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Like the next big trend, here are a few markets that are just around the corner.

Snap your friends, these submission deadlines are coming – markets for young writers only:

ROLLING

Poet2Poet

Deadline: rolling. 

(checked Oct 2/22)

Poetry. “You can submit your own poem and have it published on our website as well as have other passionate youth read to learn from your writing. We are a youth-oriented organization and our mission is to focus on the process of writing in order to help others understand your thought-process and gain valuable knowledge on poetry. To submit a poem, click the button below for a form and fill out all the details. Once you have submitted, we will send you a confirmation email within 1-2 days to inform you that your poem was posted. There is no word limit and you can submit poems on any topic!”

https://www.poet2poet.com/submit-1

Stone Soup

“Stone Soup is the literary magazine and website 100% written and illustrated by kids through age 13. Our young authors’ and artists’ work is also published in our Annual and on our blog. Inspire the children in your life with great short stories and poetry, beautiful art and photography, and thought-provoking reviews–all written by their peers, published in a style and format they can take real pride in.”

Monthly Flash Fiction Contest Deadline: First week every month.

Flash fiction following the prompt given. Check after it opens monthly for that month’s prompt.

14 years old or under. Length varies with the theme. No entry fee.

https://stonesoup.com/post/stone-soup-monthly-flash-contest-winners-roll/

Dec 2022

Lions International

Deadline: December 15, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

International Peace Essay Contest on theme of “Lead With Compassion” – up to 500 words.

“Your club can sponsor visually-impaired students in the Lions Clubs International Essay Contest! Only a Lions club can sponsor the contest. The contest may be sponsored in a local school or organized, sponsored youth group, or individuals may be sponsored as well.”

Students who are visually impaired, ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, are eligible to participate.

Open to students who are considered visually impaired according to their national guidelines. One grand prize winner will receive an award and US$5,000.

https://www.lionsclubs.org/en/start-our-approach/youth/peace-essay

Lions International

Deadline: December 1, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

International Peace Essay Contest on theme of “Lead With Compassion” – up to 500 words.

“Your club can sponsor visually-impaired students in the Lions Clubs International Essay Contest! Only a Lions club can sponsor the contest. The contest may be sponsored in a local school or organized, sponsored youth group, or individuals may be sponsored as well.”

Students who are visually impaired, ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, are eligible to participate.

Open to students who are considered visually impaired according to their national guidelines. One grand prize winner will receive an award and US$5,000.

https://www.lionsclubs.org/en/start-our-approach/youth/peace-essay

Nov 2022

International Bipolar Foundation

Deadline: November 30, 2021; opens October 15, 2022.

(checked Oct 2/22)

High School Essay Contest – 500 to 1,000 words. See topic (TBA).

Must be a current high school student in 9th to 12th grade. Prizes: “3 winners will receive cash prizes ($1,000, $500, $250) and their letters used as a template for future advocacy that will be featured on our website.”

http://ibpf.org/webform/high-school-essay-contest

NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program

November 30, 2022; opens November 1, 2022.

(checked Oct 2/22)

National Novel Writing Month. “National Novel Writing Month is a fun, empowering approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel in just one month. For 30 wild, exciting, surprising days, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create! Our Young Writers Program supports under-18 writers and K-12 educators as they participate in our flagship event each November, and take part in smaller writing challenges year-round.” No payment or entries, just 30 days of wild writing abandon  without letting the need to edit stifle your creativity.

http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

Deadline: November 30, 2022; opens November 1, 2022 (annually).

(checked Oct 2/22)

The Kenyon Review. High School Sophomores and Juniors.

Award: First place: Full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop and publication. Second and third place: Publication.

https://www.kenyonreview.org/contests/patricia-grodd/

Polar Expressions Publishing Student Contest

Deadline: November 21, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

Restrictions: open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve.

Short story up to 450 words. No entry fee. Cash prizes.

http://polarexpressions.ca/StudentContests.html

One Teen Story Contest

Deadline: November 27, 2022; opens September 6, 2022.

(checked Oct 2/22)

Fiction 2,000-4,500 words  in any genre about the teen experience. Ages categories 13-15, 16-17, 18-19. No entry fee. Payment: $500 and 25 contributor copies for first North American serial rights. All rights will revert to the author following publication.

https://one-story.com/write/one-teen-story-contest/

Princeton University

Deadline: November 27, 2021; opens October 31, 2022.

(checked Oct 2/22)

Leonard Milberg ’53 Secondary School Poetry Prize. Submit up to 3 poems.

Any student who is in the eleventh grade (in the USA or abroad) in the academic year is eligible. Prizes: First $1,500, second $750, third $500.

http://arts.princeton.edu/about/opportunities/high-school-contests/poetry-contest/

Polar Expressions Publishing Student Contest

Deadline: November 21, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

Restrictions: open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve.

Poetry up to 32 lines. No entry fee. Cash prizes.

http://polarexpressions.ca/StudentContests.html

Rachel Carson Sense of the Wild Contest

Deadline: November 16, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

Poetry and Prose (essay) w/ or w/o Photograph. See themes and categories.

Intergenerational Team of two or more only. “Winners will receive a certificate from RCLA. Their first names and ages (optional) along with the title of their winning entry will be posted on the RCLA website. A portion or all of the winning entry may be posted on the RCLA website.”

http://rachelcarsonlandmarkalliance.org/events-outreach/rachel-carson-intergenerational-sense-of-wonder-sense-of-the-wild-contest-2021/

Lions International

Deadline: November 15, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

International Peace Essay Contest on theme of “Lead With Compassion” – up to 500 words.

“Your club can sponsor visually-impaired students in the Lions Clubs International Essay Contest! Only a Lions club can sponsor the contest. The contest may be sponsored in a local school or organized, sponsored youth group, or individuals may be sponsored as well.”

Students who are visually impaired, ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, are eligible to participate.

Open to students who are considered visually impaired according to their national guidelines. One grand prize winner will receive an award and US$5,000.

https://www.lionsclubs.org/en/start-our-approach/youth/peace-essay

Rattle Young Poets Anthology

Deadline: November 15, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

Open Call for Submissions – up to four poems.

Ages 15 or younger. The author of the poem must have been age 15 or younger when the poem was written, and 18 or younger when submitted. Payment: “Contributors to the print magazine receive $200 and a complimentary one-year subscription. Poems for “Online Only” categories receive $100. All submissions are automatically considered for the annual Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, a $2,000 prize judged by the editors.”

https://www.rattle.com/children/guidelines/

Chicago Young Writers Review (CYWR)

Deadline: November 7, 2022; opens September 17, 2022.

(checked Oct 2/22)

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry on them of “A Story Worth Telling”. Grades K-8.

Submissions after November 7 will be considered for regular publication in an upcoming CYWR issue. Accepts stories: 100-1,600 words, Poems: up to 500 words, Song lyrics: up to 300 words, Screenplay/script: up to 1,000 words (not including formatting), Book excerpts: up to 2 chapters (preferably the first ones so readers have context for the story), up to 1,600 words total.

https://cywr.org/contests.html

Interlochen Arts Academy

Deadline: November 6, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition for grades 8-11. Win a full-tuition scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy (in USA). Fiction, Poetry, Spoken Word Personal essay or memoir, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Comics, Experimental or unclassifiable writing.

https://write.interlochen.org/

Bennington College

Deadline: November 1, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

Young Writers Competition. Grades 10-12. Poetry (3 poems), Fiction up to 1500 words or one-act play (run no more than 30 minutes of playing time, Nonfiction up to 1500 words. “We welcome submissions from both US and international students.” Payment: First-place winners in each category are awarded a prize of $1,000; second-place winners receive $500; third-place winners receive $250. No entry fee.

http://www.bennington.edu/events/young-writers-awards

Oct 2022

The Brandon Langhjelm Memorial Essay Contest 2022

Deadline: October 31, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

Restrictions: Contestants must be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada. Must be age 15-24 at time of contest deadline and a student. Essay 1500-2500 words.

