The “Live and Let Undead” anthology from Library of the Living Dead Press, an imprint of Twisted Library Press, is now available for purchase.
Just follow this link to buy several copies and support small presses!
Here’s the book cover too!
Real People, Real Phobias
Hidden Thoughts Press is looking for true stories of phobias and how you’ve learned to live with them, overcome them, or even if you are still learning how to deal with those irrational fears everyone tells you is all in your head. The phobia can be yours, or someone you have a relationship with — parent, sibling, spouse, etc.
Give us real, give us raw, and hold nothing back. Hidden Thoughts Press wants those stories from the heart, telling us the ups and downs, the funny and the scary parts of having a phobia.
How do phobias affect your life? How do you get through them when the source of your fear makes itself known? How has having a phobia affected your relationship with others? What helps you make in through the stress a phobia can cause? Who has offered a shoulder to lean on?
Inspiration and hope are key to these stories. We want people to read yours and realize they’re not alone in the world of irrational fear. We want stories to help lift the feelings of isolation and depression that having a phobia can cause.
We also want to know how you stay ahead of your phobia? How to you control it, instead of letting it control you?
We know writing about your fears is a difficult task. Nothing is more scary than facing what you are afraid of, even in the written word. But we encourage you to share your stories, and hope that by doing so, your knowledge and experiences will help readers realize other people have felt the way they do and overcame it, and by extension, provide a cathartic experience for the sufferer as well.
Stories need to be sent by electronic submissions only. Your stories should be attached, not pasted into the body of your email, in RTF or DOC format. Do not send them in DOCX, ODT or WPD format. Please provide a brief cover letter with all your contact info, title, and word count and publication history, if any. Don’t worry if you haven’t been published. Hidden Thoughts Press still wants to hear from you.
All stories should have the author’s name, address, email and phone number in the top left corner and approximate word count in the top right corner. The story title should appear centered over the work about a third of the way down the page. Please do not use page numbers, headers or footers in your work. If a word or phrase needs emphasis, please use italics instead of underlining or captitalization.
Stories should be 1,500 to 6000 words, in Times New Roman or Courier/Courier New 12pt font, double spaced and left justified. Leave the right margin ragged. Please use 1”margins on all sides. Use 1 tab indent for paragraphs. If you aren’t sure how to format a manuscript, please visit:
You may submit up to two (2) stories for consideration
No simultaneous submissions
The anthology is open until filled.
You will receive a confirmation email to let you know your submission has been received.
Payment for stories included in this anthology is one contributor’s copy and ½ cent per word
Please send your story to:
Put your story title, last name and approximate word count in your email subject line
Please email questions or concerns to the email address above.
As you all should know by now, I am the Executive Editor at Hidden Thoughts Press. We are looking for non-fiction submissions for book designed to help the mental health community. We have a few submission calls happening now, edited by the very capable Rebecca Besser and Lauren Panobianco. And I’ve put out a call myself, on phobias.
A lot actually. I know I said I was going to become more regular with my posts. And I will. But the last month has been crazy!
I’ve been putting the finishing edits on the Mental Wellness Collection for Hidden Thoughts Press, reading a new non-fiction book submission for Hidden Thoughts Press, writing contracts, reading submissions for Real People, Real Phobias, another collection for Hidden Thoughts Press, and keeping “Live and Let Undead” alive through the mass of canceled projects at Twisted Library Press. On top of that, I’ve been trying to get my own writing projects finished, and trying to find homes for three stories that fell victim to the canceled projects at Twisted Library Press.
Now, the good news. The Mental Wellness Collection is nearly finished, I’ve decided to accept the non-fiction book submission, “Live and Let Undead” is alive, with a potential release date of December 2011, just in time for the holidays, one of my released stories has potentially been re-optioned, and another has been resubmitted. The third is still homeless, but needs a little more work anyway, so it’s all good.
