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

Halloween Season For Horror Writers: The List Of Who’s Accepting

Well it’s that time again. Halloween is around the corner and publications love to get horror anthologies, stories, and novels out before and around the Halloween season. So here’s a quick rundown of places that are accepting.

Less than 4000 word

AKAQ Deadline: Oct. 10th

Arcane 2 Deadline: Sept. 30th

ATOMIC AGE CTHULHU Deadline: Oct 1st

Blood and Roses Deadline: Oct 31st

Brief Grislys Deadline: unknown

Dead North Deadline: Sept 30th

Paranormal Horror – an anthology Deadline: unknown

Grave Robbers Deadline: unknown

Tortured Souls Vol. 1 Deadline: Sept 30th

Year’s End Deadline: Oct 15th

Zombie Lockdown Deadline: Oct. 30th

Zombies VS Werewolves Deadline: Sept. 15th

4000+ word

Bellows of the Bone Box Deadline: (steampunk horror)Sept 17th

Dark Visions Deadline: Dec 21st

Mental Ward: Stories from the Asylum Deadline: Oct. 15th

Ten Terrors (anthology series) Deadline: unknown

Urban Occult Weird/Horror Anthology Deadline: Nov. 1st

If you know of any others, let me know. 🙂

-L. Vera

“Writers forget that the short story is a gift” -Writer’s Interviews – Craig Wallwork by Jason Michel

A brand new issue of PULP METAL MAGAZINE, chock full of mayhem like this: check it out!

PULP METAL MAGAZINE

Craig Wallwork is relevant and irreverent.

His writing is a smorgasbord of cinematic imagery and a gleeful “Fuck You!” to the conventions and pomposity of literature.

I like him and this interview, like the collapse of the financial system, was only a matter of time coming …

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What I Learned from #TOPcrime2012

Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, the returning writers are welcomed warmly by the folks of Harrogate (Perhaps more warmly: swallows don’t carry credit cards).

 After the panels are done, the bar takes in more in an hour than they do during the entire day of a wedding (Writing is thirsty work).

 There is a big hill in Harrogate but most of the good things are at the bottom of it (Gravity is your friend).

 You can eat yourself into a food coma at many restaurants in Harrogate (Luigi treats you right).

 Zoe Sharp dresses too chic to be a writer (Odds favour ‘future Bond villain’ at present).

 Never kid Allan Guthrie about the Rangers (No #jellyandicecream)

 

Sarah Pinborough is up to something (No one is quite certain what, but looks on in anticipation).

The Travelodge sits over a night club (Bring earplugs).

The Crown has paper thin walls (bring earplugs or a stenographer if you’re next to a public figure).

The Hale Bar, oldest pub in Harrogate, has an old Remington typewriter (if you get really desperate when the laptop crashes).

The Wetherspoons pub has free WiFi (if you get really desperate for sober conversation).

If you wear a hat, everyone is going to want to try it on (Inevitable).

Getting through the scrum around the bar on Saturday night requires the skills of a good rugby player (Bring a couple with you next time; they can also carry your luggage after you’ve been through the book room).

People seldom look like their twitter avatars (Which does not help you find them in a dark and crowded bar).

If you do not go, you will envy those who did (Just go).

~ K. A. Laity

We Promote You For FREE So Use Us.

Guess what? Everything we do at AKAQ is FREE. We promote authors, artist, editors, bloggers and any writing websites. So here’s a handy list you should ask yourself.

Got a new book releasing?

If you got a new book coming out, throw us a press release or a guest post about it. We will post it. As long as it done professionally, not racist or sexist and follows our theme here at AKAQ. What? Don’t know what our theme is? It’s pretty much literature where someone dies. Personally, we touch Crime, Horror and Speculative Fiction and sometimes Sci-Fi. Either way, if someone dies . . . we want to help get it out.

Got a FREE book on Friday?

Using KDP Select? Ever Friday we have WTFBF (What The Free Book Friday). We will promote your free book. After all, who doesn’t want a free book. I’ve found some great artist and contacts by just promoting this project every week. I usually share this post with author’s Facebook pages and that on it’s own brings in a good amount of views.

