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On the 22nd Day of Writing: Havok Flash Fiction

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December 22nd 

Hi dear friends, there are only two more days left of this blog series. Thanks for joining me ❤ 

Today’s submission opportunity is for Havok. They are an ezine, and seek flash fiction. Keep reading to learn more 🙂 

Havok Publishing

Havok looks for memorable, and well-edited fiction between 300-1,000 words. It can be across a variety of genres. Science fiction, comedy, thriller, and fantasy. They want stories that take people away from daily troubles, bringing them into a new world. 

Recycle – February 2019 

Submissions are open now for this opportunity. This is an interesting prompt and they explain it well on their website. 

They aren’t looking at recycling in the way we usually think of it. Think outside the box. They gave a few examples on their website. Why is Jack the Ripper collecting organs, how do the fae turn baby’s laughter into magic? Whose stealing your newspaper and swapping it with paper mache swans?

Strange, eh? It’s going to be a fun opportunity. March’s theme is: Relocate. Both February and March are open for submissions.

Read about the submission guidelines here. 

Good Luck

Happy writing, friends! Tomorrow, I’m off to Nova Scotia to visit my family for Christmas. Can’t wait. 

Until next time,

Loie xo

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On the 15th & 16th Day of Writing: Steam and Lace Anthology & FORESHADOW Young Adult Anthology

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December 16th

Hi friends! We’re getting down to a few days left of this blog series. Not to worry 🙂 I have something fun planned for January that hopefully will give us all a boost 😉

I’m going to share a bit about Spring Song Press and FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology, and following that, details on the submission.

Spring Song Press

Today, I found two anthologies (to make up for yesterday). One is a noblebright submission opportunity with Spring Song Press. C.J. Brightley, an indie author, is the editor for Spring Song Press. She seeks noblebright fantasy pieces. Let’s look at what this genre is. 

Noblebright Fantasy

C.J. quoted C.S. Lewis on her website: Since it is so likely that they will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.

This genre has at least one character with idealistic and noble motives, who attempts to do the right thing out of principle. The character is still flawed and broken, yet their actions are defined by sacrifice, love, kindness, honesty, and integrity.

The character’s good qualities aren’t shown as naivety or cluelessness but shown to be worthwhile. Noblebright characters might choose generosity when it hurts, or choose to be kind even when tempted to be unkind.

In a noblebright story, villains have hope, and their story might even have a redemptive ending. It’s not a guarantee, but a possibility. Read more about it here.

More below on the opportunity.

FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology 

The other opportunity is with FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. This is a unique online venue for young adult short stories. They are committed to showcasing underrepresented voices, highlighting the power and beauty of YA, and boosting emerging voices!

Emily X.R. Pan is one of the Editors-in-chief. She is the author of The Astonishing Color of After. Nova Ren Suma is the other Editor-in-chief, and recently released, A Room Away from the Wolves, this past September.

Spring Song Press: Steam and Lace Anthology

This is a Steampunk call. The stories can be 1,000 to 10,000 words long. The anthology will be published in both paperback and ebook formats.

They prefer previously unpublished submissions. Multiple submissions are encouraged but they’d rather they weren’t simultaneous to other presses.

They hope to respond to everyone within one month of the closing date. If you don’t hear from them, it’s okay to query them, if it’s been longer than two months. The submission period opened on October 1, 2018, and ends January 1, 2019.

The story should address the “Steam and Lace” steampunk theme. They’re seeking steampunk settings with heroic and clever characters. Magic and steam-powered technology combine in a setting, offering danger and possibility.

They are open to settings other than the more common Victorian-inspired European setting. They also are open to stories set in real or fantastical places 🙂

Find out more details here.

FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology: YA Short Story

This is a serial anthology published monthly. Each issue features three stories, and one of them is a new voice.

The next deadline to submit by is February 1, 2019

They’re looking for original YA short stories. Check out their FAQ to learn what they mean by YA or young adult.

The word length for stories should be 2,000 and 7,000 words.

New Voices Guidelines

Every issue of FORESHADOW will feature a short story from a “new voice”. This is a writer who is very early in their career. Their story will be selected and introduced by an established and loved author.

Include “NEW VOICE” next to your name in the subject line of the email and mention it in your cover note.

Foreshadowing a Clue

Each story in this anthology will be introduced by a single-word title. This will suggest what to expect 🙂 Foreshadowing in storytelling is dropping hints and clues throughout the story.