And Anthocon is coming up! Yay! I’m so excited about it. I’m on two panels and get to do what I do best — express my opinion! If any of you are going to be there, drop by and say, “Hi.” I’m looking forward to meeting new people and new authors. We are going to have so much fun there, what with panels, and book signings, and parties! Check it out at www.anthocon.com
The Wickeds anthology has been compiled, edited and set off for formatting. The proceeds for that one are all being donated to LitWorld.org, a fantastic non-profit agency dedicated to improving literacy through-out the world. We are hoping for a Spring 2012 release date for that one.
My writer’s group, the Colorado Springs Fiction Writer’s Group, is humming along with their goal of non-profit status. We have it from the state, now we’re just waiting on the Feds. But isn’t that always the case?
Well, that’s about it from me, kiddies. Back to editing for me, and back to your regularly scheduled web surfing for you!
A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by fellow horror author Jennifer Caress. Here’s the link to that interview. I hope you all enjoy!
Well, the Live and Let Undead anthology has finally gone to formatting and will soon be headed for print. I know 18 authors who are happy to hear that news. It’s been a lot fun though, and this is going to be a terrific anthology. Pete Giglio has created a terrific trailer for it. You can view it at the link below.
I’ll post more updates as I have them.
Finishing off the Wickeds anthology for Horror Addicts and the Mental Wellness collection for Hidden Thoughts Press are next on my list.
I know I’m not the most reliable blogger, but I’m working on it. Life keeps interferring. Anyway, just a quick post to let you know the Wicked Women Writers Challenge for 2011 is on! Follow the link to listen to 10 amazing stories by 10 Wicked Women, then vote for your favorite. The woman with the most votes will be crowned Most Wicked 2011 and one lucky voter will win a prize box from the ladies. Prizes could be anything from a nice thank you letter to signed copies of books.
Okay, yeah, I know. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. Life keeps interferring with what I need to get done.
I now have a pretty good grasp on the new novel. Still no title yet, but the characters come out to play more easily.
I have a few pages of notes for the new novella. No title there yet either, but the characters desperately want to come out and play.
Sapphires & Toadstones has been recorded and is in the final editing stages for the upcoming Wicked Women Writers contest from Horror Addicts. That should be sent in soon, provided the Technology Gods quit screwing with me. I swear, I am their center of attention right now. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least for this post to either A) not show up or B) show up with words I did not write.
A new short story called Down That Road . . . is coming together, and a few previously written short stories have finally agreed to let themselves be edited. Much easier to do when the characters cooperate.
Stories contained in the Live and Let Undead anthology from Library of the Living Dead Press are coming along in their second round of edits, and stories for The Wickeds anthology from Horror Addicts are coming along in their first round of edits. Those should be sent back to the respective authors in the next few weeks.
And Mr. Stabby may have a new playmate. For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Stabby, he is an old knife I rescued from Goodwill after unkind people rudely disposed of him. He has a carbon steel blade and a heavy hickory wood handle. In his previous life, Mr. Stabby was used for breaking down meat carcasses. And when I say carcasses, I mean like half a cow. Now, he is much happier in his new role as my enforcer. Anyway, Mr. Stabby has been anxious to meet the Evil Little Jester, a friend of fellow author Charles Day. We will see how that goes.
And finally, I have a spot on Steve Lockely’s blog scheduled for July 23rd as a guest blogger. What possessed him to open it up to me and several fellow writers and editors , I don’t know. But, I’m taking advantage of it. Look for the link as we get closer to the day.
The zombie-pocolypse is coming, and even the government is preparing for it. The CDC put this post out and, while the post is really about emergency preparedness, it does touch on the zombie-pocolypse. Good advice can be found in this article. I, however, would make sure to add a chainsaw, aluminum baseball bat, machete and a few other assorted weaspons to my arsenal. After all, when the zombies arrive, I don’t want to be caught defenseless. Who knew that the Left for Dead games were actually instructional videos?