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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.

Taking Submissions: Beware The Little White Rabbit

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments


Deadline: November 15th 2014
Payment: $50 USD

Next year marks an historic moment, the 150th anniversary of the publication of the classic storyAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland!

To celebrate how absolutely mad we are about this occasion, Leap Books, LLC will publish a special Alice-inspired anthology called BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT and you, yes, YOU are invited to the party!

Join a roster of well-loved authors writing new YA stories inspired by a classic tale. Submissions should be between 4,000-6,000 words in length, include a protagonist named Alice and a stuffed white rabbit whose
appearance signals the start of adventure. All YA genres are eligible.

Title, premise/elevator pitch, and your complete submission are due to by midnight EST November 15. Authors should include ALICE in their email’s heading.

The final lineup for the anthology will be announced December 15.

Authors whose stories are selected for inclusion in the BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBITanthology and who meet revision requirements and associated deadlines will be paid a one-time fee of $50 USD.

Via: Leap Books LLC.

Taking Submissions: A Collection Of Untimely Hours

| October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments


Deadline: December 31st, 2014
Payment: 3 cents per word

Call to action!

Dark Recesses Press is now accepting short novella length submissions for A COLLECTION OF UNTIMELY HOURS. Between four to six stories will be selected for this themed anthology.

The theme is time.  The genre is dark fiction. A broad spectrum, we know, but what we mean by this is truly the dark spectrum – from horror to supernatural, to slipstream  – and all points in between. That said, Splatterpunk and Bizarro fiction are probably not the right fit for this gathering. This is also not the venue for high fantasy or hard sci-fi, but if you have a shadowy urban fantasy or a dark tale that happens to take place upon a space freighter, that’s fine. Just make sure there’s no need to learn a new language in order to read the story. Seriously.

The key here is to offer our readers a cool creep, a sense of dread, and the tension of time from which they can’t escape. It’s your world. Build it, and drag the reader through it with the seconds ticking at their heels.

Of course we have the standard caveat of Gore for Gore’s sake and overused tropes are not going to fly.  But you’re professionals and you don’t see a need to resort to cheap parlor tricks, or taking the easy road to reach nirvana.

One more important NO :  No Sexual Abuse of Children, direct or implied.  Period.  It’s not a flexible point.  If you’re unsure, query at and we’ll be happy to clarify and save you time or frustration.

Now for the nitty-gritties:

Submission deadline: December 31st, 2014Subs2

Word count: 15,000 –  25,000 firm

Pay:  3 cents / word

Reprints:  No

Rights: First North American Serial Rights (FNASR) and Electronic Rights to distribute the text in multiple print and electronic formats for twelve months from publication, and a three-year non-exclusive worldwide license from the date of publication to continue to publish your work in other formats as part of the anthology volume in which it was first published without extending the license term and without constituting a new publication, and to keep that discrete anthology available in our salable inventory throughout that term.

(For example, we can re-publish the same anthology that includes your work in a cool new techno-format that comes along, but we can’t publish your work as part of a different anthology. Also, no matter what new format is added during the license term, our right to publish still ends three years after initial publication unless we re-negotiate with you.)

Format: Standard Manuscript Format with the following noted requirements.

  • Scene breaks marked with  ##
  • Special formatting (italics, bolds, underlines) set up exactly as you want it printed.
  • DO NOT USE TABS OR SPACES for Indents.  I cannot stress this enough.  DON’T  Set the indent under your document paragraph settings, or just don’t indent.
  • Do not use special quotes
  • Saved as .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.

Send submissions to:


Via: Dark Recesses Press.

Taking Submissions: Fireside Magazine

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments


Deadline: October 31, 2014
Payment: 12.5 cents per word

Fireside is open for submissions through the end of the day Oct. 31. We have very few slots open for short stories at this time, but are looking to buy at least a dozen pieces of flash. Please read ALL of the guidelines below before submitting. They have changed slightly since our June reading period.

Lengths, payment, etc.

Fireside publishes original, previously unpublished flash fiction of up to 1,000 words and short stories of 1,500 to 4,000 words. (Firm limit.) We pay 12.5 cents per word, with payment on completion of edits. We buy first world publication rights and six-month exclusivity, as well as the right to reprint the story once, non-exclusively, in a Fireside anthology.


Please DO NOT resubmit stories that we have previously rejected, even if you have revised them. They will be rejected unread.

