Twilight Madhouse Submissions Close

It’s been a long wild ride, one that we at Schreyer Ink Publishing have learned a lot from. But, first thing’s first.

Twilight Madhouse Volume 1 – Originally scheduled for release in November, it was released August 1st with 10 stories.

Twilight Madhouse Volume 2 – This will be released on November 1 as planned and contains 8 stories. 8 stories will be our new standard for each book.

Twilight Madhouse Volume 3 – This will be released on December 1 as we received a TON of amazing submissions over a reading period that was much too long (apparently). This will also feature 8 stories.

Hell’s Talisman – apparently the theme of madness and the theme of demons go hand in hand so we have gathered 8 stories from our submissions to fill this anthology. It will be released on February 2nd 2018.

SHORT STORY SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2017. WE OPEN FOR NEW SUBMISSIONS ON JANUARY 1st WITH SIX TWO-MONTH READING PERIODS EACH YEAR.

The reading period schedule is available at the bottom of our submission guidelines. Full details on anthology themes will be released in November.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted stories this year. We are a new press and we are still adapting and adjusting the way we do things on our end. Next year’s projects will run much smoother and without the confusion.

 

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How To Review an Anthology

With Schreyer Ink Publishing releasing 4 anthologies in 2017 and 6 in 2018 we thought we’d release this helpful guide for reviewing anthologies on blogs, Amazon, and Goodreads. It is important to note that, because there are multiple authors in each anthology, the authors can safely post reviews as well, if they follow a few simple guidelines.

The biggest piece of advice I can give is to treat each story as an individual entity. So, a review should say something about each story, as well as a note about the overall collection – do the stories suit the theme, etc.

BLOGS:

Perhaps the easiest, just devote a paragraph to each story and then a paragraph or two at the end to the overall collection. Remember to note both the title and author of each story (unless it’s a single author collection of course). You can rate each story out of 5 stars individually and then offer an overall rating at the end.

AMAZON/GOODREADS:

Reviews on these platforms are often shorter. Aim for 1-3 sentences per story and 2-5 on the overall collection. The star rating will reflect your overall opinion of the book but you have the option of giving each story its own star rating in the written review. You may want to do this if one story stood out, either as better or worse than the others.

BUT I’M ONE OF THE AUTHORS:

Simple, when you get to the story written by you it’ll look like this:
Title by My Name: Since I wrote this story I can’t review it. Here’s a short summary instead. (1-3 sentences telling what the story is about)

And that’s it. Very easy! You just have to remember to be honest. Don’t try to review your own story or give it a star rating. If you’re caught you can get in trouble with Amazon or your blog readers.

We look forward to seeing your reviews of Open Minds and The Twilight Madhouse (Volumes 1-3) in the coming months.

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Late July Update From Schreyer Ink

Another month has nearly passed and it’s been busy here at Schreyer Ink. Most pressing is the release of Twilight Madhouse Volume 1 coming up on August 1. The cover has been finalized and can be viewed at the online launch event on Facebook. The e-book is ready for pre-order on Kindle and Smashwords.

We have been busy reviewing the submissions for Twilight Madhouse Volume 3. With nearly 100 submissions total we have not had the time to confirm the receipt of submissions. We are aware that on occasion the contact form has been difficult to use so if you think you’ve encountered an error please contact us with the form or with a comment to confirm your story made it through.

We will be altering how we accept submissions for our next anthology. Details will be available August 16th.

We will begin contacting authors regarding their submissions on August 16th and should be done by the end of August. There were A LOT of submissions to sift through. We will be releasing future volumes of Twilight Madhouse. Your rejection is not a comment on your talent as a writer. We can only accept so many stories. We strongly encourage you to submit again. We will be publishing 6 anthologies per year.

We have some new releases scheduled for early fall as well as our anthologies so keep popping in for updates on those.

We hope to see you on Facebook on August 1 for the Twilight Madhouse Volume 1 launch party.

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Teen Writer Workshop

The Manitoba Writers’ Guild is offering a teen writer workshop this summer.
August 26
10am-2pm
Jake Epp Library
255 Elmdale Street
Steinbach, Manitoba
$60 per person – includes a Guild Teen Membership entitling you to member benefits, such as discounts on future workshops and a free Reader Reward Card from McNally Robinson Booksellers – valued at $10.
You can register for the event here.

This workshop is for teens who love to write and want to learn about how to begin writing that short story or novel that they’ve been dreaming about. Learn what should be considered before starting (Genre, Story Length, POV, Tense), Story Basics (Character, Setting, Plot) and The Writing Process (brainstorming, outlining, editing and preparing a manuscript for publication. This workshop is not genre specific.

Participants should bring old-fashioned writing tools (pen/pencil and a notebook/binder with paper) for taking notes and completing writing exercises.

There will be a door prize valued at $15.

Your teacher will be Schreyer Ink’s own Casia Schreyer. Casia’s writing credentials include 7 novels or novellas since 2014, this publishing company, and a book review blog. She has a BA in English Literature and has taken courses in creative writing and English grammar.

Please note you will have to use the link above to register for this course. You CANNOT register through our blog. If you have any questions, however, we will do our best to find the answers for you.

