Monthly Archives: July 2014
Years ago I got an idea for a story. I wrote it out in a few days and found it to be a short story. It was based heavily in Greek mythology while still being in a modern setting. Apparently Greek gods fit quite well in a modern high school. Anyway, about a year or so ago I remembered it and was trying to figure out what to do with it. The idea came to me to put together an anthology of short stories relating to myths. I put out the request for short stories to my writing group and got three submissions, which is not enough.
So, I am putting the request out farther for submissions. I can’t afford to pay for the submissions unfortunately, but for all accepted submissions the author gets a free copy of the anthology. The author also retains all copyright to their work.
The stories should be five thousand words or less, using mythology (this can be Greek, Roman, Celtic, Native American, etc.), can use modern elements as long as it is still strong in mythology. I’m accepting submissions until October 31st, 2014. Though the deadline may be moved if not enough submissions come in. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. So, if you are interested please send in your submission.
I have been lucky because people around me are readers and willing to buy my books. I have also been lucky enough to have met other local authors and been able to purchase their books. This is also a good reason to join a writing group, to meet these people and to get support from the group. This kind of support is what every author is looking for, because it usually means that you cared enough to spend your money. Further support is to put out a good review of the work.
If you want to fully support an author buy their books directly from them, or their publisher. I know it is cheaper to get them second hand, or through a third party, but those options mean little or no money gets to the author. Most authors do not write to make money, but the love of the story doesn’t pay the bills associated with writing it down. So, if you know a local author who needs the support, buy a copy of them book from them. You get some entertainment from reading it and they get the support. Also they will likely sign it for you.
When I was introduced to the genre of fantasy it was not trilogies of epic sagas that were big enough to be used as bricks for houses. It was funny fantasy stories like the Myth series by Robert Asprin, the WizBiz books by Rick Cook, the Captain Yor books by Roy V. Young, the books of Craig Shaw Gardner, Heroics for Beginners by John Moore, and the first couple of the Xanth books by Piers Anthony. These were my introduction to fantasy and my inspiration to write fantasy.
I wanted to write books like these to entertainment people with the same likes in reading material as I do. Alas my fantasy novels are far more serious and lack the comic genius of these great books. I still strive for this dream, but I feel that I will always fall short of this goal. The only thing helping sooth the irritation of not being able to write this way is being able to go back and read these works over and over; to be entertained not once, but many times. And when I find books similar I feel like I have found a valuable gem. If you like fantasy that is light and entertaining pick up a book by one of these authors. I think you’ll like them.