Abaculus closed to submissions

In case anyone was wondering, the submission deadline for Abaculus 2008 has passed. June 1 was the official last day to get your entries in, and no, we do not accept late manuscripts.

Please be patient with us, as we will announce all winners at the same time, and will respond to all others at the same time as well to make sure we can read through all subs before making any decisions.

We did receive a lot of entries this year–and by that I mean a LOT. So it will be a big job going through all of them, but from what my readers have told me so far there are quite a few good ones to choose from.

Thanks to all who participated, and good luck.

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Now accepting submissions for Abaculus 2008

The annual collection will include authors from all levels of writing. Some professional, others unseasoned. It doesn’t matter. If your story is the best, then it’s in. Stories include science fiction, fantasy, and horror that capture the essence of each genre in their most heightened and original forms. International entries are welcome. Please be sure to follow ALL of the below guidelines. Failure to follow the guidelines below may result in your storybeing immediately rejected.

Considered genres:

Science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We will not consider any other genre.

Terms and specifications:

1) This work must be original and your own. If you are chosen, you will be required to sign a written contract stating that you own the copyright to work and give us permission to print the work.

2) You must be over 18. If not, you must provide written consent by a parent or guardian.

3) Leucrota Press reserves the right to edit the manuscript as needed.

Judging will be based on the following criteria:

Plot and Setting
Character Development
Originality
Author’s voice and delivery

Rules:

1) Short stories only, between 2,000 and 7,500 words. Include word count at the beginning.

2) Content must be written for a mature, well-read audience. No children’s stories.

3) Your name and title of work must appear in the top right corner of every page. Print only one white paper,one side only. Please use black ink, and an easily readable serif font.

3) We do not accept emailed submissions for Abaculus. Emailed submissions will not be read or returned.

Submissions must be mailed to:
Abaculus Anthology
Leucrota Press
P.O. Box 647
Poway, CA 92074

4) You may enter as many times as you like. You may mail multiple submissions together, but each story must have its own cover letter, and be separated by a band or paper clip.

5) If you wish to have your story returned if rejected, please enclose a SASE (with sufficient postage) and a note in your cover letter that you want the manuscript
returned.

Submission Timeline:
Submissions will be accepted now from March 1 to June 1 of each year. No late submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be received by the closing date – not postmarked, so make sure you send in your submission plenty of time ahead.

Prizes:
That year’s “Editors’ Pick” will receive $100, and 5 copies of the printed book. All other contributors will receive one book copy and recognition on our website.

Winners will be notified no later than August 21 of that year. Book copies will be distributed on first print.

If you have any questions or comments, email abaculus@leucrotapress.com.
You may also visit our web page at http://www.leucrotapress.com/submissions.html to view more details and full submission guidelines.

Abaculus 2008 short story anthology opening soon

The annual collection will include authors from all levels of writing. Some professional, others unseasoned. It doesn’t matter. If your story is the best, then it’s in. Stories include science fiction, fantasy, and horror that capture the essence of each genre in their most heightened and original forms. International entries are welcome. Please be sure to follow ALL of the below guidelines. Failure to follow the guidelines below may result in your storybeing immediately rejected.

Considered genres:

Science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We will not consider any other genre.

Terms and specifications:

1) This work must be original and your own. If you are chosen, you will be required to sign a written contract stating that you own the copyright to work and give us permission to print the work.

2) You must be over 18. If not, you must provide written consent by a parent or guardian.

3) Leucrota Press reserves the right to edit the manuscript as needed.

Judging will be based on the following criteria:

Plot and Setting
Character Development
Originality
Author’s voice and delivery

Rules:

1) Short stories only, between 2,000 and 7,500 words. Include word count at the beginning.

2) Content must be written for a mature, well-read audience. No children’s stories.

3) Your name and title of work must appear in the top right corner of every page. Print only one white paper,one side only. Please use black ink, and an easily readable serif font.