We do not accept simultaneous or multiple submissions. (We are not looking for poetry, nonfiction, reviews, or anything else but fiction.)

What we are looking for

Fireside’s goal is to publish great storytelling, regardless of genre. What do we mean by great storytelling? We want stories that go somewhere, with plot and a beginning, middle, and end. We’re not looking for character studies or metafiction or hallucinatory visions. (We LIKE those things; it’s just not what we publish in Fireside.)


I’ll let Neil Gaiman say it again, as I have in our Kickstarters. This is from his introduction to his “Stories” anthology, writing of his response to a question about what quote he would want inscribed on the wall of the kids’ section in a public library. He captured the reason why we love good stories in his response:


I’m not sure I’d put a quote up, if it was me, and I had a library wall to deface. I think I’d just remind people of the power of stories, of why they exist in the first place. I’d put up the four words that anyone telling a story wants to hear. The ones that show it’s working, and that pages will be turned: “and then what happened?”


And yes, we seriously mean any genre. We have published sci-fi, horror, romance, crime, fantasy, Westerns, near-future, and modern non-speculative fiction. The stories were all terrific, and we are looking for more of those and from all the many genres we haven’t explored. Just tell us a good story.


Vague? A little. But we think it’s exciting, too. No two issues of Fireside have the same feel, and we hope that makes every issue a little more surprising.


If you’re not quite sure if your story fits, please send it and our editors can decide. If you want to get an idea of what we’re looking for, all of our issues are free to read online (there’s links at the bottom of this page). Issue 4 was the first to follow our current usual format of two flash stories and one short story.


Fireside wants to reflect the endless array of diversity in the world. We welcome stories from all writers, and we are especially interested in stories including (but not limited to) the lives, experiences, and viewpoints of women, people of color, QUILTBAG people, people with disablities, members of religious minorities, and people outside the United States. We strongly encourage submissions from people of those backgrounds, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded.

Here’s what you should not send

There are some things we absolutely do not want. If you send us stories with these, the story will be rejected and you will be blacklisted:

*Depictions of rape or sexual assault
*Depictions of child molestation or brutalization of children
*Depictions of brutalization of women
*Depictions of brutalization of people with disabilities
*Depictions of graphic torture
*Depictions of animal abuse

This is not saying stories cannot touch on, address, or talk about these issues. But we don’t want these acts illustrated in detail in Fireside.


This isn’t negotiable, so don’t ask. If you need to have these things in your story, find a different market.

What about sex, violence, and profanity?

Sexual content is ok, but we are not a market for erotica. We are also fine with profanity and violence. We’re not looking for gratuitous violence, though.

How to submit

Please send your stories to as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. We strongly prefer .doc and .docx if you have that option. No need to send a cover letter in either the body of the email or as an attachment, the files are processed automatically and these will not be seen.


We plan to respond to all stories by the end of November. Please do not query about your story before then.

More questions?

If there’s something we haven’t addressed here, please feel free to email editor Brian White at (Please do NOT send submissions here. Any stories sent to this address will be deleted unread.)

Via: Fireside Fiction.

Author Interview: Angela L. Garratt

| October 11, 2014 | 0 Comments


Hi All! I’m back, but this time I’m not alone. To prove that Mr Self-doubt can be beaten I have been able to interview author Angela L. Garratt. She is the author of the novel, Innocent Spirits, a poet, and a song writer. Read on to learn more about her writing journey so far, and if she has ever had any battles with Mr Self Doubt.

Nicole J Simms (NJS): You’re a self-published author and poet.  Why did you decide on being self-published, and did you have any doubts about taking this route?

Angela L Garratt (ALG): There are many reasons why I decided to self publish, some are personal, but not so personal I can’t speak about them.  The main one is, the publishing industry is changing, and a writer no longer has to lose ownership of their copyright.  Granted it is hard work to market in this way, but it is worth it when the results are seen. On a personal note; I wanted to self publish because I wanted to prove to myself and my family, that I could do it.

Angela-L-Garratt---Innocent-Spirits-posterNJS: What genre do you write in and what drew you to that genre?

ALG: Generally I am a horror writer.  That is seen more in my short stories and novellas and in some of my poetry than it is in my novel, Innocent Spirits, which is fantasy horror.

