Category Archives: Submission Call

Making the Big Sale

Ghosts on Drugs

My first submission of the year has been accepted and paid for. It has been a really unique experience for  me, and I wanted to share it. 🙂

I saw the call for Ghosts on Drugs, and it sounded really fun. The premise is a simple one — each story must include at least one ghost on at least one drug.

I came up with a flash piece about 1400 words long that I really liked and sent it in.

The response was quick, friendly, and positive. And, in a very unique twist for me, the editor, Hy Bender, liked my story, but asked for edits BEFORE acceptance. It was intriguing.

We went back and forth three times before he sent it on to his co-editor, Will Paoletto, to look at.

Then, the waiting…luckily, not TOO long a wait. 😉

To get that email saying “We want it, where do we pay you?” was AMAZING!

I think this was the first time I’ve been paid on acceptance. 15 cents a word. Making this my biggest sale yet.

This is a great start for my goal of $5000 this year!

If you are a writer looking for a great place to submit–I highly recommend Ghosts on Drugs.

What Do I Talk About Now…?

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The end of the insanity has left me a bit at odds. Yes, some days it was almost impossible to come up with a submission. But in the end, it always worked out, and I did it.

There were For the Love submissions, like the Haiku Universe offerings. (Great place to submit, by the way–even better place for your daily haiku fix.)

There were the “for the long haul” royalty submissions to Horrified Press.

Several flat fee submissions, like “Leaving the Tower” in Hides the Dark Tower.

My first editing foray into the world of anthologies with Avast Ye Airships!

Branching out on my songwriting with a sale to GriffinEd.

It was a great year.

But now, it is over. And I am a little at a loss for direction. It isn’t as if I don’t have many project irons in the fire… (Did you see the call for my next anthology Ghosts, Gears, and Grimoires?)

Still, I am feeling a little lost. My house is getting more organized. I actually cooked dinner the other night. I am trying to walk 30 minutes a day. But missing that extra frenzied urgency is weird…

Ah well, I am sure I will find some sort of mischief to get up to. 😉

Avast Ye Airships!

I am very honored and a bit intimidated to announce that I have been asked to edit an anthology for Mocha Memoirs Press. Submissions don’t officially open until May 1st, but I am giving you a few days lead time to start thinking of what you want to write. The theme of the anthology is Airship Piracy, though if you have a rollicking good airship account without pirates, it never hurts to give it a shot. Here are the official guidelines:

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Mocha Memoirs Press is pleased to announce that a new Steampunk  anthology, Avast Ye Airships!,  is opening May 1st for submissions. Please read all of the information provided.

Submission Guidelines:

 

What We Want: Avast Ye Airships! will be an open themed Steampunk anthology of short stories, released as a digital book and as a paperback book. We are looking for Steampunk featuring airships—and pirates would be nice, but aren’t mandatory—as well as a beautifully crafted, original story.

Feel free to read our general submission guidelines for more information.

What We Don’t Want: We will reject any stories that contain rape, bestiality, and the abuse of minors. Violence and sex are acceptable but make them integral to the plot. Other than that, use your imagination—Steampunk is nothing without imagination.

Submissions:

  • Submit your work to mmpsteampunk(at)gmail(dot)com with Avast Ye Airships Sub: Your Story Title_Your Last Name in the subject line. Attach your story as a DOC or DOCX file. Submissions sent in the body of the email will not be read.
  • We prefer to see submissions using something approaching Standard Manuscript Format, which can be found here: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html
  •  The only exception is that italics MUST appear as they will be used; no underlining.
  •  Include a brief cover letter in the body of your email stating your name, pen name (if using one), story title with word count, address, website or blog, and any professional publication credits you think might interest us.
  •  We will accept works of 1,500-6,000 words. Please query if you wish to submit outside of these guidelines.
  •  No simultaneous submissions, please. We ask that you don’t submit a story to us and to another market at the same time.
  • Multiple submissions—sending more than one story for consideration—are okay. If sending more than one story, please send them in separate emails.

We’re not accepting reprints for this anthology. We will pay a flat $10 per story via Paypal only. Payment will be made within 45 days of publication. We are seeking Worldwide English Language rights for 12 months in print and digital formats.

Authors from outside of the United States-We welcome you and will accept American or British English spelling. Please be aware that at this time, we have a largely American readership. Feel free to help us expand that base.

Submission Deadline and Publication Schedule: 

We will remain open for submissions from May 1-December 31, with an expectation that the anthology will be published by March 1.

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