Archives For PULP!

In recent weeks I’ve covered much of what goes into creating an anthology, and now’s a good time to revisit one of those earlier blogs.

“Why?” you ask.

Well, because Twit Publishing is now accepting submissions for its sixth PULP! anthology, which will be released in early 2013.

For the website:

Important: **Deadline for Submissions is 11/30/2012**

Twit Publishing Presents: PULP! is a semi-annual anthology that is a collection of the genre fiction derived from the original pulp magazines. When people think back on pulp nowadays, they think of hard boiled detective fiction. But, it was much, much more than that. Authors like Ray Bradbury, Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft all got their start in the pulp mags. There were magazines covering westerns, horror, action/adventure, superheros, science fiction, fantasy. Not just detective. Twit Publishing welcomes short stories from ANY genre. The best part about our anthologies is that the reader gets more than just one genre, they get a smorgasbord of literary delights.

Compensation: 3% of Revenue from both ebook and print edition sales.

Submission Guidelines
All short stories must meet the minimum requirements of 4000 words, and be a maximum of 9000 words in length.
All content submitted to Twit Publishing for PULP! anthologies must be solely owned by the creator.
Additionally, all content must be original.
Stories must be submitted by the author(s), and not a 3rd party.
Please submit as a .DOC or .RTF file.
Please send a short author’s bio along with any submission.
Do not send any story pitches or ideas. **They will be deleted without being read**.
**Submissions from authors in the United States only**

Email submissions to: submissions@twitpublishing.com

Subject line of email should read as the author’s name and title of submitted story.

So, spread it around folks. If you know a writer, have them send something. If they’ve never submitted anything before, have them read the blog post at the top.

Well, folks, taking a break from talking about Dieselpunk today to put a simple blurb about our newest PULP! anthology going Select on Amazon Kindle devices. Continue Reading…

Cover Design

August 21, 2012 — 1 Comment

You’ve gotten through your short story acquisition, your editing, and your first proof is done-ish.

Now we get down to cover. Continue Reading…

Dieselpunk!

August 10, 2012 — 1 Comment

I’ve been a little remiss on posting to this blog, but I assure you that, I, Craig Gabrysch, am going to remedy that fact.

Seriously. Continue Reading…

PULP!

February 5, 2012 — 3 Comments

PULP! Winter/Spring 12 will be out in just a few days.

This will be, believe it or not, our FOURTH anthology/publication. It’s 12 stories, just like the first two. I’ll be posting short little synopses of each story in the near future, along with links to our newest title.

Meanwhile, I’m also revamping our first three ebook releases of PULP!. There are a few things I’ve noticed as far as user-interface that I’m integrating, like more links for navigation for the reader, and links outside the book directly to our authors.

I mean, if you’re using a web-enabled device, why would you want a blurb about an author when you can just get their website?

Chris and I have to  keep holding back the urge to do pre-marketing on these things, even though we know it doesn’t work the same way anymore. I mean, even three years ago, you could do a “coming soon!” kind of thing, and expect people to  come back and look. But now, well, you deal with Twitter and Facebook competing for other people’s times.

For me, announce it after it’s done and see where it goes. The models of how people think, interact with the world, and buy are all changing so quickly. If you want to figure it out, you need to pick and direction and run without fear or apprehension.

If you stumble, you stumble.

Boo-effing-hoo.

Speaking of social networking, I’ve deleted my personal FB account. Our company page is still there, of  course. I think that entrepreneurs are going to be identified increasingly in the future with their companies and their projects. There just won’t be that segmentation anymore. It’s like an author and their works. No one associates an author with their publishing company, they associate it with their stories.

And then, increasingly, I just don’t have the time. When I’m on my computer and working, I need to be working, not playing on some time suck.

Experiment #2

January 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

Twit Publishing is going to go against the grain on this one:

We’re going to do the unthinkable.

