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Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Open Call for the Arcane Arts Anthology
« on: January 21, 2016, 09:20:23 AM »
My apologies for not replying earlier - for some reason I didn't get an e-mail notification.
Thank you so much for the enthusiasm! So far I did not make the time to look at the submissions, but I will do so immediately after the submission deadline has elapsed.

Actually there's another "Other" I'm considering for myself. Inkshares is a relatively new platform that's kind of Goodreads/Kickstarter. You build up a following, launch a round of funding where people buy pre-orders of your book (after reading sample chapters). If you hit 750 sales, they professionally edit your book (3 rounds of editing), design your cover, and market the book.

I've been digging into it for a couple weeks now and I've seen everything from big names like Gary Whitta (Start wars screenwriter) to total unknowns get funded and have their books made available in B&N on top of Amazon...

If you're (general you) going with Inkshares, it may also be worthwhile to consider the sword & laser collection: https://www.inkshares.com/contests/the-sword-laser-collection-contest-the-sequel

It's a contest by the sword & laser run via inkshares. The main benefit being the promotional advantage.

From their FAQ: "If you make it into the top three of this contest and accept Sword & Laser’s collection invite, your book will carry the Sword & Laser logo on the spine and back cover and Sword & Laser will help market your book, including an interview on their award-winning podcast. In exchange for these promotional efforts, Sword & Laser will receive a small percentage of publishing royalties."

Self Publishing Discussion / Open Call for the Arcane Arts Anthology
« on: December 04, 2015, 07:51:01 PM »
Well met, my friends!

On Monday my Kickstarter campaign to create and publish a science fiction and fantasy short story collection was successfully funded thanks to the generosity of family, friends, and other awesome people.

In addition to the contributions by the featured indie authors, I am looking for story submissions. Here are the details of the open call:

Stories can be submitted in either American English or German until the 31st of January 2016. At least three of the eleven stories will be contributions of this open call.

The length of the stories should be around 5000 words, but anything in the range of 4000-7500 words is acceptable.

We are looking for whimsical, family friendly stories that could be shelved in the fantasy and science fiction section of a book store. The theme of the anthology is “Arcane Arts,” which should be reflected by the submitted stories.

If your story is accepted we will buy non-exclusive world anthology rights in English, German, and translations, as well as audio and ebook anthology rights in English, German, and translations.

Since the Kickstarter campaign did not reach any stretch goals, the advance payment is €50. The advance payment has already been earned out by the Kickstarter campaign. Royalties will be based on 25% of the ebook cover price and 10% of the trade paperback cover price. Royalties will be paid out every June and December. The total royalties will be divided by the number of stories to yield the royalties per story that are paid out to the authors.

Please send your story to arcane.arts.stories@gmail.com with the subject line “[ARCANE] STORY TITLE – YOUR NAME” in Microsoft Word (.DOC), Rich Text Format (.RTF), or ascii text (.TXT) format.

Ideally your document should use the following settings: 1.5 times linespacing, 2 cm (0.7874 inch) margins all around, page width 15.24 cm (6 inches), page height 22.86 cm (9 inches), line indention 1.25 cm (~ 0.5 inch), font size 12 point, justified text, headings should be bold, centered, 18 point.

Here is a Microsoft Word File with the above mentioned format that you can use as a template: https://kaiherbertz.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/arcane-arts-template.doc.

Please include the following information in the body of your e-mail: the title of your story, your name, your pen name that will be used in the anthology, phone number, and short biography.

Pursue your dreams and see you next time,


EDIT#1: It was pointed out to me that other anthologies do not require exclusivity, so I removed that clause. It was only there in the first place, because I did not want to acquire infinite exclusivity.

General Discussion / Sword & Laser hangout (unlisted)
« on: November 06, 2015, 10:21:44 AM »
Dear all,

because I backed their second season and chose the hangout reward, Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt from Sword & Laser did a 30 minute hangout / interview with me, where I ramble about my book, the Kickstarter campaign, and miscellaneous other things. Check it out, if you have 30 minutes to spare :)


All the best,


General Discussion / Re: Well, I'm feeling demoralized
« on: November 04, 2015, 06:07:08 PM »
You could always consider different options with your writing, work on short stories and submit them to online magazines and sites that pay per word for example, rather than pursuing the self publishing route. The successes always get highlighted sure, but they're super super rare.

