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Let me start out by once again thanking everyone who submitted either short stories or novels to us in November.  We received quite a few submissions and it was difficult to choose exactly which ones to sign.  However, our editorial board was up to the task and contracts have been sent out and returned.  Now I have the pleasure of announcing the schedule for the first quarter of 2011 as well as some of the titles we will be publishing later this year.

January

The e-arc for Dave Freer’s YA novella, Without A Trace, is already available for purchase.

A Deeper Silence, a collection of short stories by Charles Edgar Quinn.

Legion, a short story by Dave Freer and Kate Paulk.

February

Lawyers of Mars by Pam Uphoff.

Short story collection by Dan Hoyt, title to be announced later.

Death of a Musketeer by Sarah D’Almeida.  This is the first of the Musketeer Mysteries and has never appeared in digital format.  We are very pleased to be able to add this title to our catalog and to announce that we will be offering later this year The Musketeer’s Confessor, a new book in the series.

We will also offer an as yet to be determined short story or two this month.

March

Impaler by Kate Paulk.  A mix of alternate history, historical mystery and a new take on the Dracula myth.  This is the follow-up novel to Kate’s novella, Born in Blood.

Hunter’s Moon by Ellie Ferguson is a mix of urban fantasy and romance.

Blood Ransom, a short story collection by Sarah A. Hoyt.

Last, but certainly not least, we will be offering our own irreverent take on St. Patrick’s Day, much in the vein of Robert Hoyt’s Christmas Campaign.

April

The Great Flying Saucer Conspiracy by Tom Easton.  Tom will be doing a guest blog for us later this month complete with information about the book and a giveaway.

An as yet to be titled short story collection by Dave Freer.

Want, a short story by Jay Caselberg that came to us during our November submission period.

Skipping Stones, a short story by Darwin Garrison that also came to us during the November submission period.

May

Revocare, a short story by Leslie Fish that was submitted to us during November.

Here There Be Faeries, a short story by Stephen Simmons that came to us also during the November submission period.

There will be at least one novel added to the lineup.  We’ll announce which title as soon as possible.

Summer/Fall/Winter

Among the titles we’ll be offering the second half of the year are the following:

The Musketeer’s Confessor by Sarah D’Almeida.  This is a new title in the Musketeers Mysteries and we are very excited to be able to offer it to you.

Firefight by Tom Easton will be published in August.

Tiltamouse is Hunger, a YA novella by Sarah A. Hoyt.

Vengeance Mine, a mystery by Jenny Schall that is also a product of the November submission period.

ConVent by Kate Paulk.

Robert A. Hoyt’s holiday collection which includes Christmas Campaign.

These are just a few of the titles we’ll be bringing you over the next year.  As new titles are added, we’ll let you know.

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We’re excited to announce our new review column by Darwin Garrison.  Animanga Viewpoint will be where Darwin can discuss and review what’s going on in the worlds of anime and manga.  His first post, which just went live, can be found here.  His next post will be on the 24th.  After that, he will be posting the first and third Wednesday of each month.

One of the reasons I’m so excited about Darwin’s column is because I know how large an impact manga can have on younger readers, especially boys.  I was first introduced to it about 10 years ago when I was trying to find something — anything — my son would read.  Once a boy who had read everything he could get his hands on, thanks to a teacher who used reading as a punishment, he hated reading.  As a reader and a writer, I was desperate to find something to rekindle that spark.

Two things did.  The first was listening to books on tape on the way to and from school.  I’ll forever thank Jim Dale for narrating the Harry Potter books and — no, I’m not kidding — Diane Mott Davidson for putting her Goldy the Caterer books on tape.  Those showed my son that books can be fun and entertaining.

But that still didn’t get him to put book in hand and sit down to read.  Manga did.  I’d never have thought of it but for one of the youth librarians in our local library.  She also happened to work at one of the local middle school libraries at the time, iirc.  When I explained the situation to her, she took my son and I immediately to the manga collection and that was all it took.  We checked out a couple of volumes and, dragging his heels, my son agreed to try them.