To find that title, that one word, ask yourself how would you distill your story down into one word? This word will act as a clue. Some examples are Magic, Heartbreak, Canary, Starstruck, or Heartbreak.

When you submit your story, include your one-word clue.

They do accept simultaneous submissions.

Find out more details about how to submit here.

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On the 12th Day of Writing: Coming Home to Yourself

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December 12th

Hi friends!

For those of you interested in writing blogs, there is a submission opportunity with The Relationship Blogger. They are seeking blog posts about self-acceptance.

Coming Home to Yourself

Did you struggle against conformity, perfection standards from parents, or cultural conditioning? Did you ask the question am I good enough as I am?

Share your heart about being your true self and what it took to find that. Self-acceptance is so difficult.

It’s a journey.

Dive into your experiences with self-discovery and self-acceptance. What have you struggled with about yourself and what have you accepted? What was the turning point for you?

The Relationship Blogger seeks poems, essays, or fiction. January submissions are due by December 15th. Send your final piece to: submissions@therelationshipblogger.com

Check out their master submissions page for formatting details.

This is a different call of submissions but might be insightful and interesting to pen.

Big hug ❤

Loie

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On the 11th Day of Writing: Once Upon a Future Time, Vol 2.

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December 11th

This looks like such an amazing submission opportunity. Here’s the kicker: it’s due in a few days. Due on December 15th. Sorry for posting it late. I just came across it and thought it might interest some of you ❤

They had such a great success with their first anthology, they’re opening a new submission for a collection titled: Once Upon a Future Time, Vol 2. This is an anthology of futuristic fairy tales!

Submission Guidelines

– Stories must be original

-Age appropriate

-Less than 15,000 words

-Based on folktale or fairy tale in a science fiction setting

Send your story to submissions@brothersuber.com before the 15th of December!

Have Fun

Good luck!! I’m going to try and work on a story to submit. Not many days left but here’s to trying ❤ Find out more information here. Scroll down to the bottom.

Until next time,

Loie xo

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On the 9th & 10th Day of Writing: EC Fairytale Love Issue & Grumpy Old Gods Anthology

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December 10th

Hi friends 🙂

I hope you had a good weekend. It was a full one but a fun one, for me. Today, I rested a bit and wrote a little. How are you all making out with writing this month?

So, I have two special submission opportunities seeing as I missed yesterday’s post.

Alas, have fun with these two ❤

Enchanted Conversation Magazine’s February “Love Issue”

OPEN until January 20th, 2019

They are looking for comics and stories that explore all aspects of love within myths, folktales, or fairy tales. Love can be tragic or magical, end happily ever after, or unrequited. Have fun with this submission!

You can use original characters or re-tellings of established stories. They seek stories set in locations around the world. You can go ancient or modern.

CLICK HERE for more details

Grumpy Old Gods Anthology

OPEN until January 13th, 2019

They are looking for stories about mythical Gods. They want stories about Gods who are retired, reborn, or missing from their assigned post.

Re-imagine old myths. The requirement for this submission is that the goddess or god must be waning in power, retired, planning to retire, or ignoring their responsibilities. They also love humor!

Submission Tips

They seek Speculative Fiction stories that are around 3000-4000 words. The rating should be PG13-PG17.

Submission Format: Word Doc or PDF (No Google Docs please, but we’re willing to work with you if you need to submit in a different format, just contact us!)

Submit togrumpyanthology@gmail.com

Thanks, everyone 🙂

Have Fun Submitting

What are you guys working on this month? I’d love to hear below ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Author Interview: M. Dalto of TWO THOUSAND YEARS

Hi everyone!

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Please welcome the funny and lovely, M. Dalto, soon to be published author! Her debut novel releases tomorrow, December 11th, with Parliament House Press! I was lucky enough to be mentored by MB during #WriteMentor from the months of May to August. MB mentored me with Amber R. Duell (author of Dream Keeper) and it was a blast.

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Welcome MB! I’m so happy you are here, today. Can’t wait to hear more about your journey with TWO THOUSAND YEARS and what’s next for you 🙂

Let’s get started!

Loie: When did you start writing TWO THOUSAND YEARS and what inspired it?

MB: The inspiration for TWO THOUSAND YEARS actually came to me in 1993 – and now I’m probably dating myself. Billy Joel released his album entitled River of Dreams and on it was a song called Two Thousand Years. My best friend and I had very active imaginations and often wrote our own stories, roleplayed, and the like — there was something about Two Thousand Years that called to me, even then, telling me there was a story there, and it needed to be written. They melody was moving, and the lyrics were inspiring- battles to be won and love that spanned centuries. It was just begging for a story to be told.

