A few rules are necessary, in the interests of meeting the goals of this site, and providing a high-quality user experience. Following written instructions can be like learning to drive a standard transmission car, but once you get the clutch, brake and gas pedals coordinated with the shift lever and how the engine sounds, you’ll be fine! When you sign up, you’ll get an e-mail with the address to which you’ll send your submissions.
You do not need to give up other ways of promoting your work when you join this site. FUSION FICTION: Promoting Cross-Genre Writing seeks to establish a more accurate marketing category that will enhance the discoverability of multi-genre Authors and multi-genre works, which are currently underserved by a classification scheme that obscures their uniqueness and enduring literary value.
- Fusion: a single work of fiction whose content crosses at least three (3) genre lines (e. g., contemporary romance, Boomer-Lit, and psychological melodrama; supernatural, visionary/inspirational, and social controversy).
What is NOT Fusion: A work that is in only one genre which also contains a strong love story or a category romance (Happily Ever After or Happy for Now) plot. At least one more genre line must be crossed, for the work to be accepted for promotion as Fusion Fiction.
Why this is the rule: (1) All fictional genres can be written with incidental developing romantic relationship elements or subplots. (2) The Romance genre contains many sub-genres, in which the developing relationship is the primary story line, to which all other elements are incidental. (3) To count for genre purposes, all story lines must be strong enough to propel the plot and classify the work in a genre; and to distinguish the work from a Romance sub-genre, there must be at least three different genre classifications.
- Fission: Two or more fictional works by the same author, which are in different genres (e. g., a historical novel and a science-fiction novel; an anthology containing a one-act rom-com play, several short stories in fantasy genre and crime genre, and 30 haiku poems).
What is NOT Fission: A novelette that is from a continuing-story boxed set which is all in one genre, and the novelette also contains a love story or a category romance (Happily Ever After or Happy for Now) plot. This whole boxed set counts as a single work in one genre, and for it to be accepted for promotion, the author also must have written a work in a different genre.
Why this is the rule: All fictional genres can be written with incidental developing romantic relationship elements or subplots. To count for genre purposes, a relationship plot must be strong enough to propel the work, as the major story line.
- At least one of the promoted works must have been published (independently or otherwise).
- Works-in-progress accepted for advance promotion must have a cover image, and be flagged as a WIP.
- All published works must be available in as many formats as possible:
Paperback editions are strongly encouraged. These can be set up at no cost to the author at print-on-demand companies.
Audiobook editions are highly desirable. If hiring human voice talent is not feasible, audio may be recorded via text-to-speech technology, using SAPI 5 (or later) narrators that have been edited for rate, speed, pitch and pronunciation.
E-books are accepted in all e-reader formats.
- Author-produced e-books must be in Adobe PDF, with enabled document security and/or DRM, and screen-reader accessibility for the visually impaired.
- Copyright registration is strongly encouraged for all published works.
- Works are currently accepted for promotion in these classifications only:
Novels: 75,000 or more words.
Novellas: 50,000 – 75,000 words.
Novelettes: 30,000 – 50,000 words. (Shorter works must be anthologized.)
Short Stories: only in anthologies that contain a minimum of 30,000 words.
Plays: In one or more acts, printed as bound scripts, books or in anthologies.
- No flash fiction, skits, or poetry, unless they are part of an anthology of mixed genres, containing a minimum of 30,000 words.
- Original content only: No fanfic.
- Adult fiction (appropriate for ages 18+):
No erotica: It does not need promotional assistance from this site.
No material that seeks to entertain via pornographic or other forms of personal violence.
Trailers: Please provide both the EMBED CODE and the trailer URL.
- This site cannot provide DRM: Authors are responsible for protecting their work samples with appropriate document security. Copyright registration is strongly encouraged.
Copyright registration is vital for all published works. It is very important for works that are distributed cheaply or free of charge, which are targeted by intellectual property thieves. In the United States, copyright registration is easy, inexpensive, and provides the best protection from theft. Wherever you live, do not wait for copyright infringement to occur before registering copyright. Do not depend on your computer archives, or possession of a dated paper manuscript or bound copy to defend your copyright. Technology-savvy thieves can easily manipulate the metadata and other aspects of stolen computer files, to misrepresent their dates of creation and ownership.
- Samples must be from published work:
A TEXT sample must include the title page, AND contain a copyright notice, OR a notice that the work has been released into the public domain and that no copyright is claimed by the author. Copyright registration is strongly encouraged.
Must be the first chapter.
Must be an original, computer-generated Adobe PDF, not a scanned copy.
The filename must include the title of the work and the author’s legal, pen, or DBA name (e. g., irishfirebrandsch1plouvier.pdf)
A TEXT sample must be accompanied by an image of the title page, in a JPEG or PNG format, and the filename must include the title of the work and the author’s legal, pen, or DBA name (see example, above).
An AUDIOBOOK sample must be the first chapter, must contain a spoken copyright notice OR public domain release, must be in a format compatible with WordPress audio file embed requirements (see WordPress Help for more information), and must be accompanied by a cover image (e. g., such as an avatar within a Soundcloud track link).
- Adult fiction: Full direct promotion (Fusion and/or Fission categories, front cover, full cover, trailer, text chapter, audio chapter, thumbnails on author page).
- Juvenile Fiction: Partial direct promotion (Fission category only).
YA fiction must be in different genres. Promotion: front cover, full cover, trailer, text chapter, audio chapter, thumbnails on author bio page.
Children’s fiction all count as one genre, and the author must also have written AF or YA. Promotion: front cover, full cover, thumbnails on author bio page.
- Non-fiction: Not accepted for direct promotion. Titles can be listed in author bio.
Author Promotion (Optional)
- Authors can be featured on optional BROWSE and BIO pages, and they may submit an article for inclusion as a BLOG post. If you choose to participate:
You must provide a head-and-shoulders, black and white photo, in a JPEG or PNG format, and the filename must include the author’s legal, pen, or DBA name.
You must provide a brief author biography blurb. Do not include external website or retailer links. Proofread your blurb before submission: editing will not be provided, and an occasional typo is understandable, but blurbs with spelling and grammar errors will make a bad impression on readers, and poorly written blurbs will not be accepted for publication.
Your Blog post must be an educating and uplifting article about your experience with and/or philosophy of writing FUSION FICTION. Do not include biographical information, or external website or retailer links. Proofread your article before submission: editing will not be provided, and an occasional typo is understandable, but articles with spelling and grammar errors will make a bad impression on readers, and poorly written articles will not be accepted for publication.
- Reblog request: When your Blog post goes live, do reblog at your site(s), and please also reblog when your colleagues post to the Blog. We want the reality of FUSION FICTION to spread throughout the literary neighborhoods of the blogosphere.
Any submissions that do not follow these rules will not be accepted for publication until they are submitted correctly.
This website is a work-in-progress, and these rules are subject to change at any time, without prior notification. Thank you for your patience, and for your efforts on behalf of successful FUSION FICTION!
If you have questions, please contact the site administrator via the FEEDBACK page.