A few years back, I worked on an amazing little project called Babble-On.
This was a very well-formatted indie anthology that, while plagued with some difficulties, was an extremely rewarding experience for me. It taught me a lot about organizing and putting together a collection of short stories and occult writing.
It was so much fun, while talking with Gavin about it today, I decided, well, why not do it again?
Now, this type of project is a lot of work and it's not for the faint of heart. I'm not going to lie. Also, dealing with sales and money are a pain in the ass. So, first and foremost, if you're interested in this project, please know that there will be no money upfront. We're an indie publisher of virtually no means.
But, based on my experiences with Babble-On, I think this can be a mildy popular and decent selling book. That would translate to money in some form or another down the road.
My intention, the intention of chaosmagick.com and GZS Publishing, is to put all profit back into a fund that will pay out to the contributors with 80% of the profit going directly to their pockets.
So, if you don't want to submit because there's no upfront pay involved, I get it. Perfectly understandable. But, if you want to do something to make the community a better place for creatives and get some attention for your work, this project is for you.
How do we know you won't just keep the money and run?
Honestly, you don't. Same as you don't know about anything else in reality. But accountability is a big thing for me. So, easy peasy, any contributor that ever wants an accounting invoice simply need ask. I'll keep everyone up to date on the status of the project and how much profit, if any, is made. I will also report to all contributors exactly when payouts will occur on a monthly basis.
So, if I were to submit, what are you looking for?
- We will accept fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art, or a combination of any of the above.
- Fiction and non-fiction articles need to be kept below 6,000 words.
- Please, no epic poems that are the size of a novel.
- Any art submission should be in PNG or JPG format. Any size is fine. I can edit that no problem for publication.
- Content should be featuring something related to the occult. If it's not something magicky or spooky or related to those topics, it won't fit the anthology.
- We'll probably select somewhere between 15 to 20 pieces. If the project proves to be popular with contributors, we will continue putting out this kind of anthologies.
- Be innovative. Be creative. Be true to your voice. We don't want rehashed material. We want to show people the future of independent occult publishing.
- If you don't have art to accompany your work, no worries. We can handle 99% of the art for you.
This project will be distributed through various avenues. You'll be able to purchase the digital version of it on the GZSComix.com website, but we will also release through Amazon which will allow POD publication for hardcopies at a cost effective price. Additionally, we'll be releasing it through various ebook platforms in pretty much every country.
If we have anyone with a smooth, sexy voice, we may try an audio book.
But, really, I'd still like to see some money for my art.
I agree. If we get enough money from regular distribution sales, we'll also fund a limited edition Hardcover print. All proceeds from that edition would go directly to all contributors, with the same 80/20 split.
If you'd like to submit, please go to the link below.
If you'd like to ask more questions, please join us on the Discord server. Just grab your roles and look for the #hyperstitions channel.