I socked the idea away for many years later, until 2014 when something in me felt the need to write a story for NaNoWriMo. So, using the same song for inspiration so many years later, that’s exactly what I did.

Loie: Wow! Love the story behind TTY. That is so cool, MB! Now I’m going to go and listen to that song 😉 

Can you tell readers what Wattpad is? When did you decide to post TTY on it?

MB: Wattpad is a website where millions of writers and readers can come together, from all over the world, and share their stories and experiences. I had heard about it from a friend when I was looking to do more with TWO THOUSAND YEARS. What brought me there didn’t start out as happy though…

I finally decided to share my first chapter on one of the NaNoWriMo forums. And the person who read it, a total stranger, messaged me and told me that it may have been one of the worst pieces of writing he ever read.

I was devastated.

So much so that I was ready to just stop- no more writing, throw the story away, that was it.

Until a friend of mine mentioned Wattpad. I never knew it existed until she told what it was, where I could upload as much or as little onto it as I wanted, where the feedback I could get there would be far more diverse than one unknown person’s opinion.

So I finally joined in February 2016.

Loie: Super important to receive diverse feedback compared to one person. I’m so glad your friend mentioned Wattpad to you ❤

Did you have the novel finished before you started posting on Wattpad or did you write a chapter a week?

MB: TWO THOUSAND YEARS was fully drafted when I decided to post it to Wattpad, but I was still in the process of my first round of edits and revision. So once I had a chapter completed, I would post it to Wattpad. I tried to get at least one up a week at the time, sometimes there would be two. I remember when I was about 10 chapters away from the end I went on a posting spree and put up one a day, but because I wanted to mark it as ‘complete’.

Loie: Oh, that’s neat 🙂 How fun! Your readers must have been thrilled about the posting spree, hehe 🙂 ! I used to post on Fanfiction. I wrote Sailor Moon and Harry Potter fanfic (featuring Harry’s parents :D) and I remember how fun it was to receive reviews and feedback on my writing.

Can you share your journey with Two Thousand Years getting published?

MB:  confess I had not interest in publishing when I started writing it. I merely wanted to write a story, and I did. But once I posted it to Wattpad and it won the Watty, I started to consider that maybe there was something more I could do with it. So I started querying it to agents. A lot. And it was rejected. A lot. I tried on SwoonReads and it ebbed and flowed in its popularity, but nothing came of it. It got some interest a Pitmad or two from indie publishers, but at the time I was focused on traditional publishing. I even tried throwing it into 2017’s PitchWars but it got me nowhere.

I soon lost count of the rejections, but for this one I was okay because it, and the rest of its series, was still extremely popular on Wattpad. But eventually the frustration got to me and I was seriously considering myself as a writer (don’t we all?) until a friend of mine whom I met through an ACOTAR FB group started posting about her new book coming out with a Parliament House Press. After talking to her about it and her experiences, I began to realize that TWO THOUSAND YEARS as a story I wasn’t going to compromise to sell, so maybe an independent small press was something to consider. So I queried them and they enjoyed what they read enough to request my full manuscript a month later, and a week after that I was sent the contract!

Loie: Writing is a journey and I agree, I think every writer doubts themselves. I’ve been there. So cool that you met a friend through your love of ACOTAR ❤ I love Parliament House Press. I’m so glad they’re releasing your book. Also, your cover is amazing! 

What is your favourite 2018 read?

MB: This is hard because I can barely remember what I read! If you’re asking me what my favorite 2018 release was, it would definitely be A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas because her ACOTAR series is my favorite, with A Court of Mist and Fury still up there as my most favorite book ever. I know a lot of people were upset with this book, but it was a novella and it was a fun novella and I’m okay with the romantic fluff every once in a while, especially where Rhysand is involved.

Now, if you’re asking me about books that I actually, finally read in 2018, the favorites there would be Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Though I guess I can now throw Queen of Air and Darkness into the mix, as it’s a 2018 release though I haven’t finished it. Yet…  But those books redeemed her Shadowhunters franchise for me and I absolutely love them. Almost as much as must as the ACOTAR series.

Loie: Eep! I haven’t finished ACOFAS but maybe I will in the next few weeks. Also, I need to get caught up with the Shadowhunters books so I can finally read this new series. It sounds amazing!