Just make sure you send me a friend request here.

Got a book that will be 99 cents on Monday?

Something as before. But if you have book that’s 99 cents on a Monday. I post those as well. Eventually Kate will also have some U.K. books on Wednesdays. Stay tuned.

Bored?

We review books.

We interview anyone who wants an interview.

We like to bring notice to fun and exciting things.

Sometimes we need your help. So send us an email and a copy of your book. We can’t promise we will get to it, because we already have a huge backlist, but it can help. If you actually send us a physical copy, those go straight to the top of our list. So just shoot us an email.

We also interview authors, editors, hell I’ll interview a circus performer. If you got something interesting to share send me an email. I rarely say no. Saying yes is always a crazier ride.

Now for the email. Email anything to me L. Vera at Luis_Vera05@yahoo.com

-L. Vera

How I Got 10,000 Followers on Twitter or How To Use Tweepi

-by L. Vera

One word can pretty much sum it up Tweepi.

Here’s my twitter history. I started “tweeting” in Feb. It wasn’t my first time on twitter, before I had a character from my book, Diary of a Madman (which will be free this weekend), tweet his kills. That small experiment was fun, but I still didn’t have my own personal account. Once I decided that I wanted to release Diary of a Madman as a book, I thought that I needed somehow to help get the word out. I amassed about 100 followers shortly, mostly dedicated readers and a couple of random people. Six months later I manage 10,000 followers.

I can’t remember how I stumbled on Tweetpi, but when I did I didn’t really understand what I stumbled upon. 

I stumbled on the holy grail of twitter websites. Now, many people don’t like this method. They want “quality followers”. Well, who’s to say who isn’t a quality follower. Out of the 300 people I follow a day using this program, I find many quailty followers, way beyond just sitting down and expecting them to find me. And to tell you the truth, the ones that friend me without me following them, tend to be useless. They don’t mention me, they don’t retweet me, they don’t really talk to me. They feel more like virtual stalkers then quality followers. Now, the ones I’ve interacted with, some just saying “Thanks for the follow” I’ve built relationships from a simple “No prob.”

I have 10,000 followers. When I post a tweet, I get at least 20 clicks. I’ve tested it using affiliate tracking links and simple visit counters. Do you get that many? I ran those test back when I had 6,000 followers, who knows how well those links do now.

Tweepi is easy to use. I suggest signing on and quickly start by using the Follow Tweeps pull down and clicking on @user’s followers. This will bring you to the page where you can fill in a person’s twitter handle and get a chance to follow their followers. I suggest using, @inkmuse or @randomhouse for bloggers. Basically choose a popular twitter account that has the followers that would follow you, someone similar to what you tweet/ post about.

Then list them by last tweet, I fell like this short’s out the quiet/stalker tweeps. Then click the top, most active tweep and then go down to about maybe a couple of days. I like 10 days, but originally choose smaller amount like 2-3 days. Hold shift and click the last one, it will highlight everyone in-between.

Then click Follow. They get queued and after you go to the next page or just wait a bit, they all get followed. Normally you can only see 20 at a time unless you tweet a little link to tweepi and they give you 20 more a page. You can also purchase a version that sorts them a whole lot better, but I find the free version adequate.

That’s it. At first you should keep your following to between 100-200, until you hit around 2000. Then you need to use the flush the unfollowers section, to get rid of those that don’t follow you. I do this at least once a week. Then start over. I wasn’t to crazy about doing this everyday, but maybe dedicating every other week to reaching a new number would help. As your followers grow, it seems that people start to find me on their own now. It could be because of my short stories on the web, or because how popular AKAQ has gotten, but I find I need to use tweepi less and less.

@LVeraWrites

Things Writers Shouldn’t Google

by L. Vera

We get a lot of readers here at AKAQ that google weird and crazy things, like “How To Kill Some One With A Knife” or “How To Kill Someone Quickly”. I wrote one article called “How To Kill Someone”, which was about writing, and now we get all kinds of crazies visiting the blog. (Which is kinda cool.) So when you finally find that website that helped you kill someone and the police look at your computer and see your history, don’t look at me. I warned you.

