Publish with Aconite Cafe

We publish Cozy Mystery and Fantasy series, in digital and physical format.

Submissions: Open

Submit to an Anthology

Our Anthologies are themed releases featuring short stories from must read authors. 
Published in digital and physical formats.

The Cozy Mystery Tribe

Submissions: OPEN

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  • Fair / Festival / Carnival
    • Title: A Festival of Forensics
    • Deadline: August 2022
  • Haunted House
    • Title: A Haunting of Revenge
    • Deadline: September 30th, 2022
  • Holiday Tradition
    • Title: A Tradition in Allegations
    • Deadline: November 30th, 2022
  • Zoo
    • Title: A Zoo of a Homicide
    • Deadline: February 2023
  • Bookish List Run
    • Title: A Bookworm of a Suspect
    • Publication Date: April 11, 2023
  • Beach
    • Title: A Beach of a Crime
    • Deadline: June 2023
  • More 2023 Dates coming soon! Join us on Patreon to help pick themes!

Currently we are looking for:

  • Cozy Mystery Authors: Click to See Form
    • Authors that have been publishing for longer than a year. (pen names count)
    • Our current run is now live, all applications will be added to our replacements list.
  • June 2021 – Flamingo
  • October 2021 – Cauldron
  • January 2022 – Camping
  • March 2022 – Vacation
  • July 2022 – Aquarium
    • An Aquarium of Deceit
    • Amazon
  • April 2023 – Bookish
  • Word Count:
    • 5,000 – 10,000 words (Wiggle Room Allowed.)
    • Professionally Edited (Authors submission must be edited by an individual that would be deemed a professional by other authors before they submit their story.)
    • Feel free to submit before editing to get an approval.

 

  • Style:
    • A Complete Mystery.
      • Can be as easy as 3 scenes/chapters. (Setup, Discovery, Payoff.) 
    • New material. / Not currently published anywhere.
    • Can be characters from a currently published series.
    • Can be new characters that only appear in the anthology. 
    • Can be different characters with each submission.
    • Author has creative freedom with tropes and mystery elements.
    • The listed theme needs to be the main idea of the story, but how it is executed is up to the author. 

 

  • Genre:
    • Cozy Mystery (Paranormal & Non-Paranormal)
    • Must be clean. (i.e. – no foul language, or on-screen violence/sex.)

 

  • How to Submit:
    • Email: aconitecafe@gmail.com
    • Title Email: “Anthology Title – Author Name”
    • Body of Email Contents: “Anthology TitleYour Story Title – Author Name – Word Count”
      • Attach submission as a .docx file

 

  • Document Format:
    • Courier New Font
    • 12 pt.
    • double spacing
    • 0.25 inch paragraph indents. (No tabs!)
    • Chapters Titles: use Heading 1
    • Scene Breaks: centered, * * *, single enter before, and after.
    • Ellipsis: Please do not use the ellipsis symbol, instead use dot space dot space dot. Example: . . .
    • Header contents:
      • Anthology Title – Your Title – Author Name – Word Count”

Acceptance:

  • Acceptance decided by Sabetha Danes & J. Wilson. 
    • Only the quality of writing / mystery will have weight on acceptance. 
    • All submissions will receive feedback, and the potential for reworking if possible.
  • Once accepted:
    • The author will receive an email containing typos, this must be returned within 5 days of receiving it.
    • Once the anthology is filled, the author will receive an email containing contract, & a questionnaire via Google Forms, this must be returned within 5 days of receiving it.
  • Author is responsible for a marketing fee of $20 per story submitted. (This is NOT pay to play, but CO-OP publishing and covers the cost of marketing, cover & formatting. See Royalties section below.)
  • The author will receive digital proof copies of the ebook and print book, this must be returned within 5 days of receiving it.
  • The anthology will be published under the series name “A Cozy Mystery Tribe Anthology” & will stay published until the publisher decides otherwise. 

 

Rights:

  • The publisher will receive exclusive electronic rights, and worldwide print rights for 90-days and non-exclusive rights thereafter.
    • After the 90-days, authors will be able to publish their story on their own, but will not be able to put it in Kindle Unlimited.

 

Placement:

  • A week before publication a sharable Youtube video will be posted where authors & readers will discover the story reading order within the anthology by random drawing.

 

Pricing:

  • Ebook Pricing: $2.99
    • 90-Day Kindle Unlimited Run.
    • With potential of 99¢ sale run.
  • Paperback pricing: $12.99
  • Pricing is subject to change at the discretion of the publisher.

 

Marketing:

  • Authors are required to promote the anthology as if it was one of their own books (or as their publisher would promote their own works.)
    • If an author is found to not be promoting an anthology during the first month of release they will be considered in breach of contract, and will lose their rights to royalties. Plus:
      • Removed from the Anthology.
      • Rejected from working with Aconite Cafe in the future.
  • This includes newsletters, social media, organizing newsletter swaps, participating in the launch party, organizing ARC reviews from their readers,  and more. 
    • They must be able to providing links to organizer on request.
    • They will tag Cozy Mystery Tribe where applicable.
  • Paid newsletter promotion sites to be scheduled during 14-day launch window. With potential for Facebook ads to be run.
  • A group giveaway will be organized for the month of the launch, it is not required but appreciated if every author contributes a prize pack valued at whatever they decide, on theme with the anthology.