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do In your free time :)?

MB: What’s free time? 😉

Other than writing and wrangling my 8-year-old daughter, I love to read. YA and Adult fantasy are my favorites, though I’ll drop everything for the Outlander series. I also love playing video games – RPGs are my preferred genre, and I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for what feels like forever. And sometimes, when the mood arises, I’ll practice yoga- basic Hatha is my go-to.

Loie: Hahaha 😀 ! Outlander! Love it. Also, I haven’t played video games in ages but I would love to again. I was inspired by my love of Legend of Zelda to write my own fantasy novel.

Okay… now for a super important question: why is Jamie Campbell Bower the best :D?

MB: *HAHA* I see what you did there…

Okay, so let’s start at the beginning.

Hi, my name is MaryBeth, and I adore Jamie Campbell Bower.

I don’t want to use the term ‘obsessed’ because it still remains a healthy infatuation. For the moment. The man can do no wrong – he can act, he can sing, and he’s gorgeous… I mean…a very successful model. He’s well spoken, hilarious, and did I mention gorgeous?

So, Jamie is one of those actors who you know without realizing you know. He was in Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter, played the most amazing Jace in the City of Bones, and then there are those damn movies about sparkly vampires that we don’t talk about. He was also the front runner in Camelot for the one season it was on Starz and played the most amazing Kit Marlowe in TNT’s Will. He’s incredibly talented, and not only on the screen. He actually started his career in music before acting, and his band, COUNTERFEIT., is coming out with their second album in 2019. AND I can attest that he is as genuine in person as you may see in his interviews because I was fortunate enough to have met him in 2018.

But I digress….

Loie: Hahah! Thank you for sharing! I’m sold on JCB! I have yet to listen to COUNTERFEIT but I will sometime this week. Yes, I’ve seen a few interviews with him and he does seem really genuine. So neat that you got to meet him! 

What does 2019 hold for you? Do you have any new projects on the horizon?

MB: So the beginning of 2019 will bring the release of the first two companion novellas for the Empire Saga, REYLOR’S LAMENT and TREYAN’S PROMISE. After that, there’s rumor’s Book 2 could be coming out later in 2019, but we’ll see what happens there 😉

Other than that, I have a couple of other projects I’m working on, both with myself and others. A manuscript or two I’m trying to focus on finishing and polishing, and maybe a couple others that are ready to start from scratch. We’ll just have to see how the year goes!

Loie: Wow! I’m so glad there’s more on the horizon. Can’t wait to read the novellas! Congrats, MB! One more day until TWO THOUSAND YEARS releases 🙂 It’s one of my top reads from 2018 ❤

Thank you so much, MB, for visiting the blog today! You can connect with MB on her Twitter, Instagram, and Wattpad 🙂 

Pre-order here! It releases tomorrow! 🙂

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Interview with Author and Literary Agent Nicole Bezanson

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Back for another interview with a Canadian author and literary agent!

Here is Nicole’s bio, from her website:

“NICOLE BEA is a short story author, novelist, technical writer, and agent with Metamorphosis Literary who primarily focuses on writing contemporary teen fiction. An avid storyteller since childhood, she has honed her skills through a variety of educational programs including management, sociology, legal studies, and cultural diversity in the workplace,  most recently engaging in coursework about communication for technologists.

 

When she isn’t busy updating her manuscript portfolio or responding to queries, she can usually be found reading, avoiding domestic chores & pursuing her new hobby of learning to cook. She & her husband share their home in Eastern Canada with a collection of disabled cats and a lifetime’s worth of books.”

 

Loie: Hi Nicole! It’s so great to have you here on the blog today. I’m excited to chat with you 😊 I love meeting Canadian YA authors. Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed.

Can you share a little bit about your writing journey. When did you start writing, what do you write, and how did you get your agent?

Nicole: I started writing novels in January of 2017 after being diagnosed with clinical depression. I had always wanted to write a book growing up but never really knew how to go about it. Once I started to be treated, I decided to tackle my goal of writing a full-length novel. I’ve always loved young adult stories and thought that perhaps that would be a good place to start and I completed the first draft of my first book in about a month. It was such an exciting process and I found the ideas started flowing from that book very organically, and so I started my second book very shortly after, finishing that one in six weeks.  Over the course of the year I wrote five teen fiction books!

