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Raus! Untoten! – Or, social media and how I became an editor

Facebook, social media as a whole is one of the most positive technological developments that I’ve seen so far. Granted, there are some absolute idiots on Facebook, unfortunately they actually mirror society. The amount of illiteracy, bigotry, hatred, stupidity, gullibility, hell, any ‘ity’ you can think of would be depressing if – like me – you were intelligent enough to realise just how sad it all is.

But, at the same time it enables people to connect like never before. I truly do not know how people managed to make international friends and connections back in the old days. How did someone know where to look, in order to find out where to look to track down an author, or a Kung Fu Master?

If I like the writing of someone like, Chuck Wendig, for example, not only can I Google him, but I can stalk him on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr. Heck, I could probably track him down and find out where he lives using the internet. Which is actually something I once did for a friend when he found out his wife was having an affair with an american. This was back in 2000, and I had the man’s home address and telephone number within 45 minutes. Go me.

If I want to find out how Guy Haley spent 16 years trying to get published, I can go to his blog. Just like you’re reading my blog (I hope, otherwise I’m just typing to myself). Stuff going to the newsagent in the vain hope that they’re stocking the magazine you’re hoping has the contact details of the person you’re looking for. Google the name of the person, add a key word or two and bang, you’ve found them. Use me, for example, Google Matt Sylvester, add author, martial arts, and awesome and BANG! I’m all over the results like a rash. Granted, I’m a bit of a search engine optimisation monkey, so I know how to make sure I turn up in results, but you get the idea.

So, I was on Facebook, and Fringe Works – a publisher that had accepted my submission to the Grimm & Grimmer anthology – was looking for titles for an idea they had regarding Nazis, and Undead. Needless to say, I got a might excited about this. Nazis are cool (not their ideas before all you anti-nazi-nazis jump on me), and the Undead are cool. This makes Undead Nazis DOUBLE COOL.

Before I know it, a comment pops up. “Do you want to edit this?”. FUCK YEAH! I positively sqee’d when I saw that and replied with a very polite, “Yes please.” Bang. I’m an editor. I’m an editor working on one of the coolest short story collections evah!

If you’re as excited about writing for Raus! Untoten! as I am about editing it follow this link to find out more, join the event and get writing!



About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


3 thoughts on “Raus! Untoten! – Or, social media and how I became an editor

  1. I like it, I used to hate quite a few aspects of Facebook, but had it not been for the power of social media, I wouldnt be with my other half. Yes, at times it seems that people talk more on the internet than in real life, but on the up hand, more people are talking to one another, so that cannot be bad!


    Posted by John Hobkinson | March 6, 2013, 7:08 pm

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