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Setting Self Doubt on Fire: NaNoWriMo and Self-Doubt

| October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments


It’s that time of year again. The time where writers across the world join together and promise that they will complete 50,000 words, yes 50,000 words, in November. Now the promise is mostly to themselves, don’t worry, you won’t get detention if you miss the target.  The NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a great way to motivate you to either start your novel or finish it, and this year will be my first attempt.

Now, as great as this challenge is, it can also be nerve-racking, and guess who will come along to add to your stress. Yes, you have it, Mr Self-Doubt. He will sit slouched in his chair, drinking a cocktail (wine, or beer. I’m a cocktail girl), and laughing at you for even thinking of accepting the NaNoWriMo challenge.

Well, I’m here to tell all of your Mr Self-Doubts, to get lost because I know that all of you out there can take on this challenge, and yes, you may not reach 50,000 words, but as long as you have written something, you are a WINNER.

So today, I have taken some of the fears you may have, and will be tackling them.

Here you have it, 5 fears, and many solutions:

  • You will fail the challenge: I’ve decided to start with the most common fear. 50,000 words in a month. How could you possibly do it? What if you can’t do it? You have commitments after all. Well folks, I must inform you all that even if you haven’t reached 50,000 words by the end of November, by having anything from 1 to 49,999 words you are still closer to a completed novel, so don’t focus on what you haven’t done, focus on what you have.
  • Your novel will be rubbish: You’ve reached 50,000 words. You have part of a novel before you (or finished if you have used the NaNoWriMo to finish your novel), but on reading you notice a lot of it is gibberish. It doesn’t make sense, and thousands could be cut. Don’t panic! For many of us this is just called a first draft. Having something written is better than nothing at all, and you have this thing called the editing process. Editing can be tedious at times, but it allows you to have a rubbish first draft, and from there you can finally create the novel you desire.
  • You’re not ready to start, you’ve not planned enough: I myself constantly feel that I haven’t planned enough (I’m a planner in every aspect of my life lol), but after writing my first novel (yeah, that’s still in the box), I realized that it doesn’t matter if you’ve not figured it all out. Allowing the characters to guide you through is part of the magic. I was amazed myself by how new scenes and events popped into my head. So don’t worry if your wall isn’t filled with notes, allow yourself to go with the flow.
  • You don’t think you’ll have the time: The only thing I have to say here is, MAKE TIME. Instead of spending hours watching television, switch off and write. Get up earlier than normal. Cut down on your outings. I’m not talking about staying in all the time, but if you go out drinking every night, you could reduce it to twice a week instead. You can use your journey times; carry a notebook, tablet, phone, back of your hand. OK, that last one isn’t realistic, but you get my point.
  • You get writer’s block: Oh, the dreaded writer’s block. There’s nothing worse than having to deal with that when you have a deadline. How do you overcome it? Well, I’m sure each of you has your own little tricks, but I have some for you. You could go out for a walk. Do a different activity, something relaxing. Have a nap; dreams are wonderful things. Rather than write your daily word target in one sitting, write several times a day. Breaking it down will make it less daunting.

There you have it, so take that Mr Self-Doubt. This time next week, we writers will be taking on this NaNoWriMo challenge, and at the end we will all be winners.

To end this post, here is another inspirational quote:

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan


Taking Submissions: Sunny With A Chance Of Zombies

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: December 10th, 2014
Payment: 4% royalties per story published in ebook and paperback form. You will also receive a contributor’s ebook copy.

Knightwatch Press are putting together a brand new zombie anthology, and we need your brains.

Sunny with a Chance Of Zombies is set for release in Summer 2015, and we’re looking to fill it with a collection of strangely uplifting stories to go with the lighter season.

Have you got what it takes to bring something new to the walking dead?

We want original ideas that defy the expectations of our readers. Surprise us with your settings, bring us some new or skewed perspectives, horrify us by all means, but above all make us smile.

Send your story to as either a .doc or .rtf file. The subject of your email should have your Surname, the word Sunny and your word-count in it.

To avoid disappointment please ensure your submission reflects the brief and sticks to the following format:

Between 2000-6000 words long, in Standard Manuscript Format

Typed in Courier or Times New Roman 12

Include your full details (name/address/telephone number/email address) at the top of your document

Failure to comply will result in… being dumped in a brutal zombie-infested post-apocalyptic world. With no wifi.

Previously published stories will not be considered for this anthology. Authors will retain copyright.

