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The Wait is Over!
The Inaugural Newsletter!

July has been a very busy month at The Calm Scribe office; a lot of writing, contests, and exciting news to share. Below are the some of the highlights.


The life of a writer is full of writing, editing, staring at the screen, and waiting. Another part is contests, the many, many contests. Over the past month I have entered a number of contests, some for poetry, others for short stories, and the NYC Midnight Flash fiction challenge. I don't often post publicly about the contests that I enter, but being an email insider allows you to know what is going and what the results were. Four contests were entered in July with more coming in August and September, I will include the details as they come in.

I am currently discussing illustration options for the Great Outdoor Adventure of Tiny Teddy and will be releasing a fully illustrated second edition in the future. Further to that, I am also working out the details of releasing The Great Outdoor Adventure of Tiny Teddy and The Big Deep as Audio Books, details to come.

As you may have seen on the Calm Scribe social media sites, I was contacted by Channillo to write a series for their website. It is a paid subscription site full of excellent authors. Depending on the package you choose, you can subscribe to different books that are released as a serial. The first chapter of my new book, Project Persyphious, is now live. A link is provided below.

While I have been toiling away at the chapters of Project Persyphious, I have also been putting in work on my new book of short stories, All That is Left Behind. It is a book of shorts that will pull at your rawest emotions. Keep an eye on my website for updates on the progress.

That is it for this month's newsletter, thank you for your continued support.

Travis J. Croken
Recommendations of the month:

Podcast: Writing Excuses
Writing Excuses is a very fun and informative podcast. It is great for writers and readers alike. To listen to this podcast go to

Book: On Writing, Stephen King
Mr. King knocked it out of the park with this one. This book is Mr. King's point of view on writing and is full of fascinating advice, tips, and thoughts on writing. As well it offers the reader a backstage view into the creation of some of his most famous stories. A must read, even if you are not a King fan.

Book Social Media Site: Litsy
Litsy is a social media site and app for book lovers everywhere. The only topics of conversation are books and stories. You can add your favourite books, create a to-read list, pan the bad, and increase your litfluence. Available for Apple devices.

Have a suggestion for the Recommendation of the month? Email me at

Chapter One of Project Persyphious is now live on A new chapter will be added the fifth of every month.
August Reading Contest
Take a photo of yourself reading one of my books for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
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