2022 Essay Topic: “Canadian governments are making Digital ID technologies a precondition of access to essential services and goods. What can Canadians do to protect their Charter rights and freedoms against the dangers of these technologies?”

https://www.jccf.ca/projects-media/essay-contest/

Hollins University

Deadline: October 31, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest. Submit up to two poems. For High School Sophomore and Junior Girls

https://www.hollins.edu/academics/majors-minors/english-creative-writing-major/nancy-thorp-poetry-contest/

Polyphony Lit Fall Contest

Deadline: October 31, 2022; opens October 1, 2022.

(checked Oct 2/22)

Open to High School Students Globally 14-18 years old. Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction. “Students may submit for publication in our annual volume, and/or  our annual writing contests.” Submit early during the reading period. Some reading periods may close early if submission cap is reached.

https://www.polyphonylit.org/copy-of-submit

VFW Patriot’s Pen

Deadline: October 31, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

Themed Essay Competition on theme of “My Pledge to Our Veterans.”

Grades 6-8. Scholarships for USA universities only.

https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships

VFW Voice of Democracy

Deadline: October 31, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

Audio Essay Competition on theme of “Why is the Veteran Important?”. Grades 9-12.  Scholarships for USA universities only.

https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships

Polyphony Lit Latin Heritage Contest

Deadline: October 15, 2022; opens September 15, 2022.

(checked Oct 2/22)

Open to High School Students Globally 14-18 years old. Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction. “Students may submit for publication in our annual volume, and/or  our annual writing contests.” Submit early during the reading period. Some reading periods may close early if submission cap is reached.

https://www.polyphonylit.org/copy-of-submit

American Geosciences Institute

Deadline: October 14, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

Earth Science Week Essay Contest. “Your essay should focus on the topic “Geoscience for Sustainable Development Goals.”” Theme: “Finding ‘Art’ in Earth”

Grades 6-9. USA only.

http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/essay/index.html

National YoungArts Foundation

Applications Open June 7 – October 14, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

Ages 15-18. USA only. Various Arts Categories. Receive up to $10k + educational support.

http://www.youngarts.org/apply

Embracing Our Differences

Deadline: October 5, 2022

(checked Oct 2/22)

Art Exhibit and Quote Contest. For all ages. Entries can be no longer than 20 words. No entry fee.

https://www.embracingourdifferences.org/submit-a-quotation-2022-exhibit/

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Mystery Magazine

Deadline: rolling

(checked Aug 2/22)

“If your story is accepted, a digital agreement must be signed and payment will be sent by PayPal to the email address you specify below. Your story may appear in our monthly print and digital magazine, on our website, in audio format, in our App, as social media excerpts, and possibly in printed collections of our monthly issues. We require first-publication and archival rights with an exclusivity period of 2 years.”

https://mysterymagazine.ca/submit

Noir Nation

Deadline: No set reading periods. Sign up to newsletter to find when they are.

(checked Aug 2/22)

We have no regular reading periods. Much depends on available editorial resources. But if you want updates on the reading period and what we may be needing for a particular issue, please subscribe to our newsletter

The newsletter provides subscribers advance notice of open calls and pay and official announcements of Golden Fedora winners and publication releases. Additionally, editors rely on subscribers for ideas and referrals when working on special by-invite-only issues.

https://www.noirnation.com/submissions

Outcast Press: Diner Crime/Noir/Neo-Noir Anthology

Deadline: December 1, 2022; opens August 1, 2022.

(checked Aug 2/22)

Crime/noir/neo-noir/transgressive short stories in which a diner-like venue plays a major role in the narrative. Length: 2,000 – 7,000 words (3,000 – 4,500 words being the sweet spot). Payment: $25 – $100. 

https://www.outcast-press.com/copy-of-about

The Second Black Beacon Book of Mystery

Deadline: October 31, 2022.

(checked Sep 29/22)

Mystery between 3,000 and 9,000 words. “We want excellent writing, evocative settings, intriguing characters, and most importantly, a clever puzzle complete with clues, red herrings, foreshadowing, and twists.” Payment: 20€ for original stories and 5€ for reprints regardless of length, plus one print copy. Accepts reprints.

https://blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html

HORROR MARKETS:

2022

Eerie River Publishing: “Wind” Elements Book Four:  Four-part series

Deadline: December 31, 2022; opens December 1, 2022

(checked Mar 30/22)

Quarterly series: earth – fire – air – water. Stories of horror with the theme of ‘wind’- Rated R welcomed. We thank you for our nightmares. 1500 – 7000 words. Although there can be some fantasy elements tossed in there, the overall feel of the stories must remain in the horror genre. Aim to scare. Payment: ¢1 per word CAD after approved edits.

https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission

The Theatre Phantasmagoria

Deadline: December 31, 2022; opens December 1, 2022.

(checked Sep 1/22)

Horror flash fiction up to 2,000 words. Theme TBA! Payment: £10.  This is a monthly call. See themes. Monthly submissions first to last day each month. 

https://nightterrornovels.wordpress.com/submissions/

Never Wake

Deadline: December 4, 2022.

(checked Oct 1/22)

Horror 2500-4500 words. “We’re looking for scary, mind-bending stories featuring dreams, nightmares, hallucinations, messed-up psychedelic experiences, and various elements of phantasmagoria.” Payment: 8 cents/word. 

https://www.crystallakepub.com/authorcentral/

Interstellar Flight Press

Deadline: December 1, 2022.

(checked Sep 2/22)

Horror 17,500 – 40,000 words including but not limited to: Science Fiction Horror, Fantasy Horror, Supernatural, Weird Horror, Mystery/thrillers with horror elements. Hybrids or difficult to categorize works are welcome. Give us your slashers, zombies, witches, vampires, monsters, demons, devils, horror comedies, psychological thrillers, body horror, crime noir, creature features, aliens, ghosts, haunted houses, creepy carnivals, serial killers, possessed children, shapeshifters, disasters, and viruses. Payment: Royalties. 

https://www.interstellarflightpress.com/submissions.html

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: December 1, 2022.

(checked Aug 2/22)

Horror on themes. Payment: 15 GBT.  Theme of Tunnels.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

Fable: An Anthology of Horror, Suspense & the Supernatural

Deadline: November 30, 2022.

(checked Oct 1/22)

Horror, mystery, crime, thriller, and/or suspense. Supernatural elements are encouraged. However, they are not necessary. 1000 – 40,000 words. Payment: Original Fiction: $0.08/word for the first 1,000 words, and $0.01/word after. Reprints: $0.01/word. Accepts reprints.

https://pridebookcafe.com/fable-an-anthology-of-horror-suspense-the-supernatural/?v=7516fd43adaa

Gravelight Press: Halloween Party

Deadline: November 30, 2022; opens July 1, 2022.

(checked Oct 1/22)

Short stories and poems relating to all things horror. Payment: $25. 

https://duotrope.com/duosuma/submit/gravelight-press-anthology-series-HaG9Z

The Theatre Phantasmagoria

Deadline: November 30, 2022; opens November 1, 2022.

(checked Sep 1/22)

Horror flash fiction up to 2,000 words. Theme of Hear the Slay Bells Ring—Stories about Christmas or set during wintertime. Payment: £10.  This is a monthly call. See themes. Monthly submissions first to last day each month. 

https://nightterrornovels.wordpress.com/submissions/

This World Belongs to Us

Deadline: November 30, 2022.

