Open Call Fiction Anthology

With the successful completion of our first open call we’re ready to jump on the next project. Our second anthology will be released November 1st.

Last time we started with a broad theme – tolerance and intolerance, and set a few genre restrictions. This time we’re starting with a title:

The Twilight Madhouse

No, we are not looking for Twilight fan fiction. We are looking for short stories that deal with the grey area between night and day, between sanity and madness, good and evil, monster and hero … you get the point. Any genre will be considered.

Submission length: 1,000-15,000 words. This is a loose guideline. Don’t self reject if you are a little longer or shorter. If in doubt, send us a note with the word count and we’ll let you know if it’s something we’d consider.

We require at least 5 stories to publish. We’d like to reach 10. If by some miracle of the internet we get tons of high quality stories we’ll publish two volumes.

Please submit using the contact form on the blog – copy and paste your story into the comment/contact box. If your story is accepted we will request a .doc file.

As stated in our submission guidelines authors will be paid a royalty split which will be paid out 6 months after the release date and on the anniversary of the release date yearly. We pay via paypal. Authors will also be sent a copy of the book in the digital format of their choice with the understanding that it is for personal use only. We request first digital, or reprint, rights. All the details will be provided in a contract sent out in September.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 31, 2017

Authors will be notified before September 10, 2017

Authors may submit more than one story though only one will be selected per volume. We accept simultaneous submissions and reprints (so long as the rights have reverted back to you).

Any questions? Just ask!

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New Anthology Title Reveal and Submission Update

The anthology on tolerance and intolerance now has a title. OPEN MINDS is set for an early summer publication. The cover will be revealed in May.

Table of Contents:

Guardian by Joanna Michal Hoyt

We Were X Men by Abdul-Qaadir Bakari-Muhammad

Not So Loud by Sylvia Kelso

Mixed Up by Casia Schreyer

Tolerance by Andreas Ganz

Skate by Akua Lezli Hope

Thank-you to everyone who took the opportunity to submit a story to our collection.

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New Anthology Closed for Submissions

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Schreyer Ink Publishing will be releasing its first anthology in 2017. The theme for this anthology is Tolerance and Intolerance.

We are looking for stories that explore racial and cultural issues and issues around gender, gender identity, and sexuality. We welcome contemporary or historical fiction as well as science fiction. We do ask that stories deal with human racial issues, or even humans dealing with extraterrestrials. We are not looking for high fantasy or urban fantasy at this time (no 3rd class elves or bigotry towards vampires please – we may consider this for a future anthology), nor are we interested in testimonials or memoirs, or political rants.

We will not accept stories that cross the line into hate-speech, though we understand that in order to write effective tension antagonists may hold racist or bigoted views.

We are looking to accept 10 stories of 8000 – 15,000 words. If we receive lots of exceptional entries we may consider doing two volumes. We will only accept one story per author, per volume. Authors are welcome to submit multiple stories if they fit the theme and word count.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 15th, 2017 (Authors will be notified of their acceptance within 4 weeks of this date) WE ARE NOW CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS ANTHOLOGY

Please submit using the contact form on the blog.

As stated in our submission guidelines authors will be paid a royalty split which will be paid out on June 30th and December 31st annually. We pay via paypal. Authors will also be sent a copy of the book in the digital format of their choice with the understanding that it is for personal use only.

We ask for first digital exclusive copyright of the story for one year. After this time reprint rights belong to the author. We retain the right to keep the anthology active in perpetuity. We will keep the anthology active for sale for a minimum period of one year. If the anthology is removed from publication we will not rerelease it without requesting reprint rights from the authors. Authors will be notified of the anthology’s publication status. If the anthology is pulled from publication all outstanding balances will be paid out immediately to all authors involved. Authors will be asked to sign a contract upon the acceptance of their story.

ANTICIPATED RELEASE DATE: June 1st, 2017

 

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Black Friday Sale

We’re having a HUGE sale on e-books to celebrate Thanksgiving and Black Friday this year.

Here at Schreyer Ink Publishing we are thankful for chilly weather that is perfect for a hot drink, a cozy blanket, and a good book. A crackling fire is always a bonus.

We hope all our American readers enjoy their holiday, and their turkey.

All sales are effective immediately and good until November 28th. To purchase a book at discount follow the individual book link to the Smashwords book listing. Follow the onscreen prompts to purchase and download the book, entering the correct coupon code. You can download each book for Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and iBook apps/readers, all from one convenient site!

There are no limits on the coupons so share this with every reader you know.

