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Hello everyone! My name is Megan Hansen. I just starting a small press named Good Mourning Publishing and the main objective is to encourage and support independent authors and artists. We're having an open call for "Accessible Love Stories." This is to be an anthology of short romantic fiction in which one of the love interests is in a wheelchair permanently.

Authors will retain the copyright to their work, receive $0.002 per word, and receive a free paperback copy of the book upon publication. The submission deadline is December 31, 2011.

General Submissions are always open.

Check out the site and please pass it along to anyone who might be interested! Thanks!
http://www.goodmourningpublishing.com/
 

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Hello everyone! My name is Megan Hansen. I just starting a small press named Good Mourning Publishing and the main objective is to encourage and support independent authors and artists. We're having an open call for "Accessible Love Stories." This is to be an anthology of short romantic fiction in which one of the love interests is in a wheelchair permanently.

Authors will retain the copyright to their work, receive $0.002 per word, and receive a free paperback copy of the book upon publication. The submission deadline is December 31, 2011.

General Submissions are always open.

Check out the site and please pass it along to anyone who might be interested! Thanks!
http://www.goodmourningpublishing.com/


Just asking for a clarification here.

Did you mean to type 2 cents a word or 2/100th of a cent a word?

3000 words would equal $60 with the former and 60 cents with the latter.

Thanks.
 
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http://www.goodmourningpublishing.com/

No offense, but you have some kind of NSFW images pop up as the very first thing on your blog. You might want to mark your link as NSFW, or possibly place those images under the jump. It's nothing super offensive, and I don't really care, personally, but it does sort of look unprofessional. Just my opinion.

I too am curious whether you're offering 2 cents or .2 cents. If it's the latter, you might be better off just saying that you can only offer contributor copies at the moment, or possibly giving a small share of royalties. .2 cents a word is pretty low, to the point where I'd probably just rather write for the publication credit than the few dollars I'd make.
 
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The $0.002 is repeated on their website, so I'm going to assume it's the actual payment. Might explain why the rate wasn't included in the subject line.

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This is to be an anthology of short romantic fiction in which one of the love interests is in a wheelchair permanently.


Authors will retain the copyright to their work, receive $0.002 per word, and receive a free paperback copy of the book upon publication.


Submissions can be a maximum of 12,000 words. Diverse cultures, sexualities, ratings, themes, and plots welcome and encouraged.


Email your complete manuscript to [email protected] with the following information:

-Your Name
-Word Count
-Title
-One to two paragraph synopsis
-Short author biography

We will send a response within 48 hours.

Submission deadline: December 31, 2011

It seems like a shockingly low payment for any kind of work. At the maximum allowed word count of 12000 words, you'd be getting $24 for your work. Now, if royalties were a part of the package, I might be willing to consider it.

...I'm also not sure what's going on with the rest of the content on the website. o_O
 
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The $0.002 is repeated on their website, so I'm going to assume it's the actual payment. Might explain why the rate wasn't included in the subject line.

Well, I was trying to give her the benefit of the doubt and just assume she copy pasted from the Call For Submissions -- so if it was an error there, it would be an error in her post too.

In any case, I agree with you that it's far too low. I'd much rather submit to a publication that flat out said they couldn't afford to pay than one with a token payment that low (~$20 for a 12,000 word short story, which is essentially a novelette at that point).
 

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The $0.002 is repeated on their website, so I'm going to assume it's the actual payment. Might explain why the rate wasn't included in the subject line.
To be fair, the thread was moved here from Networking. If/when we get clarification, I'll amend the title.
 

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We love love, so whether the pairs is male/female, male/male, or if the main characters are other-kin or cyborgs, we’d love to take a look at your manuscript.

What is with all of these ~inclusive~ publishing houses completely forgetting that lesbians exist? You'll mention otherkin and cyborgs, but not f/f pairings?
 

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F/f sells poorly compared to m/m and m/f, so a lot of publishers aren't interested in it.
 

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More like, f/f doesn't sell well because hardly any publishers print it.
 

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My understanding is that the publishers like Ellora's Cave who have published some f/f found it sold poorly, so gave it up.

What's the biggest reader market for m/f romance/romantica/erotica? Straights. There's lots of them, so it sells well.

What's the biggest reader market for m/m? Gay men and straight women. There's a few of the former and a lot of the latter, so it sells well.

What's the biggest reader market for f/f? Lesbians. There aren't many of them. And pretty much no one else reads f/f. There are quite a few lesbian small presses, but the vast majority of their titles only sell a few thousand copies at best.
 

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Getting a little sidetracked here
 

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Anyone who posted and still paying attention, I'm so sorry for your unanswered questions! Submissions are now closed for this title, but to clear everything up I'll explain. The pricing originally posted is correct. This is Good Mournings first project and while we could not afford to pay much, we didn't want to offer nothing in return for a writers hard work.
The rate per word will be increased for the next planned anthology, so please keep us in mind if you’re looking for a home for your work.

What is with all of these ~inclusive~ publishing houses completely forgetting that lesbians exist? You'll mention otherkin and cyborgs, but not f/f pairings?

We happily encourage and accept any pairing, including f/f. There will be an f/f pairing in Accessible Love Stories :)
 

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I kind of have to agree on the NSFW blog issue. Most of the things posted there seem to have nothing to do with a publishing house and seem more suited to a 14-year old's Tumblr account than the blog of a start-up publishing business.
 

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Thank you for your input Joe. We didn't want the website to be static and boring. We also wanted whatever is blogged to speak for what Good Mourning encourages and stands for. However I understand the NSFW concern and we're going to tone it down so that it won't be an issue.
 

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GM,

Please take no offense, but with the .002 pay, the author might as well give it away...free. That rate is rather insulting.
 

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GM,

Please take no offense, but with the .002 pay, the author might as well give it away...free. That rate is rather insulting.
I'm aware it's a small amount of money, but I'm also not forcing anyone to submit their work. I have several authors who are giving their share away to charities, so no matter the amount it's going to a good cause.
 

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GM,

Please take no offense, but with the .002 pay, the author might as well give it away...free. That rate is rather insulting.


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One of the rules of the Paying Forum is not to criticize the pay rate.
 

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Just asking for a clarification here.

Did you mean to type 2 cents a word or 2/100th of a cent a word?

3000 words would equal $60 with the former and 60 cents with the latter.

Thanks.
Just to clarify: that's 2/10 of a cent, not 2/100.

So, $6.00, not 60 cents (for a 3,000 word story).
 

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