(checked Oct 1/22)

Horror stories 500-5,000 words about bugs. Payment: 5 cents/word.  “This will be our first anthology, and we are paying Horror Writers Association pro rates of 5 cents a word. We anticipate a 50/50 split between featured authors and those chosen via our submission call.”

http://frombeyondpress.com/submissions/

Dark Recesses Press

Deadline: November 15, 2022; opens August 15, 2022

(checked Sep 29/22)

Quarterly print magazine. Winter issue. Horror/dark fiction pieces between 500-5000 words. Payment: 5 cents/word.

https://darkrecessespress.com/submissions/

Last Girls Club

Deadline: November 1, 2022; opens October 1, 2022.

(checked Sep 29/22)

Feminist horror: short stories and poems on theme of Homeless Nation (see themes). *Authors must be 18+. Payment: Short Story-2,500 words or less. $0.01 USD per word/$25 USD and copy of magazine; Flash Fiction-less than a 1,000 words $0.01 USD per word/$10 USD; Poems-less than 200 words $10 upon acceptance and a PDF of the magazine. 

https://www.lastgirlsclub.com/submit

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: November 1, 2022.

(checked Aug 2/22)

Horror on themes. Payment: 15 GBT.  Theme of Mother Nature.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

A Darkness Visible

Deadline: October 31, 2022.

(checked Sep 29/22)

Postmodern horror. This anthology will explore the inter-relationship between the postmodern and horror. 3,000 to 8,000 words. Stories may be in the horror genre, or they may investigate horrific aspects of what Jean-François Lyotard called “the postmodern condition.” Payment: £80.  

https://www.ontologybooks.com/submissions

From the Yonder

Deadline: October 31, 2022.

(checked Sep 2/22)

A horror, short-story collection of regional legends and tall-tales from around the World. Short stories and poems based upon a regional/cultural legend or tall-tale from any location or culture in the World. “Regional” can be a specific place (Loch Ness) or a larger region (Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest). Payment: $5 (USD) per poem and $10 (USD) per short story.  

https://warmonkeypublications.com/submissions

Manor of Fright 

Deadline: October 31, 2022.

(checked Sep 2/22)

Horror 2,000-3,500 words. “Imagine a Victorian house where every room is cursed with a frightful existence. Are monsters in the halls? Ghosts left to fester in the library? Or are the rooms themselves enchanted with malevolent energy? What was summoned long ago and what doorways were left open? Manor of Fright will be a collection of tales all set in different rooms of the same house.” Payment: $10. 

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/current-submission-calls/

Nightlight

Deadline: October 31, 2022.

(checked Aug 2/22)

Open to Black writers.  Horror up to 10,000 words. Audio format. Payment: $75 – $200 depending on length. $50 for reprints. 

https://nightlightpod.com/submissions/

Otoroshi Journal

Deadline: October 31st, 2022, opens October 1, 2022

(checked Jun 27/22)

Horrorku, horror tanka, and horror haibun, art. Payment: Poetry, $1. Art, $10.

https://otoroshijournal.wixsite.com/home/guidelines

Step Into The Light

Deadline: October 31, 2022, or until filled.

(checked Aug 2/22)

Theme: Daytime-themed horror. Flash fiction 500-1500 words and longer (3-5k). Payment: £0.005 per word. “Think Midsommar, The Wicker Man, Benchley’s Jaws, IT, The Silence of the Lambs. All great storylines, all packed with daytime fear proving you don’t have to be in the dark to be afraid. Sleeping with the lights on won’t help you this time.” 20% of sales profit from ‘Step Into the Light’ in its first year of publishing (2023) will go to children’s charities in the uk.

https://horrortree.com/taking-submissions-step-into-the-light/#more-619772

The Big Book of Things That Go Bump in the Night: A Collection of Utah Horror

Deadline: October 31, 2022

(checked Mar 30/22)

Restrictions: All entries must have a Utah connection, either on the part of the author or the story itself. Genre: Stories and poems suitable for a middle-grade audience in the same vein as Neil Gaiman, Victoria Schwab, Patrick Ness, Holly Black, and R.L. Stine. Please ensure your story/poem is suitable for a younger audience. Prize: $10 – $35.

https://www.timberghostpress.com/bump-in-the-night.html

The Theatre Phantasmagoria

Deadline: October 31, 2022; opens October 1, 2022.

(checked Sep 1/22)

Horror flash fiction up to 2,000 words. Theme of ThanksKilling Feasts—Stories about cannibalism, food, or gluttony. Payment: £10.  This is a monthly call. See themes. Monthly submissions first to last day each month. 

https://nightterrornovels.wordpress.com/submissions/

Dose of Dread

Deadline: October 15, 2022; opens October 1, 2022.

(checked Mar 27/22)

Horror flash fiction. Preference for dread-inducing stories. Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Payment: 2c/word, paid via PayPal. (Rounded to nearest whole dollar).

https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

The Other Stories (Audio)

Deadline: October 15, 2022.

(checked Aug 2/22)

Horror on themes. Payment: 15 GBT.  Theme of Possession.

https://theotherstories.net/submissions

Grins and giggles. Here are a few markets sneaking up on us.

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Loose the fuzzy creatures, these submission deadlines are ready to play – children’s markets:

Youth Imagination Magazine

Deadline: “Roughly a month before the publication date.”

(checked Oct 2/22)

Youth Imagination is interested in creative fiction stories by teens as well as by adult authors. Make the stories awesome, inspiring and engaging. Our goal is to publish the best writing for and by teens. We particularly love stories exploring their issues, such as bullying, drugs, romance, school, parental issues, teacher issues, etc., as well as about the grit and character of teens and young adults.

Three of our publications come out once a quarter, in the first week of the months below:

  • Silver Blade:  February, May, August, and November
  • Fabula Argentea:  January, April, July, and October
  • Liquid Imagination: March, June, September and December

We have one publication that is published monthly:

  • Youth Imagination is published on the 21st of every month.

https://youthimagination.org/index.php/yi-submissions

Annick Press

Deadline: ongoing.

(checked Oct 2/22)

Currently accepting submissions of picture books, middle grade fiction, YA fiction, and non-fiction for kids of all ages. Our stories feature contemporary themes (even if the setting is historical) and aim to instill kids with the joy of reading.

https://www.annickpress.com/Submission-Guidelines

Cricket Media: Ladybug (ages 3 – 6)

Deadline: ongoing.

(checked Oct 2/22)

Compelling explorations of our world written for young  children. “We’re looking for narrative nonfiction (to 800 words), nonfiction and nature writing (to 400 words), and poetry (to 20 lines).” Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. General submissions are always open.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17818/ladybug-magazine-for-ages-36

Crow Toes Quarterly

Deadline: year round; doesn’t list deadlines for each issue. – CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS DURING RESTRUCTURING FOR 2023.

(checked Oct 2/22)

Art & literature for children who don’t scare easily. We are looking for “playfully dark”, intelligent, humorous, descriptive literature written for children ages 8 – 13. Reads general submissions all year round. See themes. Payment: $20 – $50.

https://www.crowtoesquarterly.org/submit

Lorimer Press

Deadline: Rolling

(checked Mar 30/22)

James Lorimer & Company is seeking manuscripts for its children’s and teens’ imprint. We are looking for fiction, non-fiction and graphic novel manuscripts by Canadian creators. The goal of our publishing program is to provide engaging, accessible books for young people that address social-justice and human-rights issues as they uniquely affect Canadian society or individual Canadians. We aim to reflect a diverse range of cultural, regional and socio-economic experiences and issues in the books we publish.