Ever since I was a child, I have always had a vivid and sometimes disturbed imagination. I remember the one day when I was still in my first year of High School; I told my mother that I had a really bad dream of the bus crashing under a low bridge and ripping off the roof. I didn’t have that dream but it got me the day off school.

I am, however, a very spiritual person; I have had many an unexplained experience and I use that as a tool to help my imagination flow.

NJS: What motivates you to write fiction and have you ever written anything other than fiction?

ALG: My motivation is people.  The general public; people are more inspiring than they know. To me, there is no such thing as the word ‘normal’, I detest that word, because I don’t believe that anybody is normal, we all have different qualities, which are what makes us individuals. It is the job of the writer to see those different qualities, capture them and write them down.

Just as inspiring to me are animals.  I have always had a love and fascination for wildlife, just as I have a love and fascination for domestic animals.  When I was in my early twenties, I wrote a 162 page fact book on wildlife. I wrote about wildlife when I was a child and right through to my mid twenties, my fascination became something that I could work with and in 2004 when I stood in at Pimlico High School, London and taught A – level students Animal Classification.

NJS: Could you tell us about your latest book?

ALG: Yes, of course.

My latest book is called Innocent Spirits. It is set in two different times, 2011, and 1533. Emily is a witch and hates the fact; her alcoholic mother is in denial about Emily’s gifts. Due to the fact that Emily and her family is always moving around from one place to another and her mother is on about moving again (this is always to do with the fact that Emily’s mother usually drinks the rent money and gets evicted), Emily and her family are now facing another move. However, Emily wants to go to college, this will not happen if she stays with her mother so she moves in with her father and his girlfriend, Anne. At college, Emily meets an array of new friends, most of which are supernatural beings. At first, all seems to be going well, then Emily keeps seeing a girl she recognises, but she knows she does not know her in this life.

At night, Emily dreams of a past life, a life she lived in 1533. Back then, she was also named Emily (when you meet Ervin in the book, you’ll understand why I gave her the same name in both lives, past and present), and she was also a witch. 1533 was a bad year to be a witch; many innocent women and their so-called familiars were being burned at the stake. Emily had a younger, selfish, and spoilt sister, Geraldine and her personality was as fiery as her wild red hair. Geraldine had no powers and she was constantly jealous of her older sister, making her do things that would get her killed if she was caught, but holding her over a barrel and threatening to tell someone about her powers if she didn’t succumb to her every need and want.  The Emily of 1533 was in a dangerous situation and she knew it, she knew that if she did not get away, her and her cat, Shadow would die.  As a last and desperate resort, Emily puts a curse on Geraldine, a curse that will follow Emily into the next life.

In Emily’s re-incarnated life, Geraldine and the curse does follow her and it is  up to  Emily and her new friends to eradicate Geraldine, the curse, and save the Innocent Spirits that that have been caught in the cross fire…trouble is, time is running out!

NJS: How do you promote and market your book?

ALG: The internet and social networking sites are fantastic tools. Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are brilliant.  I am a member of no end of on line poetry and fiction groups. My short stories, novellas are far too large to be printed in a magazine so I send my poetry off to different magazines. I plug my book in every open mic I go to and I like to go to at least two a week. I have had press releases that have appeared in newspapers, radio, and TV. My partner is a musician and we help to promote each other as far and as wide as possible. As my book is available on the internet so it can be bought in all countries across the world on any online book shop. But there are many people like me that does not relish in buying off the internet, so it is also available to order over the counter in any book shop.

NJS: What are your future writing plans?

ALG: I am coming to the end of the first draft of another short novel called ‘Blood and cinders’. I am not altogether happy with the direction it has taken so when I do the second draft I will be changing it a fair bit. Don’t get me wrong the story does flow and that is what I like about it. Maybe I am being too critical, but as a writer going with gut instinct is not only important, it is crucial.

I am waiting on feedback for a short Novella I wrote called, ‘The Ghost of Henry Schnieber’. As soon as I get that, I will be publishing it to Amazon Kindle. I will be doing the same with my other short Novella’s, The Desk, and Black Shoes.  All these stories are Horror and are not suitable for young eyes. They may scare.

I am putting together a collection of audio poetry books. I am hoping they will be available to download and sold as CD by Christmas this year.

NJS: Traditional Publishers have spotted some self-published authors. Would you ever consider the traditional publishing route, if it was offered?

ALG: I think I would be a fool to say no to that.  Any writer will tell you that any type of publishing is better than not being published at all. Isn’t it every writers dream to have their name out there and be as big as Steven King or James Herbert?

