In observance of the 30th anniversary of Bill's arrest in Canada, we're offering a massive sale on signed copies of The Accidental Terrorist. Order now!

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On December 6, Bill appeared at the 100th episode of Tuesday Funk to read an old, old story that many in the audience found disturbingly prescient...

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So, after a week of my urging, you still haven't purchased a copy of my memoir, The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. Hmm.

No, don't apologize. I understand that a book about a depressed missionary intertwined with a biography of Joseph Smith doesn't exactly sound like a must-buy.

That's why I'm going showing you the video clip below. If you still don't want to get the book after watching it, no hard feelings. But if you do, for a limited time you can grab a signed and personalized edition for only $19.95 in hardcover or $11.95 in trade paperback,—with free shipping in the United States. Or get the ebook edition for the ridiculously low price of 99 cents!

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Deseret News: Utah missionary sentenced for bomb threat in Canada - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
This Deseret News article from Saturday, February 28, 1987, can tell you all about what got me arrested earlier that week, but it can't tell you what it was actually like to be a reluctant 19-year-old Mormon missionary in the wilds of Canada in the mid- to late '80s. And hey, it's the Deseret News, so it wouldn't tell you the truth about that even if it could.

No, for that you need my award-nominated memoir, The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary, and there's still time to get in on plenty of great sales! While supplies last, grab a signed and personalized edition for only $19.95 in hardcover or $11.95 in trade paperback,—with free shipping in the United States. Or get the ebook edition for the ridiculously low price of 99 cents!

Not only that, but you can even enter at Goodreads to win one of ten free copies of the trade paperback. But hurry! Like a train to Darjeeling, the days of these sales are limited.

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Salt Lake Tribune: Missionary Called In a Bomb Threat to Ground Friend's Plane - click to view - mousewheel to zoom
Well, maybe not everything. This Salt Lake Tribune article from Saturday, February 28, 1987, may tell you the basics of the central plot elements, but it doesn't tell you what it was actually like to be a reluctant 19-year-old Mormon missionary in the wilds of Canada in the mid- to late '80s. It doesn't tell you about the social pressures and even, yes, the brainwashing that goes into making a boy of that age willing to commit to two years of unpaid proselytizing—or at least unwilling to fight against it.

No, for that you need my award-nominated memoir, The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary, and there's still time to get in on plenty of great sales! While supplies last, grab a signed and personalized edition for only $19.95 in hardcover or $11.95 in trade paperback,—with free shipping in the United States. Or get the ebook edition for the ridiculously low price of 99 cents!

Not only that, but you can even enter at Goodreads to win one of ten free copies of the trade paperback. But hurry! Like a fine limited edition, the days of these sales are numbered.

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Meet our readers: Andrew Willett

Andrew Willett was raised in the eastern suburbs of San Francisco, which felt a lot like the part of the Spielberg movie before the aliens and monsters show up. An editor at The New York Times, he's been a New Yorker for twenty-odd years and can't imagine living anywhere else. His fiction has appeared in the anthology Thoughtcrime Experiments and, most recently, the finalists' anthology from this year's Saints and Sinners Literary Festival.

Please join Andy and all our spectacular readers for Line Break #5, Saturday, March 4, 3:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

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Paragraph formatting box from Microsoft Word 2010
A reader writes to ask:

I want to submit a novel manuscript to a small press in the US and their guidelines say "indented, not tabbed."

What's the difference? Usually I just hit the tab key once. Should I be doing something else?

I have Word Starter 2010, and I can't see any distinction between "indent" and "tab."

How do I make sure I'm indenting and not tabbing? If I'm tabbing, how do I change it to indent?

This is an excellent question, and I'm sure the cause of much confusion among word-processing novices. There is in fact a distinction between tabbing and indenting—or rather, it might be more accurate to say that tabbing is only one way to indent a paragraph. I will try to explain a method for indenting paragraphs that makes your document more portable* and easier for your publisher to use.

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'Deus ex Machina' by Perry Slaughter
Sigh. Much as I try, I can't keep those crazy kids at Sinister Regard from putting out new ebook editions of my juvenilia. The latest novella to get this pixelation treatment is Deus ex Machina, my ridiculous sci-fi romp about an artificial intelligence who tries to kill God and take the Big I AM's place.

The trade paperback edition of Deus ex Machina was released late last year, but for the ebook release Sinister Regard has given it a spiffily updated cover. And the ebook is available pretty much everywhere! Smashwords, Kobo, Nook, iBooks and Kindle all have it for a measly $1.99, and it's also available for your reading pleasure on such subscription services as Oyster and Scribd. How do you like me now?

But wait! That's not all! Sinister Regard will be bringing out three more of my books in print and electronic editions over the course of the summer, including two that have never before seen the light of day! First, on June 16th, is Whether We Are Mended, my collection of three long sci-fi love stories, which is also getting a cover that's a vast improvement over its original hardback edition.

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Upcoming Appearances
Saturday, March 4, 3:00 pm
Line Break Reading Series
Q.E.D.
27-16 23rd Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
www.qedastoria.com
Past Appearances
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Tuesday Funk Reading Series
Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
www.hopleaf.com
Monday, October 10, 2016
Taboo Tales NYC
The PIT
(People's Improv Theater)
123 E. 24th St.
New York, NY 10010
tabootalestheshow.com
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7:10 am
Saturday, November 14, 2015

About William Shunn

William Shunn is the Hugo and Nebula Award–nominated author of over thirty works of short fiction, which have appeared since 1993 everywhere from Asimov's Science Fiction to Salon. A collaboration with Derryl Murphy, Cast a Cold Eye, came out from PS Publishing in 2009. For three years he hosted Tuesday Funk, an eclectic monthly reading series in Chicago, and he occasionally writes in the guise of Perry Slaughter.

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