Submissions can be emailed to submissions@lorimer.ca and should include a cover letter, a short biography outlining your past writing experience and qualifications, a plot summary or outline, a chapter-by-chapter outline and 3–4 sample chapters or a complete manuscript.

https://lorimer.ca/childrens/submission-guidelines/

2022

Muse Magazine

Deadline: December 15, 2022 (query deadline)

(checked Jun 27/22)

Nonfiction articles for children ages 9-14 on theme of Brains (The complex and important organ inside our skulls). Payment: Not specified.  See themes.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/58980/muse-magazine-for-ages-914-science-nonfiction

Cardinal Rule Press 

Deadline: November 30, 2022; opens September 1, 2022.

(checked Oct 1/22)

Children’s picture books that empower children through meaningful stories for readers, age 4-11 up to 1,000 words. They also publish non-fiction books for parents (word count up to 70k). Payment: Royalties. 

https://cardinalrulepress.com/submissions/

Muse Magazine

Deadline: November 15, 2022 (query deadline)

(checked Jun 27/22)

Nonfiction articles for children ages 9-14 on theme of Under the Sea (Humans living, working, and exploring underwater). Payment: Not specified.  See themes.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/58980/muse-magazine-for-ages-914-science-nonfiction

Muse Magazine

Deadline: October 15, 2022 (query deadline)

(checked Jun 27/22)

Nonfiction articles for children ages 9-14 on theme of All The World’s a Stage (Behind the scenes at the theatre). Payment: Not specified.  See themes.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/58980/muse-magazine-for-ages-914-science-nonfiction

Sharpen your writing pencils. Here are a few markets whose deadlines are looming over us.

Dust the writing cogs, these submission deadlines are coming up – nonfiction markets:

     
 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels

Deadline: December 31, 2022.

(checked Sep 1/22)

True stories and poems. “We are looking for true personal stories about how an angel has touched your life – stories of true wonder and awe from people who have directly encountered or received help from angels. We’re looking for amazing stories that will make people say “wow” or give our readers chills. Have you experienced something otherworldly or celestial? Or had a personal experience with an angel or divine being? How did your angel manifest himself or herself to you? Were you the only person who saw your angel? How did your angel protect or guide you?” Payment: $200. 

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics/

Hippocampus Magazine

December 23, 2022; opens December 1, 2022 for fee-free submissions.

(checked Mar 27/22)

Memoir excerpts and personal essays up to 4,000 words, and creative flash nonfiction up to 800 words. Payment: $40.

https://hippocampusmagazine.com/submissions/

Chicken Soup for the Soul: How stepping outside my comfort zone changed me

Deadline: December 15, 2022.

(checked Sep 1/22)

True stories and poems. “Tell us your own stories about stepping outside your comfort zone and how that changed your life.” Payment: $200. 

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics/

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The power of positive thinking

Deadline: December 15, 2022.

(checked Sep 1/22)

True stories and poems. “How did you “think positive” and how did it change your life? Tell us your success story about using the power of positive thinking!” Payment: $200. 

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics/

Muse Magazine

Deadline: December 15, 2022.

(checked Sep 25/22)

Nonfiction articles 800-2000 words on theme of Brains for children 9-14 years old. Payment: Not specified.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/58980/muse-magazine-for-ages-914-science-nonfiction

Toxic Workplaces

Deadline: December 1, 2022.

(checked Aug 2/22)

Restrictions: Open to women writers. CNF up to 5,000 words on theme Toxic Workplaces. Payment: 2 cents/word.

https://www.cynthialewisauthor.com/p/anthology.html

Muse Magazine

Deadline: November 15, 2022.

(checked Sep 25/22)

Nonfiction articles 800-2000 words on theme of Under the Sea for children 9-14 years old. Payment: Not specified.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/58980/muse-magazine-for-ages-914-science-nonfiction

The Iowa Review

Deadline: November 1, 2022; opens August 1, 2022.

(checked Sep 29/22)

Nonfiction. Payment: $0.08 per word for prose ($100 minimum).  No fee for snail mail submissions. $4 fee for online submissions.

https://iowareview.org/content/writers-guidelines

Brick

Deadline: October 31, 2022; opens September 1, 2022.

(checked Aug 2/22)

Nonfiction 1,000-5,000 words. Payment: $55–660, depending on the length of accepted work, plus two copies of the issue the work appears in and a one-year subscription to the magazine. 

https://brickmag.com/about/#submissions

How2 Conquer

Deadline: October 31, 2022; opens September 1, 2022 (fall reading period).

(checked Sep 29/22)

Nonfiction books 40,000-70,000 words. Payment: Royalties.  

https://www.how2conquer.com/submit-your-manuscript/

Muse Magazine

Deadline: October 17, 2022.

(checked Sep 25/22)

Nonfiction articles 800-2000 words on theme of All The World’s A Stage for children 9-14 years old. Payment: Not specified.

https://cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/58980/muse-magazine-for-ages-914-science-nonfiction

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Funny Stories

Deadline: October 15, 2022.

(checked Sep 1/22)

True stories and poems. “Share your funny stories about something that happened to you in your life – in your relationship with a partner or spouse, a parent or child, a family member or friend, at work or at home – that made you and the people around you laugh out loud. Did you mean for it to be funny? Did the other person mean to make you laugh? Did a situation just get out of control? Did a misunderstanding turn into a comedy of errors?” Payment: $200. 

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics/

Bright Wall/Dark Room.

Deadline: October 6, 2022.

(checked Sep 25/22)

Essay on theme: Recovery. “We’re looking for stories of people who faced immense challenges and found a way to come out the other side. This umbrella encompasses any number of addiction narratives.” Payment: $50. 

https://www.brightwalldarkroom.com/submissions/

Sharpen your writing pencils. Here are a few markets whose deadlines are looming over us.

Photo by Laura Chouette on Unsplash

Time to wax poetic. These Poetry Submission Deadlines Are Coming Upon Us:

    


2023

bath magg

Deadline: February 29, 2023; opens February 1, 2023

(checked May 23/22)

Poetry up to three poems. Payment: £20.

https://www.bathmagg.com/submissions/

Off Topic Publishing: Poetry Box

Deadline: February 25, 2023. This is a monthly call.

(checked Sep 29/22)

Submit 1-3 poems of no more than 15 lines (including blanks) in any style and theme. “Poetry Box – A Physical Poetry Card Sent Out With Tea And Chocolate To Subscribers. Rolling Deadline: Submit By The 25th Of Each Month.” Payment $40 CAD.

https://offtopicpublishing.com/opencalls/

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. 

Deadline: February 15, 2023; opens February 1, 2023

(checked Oct 1/22)

Poetry and art on theme of form poetry. Payment: $7 per poem, $12 for cover art and $7 for inside art.  Theme TBA.

http://www.songsoferetz.com/p/guidelines.html

Off Topic Publishing: Poetry Box

Deadline: January 25, 2023. This is a monthly call.

(checked Sep 29/22)

Submit 1-3 poems of no more than 15 lines (including blanks) in any style and theme. “Poetry Box – A Physical Poetry Card Sent Out With Tea And Chocolate To Subscribers. Rolling Deadline: Submit By The 25th Of Each Month.” Payment $40 CAD.

https://offtopicpublishing.com/opencalls/

DEC 2022

Arc Poetry Magazine

Deadline: December 31, 2022; opens September 1, 2022. 

(checked Oct 1/22)

Poetry up to 3 poems / 360 lines. Payment: $50 per page. 

https://arcpoetry.ca/submit/

Haven Speculative

Deadline: December 31, 2022; opens December 1, 2022.

