AKAQ’s First Anthology: Let’s discuss

First of all, this year is going to be a busy one. In this month alone I’m going through lots of personal changes and they are all very significant, life changing type changes. Writing-wise I have huge plans, both for my own endeavors and for this blog here. The most important is an anthology.

Right now? I would love to just hear input from any writer, any reader, or just anyone who frequents this blog.

When and if I get this going these conditions wont change:

1) Genre: Speculative fiction, crime, noir, horror and sci fi. Pretty much any pulp type material.

2) Cheap and nonprofitable: Depending on the amount of authors I’d like to keep the ebook under $3 and over 99 cents. All profit will go towards the AKAQ website, which includes upgrades, access to more images (Which this website lacks, except for book covers. We have tons of those thanks to Amazon.) and other website related costs.

3) Availability in Amazon. Others are up for debate.

Now, these are topics I would like to discuss:

1) Submission length. Maybe flash/poems in-between stories.

2) Help. I would like either someone who wants to help editing or perhaps some beta readers. I personally like using the writers to go through the whole book, but surprisingly I feel like I’m the only one that ever does it and I feel like I’m bothering the editor, even though I want the whole book, which has my story in it, to be as polished as possible.

3) Covers: I have some ideas already maybe using the image we currently have on our frontpage.

4) A physical book: I once sold pre-orders to my first book and found how successful it was. But after that found almost no sales through lulu.com After that I moved over to Amazon and found a way better and pleasant market. I would like to sale pre-orders through lulu.com again. It’s cheap, I can drop the price to $5 bucks and still make the donation worth it. After all the primary point is to get writer’s work out there and the website’s funds are, if anything, not important at all.

5) Do you want in? I want to include at least 20 authors, and I think I can easily get pieces from the usual bunch around here. I think I plan to send some invites first and then open it up to submissions. This way I could get some bigger names mixed with some new talent.

So discuss, I love a good online discussion. 🙂

-L. Vera


2013 Derringer Awards


Submissions will be accepted from Noon ET, January 1, 2013, to 11:59 PM ET January 31, 2013

Judges will score Derringer submissions February 1–28, 2013, determining the finalists

– Finalists will be announced March 1, 2013

– SMFS members as of December 31, 2012 will vote to determine Derringer winners from March 1-30, 2013

– Derringer winners will be announced March 31, 2013


Best Flash Story (Up to 1,000 Words)

Best Short Story (1,001 to 4,000 Words)

Best Long Story (4,001 to 8,000 Words)

Best Novelette (8,001 to 20,000 Words)

CrimeFest’s Flashbang

CrimeFest’s Flashbang.

via CrimeFest's Flashbang.

Gotta be in it to win it!

Call For Submissions: So It Goes: A Tribute to Kurt Vonnegut

Publication: Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing

Theme: “…humorous and satirical tales that would do Mr. Vonnegut proud.”

Word Count: Between 1000 to 10000

Deadline: December 31st

Payment: 50% of the royalties split among the authors.

Notes:  It’s the first anthology released by this publishing company, so they’re new to the field. So the expectation of a good payment is undeterminable.

Dark Dragon Publishing Call For Submissions

Publisher: Dark Dragon

Theme: Horror, dark fantasy, paranormal and some science fiction novels.

Word Count: Novel length around 75,000

Notes: Not much else is listed besides small submission guidelines. I havent read anything of theirs, but this could be a good starting of point for those who have novels and dont know what to do with them.

-L. Vera

Seven Sins: Anthology Submission Guidelines

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via Anthology Submission Guidelines.

Twit Publishing Presents: PULP! Winter/Spring 2013

Publisher: Twit Publishing

Theme: Pulp, any genre.

Deadline: 11/30/12012

Word count: 4000-9000

Compensation: 3% of revenue

Notes: If you got a pulp-like story, toss it their way. Also keep in mind they only take stories from authors who live in the United States.

Out of the Gutter 8 – SUBS OPEN!

Out of the Gutter 8 – SUBS OPEN!

Monday, October 22, 2012
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Brace yourselves! OUT OF THE GUTTER is back with Out of the Gutter 8: 21st Century Digital Love, featuring contest winners, essays, and new tales of wretchedness and woe alongside 2012’s very best from The Flash Fiction Offensive and the Bareknuckles Pulp Department!

Click the link above for full details.

Looking For Author’s Favorite Halloween/Horror Books

It’s already October and Halloween is around the blood soaked corner. What better way to find books fit for the season but through author’s suggestions.

So if you are an author, send me a list of your five favorite halloween/horror books, along with a list of books you have available on Amazon, which I will also feature in the bottom of the post. Also include a brief paragraph about what halloween/horror means to you as a writer(optional) and a profile picture.

I’ll start posting them as they come in, perhaps one a day unless I get an overwhelming response, which I’ll bump it to two a day.

It’s an easy way to showcase your books here on AKAQ with very little effort. Also, think about how awesome it would be to have your book listed with some of your favorite books under the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” section on Amazon.

Send me an email at Luis_Vera05@yahoo.com.

I’m also still accepting short stories to be posted up the week of Halloween. More info here.

BEAT to a PULP Looking For Submissions

Publisher: Beat to a Pulp

Theme: Hardboiled Pulp Fiction but they also accept action/adventure, westerns, sci-fi/fantasy, and horror/thriller.

Wordcount:4,000 words or less.

No reprints or simultaneous submissions.

Fee: Publication credit only.

Notes: These are the same guys that put out the “Beat To A Pulp” books. Getting a story or two there way can maybe pave a good relationship if you ver want to get your work published in any of those anthologies.

-L. Vera