July 16, 2020

8 Lessons From Legendary Authors That Will Improve Your Writing

By Chikodi Adeola Olasode Are you an aspiring author who’s wondering if it’s the right path? Perhaps you’re one of those struggling with the craft, not sure if being an author is really worth all the stress. Well, here are eight quotes from eight legendary authors that could make you sit up and fasten your…

July 13, 2020

Writer’s Block: Over a Dozen Solutions to a Non-Problem

By Ken Finley I was sitting in the audience of a writer’s panel at WorldCon in San Antonio when the subject of writer’s block came up. Gail Carrigher was the first to speak, saying there was no such thing. Not one writer on that panel disagreed with her. Several chimed in to express their usual…

July 9, 2020

SourceBooks: Now Seeking Book Submissions

A large independent publisher based out of Illinois, they also have offices in Connecticut and New York. Source books was started in 1987 by Dominique Raccah. They also have several imprints, all founded within the last decade. They started out publishing business books, but then expanded to gift books, nonfiction, and in the past five…

Bright Flash Literary Review: Now Seeking Submissions

Bright Flash is a brand new online journal of flash fiction and nonfiction. They launched this year in June, and since then they’ve published eight shorts online. They accept a wide range of styles, and the best way to get a sense of their aesthetic is to read what they’ve published so far online. Bright…

5 Marketing Strategies for Your Self-Published Book Launch

By Annmarie McQueen So you’ve edited your novel to perfection and you’re ready to self-publish it on Amazon and show it off to the world. You’ve decided on a launch date, but now what? Setting up a pre-launch marketing campaign is one of the biggest things determining the success of your book launch, and yet…

July 5, 2020

24 Themed Submissions Calls for July 2020

These are 24 themed, paying submission calls for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in the 21 markets listed here. Some themes are: the year of the virus; alternate endings; tales of the sea; a multiplicity of futures; omens; with blood and ash (elemental magic); Isms; and tales of the Wendigo. There are also some themed contests…

July 2, 2020

Ig Publishing: Now Open to Manuscript Queries

Ig Publishing is a New York based small press that focuses on publishing literary fiction and progressive political nonfiction. The books they’ve published have won or been honorable mentions for many major awards, and are frequently mentioned on “best of” year end lists. While they are not open to unsolicited manuscripts they do accept unsolicited…

Untethered: Now Seeking Submissions

A respected print journal based in Toronto, Untethered publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and oddities in-between. They showcase both emerging and established authors from around the world, and they print a wide variety of thoughtfully crafted, intriguing work. You can get a sense of their aesthetic by reading excerpts from the print journal online, or by…

5 Paying Literary Markets Open in July 2020

These markets pay for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They’re accepting work in July, and don’t charge submission fee. Scare StreetThey want short horror stories with a focus on ghosts, the supernatural, paranormal, monsters, and dark tales – “We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird…

Submission to Journals as a Form of Promotion

By Cait Moore These days there are a multitude of promotional tactics that authors can use to garner attention for their books. Words like blogging, book tours and personal appearances fall from the mouths of my author friends daily. I agree. They are useful and indeed a necessary part of promotion. However, the lawyer in…