Crystal Lake Publishing

Submissions Invited for Tales From The Lake Volume 5

My friend and former myWritersCircle moderator Joe Mynhardt is inviting stories for a new, non-themed anthology of horror fiction to be published by Crystal Lake Publishing (which he runs).

It is the annual Tales From The Lake anthology, which this year is being edited by Kenneth W. Cain. Details from the website are copied below:

Crystal Lake Publishing will be accepting submissions for the non-themed anthology Tales from the Lake Volume 5 from October 1st, 2017 through December 1st, 2017. In previous anthologies we’ve published Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell, Elizabeth Massie, Rena Mason, Graham Masterton, Lisa Morton, Kealan Patrick Burke, Damien Angelica Walters, Joe R. Lansdale, Gene O’Neill, and Tim Waggoner. We can’t wait to announce who will be headlining this anthology!

Tales from the Lake Volume 5 will be edited by Kenneth W. Cain.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

  • We want stories that haunt the readers for months to come.
  • We prefer quiet horror and dark fiction with a literary bent. Don’t use gore for the sake of grossing us out. Use it sparingly, and only to further the story.
  • Stories should be no longer than 6000 words, but that doesn’t mean the story should use all 6000 words. Use the word count it takes to write YOUR story. The sweet spot will likely be closer to 4000 words.
  • Ground your stories in the REAL world.
  • Create believable, three-dimensional characters just as real as your friends and neighbors. The world these characters inhabit should be equally authentic, hitting all the senses.
  • Originality is important—we don’t want your version of someone else’s story from yesteryear.
  • Although our arms are wide open, we’re more interested in fiction that reflects the modern. Kelly Link, Karen Russell, Joe Hill, Damien Angelica Walters, and Mercedes M. Yardley are prime examples of current dark fiction writers encapsulating the above in their work.
  • Quality of the work must be top notch! The authors mentioned above represent the high-water mark we’re looking for.

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR:

  • Stories sent before or after the submission window. These will not be read.
  • Rape stories or sexual abuse or any explicit abuse toward children or animals is expressly forbidden. This can be mentioned or remembered by your main character, but be subtle.
  • Stories that are not short horror stories.
  • Novels or novellas.
  • Stories with flat worlds.
  • Stories about serial killers.
  • Stories about zombies, vampires, werewolves or ghosts need to bring something new to the table. You must have a unique premise.
  • To avoid too many writers writing about lakes, please keep in mind this is a non-themed anthology.

PAYMENT:

For this anthology we are paying 3 cents (USD) per word up to 6000 words via PayPal.

REPRINTS:

We DO NOT accept reprints.

Simultaneous/multiple submissions:

We prefer you do not submit your story elsewhere while it’s being considered by us, especially if it’s been shortlisted. No multiple submissions, either. You get one shot. Make it count.

RESPONSE TIME:

For the most part, acceptances will not go out until some time after the deadline. Rejections and shortlisting notices will go out sooner. Feel free to query if longer than 3 months.

RIGHTS:

We are seeking FIRST world rights, both in print, electronic, and audio forms as well as film rights for an exclusive period of 1 year and then non-exclusive after that.

For further information, including formatting information and how to submit, please visit the submissions page of the Crystal Lake website (from which the above information has been taken).

Note that as stated above the anthology doesn’t open for submissions until 1 October 2017, so that gives you plenty of time to write your story and polish it.

Good luck if you decide to submit a story for this anthology. Do let me know if you are successful!

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One Page Publishing Profits Review

Review: One Page Publishing Profits

One Page Publishing Profits is a new self-publishing guide from my colleague Amy Harrop.

Amy is a successful author herself and the publisher of many guides and software products for authors. She was kind enough to allow me reviewer access, so here’s what I found…

As the name suggests, One Page Publishing Profits is a guide to researching, writing and publishing one-page products that can be sold for profit or used for various other purposes.

The main guide is a 66-page PDF. As with all of Amy’s publications, this is well written and attractively presented. It is illustrated with screen captures where appropriate.

Amy starts by explaining what ‘one pagers’ are. The main types she covers are cheatsheets (like the example below, taken from the manual), tip sheets and checklists. She then goes on to explain the benefits of producing them.

Cheat sheet example

You can attempt to sell one-page products directly, but Amy emphasizes that they can serve many other purposes as well. A popular one is to provide an incentive for people to sign up to your mailing list. Once you have a list of people interested in a particular subject, you can of course email them offers for your own (paid-for) books and products and those you are an affiliate for.

One Page Publishing Profits sets out lots of other potential uses for one-pagers as well, including supplementary products to accompany a book or ebook. For example, Amazon don’t provide any contact details for people who buy your books or ebooks, but if you advertise a free one-pager in the book many buyers may sign up to get their hands on it. This will work for fiction writers as well as non-fiction, incidentally.

The main part of the manual sets out a six-step method for producing your one-pagers. The steps are as follows:

  1. Select Hot and In-Demand Topics
  2. Grab Your One-Pager Content
  3. Formatting Your One-Pager
  4. Monetizing, Publishing and Selling Your One-Pager
  5. Promoting Your One Page Content
  6. Repurposing and Expanding Your Content

Although One Page Publishing Profits is quite concise, there is still plenty of useful, detailed information in it. In addition, there are links to many other related websites and resources, including some produced by Amy herself (a 16-page downloadable guide to setting up an Etsy store, on which you could sell printable copies of your one-pagers, for example).

As well as the main guide, there are various bonuses. I didn’t see these myself, but they include four over-the-shoulder videos covering the steps set out in the manual, a cheatsheet (of course!), a 19-page guide to generating more subscribers with your one-pagers, a press release template, and more.

Finally, although I’m not normally a big fan of upsells, one of Amy’s did catch my eye. It’s for software that will semi-automate the creation of your one-pagers. Amy says it will help you create cheatsheets in about five minutes. Additional training and templates are included. For the modest extra price, it is definitely worth considering.

In summary, One Page Publishing Profits is a comprehensive guide to writing, publishing and promoting one-pagers, and the many benefits of doing so. It is currently on a launch special offer, after which (as is Amy’s normal practice) the price will be rising by at least $10. If you are looking to build additional income streams for relatively little effort, in my view it is well worth a look.

If you have any comments or questions about One Page Publishing Profits, as always, please do post them below.

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