Multiple submissions up to a maximum of two stories per author can be submitted.

We will write to you between four and eight weeks after the submission deadline to let you know if you have been successful.

We will pay 4% royalties per story published in ebook and paperback form. You will also receive a contributor’s ebook copy.

Via: Knightwatch Press

Taking Submissions: Indigenous Anthology of Horror Stories

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments


Deadline: November 21st, 2014
Payment: $250 and a published copy

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for an Indigenous Anthology of Horror Stories. Deadline: Nov. 21, 2014. Previously unpublished short stories and fiction are welcome from established and emerging writers for an anthology to be published in Fall 2016. Email submissions to:

Submissions must be word-processed and sent as an attachment with subject line: HORROR ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION. Send one fiction piece to a max. of 5000 words, and include a brief bio and cover letter. Only selected works will appear in the anthology, and accepted contributors will receive payment of $250 and a published copy. Kegedonce Press claims North American rights to the anthology only, and copyright remains with individual authors/artists.

Via: Kegedonce press.

Ongoing Submissions: Escape Pod Podcast

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments


Payment: $0.06 per word for original fiction; $0.03 per word for reprints
Note: Obviously your horror here will require a large science fiction slant

Escape Pod publishes in both text and audio; you are offering both of those one-time and archival rights to us when you send us your story. Escape Pod is a science fiction market. Our mandate is fun. We are fairly flexible on what counts as “science” (as we’ll delve into superheroes or steampunk on occasion) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre, but we are not looking for fantasy, magical realism, or more than a tinge of horror. If your story isn’t centered on science, technology, future projections, alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people, we’re probably not the right market for it.

Diversity: Escape Pod welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in seeing more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional SF publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQ or non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States. Our goal is to publish science fiction that reflects the diversity of the human race, so we strongly encourage submissions from these or any other underrepresented groups.

Wordcount: 2000-6000 words (firm)
We publish short-form fiction more or less exclusively. We are not interested in flash fiction, poetry, serialized fiction, or novel excerpts. As with other genres, we support their existence, but they’re not what we do.

Payment: $0.06 per word for original fiction; $0.03 per word for reprints
We are an SFWA qualifying market for original fiction and pay professional rates.

Format: Paste your story in plaintext into the body of an e-mail and send it to us with the subject line “Fiction Submission: [TITLE].” (This will help avoid overzealous spamcatchers.) Include a short note with your name, an address where you can be contacted/paid, the story’s title and wordcount, and (if it is a reprint) any venues where it has previously appeared.

Where to Send: submit AT escapepod DOT org
See you there!

Via: Escape Pod.

Need A Break From Your Writing? How About Checking Out A Horror Block?

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments


Everyone needs a quick writing break now and again but you should at least take one that involves the genre you are writing about. How about a quick one that involves some horror toys once a month? I’ve recently been contacted to review the October release of Horror Block (which are the cool buys behind Nerd Block but with a focus on terror!) It’s a box that can contain toys, shirts, and more that are shipped out once a month (the 25th to be exact.)

With it being October and Halloween we’re getting a a special treat and it sounds like next month we might be able to have a surprise for one of our lucky readers that involves one of these troves of awesomeness. Did I mention that this month’s block is going to include some awesome reading material? What type you ask? Well…


Who doesn’t love Fangoria? (Actually don’t answer that there are people who hate everything.) Still, an issue of one of the longest run horror mags sounds good. What else could be found in the box? Well we can’t give away specifics as they are supposed to be a surprise of what you get every month but this might give you a couple of hints…


Want to know more? Check out the video below and head over to Horror Block today!

Taking Submissions: Playrooms

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: May 1st, 2015
Payment: 4% royalties after cost.

Do you remember your childhood? Are all those memories happy ones? What about that creepy little doll that always seemed to be lying under your bed… the one that made you tuck your blanket around your feet so that it couldn’t climb in during the night to GET you? Do you remember that as well? What about the scary old caretaker who shouted at you on your first day of school… what exactly was it that he didn’t want you to see in the cleaning cupboard?
PLAYROOMS is an anthology where all childhood fears become real. Submissions should feature spaces associated with young children (bedrooms, tree houses, schools, nurseries, etc.) and/or toys, items, objects associated with childhood. Stories should also contain elements of the fantastical or supernatural. Let your fears run rampant with this!
Tales dealing with children suffering sexual assault in any manner are likely to be rejected. If something of this nature is integral to the plot of your story then proceed with extreme caution and tackle it as tastefully as possible. It is best avoided altogether.
Works around 5,000 words are most likely to meet with the editor’s approval, although slightly longer/shorter pieces will also be considered. Aim for 3,000 – 6,000.
Please follow standard manuscript format and under no circumstances use the Tab key or the Space Bar to indent your paragraphs. Either do not indent at all or use MS Word’s built in features to do so.
Submissions must be .doc, .docx, or .rtf format