Imagine being able to write one story after the other, without having to fath about with editing and promoting, wouldn’t it be great to have all of the leg work done for you? I know that when you write a story, before you send it off anywhere it has to be as polished as what you can get it. I have learned a few lessons in self publishing, and apart from Amazon Kindle (believe me, I have my reasons), I don’t really have any more intentions of self publishing again. I will be writing off to agents and one day, my dreams will come true, I know they will because I believe in myself. For what other reasons would I put myself through this other than being completely mad?

NJS: Even though you are self published have you ever experienced rejection or negative feedback about your work? How did you overcome this?

ALG: Yes, I have sent many poems off to different poetical magazines and some have come back either with no or little explanation why they were rejected; some have merely said, ‘sorry, not this time’, or ‘this is not really what we are looking for’. But that is okay, one thing that you always have to remember as a writer is that once your work is written and it is out there for the public to read, it then becomes a product that people either like or dislike. Everyone is entitled to their opinions after all.

If something comes back to me, I have to tell myself that it is not personal, even though it feels like it is, they are not rejecting ME, they are rejecting my work. Now, you can either look at that in a negative way, get depressed about it and never write again (to me that is just daft) or you can look at your work, try to find why they thought it was not good enough and change it. Failing that, there are many magazines that you can send off to, just because one says no, it does not mean that they all will.

But that is one of my philosophies in life anyway, if you don’t like something, or something is not working for you, don’t waste time mulling over it, change it!

NJS: Have you ever been crippled by self doubt? How did you overcome this?

ALG: The simple answer to this is ‘no’.  Here is why.

I have been writing since I was a child. When my mum and dad gave me my 50 pence a week pocket money back in the eighties, I didn’t go spending it on sweets and toys, I went to the corner shop and spent my money on writing books, pens, and pencils. My sister and I grew up very close together; she would spend her money on crisps and chocolate…not me. I once remember my mum and dad asking what I wanted for Christmas, at the time I could not be not older than 6 or 7, I know this because my dad left when I was nine and there were a couple of unsettled years before then and this Christmas was a peaceful one. I said ‘I would like a writing book and pens’. That Christmas I got one of those writing desks that you can lift the lid up and put an ink pot in the top corner. We never had an ink pot, blimey, I’m not that old, but we did have coloured pens. I was over the moon with it.

I started writing about animals when I was too young to remember and I learned how to type on my Sinclair spectrum zx128k when I was about eight years old. Technically, it was an early games consol with plastic keys and a tape deck for your games on the side. The games would take forever to load but when they did, the wait was worth it.

Have I ever felt self doubt? Of course I have, I’m only human after all. Have I ever been crippled by it? No! Why? Because writing is not what I do, it’s who I am. It’s been in me all my life. Take writing away from me would be like reaching in and tearing away a piece of my soul.

There is a saying out there and forgive me, I can’t think who said it, but it goes like this: ‘ships are safe in the harbour, but that is not what they were built for.’ The person who said that was a genius and should be commended, because it is true. It is a saying that should always be remembered and one that should never be forgotten, especially in the art of writing.

Angela-L-Garratt-author-photoNJS: What advice would you give to writers starting out, especially those who are considering self publishing?

ALG: Run as fast as you can and don’t look back, ha-ha, only joking.

Don’t give up and never say, never!

Don’t think that you are wrong in what you write, because writing comes from within. Pursue every adventure that your imagination takes you on and enjoy yourself.

Learn as much as you can about writing and when you think you have learned enough, learn more. There is no such thing as enough knowledge when you are writing. Learn from your mistakes and my goodness, do not repeat them. I have made enough and learnt the hard way; I am a better writer for it.

Read, and read wide, books are the best places to learn how to get a feel for the written word; they will teach you what no teacher can. When I say read wide I don’t mean EVERYTHING, but I do mean wide. Read the classics, there is a good reason why they have lasted the test of time. Read newspapers and magazines, inspiration is always in there somewhere. Read memoirs, autobiographies, my goodness, even read leaflets and signs.

Take note of what people are talking about in their daily lives. If you drive, ditch the car and take the bus or the train, there is plenty of gossip going on in public places like these.  There is so much advice I could give, blimey I could probably write a book about it.

