Friday, March 5, 2021

small print 2: Eclectic Boogaloo

 Submissions are now open for the second "small print" anthology. For those who aren't familiar with the first you can find out more about it here.

No that's not the official title, but it's how I've been referring to it since I came up with the idea.

There will be some changes to the way this collection is put together as opposed to the first. I'll get into those a little later, but I'll go over what I'm looking for first.

This will be a showcase of writing within the size community. Growth. Shrinking. Expansion. Inflation. If it's size related it's welcome here. There are some content limitations, but I've made them broad enough we can have the full spectrum of what's out there in size. SFW to XXX. Sweet gentle romance to extreme vore. Gay, straight, bi, pan, cis, trans, genderqueer. Nothing human is alien to me. And if you don't identify as human that's fine too.

Submitted stories must meet the following guidelines:

3000 words or less. This will have an e-book and a print edition. I want to fit as many stories (and authors) into this collection as possible. Excerpts of longer works are fine so long as they can stand alone. I want the reader to want to look you up after reading your story; not feel like they need to find the next chapter of your novel.

Characters must be 18 or older even if you're submitting a SFW story. There will be fetish content elsewhere in the book and it's better if we don't cross streams. You don't have to explicitly state character ages, but please avoid situations where underage is likely to be assumed. If your story involves an IRS auditor and a lion tamer my brain fills in a rough age range. If you're setting your story in a high school ... don't set your story in a high school. 

Please don't use other people's intellectual property. I don't want to get sued. Pastiche/parody is acceptable.  So I can't accept your Ant Man and The Wasp story, but I can consider your Bug Guy and Hornet homage. Characters in the public domain are fine. Gulliver is on the table.

In general avoid putting real world people in your submissions unless you have their permission. A meta story where Aborigen, Tina, Nyx, and I are having an adventure is fine as long as all of them agreed to be in it; a story about becoming the tiny slave of your celebrity crush or voring a politician you hate isn't.

Stories must be submitted with tags. That should include a general idea of the content (shrink, growth, inflation, etc) and content warnings for sex, violence, etc. 

I reserve the right to reject any story. 

Previously released stories are not only ok, they are encouraged. I want some of your best, not what you can crank out by a deadline.

That's it. 

On to the book itself.

I can't afford to pay you for your stories. Not what they're worth. And trying to do a royalty split with 20+ people is more work than I have time for. And there's the question of taxes. 

The first time around I got around all that by not charging for the book. No profits, no profit split, no taxes.  Easy. I printed up a 120 copies (paid out of my own pocket) and distributed them at the 2020 SizeCon. I found ways to get copies to contributing authors who were unable to attend the Con. E-copies of the book were given out as part of the Con package for the first SizeCon Micro, but that's it. And a copy I gave my sister, but that's beside the point.

The deal I made with authors for the first anthology was that it would not be used to make a profit and that it would primarily be given out at SizeCon. They kept their end of the bargain; I kept mine.

This time around I want to open this up to the general public while sticking to the core concept -- ignoring profit and spotlighting size writing. 

I have a way of doing this.

There will be two version of this book. E and print. I may allow illustrations in the e-version. Definitely not in the print. We need every page for story.

The e-book distribution will be easy and openly transparent. I can make it a free download on my e-junkie page. I'm open to making it available as a giveaway at the next SizeCon Micro.  I'm open to other free distribution avenues. 

There's no way to get print books without someone paying for them. It is possible to make them without profit. Printers will sell you copies of your own book for cost. These are generally called author's copies and are a practical way for us to sell books at cons and Ebay. 

I used Lulu to print the first "small print". They gave me the option of setting the final price at cost and making the book only available through a link. Someone searching their site wouldn't be able to find this book, but anyone I gave the link would be able to order it (after some initial headaches).

That was one of the ways I got print copies to contributing authors. They had the option of getting a copy mailed to them by me or buying a copy at cost through Lulu. [If you contributed to the first collection and didn't get your print copy please contact me.]

The above screenshot shows that a little more clearly. The print cost and list price for "small print" are the same. $3.25. The rest of my books have a higher list price since I'm trying to make money with them. Lulu takes a cut off of the difference, but that's neither here nor there. The rest of my books are general access; "small print" is not.

And here's my sales from the period just after the book was made. After my initial 120 book order three authors got their copies using the links I sent them. The estimated revenue is 0. You can see a positive number when you get to my "Failure" sale later in the year. 

For those writers concerned with protecting their secret IDs, that is all I see on my end. The book ordered, the date, region, and revenue. If you order a copy of "small print 2" through the webpage I will not get your real name or address.

"small print 2" (eclectic boogaloo) is going to be made General Access. Like the first it will be listed at cost. No one will profit from this (except Lulu a little bit), but the work will be available to the general public.

The final cost will depend on length. The first one cost $3.25 for 100 pages. There may be some grandfathering going on with that price. When I checked last night a 200 page edition would come in at a little over $5 in the same dimensions. With shipping and handling you could get a copy for around $10. Hopefully less.

If that's too much for you (or you think this smells fishy) I will do what I can to get contributing authors a copy. The easiest way would be for me to send you the cost of the book via PayPal, but I'm open to other options. 

As with the first version you will get full credit for your story including an "all stories copyright their listed authors", a link to a website where people can find your work (hyperlink in the e-book version), and hopefully some more readers. 

Please share this with other writers in the community. I've met more of you since the last time we did this, but I know I'm barely scratching the surface. 

To find out more you can email me at, contact me on Twitter, on Discord at Taedis

#9230, or Joe Taedis on FB. 

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