I completely agree on submitting those short stories. Not so much for the money aspect, but for the reputation gain. At least you already have your second book out, which is more than a lot of other people (myself included) can say. My advice is to keep at it, while at the same time trying to build up some name recognition with short stories.

General Discussion / Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« on: November 04, 2015, 05:58:02 PM »
Hi there,

1) What's your blog?
It's a long term diary / billboard where I talk about important things in my life that might be of interest to people other than myself.
2) What sort of stuff do you write about? (Your own short fiction, fantasy book reviews, SF book reviews, gender politics, photos of your garden, whatever...) The tag line is "opinions on writing, game design, and my life" although the game design portion only happens once every blue moon. I talk about my own projects as well as cool stuff like the Patrick Rothfuss signing events I've attended.
3) What's the URL? http://kaiherbertz.com/
4) Why'd you start blogging and/or what do you like best about it? I started in 2013, when I started to treat my writing as more than a hobby. The best thing is the diary function of the blog to remind me of awesome moments, since I have a bad memory.

All the best,


Writers' Corner / Re: Fantasy-Faction NaNoWriMo Group.........
« on: November 04, 2015, 01:50:40 AM »
phew!  thank goodness!

er...  i meant that in a good, commiserating way.  day 1 for me was 147 words, so i'm not the only one starting out slow.  yay!

today, tho, was 607!  lookit that improvement!

He, he, well, it's indeed good to know that there are other people with a slower pace. At least your daily output is increasing whereas mine is down to zero for Tuesday. I (we?) need to get my (our?) act together...

Writers' Corner / Re: Fantasy-Faction NaNoWriMo Group.........
« on: November 02, 2015, 08:48:28 AM »
The first day started slow for me and I only got 606 words down. I'm writing the sequel to my novel Age of Torridan ("A disillusioned knight, who is framed for murder by a mysterious wizard, sets out to clear his name and ends up discovering himself."), which has the following logline: "A broken wizard seeks to redeem himself while struggling to prevent an undead dragon from ending mankind."

Writers' Corner / Re: What are you currently writing?
« on: October 28, 2015, 08:03:07 PM »
I'm writing (and will continue to do so during NaNoWriMo) the sequel to my novel. The logline of the new book is: "A broken wizard seeks to redeem himself while struggling to prevent an undead dragon from ending mankind."

Dear all,

I'm running a Kickstarter campaign for an anthology project until the end of November . The money raised will be used to create and publish a science fiction and fantasy short story anthology. There will be a mixture of stories by invited indie authors and stories submitted during an open call.

Here is the link to the campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kaiherbertz/arcane-arts-sfandf-themed-anthology

If you want to help out, please spread the word, pledge any amount on the campaign page, and / or submit a story to the open call.

Thanks in advance and all the best,


Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Age of Torridan (promotion 0.99 GBP)
« on: October 07, 2015, 02:55:35 PM »
Dear all,

this used to be the thread about my "Age of Torridan" Kickstarter campaign (see original post). However, I've just edited this thread to point out that I'm running a Kindle Countdown Deal in the UK: Until the 13th of October my novel will be sold for 99 pence: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0139X95PA

The $0.99 Countdown Deal will commence later today :) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0139X95PA

All the best,


General Discussion / Re: Share Writing Experiences, Help with A Projoect
« on: September 15, 2015, 07:15:58 PM »
1.What is your age/college year?

2. What is your gender?

3. What genre(s) do you primarily write in?

4. What characteristics define the genre you write in?
Magic is a real force that enables the extra-ordinary.

5. What is your favorite thing about your genre? Your least favorite?
Favorite: dragons!
Least favorite: the treatment of animals.

6. Do you interact with the genre outside of writing (reading, fan art, forums, etc.)?

7. When did you first start writing by choice? In this genre?
In the late 90s.

8. Do you know/remember why you started writing? Why do you continue writing?
It is a fun activity.

9. How often do you write?
-Two or three times a week

10. How do stories start for you?
It varies. Lately I've started picking a theme, then developing characters, conflict, and world to tell a story around that theme.