1) Arsenic: Really any type of posion should be off limits. Even weird plants. I think I once searched for bull nettle after scraping against the plant and found all types of crazy things, I hope that wont bite me in the ass. I guess if someone dies mysteriously from poisoning and you don’t see post here anymore, I might be in lockup.

2) How To Kill: How To Kill anything, anybody in any fashion should not be food in the google machine. Maybe add the word “Write” to help find the articles that could help a writer. Even though I’ve never seen a google search that brought someone here. : (

3) How To Make a Bomb: And any other terrrorist type thing you think of especially the Anarchist cookbook. Even though seeing fertilizer bombs going off on youtube lseems cool it’s actually . . . Okay, it is pretty cool, but be smart and search instead for “how to fertilize lawn with bug bombs” or something sneaky like that.

4) Anything over the top sexual: I don’t need to elaborate. But try explain to your parents when the police find those – insert crazy fetish – pictures after your friend did something crazy illegal and the police confiscated your CPU. Not worth it buddy.

Look, many cookies and certificates can be found on your computer that can help convict you of all types of things. So make sure you use Google Chrome and turn on Incognito browsing. Come on. Just read this if you need more reasons, even though he was crazy and it’s actually good for us he did google those things.

Crime Fiction Conference

by K. A. Laity

Need an excuse to travel? This fall you could travel to Poland with the grand excuse of attending the Crime Fiction Conference in Gdansk. Time is short to get your abstracts in if you want to participate. Here’s the details —

Crime Fiction, here and now, now and then
International Postgraduate Conference at University of Gdansk, Poland
9-10 November 2012

The aim of the conference is to discuss crime fiction across national borders, across time periods, across languages, across genres and across boundaries between the literature and the other arts (film, theatre, graphic novel etc.) We invite papers which deal with one or more of the following points (the list is by no means exhaustive), in any given literature and country, or in international
comparison:

– Comparative study of crime fiction
– Detectives now and then
– Genres, systems, conventions
– National, regional or local contexts (e.g. Scottish, Scandinavian, American; Edinburgh, Breslau, LA)
– Crime fiction and the reader
– Dubious villain – why do we like villains?
– Crime and gender
– Crime and identity

Please send your abstract (max. 250 words) to crimeconference2012@gmail.com before 30th of June, 2012. We welcome proposals from postgraduate students as well as from established scholars.

The conference will be held in English. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes of presentation time.
Selected papers will be published in a post-conference volume.

Conference fee is:
100 PLN (for participants from Poland)
25 EURO (for participants from outside Poland)

The fee will cover conference materials, refreshments and a conference get-together. Please note it does not include accommodation.

Conference organisers:
Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish, M.A. agsien AT gmail.com
Urszula Elias, M.A. urszula.elias AT wp.pl

Academic advisor: Prof. dr hab. David Malcolm

*UPDATE: Friend of the blog, Paul D. Brazill, will be a special guest at the conference. So, now you have to go!

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Ray Bradbury Dies: Gone to the October Country


Gone To The October Country by K. A. Laity

Farewell to Ray Bradbury, author of Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Illustrated Man, The October Country, Zen in the Art of Writing and so much more.

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.

Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together.

I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true — hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it.

His stories will live forever.

Ray Bradbury Dies by L. Vera
At the age of 91, we lose a great writer. Many of you know him as the writer of Fahrenheit 451 or Something Wicked This Way Comes, some of you as an incredible science fiction author, an inspiration and mentor. Many were influenced by his work; like myself, who had written a story inspired by I Sing The Body Electric.

He was suffering from an  undescribed illness and after suffering a stroke in 1999 was wheelchair bound. Yet he continued to write.

If you have time, you need to read Ray Bradbury’s essay in “Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life“. He briefly talks about rejections, and being a strong writer. Not in the sense that your writing is strong, but mentally can preserve rejection.

His work will live on.

Sources:

Ray Bradbury on Facing Rejection … and Being Inspired by Snoopy

Ray Bradbury, beloved science fiction author, dies

Wikipedia: Ray Bradbury

-L. Vera