A Few Thoughts: Zine Reviews, Calls for Submissions, More…

Sticky Institute

Have I mentioned how much I love Sticky in Melbourne? It’s a great place and one I am very glad to say stocks my zines. I spent a bit of time in Melbourne last week. More on that to come later.

I’ve been thinking about how I want to proceed with this blog and my zine activities in general. Some might say too much thought at this point, but I want to do things right. I also want to do things in a way that makes the sustainable.

What you might not know about me is that I have bipolar disorder. While I manage things quite well now with the medication, I still can get into depressive swings that make it hard to keep up with things. So I want to do things in a way that will make everything habit. Routine is the saving grace of people who deal with mental illness. With that in mind…

I’m going to keep calls for submissions on the weekends. I love posting up things and getting a bit of a shout out going for different zine makers, but I don’t want this blog to become the grand index of calls for submissions. It sounds like fun, but that’s not a part of the project I want to take on (at least at this point).

Zine reviews are coming! What does my bipolar mean in terms of zine reviews? Only that I’ll be doing them in bunches, but you won’t notice all that much. I’ll spend a high energy day doing a bunch of reviews and then post them up at once or twice a week. That way I can post a little ahead and cover any blue days. The good news is that it’s coming to summer in Australia, and I have much more energy in summer than I do in winter.

Zine review… videos?! One of the reasons I haven’t jumped right into the zine reviewing stuff is because I also want to do video reviews. I’m sure no one is particularly interested in seeing my face, but I think videos could add something a bit new and different. I’m a little nervous about putting my face – and voice – out there, but I could only find one other person on YouTube doing it.

If you think reviews are good in text only, let me know! I don’t want to start making videos if people think reviews should be text only.

Those are my thoughts right now on the whole thing. Again, maybe I’m thinking too much about it, but I don’t want to drop the ball or get overwhelmed by poor organisation. Until next time…

Call for Submissions: Paper Lantern Zine

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Paper lanterns symbolize brightness and love. Paper Lantern literary zine is zine whose mission is to illuminate the world and allow it to discover that there are some remarkable ideas and dreams squirming around the hearts and minds of some talented thinkers and artists.

We are looking for beautifully written poetry, flash fiction, and what ever you’d like to share. We are planing on releasing issue 001 by January 1, 2015.

So please email your submissions to paperlanternliterarymagazine@gmail.com THANKS!

(Picture found at: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2011/06/28/watch-11000-paper-lanterns-float-into-the-night-sky/)

Call for Submissions: Girl Love

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hello! me and a friend are working on a zine called Girl Love and we’d love your contributions. it could be anything, like gendered language, girl hate, safety on a night out, how girls are brought up to see each other as competition, how to make your group more inclusive, girls working together now/ in history… or any of your ideas.

if you want to chat about an idea, message one of us or email girllovezine@hotmail.com.

please share this with anyone who might be interested xx

Do you have a call for submissions for your zine? Let me know!

Happy Mail!

I have been sick for nearly a week, so this week’s happy mail is especially happy. Definitely a big perk after such a hard week.

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Woohoo! Fat-Tastic 1, 2, and 3 have arrived. I purchased these from Sage on Etsy.

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New Hearts, New Bones #16 was a trade on We Make Zines from Cheering and Waving Press.

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I will be starting zine reviews soon!

Call for Submissions: Dear Anonymous 3

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Dear Anonymous 3 is on its way and I’m looking for letters!

These letters can be confessionals, but they can also be whatever you like them to be. Write to your life, write to your cat, write to your past or your future… Dear Anonymous is about writing the letters of the things you can’t say for whatever reason.

Basically, you’re right in the 1 – 500 words range, but shorter is better. BUT, this zine is about expression, and I don’t want to force anyone to clamp down on their passion just for me. I’m flexible.

Send letters to theauthor at inkyblots.com If I don’t respond to you within a few days, comment here.

All contributors will receive a copy.

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Do you have a call for submissions for your zine? Let me know!

Call for Submissions: Falling Apart

This is a call for submissions about a zine dealing with Grief & Death called: “Falling Apart”

Looking for contributors. Submissions can be written pieces (500 to 700 words), art, drawings, poetry, cartoons, comic strips, etc.

Submissions should be about someone you know who has died: parent, sibling, significant other, child, cousin, aunt, uncle, grandparent, mentor, close friend, etc.

Can be queer focused or not, atheist, deal with religion,spirituality, disability, mental illness, oppression, isolation, grief groups, abandonment, community, therapy, solitude…..

How are you dealing with your grief over their death? Who were they? How did they die?

Am accepting submissions until January 15th, 2015 and as compensation, each contributor will receive a free copy of the zine upon completion.

If interested, you can send your submissions to:

sandra_reiki_@hotmail.com

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Do you have a call for submissions for your zine? Let me know!

Happy Mail!

Okay, so technically I received this in the mail a while ago, but I want to start featuring the zines I get, so here we go. (I am a tad obsessed with postal mail…)

Ken Chronicles 33

The Ken Chronicles! This zine is a trade from Ken himself on We Make Zines. I always have to research the hell out of any project I want to take on – including making my first perzine. While Don’t Call Me Cupcake 1 is out in the world, that doesn’t mean the research ends!

I’ll keep the rest of my comments for the review.

Mail <3

A Bit of a Pickle: Zine Reviews

I think zine reviews could really help round out this blog. (And give it more content. Let’s just call that kettle black.) I was doing reviews for a while before life took me away to other things.

Now that I’m ‘back’, I’ve learned a few things about review in the book world. Specifically, I’ve learned about the stigma that exists against authors doing reviews of other books. The thinking is that there is some sort of conflict of interest (I’m not sure how, as any writer worth their brass does a lot of reading) but also in that it opens the author to ‘revenge reviews’ and the like.

I’d like to think that sort of nonsense doesn’t exist in the zine world, but am I naive in thinking so? In hoping so?

I’ll probably go ahead and do it anyway, but if people aren’t inclined to me doing so… shout out!

And Now for Something Completely Different

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In another life, I am not The Author or Nyx – I am an author. (If you’re curious about that stuff, I have an author blog.) I try to keep my zine life and my author life somewhat separate for the sake of my sanity aka organisation. But there is a bit of crossover needed on some occasions.

This is one of those times.

My third novel, Dark Echoes, has been been nominated by AusRomToday for the Cover of the Year Award. I’m very excited to have made it through the nomination round to be one of the ten finalists in the category.

This final round of voting is now up to the public and will be determined by the cover that gets the greatest amount of likes. There’s no signing up for anything, needing to like a page – it’s looking at the ten contestants and giving a like to the cover you think is the best of the lot. If you click the graphic at the top of this post, it’ll take you to the album. Click on the cover you like and then give the one you like the best a like.

It’s that easy.

There are a lot of great covers there, so definitely check everyone out. I do think, though, that Dark Echoes is in with a chance.

If I do win, it won’t be me alone winning. The business I get my covers from – Cohesion – is a small, local business on the way up. The cover designer himself (who works with Cohesion) is from the UK (and is amazing).

If, for some reason, clicking on the image doesn’t work, here is the direct link to the album where you can like to vote:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.742129079158300.1073741834.620418747996001&type=3

Many, many thanks from a self-publisher who dreams of success.