Getting Published

Author Hank Quense announces a Kickstarter Campaign for his new novel

My friend, Hank Quense is an author who has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publish his next novel, Moxie’s Decision. Why? Hank says he has two reasons: because the world needs more parody stories and books are expensive to publish.

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The Kickstarter Campaign will run from May 1 to May 31. Here is the link to the web page: http://kck.st/1GMJESP. You can support the Kickstarter Campaign by making a contribution or by spreading the word about Campaign and sharing the Kickstarter link.

The campaign offers a variety of rewards for contributors. There are ebooks, print books, ebook packages, print book packages. There is also a unique series of rewards involve one-on-one lectures covering fiction writing self-publishing and book marketing topics. All these lectures can be provided via Skype video calls or other means. Another reward offers short story critiques.

You can learn more about Hank and his works on his website: http://hank-quense.com/wp/

All the best,

Iulian

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Uncanny Magazine – New SciFi and Fantasy Publication

Uncanny Issue #1Uncanny Magazine is a new market for short fiction. As their website states: “Uncanny is an online Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine featuring passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, provocative nonfiction, and a deep investment in the diverse SF/F culture. Each issue contains intricate, experimental stories and poems with verve and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs from writers from every conceivable background. Uncanny believes there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel.”

I personally love the look-and-feel of the website and I am mostly excited to see Hugo Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas and Hugo Award-nominee Michael Damian Thomas at the helm of this new venture.

Three-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where she is responsible for popular culture special collections that include the literary papers of nearly 70 SF/F authors. She was the Editor-in-Chief (2011-2013) of the Hugo Award-nominated (2012 & 2013) Apex Magazine, an online professional prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three.

The first issue looks very promising and starts very strong, featuring new fiction by Maria Dahvana Headley, Kat Howard, Max Gladstone, Amelia Beamer, Ken Liu, and Christopher Barzak, classic fiction by Jay Lake, essays by Sarah Kuhn, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Christopher J Garcia, plus a Worldcon Roundtable featuring Emma England, Michael Lee, Helen Montgomery, Steven H Silver, and Pablo Vazquez, poetry by Neil Gaiman, Amal El-Mohtar, and Sonya Taaffe, interviews with Maria Dahvana Headley, Deborah Stanish, Beth Meacham on Jay Lake, and Christopher Barzak.

The first issue features cover-art by Galen Dara.

I highly recommend you check it out!

Website: http://uncannymagazine.com/

First Issue: http://uncannymagazine.com/issues/uncanny-magazine-issue-one/

Enjoy!

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Fantasy Scroll Magazine Issue #3 Available

Issue #3 is finally out! We’ve got 13 stories, 3 interviews, one artist spotlight, a book review, and a movie review. See the table of contents below. Please share:

Fantasy Scroll Magazine Issue #2 – science fiction and fantasy short stories

If you enjoy this issue, please consider buying it. It’s only $2.99. There are subscriptions available as well.

Thank you!

About Fantasy Scroll Magazine: Fantasy Scroll Magazine is an online, quarterly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short-fiction. The magazine’s mission is to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. With a mixture of short stories, flash fiction, and micro-fiction, Fantasy Scroll Magazine aims to appeal to a wide audience.

Iulian

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Fantasy Scroll Magazine Issue #2

Issue #2 is out and it’s a great one! We’ve got 14 stories, 3 interviews, one artist spotlight, a book review, and a movie review. See the table of contents below. Please share:

Fantasy Scroll Magazine Issue #2

If you enjoy this issue, please consider buying it. It’s only $2.99. There are subscriptions available as well.

Thank you!

About Fantasy Scroll Magazine: Fantasy Scroll Magazine is an online, quarterly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short-fiction. The magazine’s mission is to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. With a mixture of short stories, flash fiction, and micro-fiction, Fantasy Scroll Magazine aims to appeal to a wide audience.

Iulian

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ROUNDTABLE: New Short Fiction Markets

I have recently participated in a roundtable on new short fiction markets organized by “Nerds of a feather, flock together.”