I ended up querying my fifth book, FORGET ME NOT, in January of 2018 and was picked up by my agent, Patty Carothers of Metamorphosis Literary Agency, in April of the same year. I was so happy to find someone who loved my story as much as I did and who was also willing to help me set some goals and teach me about the publishing industry, so it was immediately a great match.

Loie: Thank you for sharing ❤ That’s quite amazing that you wrote five novels in one year 🙂 ! Also, super encouraging that you found an agent after querying for a few months.

Can you tell readers a little bit about Wattpad and why you decided to post your stories there? What’s your favorite thing about Wattpad?

Nicole: Wattpad is such a great community to be part of, especially for a new writer. There are so many ways to grow your writing and share your stories with others that I think it’s a fantastic way to learn more about writing. There are people on the platform who like all different genres, so the nice thing about that is you’ll be able to find a group of people to connect with who have similar interests.

I joined Wattpad about a year before I started writing full-length fiction, mainly as a reader and poster of micro-fiction. I ended up turning some of my Wattpad pieces into novellas that were picked up by Zimbell House Publishing and it was then I realized that maybe I had the potential to turn writing into something more than a casual hobby. Wattpad definitely helped engage me with a network of wonderful people who were all very helpful in giving me direction and answering inquiries.

Loie: Wattpad is amazing. I’ve read some incredible works on that site. My friend and mentor from #WriteMentor, MB Dalto, posts stories there 🙂 That’s really neat that some of your novellas were picked up by Zimbell House Publishing!

As a literary agent at Metamorphosis Literacy Agency, have you noticed anything with incoming manuscripts? What are some things that turn you away from a manuscript? Have you noticed any trends? What do you love seeing in a submission?

Nicole: I absolutely love reading submissions. It’s one of my favourite parts of the job. I’ve received some really creative content and it always amazes me what people can come up with and the depth and breadth of creativity. I’ve received all genres and sub-genres and have become really engaged with some things I would normally not have thought I’d interested in. That’s kind of an interesting part of being an agent is the exposure to all these projects. 

Most submissions I receive are very well put together.  That being said, it is important to ensure you have the basics down in your query. Please double-check to ensure the agent’s name is spelled correctly, that you’ve included contact information, and you are following the submission protocol. I also personally like to know why the author thinks we would be a good fit, but if you’re including this, please make sure it is a personalized statement and not just something generic that may not actually apply (for example, don’t say that you’re sending it along because of the agent’s interest in romance if they’ve indicated they don’t wish to receive romance).

Loie: Wow, that’s super insightful. Thanks for sharing. What is your favorite genre to write and why?

Nicole: I generally only write teen fiction, but I have dabbled in adult romance. I like to use my own experiences as a teenager as the basis for my books and some of my stories directly reflect things that have happened to me growing up. I find when I write about things that are based on real life, it allows me to process them in a different way, plus I get to maintain some sense of nostalgia. In particular cases, like with my story SKIN, I get to re-write endings to stories that may not have had positive conclusions.

Loie: Can you share how you edit your novels? Do you have a checklist you go through after completing a draft? Do you send to beta or critique readers?

Nicole: I edit as I write, paragraph by paragraph. Because of this it takes me a little bit longer to get my writing done, but I find it less stressful than trying to get all my thoughts down without reviewing them. As I’m writing my first draft, I post the chapters on Wattpad for my dedicated readers and take their comments into consideration when putting together my manuscript for submission. Once my draft is complete and I’ve reviewed the comments on Wattpad, I employ a selection of beta readers.

Loie: That’s a neat method 🙂 Cool! What are you reading at the moment?

Nicole: Nicholas Sparks – The Last Song

Jay Coles – Tyler Johnson Was Here

and

Lauren Spieller – Your Destination is on the Left

Loie: Ooooo, I have Your Destination is on the Left on my TBR list 🙂 What are you hoping to find in your inbox as a literary agent? Do you have a specific #MSWL? Any fairytale retellings or fantasy, contemporary, or YA stories you’d love to see in your inbox?

Nicole: My #MSWL is as follows (at least for now!):

Contemporary fiction in ages 16+, and YA in all forms and genres, particularly with romance or mystery subplots. Manuscripts featuring animal appearances are always appreciated, cats and horses in particular, as are stories taking place in Canada.

Loie: Awesome! Yay, Canada ❤ Thanks so much for visiting, Nicole! So great chatting with you.

You can find Nicole on Wattpad and her website. For those interested in querying her, find out more information at Metamorphosis Literary Agency.

Until next time,

Loie xo