Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Calling All Writers...
Are you a writer (or aspiring writer)?
Do you write science fiction or fantasy?
My good friend J.M. Ney-Grimm and I are putting together an anthology of short stories for release Spring 2014.
The writing prompt is "zoo." That doesn't mean that the story has to take place in a zoo, or that animals even have to be involved; it's really just a jumping-off point for getting your creative juices flowing.
J.M. and I thought this would be a great way to pool our collective resources, to get indie writers more exposure and publicity.
"Ha! Writing for 'exposure?' I've heard that one before!"
Actually, this time, it's true. We're plowing 100% of our sales in advertising the anthology, to a point--once we reach a certain threshold, profits will be divided equally among the authors.
Let's face it, advertising costs are too high nowadays for any one mid-list (or lower-list) indie (did I just create a new term? Sure, why not?) to roll the dice on by themselves, unless they like putting hundreds of dollars down on a single roll of the dice.
Some might--heck, everyone knows I've hit the blackjack tables from time-to-time in my younger years.
But now that my hairline is receding more quickly than the French army, it seems more sensible to pool the risk, to try to expose our audiences to similarly top-notch fiction, and then see what works in the goofy realm of book promotion.
That way, some of my readers can become your readers, and your readers can become our readers...
You get the idea.
The price of admission? One well-written short story that somehow hatches from the idea of a "zoo."
We might not be able to accept every story--at the moment, we're thinking 10-15 stories or so, but there's no set limit. If it fits, it fits. If not, it doesn't mean that your story is somehow "bad" or "wrong," just that it's not right for this particular anthology. If that's the case, we encourage you to submit it to other publications and/or indie publish it--by all means, prove us wrong!
Here's the relevant info to get you started:
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2014
Word Count: No more than 9,000 words, please
Writing Prompt: Zoo (as discussed above)
A little bit about J.M.-- J.M. writes wonderfully visual fantasy stories that dazzle the imagination with their vivid imagery, and tear at the heart with a touch of romance.
Still interested? We hope so--this should be a great chance to connect with some similarly-minded indies on this project and future endeavors. Email us at zooSFFanthology@gmail.com for more information.
J.M. and I look forward to hearing from you!