All last week this blog invited Facebook Members to participate in the Outskirts Press Facebook Anthology by submitting a poem, short story, excerpt, recipe, or joke for free publication. We will continue to accept submissions on our Facebook page throughout this week as well. Also be sure to “like” the contributions by others that you are fond of. This will help us determine the submissions to include in the Anthology.
Now it is time to name the book. Since you, our Facebook Fans, are submitting the content, we thought it only appropriate that you help determine the title. Here are the five choices. Simply vote for your favorite. The title with the most votes at the end of business tomorrow will be the one we use.
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Yesterday’s post about the title for our Anthology solicited some recommendations from our Facebook fans. Voting for the title will take place on this blog next week. All our blog readers and Facebook fans will also be invited to vote on the Charity. Those votes will determine which charities receives royalties from the sale of the Facebook Anthology.
That leaves the cover. Once the title is determined, our custom cover designers will produce a number of different mock-ups for the cover of the anthology. Those mock-ups will be presented here on this blog next week and open to a public vote. The winning cover, as determined by our blog readers and Facebook fans, will be the one we use for the publication.
We hope you are enjoying this social publishing process so far. There is still time to submit your content to the anthology if you haven’t had a chance to, yet. Simply open up a “comment” on Facebook under this status posting and submit your short story, poem, recipe, or excerpt. If your submission is longer than 8,000 characters, use multiple, numbered comments.
Also be sure to retweet or share this opportunity with other writers or professionals you know through your Twitter, Facebook, or Linked in accounts. We would like our first Facebook Anthology to contain a wide range of creative styles and offerings.
Our Facebook Anthology has already proven to be very popular. Since announcing the opportunity for writers to get published for free through Outskirts Press simply by becoming a Facebook Fan and then submitting a short story, poem, recipe or excerpt, our Fan Base has grown quickly past 1,000 active members. Thank you for the support!
There’s still time to submit your content. Just visit our Facebook Page and then open a comment on this status report and enter your submission. Be sure to read the other submissions and “like”/comment on those you are fond of.
We’re also looking for Title Suggestions. We have possible titles that we will suggest next week when the voting begins, but if you have an idea for the title of our Facebook Anthology, submit your ideas via our Facebook Page. “Like” the title suggestions other members have made which you are fond of. Next Monday, January 10th, this blog will have a public vote/survey of five possible Title suggestions and the most popular title, as determined by you, will be the one we use.
The same process applies to the Charity. As we’ve mentioned, the royalties of the Facebook Anthology are going to be donated to a charity. We already have some in mind, but if you have a charity you’d like to see “in the running” for consideration, suggest it on our Facebook Page. “Like” other charity ideas that have been submitted by others. Then, everyone will be invited to vote for the final charity next week.
We’re going to take care of the editing and the interior formatting. But that leaves the cover, and tomorrow’s blog will discuss that.
Submissions are already rolling in — poetry, short stories, book excerpts. Have you submitted to the Facebook Anthology yet for your opportunity to get published for free? We’re going to make it really easy.
This exact posting with this headline “Submit your work to our Facebook Anthology for free right here” will appear on our Facebook Fan page at http://facebook.com/OutskirtsPress
As a fan of Outskirts Press, you can simply click the “Comment” button to this Status update on our Wall and submit your entry into the Comment’s box. If your submission is longer than 8,000 characters, use multiple comments.
There are many examples of how other writers have submitted their work. We look forward to seeing yours. You have through January 9th to submit.
Then be sure to “like” other submissions you are fond of. That will help us determine the submissions we accept for the Anthology.
Interested in learning how you can be a part of naming the book?
Interested in learning how you can be a part of determining its cover?
Interested in learning how you can be a part of determining which charity this Facebook Anthology supports?
These are all topics of future posts on this blog, so stay tuned here or on Twitter for updates.
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Happy New Year! The holidays may be over but the celebration continues at Outskirts Press this month. Our valued Facebook Fans have the opportunity to get published for free in our first Facebook Anthology.
More good news: The royalties from the book will go to a charity of your choosing! Free publication AND philanthropy? Yes! And here’s how you can participate:
Step 1: First, you have to be a Facebook Fan of Outskirts Press, which means you need to have your own Facebook Account, and you need to “Like” our Facebook Page at http://facebook.com/OutskirtsPress .
