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Heyla fellow humans,
Okay, so it's been quite awhile, but I haven't been lazy. Nope, I've been working my booty off! And I have the pictures to prove it!
Last time we spoke Speculation Publications (made up of, me, LCW Allingham and Susan Tulio) released, Work In Progress, a writer's brainstorming notebook, and Beach Shorts, an anthology of romantic (sometimes old timey) stories for the beach (and now the bedroom as Autumn approaches.
If you haven't seen either release, Follow the link above (my linktree) and grab yourself a copy of Work in Progress for the writer in your life, or the writer in you. And while you're at it throw Beach Shorts into your cart (discounted over the Labor Day holiday weekend)!!
Speculation Publications calendar is out, I've posted it below! And with it the GORGEOUS cover of our newest anthology, Cry Baby Bridge. You can also go to Speculationpub.com and sign up for our newsletter where we talk about the latest and greatest in our publishing world, and lots of extras for you enjoyment...might be a coloring page for CBB, for you to beautify and post on the Spec Pub Twitter (X) page. You'll have to go to our website and find out :)
Hey fellow humans... So much going on!! The world just keeps moving along...
I have THREE big updates for you.
FIRST: Call for Submissions for Beach Shorts Anthology closes tomorrow, March 14, 2023. Let us take a look at that cute romance or short summery gem you want to give a good home. To to the Speculation Publication's website and follow the guidelines to submit
TWO: Speculation Publication's NEWEST family addition is our "Work in Progress" story workbook. ON SALE NOW at Amazon!!!! Follow the link in my LinkTree link above and get a copy to...
***** Plot your story and keep it in order with tools, prompts, references, exercises and plenty of space to explore. Turn your great ideas into the book you’ve been waiting to write.
We’ve filled it with writer-tested checklists, fill-ins, references, and creative writing prompts to help jump start your creativity if ever you come face to face with writer’s block.
You’ll also find tools to:
Outline, Timeline, Write your opening and closing lines, Create Characters, Map your world, Edit your drafts, And so much more!
GET YOUR COPY TODAY!!! Amazon.com
And Last, but not least: Speculation Pub's NEXT Utter Spec anthology will be on the legend of Cry Baby Bridge! Follow the link if you don't know about it. Do some research and send us whatcha got!!! Cry Baby Bridge wiki
Hey all you lovelies out there, Speculation Publications put out a new call for submissions! Here's the specs!! Or go to Speculationpub.com/submission
Category: BEACH SHORTS
Word Count – 1500 to 6000 words
Submissions open January 10 2023- March 14 2023
Payment: $10 and a contributors copy
Paperback for US residents
Ebook for Non-US residents
Send submissions to Susan Tulio at Editors@speculationpub.com
Think seaside retreats, warm sand and cool breezes. Stories that are captivating, easy to read and let your reader take an escape from reality.
Bring us short stories filled with lovable characters who find the perfect love or a wild and crazy fling, jilted brides, old summer cottages filled with secrets, ghosts, lost diaries and treasure filled attics.
Send us stories filled with romance, mystery or adventure. Comedies with depth and emotion that go far beyond humor and romance. We’re looking for: happy endings, wonderful locations and a fun ride. We want stories with the perfect summer vibe.
***Please no graphic assault or erotica.
Please include a cover letter with a brief bio and any links. Title your file and subject Beach Shorts-Authorname-title. Please attach your manuscript in standard Shunn manuscript formatting.
We do not want gratuitous or sexual violence particularly toward children or animals, nor are we interested in being a platform for bigotry. There is a clear line here and if you don’t know where it is, we suggest you figure it out before submitting.
****We are also looking for cover art that goes with this theme.
$20 for one original illustration that will be used for the cover
Send a low res (but visible) or watermarked image to firstname.lastname@example.org
OK, I've been really really busy, and I've let things slide. Sorry 'bout that. From last fall till right now Speculation Publications released two anthologies, debuting in the top ten of their respective genres. 15 different writers. Eight of them speculating about the real life Dancing Plague of 1518. And eight more terrifying us with feminine horror.
I am incredibly proud of both of these publications, as a writer and an editor and publisher. If you're into alternative history and mysteries or horror with amazing female protagonists, these books are for you.
********* AUTUMN/WINTER 2022 **********
SPECULATION PUBLICATION'S NEXT CALL FOR SUBMISSION:
INCUBATE: An inclusive feminist horror anthology of rage is our second submission call...
With the R v W leak, and increasingly invasive restrictions on the bodily autonomy of people with uteruses, women, and many gender minorities. People feel betrayed by a system that promised to protect their rights and the people in power who swore they were overreacting.
What does that look like?
How does anger manifest when it’s been bottled up and gaslit for decades?What kind of power does that anger hold?
Incubate means any number of things. It is how a body can make a fetus into a baby. But we also can incubate anger, power, ideas, strength. What do those things look like when they are born into the world?
We don’t want the stories of oppression. We don’t want rape and abuse, at least not on the page. We want the horror that comes when a woman oppressed released all the rage that has incubated within her in a system that dehumanizes her. We want the manifestations of Lilith, Medusa, Kali, Freya. Goddesses of feminine strength and feminine rage and the chaos they unleash upon the world.
We want blood. We want body horror and monsters and witches and revolution.
We want authentic voices and stories that rip away from the male gaze.
Follow us here at Speculation Publications ...
Autumn is here and winter is around the corner. We're still crazy busy here at Speculation Publications!! Our fourth anthology, The Dancing Plague: A Collection of Utter Speculation, will be available on October 11, 2022 through Amazon for print or ebook. LCW Allingham, Susan Tulio and I are super excited to bring you this newest edition in the speculation series.
"In 1518, a woman started dancing on the streets of Strasborg and could not stop. No priests, physics or leaders could help as more and more joined her, jaunting as their feet bled and their bodies broke.
Centuries later the mystery endures, explained as mass hysteria, mob mentality but suspected to be something much more sinister. In this fourth collection of Utter Speculation nine authors offer stories of witches and wishes, love and longing, of music and mastery and the deepest secrets of the restless heart."
The nine wonderfully talented writers contributing to The Dancing Plague are ... JD Byrne, Elizabeth Guilt, Jocelyne Gregory, Deborah Henley, C. Owen Loftus, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Allison Thurman and David L. Updike and Tara Wenzel
If you'd like to read about The Dancing Plagues talented authors, visit LCW Allingham's blog
Go to Amazon for our previous three Speculation Anthologies ... The Lost Colony of Roanoke. The Jersey Devil. The Lady in White.