Besides myself, speaking on behalf of Fantasy Scroll Magazine, the roundtable pariticipants included: R. Leigh Henning of Bastion Magazine, and Ana Grilo and Thea James of Book Smugglers Publishing.

We discussed various issues faced by new short fiction markets and how our magazines are trying to deal with those issues in this very active and fast-changing publishing world.

To read the entire discussion please follow: Roundtable: New Short Fiction Markets.

I’d love to hear your comments about this discussion.

Post image credit: Only in my dream, by sunjaya.

Thank you,

Iulian

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Fantasy Scroll Magazine Issue #1 is out

Everyone, enjoy our very first issue, featuring stories from Ken Liu, KJ Kabza, Seth Chambers, Alex Shvartsman, Hank Quense, and many more!


All the best,

Iulian

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Fantasy Scroll Magazine Kickstarter – Fantasy & Science Fiction Short Stories

With Issue #1 less then a month away, Fantasy Scroll Magazine is embarking on a new adventure: Our Kickstarter Campaign! Read below or jump to our Kickstarter Kit to help us promote the campaign right away!

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Why?

Running a magazine doesn’t come without costs. Crowdsourcing has been successful for many ventures in recent years, and it’s a symbol of the modern world, where people have access to platforms and tools that allow them to come together as a group and support the projects that they love. We are committed to this magazine, but with your help we can get there much faster. And the faster we get there, the quicker you can enjoy more stories, more art, and more interviews. You can make a difference!

When?

Our Kickstarter Campaign started on March 23, 2014 and will end on April 23, 2014. We have 30 days to achieve our campaign stretch goals, and you have 30 days to stand with us!

How?

There are many ways you can help:

  • Donate – This is an obvious one, but also the biggest one. Your kind donations will be used to fund the magazine’s start-up. We have prepared a long list of cool rewards for all our backers so make sure to check the campaign site.
  • Share – Any funding campaign is a numbers’ game – the more people get involved the higher the chances of success. Please share this page or scroll down to use our easy Kickstarter Kit that gives you all you need, at the tips of your copy-paste! May it be a blog, Facebook, or Twitter post – they all help!
  • Participate – A Kickstarter campaign becomes a place of networking, even if for a very short time. People who have similar interests flock there and help the projects that match their passions. So, don’t be shy! Post a comment, ask us your questions, and we will respond!

Where?

Our Kickstarter campaign page is here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iulianionescu/fantasy-scroll-magazine-fantasy-sci-fi-and-horror

(read below to see more links and ways to share)

Make sure you stop by and watch our video where Iulian Ionescu, our Editor-in-Chief, discusses the campaign in more detail. Also, see the name of the writers we have already accepted, and read about our cool rewards.

What’s Next?

Help us promote this campaign with this Kickstarter Kit. It has everything you need to simply copy-paste into your own social networks:

Kickstarter Kit

Kickstarter link:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iulianionescu/fantasy-scroll-magazine-fantasy-sci-fi-and-horror

Kickstarter short link:
http://kck.st/1pp8ZVh

Kickstarter Long Promo Text (for Facebook, blog, Google+):
New Short Fiction Market Kickstarter Launch – Fantasy Scroll Magazine publishes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short stories, with one mission in mind: to provide high quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. Currently, the magazine is running a Kickstarter campaign designed to help with the initial start-up, its main goal being to pay writers what they deserve. To contribute, spread the word, or learn more about the campaign, please visit: http://kck.st/1pp8ZVh.

Kickstarter Short Promo Text (for Twitter, Identi.ca):
Fantasy & Science Fiction Short Fiction Market Kickstarter – Please Help and Share: http://kck.st/1pp8ZVh

Kickstarter Image to use (650 x 366, size 100kb):
http://fantasyscrollmag.com/wp-content/uploads/fsm-kickstarter.jpg

Non-Kickstarter Image to use (714 x 402, size 200kb):
http://fantasyscrollmag.com/wp-content/uploads/fsm-cover-11.jpg

Facebook Post to Like/Share:
https://www.facebook.com/FantasyScroll
(look for the most recent post, pinned-to-top)

Tweet to re-tweet & favorite:
https://twitter.com/FantasyScroll/status/447785182976692224

Google+ Post to +1 & Share:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/112513178431030711268/+Fantasyscroll/posts/TkXTH3W64Ga

Share this post:
Last, but not least, feel free to share this post on your social networks. Alternatively we have a similar post here: http://www.iulianionescu.com/blog/kickstarter-campaign-for-fantasy-scroll-magazine/

Thank you very much for your help!

