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Brian James Freeman
11-12-2012, 04:07 PM
Like the title says, we're going to open to unsolicited submissions for our eBook line. Complete guidelines and that submissions form can be found here:

https://cemeterydance.submittable.com/submit?details=true

It probably goes without saying, but please only submit your very best work. Be sure to have at least one person proofread your work for you. Two or more proofreaders would be smart. Typos, misspellings, and formatting mistakes are a quick and easy way to get rejected, unfortunately.

Thanks and good luck!

Best wishes,
Brian Freeman
Managing Editor

Some questions I've been asked that I thought might be helpful here:

Q: Are the eBook submissions also being considered for the hardcover line?

A: Anything we read is being considered for print as well, but we have a very limited number of hardcover slots and our schedule is full through the beginning of 2014 right now, so it's really a matter of the right project at the right time.

Q: For fiction collections, do we send you the finished lineup as we see it, or a pool of short stories for you to select from?

A: For a collection, please submit the finished lineup as you see it in one manuscript file. Include the TOC and any previous publication credits for the story at the beginning.

Q: Will you still be re-opening the magazine to submissions?

A: We'll be opening the magazine to submissions next month. This is basically our trial run for the submission management software to make sure it works the way we hope!

Q: When will you be closing the eBook line to submissions?

A: Given the infinitely expandable nature of the eBook line, we expect to be open to submissions for as long as we're finding great books to publish. We might take some months off here or there to give our readers a break, but take your time and get happy with the work. No need to rush. This isn't a limited time offer.

Q: How long will the magazine be open to submissions when you reopen in December?

For the magazine, we'll be looking to buy about 20 stories and we'll remain open until we find them. Then we'll probably be closed for another year. I don't like having stories on file for as long as we did this last time. We bought WAY too many before we closed to submissions.

bsaenz24
11-12-2012, 04:12 PM
How cool is that?!?!? That's a fantastic opportunity for a new author!!

bookworm 1
11-12-2012, 09:30 PM
This is great news.CD finds great writers and I can not wait to see what this line will bring to the table.

Lucian Poll
11-13-2012, 01:04 AM
OH

MY

DOG!

This is excellent news save for one thing: my Earth-shattering, mind-twisting, stomach-heaving, time-bending, space-splitting, blood-spurting, gore-munching Pepsi... er... NaNo novel is only partially written (albeit 100% plotted). Aaaaaaaargh, timing!!! If only I'd come back to writing sooner! (Headbutts wall. Then drinks wine. This is anger, gentrified.)

Seriously, Brian, this is a hands-down awesome announcement. I've created my Submittable account in readiness for the CD magazine submissions window, and I'd dearly love to submit my novel and chance my arm at this incredible opportunity, but a) all I have to offer is this year's NaNo novel which, naturally, is unfinished, and b) being a first draft it's rougher in places than a daschund's dangly bits. It'd be like trying to sell you Justin Bieber-endorsed stairlifts: uncomfortably premature. I wouldn't want to sully my (assumed) name by sending in stuff that would just annoy everyone.

Just to give me the slightest glimmer of hope that I could get the novel finished, second-drafted, then proof-read both professionally (Ramsey Campbell's agent offers a service I'm very tempted by) and by friends, and tidied into a final, polished draft in time to submit... after all of that, just for the sake of giving this daft lad hope... did you have a cut off date in mind for submissions, or is it a case of closing the floodgates when the deluge gets too much?

(And is this a window you'd likely open again?)

Brian James Freeman
11-13-2012, 03:18 AM
Good question! Given the infinitely expandable nature of the eBook line, we expect to be open to submissions for as long as we're finding great books to publish. We might take some months off here or there to give our readers a break, but take your time and get happy with the work. No need to rush. This isn't a limited time offer. ;)

For the magazine, we'll be looking to buy about 20 stories and we'll remain open until we find them. Then we'll probably be closed for another year. I don't like having stories on file for as long as we did this last time. We bought WAY too many before we closed to submissions.

Thanks!

Brian

Menace
11-13-2012, 04:28 AM
that 10,000 word minimum .. in a short story collection is that per story or whole collection should be a minimum of 10,000

Lucian Poll
11-13-2012, 12:22 PM
Thanks for the info, Brian. That's put my mind at ease. I hope you have plenty of readers lined up once you go public with this!

Thanks also for the extra insight for the CD submission window.

If the eBook submission window is still open in the summer I'll definitely give it a shot. If I miss the boat, however, then I'll probably go down the self-pubbing route, in which case you'll very likely get a query from me about advertising rates in the magazine. :) Yup, that's how seriously I'm taking this!

Brian James Freeman
11-13-2012, 01:21 PM
that 10,000 word minimum .. in a short story collection is that per story or whole collection should be a minimum of 10,000

The entire collection should be at least 10,000 words, although I'd probably recommend at least 20,000 for a collection. I might tweak those guidelines.

Brian

Menace
11-13-2012, 01:38 PM
The entire collection should be at least 10,000 words, although I'd probably recommend at least 20,000 for a collection. I might tweak those guidelines.

Brian

Thanks brian.. I had one story to submit but it was only 6800 words so I thought I'd add that to a collection of 3 or 4 shorter stories Before sending it in.

