Okie Horror

One of my complaints about the Horror Writers Association has always been that the organization does very little to promote individual members who pay $65 a year in dues. As my three-year term as an HWA trustee winds down, I’m proud to say that’s been changed quite a bit. In large part that’s because President Deb LeBlanc went toe-to-toe with the lawyer and got it to where chapters, at least, can establish an HWA presence at local conventions. Not everything I wanted to do came about, such as HWA providing organizational press releases for member new releases, organizing group signings outside the convention circuit, etc.

That’s why I’ve become one of the founding members of a new regional group currently called Okie Horror. This isn’t a critique group. The purpose of Okie Horror is promotion of regional speculative fiction authors, whether they write horror, fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, paranormal romance, or some other related subgenre.

We’ve set up a Web site at www.okiehorror.com. There you’ll find a calendar of events, list of members, an Amazon Associates store, and blog posts about new releases. Going forward, we’re looking at doing podcasts and what I think will be most valuable, a newsletter that will be sent to booksellers announcing new member releases, write-ups on members and reminders about books in the member catalogue. And, of course, we’ll want to organize group signing events and offer free writing workshops at libraries.

For those who know their history, the term Okie didn’t just apply to migrant workers from the Sooner State; it was applied to anybody from the Great Plains area moving west to California during the Dust Bowl years. So, you don’t have to be an Oklahoman to be a member. Membership is open to authors in bordering states. The idea being that we’re all in reasonable driving distance. There are no dues to pay, but if we print and mail material we’ll need member donations to cover those expenses.

So, if you live in Oklahoma or a bordering state, have a book-length piece of speculative fiction that has been published by a legitimate publisher (NOT self-published), and want to join, please send me an email at steve(AT)stevenewedel(DOT)com. When you do that, tell me your Web site URL and list your available titles. Providing the ISBN would be a big help, too.

8 responses to “Okie Horror”

  1. THREE YEARS?!? I thought it was TWO!

    1. Trustee terms are three years. I think officer terms are two. Of course, it’s so rare for anyone to actually serve out a full three-year trustee term that confusion is understandable. Most people not only resign their trustee position, but run screaming from the organization.
      And you’re running for VeeP. hahahahaha

  2. Right the hell on.
    But since you’re limiting to published authors (frickin’ elitists)… 😛

    1. Yeah, I know. But, ya know, you kinda have to have something to promote to join a group dedicated to promotion.

      1. …stay tuned in the next few months. When I finally announce a call for acquisitions it will say, “seeking new horror except for Steven Wedel who shirked me off.”
        (just kidding—about the shirking off part, but not the acquisitions…)

  3. Hey Steve,
    This Okie will have an announcement soon!

    1. Really? Fantastic! I look forward to hearing about that.

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