Those of you want to hear a personal greeting from me play the video as hosted on photobucket. This is a clean version relatively compared to the original greeting as it was removed from youtube.com. I will interact with visitors in more than one way -- it's so I can keep myself accessible for the most part. After playing the video click on the graphics to the right of the page to see where you want to go -- well you, the writer, looking to get published -- you did come to the right place.
But if you're looking to get your novel published with me, I am not really equipped to be novel publisher -- but in the magazine I will publish novellas in their entirely pending on space contraints. I provide the tools for you to do it yourself though for a small price though. As Predators & Editors falsely claims about me -- saying I don't treat my contributors well, I guess they were catching me as I had a contributor try to pick a fight with me over not being happy with a token payment for their story. One should encourage the guys on that site to sit down read the publications without blindly bashing upon them in pure hatred. They had an anthology that was supposed to raise the funds for their legal, but it looks like something a five year old slapped together in an hour with a slick cover -- that's about it. (Case and point see Marc Lyth.) A troll wouldn't take the time and care to do a website for their imprint publishing company, working with these blog type sites for the skeleton takes the time and love to develope an actual website so welcome to the site for Lake Fossil Press.
Live trailors for the books will be done via the channel I devoloped back in 2008 on Youtube.com for the imprint. This imprint is definately the American Dream -- but sometimes does have it's moments where it can be a fucking nightmare for me at times, especially when there are stories of
new management or rumors of the magazine folding. Well I am putting all that to rest by getting this site going. I am alive and kicking -- plan to keep running as long as I am able to do it. One of the writers is getting ready for a premiere and the other I share a movie credit with so I am trying to push Monster In The Closet as hard as I can here in the Chicago area. I took my time with this one for a reason, I didn't want the damn thing looking generic using wordpress.com for it's skeleton and I wanted to follow the lead of Murky Depths in being the old school webmaster I've been since the age of 20.
I used Writings From The Grave's skeleton to construct this site -- well actually it came from the reading room's layout. There are parts of this website that will open in new windows and others will take you to the other parts of the website. The foldersr are set up like how Geocities used to have member names with their website towards the very end -- this is all constructed using HTML and shockwave in parts. When I update the website, it's done offline then the current page will be overwritten. This is a publishing company where the writers are at home either at a late night dive drinking a cup of coffee or at a roadhouse having an MGD. The magazine also has it's website going now and it's currently updated like this is often when I take the notepad and do everything long hand because I am not a lazy son of a bitch like some publishers are when they use a fucking wordpress or a template to make a fake website of this company. A pyromanic doesn't run this place and I don'
t burn titles I publish like some bonde bitch from New York City. The 646 area code on his cell phone number gave him away.
I worked with a host of writers over the years this place first opened, I was shocked to find out one of my alumni is the British Fantasy Award winner and a lot of us sometimes lose touch. Thanx to facebook.com a lot of us are back in touch with each other, I like to hear from the alumni since I last published them or what they've been working on in recent years. One of them is persuing a Ph. D. in college and I published a doctor in one of the issues of the magazine. This imprint is going to be the most noted for publishing Ray Nelson and republishing T. Casey Brennan. Two of the writers came way of my e-zine days, 2001 I introduced the world to Barry Eysman as an e-zine contributor but this company was born from the ashes of The House of Pain e-zine.
I was mentored by three publishers to become the publisher that is Lake Fossil Press -- Cyber-Pulp Books, Litrix Books, and Wild Cat Books. My own input went into the start of a magazine that will eventualy become Withersin and appeared in their Birth Issue. For the longest time, Lake Fossil Press was the only publisher in the micropress community to run creative nonfiction until it's contemporary emerged in Northwest Illinois -- they were my signing mate with their first anthology to balance out the darkness that is within the pages of Tabloid Purposes IV -- I will not lie to anyone here, I don't pull any punches with the stories I publish nor will I expect what is to come from the mind of some of them. I've published former classmates over the years too and will be the home of family members who are looking to break out as writers too. I have the college campus type layout for the print on demand magazine called The Ethereal Gazette -- some issues have ISBNS and some don't. Noted will be it's anthology museum in print called Nickolaus Albert Pacione Delivers: A Library Of Unknown Horrors which is published under Writings From The Grave.com.