We’re going to . . . make our ebooks only available through the Amazon Kindle for the 90 days Select period. Mainly just to see how it goes.

Why, you may ask?

I’m glad you asked, I may say.

1. It’s a huge market. With the number of kindles out there, you get a lot of eyes. We’ve always been there, but Prime gives you a little more leverage for making your own freebies. Now, whether or not there is going to be just an expanded class of people that ONLY download books for free… well, people are like that, aren’t they? There’s always going to be the groupon-style addicts who, rather than supporting something with their money, struggle to find the next free item.

2. Quite frankly, I had issues with BN.com and how they cataloged our three PULP! books. I mentioned them on the facebook page, about how they essentially group them as different editions of each other, rather than as three distinct books. So, I am considering going to them after the 90 days are up. In fact, I likely will.

3. I’m retooling our PULP! books, and rather than submit them multiple places, I’m going to do a test case on Amazon. Inputting more links and metadata information to the books, like links to the author websites, blogs and twitter accounts.

4. It’s only 90 days. I look at it like any distribution agreement you’d have to enter into with a brick and mortar wholesaler. Importantly, though, we still are able to sell our print books through any retailer, online or off.

Overall, I want a readership to connect more fully with our authors, so the authors can become more recognizable in the long term. It’s mutually beneficial for all parties involved. They’re able to build more of a readership that they can take and hold onto. Quite frankly, it’s up to them on whether or not they want to keep the readers with us, or move on. It’s their decision, and the readers are part of their payment. If Twit Publishing can accomplish this goal by leveraging more free giveaways, then we will.

I love/hate this time of year!

First of all, Twit’s offices (our little, old apartment) gets colder than a polar bear’s tits starting right around now. Last year we had the gas heater running full blast with a space heater blowing full on in the living room, and still only managed to get the temp to 55 degrees. Luckily, last winter was unseasonably cold, so we’re not likely to have a repeat.

Second of all, this is the time for re-examining the year that’s just passed. You go and poke through its remains with a stick, turning over both the good and icky parts, and try to see what was worth learning. It’s like a messy, primal vivisection of your previous mistakes and accomplishments. Or, at least the way you remember them.

(as a side note, isn’t it kind of interesting that people have stopped writing journals, instead turning to blogs? But blogs aren’t like diaries. You can’t put your real deep down, dark desires or true feelings about your boss, your family, job, love life on a blog. Because, well, this shit’s public. I mean, I can’t go back and look at Twit’s blogs and examine my year. These are all focused on the company, not on me personally. And, on top of that, I still can’t examine what’s really going on in the company. We keep stuff under wraps, the same way anyone else does. Am I right, or amiright?)

And, finally, this is the time for resolutions.

What a crappy word, right? Resolutions. Doesn’t even feel right in the mouth. Say it out loud with me. Resolutions.

But, like I said, this is the time for them. So here’s mine:

1. Release three more kick-ass anthologies. Two PULPS! And one Dieselpunk.

2. Release our first novel and a couple novellas.

3. Release a bunch of free short stories.

4. Grow the fan base.

5. Blog more.

6. Guest blog somewhere. Wouldn’t it be nice to check your regular blog and see a post from yours truly?

7. Tweet more, even though I hate it.

8. Sleep less. Seriously, I like naps. A lot. I need to stop napping so much and, I dunno, sleep at night instead.

9. Finish my own novella. A couple, actually.

10. Start a diary. A real one, where I catalog day-to-day activities: “Wrote for an hour, argued with Chris about word choice in my short story for five hours, ate some green beans while crying softly for fifteen minutes. Napped.”

So, that’s it for me. Just a measly ten.

How about you guys? Do you have any? Or are you content to live your life exactly the way you have in the past?

Cause, if so, that’s lame. Real lame.

P.S. Did I mention all our stories are 99 cents now through most popular ereaders? I’ll post the links as soon as all the price changes have kicked in (in the meantime, here’s the kindle!)