Sirius Publications

Siriusly: Our Solar Newsletter

December, 2002

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In this Issue:

Letter from the Editor

Holiday Store

Holiday Hours

Author Chat/Meet the Author

Changes to our Site

New and Upcoming Releases

Contests and Workshops for Writers

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- Holiday Store -

Visit our holiday store for recommended books about the holidays, great gifts, special offers and more.

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- Holiday Hours -

Please note that PayPal orders will not be taken between December 20, 2002-January 5, 2003 (Christmas and New Years). During that time, the book store will be closed and we will also not respond to email until the store reopens on January 6, 2003.

- Letter from the Editor-

Dear Readers,

It has been a while since our last newsletter. You're probably wondering what I've been up to. Well, I recently started graduate school in Community Counseling at Western Michigan University. In addition, on December 22, 2002 I will be marrying my best friend, number one fan, and inspiration in an intimate ceremony at a small chapel (merry reception to follow!) I look forward to a new year filled with many new opportunities and adventures for myself and for our company.

Speaking of such, I am pleased to welcome Tracy L. Ranson, who has joined us as co-editor of the Siriusly, the Sirius Publications monthly newsletter. Tracy is author of the e-book Bride of the Overlord available from SP and the soon to be released Passion's Prisoner.

Also new to our pages is Evelyn Masters, who will be our author interviewer for the new feature, Author Chat/Meet the Author, which appears for the first time in this issue.

A holiday e-card for our authors and readers:

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all!


Kerri Kadow
Publisher and Co-editor

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- Author Chat -

Hi, this is Evelyn Masters and welcome to the Author Chat! I'm a new addition to Sirius Publications as their author interviewer. I've joined Sirius because of the excellent authors as well as the company itself. Each author has a story to tell so I was asked to probe for the answers that loyal readers are to know about their favorite writer. So today we're sitting back with Chris Wills, noted author of The Gaia Syndrome, published by Sirius Publications.

Evelyn: Welcome Chris.

Chris: Thanks, Evelyn. I'm glad to be here.

Evelyn: Now I'm going to ask you a few questions, sort getting a little bit behind your book as well as a few questions I'm sure all your fans are dying to know.

Chris: Fire away.

Evelyn: First and foremost, what made you pick up a pen and start writing?

Chris: I was sitting in the tulip fields of northern Holland during college break and was so amazed by the beauty and wrote a poem, then never quit writing.

Evelyn: It must have been a magical experience.

Chris: It was.

Evelyn: That sounds like a fantastic story. What inspires you first and foremost?

Chris: Just about anything. Happiness, sorrow, beauty, ugliness, life in general. It all motivates me.

Evelyn: Is it safe to assume that you have other hobbies than writing?

Chris: Well living in a deep valley in the Colorado Rockies with a creek full of trout in my back yard, I climb, hike, fish and take photos of the animals that come down to the creek for water. It's extremely tranquil and thought provoking

Evelyn: One can only the inspiration there. So you get your plot ideas here or from books, movies or just everyday life?

Chris: Plots are anywhere and everywhere. I only need to look around.

Evelyn: You must have a wonderful imagination which brings me to my next point. Where did you hone your writing skills?

Chris: By writing a little something every day, even if its only a line or two.

Evelyn: There must be someone in your life that really inspires you.

Chris: My wife as well as my readers who send such nice e-mails from around the world.

Evelyn: How do they inspire you?

Chris: By telling what they like or dislike about one of my stories and being honest with me. That does more to help a writer than protective lies.

Evelyn: With this out in the open, what writing role models do you have?

Chris: Hmmm, that's a tough one but I would have to say Asimov and Poe.

Evelyn: I can see a little bit of each coming out in your work, a perfect blend. What would be your ideal setting for drafting a novel?

Chris: I would have the office I had built next to my house. I made my workplace a circular module with a computer in front of me and one behind me. In the summer I can open the office door and listen to the creek run or just look out the window and see the beautiful mountains surrounding me.

Evelyn: Another beautiful bit of imagery. Is there no end to your imagination?

Chris: Nope.

Evelyn: Here comes the toughest one of all. Where would you like to be in the writing world in the next ten years? What are your goals for your novels? Awards? Recognition?

Chris: I would like to be published more and write the next piece better than the last. As far as entering a contest, I never have and really don't have a desire to do so. If someone wants to publish my work, that's fine, if not, that's fine as well. My enjoyment was completing it.

Evelyn: Thank you so much for joining us on the first edition of the Author' s Chat at Sirius Publications!

Chris: Thanks for having me.

And thanks to all of you whose taken the time to read this interview. I had a great time interviewing Chris as I look forward to interviewing all of the up and coming authors of Sirius Publications. Next month's author will be Jay Rogers, author of Honor in Time. Until next month, this is Evelyn Masters saying "Good night and happy reading!"

