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The Renegade - call for submissions for scifi anthology
« on: December 04, 2017, 07:34:11 AM »
I have edited a few scifi anthologies now, and am getting to really enjoy it. Quite a few authors have been asking when I'll run another. I've decided to go for a submissions deadline of 30 April 2018.
I am aiming for a late June release to take advantage of people buying paperbacks and ebooks for themselves ready for summer holidays (sorry Antipodes).

The Renegade will be a collection of science fiction short stories on the theme of 'the renegade'. This could be a conscientious deserter, a pirate, a radical scientist, or whatever fits. Anything within the broader science fiction genre is welcome, though in the interests of not getting hidden by Amazon we'd need to avoid outright erotica.
Entries should be between 2500 and 10000 words. As long as they are available to publish, they could have been already released somewhere else, though new pieces would have priority. They can be completely one-off stories, or introductions to series as long as they have a self-contained storyline.
I can't guarantee that all entries will be included. You can submit more than one story, but I won't choose more than one per author to be included. I am aiming for around twelve quality pieces that work well together and avoid covering too much of the same ground.

The focus of the project will be on exposure for the participating authors. Each story will be immediately followed by a short 'about the author' and two links - one to their mailing list signup and one to their homepage (I would encourage participants to set up a unique landing page for these so they can track conversion). As all the stories will be scifi, this should help generate targeted also-boughts.
Profits from the sales will go towards paying off the setup (cover, proofreading, formatting etc), my time, and ongoing advertising costs. The Newcomer paid off the setup in a little over a month and the advertising kitty fills up nicely until I splurge on some promos.

If you're wondering what I'm like to work with, I'm sure none of the authors in the last couple of bundles would mind a quick question, many of them are on KBoards. You could also check out the thread for The Guardian at http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,252897.0.html or dig into the archives for the threads on The Newcomer and The Officer.
Both anthologies are listed in my signature below. You could also have a look at my website http://www.alasdairshaw.co.uk/twodemocracies to see the kind of things I tend to write.

By submitting your short story, you grant non-exclusive rights in perpetuity for it to be included in the anthology. There will be no fee for entry and no payment for inclusion.

Please fill in this form to enter: https://goo.gl/forms/CuiprJOh5bQpwftI2

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Re: The Renegade - call for submissions for scifi anthology
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2017, 08:54:18 PM »
Looking forward to submitting.  ;D

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Entries should be between 2500 and 10000 words.

In the Guardian thread you said the range was going to be 2500-7500.  Did you change your mind, or is the 10000 limit a typo?

In any event, thanks again for this opportunity, Alasdair.   :)
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Re: The Renegade - call for submissions for scifi anthology
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2017, 10:55:55 PM »
Change of mind. I'll update the other thread...

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Re: The Renegade - call for submissions for scifi anthology
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2017, 11:16:28 PM »
10,000 just gives more freedom to flesh out the story

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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2017, 01:09:22 AM »
10,000 just gives more freedom to flesh out the story

I agree, and I like having the extra room.   8)
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Re: The Renegade - call for submissions for scifi anthology
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2017, 02:37:21 AM »
I shall do my very best to get something together for this one :)


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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2017, 02:37:59 AM »
I agree, and I like having the extra room.   8)
Me too. I have an inkling for a story that would fit this one too!

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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2017, 04:43:14 AM »
Thanks, Alasdair! I've submitted a 4k-word politically-charged short from my Body Rentals universe...


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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2017, 10:29:40 AM »
Sounds like a wonderful opportunity.  I have an idea.

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Re: The Renegade - call for submissions for scifi anthology
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2017, 08:48:53 PM »
Sounds great. I have the beginnings of an idea and will see, if I can put something together for this.

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Re: The Renegade - call for submissions for scifi anthology
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2017, 10:14:14 AM »

By submitting your short story, you grant non-exclusive rights in perpetuity for it to be included in the anthology.
I am interested in this since I'm currently working on a very expansive space opera universe and I just wanted to see if I understood the rights issue.

Since this will be non-exclusive rights, does it mean I can submit my story to another anthology and/or publish it on my own as well?

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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2017, 11:34:18 AM »
Since this will be non-exclusive rights, does it mean I can submit my story to another anthology and/or publish it on my own as well?
Exactly.