All in the Family by Megan Faust – FREE – AW82N – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/520138

Complex 48 by Casia Schreyer – NEW – 50% off – GU85D – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/681807

My Best Friend by Megan Faust – FREE – QB772 – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/509780

Nothing Everything Nothing by Casia Schreyer – 25% off – HW54W – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/487516   *NOTE* $1 from every sale is donated to Kids Help Phone

Pieces by Casia Schreyer – 50% off – UE75P – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/620808

ReImagined by Casia Schreyer – Now 99 cents – PT85X – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/516105

Rose in the Dark by Casia Schreyer – 30% off – TY67Z – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/543865

Roses of Airon by Casia Schreyer – FREE – no code needed – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/504253

Let us know, what are you thankful for this year?

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Cover Reveal

Casia Schreyer - Author

Which project is up next? That’s the big question, isn’t it. I know a lot of people are waiting for Rose Garden #2. I know I have been talking about a few different projects that are in different stages of completion. So which one is getting a cover today?

Well, it happens to be my next children’s book: Nelly-Bean and the Adventures of Nibbles.

About a year ago I released Nelly-Bean and the Kid Eating Garbage Can Monster.

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And a while later I released it in French as well.

Now Andreas and I have teamed up again to bring you an all new Nelly-Bean book, this time about a ladybug named Nibbles who moves in to Nelly-Bean’s room.

Like the first Nelly-Bean book, The Adventures of Nibbles features easy to read pages that parents won’t find frustrating or boring when asked to read the book again and again. The art…

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Casia Schreyer: The Epic Fantasy

We’re talking with author Casia Schreyer one last time today and today’s subject is the epic fantasy series she hinted at in her first interview. Okay Casia, are you willing to give us a series title or some book titles for this epic fantasy so we know what to watch for?

Originally there were going to be two novels titled Darkness Falling and Darkness Rising. But I got halfway through the outline for Darkness Falling and realized the book was already at 100,000 words. Most fantasy is between 80,000 and 120,000 words per title, unless you’re a really established author like George RR Martin and you’re writing a book later in a series (because I’m sure Dance with Dragons is more than 120,000 words). Looking at what I had written I found so many places where stuff was missing, and story arcs that felt rushed. I had to add so much to it and it was already pushing the upper word limit. So I had to break the series into three books. The new book, which would happen between Falling and Rising I considered calling Darkness Settling, or Darkness at War, or War of Darkness, or something to that affect. I haven’t nailed it down yet.

Recently, while doing a lot of brainstorming and outlining, I’ve found that there’s still too much to add to Darkness Falling, just relegating the unwritten portion to a new book wasn’t going to do it. So now there’s a proposed first book to come before Falling. I don’t have a title for it at all yet and I’m not even sure if it will be a novel, or a short story/novella like Patricia Briggs did with her Alpha and Omega series.

What is this story going to be about?

The short answer? Twins again. The main characters are once again twins, this time two girls named Sepherym and Meryum Hukaru. They are the princesses of one of two human nations on their planet.

The long answer is pretty long actually but I guess it’s about their life, and how it gets turned upside down by a mad man’s quest for revenge. They have to set a lot of things right so there will be battles and quests and prophesies and history.

Human nations. So there are other races on this planet?

Yes. There are 4 elfish tribes, fairies, giants … it’s a pretty diversely populated place. I had a lot of fun building the cultures of each of the races. The most fun was my humanoid/animal hybrid race. I’m keeping that under wraps until I have some concept art to go with it because it’s going to be amazing.

And will this be a magic rich planet? Or a more subtle magic system like Game of Thrones?

Oh, there’s magic, a lot of magic. The humans are capable of learning a complex system of spells given to them by their goddess. Their is another humanoid race which has a more innate, natural, talent-based magic.  These are the two which form the basis of the story I’m telling now. Fairies have no internal magic, but they have magic dust. No, it doesn’t make you fly. I’m eager to explore the elfish magic systems which will be introduced in book 3 and expanded on in book 4 and in the short stories.

On top of all of that there is an elemental based power system which sort of ties all the races together.

You mentioned a goddess. Is this a female based religion?

It’s a pantheon, with several gods and goddesses. As with most pantheons each deity has a gift to give or something to govern (magic, healing, death, love, etc). Each deity also chooses a race to watch over. Humans pray to all of the pantheon but place The Great Lady first. Fairies pray to all of the pantheon as well, but their chief deity is the goddess Olena.

 

We’ve looked at religion and magic, what about politics?

The humans and elves are in a monarchy stage, a feudal system of government. Each of the human nations has a king and holding lords and minor lords. The elves don’t have holdings, they have tribes, but it amounts to the same sort of hierarchy system with all the tribes answering to the king. I have two theocracies. I also have four matriarchal societies, one is one of the theocracies, one is primitive tribal, and two I have only started fleshing out. I have two reclusive races. I even have pirates.

