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Weekly Author Challenge
Practical, week-long exercises/ challenges exclusive to Patreon.
Write on with Theresa Derwin
Interviews with genre professionals.
Let Us Guide You
Crystal Lake Publishing is known for a lot of great attributes, but the biggest might very well be for the incredible amount of support we offer authors. Not just our own authors, but up-and-coming and newbie authors. We strive to bring out the best in everyone, for the benefit of everyone.
Below is a list of all the amazing services we offer, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, contact us and we’ll recommend the people/services we use ourselves. We’re more than happy to connect you with whoever or whatever you need.
We have several editors (Monique Snyman, Ben Eads, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Frank Cernik, and Kenneth W. Cain) standing by to mentor authors in various aspects of writing, from poetry and short fiction to novels and even developmental editing. Crystal Lake owner (and Bram Stoker Award-winning editor) Joe Mynhardt covers career mentoring aspects such as branding, marketing, and developing a solid foundation for a long career. A mentoring term is one month long, with options of either working with one individual editor ($85 for the month) or a team of two editors and Joe ($180 for the month).
Our editors are also available for freelance gigs, whether you need an editor for short stories, a full collection, novella, or novel. Depending on your needs and funds, we’ll present you with the best and most affordable offer possible.
Monthly Flash Fiction Challenges (for payment and publication)
Every month we post a flash fiction challenge on social media (also shared via our Patreon page and newsletter). There’s always a new theme or unique twist. The top 10 to 15 stories are then posted on our Patreon page where our $5 and higher tier patrons will read and vote for a winner. The winner receives a cash payment (currently $0.01 per word) and publication in an upcoming Shallow Waters anthology. Sometimes authors who don’t win can also be approached about publication. Over time this has become a nice community for authors to compete, get feedback from readers, and even build friendships. Some authors have gone on to co-author books together, and some newbies have gone on to become published authors. It’s great exercise for your writing muscles and creativity, and helps you have a bit of fun with writing again.
A Patreon tier specifically for authors
Over the last few years we’ve built a great community of authors and readers on Patreon. There are a lot of different tiers, each with their own perks, but we have one especially catered toward authors. Features on this tier include author interviews, weekly exercises or prompts, motivation, guest authors, on writing essays, and early submission windows. Patrons are also encouraged to send in any on writing questions they might have. We’re always happy to help or find someone who can. And it’s only $5 a month! This tier also has access to all our behind the scenes posts, updates, and fiction posts (Shallow Waters flash fiction and Still Water Bay episodes).
An amazing selection of award-winning non-fiction/On Writing titles
If you think non-fiction, you can’t help but think of Crystal Lake Publishing. We have some of the best On Writing books on the market, including several Bram Stoker Award-nominated anthologies and one winner (many more to come). Our books focus on all aspects of writing, including comics, movie tie-ins, screenwriting, novels, short stories, stage plays, and interviews with legendary authors and filmmakers. As an editor, Crystal Lake owner Joe Mynhardt also compiled and edited The Horror Writer anthology for HellBound Books.