(checked Mar 27/22)

General submissions. Speculative fiction up to 6,000 words, nonfiction up to 3,000 words, poetry, translations, and art. Payment: 1 cent/word for fiction and $5 – $10 for poetry. 

https://www.havenspec.com/submit/

Off Topic Publishing: Poetry Box

Deadline: December 25, 2022. This is a monthly call.

(checked Sep 29/22)

Submit 1-3 poems of no more than 15 lines (including blanks) in any style and theme. “Poetry Box – A Physical Poetry Card Sent Out With Tea And Chocolate To Subscribers. Rolling Deadline: Submit By The 25th Of Each Month.” Payment $40 CAD.

https://offtopicpublishing.com/opencalls/

Black Ocean

Deadline: December 23, 2022; opens December 9, 2022

(checked Sep 1/22)

Full-length poetry manuscripts, BIPOC poets only. Check site during submission window for guidelines. Payment: Royalties.

https://www.blackocean.org/submit

Poetry Wales

Deadline: December 15(?), 2022; opens November, 2022.

(checked Oct 1/22)

Poetry, reviews, articles. See theme. Payment: Poems £20/page. Reviews £67.50/1500-word review. Articles £200/3000 word, or in that proportion, depending on number of published words.

https://poetrywales.co.uk/submission/

NOV 2022

Abyss and Apex: Q1 & Q2 poems

Deadline: November 30, 2022. Opens November 1, 2022 (poetry submissions open for two 1-month periods annually)

(checked Dec 28/21)

Strong, emotionally resonant, literary-quality poetry with a clear speculative element (fantasy, science fiction, or surrealism in any combination. Although dark poems are encouraged, we DO NOT publish horror). There are no format or length restrictions for poetry (but try to refrain from epic-length works. We prefer lineated free verse with a limited amount of traditional form poetry with at least 9 lines, or prose poems at least 50 words in length, but we will publish brilliant shorter work. Payment: $5.50 per poem.

https://www.abyssapexzine.com/submissions/

Broken Sleep Books

Deadline: November 30, 2022; opens October 1, 2022.

(checked Oct 1/22)

Poetry pamphlets (up to 40 pages). Payment: Royalties.

https://www.brokensleepbooks.com/submissions

Poet Lore

Deadline: November 30, 2022.

(checked Aug 2/22)

Poetry, up to 5 poems, maximum 10 pages. Payment: $50. 

https://www.poetlore.com/submit/

Typehouse

Deadline: November 30, 2022

(checked May 23/22)

Prose, poetry, art. Restrictions: In honor of Native American Heritage Month, no-fee submissions are open for all Native/Indigenous creators, not limited to those from the US. General Submissions are open to all creators, all the time, eleven months out of the year. General submissions are $3.00, with no-fee submission periods in January, July, and August, and are closed during December. Payment: $25.

https://typehouse.submittable.com/submit

Off Topic Publishing: Poetry Box

Deadline: November 25, 2022. This is a monthly call.

(checked Sep 29/22)

Submit 1-3 poems of no more than 15 lines (including blanks) in any style and theme. “Poetry Box – A Physical Poetry Card Sent Out With Tea And Chocolate To Subscribers. Rolling Deadline: Submit By The 25th Of Each Month.” Payment $40 CAD.

https://offtopicpublishing.com/opencalls/

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. 

Deadline: November 15, 2022; opens November 1, 2022– closed for submissions until Feb 2023

(checked Oct 1/22)

Poetry and art on theme of form poetry. Payment: $7 per poem, $12 for cover art and $7 for inside art.  See themes.

http://www.songsoferetz.com/p/guidelines.html

Ornithopter Press

Deadline: November 12, 2022; opens September 22, 2022.

(checked Oct 1/22)

Poetry chapbooks. Suggested manuscript length: 70 to 100 pages. Payment: Royalties. 

https://www.ornithopterpress.com/submissions.html

OCT 2022

bath magg

Deadline: October 31, 2022; opens October 1, 2022.

(checked May 23/22)

Poetry up to three poems. Payment: £20.

https://www.bathmagg.com/submissions/

Harbor Review

Deadline: October 31, 2022.

(checked Sep 29/22)

Poetry, 1-3 poems. Payment: $10.

https://www.harbor-review.com/submit

Otoroshi Journal

Deadline: October 31st, 2022, opens October 1, 2022

(checked Jun 27/22)

Horrorku, horror tanka, and horror haibun, art. Payment: Poetry, $1. Art, $10.

https://otoroshijournal.wixsite.com/home/guidelines

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Deadline: October 31, 2022.

(checked Aug 2/22)

Poetry on theme: The Rolling Stones for Christmas 2022. Payment: $10. 

https://subterraneanbluepoetry.com/SubterraneanBluePoetry.Submissions.html

Temz Review

Deadline: October 31, 2022.

(checked Sep 29/22)

Poetry and prose up to 10,000 words, chapbooks 20-45 pages. Payment: $20.  

https://www.thetemzreview.com/submissions.html

Off Topic Publishing: Poetry Box

Deadline: October 25, 2022. This is a monthly call.

(checked Sep 29/22)

Submit 1-3 poems of no more than 15 lines (including blanks) in any style and theme. “Poetry Box – A Physical Poetry Card Sent Out With Tea And Chocolate To Subscribers. Rolling Deadline: Submit By The 25th Of Each Month.” Payment $40 CAD.

https://offtopicpublishing.com/opencalls/

Typehouse

Deadline: October 15, 2022

(checked May 23/22)

Prose, poetry, art. Restrictions: In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, no-fee submissions are open for all Hispanic/Latine/x creators, not limited to those in the US. Payment: $25.

https://typehouse.submittable.com/submit

Help send Sidney Gaudet and her UBC team to the West Coast Wonder Women 2022+ all female+ International Card and other events, and support women’s boxing and United Boxing Club.

This is her first boxing match and she is going into it without any sponsors to help cover costs. Encouraging women boxers and supporting their events is important because their are so few of them. Women boxers’ biggest challenge is finding competitors and events.

United Boxing Club (UBC) is a not for profit community based boxing club.

Visit the GoFundMe page!

If you cannot afford to donate, you can help support Sidney, United Boxing Club, and women’s boxing, by sharing this post and spreading the word.


About Sidney Gaudet

Sidney is a university student working two part-time jobs to put herself through school, aspiring author, and an amateur boxer just starting out in her boxing career. The West Coast Wonder Women 2022+ All Female+ International Card will be her first boxing match.


About The UBC Team

The UBC team includes the boxers competing at the event, their coaches, and a referee club member.


About United Boxing Club (UBC)

United Boxing Club (UBC) is a not for profit community based boxing club located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“UBC operates on a “pay it forward” system, with members giving back to members and UBC giving back to the community.  UBC has raised thousands of dollars for various local charities in the community and we continue to engage with “Corporate Winnipeg” to teach the many benefits of boxing training and competition.”


Fundraising

To send Sidney Gaudet and her UBC team to the West Coast Wonder Women 2022+ all female+ International Card and other events.

Proceeds go to United Boxing Club (UBC), a not for profit community based boxing club.

Visit the GoFundMe page!

Facebook: @UnitedBoxingClubWpg

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“In this course for Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) authors, you will learn about the targeting options for Amazon Advertising’s sponsored ads and determine the most effective targeting method to meet your objectives.

After taking this, you will know how to:

  • Recognize the targeting options available for both Sponsored Brands and Sponsored Products.
  • Explain the different keyword match types.
  • Leverage product targeting in your next Sponsored Products campaign.”

Okay, let’s do this. I’m taking the course.

