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CyberWitch Press Short Fiction Anthologies 2016

I love the written word. (Not a secret.) Books are my narcotic, my raison d’etre. I can spend hours lost in a good novel, where chores don’t matter and sometimes my dogs get fed later than they’d like.

But I really love the short story. I think this particular medium often gets overlooked in a society obsessed with BIGGER IS BETTER. A great short story can pack a punch in less than a few thousand words. To me, that is the signature of a phenomenal writer.

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About four years ago, I was part of a great group of authors. We released fun, quirky short story collections every few months. (Click here to see.) They were by no means professional, as we were all pretty new to the game. We edited each other’s work. My friend and cowriter Tara West created eye-catching cover art, and I did the formatting. Not to mention, the genres were alllll over the place. But surprisingly, they’re still pretty popular. We see hundreds of downloads a month, and an interesting percentage of people who buy my novels have found me through those collections. They have remained free to download for years, and thus have become free, eternal promotion for all the authors involved.

I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time and decided to stop thinking and do it: CyberWitch Press is branching out into releasing short story anthologies. Now, because paranormal is my genre of choice, and I want the authors in these anthologies to be able to market to their fans for each other, these will be paranormal/urban fantasy/high fantasy anthologies.

For 2016, I’m tentatively planning three anthologies.

Current anthology call for submissions:

 

A Midsummer Night’s Sidhe

Broomsticks

Carol of the Spells

CyberWitch Lowered Rates + Updates

In case the title of the post hasn’t made it clear enough, I’ve lowered my formatting rates for 2016. So if cost has ever been prohibitive for you in your desire to hire me to format your ebooks or print books, maybe you could reconsider!

A standard length novel (under 100k words):

  • Mobi/Epub = $75
  • Smashwords = $50
  • Createspace = $75
  • Free PDF
  • + 15% discount
  • TOTAL = $170

I also added a “Budget Formatting” option for anybody who wants a professionally formatted book for rock-bottom cost.

See “Services & Rates” in the top, right-hand corner of my site for further info.

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I’ve posted two anthology calls for submissions:

A Midsummer Night’s Sidhe (due April 4)

Broomsticks (due August 1)

I learned a lot upon releasing Jingle Spells, so for now, until I perfect the process, I’m only doing these two anthologies this year. If you want to be a part, you’ve got plenty of time!

JINGLE SPELLS has been released and has been doing very well, even now that it’s post-Christmas. If you’re interested in picking up a FREE copy of the inaugural CyberWitch Press Short Fiction Anthology, get it at Amazon. It’s a beautifully formatted ebook, and can give you an idea of what I’m capable of when it comes to making your book beautiful.

Print Book Formatting Special

**SPECIAL HAS ENDED – BUT FEEL FREE TO BROWSE THE SCANS BELOW TO SEE BOOKS I’VE FORMATTED**

When I format a print book, I feel like I have absolute control over the end product, and I’m damn proud of it. I’d love to see more print format requests come in, specifically more requesting the fun stuff I can do with images and fonts!

So along with this post chronicling some of the print books I’ve done in the past, I’m running a special on pricing. Createspace pricing is as follows:

  • Createspace for UNDER 30 thou — $50
  • Createspace for UNDER 70 thou — $75
  • Createspace for OVER 70 thou — $100

For the images and special formatting seen below, I usually charge an extra $50. But I am offering this kind of formatting for no extra charge for the next three months! This way I can build my portfolio, and hopefully grab some new clients.

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(These are scans of books I have on hand that I formatted, whether mine or a client’s. Some of the shadows are pretty wonky ‘cuz scanning a book on a flatbed scanner is pretty weird, but you can see the basic format.)

abigail“Abigail” by Me

I was going for whimsical and girly because the book is a fantasy/romance.

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anna“Anna” by Julia Crane

Julia picked out the roots because it was “earthy.” I loved the way this book turned out.

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csod“Constant State of Disaster” by Me

I’d seen this look in a traditionally published book, and I wanted to emulate it. I actually do that quite a bit. If a client came to me and said “Look at such-and-such’s book. That’s how I want mine,” I could make it happen.

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dp“Dark Promise” by Julia Crane & Talia Jager

I love this look. It’s simple but striking.

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“Eternal Youth” by Me & Julia Crane

This was one of those books I did based off a trad novel by Susan Wittig Albert.  The text page (below) isn’t a very good scan, but I loved adding the line to the page heading. It made it look so crisp. The final product was pretty damn close to Susan’s.

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“Freak of Nature” by Julia Crane

Julia’s main character is a half-human/half-robot hybrid, so she wanted this patch of coding on her chapters. It’s so cool to see when you open the book.

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“The House” by Me

I wanted to go “creepy” because it’s a ghost story. The cover has branches on it superimposed over the image of the girl/guy and house, so that’s how I got the idea to use creepy branches.

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“Lauren” by Julia Crane

Another example of a simple yet striking chapter heading.