Include your full name, address, email address and telephone number at the beginning of the manuscript.
PAYMENT: 4% royalties after cost.
Be typed in Courier or Times New Roman 12
Include your full details (name/address/telephone number/email address)
Be sent to as .doc or .rtf documents with the email subject header “SURNAME/PLAY/WORDCOUNT”.
Authors will retain copyright.
Multiple submissions up to a maximum of two stories per author can be submitted.
We will write to you within approximately four to eight weeks of the submission deadline to let you know if you have been successful.

Via: Knightwatch Press.

Taking Submissions: Ill-considered Expeditions

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments


Deadline: November 30th, 2014
Payment: Contributor’s copy

Ill-considered Expeditions?

Yes. We want short tales of exploration gone awry.

What are you looking for?

We want stories in the grand style of Burroughs, Doyle and Verne. Spiffing adventures that plummet our heroes into disagreeable environments to face the wrath of unfriendly natives and questionable beasts. Your story can be set in the past, present or future, it can be earthbound or take place among the stars, the tale can unfold at the summit of a mountain, deep in the jungle or beneath the waves.
The bottom line is, your story has no restrictions, other than the word count and the overall anthology series theme: stories with stings in their tails.

How many words can I use to write this epic?

We are looking for stories in the 2500 – 6000 range.

What are the financial and legal details?

As with our previous volumes, AMOK! and Stomping Grounds, the contributing authors to Vol 3: Ill-considered Expeditions will all receive a paperback copy of the book, plus an option to buy more at 50% off, plus e-version(s) of the book and be in the running for one of five Editor’s Choice Awards of $30.00
First Worldwide Anthology Rights, for publication in the English language anywhere in the world and electronic and audio publication rights.
All rights return to the author one year after publication of the anthology.

How do I format my submission and when do you need it by?

Check the FAQ for basic formatting, and please ensure that when you email your story to us, the subject header reads: ‘EXPEDITIONS-YOUR NAME-TITLE’
Your story document should be labeled: ‘Expeditions-Your Name-Title-Word Count’ and be sent as a .doc or .rtf
Submissions will end at midnight on November 30th 2014

How do I send you my submission?

Please email your story as an attachment to and fill in the subject header as prompted.

Good Luck!

Via: April Moon Books.

‘Dead New World’ Blog Tour – The Art of Writing the Undead

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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It’s not as easy as it sounds to write about zombies. So many people do it these days, a writer has to have an angle. Something that makes their zombie story stand out from the crowd. Maybe the zombies in a particular story look like clowns with fluffy, pink hair. That would be original. But no, these days, a zombie story has to have a great hook.

With my zombie novel, DEAD NEW WORLD, there are a couple of wrinkles added to the zombie genre. By far the biggest is the notion that people can survive a zombie infection. Not everybody, mind you. Probably not even 1% of the people infected. But no virus is 100% lethal. As such, I wondered what that would be like if a person survived a zombie infection. Yes, there’s a similar idea in the film 28 WEEKS LATER, but those people don’t really undergo any massive transformation. They don’t even really get infected. Instead, those victims stay normal, although they can infect other people. In DNW, anyone who survives infection becomes a human-zombie hybrid. Parts of them look human, the others zombie. These people can also communicate and even control the zombies. I always wanted to explore the idea of a survivor interacting with healthy humans, and the reaction that would create.

The other wrinkle I threw in was a slant towards religion. The villain in DNW, called The Revered, is a human-zombie hybrid. He’s also a former preacher, and he believes that zombies are God’s new Chosen Ones. The Reverend wants to give every human in the world the chance to take this next step in evolution. Also, from a personal angle, I would think the dead rising from the Earth would not only make people embrace religion, but believe with every fiber of their being that God existed. Otherwise, how else could the dead walk around? Everyone in DNW is spiritual in some manner, and that comes from how the zombie apocalypse has shaped this dystopian world the characters live in.

