Each month I'm going to be putting together a collection of themed stories by 10 different cozy mystery authors, to run alongside my monthly cozy mystery collections. To be included in the collection, you must write a story on a set topic, of no more than 25,000 words, which has not been published anywhere else. The ten stories will then be edited and a cover designed for the collection, before it is released wide through Bundle Rabbit. Royalties will be automatically paid each month through Bundle Rabbit.
Each author will be required to sign a basic contract and to share the cost of editing and cover art design ($40 per author payable once we have the ten stories ready for editing and cover design). You can submit stories for as many or as few of the themes as you like, once we have ten stories we will get the book ready for publishing during that month. You can submit your story any time. If we have our ten stories ready to go long before the month of the collection, we can publish it anyway, and it will simply be featured during the collection's month. Some collections and themes are likely to be more popular than others.
The aim of the collection is to have some fun writing in different worlds, to promote each other as authors, to reach new readers, build up a following, earn some royalties long term, and who knows, we might even make the New York Times Best Seller list! Each collection will be on sale wide, for $0.99 to give us the best chance of sales and finding new readers. I'll be formatting and uploading the finished book, so all you have to do is to write the story that you want readers to discover.
Stories can be submitted by email in the first instance and once we have ten stories that we are all happy with, we'll set up the contract, and send the collection off for editing, and have the cover designed. I'm planning to ask Mariah Sinclair to create custom covers for each collection of stories for ebook and print. You'll receive a digital copy of the finished collection for your approval before it gets published. You will be able to publish your story as an individual after submission as long as it is not in KU since it will be available wide and you won't want to get in trouble with KU.
Story Themes and Dates
November 2018 - Historical Cozy Mystery Month
December 2018 - Christmas and New Year Month
January 2019 - Paranormal Cozy Mystery Month
February 2019 - Animal Cozy Mystery Month
March 2019 - Ageing Sleuth Cozy Mystery Collection
April 2019 - Easter Cozy Mystery Collection
May 2019 - British Cozy Mystery Collection
June 2019 - First Book in Series Cozy Mystery Collection
July 2019 - Travel and Destinations Cozy Mystery Collection
August 2019 - Honeymoon, Wedding, Romance Cozy Mystery Collection
September 2019 - Medieval Cozy Mystery Collection
October 2019 - Halloween Cozy Mystery Collection
November 2019 - Other Worlds Cozy Mystery Collection
December 2019 - Christmas and Hogmanay Cozy Mystery Collection
January 2020 - Knitting, Quilting, Crafts Cozy Mystery Collection
February 2020 - Butlers, Maids, Slaves Cozy Mystery Collection
March 2020 - Fashion and Shopping Collection