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The Underground Preview and Sale

Complex 48 is a science fiction adventure for grades 4-8, the first book in the Underground series.
Here’s a preview of the first chapter:

Prologue

Ethan Grieves huddled in the darkness. His hair hung in his eyes. His clothes were grubby and his pants were torn at one knee. He picked at the loose threads. Mom isn’t going to be happy about the tear. The thought brought a laugh that stuck in his dry throat and made him cough. After what he’d just been through, what he’d just seen, his pants were nothing, but he’d been raised to take care of his possessions. So others can have more than me it seems.
The boxes stacked floor to ceiling around him didn’t care about the chill in the air but Ethan shivered. This transport wasn’t designed with the comfort of passengers in mind.
The boxes were plastic, mostly white from what he’d seen before they shut the doors leaving him in blackness, reusable, like most everything Ethan was used to seeing, and bore packing labels listing their contents as apples, onions, and potatoes. Until two days ago he’d managed to live a mostly normal life. Nothing in his thirteen years had prepared him for what he’d just witnessed. How many people know? Dozens? At least, if not hundreds. People who load and unload the transports. People who keep us in line, underground.
The rumble of the engines was soothing, lulling him towards sleep. He hadn’t slept in days and the physical exertion and mental shock were taking their toll on his stamina.
Stay alert. They’re looking for you. If they catch you you’ll never see Shawna or Mom or Dad again. If they catch you no one will know the truth. Except that someone must already know – hundreds of someones.
He fought to stay awake but his eyes drooped. The transport rocked around a curve. The boxes never moved an inch but Ethan toppled backwards, landing hard and rocking back further until his back hit the wall of the transport with a dull thud. The blow wasn’t hard, not even hard enough to knock the wind from his lungs, but he didn’t bother to sit up again.
He tucked an arm under his head. Stay awake, dammit! But it was pointless.
His dreams were troubled by old familiar faces and new terrifying truths.

For the month of July Complex 48 will be available from Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo Books, and Barnes & Noble for $0.99 US (Regular price for the e-book is $1.99). No coupon codes necessary.

And in the fall book 2, Separation, will be released. Here’s a sneak preview from the first draft:

Prologue

Shawna paced the limited length of her bedroom, since her mother had gotten tired of her pacing in the living room and essentially banished her, pausing every few circuits to check the time on her phone. Why hasn’t he called? Every day he calls at the same time. Well, almost the same time. He’s late! The phone in his apartment had better be broken.
The home phone rang. Finally. Shawna grabbed her phone and went to the living room where her mom had already picked up the phone and said “Hello.”
“Yes,” Ina said. “I’m his mother.”
Shawna’s heart began to pound. So, not Ethan, but about Ethan.
“No, not unless he called his sister while I was at work. No wait, she’s shaking her head. We haven’t heard from him today. Why?”
Another pause. Shawna didn’t understand how her mother could stay so calm.
“What do you mean missing?” Ina’s calm evaporated. “Where? How?” As she listened to the reply she began crying. Shawna didn’t need any special abilities to know that the news was bad.
“Please, if you hear anything … thank-you. Yes. Yes, the number is on the display. I will. Good-bye.” Mother and daughter stared at each other. Finally Ina said, “Ethan ran away. Did he say anything to you?”
“No.”
“They think he’s trying to get back here but he was last seen getting on a transport that will take him right through an active war zone. I guess I should call your father at the factory.”
Shawna nodded, her mind and body numb. Why did I yell at him yesterday? Why did I hang up on him like that?

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Mid-June Updates

First of all, Twilight Madhouse Vol 3 submissions are still open. We will close submissions in August and will notify everyone by September. Contracts will go out in September with layout being done early October and a launch party November 1st.

Open Minds launched June 1st without a hitch. We got 100 people for our Thunderclap campaign and 3 pre-orders. The launch party was a huge success. We encourage everyone to go take a look at it, especially with it being Pride Month. The stories in this collection are amazing and thought provoking.

Twilight Madhouse Volume 1: Contracts went out and have come back. Layout will be done early in July and the pre-order set up. The cover is in its final stages. We will be hosting an online launch party on August 1st. Depending on how many of the anthology authors wish to participate we may extend this to a 2 day event (either July 31st and Aug 1st or Aug 1st+2nd). We are looking for authors to do 1-hour take-overs for this event. Contact us via the form here or in a comment or on Facebook if you’re interested.

Twilight Madhouse Volume 2: Contracts went out and are coming back. Layout will be done in July and the pre-order set up. The cover is started. We will be hosting an online launch party on September 1st. We are looking for take-over authors for this event as well.

Hell’s Talisman: Contracts are going out next week. Layout and cover won’t be done until December.

Author Appearances: Casia Schreyer will be at Summer in the City in Steinbach MB this weekend. She will be at When Words Collide in Calgary in August, and she will be at C4 in Winnipeg in October.

Cover Art Gallery: Our pre-made, for sale, cover art gallery will be opening this summer. In-house graphic designer and artist, Andreas Ganz is available to do custom covers as well.

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Feel the Thunder

We’re still looking for 40 people to support our Thunderclap campaign.

Casia Schreyer - Author

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for this word from our sponsors. Well, not really, but I would like to ask you all for a bit of help.

Schreyer Ink Publishing is running a Thunderclap campaign for Open Minds, an anthology that I have a story in. We have 9 days to get 48 more supporters and I know we can do it.

18053318_10158611225740613_2134971717_o Open Minds features 6 authors, including me. The theme for this anthology was tolerance and acceptance. The stories are amazing, all of them.

We need your help to spread the word about this book. I think you should support this book because we need stories like this. We need stories that shine a light on acceptance in terms of race, religion, and gender/sexuality. We need to give these stories a platform to share their message because it’s a message that’s crucial right now as fear and mistrust…

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