Word on the wire is true. We really are taking submissions right now, to go into Mysterious & Miraculous Book II.
If you're interested in submitting a true story of your own, or even for a friend, relative colleague, here's how you can do it and the guidelines of what will qualify for a submission.
- The story must be a true account (to the best of your knowledge) of a paranormal/miraculous/metaphysical experience.
If it's not your own story, then you need to feel reasonably certain that the story being shared with you is true as well. We're not asking for lie detectors to be used, just go with your gut. :) We want to keep the series non-fictional.
- Length of the story (word count) isn't an issue. I mean, preferably nothing massive enough to fill up your own book with, 'cause if it is, that's what you should do with it.
As for small, that doesn't matter either. Even a couple of small paragraphs is totally okay.
- No adult words, situations, content or innuendos. If it's a four-letter something-or-other and would warrant a soap-sandwich, omit it, or we will.
- Send a pic of you, or a pic of something you're comfortable to use as your profile pic as well as your bio information, and if you've got a website, include the address.
Each contributor will have their bio data at the end of the story you submit (at least at the end of one of the stories, if there are multiple). In the back of the book/end of the book, there will be an index area with the same info so your new fans can connect with you easily via the book. Your profile pic will go here, on the Legacy Scribes & Contributors' page, as well as your bio data.
- If you serve as a Legacy Scribe to write someone else's story, that's great! Get as much personal info as you can, try to answer the Five W's in the story (Who, What, When, Where and Why), and if possible, please include of the pic of the person you're writing for, their name and their bio as well, at least some of it, if possible.
A large part of the Legacy Archives Foundation's mission is to preserve the stories of individuals who may, or may not be writers, or have a chance to have their stories written into a book. So, please keep that in mind when you're writing a story for someone else and try to get as much info as you can. You never know when their great-great-grand-kid might be reading a story you wrote for them. :) (Very cool concept, yeah?)
- Simply email one of us the story (I'll post email addresses below for you), and send along any photos you might have to go with the story, as well as the profile/bio photos.
An example of why you night want to include a photo would be, say your getting a story from someone who is only a couple of generations off the reservation. If the story your writing is being written for someone about their great-auntie, who lived on an Indian reservation, and they have a photo of their auntie in native clothing, on the res, or wherever (you get the idea), it'd be really nice to include that for them as well as the readers who would appreciate it.
One of the stories going into M&M Book II is of a turn of the century home (last century) built by the scribe's great-grandfather who fought in the civil war. The home is still standing. It's a good guess that the folks living in it might want a copy of the book because their house is in it - same thing for their neighbors, or anyone else in their little town.
So, if you've got pics, send 'em on.
- Be aware that we will edit and may change the name of your story. Not definite, but it's a definite possibility. If we do, I promise we'll do it with good reason and for the title to fit better with the book's complete content.
That pretty much covers what we're looking for.
We're keeping each book to hold between 15 and 20 stories. So, if you get us a submission by the time we've reached the cut-off point, don't fret 'cause your story will go into the next book.
That's not meant to be harsh. It serves two purposes, both with YOU in mind. :)
- We don't want the scribes and those whose stories are being written for them, to get lost in a whole lot of content, or the for the reader to finish the book feeling satisfied. We want them to want more because there are soooo many wonderful stories out there to share and we don't want the readers getting burn-out.
- If you're a pro writer, it will be easier for new fans to find your work if we keep the story content to a reasonable amount, which is coming down to between 15 and 20. They won't have to search through loads of other scribes' and contributors' names to find you. The easier it is for them, the better job we've done.
Please send your story submissions to me via firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Maria Jordan via email@example.com, or to Gail Sobotkin via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you sooooo much for your assistance and support!