Iulian

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Fantasy Scroll Magazine Pre-Kickstarter Promotion

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As you all know, Fantasy Scroll is now a short story market for speculative fiction. You can read more on the magazine site http://www.fantasyscrollmag.com.

For the first few issues we have already prepared a great table of contents including authors such as Ken Liu, KJ Kabza, Mike Resnick, and a lot more.

To fund the magazine’s start-up we are going to launch a Kickstarter campaign during the week of March 17th. We wanted to spread the word a little bit ahead of time, and let people know where we are and where we stand.

This is the gist of it: Subscribe to be notified when our next issue is released and receive our first 2 issues as a PDF file and be entered into a drawing to win a $100 AMEX Gift Card.

To read more and enter the drawing go here: Subscribe to Fantasy Scroll Magazine.

Thank you!

Iulian Ionescu
Editor-in-Chief

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Self-publishing Guides Review Blitz

self publishingAward-winning author Hank Quense is hosting a review blitz for his self-publishing guides. To participate, please read Hank’s message below and follow the instructions:

 

“I’ve written a series of four books to demystify the self-publishing and book marketing processes. I’ve spent a year on these Self-publishing Guides and now it’s time to get some book reviews for all four books. I have a plan to encourage folks to write and post positive reviews for my books. I’m calling it a Review Blitz and it will involve giveaways. I’ll be giving away American Express Gift

Cards to be awarded via a random drawing.

Here’s the deal.

Step 1) Select one of these books to read and review:

  • Self-publishing a Book
  • Marketing Plans for Self-publishing Authors
  • Manage Your Self-publishing Project
  • Business Basics for Authors

You can find out more about these books on my Amazon page or on my Strange Worlds Online website. You can also download a brochure.

Step 2) Send me an email at hankquense@icloud.com telling me which book you chose and I’ll send a 100% discount coupon to download the book from Smashwords in the format you wish. (Note: this is a different email address than my usual email address)

Step 3) post your review during the week of 3/1 thru 3/7/14

Step 4) For extra credit (and rewards), write a blog and post it during the week of 3/1 thru 3/7/14.

Step 5) Send me an email at hankquense@icloud.com when the review is posted. If you wrote a blog post, send me a link to the site in addition to the review posting.

Here’s how the drawing will work.
If you write a review and post it on Amazon, you’ll get entered into a contest for a $50 gift card.
If you post the review on Amazon AND Goodreads, you’ll have two entires in the $50 gift card drawing.
If you post a review on Amazon AND write a blog post about the book, you’ll get an entry into a drawing for a $100 gift card.
If you post a review on Amazon AND Goodreads AND write a blog post, you’ll get two entires in the $100 drawing.

CAUTION: posting stuff outside the week of 3/1 thru 3/7/14 will be appreciated but will not qualify you for the drawings.”

Good luck, everyone!

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Fantasy Scroll Is Now A Short Story Market

Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror MagazineIt has finally happened! A long dream has come true: Fantasy Scroll is now a short story market!

I’ve been thinking about this for ages and finally, on the last stretch of 2013, I managed to pull all my resources together and create a new online magazine. Here are the highlights:

Magazine Homepage: http://fantasyscrollmag.com/

Submission Guidelines: http://fantasyscrollmag.com/submissions/

Submission Form: http://fantasyscrollmag.com/submit-story/

What is accepted:

Fantasy Scroll Mag is seeking original science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories, regardless of sub-genre.

Lengths accepted:

Microfiction: < 500 words Flash Fiction: 500 – 1500 words
Short Stories: 1500 – 5000 words

Please help us create a buzz by posting about this new market on your blogs, social networks, writers’ groups, and so on. Thank you!

Iulian

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