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


Off The Record 2 – Open For Submissions

Contact: Luca Veste

Theme: Off The Record is themed anthology that follows a certain criteria. The first one was music. Writers used titles of songs to make stories. Now it’s movies. These are the three you can choose from:

American Beauty

Word Count: 750 – 2500

Payment: All proceeds go to Charity.

Deadline: 1st September 2012

No Reprints.

Notes: It’s a great chance to write along side some of indie’s best. I have something I want to toss Luca’s way not sure if it fits. I do think the theme is a bit hard, but think of it as the title not the world. So technically anything with a ghost could be titled “Ghost”. I do feel like there should be some kind of inspiration from that world.

-L. Vera

Call for Subs: Crooked Cat

Call for Halloween 2012 Anthology Submissions

This year, we’re publishing a Halloween Anthology of Horror.

‘Fear’ will be published, through us, in time for Halloween 2012. We’re looking for around twenty full, original and previously unpublished stories of terror, each around 4000 words in length. We won’t accept anything with fewer than 1500 words.

If you think your story has what it takes, submit it to us at submissions@crookedcatpublishing.com with the words, HALLOWEEN ANTHOLOGY, in the subject line. Stories should be generally suitable for a broad adult audience. Scary, but not too graphic.

Author and Publisher royalties will go completely to charity and, if accepted, your story will be published, in print and in e-format, as a part of the Anthology, across Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the iTunes BookStore from October 2012.

The two charities benefiting are the  independent humanitarian medical aid organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)and the anti child poverty, fostering, and anti child exploitation charity, Barnardo’s.

We can only accept submissions up until midnight PST on Sunday 12th August 2012. All authors will be contacted throughout August and September.

Good luck,

The Crooked Cat

Wicked East Press Looking For Submissions for Three Anthologies

Publisher: Wicked East Press

They have three different anthologies, of course if you go to their page you’ll see six. Three of them has deadlines that passed. Also, they have different requirements so pay attention to which one you want to submit to.


Fresh Ground-Coffee House Flash Fiction Volume 3

Theme: Flash Fiction for everyone.

word count: 500-1500

Payment: exposure only

Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012


“Down The Rabbit Hole” –Tales of slipping into new worlds

Theme: Journey into another world.

word count: 3500-7000

payment: $5 flat rate, $1 every 1000 over 5000.

Deadline: July 31, 2012


Hidden In The Basement

Theme: General Horror

word count: 3000-6000

payment: $1 every 1000 words.

No reprints.

Deadline: Oct. 30, 2012
-L. Vera

“Women Horror Writer’s Anthology” Men Need Not Apply

Publication: Dark Moon Books

Theme: “Women Horror Writers.”

Word count: 1500-6,000

Genre: Horror.

Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions gladly acceptance.

No Reprints.

Due: June 30th, 2012

Payment: Pays 20 dollars and one contributor copy.

Men need not apply. Is there ever a men only type anthology? Doubt it. 🙂 That’ll be sexist. Lame-o.

“Alternate History Horror Anthology” Looking For Submissions

Publication: Dark Moon Books

Theme: “Alternate History Horror.”

Word count: 1500-6,000

Genre: Speculative Fiction and Horror.

Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions gladly acceptance.

No Reprints.

Due: May 31, 2012

Payment: Pays 20 dollars and one contributor copy.

No time. This one is due at the end of the month which is this Thursday. Sorry for bringing this to you guys so late, but it seems like a fun anthology.