It’s supposed to take 22 minutes. The last one was supposed to take 12, but took me closer to half an hour, but I needed to grab a coffee and had multiple interruptions. I didn’t track how long it took this time, again with multiple interruptions.

The first batch of “pulse check” questions were way too easy. The answers were literally in the questions.

Wow. So apparently you should add misspelled keywords for seekers who are typing challenged (like me typing on my phone!), and other causes of misspelled search terms entered. If I search “thrliler” the keywords won’t pick it up as a misspelling of “thriller”. Less important search words (if, and, of, the, when) are ignored when the algorithm matches search terms to keywords.

Ooh, again using crime novels as the example. I like these people.

Broad match keywords for customers looking for “crime novel”. Pretty much the broadest search option:

“Ads associated with these keywords would be eligible to display:

  • Crime mystery novels
  • Novels about crime

But ads associated with these keywords would be ineligible to display:

  • Criminal novels
  • Crime books”

Phrase match keywords for customers looking for “crime novel”:

Customers need to use the exact phrase, or close variations, and be in the same order as keyword term. It will also reach a smaller audience than the broad match, but your targeting is to more specific searches.

For your crime novel these keywords are eligible:

  • Crime novel eBooks
  • Best seller crime novels 

But these keywords are not eligible:

  • novels about crime
  • crime eBook novel

Then you get your exact match keywords, which are exactly that. The search term has to exactly match your keyword term. Their query words have to be in the same order and without extra words. Your keywords are “crime novel” and “crime novels”, but they searched “best crime novel”, so your ad does not show on their search. It narrows it down to cost you less, but also limits your ad reach to exact matches only.

I always wondered what these “negative matches” were about. Now I know! I, for example, will want search keywords like “crime novel”, “crime”, and “serial killer”.

But for my “negative matches” I would definitely want “true crime” so I’m not paying for clicks for people who want true crime stories instead of fictional crime stories. The same goes for “cozy” to weed out people looking for a cozy mystery. Mine is not cozy. That might have saved me some $$$ when I tried to do ads before!

If your recall, my previous attempts (how long ago now?) at paid Amazon ads resulted in it costing me more for the ads than my royalties for purchases. In total, from Sep 20117 to Sep 2018 I spent $87.40 on ad clicks, with an average cost per click of $0.28. That got me a total of $37.80 in sales. That’s the list price, not the royalties you earn. And not all of those ads even had any clicks, but at least you don’t get charged for that.

In the product targeting, I immediately had a question. Do my POD books qualify for “Prime Shipping Eligibility” and how do I find out? Because that is one of the target categories.

I logged into Amazon using my partner in all thing’s account, which has Prime and searched one of my books. Here is what I found. The book on the left would be the one uploaded to IngramSpark. The one on the right is pulling from Amazon. Note the price difference because to get the same royalties you have to price it higher on Ingram. This is prices in CAD, not USD. The US prices are lower, but still higher through IngramSpark than the Amazon book. Also, this book is now available in hardcover, but only through Amazon.

Only the book on the right mentions Prime in the product search screen.

As you see below, the IngramSpark book does not show the Prime emblem, but the Amazon KDP book does. So, I guess the answer to my question, “Do my POD books qualify for “Prime Shipping Eligibility”?” is yes to the ones uploaded to Amazon KDP, and no to books uploaded through another platform. But both show free shipping. That’s a bonus for me and the buyer.

When I searched using my own non-Prime membership, the IngramSpark book shows free delivery. Curiously, it also shows “Ships from United Kingdom and sold by Book Depository CA”. Funny that I assumed IngramSpark would print it in the US with ground shipping to Canada instead of shipping it overseas. Whereas the Amazon book lists “ships from and sold by Amazon.ca” and free delivery if you spend $35 on items shipped by Amazon.

So, both books benefit from Prime memberships with automatic free shipping and only the Amazon one is charging shipping for non-Prime members, but the latter might be a bonus because I bought Stephen King’s “Danse Macabre”, which I’ve been contemplating for some months when I decided I might also want his “On Writing” memoir. When I saw that I got free shipping because together they were over $35, I used my own account to buy them instead of the Prime account of my partner in all things. But for someone without access to theirs or someone else’s Prime account, they save the shipping if they buy two of your books, or your book and something else sold and shipped by Amazon. Or, as in this example, by spending a little more for your IngramSpark book.

*Note, this one did show the hardcover option too until I shrunk the Google window down. It hid it when it reformatted for the new window size.

So, while most of this course was stuff that seemed pretty obvious, I did learn something because I wasn’t really sure about what “negative matches” was. Turns out my suspicious was right, but I avoided it in my prior ads because I just didn’t really know.


Bring on the next challenge!

I started setting up my first experimental revisiting book marketing endeavor. But at the recommended $1.17 default bid per click, and if I use the “Dynamic bids”, I have to set my daily budget for $1.17 X 2 = $2.34 minimum per day in order for the dynamic bids to work. That puts my minimum projected expense for the 15 days at $35.01, which allows me to get one bid per day at this maximum charge. If I set a budget of $60 for the next 17 days, maybe I’ll win more than one click per day? Still, that’s a lot of money for me to spend for half a month of advertising that I’ve had no success with before.

How the bids work is that it will bid up to your maximum, but only charge you a little over the next highest bid under yours. It charges you that cost per click for that ad showing up in someone’s screen (only if they actually click on that ad). So, if I win a bid and am charged $1.56 and ten people click that add, I expect to be charged $15.60 for clicks. What are the odds enough of those 10 people will actually buy the book for the royalties to cover my cost?

I’m thinking zero.

Amazon, of course, recommends using their automatic targeting especially when you are not experienced at advertising with them (like many of us!). But since I don’t really have that $60 budget, and ideally you want your sales to pay for your advertising instead of losing money on it, I feel like I need to seriously undercut their recommended default bid, change it to set bids by target group, or switch to manual targeting with a very narrow target.

$60 over 15 days is a daily budget of $4.00. When it reaches $4 in clicks on any given day, it shuts down the ad until the next day.

Okay, so after some playing around, I chose: Garden Grove (paperback and eBook)

  • Manual targeting
  • Dynamic bids
  • Product targeting: /Books/Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Thrillers & Suspense/Suspense…” category “Suspense Thrillers”.
  • I used the suggested bid ($0.38). That’s a whole lot less scary than bids of up to $2.34 per click!
Garden Grove

I had zero success coming up with anything in the search for negative product testing, so I didn’t bother. I’ll try that another time when I do the keywords targeting instead of product targeting.

Because the book is uploaded through multiple publishing platforms, I actually had to check the ASIN numbers to make sure it was the Amazon book. But it looks like any book pushed to Amazon from other platforms can also be used in the advertising campaign.

It’s cool that Amazon also happens to have these book discounted. Yeah!

Remember, when Amazon discounts the book on their own, they still pay you the full royalty as if it’s not discounted. Sweet and a bonus on my potential advertising dollars’ sales?

 I also rummaged around the KDP discussion boards before doing this and noticed some people say they only do the ads and only recommend doing them when there is a new book because of their lack of success also with the ads. I’m going into this eyes open knowing I’m likely to only lose money advertising on Amazon. But enough companies do it that it must be of some benefit to some, right?

And while I’ve only really seen people recommend advertising NEW books, what about everything else you’ve put endless hours of yourself into? My name and fame are not enough to sell my already published books and I don’t have anything new currently coming out. I’m working on it but am not there yet. The new books, that is, not the name and fame.

Okay, this campaign is going live. Wish me luck.

Oh, um, what? It shows the $1.17 default bid from prior to my changing it to the product default.

