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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,


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 / Age of Torridan (promotion 0.99 GBP)
« on: May 22, 2015, 01:42:52 PM »
Dear all,

this used to be the thread about my "Age of Torridan" Kickstarter campaign (see below). I've just edited this 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 99 US dollarcent Countdown Deal will commence later today :) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0139X95PA

All the best,


Dear all,

as of the 12th of May 2015, Kickstarter officially allows German based projects. Since I am putting the finishing touches on my fantasy novel "Age of Torridan", I figured this would be a great opportunity for me to participate in the launch. If you have a moment, please check out my project here:


Here is what the campaign is about: I wrote a medieval fantasy novel in the spirit of the old Dragonlance books by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. At the moment I'm putting in the changes that were suggested by the professional copy editor that I hired. Once that is done, all that is missing before the release in July (2015) is a cover and ebook formatting. With this campaign I'm trying to raise money for a new cover, which will be created by professional artist Zelda Devon (see her work at www.zeldadevon.com). My original estimation was that a cover would cost something around €500, but in reality the price is typically above $1000 (for reference, see this blog post by Rachel Aaron on the cost of a professional quality book: http://thisblogisaploy.blogspot.de/2014/08/the-cost-of-professional-quality-book.html).

As the campaign progresses, I will put up videos of me reading chapters from the book. I will also reveal Zelda Devon's sketches as she sends them to me.

Thanks in advance for your time and consideration. If there are any questions, I'd be happy to answer them :)

Best regards,

Kai Herbertz

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