Updates for Fiction Anthologies

Palpable Imaginings Anthology of Fiction Short Stories
The cover designer plans to send cover design ideas to me on Monday, and then the interior layout right after she sends some cover proofs to me. She hopes to get an interior proof to me before the holiday weekend. Once I okay both, I’ll set up the book on Createspace. It takes about an hour.

Createspace will then review the set up within 24 hours. Next, I’ll review the electronic proof created by Createspace. If I like what I see, I’ll request a physical proof. They’ll print a copy of the book and send it to me for proofing. It is likely to cost around $3 for the proof copy and $11 for expedited shipping and handling so I can get it within a week.

I’ll then quickly review the book primarily for possible printing or layout errors. If I like what I see, I’ll okay listing for sale. The likely price at which I’ll list it is $9.95 in the USA, and the price and royalties will vary by outlet and country. Amazon.com typically lists it in the USA within a couple of days of my okay.

The royalty per title sold is often $2.50 to $3.00, though I won’t have an exact number until I see the layout as the number of pages can have a significant impact on the royalties. If the book is too long it costs the printer more to print it which leaves less to pay for royalties, so there is a sweet-spot I attempt to hit as to book length to optimize pricing and royalties.

Twists Anthology of Flash Fiction and Short Stories
I initially envisioned this as a collection of all my own work, and to this point that has been the case with 28 of my stories comprising 10,940 words.

I’ve just decided to open this project to other writers to present their creations to be considered for possible inclusion in this anthology. Please send non-fiction stories to me at russtowne@yahoo.com.

Due to the extreme differences in length between flash fiction (at around 300 words or less) and short stories (which for this publication can be anywhere from a few hundred words to perhaps 7,000), it doesn’t seem fair to prorate costs and royalties per story, so I’m going to try something a bit different for Twists.

The cost proration will be 3 cents per word included (using MS Word’s word count), and the royalty proration will be based on the total dollars paid by each writer, rounded to the nearest dollar.

If more production cost money is collected than is needed, the extra will be returned to the writers, prorated based on total production costs paid by each writer. If not enough production cost money is collected, I will pay the difference.

With Love,


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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