As for self publishing, if self publishing is really what you want to do, then please, at least take this advice, DO YOUR RESEARCH on the publishing company first, make sure they deliver everything that they say they will. Do not hand over your cash until you have read feedback from other authors that have used the same company. Make sure they are reputable and always read the agreement, especially the fine print before you sign. This may all sound like common sense, but believe me, it is better to do your research and know what you are letting yourself in for than to regret it afterwards.

It is difficult to please everyone, some may say impossible, just remember you should get what you pay for, no more and no less. Self publishing is hard, some may say it is harder to self publish than it is to publish the traditional way, there is more work involved in the promoting and marketing process, you may have to find a separate editor or if you think that you are capable, do it yourself. Be careful, unless you pay them, these self publishing companies won’t edit for you. I am not going to say that you should not self publish and I don’t want to put you off. Go where your heart takes you, but remember to use your head too.

I’d like to thank Angela L Garratt for this insightful interview. For all you fellow self-doubters, like Angela has said, you need to remember writing is not what you do it’s who you are.

To end this post, here is another inspirational quote:

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles F. Kettering

Author Bio

My name is Angela Louise Garratt. I was born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, but I spent my childhood in Oldbury and Wednesbury; all three towns are pretty close to one another so there is not much to write home about there.

As an adult I have worked in all sorts of jobs, some really nasty, like the industrial laundrette, it was that nasty I had to have a Hepatitis C vaccination as a precaution, you don’t have to know the kind of things that come into a place like that, it can’t be worse than what your imagination is telling now. I have worked in factories, offices, customer services, and sales knocking on doors, to name but a few. I know it sounds like a lot, but these were not jobs that I really wanted to do, they were there to pay the rent. I am a writer, through and through and the best thing about having many different jobs in the past is that I have lots of experience to draw from. I have lived in London, Nottingham, and Liverpool, all were very different places, and I love each city for their own reasons.

In between writing I care for my mother, she is mentally and physically ill. I also like to do work for charity, the RSPCA is a big one for me, and I give up my Saturday afternoons to help them.  Compassion plays a big part in my life. When I get the time, I love gardening. It’s peaceful and the exercise is brilliant. But the one thing I do a lot of is reading, I read everywhere, on the bus, on the train (when I go on one). I have always got a book with me, everywhere I go, I read in doctors, dentist and hospital waiting rooms, at bus stops, in bed, every moment I get to read, I read and I’ll let you into a little secret…I don’t own a T.V. I don’t need to, to catch up on the news I buy a newspaper. My mother has her TV on all the time and if I want to watch a particular documentary that my partner has told me about I watch it as his place or he’ll record it for me. My home is dedicated to my passions, writing, reading, and animals. Don’t worry I don’t scrounge viewing time, I do own a TV licence, I have to, I have a mobile phone and access to the internet.

I enjoy going to see the odd film, going to poetry readings, open mic nights and just spending time with the ones I love. Sometimes I think it is just as well that I don’t own a TV at home. I have never got the time to watch it anyway.

It is mad to say that the only book I have ever published is Innocent Spirits, but that will change, I have many ideas and routes I intend to take to get more work published.

Innocent Spirits can be found on any internet book retailers, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. It can be ordered over the counter in any book shop and you can order it by phone on 0800 644 6988. Or you could simply go straight to my publisher’s website

You can find me on Facebook, just search for Angela Garratt, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Even though, I will reply to all messages I get, it may take a little time before I get back to you. If I responded to every message I get straight away, I would never have the time to write.

Don’t you ever wish that when God made the earth, he put just a couple more hours in the day?

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Taking Submissions: Bikes in Space 3

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments


Deadline: December 1st, 2014
Payment: TBA after Kickstarter

It’s that time again! The third annual volume of Bikes in Space is in the works, this time with a monster twist.

This year’s theme is zombies and bicycling. You may take that as literally (pedal powered undead? cycling zombie hunters?) or figuratively (what has automotive technology done to our brains?) as you like. Stories on non-zombie related themes will also be considered.

Stories that are accepted will all have a feminist perspective (more about that) and incorporate bicycling in some way, whether or not they are actually about bicycles. We eagerly read all submissions but are particularly excited to receive stories that feature more diverse perspectives than have been classically found in sci fi.

The deadline for volume 3 is December 1, 2014. Story submissions should be approximately 1,200 words. If your story needs to be longer or shorter, then by all means write it to be the length it needs to be and submit it anyway. There are no formatting, document type, or style requirements, and no strict definition of what exactly counts as science fiction.