 

Royalties Payout:

  • Amazon Distribution Payout:
    • Authors will receive one payment via paypal after the publisher received the final Kindle Unlimited payout, then an annual payment during the month of February.
  • Wide Distribution Payout:
  • Royalty Splitting:
    • All royalties will be split equally between all stories & the publisher.
    • Co-Authors share a single split.
    • Example: (9 stories + 1 publisher = 10% each)

Caffeinated Fantasy

Submissions: CLOSED

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  • Dragons
    • Title: 
    • Deadline: 
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  • H
    • Title: 
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    • Title: 
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  • V
    • Title:  
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  • Word Count:
    • Under 10k (Wiggle Room Allowed.)
    • Professionally Edited (Authors submission must be edited by an individual that would be deemed a professional by other authors before they submit their story.)
    • Feel free to submit before editing to get an approval.

 

  • Style:
    • A Complete Story.
      • Must not require reading previous works to enjoy.
    • New material. / Not currently published anywhere.
    • Can be characters from a currently published series.
    • Can be new characters that only appear in the anthology. 
    • Can be different characters with each submission.
    • Author has creative freedom with tropes and fantasy elements.
    • The listed theme needs to be the main idea of the story, but how it is executed is up to the author. 

 

  • Genre:
    • Fantasy
    • No to low romance, it must not be the main plot of the story.

 

  • How to Submit:
    • Email: aconitecafe@gmail.com
    • Title Email: “Fantasy – Theme – Your Title – Author Name”
    • Body of Email Contents: “Fantasy – Theme – Your Title – Author Name – Word Count”
      • Plus a 150 Word Author Bio & One Link
    • Attach submission as a .docx file

 

  • Document Format:
    • Courier New Font
    • 12 pt.
    • double spacing
    • 0.25 inch paragraph indents. (No tabs!)
    • Scene Breaks: centered, * * *, single enter before, and after.
    • Please do not use the ellipsis symbol, instead use dot space dot space dot > . . .
    • Header contents:
      • Theme – Your Title – Author Name – Word Count”

Acceptance:

  • Acceptance decided by Sabetha Danes & NAK Baldron
  • Only the quality of writing will have weight on acceptance. 
  • All submissions will receive feedback, and the potential for reworking if possible.
  • Once accepted:
    • The author will receive an email containing typos, this must be returned within 5 days of receiving it.
    • Once the anthology is filled, the author will receive an email containing contract, & a questionnaire via Google Forms, this must be returned within 5 days of receiving it.
  • Author is responsible for a marketing fee of $20 per story submitted. (This is NOT pay to play, but CO-OP publishing and covers the cost of marketing, cover & formatting. See Royalties section below.)
  • The author will receive digital proof copies of the ebook and print book, this must be returned within 5 days of receiving it.
  • The anthology will be published under the series name “A Caffeinated Fantasy Anthology” & will stay published until the publisher decides otherwise. 

 

Rights:

  • The publisher will receive exclusive electronic rights, and worldwide print rights for 90-days and non-exclusive rights thereafter.
    • After the 90-days, authors will be able to publish their story on their own, but will not be able to put it in Kindle Unlimited.

 

Placement:

  • A week before publication a sharable Youtube video will be posted where authors & readers will discover the story reading order within the anthology by random drawing.

 

Pricing:

  • Ebook Pricing: $0.99
    • 90-Day Kindle Unlimited Run.
    • Price raise to $2.99
  • Paperback pricing: $12.99
  • Pricing is subject to change at the discretion of the publisher.

 

Marketing:

  • Authors are required to promote the anthology as if it was one of their own books (or as their publisher would promote their own works.)
    • If an author is found to not be promoting an anthology during the first month of release they will be considered in breach of contract, and will lose their rights to royalties. Plus:
      • Removed from the Anthology.
      • Rejected from working with Aconite Cafe in the future.
  • This includes newsletters, social media, organizing newsletter swaps, participating in the launch party, organizing ARC reviews from their readers,  and more. 
    • They must be able to providing links to organizer on request.
    • They will tag Caffeinated Fantasy where applicable.
  • Paid newsletter promotion sites to be scheduled during 14-day launch window. With potential for Facebook ads to be run.
  • A group giveaway will be organized for the month of the launch, it is not required but appreciated if every author contributes a prize pack valued at whatever they decide, on theme with the anthology.

 

Royalties Payout:

  • Amazon Distribution Payout:
    • Authors will receive one payment via paypal after the publisher received the final Kindle Unlimited payout, then an annual payment during the month of February.
  • Wide Distribution Payout:
  • Royalty Splitting:
    • All royalties will be split equally between all stories & the publisher.
    • Co-Authors share a single split.
    • Example: (9 stories + 1 publisher = 10% each)
  • Coming Soon!

Caffeinated Fantasy Weekly

Submissions: Closed

Caffeinated Fantasy Weekly is a magazine featuring short fiction.
Published in digital and physical formats. 

F.A.Q.

The fee for each anthology covers the cost of covers, formatting and marketing.

Each anthology will have a cap of about 15ish authors. If one (like a holiday themed one) were to get an excessive amount of submissions, then we would potentially open up a second volume and have two publications that month. If we are routinely getting 30+ quality submissions then we will move to monthly releases, bi-weekly, or weekly publications.

For each author to break even within the first 90 days, we need to sell 1,500 copies, assuming there are 15 authors contributing to the anthology.

Yes! Head over to the Stats page to see the current acceptance numbers. 

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