3) We do not accept emailed submissions for Abaculus. Emailed submissions will not be read or returned.

Submissions must be mailed to:
Abaculus Anthology
Leucrota Press
P.O. Box 647
Poway, CA 92074

4) You may enter as many times as you like. You may mail multiple submissions together, but each story must have its own cover letter, and be separated by a band or paper clip.

5) If you wish to have your story returned if rejected, please enclose a SASE (with sufficient postage) and a note in your cover letter that you want the manuscript returned.

Submission Timeline:

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 to June 30 of each year. Please, no submissions before opening date, and no late submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be received by the closing date – not postmarked, so make sure you send in your submission plenty of time ahead.

Prizes:That year’s “Editors’ Pick” will receive $100, and 5 copies of the printed book. All other contributors will receive one book copy and recognition on our website. Winners will be notified no later than August 21 of that year. Book copies will be distributed on first print.

If you have any questions or comments, email abaculus@leucrotapress.com.

You may also visit our web page at http://www.leucrotapress.com/submissions.html to view more details and full submission guidelines.

Marketing Abaculus 2007

We’ve gotten a few emails from authors with questions as to the marketing efforts on Abaculus 2007. Below is a copy of a comment I posted on an earlier post:

As far as marketing, we’ve sent out promotional material to many bookstores, libraries, highschools, and book/reading groups around the country. We’ve got several bookstores interested, and B&N has picked up a few, as well as on the Borders website, but we’re still waiting on a definate list before we start naming names. The book has also been picked up in several highschools in California, Washington, and possibly one or two back east, but again, still waiting.

One of the contributors to Abaculus 2007 called us earlier this week and asked about the possibility of setting up an author book signing tour. While I greatly appreciated his efforts and legwork in trying to talk to bookstores to put something together, it really isn’t something that’s possible; one, because half of our authors are overseas and the rest are spread across the US, and two because we’re a small press and can’t afford to fly 20 authors around the country on a 10 to 15 city tour.

Usually, that kind of promotion is held off for a single author–and not just any author, only the ones that either have made it big, or the entire house really believes that the author will make it big. Why? Well, because it’s expensive. Really expensive. And beyond getting much needed promotion, the actual tours don’t normally sell many books. It’s more from word of mouth by people who attended the events, or one who bought a book, and who told a friend who then went online via Amazon to buy a copy.

Because Abaculus 2007 was our first anthology, a lot of our marketing efforts were sent out trying to get writers’ (your) attention to send in your stories in the first place. For this year’s volume, 2008, we won’t have to do that as we constantly receive questions about the upcoming book from prospective authors, questions from independent bookstores about getting books pre-release, and we already have several authors and editors set up to read review copies before the Abaculus 2008 release.

So while we’re doing our best with 2007, Abaculus 2008 will already have the marketing plan laid out by the 2007 version, and the promotion will come much easier. This past year’s anthology is just taking a little longer to get off the ground, but we are trying.

If anyone has particular suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to let us know about them. Thanks. 🙂

Abaculus available for pre-order

targetimageashx.jpgAbaculus 2007 is available for pre-orders. You can order through Amazon.com or through Borders.com, and hopefully soon B&N.I’m having trouble with the Amazon staff (big surprise) about the book description and general info, because as of right now, a lot of it is missing. I’m hoping they’ll come to their senses and have everything right by tomorrow’s release date. If any Abaculus contributor would like to order directly through us, you can do that too. We’ll even throw in a hefty author discount. Just contact us via email as soon as possible if you’re interested. Thanks everyone for your support on our first book. It really has been a pleasure. 

Abaculus contributor copies

A note to all Abaculus contributors –

Because of the recent fires in San Diego, the printer is a bit backlogged, and will not get to our print run for another week. Because of this, your contributor copies are a little late, but they will be on their way soon.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@leucrotapress.com.

New cover update

Abaculus has been edited and resubmitted, we should get the final proof by Friday to review.

Here’s an image of the updated cover:
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