Tuesday, April 23, 2019

One Person's Opinion

Back in 2015 I first posted an anthology call for the non-paying market Zimbell House Publishing.   I posted about these anthology calls because they published both mystery and Western anthologies.

Now they were publishing about eight anthologies a year.  Authors are given one copy and Zimbell House pats themselves on the back for providing an opportunity for writers to "build their platforms".

For newbies this might a good deal and chance to dip their toes into the publishing business.  But here's my problem.  Last year Zimbell House started an erotica line call Temptation Press.  Same deal, one copy, no  pay.  This year they've started a children's line called Chipper Press.  Now we're talking about ten to fifteen anthologies a year, maybe more, and still no payment for writers.  After four years they should be able to at least pay authors a token payment or a royalty split, right?  If they're not making money they should be closing up shop not expanding their business.

And the final insult is that they're now accepting novel submissions.  If they decide to publish your novel they will "enter into partnership with the author".  You need to figure from the way this is worded that they will expect the writer to help pay expenses for a percentage of the profits.  You might as well self-publish.  It might be a better deal, especially if it's an erotica novel.

This is all just my opinion from watching the market, but it's been nagging at me for a while and I thought I'd share.  Your opinion could vary and that's okay.  I just wanted to put this out there so you can make your own decision about this market.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Zombie Pirate Publishing - Crime Anthology Call

Australian based Zombie Pirate Publishing has posted an anthology call for "Grievous Bodily Harm:  A Hardboiled Anthology".  They're looking for detective, classic crime noir, mysteries, and mafia tales of 1500 to 7000 words.  The deadline is July 1, 2019.  According to the goals set on their Patreon page they are currently at $10 per story.  You can find the details here.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Switchblade Magazine - New Issue

Switchblade #9 is now available for your Kindle.  You can check it out here.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Angie's Desk - Anthology Calls

Angie has posted her April listing of paying anthology markets.  Thanks, Angie!

A Murder of Storytellers - Anthology Call

A Murder of Storytellers has opened submissions for their newest anthology "When the Sirens Faded".  They're looking for horror stories under 6000 words that "dive into the lives of the people who lived through the horror movie".  The deadline is July 13, 2019 and payment is $15.  You can find the details here.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Yellow Mama - New Issue

The April issue of Yellow Mama is now live.  You can read it for free here.