Open Submissions for 2 Anthologies by DraxisWeb Productions

Open Submissions Call for 2 Anthologies:

Why:  Over the past year I have been coming up with various stories based around certain themes and have come up with several for each theme.  My original plan was to explore various ways in which these themes could work and then write an Anthology or two of my own work on it.  I have come up with enough Ideas to write a 40k+ novel for each of these themes that are mentioned below but then I thought about it some and I came to the conclusion that: a) I have a ton of writer friends who might find these themes interesting and want to share their ideas also and b) I think an anthology of these types of stories would be a much better read if the stories were all told in different styles by different people c) I got my start in publishing in someone else’s Anthology so it’s my turn to open up some roads for indie/aspiring writers to try and get published the same way I had.

What We Offer:  As these two anthologies are the first we are trying to create here is what we offer

1)      Payment of ¼ cent per word for stories- standard rate for the size we are looking for and the anthology style of publication.

2)      Review of your story on the Promote Writers Blog (good review of course since you would be good enough to get into the book if accepted)

What We Need:

1)      Original stories from 7,000 to 10,000 words in length- Multiple submissions per author allowed and welcomed!

2)      Exclusive right to publish the story in both Ebook and Print format within the selected Anthology only for 1 year from first publishing date.  After that you can do whatever you want with your story for republishing. Even after the first year when you get the rights to print your story back, we at Draxis Web Productions still maintain the right to print further copies of the anthology that you story is in.

3)      Send submissions to: DWPSubmissions@aol.com  with the Anthology name in the subject line along with your name, story name, and word count.

4)      Deadline is Oct 1st 2012

What Genre are we seeking:  This really doesn’t matter; we can have romance, horror, comedy, whatever you want to try as long as it fits the theme of the story.  In fact the more genres in the book the better as it will give something for everyone and will make sure there aren’t any similar stories coming through.

Theme 1- Patient Zero:
It seems in all the various Zombie stories out there, all you see is the Zombie Apocalypse has started, we are in such and such a place, and we have these survivors, we’re crossing the country with these survivors, we’re trapped in such and such a building with these survivors. It’s always about the survivors and if they ever touch upon the beginning of the Z-plague it always seems to be just a footnote. This doesn’t seem right at K.M. and myself have had many discussions about why this is the case and how much great story potential is lost in this missing information and back-story. Therefore, in this anthology, I want to explore the various ways that the Z-plague has started. Is it a normal disease that mutated and spread out of control and if so how and why? Was it an alien crafted thing that was released and if so why? Did it start on facebook and did it only affect those who posed with duckface in a pic and if so what mad scientist made that possible? This is what I want to see, the how and the why of the beginning of the Z-pocalypse!

Theme 2- Parasites! A new vein of vampiric tale:
Basically put, Vampires are everywhere now a days, from the sexy blood suckers of Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse, to the teenage angst in the House of Night series that is best described as Vampire world meets Harry Potter school. However, vampires can be so much more than this, they do not have to just suck blood, and they don’t have to have fangs. To me the basis of the vampire is a tale to frighten, a tale to warn of dangers, a tale that says no matter what you see or what you hear, no matter how wonderful it may be it IS dangerous! As for what the Vampire is…it simply is some form of a parasite and so I want to bring these two together again. The tales I want to see are of a non-typical vampire- a Succubus or Incubus, a thought sucking vampire, an energy leech, an emotion drainer. Even another bloodsucker just done differently than anything that’s out there today would work fine. What I want to see is a NEW twist to this old story, but one that brings back the roots of the tale, a warning to all of something too good to be true that can feed off of you in some way, something that can bring back the frights when something goes bump in the night. In this case, if it FEEDS off YOU then it is a vampire. I don’t care what it eats. Let’s show people that Vampires ARE scary, that vampires while able to be sexy will STILL rip your throat out (or your heart or mind) whenever they darn well please, and that vampires CAN and WILL feed off of more than just typical blood.

