Ol’ Man Wickleberry, rest his soul, died in the 1920s, attacked by a bear…or was it a zombie? I heard he was rabbit hunting…or was he prospecting? Or maybe he was defending his cabin from wild squirrels? At least we can all agree he died in northern Michigan – or did he? Maybe he was in California and his body was brought back to his family, and so now his ghost walks the beaches of lake Huron. Or maybe he spends his everafter trolling guests at a vacation lodge, or interrupting writers who stay up too late, or…
That’s the trouble with Ol’ Man Wickleberry, there are just too many legends! Heck, we’re not even completely sure when he died! In an effort to find the truth, Book Born, in conjunction with the Ink Slingers League, has decided to gather those legends into a single volume – an anthology if you will – where the proceeds benefit the Book Born 2017 Retreat Fund.
1) You do NOT have to be a “published” author to join us! Even if you’ve never published before – whether indy, self, or traditional- you can still submit a story
2) All stories must be between 1,000 words and 10,000 words.
3) All stories must be about Ol’ Man Wickleberry. They can be in his PoV, or anyone else’s – someone he is haunting, his dear old mother, whatever you can think of. They can be about how he met his end, or they can be about his ghostly afterlife (though they should at least mention what led to his grisly demise).
4) Stories can have adult components (such as language or violence) but please no erotica or heavily sexual stories. Ol’ Man Wickleberry doesn’t seem like the type to be gettin’ it on.
5) You MUST have a Smashwords author account. Smashwords’ rules, not mine. You don’t have to sell any books on Smashwords to make this account – it’s free and easy – but you have to have one for us to link to in the metadata.
6) We don’t guarantee any editing, so make sure you’ve done it before you submit. If a story has a lot of typos or errors we will reject it. We will also not update your story later. If you write a “better” version or a new author bio, or anything else. Once it’s published, it’s published, so make sure it’s the way you want it before you submit it.
7) You will NOT be paid. Though the anthology will be for sale, all proceeds will go to the Book Born 2017 Retreat Fund. This fund helps offset the cost of the annual Book Born Retreat, which is currently set for October 2017 (pending finalization). If you’d like to join the retreat, please join the Book Born Facebook group where more information will be posted.
8) We do NOT require exclusive rights. It’s your story, and if you want to publish it elsewhere, go ahead. However, because there is money involved I will send you a basic contract that just says yes we have the right to use it and no, you know you’re not getting paid. You can get a copy of the contract here – it’s a word document, so please fill your info in and include it with your story. You must sign the contract for the story to be used.
9) All entries are due by December 1st, 2016. This gives us a month to compile the anthology and have it ready for a January 1st release on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.
9) Cover, formatting, etc. will be provided by the Ink Slingers.
10) The only file types accepted will be .doc, .docx, .txt, and .rtf. We will NOT accept .pdfs.
11) Send your short story of no more than 10,000 words to joleene(at)joleenenaylor.com and include:
- the signed contract as a separate attachment
- your smashwords link
- your author name and story title
- a short blurb/synopsis of the story
- your author bio
- your website or blog link (optional)
- a short blurb/synopsis of another work available for download (optional)
If you have any questions, please leave them here or drop me a line at Joleene(at)JoleeneNaylor.com. Thanks and I’m looking forward to what you come up with.