Rapid changes in the publishing world have opened the doors to many writers who wish to pursue the adventure of publishing. What will one experience as an author? How does one seek publication, and what paths should be followed for marketing? With ‘The Writer’s Primer’, multi-award winning author Roland Allnach shares his knowledge and experience and offers a cohesive, pragmatic guide to those new to writing and publishing. For both new and experienced writers, ‘The Writer’s Primer’ illustrates the spectrum of possibilities in today’s publishing world.
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Roland Allnach has been writing since his early teens, first as a hobby, but as the years passed, more as a serious creative pursuit. He is an avid reader, with his main interests residing in history, mythology, and literary classics, along with some fantasy and science fiction in his earlier years. Although his college years were focused on a technical education, he always fostered his interest in literature, and has sought to fill every gap on his bookshelves. By nature a do-it-yourself type of personality, his creative inclinations started with art and evolved to the written word. The process of creativity is a source of fascination, and the notion of bringing something to being that would not exist without personal effort and commitment serves not only as inspiration but as fulfillment as well. Whether it’s writing, woodwork, or landscaping, his hands and mind are not often at rest.After deciding to approach publication as a profession and not a hobby, the first glimmers of success came along. In the time since that moment of commitment, he has secured publication for numerous short stories, has received a nomination for inclusion in the Pushcart Anthology, built his own website, and has seen five books reach publication.’Remnant’, 2010, combines three sci-fi/speculative novellas into one collection. ‘Oddities & Entities’, 2012, consists of six novellas spanning the supernatural, paranormal, and horror genres. ‘Prism’, 2014, spans a diverse spectrum of literary and narrative styles, including Roland’s previously published short fiction and several new pieces. ‘The Digital Now’, 2015, is a dystopian science fiction novel; ‘The Writer’s Primer’, also 2015, is a practical guide for aspiring authors seeking publication, built in most part from Roland’s experiences in the publishing world. In 2016 he returned to stranger tales with ‘Oddities & Entities 2: Vessels’, and followed in 2018 with his seventh book, the horror tale ‘Angela’s Arm’.Roland’s books have been met with critical praise and national award recognition. Together, his titles are the recipients of more than a dozen national book awards, including placement with Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards, Pacific Book Review Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite Book of the Year Awards, National Indie Excellence Book Awards, and Feathered Quill Book of the Year Awards.Reviews, interviews and even more information about his books can be found at his website, rolandallnach.com.Roland’s writing can best be described as depicting strange people involved in perhaps stranger situations. He is not devoted to any one genre of writing. Instead, he prefers to let his stories follow their own path. At times speculative in nature, other times supernatural, at times horror, with journeys into mainstream fiction, and even some humor- or perhaps the bizarre. Despite the category, he aims to depict characters as real on the page as they are in his head, with prose of literary quality. His literary inspirations are as eclectic as his written works- from Poe to Kate Chopin, from Homer to Tolkien, from Flaubert to William Gibson, as long as a piece is true to itself, he is willing to go along for the ride. He hopes to bring the same to his own fiction.