Fiction Short Story, and also available as part of the collection Not Quite The End Of The World Just Yet.

Deadbeats A Helix City Short Story

Author : Peter M. Ball
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Cody Jones owes the corp a lot of money. Decanted from a cryotube with a mountain of debt and very few options, she works corporate black ops in Downside—home to the gene-freaks, gangs, and dispossessed who don’t have a place in the gleaming towers of Helix City. Cody’s latest job is simple: recover a fresh cache of cryogenically frozen citizens from a local gang before they’re bartered to the highest bidder. Deliver them to Bellamy and knock a little more off her debt. Pity the gangs have their own ideas about how this deal needs to go. What should be a simple recovery gig sees Cody and her partner caught in a conflict between the hulking kaiju-gangers and drug-addled zealots, and both sides have plans for the sleepers just might change Cody’s world foreve

Deeper Cuts

Author : Peter M. Ball
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Peter M. Ball made his debut as a speculative fiction writer in 2007, but he’d already been writing for over a decade before turning his attention to science fiction and fantasy. This chapbook brings two early, formative short stories back into print, featuring the discontinuous, post-modern grunge-lit of Night, Morning, Story and the crude horror of Impact. The chapbook also includes a short author’s note, positioning these early works in the landscape of Ball’s later career and his first steps away from writing poetry. Ideal for fans who enjoy not just the deep cuts of an author’s back catalogue, but delving all the way back to see early influences and techniques in their nascent form.

Exile

Author : Peter M. Ball
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Meet Keith Murphy, Australia’s only hit man dedicated to taking out dangerous and magical targets. When Keith Murphy left the Gold Coast, he swore he’d never return. He wanted to leave behind the daily violence of working muscle for the local demons and prevent his girlfriend from getting sucked into the secret, supernatural underworld where Keith plied his trade. Better to use his skills as a hit man to the supernatural world, taking out the things that go bump in the night alongside his partner Danny Roark. But sixteen years spent killing monsters, warlocks, and wizards is a hard way to atone for your past. Especially when you don’t have any magic of your own. A botched job in the Adelaide hills threatens to end Keith’s long exile. He’s on the run with a necromancer’s soul trapped in the bullet, a death curse on his heels, and an apocalyptic cult baying for his blood. They’ve got dark magic, a lot of money, and fervid desire to resurrect their leader. Keith’s got his guns, a missing partner-in-crime, and one place with a safe-house strong enough to ward his location from the cult’s scrying. Pity it’s the last place in the world he wants to go. Especially now the demonic ex-boss he abandoned is running the whole damn city. From Aurealis Award-Winner Peter M. Ball, Exile is the first book in the Gold Coast Ragnarök trilogy. If you love hardboiled action, dark magic, and a beleaguered anti-hero fighting against overwhelming odds, you’re going to love Keith Murphy. File This Book Under: Hardboiled Urban Fantasy, Supernatural Criminals and Secret Worlds, Reckoning With the Past, Fighting Against the Odds, Alliances and Betrayals, Noir and Dark Magic, You Can't Go Home Again. Read it if you loved Chuck Wendig’s The Blue Blazes, thought Jim Butcher’s Storm Front needed more guns, wondered if Lee Child’s Jack Reacher would make a great monster hunter, or always wanted the action of John Wick blended with the occult world of John Constantine.