But on the dashboard screen is shows the $0.38 per bid, so I guess I’ll give if a few days and see what happens. I will be watching this closely because I left it at a $4 daily budget, which I can’t really afford because life is a budget and anyone who’s paying attention to life knows the cost of everything has been going way up the past two years while your job that pays the bills paychecks never increased with the cost of living pre-Covid and are trailing even further behind now. And the cost of everything is about to explode (gas prices already are) because of the horrendous actions on another continent of one person who I do not wish to soil my blog at this time with his vile name.


Keep writing, reading, and promoting my friends.


Previous Posts:

Next Posts (coming):

  • Amazon – Marketing Resources: “Start with a Book” & Breaking Down the Price of a Book vs. Royalties
  • Amazon – Marketing Resources: A+ Content (New!)

For those who prefer a hardcover book, The Gypsy Queen is now available in hardcover.

Go books!

The Gypsy Queen

Travis discovers his newest get rich quick scheme in an abandoned riverboat. Dreaming of the wealth and glamour she will bring, he becomes obsessed with rebuilding her.

Darius sees only rot, decay, and their ruination in the old boat. Travis’s best friend and unwilling business partner, Darius is unwilling to abandon Travis to his fate. He is committed to seeing it through, regardless of the costs to himself.

Struggling to rebuild her together, they are pitted against everyone from the Shipbuilders’ Union to the even more ruthless local casino boss, who desires to possess the Gypsy Queen himself.

As Travis and Darius’s lives become further intertwined with the Gypsy Queen, the strange accidents surrounding the boat escalate. Under the Gypsy Queen’s spell, Travis is oblivious to the sense of dread that fills those who enter the boat as she awakens with a hunger for blood. The Gypsy Queen’s dark past will not be forgotten.

Well, this is new. I’ve never had an issue trying to log into my Amazon author page.

I would just Google search Amazon Author Page and my name and it comes up. I may have to log in if I’m not already logged in to Amazon KDP on another tab.

Keep in mind, I haven’t actually touched any of this stuff in two years over the Covid lockdown.

Amazon KDP has made some changes to the marketing resources, adding new features that were not there before.

Now when I try to gain access to my page with this address (https://author.amazon.com) I get this:

Take special note of that little round picture in the top right corner. That, my friends, is my profile picture from somewhere or other for my alter ego middle grade books pen name. The same books shows here, and the top pen name listed.

I have separate Amazon author accounts for each pen name.

I am also currently logged into my Amazon KDP author account for L. V. Gaudet under another tab, and also happen to be logged into my Amazon buying account of the same name under yet another tab.

But it is still trying to default to Vivian Munnoch, which is not logged in anywhere at all.

I don’t recall actually seeing this “Join Amazon Author Central” since joining. Normally it seems to bypass this altogether.

But, no worries.

Logging into your Amazon Author Page.

A quick Google got me this:

I went back and clicked the “Join Amazon Author Central” button and it popped me right into the author page.

Um, but this looks different. I also isn’t the author pen name account I’m trying to get into.

Lightbulb!

Remember that other screen had a line that said, “We’ve carried over your Author Central account information associated with.”

Sheesh, how long has it been since I even logged in here? I haven’t had any new books to claim until now. I want to try to get that new anthology I have a short story in showing up, All Dark Places 3 published by Dragon Soul Press. (p.s. remind me to order those author copies before these crazy fuel prices jack up the cost!)

This calls for another Google search.

Yup, there we go. I am so behind with the times. Not something you want to do, by the way, if you want to sell books.

Amazon moved their Author Central to a new portal.

When did this happen? That google search article is dated November 15, 2020, so my guess is some time around or shortly before then. My bad for neglecting even visiting this page for two years and 9 ½ months. Okay, more like three years if we want to be honest.

So far at just this first page I think I like the new portal better.

Right there is has links to:

  • View all books
  • View sales ranks
  • View customer reviews
  • See how the page looks in different countries

I‘m going to have to play around in here a little, but I still need to switch to the other author account to resolve a few issues there.

Namely, getting that anthology All Dark Places 3 published by Dragon Soul Press, showing on my L. V. Gaudet author page if I can. And when setting up the A+ content for a few books, I ran into the issue that one book’s eBook link was not linked to the paperback. It shows only the eBook version in the Amazon store without the other version available. You want all format types on Amazon showing every time someone views your book on Amazon. It appears the paperback on my KDP account for some reason is linked to the eBook imported from IngramSpark, instead of to the Amazon KDP eBook. I believe your Amazon KDP account, however, is the place to fix that

Now, how do I switch to the other author page?

Switching to your other Amazon Author Page.

I just fell in love with this new portal a little more. No logging out and back in under the other name like so many platforms make you do. Like a few other platforms lately, Amazon has also streamlined this.

Seriously, I love that now on platforms like Instagram and Twitter I can now switch between the multiple accounts I manage for myself and the Writers’ Guild without having to log out and in. That’s way too many passwords to remember all the time.

So easy! In the top left corner, just click your name and it pops up with pen names to choose from.

And just like that I’m in the Amazon Author Central profile page for my other pen name.

Sometimes change really is good.

Now I have to figure out what is up with all these editions! Six editions for Garden Grove? Four editions, five?

Play around with this Marketplace tab:

I rather like this sort option:

But the first business of the day… adding in that new anthology All Dark Places 3 published by Dragon Soul Press, where you can find my short story “Dark Shadows” published under my darker adult stories pen name L. V. Gaudet. (You didn’t remind me to order those author copies .) You see here below an old anthology I was published in years ago, Mystery In The Wind, with my story “Falling”, also published under the name L. V. Gaudet. (My writing has improved a lot since then!)

Now I have work to do.

Keep writing my friends, and reading, and schmoozing and marketing, and being kind to each other.

D2D finally brought in the long-awaited print book option. I don’t know when. I haven’t even looked at it in two years.

Note that with their new print book option, you are allowed one print interior or cover change every 90 days. That includes your initial upload. So, if your first cover or interior have errors, your expected options are to wait 90 days to correct one, then another 90 days to correct the other, or pay $25 USD per upload correction. That means if you need to re-upload both your cover and interior file, that’s going to cost you 90 days in D2D jail for first one then the other, paying $50 USD to upload both a new cover and new interior ($25 each), or a variation of the two options.

If you are going with the free D2D provided ISBN, you need to NOT EXPECT TO PUT THE ISBN IN YOUR INTERNAL FILE! At least not right away. (But read on!)

Yeah, I know. You want it to look 110% professional and all the books in bookstores have the ISBN in the front matter.

You can re-load the file later with the ISBN ($25 USD cost to upload a change or wait 90 days!), but unlike others like Amazon, 2D2 won’t give you the ISBN until AFTER you have finalized and approved your book to print.

I was hoping they would have considered that and get a chance to at least re-upload the internal file with the correct ISBN before it goes to publication. Nope. No dice. You do not get the ISBN to include it in your internal file until after you hit the publish button, and then not even right away to try to trick it into letting you re-upload the interior in another internet window that’s still sitting open on that page.

Being me, I stubbornly pressed on, hoping for another chance while at the same time knowing the outcome will be exactly as I suspected it would be. The file I uploaded was already set up for the same trim size. All I needed was to change the ISBN and add that new anthology I have a short story in in the front matter. I guess I’ll wait to see if they reject it and hope I have a chance then to upload the file with the correct ISBN without paying the $25 USD fee. Either way, if it gets rejected or not and I have to pay, I’m going to try waiting the 90 days to upload the correct ISBN interior free.

At this point I feel like I’m yelling at them, “Don’t tell me what to do!”

To me, allowing you to include the ISBN in your front matter whether you have them convert your eBook file or upload your own interior should be an automatic thing. It should not be restricted to the converted eBook file only. My guess is they’re trying to cut their costs on buying ISBN’s by not assigning them until you are committed to publishing it and hit the publish button.