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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2017, 10:16:34 PM »
Exactly.
Kewl, I filled up the form and submitted via email (I couldnt figure out how the linky thingy works). Hope I get accepted.  ;D

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« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2017, 09:34:27 PM »
Just submitted for one of my pen names. Thanks

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Re: The Renegade - call for submissions for scifi anthology
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2017, 12:42:20 AM »
I still don't have an idea. I'm checking my folders for old stories that can be applied and "fixed up"

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« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2017, 06:51:50 AM »
My story is coming along well, and you'll see it in January. Thanks for the prompt!

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Re: The Renegade - call for submissions for scifi anthology
« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2017, 02:26:18 PM »
Four entries in so far. That's a great response!

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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2018, 03:46:17 PM »
Many thanks, Alistair. I had fun writing it.

I sent it to my newsletter subscribers yesterday, and one had a suggestion that improved the ending significantly. I just submitted it.

And thanks for keeping things simple!

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« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2018, 09:10:14 PM »
Four entries in so far. That's a great response!
I have a story in mind for this one too so count me in!

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« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2018, 09:52:39 PM »
I've got lots of ideas all dammed up in my head. I'd love to submit a piece.

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« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2018, 11:31:06 PM »
Excellent. I look forward to reading what you come up with.

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« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2018, 04:40:10 PM »
I want to, but I am finding no time. I got some days off and I'm SICK. Oh, woe is me.

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« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2018, 04:30:20 AM »
Six entries already.

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« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2018, 07:53:56 AM »
Thanks for doing this. I may get something done to submit as well.
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« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2018, 10:44:22 AM »
Oooh, this theme could work for me!

The anthology won't be in KU, will it?

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« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2018, 12:00:43 PM »
bumping and following!
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« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2018, 04:33:15 AM »
The anthology won't be in KU, will it?
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« Reply #27 on: January 11, 2018, 10:20:12 PM »
One thing I've noticed with these anthologies is that the cliffs aren't anywhere near as dramatic as with novels. At one month the Guardian dropped from 10-15 a day to 5-10 a day. At six months and a year, the other two are still selling several a day, with little spikes into double figures, even when not being actively promoted.

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« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2018, 01:57:01 AM »
What all advertising are you doing for it?

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« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2018, 06:08:51 AM »
The last big thing for The Guardian was a Book Barbarian on 5 January. The initial results of that were, tbh, rather disappointing, but it is possible the tail has spread. I've had much better luck with them on novels.
There is an ongoing trickle of AMS advertising, but their reporting is alleged to be so unreliable I have little idea how effective it is.

Of course, whenever any of the three anthologies are pushed, there is a resulting swell on sales of the other two.
I quite often put The Newcomer into Instafreebie promos, and the autoresponder sequence the subscribers then get suggests the other two anthologies after a few weeks.

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« Reply #30 on: January 18, 2018, 10:04:32 AM »
Just thought I'd update everyone with the round sales figures for the previous three anthologies in this series. About 8% of sales have been paperbacks.
The Newcomer - 13 months - 2800 (+1900 giveaways)
The Officer - 7 months - 2000
The Guardian - 1 month - 700

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« Reply #31 on: February 03, 2018, 12:05:07 AM »
Thanks to everyone who's already submitted a story for The Renegade. I won't make any decisions until after the deadline, but I'm liking what I've read so far.

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« Reply #32 on: February 21, 2018, 08:42:00 AM »
Here's my warmup to a proper renegade story. ;)
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« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2018, 02:11:33 PM »
Just under two months to go!

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« Reply #34 on: March 23, 2018, 01:34:33 PM »
I think I've found a cover. Waiting the hear if it's still available...

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« Reply #35 on: April 03, 2018, 08:48:58 AM »
Just had a rush of entries over the last few days :)

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« Reply #36 on: April 03, 2018, 01:08:10 PM »
I had planned on submitting a story for this, but now it looks like it probably won't happen.  Life has been getting in the way.   :(

Maybe next time.
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« Reply #37 on: April 03, 2018, 08:30:26 PM »
Well, the story I was planning to submit decided that it wanted to be a novella instead, so I guess I'll sit this one out.

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« Reply #38 on: April 04, 2018, 12:02:59 AM »
That happens to me all the time!

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« Reply #39 on: April 15, 2018, 12:44:59 PM »
Oooh, this theme could work for me!

The anthology won't be in KU, will it?

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« Reply #40 on: April 16, 2018, 09:47:20 AM »
Received. Thank you.

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