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- Changes to our Site -

We are constantly updating the site, improving its appearance and weeding out expired links. Please let us know if you ever find a link that does not work or any other problem. Here are some recent major changes:

Promotion section updated.

Review listings updated.


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- New and Upcoming Releases -


Several new books by Louise Hart are available via email or on CD-Rom

Book of Trees
The Illustrated Book of Trees

Prayers for the Temple Within
Prayers for the Temple Within

The Boy Who Knew

The Boy Who Knew
Racer's Edge
The Racer's Edge

Haunted House Diary
The Haunted House Diary

Coming Soon:

Grandma's Book of Recipes and Helpful Hints by Louise Hart

The Otherness by Tim Watts

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- Contests -

We do not run any of these contests ourselves. To enter a competition, find more information, or check on your entry, please contact the competition organizers directly.

To list your contest, please send contest name, entry deadline and URL through our contact form at Please indicate whether the contest has an entry fee. We do not list contests that are limited to a small geographic area or that do not have a website.

To see contests we host ourselves, please visit

2002 Inscriptions Engraver Awards

Each year, Inscriptions sponsors the Engraver Awards to honor the achievements of writers, editors and publishers working online and in print.

Nominations will be accepted from everyone in the writing community until February 1, 2003. The nominations will then be organized into one convenient ballot and the winners will be selected by Inscriptions readers. Winners will be announced in the February 21, 2003 issue.

Each winner will receive a year's subscription to Inscriptions, credit on our Supportive Scribes page, a 2002 Inscriptions Engraver Award graphic for Web sites and four weeks of free advertising in the Inscriptions e-zine or on our Web site.

The 2002 Inscriptions Engraver Awards Nomination Ballot Copy and paste this ballot into an e-mail, and send it to [email protected] You may include up to five nominations in each category. Receipt of all ballots will be acknowledged.

* Favorite Online Writer
* Favorite Online Columnist
* Favorite Weblogger
* Favorite Print Author
* Favorite E-Book Author
* Favorite Print Novel
* Favorite E-Book Novel
* Favorite Poet
* Favorite Print Publisher
* Favorite E-Book Publisher
* Favorite Online Editor
* Favorite News Web Site
* Favorite E-Zine or Newsletter
* Favorite Writing-Related Web Site

You may receive a duplicate nomination ballot by sending a blank e-mail to [email protected]

This information obtained from:

Obadiah 2002 Writers' Contest

Deadline December 31, 2002

The Prizes: Two Grand Prize Winners of $5,000.00 each 100 Winners will have their winning entry published in our Faith Anthology, will receive a FREE copy of the Faith Anthology hot off the presses, and can purchase an unlimited number of additional copies of the Faith Anthology at 50 percent off.

Write a 1,000 to 2,000 word original article or essay based on the theme of faith. Entrants can contribute essays about a person who exemplifies faith, an incident that demonstrates true faith, or an article about how faith helped someone in real life. It can be faith in a person, faith in God or faith in yourself- even faith in "the system"- whatever idea comes to mind when you think of faith. All entries must be previously unpublished.

Submission cutoff date is December 31, 2002. No entries will be accepted after the cutoff date.

Move us with your words. Make us feel what you are feeling. Touch our hearts and souls. Don't ramble. Just tell the story.

For more information, see:

WORDS literary journal

Deadline January 15, 2003

Fiction maximum of 4,000 words
Nonfiction (essays, memoir) maximum of 2,500 words.

Writers may enter as many times as they like. Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. All entries must be blind - no author ID on ms.

Each entry must include a cover page with the title, category, author's name, address, e-mail address, word length and genre.

Use standard ms. format - on one side of white paper, in 12-point Times, Times New Roman, Arial or similar readable font (no script fonts, please). Include the title and page number on the top right hand corner of each page of each ms.

Entries must be unpublished and not entered in another contest.

Theme - each entry must include some element of color

Entry fees: $10 Canadian / $8 US / 5 UK per entry must accompany entries.

For an additional $10 Canadian per entry ($8 US / 5 UK) and a letter-size SASE, authors receive a 10-point evaluation of their piece. Indicate on the cover page if an evaluation is required and ensure extra fee is included with entry fee.

Send all entries with appropriate fees (check, money orders payable to L. Peterson, US or UK bills), to 14268-66 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3W 2B3, Canada.

If you have questions about the contest, contact [email protected] with 'contest enquiry' in the subject line.

For details on the following contests, please visit the links:

Deadline: January 15, 2002

Byline Personal Essay Contest

The 2002 Charles B. Dickson Chapbook Contest

Lady Bliss "Romantic Idea" Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2002

Poetry Diner Contest

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In our next issue:

Special Offer/Sale

Answers from the Publisher

Author Chat

Sirius Recommends Book Reviews

Author Contests and Workshops

As always, please feel free to contact us with questions or comments.