Wow. This sounds like a complicated place.

It’s turning out that way. I’ve been spending a long time on the world and culture building for this project so each race feels realistic. I mean, fairy dust isn’t realistic at all, but it will feel like a natural part of their culture, and the effects it has on their culture will be realistic. This is why I’m really looking forward to the illustrated world guide.

You’ve mentioned your two main characters, Sepherym and Meryum. Tell us a bit about the girls.

Sepherym is a telepath and a book worm. Meryum is a healer and a fighter. Sepherym will be my politically powerful character while Meryum is taking on a more traditional “strong woman” role in fantasy, complete with sword and breeches.

Sepherym’s story arc is about breaking free, because the males in her life have always sought to control her, her magic power, and her political power.

Meryum’s story arc is about finding control. She’s always been emotional, with a short temper, and a need to act now. She will need to find self-restraint.

I guess it’s about balance. They are strong already, but they are lopsided. They need to find balance, they need to grow up.

Tell us a bit about the rest of the cast.

Oh lord, I’ve got pages upon pages of character notes. You’re not getting all of that into this interview. I won’t even give you a complete cast list. This is a sweeping story that will cover 4 or 5 countries and multiple races after all.

Sepherym and Meryum’s family is small. Their father is King Tritation, their mother is Queen Catrana, or Catra for short. They have one surviving grandparent, Lord Calvin, Catra’s father. They have one aunt, Lady Amelia, Catra’s sister. Amelia is married to James and they have one child, Tatyonym.

The king’s advisor and his family all play MAJOR rolls in the story so I will also introduce them. Jonathan Arbutus is the king’s advisor and Sepherym’s teacher. His wife’s name is Quenella, but she is called Queenie. She is a round faced sweet mothering woman who is respected and often feared for all her soft-spoken nature. They have two sons, Troy and Luke who are close friends with the girls.

Other close friends, allies, fellow squires, etc. include Zaine, Christopher, Andrake, Robin, Avia, Darius, and later, Erjon, Edana, Skyler, Despina, Ashlynn, and Daniel.

The other human nation is ruled by King Jackson and his wife, Queen Arissa. They have two sons, Lars and Kale. King Cabral is the elf king at the time of this series, and L’Darin is the ambassador between the human and elf courts. He and his son L’Damon are the focus of several chapters in Darkness Falling.

On top of that are numerous lords and knights and suitors and enemies and generals and trainers and teachers.

There is a trend, probably because of Game of Thrones, to keep the body count in any war-driven fantasy high. What are your plans for your characters and their fates?

I’m not writing dark, gritty, historically driven fantasy. Of the characters I listed above some do die (no I won’t tell you which ones or how many), but that’s because there is a war going on. I am looking forward to writing the short stories which will be focused on smaller issues and won’t feature quite as much death.

This series is a little more clear cut on who you want to win, but at the same time it’s not as simple as “he’s evil”. The bad guy has quite the back story and while you will never be able to excuse what he has become, I hope that readers will feel sympathetic to his history.

Is there any point in asking about a release date?

Nope, none at all. I have 4 books in the Rose Garden series to complete, 2 Nelly Bean books, and The Underground, a science fiction adventure for middle years on my plate. For now I am happy just working out the outlines and timelines and world building that accompanies this series.

Currently Rose in the Ash is scheduled for release by the end of 2016 or early 2017 with Rose without Thorns and the first Underground book scheduled for later in 2017. Rose Alone is scheduled for 2018 with Rose at the End scheduled for December 2018 or early 2019. The Underground series novelization should be completed by December 2018 or mid 2019 as well. 

The Underground Graphic novels will take longer to release, with the first scheduled for early 2018. They will be published in 10 shorter pieces between 2018 and 2021.

The first book in this epic fantasy is not expect to be released until 2019.

This schedule is not set in stone.

 

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Casia Schreyer: Science Fiction for Kids

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. ~ Madeline L’Engle

We’re back with author Casia Schreyer to discuss her upcoming science fiction series. To date, Casia has written 3 novels for the YA/NA market, which is targeted at readers ages 14 or 15 up to age 30 or so. Of course, adults of all ages are enjoying YA/NA books. As well, Casia has written a children’s picture book. Now she is tackling another age group, middle years. Middle years fiction is targeted at grades 4-8, or ages 10-15.

So, Casia, why did you decide to depart, yet again, from genres and markets you’ve already explored to try your hand at middle grade science fiction adventures?