Payment will be upon publication; publication is contingent on successful Kickstarter funding, and payment amount will be determined by funding amount.

Send submissions and questions to elly at takingthelane dot com.

Via: Taking The Lane.

Ongoing Submissions: Onyx Neon Press

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments


Payment: 50% share of the net profit.
Note: This is packaging shorts individually and I’m not sure how this would fare in the marketplace

Neon Short Fiction Submission Guidelines

What we are: Onyx Neon Shorts is a branch of Onyx Neon Press, which focuses on new and original shorts of all genres.

What we’re looking for: Onyx Neon Shorts is seeking original fiction or non-fiction of any genre. Things that our editors tend to favor because of personal preference: Sci Fi, Speculative Fiction, Fantasy, Drama, Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Non-Fiction of all types, Humor, Satire, and Alternate History. This does not in any way limit your ability to send in YA fiction, Essays, epic poems, flash fiction, discourse, mystery or anything else, but we wanted to alert you to editor bias on the front end. We want the stories to be as diverse as the authors who write them, and strongly encourage submissions from writers in underrepresented populations. This includes, but is not limited in any way to writers of any gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and ability, as well as characters, themes, and images that represent these groups.

What’s the length? We favor stories under 15,000 words. We are flexible and will consider stories that are longer than 15,000 words, but stories between 5,000 and 15,000 will get preferential treatment. If you have an amazing story, submit it to us, we may find a different media for it, serialize it, or just release it in its entirety. We can do a great many things.

What we pay: We offer a 50% share of the net profit. Some places offer a flat rate, but we felt it was fairer to give you a cut of the total profit, which means you could continue to make money forever.

What rights do we get from you? Our contract states that this story that we are acquiring from you is yours, now and forever. We come from a background of both fiction and open source coding. Open source is cool. We do not require exclusivity. Your story is yours, we publish it for as long as you let us, and we stop publishing it if you find yourself somewhere where they do not let you have it in multiple places.

How to submit: Do not send an email asking where to send your story, just send it. Submissions should be emailed to (shorts)(at)( Please put “Onyx Neon Shorts -‘your name’ – ‘story title’” in the subject line to help us make sure we see it. Submissions should be in something closely resembling standard manuscript format and be sent as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or plain-text attachments. Do not copy and paste submissions into the email. We will read every submission that comes in, so say hello, but the content of your story is what is important, not the content of your message.

Should I include a brief summary of the story? Yes, that would be quite helpful.

Should I include an “about the author”? No, it is not required initially, we will get that from you if we select your story for use.

Do you accept multiple submissions? Yes, absolutely, but if you do send multiple stories please send them in separate emails with separate headings so that we make sure we don’t miss any of the submissions. We will read them in the order in which they come in, so please do not expect us to reply immediately with an emphatic “yes.”

Do you accept simultaneous submissions? We would prefer if you sent it to us and us alone. A lot of other places have exclusivity clauses, and we would hate to fall in love with your story and not be able to publish it. Obviously we are an open platform, and it is your beautiful work, so it is your choice.

Have you read my story? We reply to everything when we have finished evaluating, and we will let you know if we are going to publish it or not. We hate waiting to hear back from people as much as the next person, so we do not wish that on anyone.

Why are you so slow? We read a lot of stories, and we leave the vault sometimes. We do this because we love it and we want to be able to offer an incredible service to both readers and writers. So with that in mind, we are busy and probably reading your story as you are thinking about writing us. The maximum we will make you wait is three months. Seriously, if you have not heard from us after three months please feel free to send us an angry email with lots of grumpy emoticons and pictures of cats.

Artwork? If you have artwork that relates to your story, and you own the rights to it, or can attain the rights please feel free to send that along with it. It will not sway our opinion if you do not, but if it is good artwork it certainly makes our lives easier. Unfortunately, at this point we cannot pay for artwork, but we will cite it appropriately online and in the book itself.

In conclusion

Our ideal submission is between 5,000 and 15,000 words. Please make it resemble submission formatting (google if you have not done this before). We are not limiting the scope and length, but that is our ideal goal. If you are not in that range, please submit it anyway, just know that we are people and we have preferences. Please send it to

Thank you for reading, and we look forward to reading your beautiful, unique, and original shorts.

Via: Onyx Neion.