I will do my submission process by doing something I did from my early days called manuscript trading because I want to show the writers who are contributing to the publications that I am also a writer myself. I am a writer first then I am an editor and a publisher, sometimes I will use the publications to showcase my own photography because I've been doing my three mediums all for quite some time because I was an illustrator first -- been doing that since I was a kid, but I am not good enough to illustrate other people's works. I am also working on some other publications that will be reader fee based to help me finance the magazine or the other anthologies. As I said in the video, these are the things that are planned -- that I am a combination of the three types of publishers. I run 4theluvs, paying market, and reading fee markets -- the nonfiction journal planned is going to be the reading fee market but anyone who is in my circle on vampirefreaks.com will have the reading fee waived. I will always interact with the contributor via e-mail, message board, video, social networking websites, and sometimes by phone. Local contributors will have their publications hand delivered if live close enough in the Chicago or Joliet area in a public place -- usually the setting for the exchange of copies will be in a diner.
I do special local interest publications that are genre oriented and the details about the house rules are drawn out with the magazine's submission details. The reason I have the strict rules for the publication and the magazine is because of the nonfiction I run here -- if the erotic content was allowed, it would be flat out pornography, so I do the no sex rule because I want to remember my younger readerships I got from FictionPress.com and Fanfiction.net -- I will scout those sites for possible writers to the magazine or invite them for an anthology as I encourage them to try writing original horror or they got something related in the public domain.
When a publication is live, I will have it available for sale on Lulu.com and sometimes createspace if I have someone helping me on the covers. Then if doing a charity publication, I have an outside person handling the distribution of the publication and the money to go where it needs to go. The charities I support are named in the video as well. One thing if I can really get things going is start a youth center for teens to channel their writing outlets to get their minds going about the horrors of what it is like to live in the inner city -- telling the world at large about how a world they try to escape from, but sometimes cannot. The one thing I did what got people mad is did when I was told I can't do something. I will not allow certain things for a reason, and it's because I don't want to be like everyone else out there doing the same thing. I've been around way too long to bow out of the game now, and the thing I see with other publishers out there -- they practice something called poor sportsmenship. Being I was active to some extent in sports in high school, I wanted to bring that aspect to the publishing community -- though there are some out there who like to steal from other publishers just to push their buttons.
I will not steal another title name from under the nose of a publisher like what Panic Press did with me (the owner is responsible for screwing me out of a distribution deal as the hardcover publisher for Lame Goat Press) -- Quakes and Storms: A Natural Disaster Anthology is one of my brainchilds; and the don't have the creepy story that goes around that book part of the reason I waited so long to do a sequel. I will not endorse a publisher who is a troll with a following of other trolls, and hardly an actual publishing history to back them up -- meaning they haven't tried sending to Clarkesworld or Weird Tales. I was turned down by the old editor-in-chief and insulted by him, but I will keep trying to get published with them. Personally, I've been published internationally and nationally yet to be published locally aside from my own magazine.
I will read the publication as a fan too so I want to publish the stories I would personally read in other anthologies when I grab the anthologies. Anything sold through createspace will be linked as a page on this actual website itself -- I will work with both Lulu.com and CreateSpace.com equally.
I love to push the boundries of what Lulu.com is capable of doing though in terms of publications because everything I create with them is a custom work. I sometimes bring in an outside artist, but if I can't do the cover via photography then I will bring in family and friends to do the artwork.
I value the kitchen door policy that this company has when it comes to contributors meaning the door is always open to them, if they want to do something with me in terms of an anthology. Once in a while I will bring on one of roster as a co-editor or an editor who taught me how to do this as a publisher too.