Step 2: We will be accepting submissions to the Facebook Anthology that are posted on our Wall. Status posts to our wall are limited to 420 characters, so here are two options.
a) You can post a status update to our wall by clicking on the “Status” link. Name your status post “My Facebook anthology submission” (or something like that) and then you can post a “Comment” to your own status that is up to 8,000 characters in length, so you would submit your content in the “comments” to your own Status update. If your material is longer than 8000 characters, submit multiple, numbered comments.
b) Or you can post a link to your submission if your submission exists on another site or blog elsewhere. In this case, the 8000 character limitation no longer applies.
Submissions should be posted on our wall by January 9, 2011 to be considered.
Step 3: Then, share your posting onto your own Facebook Wall so your friends and family can participate in your publishing endeavor with Outskirts Press. Encourage them to “Like” your submission, since the number of “Likes” each submission receives will help us determine the ones to include in the Anthology.
Step 4: Read other submissions throughout the month and “Like” the ones you are fond of. Comment on those you particularly enjoyed; the author will appreciate the positive feedback. You may have to click on “Outskirts Press + others” near the top to see everyone’s submissions and participation.
Our Facebook Page is a place of positive reinforcement for the craft of writing and the business of publication. We encourage (and periodically reward) active participation. Our Twitter account will keep you updated throughout the process, so follow us conveniently. If all this “social networking” stuff is new to you, here is a perfect opportunity to become more familiar with it.
Whether or not you have published with Outskirts Press in the past, this also presents a wonderful opportunity to publish some of your work for free while you experience the ease and joy of working with Outskirts Press. Better still, you get to give back to a worthwhile charity — all at the same time (more details about that later this week). We hope all our Facebook Fans will want to join in on the ride.
Of course, if you have a complete manuscript to publish, we do that, too. Just click here to review our offerings.
Yes, you retain all the rights to your work. Here’s the “fine print” for those who are curious about such details: By submitting your work for inclusion in the anthology, you agree to the following:
1. AUTHOR RETAINS 100% OF THE RIGHTS AND COPYRIGHT LICENSES to the submitted content and all other material submitted to Outskirts Press, Inc for the purposes of the Facebook Anthology.
2. AUTHOR RETAINS ALL RIGHTS to distribute and sell the submitted content in other print and digital formats at any time.
3. By submitting the content to the Outskirts Press wall, Author grants Outskirts Press, and ONLY OUTSKIRTS PRESS, a NON-EXCLUSIVE, worldwide license to distribute and sell the content within an anthology in print and/or digital form; author grants Outskirts Press the non-exclusive right to exhibit the anthology in part on websites or promotional materials owned by Outskirts Press; author grants Outskirts Press the non-exclusive right to store and transmit digital versions of the anthology to facilitate production, distribution, and sale of manuscript.
4. Outskirts Press will produce a book version that may or may not included the submitted materials from Author. Submitting material to the Facebook Wall does not guarantee publication in the Anthology. If the content is chosen for inclusion, Author grants Outskirts Press the non-exclusive right to exhibit, print, and distribute any and all related materials submitted in conjunction with the content, which includes, but is not limited to, cover art, interior and exterior images and concepts, author’s photograph, summaries, quotes, testimonials, and author’s biography.
5. Editing, production, pricing, and royalties of the anthology in both print and digital formats will be at the complete discretion of Outskirts Press. For at least two years after publication, royalties from sales of the anthology will be distributed to a charity determined by a public vote.
6. Author represents and warrants that Author is the sole owner of the submitted content and all material submitted in conjunction with content, including all images, and photographs, including those of the.
7. Author represents and warrants that Author is over the age of 18 and has full power and authority to participate in this Anthology as described; or Author’s legal guardian is over the age of 18 and is assuming all liability for the responsibilities set forth herein. Author represents and warrants that the submission of the content and all other material does not conflict with or violate any arrangement, understanding, or agreement between the Author and any other persons or entities. Furthermore, Author represents and warrants that the manuscript and all material submitted in conjunction with the content is entirely original, free of liens, claims, or interests of any kind; is not slanderous, pornographic, obscene, libelous, or defamatory; and does not violate or infringe upon any personal or proprietary rights, including without limitation copyrights, trademarks, privacy rights, or publicity rights of other persons or entities.