I’m Moving to Dallas! Can We Stay In Touch?

I’m Moving to Dallas! Can We Stay In Touch?

Super short version: I’m moving to Texas and want to keep in contact with everyone I know, or anyone who’s interested, through a simple “Friends of Clay” letter I’ll send out every couple months. I also wish I had a Christmas card list every winter to send holiday greetings to everyone, so this will accomplish that. May I add you to my address list? Yes, let’s keep in touch ~*~*~ More detailed version: I’ve spent my entire life in Pittsburgh, and never thought I would leave. I love my home, and less than one year ago did not see any major changes in the works. But working as an adjunct teacher at a handful of colleges for a decade is a tough way to go, and 2014 became the year I could no longer count on the tenuous work I’ve been blessed with for years. After a lot of thought, prayer, and conversations with good people, I began looking for opportunities beyond the Burgh. As I brushed up my resume I realized it’s looking pretty sharp these days, one of the advantages of giving away so much work for so many years. In the end, I decided to take an opportunity to go to Dallas and pursue full-time work as a freelancer and consultant. I’ve got some ongoing work as well as a variety of projects in development. Certainly planning to publish more books, and I may even do some teaching now that I can do it as a supplemental thing and not something I rely on to pay bills. Saying goodbye to so many people is tough. Most...
Realm Makers Conference 2014

Realm Makers Conference 2014

Here’s the thing for anyone who wants to be a published author: You basically have to go to a writer’s conference at some point. Everything changed for me in 2011 when I made the decision to invest in the cost of traveling and attending conferences. Once I landed an agent and book contract, I didn’t return to another conference for a couple years, but man am I thrilled about the one I attended recently. Realm Makers 2014 took place at Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In its second year, Realm Makers focuses on speculative fiction for the Christian market. If you want to know what that means check out this interview I did with agent and publisher Steve Laube as the conference was winding down. Conferences always offer talks on the craft and business of writing, but Realm Makers was also straight up fun. They host a costume dinner ala Comic Con during which we were able to get our geek on. My friends from Splickety Magazine play a big role at the conference and represented well. You’ll be hearing lots more from me in the future about this awesome group. The tall vampire there is my friend Andrew Winch. He and I have been working on a novel together for the past few months. Unbeknownst to each other, we both arrived ready to rock the undead look. One of the real highlights of our time was getting to know New York Times best-selling author Tosca Lee. In addition to being a brilliant author, her talks were fab. I was all like, “Hey there, don’t be afraid.” But had to...
Welcome to the Brand Spankin’ New ClayWrites.com!

Welcome to the Brand Spankin’ New ClayWrites.com!

This spring marked five years since I first Googled “what is a blog” before starting one. At that point in 2009 I hadn’t written much for far too long and was going to burst if I didn’t start laying words down somewhere. It’s amazing how lost we can get in life at times, how little we can know about ourselves. I can’t even fathom my life without writing, yet there I was not so many years ago tied up in a different kind of existence with the truest part of myself turned off, unplugged like the plug to a buzz saw lying limp on the floor. I’m so glad I started writing those first posts, most of them not good for months, all of them scattered as I tried to figure out my niche, style, and voice. Once the saw is turned on you have to spend loads of time sharpening the blade. Then one day in 2010 WordPress made one of my posts go viral, and everything changed. Because of blogging. How cool is that? These days I’ve joined forces with fun friends over at NorvilleRogers.com where we ponder pop culture, life, and other internet ridiculousness. We’d love for you to check it out. But I’m still here too. This site will serve as my central internet hub but still has a blog component. My life as a writer and speaker will be featured here as well as some other parts of this journey as a career freelancer. I’ve gone a decade now without a full-time employer and find many people interested in hearing how that works and...

Win a FREE Copy of Undead!

Win a #FREE copy of my book Undead this week on @Goodreads! http://t.co/A32crHqJ November 12, 2012 11:45 am via webReplyRetweetFavorite @MorganUndead Clay Morgan Spread the word! Goodreads Book Giveaway Undead by Clay Morgan Giveaway ends November 19, 2012. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to...

How Was Your Week?

What a busy week!! I’d love to hear how your week has gone. Anything good to report? While you think about it, here’s a quick glimpse to where I’ve been the past few days (since I clearly haven’t been here on my own site much). A couple weeks back I covered Run For Your Lives Pittsburgh and turned my experience and interviews into a feature for Patheos. Run For Your Life: Faith in a Zombie Culture Speaking of Patheos, they’re running a special two week book club for Undead. Check it out! ~*~*~ A couple of great guys also interviewed me this week. Tor Constantino (@torcon) from the The Daily Retort 7 Questions With an Author: Clay Morgan Chad Jones (@RandomlyChad) from Randomly Chad Interview With Author Clay Morgan ~*~*~ Finally, I got to do my first ever book signing! Thanks so much to everyone who’s supported me. ~*~*~ Tell me about your...

Join My Team, Get Free Stuff

Even though my new book Undead is officially out the real action starts in October, and I would love to form a team of social media-ites to help share the news in some fun and creative ways. What’s in it for you? Okay, you will get these exclusive benefits: A personalized copy of Undead An early release copy of my new eBook (I haven’t even announced the title yet) A limited edition print featuring some of the art in the book A published thank you on my blog with links to your site and preferred social media hangout Exclusive access to an online group including marketing pros from the publishing industry. It’s a great opportunity to see some of what goes into a social media and live events campaign. What will you need to do? Have an active blog, twitter and/or facebook account Review the book on Amazon Blog about the book during the second week of October Help brainstorm some ideas with me and the rest of the team Tweet/Facebook about Undead after October 1st If you are interested in being a member of the Undead Book Launch Team please e-mail me with the following information: Your full name Your blog URL Your twitter and/or Facebook account URL We’re past the deadline for this street team stuff but there are still important ways to contribute, a few of which only take a few seconds. CHECK THIS OUT to learn more....