Apart from that, I added a few other changes to the typical zombie genre. Instead of having only slow or fast zombies, the ones in DNW are one or the other, depending on whether or not their bodies are still going through riga mortis. DNW is actually focused more on military-style, BLACK HAWK DOWN kind of action, instead of the typical zombie horror. Although, there is a little of that thrown in as well. Mostly though, I just wanted the zombies to inform each character in an individual way. Because of someone’s experiences in the zombie apocalypse, they may have come out the other side worse than the zombies themselves.

There are lots of pitfalls and obstacles to dodge, in order to write a satisfying zombie tale. The main thing is to be aware of what’s come before, to avoid repetition. And don’t make the story about the zombies. Tell a story that happens to have zombies in it. That way, a writer is almost guaranteed to make their zombies entertaining.

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When the the leader of a powerful cult kidnaps the woman Holt loves, he teams up with his best friend to save her from a fate worse than death.


Fans of Jonathan Maberry’s ROT & RUIN and AMC’s hit series, The Walking Dead will devour Hill’s action ­packed take on the Zombie genre. DEAD NEW WORLD is now available at Amazon and Curiosity Quills. Get to know more about Ryan in this exclusive letter to readers


Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive.

All that, while the leader of a powerful cult – known only as Reverend – becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.

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Ryan Hill

Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the third person.


Connect with Ryan at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | GoodReads | Tumblr | Instagram

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Taking Submissions: Challenger Unbound

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: December 31st 2014
Payment: 4% royalties per story published in ebook and paperback form and you will receive a contributor’s ebook copy

Published by KnightWatch Press, Challenger Unbound will be an anthology of ACD’s Professor Challenger stories with a supernatural, cryptid or monstrous background. With permission to gather together an anthology by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, we are looking for stories which are true to the eponymous hero. If you don’t know who Challenger is, you need not apply.

All submissions should:

Be between 2,000 and 6,000 words in Standard Manuscript Format (

Be typed in Courier or Times New Roman 12

Include your full details (name/address/telephone number/email address) at the top of your document.

Be sent to as .doc or .rtf documents with the email subject header “SURNAME/ACD/WORDCOUNT”.

Previously published stories WILL be considered for this anthology. Authors will retain copyright.

Multiple submissions up to a maximum of two stories per author can be submitted.

We will write to you within approximately four to eight weeks of the submission deadline to let you know if you have been successful.

We will pay [4%] royalties per story published in ebook and paperback form and you will receive a contributor’s ebook copy only.

Failure to comply will result in . . . total anhiliation.

Via: Knightwatch Press.

Ongoing Submissions: Muzzleland Press

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Payment: $5

We are interested in the following submissions within the horror or weird genre:

Short Stories

1,000 to 7,500 words. Currently we are not planning on another print short story collection. However, we are looking to publish short stories on our website. You receive $5 and promotional opportunities on our website and social media.

Why publish with Muzzleland Press?

We leverage the tools provided by sites like Amazon and Draft2Digital to make our products available in print and every e-book format to customers around the world.

“But I can do that myself.”

Sure. And that’s great if you’re comfortable selling your book and promoting it without a team. But we also help you develop and market your book. We commission an artist for the cover, provide editorial oversight, and give you the legitimacy of being selected, developed, and published by a third party.

“I just self-published my book!” doesn’t sound as good as “I just signed with a small press!”


We know that every publisher has a different set of rules, so we try to keep them simple as possible. NOTE: Failure to adhere to these standards or pitches/manuscripts with significant errors will be rejected outright. We’ve received a deluge of unpolished material and letters, and we will not read your submission if you don’t take your own writing seriously.

Send an email, with attachments, to Your subject line should read something like one of these, as appropriate:

Submission: Title by Author, short story

Your manuscript should have a title page that contains: the name of the work, type of submission (novel, novella, etc), your name, your email address, your word count (total word count for novels / novellas).

Use a clean, readable font like basic serif or sans serif, double-spaced, size 12. Don’t pick something cutesy, or use colors.

Place a page number on the header or footer of the document.

We understand mistakes slip through, but you should thoroughly revise your work before submitting it.

Use one-inch margins, or close to it.

We are not interested in gore, sex, shock, or splatter just for their sake. These are welcome elements in your story, but they shouldn’t be the story’s only purpose. No fan fiction. That said, Cthulhu/Lovecraftian mythos-type stories are welcome, as long as they tread new and interesting ground.

Source: Muzzleland Press.