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If you’re on a search for a print book formatter, consider giving me a try!

New Formatting client – Tara West

Currently available at Barnes & Noble and coming soon to Amazon and Smashwords!

After shedding 30 pounds of baby fat,Sophie Sinora has grown into a pretty, but insecure, teen in bloom. To make her life more complicated, Sophie can sometimes read minds.

Sophie’s BFFs, AJ and Krysta, are also ‘gifted’ with paranormal abilities. Keeping their gifts secret proves difficult, as their powers are strengthening, making them feel more and more like freaks.

When Sophie falls for Jacob, she hopes he’ll ask her out to the Freshman Formal. But when she’s forced to cheat and lie for him, she wonders how far she’ll have to go to make him like her. Add to her growing list of problems – her teacher’s suicidal thoughts, a locker bully who wants to kick her butt, the hot flirt who won’t stop teasing her, her pregnant sister who boots Sophie out of her room, and the growing tension between Sophie and her best friends. Sophie’s got issues.

Hopefully, she can fix them in time to save her teacher’s life and her social life.

Tara is a breeze to work with on ebook jobs.  I’m delighted to count her YA series among my current hires and will be pushing out the next 2 in the series not only on all ebook formats, but for Createspace as well.

I’ve been a busy bee lately with formatting!  I’m currently finishing up with the last 2 books of Sheila Horgan’s awesome Tea Series, a 5 book mystery series that is heavy on the Irish — and y’all know how much I love all things Ireland ;)  They’re really cute and I’m excited to finish reading them!

I just finished formatting two Createspace books for Parody Queen PJ Jones — Driving Me Nuts! and The Paranormal Parody Collection.

I also formatted rockstar YA author Julia Crane’s “Conflicted”, teh 2nd book in her Keegan’s Chronicles series.  Julia is one my closest friends and she lives in Dubai, so I hold in hand her proof copy of Conflicted, and let me tell you… I’m rather good at this Createspace business if I do say so myself…😛

Other than Sheila’s two final books, I am currently working on Athanasios’s “Committed”, the sequel to “Mad Gods” in his Predatory Ethics series.  Tom, as he is known by moi, is a phenomenal writer who likes to dabble in mythology, much like myself!

That’s my update in the ebook formatting world!  I am also currently pushing to finish my now-titled, first-in-a-new-witchcraft-mystery-series “Mother of All” before the end of the month.  I’m a busy girl:)

New client! Dani Amore

I recently got taken on by another author!  Dani Amore is a crime-novelist.  I formatted “To Find A Mountain”, a raw, passionate look at Italy in World War II.  I’m looking forward to working with her in the future — she’s a great chick.  And speaking of chicks, she’s also highlighted in the “Indie Chicks” anthology, alongside me and 23 other women–an inspirational anthology by women, for women.  I also did the formatting for the anthology:)

To Find A Mountain

Indie Chicks: 25 Women, 25 Personal Stories

 

Consequences – Sheila Horgan

Nora McCarthy joyfully lost herself in two things -her kids and her husband. Her kids included a hodgepodge of young people that found their way to her when they needed more than anyone else was willing to provide.

That was before, this is after.

After the kids have grown. After the unexpected death of her husband. After Nora discovered that perhaps her life was not as idyllic as she once believed. Nora is left to deal with the consequences of actions taken by others, actions she had no control over.

Jennifer was a child needing help. Help only Nora was willing to provide. For more than a decade Jennifer bounced between her biological family and Nora. There wasn’t a lot of help for either of them then, Jennifer was a child that fell through the cracks of a broken system. Now that Jennifer is eighteen, there is no help at all.

For the second time in as many weeks Nora is surrounded by cops. Nora has done all the right things for all the right reasons and it might just cost her everything.

Please note: Consequences is approximately 83,000 words, professionally edited and VERY different from Sheila’s best selling books – The Tea Series.

Consequences is available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Consequences was a great read!  I actually learned a new trick formatting for Sheila — padding, in case any tech-heads know what that is.   I formatted the Nook and Kindle version for her, as well as a Smashwords.

Sheila is an UBER nice woman with a talent for writing characters that seem so real they could be friends.   She has commissioned me to format her bestselling “Tea series”, so that’s something I’ll be working on for the next couple weeks!

My First Kid’s Book Job!

This was definitely a learning experience!  But Dea and I worked closely together on this one to make sure it turned out exactly as she was hoping.  I learned some new things while working on it — mainly about font and image size within the doc.  For the record, Nook and Kindle ereaders support entirely different font and image sizes.  What looks amazing in the Kindle version put five words per page on the Nook; images that filled the screen nicely on the Kindle filled two pages on the Nook… so in the end, the two versions ended up needed separate formatting codes.  EEK!

Dea’s blurb:

The ghosts on earth have a problem…they have no place to live, and the Goblin Police want to send them to Otherworld Jail!
Can Penelope the Witch figure out how to help them, or will the ghosts be running from Officer Splot forever?

Available Now at Amazon!