Randy D. Rubin
11-13-2012, 02:11 PM
Thank you Brian for this opportunity. I just put my submission in. I hope you like it.

peteOcha
11-13-2012, 07:54 PM
Wow, so awesome! Can't wait for the magazine to open up as well!

C.W. LaSart
11-13-2012, 09:21 PM
Very exciting. Best of luck to everyone. I will only be shooting for the magazine right now, but would love to submit something larger in the future.

tdeady
11-16-2012, 10:30 PM
Mr. Freeman,

This is great news, I just completed the submission process. You mention the 10,000 word minimum - my horror novel is 146,000 words - is there a maximum?

Thanks!
Tom

Brian James Freeman
11-16-2012, 11:41 PM
Mr. Freeman,

This is great news, I just completed the submission process. You mention the 10,000 word minimum - my horror novel is 146,000 words - is there a maximum?

Thanks!
Tom

Nope, no maximum -- fire away! The minimum is just to keep short stories out of the queue. Thanks!

Brian

tdeady
11-16-2012, 11:54 PM
Nope, no maximum -- fire away! The minimum is just to keep short stories out of the queue. Thanks!

Brian

Thanks Brian, I've already submitted. Enjoy!

Menace
11-18-2012, 02:51 PM
Another questionfor you. I have not submitted a lot of stories just a couple to other publications. I was wondering since I didn't see it in the guidelines what format do you want the submissions sent in. Pdf , microsoft word, and do you want it double spaced.

Thanks

Brian James Freeman
11-18-2012, 03:24 PM
Another questionfor you. I have not submitted a lot of stories just a couple to other publications. I was wondering since I didn't see it in the guidelines what format do you want the submissions sent in. Pdf , microsoft word, and do you want it double spaced.

Thanks

Thanks for asking! Word would be preferred and double-spaced is great. This example is for a short story, but it's a good general guidelines for your formatting:

http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

Brian

Menace
11-18-2012, 04:54 PM
Thanks for asking! Word would be preferred and double-spaced is great. This example is for a short story, but it's a good general guidelines for your formatting:

http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

Brian

Thanks again Brian.

MrRoland
11-25-2012, 03:05 PM
Are you accepting solo short story submissions at this time. If so, how do we go about submitting these? I keep checking, but I'm worried I may have overlooked this.

Brian James Freeman
11-25-2012, 06:45 PM
Are you accepting solo short story submissions at this time. If so, how do we go about submitting these? I keep checking, but I'm worried I may have overlooked this.

Not yet for short stories. We should be ready in about 2 weeks, though!

Brian

peteOcha
11-25-2012, 07:23 PM
Not yet for short stories. We should be ready in about 2 weeks, though!

Brian

Awesome!

MrRoland
11-26-2012, 01:11 PM
Not yet for short stories. We should be ready in about 2 weeks, though!

Brian

That's fantastic news, Brian!

bsaenz24
11-26-2012, 02:52 PM
Thanks for asking! Word would be preferred and double-spaced is great. This example is for a short story, but it's a good general guidelines for your formatting:

http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

Brian

GREAT!!! I was going to submit my story called "Proper Manuscript Format" too and this guy basically took my story idea already! Back to the keyboard! LOL!!!

Allison M. Dickson
11-26-2012, 07:00 PM
Hi Brian! I'm very excited to submit something, but I wanted to know a couple other things.

What is your policy on simultaneous submissions? Also, would you accept something that we've previous published ourselves on Amazon?

Thank you!


Like the title says, we're going to open to unsolicited submissions for our eBook line. Complete guidelines and that submissions form can be found here:

https://cemeterydance.submittable.com/submit?details=true

It probably goes without saying, but please only submit your very best work. Be sure to have at least one person proofread your work for you. Two or more proofreaders would be smart. Typos, misspellings, and formatting mistakes are a quick and easy way to get rejected, unfortunately.

Thanks and good luck!

Best wishes,
Brian Freeman
Managing Editor

Some questions I've been asked that I thought might be helpful here:

Q: Are the eBook submissions also being considered for the hardcover line?

A: Anything we read is being considered for print as well, but we have a very limited number of hardcover slots and our schedule is full through the beginning of 2014 right now, so it's really a matter of the right project at the right time.

Q: For fiction collections, do we send you the finished lineup as we see it, or a pool of short stories for you to select from?

A: For a collection, please submit the finished lineup as you see it in one manuscript file. Include the TOC and any previous publication credits for the story at the beginning.

Q: Will you still be re-opening the magazine to submissions?

A: We'll be opening the magazine to submissions next month. This is basically our trial run for the submission management software to make sure it works the way we hope!

Q: When will you be closing the eBook line to submissions?

A: Given the infinitely expandable nature of the eBook line, we expect to be open to submissions for as long as we're finding great books to publish. We might take some months off here or there to give our readers a break, but take your time and get happy with the work. No need to rush. This isn't a limited time offer.

Q: How long will the magazine be open to submissions when you reopen in December?

For the magazine, we'll be looking to buy about 20 stories and we'll remain open until we find them. Then we'll probably be closed for another year. I don't like having stories on file for as long as we did this last time. We bought WAY too many before we closed to submissions.

tchoppy
02-01-2013, 02:56 PM
Very cool. Will have to work on writing something longer. Awesome that it's all online too.