Well, long story short, he came into my room later that night wanting to know if we could go back to the library the next day because he wanted more books.  It didn’t matter that they were comic books on steroids at that point.  All I cared about was that he was reading.  Those dozens of manga books he checked out of the library and then the many more that we bought led him back to enjoying reading.

Since then, I’ve talked to a number of parents and teachers who have seen the same thing happen over and over.  I’ve also read my fair share of manga as well.  Some of it is very good.  Some isn’t.  But that’s how it is with any book.

All this is simply my way of saying “thank you” to Darwin for letting all of us know what’s going on in the manga and anime world.  As far as I’m concerned, manga is as much a “book” as anything else, especially if it helps get one more youngster interested in reading.

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For This Important Announcement

In 10 days, Naked Reader Press will be opening for submissions.  For the month of November, we'll be accepting submissions for short stories as well as novel-length fiction and we couldn't be more excited.

Someone asked me the other day what we're looking for when we open for submissions.  That's easy.  We're looking for stories that grab our interest and hold it.  We're also looking for submissions that follow our guidelines. (Click here to check them out.)  The nuts and bolts of it is that we want the entire story or novel sent as a .doc or .rtf file.  For novels, attach as a separate file a short synopsis.  If this is the first of a proposed series of books, attach a short synopsis of the series as well so we can see the story arc.  In the body of your email, tell us a little about yourself, your publishing credits and the book or short story.  Be sure -- and I can't emphasize this enough -- to tell us the title, genre and word count.  Basically, follow the guidelines and you'll get past the spam filter.  That's the first step.

Remember, no fanfic.  Also, at the moment, we aren't publishing erotica, poetry or non-fiction.  Everything else is fair game so long as the story doesn't go over our "ick" factor.  Again, check out the guidelines.

Let me see if I can anticipate a few questions.  You don't need an agent to submit.  But you do need a completed, proofread and edited manuscript.  Because of our quick turnaround times, we prefer that you not simsub.  If you do, please let us know.  Thanks.

The best piece of advice I can give about what to put in the body of your email comes from Miss Snark's blog.  Read it.  Pay heed to it. Do it.  And remember that for short stories, all we need in the body of the email is your name and contact information, the title, genre and word count of the story and your publishing credits, if any.

If you have any questions, let us know.  We're glad to answer them.  Most of all, we look forward to reading your submissions!

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Wow.  Another week.  I want to start by thanking everyone who has downloaded our books and stories, both here and from Smashwords.  For those of you who are Amazon customers, you'll soon be able to find our books there as well.

What I'd like to do today is give you a glimpse of our upcoming publication schedule.  Listed below are some of the things you'll be seeing in the months to come.

September:

  • Short story collection by Dave Freer
  • Wedding Bell Blues by Ellie Ferguson.  Weddings seem to bring out the worst in people.  But they don't usually end in murder...or do they?
  • The Star Cats short story collection by Charles E. Quinn
  • Lawyers of Mars by Pam Uphoff

October and November will be our freebie months.  Each month we'll offer a selection of short stories for you to download.  These short stories will be by established authors as well as those just breaking into the business.

December:

  • Angels and Demons, an anthology
  • Knights in Tarnished Armor by Kate Paulk.  Take everything you've learned about knights in shining armor and toss it out the window.  This fun-filled collection of letters between the rather tarnished knights and their lady loves will keep you laughing from start to finish.
  • Quicksand by C. S. Laurel (sequel to B. Quick, currently a free download)
  • Holidays in Hell (working title) by Robert A. Hoyt.  You'll never look at the holidays the same way again after reading these fun, and often twisted, takes on our most favorite days of the year.

We'll be adding titles to our schedule throughout the year.  So be sure to check back regularly.

If you're interested in previews of any of our titles, simply click on Previews in the menu.  Over the next few days the files will be added for your downloading convenience.

Later this week, other members of our team will be blogging. So check back to see what they have to say.

 

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