“At Artfully Told, we know that everyone has a story about how art has impacted them. We share those stories, from both artists and non-artists alike, to create community and conversation.
In this week’s episode, I welcome Justin Alcala! Justin is an author and tabletop gamer and his episode is packed with crazy, amazing stories, including about growing up in a house that was built on behalf of the South Side Mafia in Chicago with a tunnel to the house across the street. He shares about how his daughter has informed his work, along with his advice for aspiring artists.”
Well, there’s always a silver lining to any adversity, and 2020 was no different. While it’s globally unanimous that 2020 was like skidding down a razor bladed playground slide, there were some benefits. Beyond the zenith of all joys, the birth of my son, Ronan, I could also get a lot of writing projects ready for their 2021 debut. So, strap on your helmet, squeeze into your short shorts, and grease those rollerblades, because we’re skating through 2021 with conviction. Here’s a look at the Justin Alcala schedule for the upcoming year.
Final edits for “A Dead End Job” were put together by Parliament House Press and myself
Production Meetings began for the future graphic novel, “Apollyon” with talented producers/creators James Rock and Alex Gomez
“Taming of the Cthulhu” 1st proof reaches 30,000 words.
“A Dead End Job” cover artist completes project for acceptance
“A Dead End Job” cover reveal on February 25th
“Magic of Motivational Quotes” by Wingless Dreamer publishing is released, featuring a Justin Alcala excerpt
Cover reveal for the new anthology, “Citizen Survivors: The Red Book” released by BLK DOG Publishing. This historical fiction piece about the world had Nazi Germany been victorious features a short story by Justin Alcala titled “The Entrepreneur”
Proofreading for the Middle Grade book, “The Last Stop” begins. This young reader horror story follows seventh grader, Morrigan, and her little brother, Asher, as they explore the frightful history of their new town, and the connection with their eerie new bus driver.
“Taming of the Cthulhu” manuscript should reach the halfway point for creation
Two new short stories will begin for Halloween distribution
“Citizen Survivors: The Red Book” hits shelves
“The Last Stop” will sent off to agents and publishers
Short Horror Stories “A Horse for Us All” and “Buried in the Rain” hit anthology and literary magazine shelves
Finishing touches for the first proof of “Taming of the Cthulhu” complete and sent out to editors
“The Last Stop” proposed to agents and publishers
“Apollyon” finishes proofreads and illustrators begin early sketches
Early reviewers get their “looking-balls” on “A Dead End Job”
Interviews on podcasts, radio stations and literary journals for the premiere of “A Dead End Job”
Early announcement about “The Last Stop” publication
Short Horror Story Projects Cut Off for Submission
We will take part in the “2021 Charity Drive for the Extra Life for Kids” program
We will start the countdown for “A Dead End Job” with great giveaways, including e-books, t-shirts and other great
“The Last Stop” continued publication announcements
“Taming of the Cthulhu” hits submission phase
“A Dead End Job” preorders completed
“A Dead End Job” released (Woo hoo!). Parliament House PRess will release physical copies and ebooks starting October 5th, 2021.
Podcast interviews to continue in promotion of Parliament House Press in conjunction with “A Dead End Job”
Halloween Short Stories hit publication
“The Last Stop” begins editorial phase with new publisher
“Taming of the Cthulhu” early publication announcements
Justin Alcala short story and novel contest results announced
Christmas Giveaways for “A Dead End Job” gifted for select readers
Consumed faced off against fifty other BLKDOG Publishing titles to win Next Best in the 2020 Book of the Year Awards, losing by a mere three-percent for first place. It was a lot of fun, and thank you to everyone for the support.
Check out my appearance on Marsha Cook’s “Michigan Avenue Media” podcast where we talk shop about writing during Covid, genres and my upcoming short story, A Forest Only Whispers.”
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