11. Are you self-conscious/logical while you write, do things “just come” to you, or is it a mixture of both?
It's a mixture in the sense that I do use an outline, but incorporate serendipity whenever an interesting new idea strikes me.

12. Do you purposefully identify with one or more of your characters, or are they written as different from you?
They all possess traits of me to varying degree.

13. What “purpose”, if any, does writing serve for you?
I'm writing in company of good friends and it is also a very fulfilling activity.

14. Is there any real-world question/problem you want to address through your writing?
Not in the sense of trying to change the world or preach to people. Still, the best stories resonate with people, so real-world questions / problems / themes are a part of the story's fabric.

15. How many separate stories do you usually write at one time?
Usually one at a time. I'm currently developing seven first chapters in parallel, but I'm only going to turn one of those seven into a complete novel before moving on to the next project.

16. Do you have any rituals/routines for writing or the space you write in?
I meet up with my best friend in the library at a specific time of day on a specific day to write.

17. How do you keep track of story ideas/organize your work?
I have a set of note cards, but also transfer those cards into a word document. I really should start using scrivener...

18. Do you revise? If so, when during the writing process?
After I get feedback from my alpha and beta readers, I revise the novel.

19. Would you call yourself a “writer”?

20. Do you intend to pursue writing as a career?

21. Do other people know about your writing? If so, what are the usual reactions?
People know and it is generally well received.

22. Do you share your writing (with peers, editors, ect.)? What mediums do you use (internet, face-to-face)?
I do have a blog and other than that my debut novel is on Amazon...

23. Do you think about your audience as you write? As you edit?
The upside to not having a huge fan base yet is that I do not even get tempted to pander to "what's popular" or "what the audience wants". As per the usual advice, I write the novels I myself want to read and hope that there are likeminded people out there.

24. Who is your favorite author (in your genre or otherwise) and why?
In my genre I have to go with Brandon Sanderson, because he writes novels that are gripping and surprising. He hints at one thing, does another, and then comes up with yet another twist several books later that also makes sense with the clues he used to tell a seemingly story in the first book.

Writers' Corner / Re: Sharing Your Writing Process
« on: August 31, 2015, 10:21:59 PM »

Is that the Beat sheets with 15 different beats?

It's been a while since I read the book, so I'm going to say no. From the beats of the "movie" I think I'm only using the middle "everything looks gloomy" part.
I just meant the method of laying out all of the scenes as notecards.

That's the sort of approach that appeals to me.

Glad to hear that :)
I'll be sure to mention it, when those 7 first chapters are done. Currently I have one, so it'll be a while until I'm ready to show all seven.

Writers' Corner / Re: Sharing Your Writing Process
« on: August 31, 2015, 04:47:19 PM »
For my novel "Age of Torridan" I used the note card method from the late Blake Snyder's book "Save the Cat." During the process I ditched a few of those cards, which did not fit the story. That alone saved me from throwing away several thousand words, had I written those chapters.

Despite having that outline, I developed some new ideas of how things could fit together as I wrote the book and learned more about my world. For example, originally the magic had no rhyme or reason to it, but half way through I introduced a consistent logic and limitations to it.

Right now I am writing seven first chapters for seven different stories. Once I settled on one of those to turn it into a novel, I am going to plan out the story with note cards.

I read a lot of - well deserved - praise for Eli Monpress, but I guess the silent majority isn't voting for Eli regardless. For what it's worth, I prefer the light hearted (even though books 4 and 5 had dark moments) world of Eli Monpress. The Farseer stuff was a bit too gloomy for my taste.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Animal cruelty is a big no-no for me, which is why I also couldn't stomach Game of Thrones.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Animal cruelty? As a vegan I usually notice anything like that, but I'm struggling to think of any there except for the couple of things done by Regal, and those were clearly condemned by Fitz.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Perhaps my memory is playing tricks on me then? I thought the protagonist's dog died and then in the end we find out that the dog didn't die, but that he was taken away, so that their spiritual link would be severed. After the reunion, the dog sacrificed himself and really died. Way to play the emotional rollercoaster twice with me...

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