Thursday, 9 October 2014

2 Freebies and 2 Writing Markets

Today I have 2 writing markets for you plus 2 free offers.

So lets's dive straight in.

Flash Fiction Contest

The WCCL Network have decided to hold another Prize Flash Fiction Contest on the forum

To enter, submit a story of EXACTLY 100 words, including three specified words (jade, conduit, effervescent). A maximum of two stories may be submitted per author.

But you have to be quick. The closing date for entry is Friday 10 October at 10 am EDT / 3 pm BST.

The contest is free to enter, and the first-prize winner will receive a copy of the CD-based course Write Any Book in Under 28 Days.

The second prize will be a copy of the downloadable course Blogging for Writers

The third prize will be a copy of Essential English for Authors.

All shortlisted authors will receive a $10 discount voucher as well, that can used against the price of any WCCL course or product.

For the full rules, including how to enter, please visit this forum topic.

Note: This contest is for members of MyWritersCircle only, but it is very easy, and free, to join (if you haven't already).

Dark Fiction Novel Writing Opportunity

Crystal Lake Publishing are opening a submission window for the first time ever and are looking for a short pitch and a synopsis.

Submissions will be accepted from November 15 2014 to December 15 2014.

Below I have copied and pasted their submission guidelines of exactly what they are looking for.

We’re looking for DARK FICTION, be it horror, suspense thrillers, fantasy, action adventure, sci-fi (no space operas, please), supernatural, or noir. We’re interested in reading your novels, novellas, short story collections, non-fiction books linked to dark fiction topics, and poetry collections. All books should be above 60,000 words, preferably below 110,000.

That’s a pretty wide spectrum, so here are some of the authors and books we enjoy (that does not however mean that we want you to rewrite their work or copy them. Be original. Be yourself):

Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, Elizabeth Massie, Joe Hill, Ramsey Campbell, Jonathan Maberry, Richard Laymon, Robert McCammon, Adam Nevill, Ray Bradbury, J.R.R. Tolkien, Bram Stoker, F. Paul Wilson, Charles L. Grant, Mary Shelley, John Connolly, Peter Straub, Shirley Jackson, Ambrose Bierce, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Algernon Blackwood, Dean Koontz, M.R. James, Joe R. Lansdale, Jules Verne, Cormac McCarthy, William Peter Blatty, Thomas Harris, Alexandre Dumas and Roald Dahl.

We are not looking for reprints of previously published or self-published books, although up to 50% of your collections can be reprinted stories or poems. Novellas that form part of a collection my be reprints, as long as the majority of the collection are original stories. Please make sure the rights to all reprints have returned to you.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please withdraw your story immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

Your book does not have to be finished at the time of your pitch, as long as it’s at least 70% complete and you can provide the opening chapter plus any other two chapters when asked.

Everyone wants to know about remuneration, and the good news is that  - somewhat unusually for a small independent publishing house - Crystal Lake are paying an advance ($200-$400) and royalties (25 to 40 percent). Here are the exact terms from the website...

You will be entitled to lifetime royalties on sales, or until a mutual agreement to withdraw the book is reached.

Advance: $400 against royalties
$200 for anything other than a novel

Royalties: 40% of net profits on all online sales (Amazon etc.)
25% of net profits on all bookstore sales

Your book will be available to bookstores for a period of two years, after which it will be available via online retailers indefinitely.

Novels will also receive a $400 marketing budget you can spend as you please, as well as a lot of online publicity from us. Anything else receives a $200 marketing budget and the same treatment from us.

You will also receive 5 contributor’s copies before the book is launched.

See the complete submission instructions on their website at Crystal lake Publishing.

Free Meditation MP3 Downloads

Inspire3 are the creators of the Brain Evolution System and Brain Salon products, both of which I use myself and always recommend.

So I wanted to let you know about a new giveaway they're running this month.

They've just launched their latest catalogue of audio downloads called Subliminal Guru, from which they are selling subliminal MP3 albums.

These albums are different to usual subliminal audios because you can listen to them while you get on with your day, so you don't have to stop what you're doing to use them. As you work, the audio affirmations filter through to your subconscious.

As a way of introducing these new products, they're giving away two of their top-selling subliminal albums, of your choice, along with a voucher for10% discount on any purchases you make in future.

The albums you can choose from include "Master the Law of Attraction", "Think Yourself Rich", "Lose Weight Fast" and "Rocket Your Self-Confidence."

Each Subliminal Guru album comes with 2 hours and 20 minutes of audio which is almost five hours of inspiration. Free!

Choose your two free subliminal MP3 albums here.

Free Audio Interview With Tony Robbins on The Magic of Thinking Big

If you want to 10x or 100x your results and impact, this interview with Tony Robbins and Peter Diamandis is a must listen.

Where else can you find two people who regularly advise everyone from Serena Williams to Bill Clinton, from NASA to the world’s fastest growing companies?

Listen to it online, listen to it on iTunes or download it to your computer.

Interview length is approx. 1 hr 8 min.

Brought to you by Tim Ferris, author of The 4 Hour Work Week.

Listen to the interview here.