I read a lot of science fiction and right now there is a trend towards YA/NA dystopian science fiction. Hunger Games, Divergent, even going back to the movie In Time with Justin Timberlake (which was an interesting take on the old Logan’s Run). I also read Celeste Thiessen’s Super Seven series which is aimed a bit younger, and the first book in the Angels & Gargoyles series. With all this sitting in my mind I started thinking about the genre and about the patterns and tropes within it. I ended up brainstorming a loose idea for a series set in this sort of world.

But why not write it for your usual audience?

Because there are already so many books like Maze Runner and Hunger Games out there. They all feature the same type of cast: late teens, early twenties, socially different, thrust into difficult situations where they discover they are natural leaders or somehow special. I wanted to write something for younger kids, something about characters who were in their early teens, just as something that would set these books apart, and because I don’t think we give our tweens and teens enough credit. You don’t have to be over 18 to accomplish great things.

Tell us a bit about this new series you’ve imagined.

The main characters are twins, Ethan and Shawna. The story takes place after a massive global conflict drives the majority of the population underground. This conflict is still taking place making it impossible for people to return to the surface. Ethan and Shawna are different and special and they start out the book knowing that. Ethan is a telepath of sorts, he can read people’s thoughts but he can’t send his thoughts to other people. Shawna is an empath, she can see or sense other people’s emotions which makes her very good at telling when people are lying.

Their life is lean but good. They have free access to a gym, a pool, an arcade, and a mall. They have cellphones and internet. They go to school. They play video games and watch movies. Their father works in the power plant, their mother works in retail. They have never eaten meat, it’s impossible to get, but they aren’t starving.

Early in the books they are separated and this sets the larger plot, and the subsequent plot twist, into motion.

Why twins? And why give them powers?

The powers do tie into the larger plot. But I also wanted to highlight that Ethan and Shawna are different, they are socially reserved because of this difference. Kids tend to feel alone, judged, different, and I wanted to show these two characters learning to use what makes them different and awkward in a way that makes them special and strong. Our differences are our strengths.

I made them twins, one boy and one girl, so that both boys and girls would be interested in picking up these books. Both groups of readers will have a main character they can identify with.

Boy and girl? You’re sticking with a binary gender system?

Honestly I haven’t felt brave enough to tackle gender issues in any of my stories yet, and I have looked at some tough issues. I know that kids in this age group need to see gender issues discussed in a positive and healthy way, but I’m not sure this is the project to tackle that with. I’m already looking at some pretty complex social structures and ideas and I don’t want the issues to outweigh the story.

That makes sense. You talked about world building for  your Rose Garden series; how was world building different for this series?

The Underground series was very different because I didn’t have to build the world from scratch. This world is just a future version of ours. I already had political structures and religious customs to work with. Ethan and Shawna’s mother, for example, is Christian, one of those denominations that is similar to Mennonite. I already had countries with names and boundaries. I already had existing technology and seasons and physics. I did have to create the abilities and limitations of Ethan and Shawna’s telepathy and empathy and I did have to create a political atmosphere that would lead to war.

The biggest challenge was creating the underground complexes. I had to look at how big they needed to be to support the appropriate population. They needed power, water, air filtration, radiation protection, food, clothes, other goods and services, waste processing, garbage processing … I was building mega cities underground!

What is going to be the scope of this project? How many books can we expect?

I outlined a ten book serial originally so it would have been ten books of about 15,000 words each. Now I’m considering combining those into 3 books of about 65,000 words each.

Why the change?

Originally I wanted them to be short reads, something you could buy for 99 cents on Amazon and read in a weekend. Then my illustrator for the Nelly-Bean books caught wind of the project and decided he wanted to turn them into graphic novels. So the graphic novels will come out in a ten part serial while the novels themselves will be released in three chunks. This will help us manage the publishing timeline better.

Another factor was that we don’t give kids enough credit. Honestly, most 12 year olds can handle 65,000 words. They don’t need everything spoon fed to them in bits and pieces.

How far are you on the series and when can we expect to see them on shelves?

Oh, I have about 20,000 words written in a rough draft. It’s sitting on my desk being ignored right now. My first priority is The Rose Garden series and my illustrator will be busy with the second Nelly-Bean book, and another kids’ book he’s illustrating so neither of us will have time to really dedicate to this project for a while.

I would like to write the next 20,000 words or so while Rose in the Ash is being edited. I like bouncing back and forth between projects. It helps me avoid burn out.

I don’t see these being released until 2018 at the earliest. It really depends on The Rose Garden books.

Well, we look forward to seeing them. 

Casia will be back one more time to discuss her fantasy epic project with us. After that we will be talking with author/illustrator Andreas Ganz and author Angil Grafton.

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