Auto Conversion of eBook to POD

You can, of course, opt to let them convert your eBook file to print, if you aren’t too fussy about how your interior looks.  And, providing you did not upload your own eBook interior with the ISBN embedded in so it can be consistent with your book published through other sources.

You see below my POD front matter, with the D2D eBook ISBN number.

And here, below is where D2D puts the front matter with the ISBN if you chose the file conversion and click the box for them to add it. Why does this look weird to me? I had to go back to the books on my bookshelf. It was a 50/50 shot whether the copyright page was centered or left aligned. They also pretty much filled that page, so it didn’t look as weird to me as this short little blurb in the top corner.

This is all you get with their option to include it with converting your eBook file to POD.

Here’s a closer look of what it looks like from the PDF preview download:

Allowing D2D to convert the eBook file to POD also added almost a hundred pages to the paperback book length of one book when I tried that. Just how big is that print they use?

This second book I’m using as an example is 353 pages printed elsewhere, but D2D’s conversion is 416 pages. That might be fine for a shorter word count, but this is an extra 63 pages you have to pay printing costs for. Printing costs generally are a base rate plus price per page.

Using D2D’s cost calculator, a 416-page 5.5 x 8.5 inch trim size book costs $6.30 to print. March 1, 2022, they have a price increase in effect, and it will cost $6.45 per book to print.

Comparing the 353-page count elsewhere to the D2D 416-page count converted eBook:

  • 353 pages at 5.5 x 8.5 trim = $5.66 with D2D after March 1, 2022
  • 416 pages at 5.5 x 8.5 trim = $6.45 with D2D after March 1, 2022

$0.79 USD doesn’t seem like a lot per book, but you generally are not working with a large markup margin, and this comes out of your royalties. Let’s assume a $15 list price. Your 45% royalties on a $15 list price book are $6.75.

  • 353 pages at 5.5 x 8.5 trim = $5.66 print cost = $1.09 royalty/per book
  • 416 pages at 5.5 x 8.5 trim = $6.45 print cost = $0.30 royalty/per book

You cannot sell a 416-page book for $0.30 royalties per book. This gives you 30 cents USD per book sold for marketing costs before you are losing money.

The higher your word count, the larger you can expect this page count disparity in uploading your own interior vs. allowing D2D to convert your eBook to be.

Interior File for Auto conversion of eBook to POD

If you are going with allowing D2D to convert your eBook file, I strongly recommend sticking strictly to the “D2D Simple” template style.

Most of the interior file options look very gimmicky with junk like magnifying glasses, birds, or whatever that interior style option has, everywhere you have an extra line return spacing out your paragraphs.

I might have liked this when I was eight. Maybe. Garbage.

I’ll stick to formatting and uploading my own interior files – but without the ISBN number in the front matter until the 90 days of upload jail or fine expires. Then I can upload a proper interior file with the D2D POD ISBN number included.

Using Your Own ISBN

You’re probably asking why I don’t just use my own ISBN. Cost, that’s why. Here is a quick Google search on the price of an ISBN for those of you who have to go through Bowker in the US:

Here in Canada ISBNs are free through the Library and Archives Canada. But there’s a catch. Once your book is published using a Library and Archives Canada ISBN, you are required to send them physical copies of your book. How many depends on the number of books produced. Assuming you want to sell more than 100 copies, it would be two physical book copies you need to send.

When I priced this out years ago, between the print and shipping costs for the two books and the postage to ship them to Library and Archives Canada, it was not cheap. I don’t remember what the cost was, but it was close to the Bowker cost. I don’t have a budget for this. The day job that pays the bills, like so many others, pays the cost-of-living bills without wiggle room to invest in my own interests. Your spending money doesn’t go far when you use it for things like school fees for your kids and in-between payday grocery shopping food items. My writing costs have to pay for themselves and it’s not cheap to publish, get author copies and table stuff for book events, and all that. I’m already in the red on this. I just used money I’ve been saving for a few years for a replacement computer to buy a cheap filing cabinet because of the lack of budget for this.

I haven’t even ordered author copies of the new anthology from Dragon Soul Press, “All Dark Places 3” with my short story Dark Shadows yet because that’s also going to cost me money out of pocket, putting me further in the red. I will have to before I do any author events, once those things open up again.

Assuming $1.50 USD net royalty per book, more than the example above, you would have to sell 84 books just to pay the $125 USD ISBN cost. That’s assuming they don’t charge a tax on it. I didn’t look to see if they do.

If I sell that book for a list price of $17 USD: 45% royalty on $17 = $7.65 gross royalty per book less the printing costs.

  • 353 (my own interior upload) pages at 5.5 x 8.5 trim = $5.66 print cost = $1.99 royalty/per book
  • 416 (eBook conversion) pages at 5.5 x 8.5 trim = $6.45 print cost = $1.20 royalty/per book

At $1.99 net royalty per book for my own interior file upload, I still have to sell 63 books to cover a $125 ISBN cost before I make a penny off book sales, without spending any money on marketing.

But Bowker has their reduced price per ISBN deal for a 10-pack!

Let’s say you bough the $295 10-pack of ISBNs. You use two on Amazon, two on D2D, and two on IngramSpark. You’ve used six up on one book. But you want a hardcover version in addition to the eBook and paperback. That’s two more assuming two publishing platforms.

In three publishing platforms, you’ve used 8 of your 10 ISBN numbers for paperback, hardcover, and eBook versions of the same book, because each and every version on each platform requires a unique ISBN number. That’s an ISBN cost of $236 USD for one published book edition. At $1.99 net royalty, you have to sell 119 books across all versions and platforms just to cover the cost of the ISBNs, not including any money spent on advertising.

Also, if you are in Canada and taking advantage of the “free” (not free because you have to mail them copies of your books), you have to send them physical copies for each ISBN used for print books.

That’s why I opt for the free ISBN’s.

But You Aren’t the Publisher Unless You Use Your Own ISBN

I haven’t forgotten this. Yes, the ISBN code breaks down to numbers that identify the country, publisher, and book title. The first two are only included in the 13-digit number:

EAN – Bookland country code.

Group – Country identifier for national or geographic grouping of publishers. Basically, the country it’s being published in.

Publisher – You or the publisher/publishing platform.

Title – Unique number assigned to that particular edition or format of your book title.

Check digit – Exactly what it implies. It’s a check digit that validates the ISBN. An internal control verification digit in ISBN Book Land, which has no bearing on the country, publisher, title, etc.

How important is having this unique to you as a publisher? That depends on you and what you want.

This is what your buyers are going to see. It’s a series of digits catalog number. The only identifier that means anything to them is what you put in your front matter as your publisher identifier:

Interior front matter:

Back cover:

Apparently you can search the publisher name from an ISBN number here, but most people won’t know that and even fewer will care enough to bother.

Update: Results from D2D Review

Fast forward to days later…

D2D has reviewed the book upload and, as I would have been disappointed if they had not done so, rejected it because the ISBN in the front matter does not match.

The good news is that it allowed me to upload that interior file with the correct ISBN without having to pay $25 USD or be in D2D upload jail for 90 days.

I win!

Now, if you’ve thought to publish on D2D, IngramSpark, or anywhere else prior to putting up a paperback or hardcover on Amazon KDP, you’re going to run into a problem with Amazon KDP. Expect them to reject it as being already published by another publisher. Their list of approved correspondence “proof” specifically denies your own pledge of being the author and publisher and wants a third-party letter. Oops to all the self-published writers out there.

Keep writing my friends. Let’s make this world better one emotionally stirring book at a time.

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