For both themes what is needed are good stories; they can be any genere.  What we care about is giving people a story to enjoy and presenting them with something new to think about- a new twist to an old tale. So think on it and let me know if you would be interested and then get to working on your own Z-Patient or Vampire tale. I cannot wait to see what the brilliant minds of my friends can come up with and see these stories in print. My partner in crime, K.M. and I, are already working on our own stories for these anthologies and we would be honored to have yours share a spot along with us in these upcoming books. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us via any of our facebook pages or via email. Happy writing!

By draxisweb

‘Twas the Zombie Attack Before Christmas by:Kevin Coryell

Last year I came up with an idea about how to combine the various holidays with zombie stories.  To this end, I am currently working on a book of short stories which will be called Zombie Holidays.  This e-book “‘Twas the Zombie Attack Before Christmas” is the most recent one and the first one written for the anthology.   Zombie Attack is a twisted retelling of the classic Christmas poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”  However, instead of describing the visit of St. Nick and joy of Christmas and presents, it describes the plights of a neighbor Nick as he is attacked by Zombies on Christmas Eve. Check it out and if you like the preview, download your own copy and send the link to your friends!

Also if you like the cover for our book then visit our friend Kate Carleton

By draxisweb

Promote Writers: Memoirs of a Haunted Man by Robert Cordray

This book is actually a trilogy of short stories that are very expertly written.  In many ways these books are reminiscent of the X-Files, Warehouse 13, and TV shows where they dwell on aliens and scientific super gadgets.  This book series deals with zombies. The premise of the series is that Zombies have been around forever (read the book for some great historical examples) and for as long as there have been zombies there have been secret groups that are church or government funded that try to wipe them off the face of the earth while protecting the human race. This series follows the introduction of an ex-army officer into the vanguard group and follows him through training and several missions.  The style of this book is a lot like a film noir as it is a lot of mental narrative and action and very little of it is actual dialogue.   All in all, I found this to be a very funny and enjoyable book, one that I would recommend to all of my friends and any reader who enjoys a good zombie story.

You can find this book here—> Memoirs of a Haunted Man

By draxisweb

Promote Writers: Who and What we are!

Greetings everyone!  My name is Kevin Coryell and I would like to tell you a little about myself and this blog.  For many years now, I have dabbled in the art of writing; my greatest dream is to be a published author.  All my life, I have loved books and TV, both for how they can tell a story and get our own creative imaginations going with only simple words.  Over the last couple of years I made the decision that if I could do something that would bring joy to other in some way then I would do such- whether it made me money or not.

This had lead me to start the youtube site Draxis Magic, where I teach people magic tricks, the youtube site College of Higher Evil which provides a way for people to exercise their creative minds when developing villainous characters, and the Draxis Web/Draxis Review blog which you are reading now. This year I also achieved my dream of having my VERY short story published in an anthology called “Twisted Tales in 66 words.”  It is an honor to have my story published along side many other successful and popular authors.

In addition to this, I also have posted my own Ebook- “Twas the Zombie Attack Before Christmas.”  With all of this happening, I would like to point out that I have made several great friends in this business, friends like Linda Cowden, Kevin Ranson, K.L. Nappier, D.A. Adams, T.S. Robinson, and Bill Hatfield among many others.   Even though I only see these people once or twice a year at conventions and such, they are inspirational to me as they are great writers and like me are independent and self published authors, either now or at some point and time.

Earlier this year, I went to a convention and while sitting in on one of the panels, I heard a group of bloggers say that they will never review a book by a self-published author because they all use to get from them was crap. I thought that this was very narrow-minded of them and the more I thought of it, the more I realized something needed to be done about this! That is why I started this blog, and if we get enough readers I will add a website and discussion forums to go along with it.

This blog is dedicated to people like my friends- the independent self publishing population of very cool authors. So as I travel, attend cons, and come across new and wonderful books by indie and self-published authors I will post them here with a small review.  Hopefully in this way, you the reader can also find out about these wonderful stories that you can’t find at your local chain bookstore!

By draxisweb