Interview with Black Beacon Books - From Hidden Reads

Karen McTackett By Karen McTackett, 2nd Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Interview with Black Beacon Books, an independent publisher based in Australia. Black Beacon Books publish imaginative and thought-provoking fiction (mystery, suspense, psychological horror, adventure, black humour and the just plain weird) of the highest quality.

Introduction to Black Beacon Book

Black Beacon Books is the brainchild of Cameron Trost, writer of tales of mystery, suspense and horror. He is the author of "Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales" available on Amazon.

Cameron Trost graciously agreed to answer a few questions about Black Beacon Books. Please enjoy this rare insight into the world of an independent publisher.

Black Beacon Books - It's All in the Name.

Why did you choose the name Black Beacon Books?
There are many tropes and symbols used in fiction of a dark and mysterious nature. Amongst them, we have keys, mirrors, telescopes, treasure chests, secret passages, graveyards, skulls, churches, castles, caves, telescopes, clocks, the moon, oil lamps and candles and, of course, beacons and lighthouses. The beacon or lighthouse conjures a setting of darkness, for in daylight they are rendered almost useless. In this darkness, they have a role to play, a crucial role, and that is to either warn away or beckon nearer. That is also the role of Black Beacon Books, to thrust the reader into mystery and darkness whilst providing a distant and guiding light, one that can be seen atop cliffs rising up from a troubled sea or on the peaks of wild mountains. We want stories that both warn you of impending danger and draw you into the worlds they create.

Inception of Black Beacon Books

Can you give us a little bit of background about how you got involved in Black Beacon Books and why?
I decided to set Black Beacon Books up because I found that there were too few quality publishers releasing anthologies and short story collections in the mystery genre, especially in Australia. Although we do not only publish this genre (we also publish horror, urban adventure, dystopian, and strange fiction that defies categorisation), the lack of markets for short mystery writers is our main raison d’être. I run Black Beacon Books independently, using my skills and experience as a writer and English teacher, but I collaborate with digital artists and illustrators for each publication.

Not Just Another Publisher.

Why is Black Beacon Books different to other publishers?
Primarily, our difference is in our willingness to push the boundaries by publishing stories whose plot, style, and subject matter are not formulaic and commercially viable enough to suit the requirements of major publishing houses. We cater for the reader who wants to read clever, original, and quirky tales that will really make them think and leave them stunned. Our stories distinguish themselves from the flat field of mass-market fiction designed for the ovine hordes.

How Black Beacon Books Works

How does black Beacon Books publish authors’ works – hardcopy, electronically, etc?
We publish in both print and ebook formats. However, we always seek to give our print books a little something extra such as interior illustrations or photographs. When we publish short stories or novellas separately, we usually only publish them as ebooks since there is no point in publishing a print book of only thirty of fifty pages.

Could you give us a brief step by step of the process from submission to potential publication? How long does it take?
Our current submission window for Subtropical Suspense, an anthology of mystery and suspense tales set in Brisbane, closes at the end of March. At the moment, it’s only taking about a week to get back to potential contributors – that’s VERY fast. The process is simple. If I read a submission and think that it’s a great story AND it meets the submissions guidelines, then I’ll probably accept it. Then, if the spelling and grammar is spot on, there’s even less of a chance that it will be rejected.

Publishing Through Black Beacon Books

What are the top 3 things that someone should know in order to have their work considered by Black Beacon Books?
Number 1: know how to write a gripping tale that keeps me entertained and keeps me thinking even once I’ve finished it. Also, I don’t mind a clever twist either when appropriate.
Number 2: Write a story that matters to you, the story you want to tell, don’t try to copy the latest craze or write to a formula. That’s not our thing.
Number 3: Know that we’re just a small press publisher and don’t expect us to make you “the next big thing”.

What is Black Beacon Books’ input into the work? Do you offer any author services? Do you market the works and how?
We’re too poor to do advertising. Time and effort and marketing online, we can do. We don’t offer any “author services” but when you have a story published with us, you can rest assured that I will go through it with the fine-toothed comb of a nit-picking English teacher.

The Inside Insights

What are some of the common problems that people experience in attempting to get published?
Finding a market that suits your work. That’s why writers need to read submission guidelines carefully and query if unsure. You can have a great story (I hope you do, that’s step number one) but it won’t get published if you send it to an unsuitable market.

What is your one piece of advice for authors considering publication for the first time?
Don’t submit your work until you’ve done several drafts.

Can a self-published author still submit their work for publication?
Of course, but just make sure you read the guidelines. Most markets won’t accept reprints.

The Truth from Trost

What’s excites you (as a writer)?
A great story idea. Especially when I’m pretty sure nobody has written anything like it before. I’ve had quite a few of those and am working on one in particular at the moment.

What is your pet peeve in works you have received (or in general)?
Poor punctuation, spelling and grammar annoy me. However, I won’t automatically reject a great story written by somebody who isn’t a master of our fine language. Do us both a favour though and do your best, please.

Black Beacon Books Contact Information and Links

How can people contact you?
Through the contact page on our website or on our Facebook page.


Hidden Reads

This interview was conducted for Hidden Reads.

Hidden Reads is a free blog. It is a place to find amazing novels, novellas, short stories, collections, article, blogs, etc that have been published by Indie Publishers – AKA Self-Published authors. The purpose of Hidden Reads is to help self-published authors, article writers and bloggers find readers and to help readers find great new authors.

The website includes links to helpful sites for self-published authors, article writers, and bloggers, plus book reviews, interviews, author links, and the latest indie author offerings.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
3rd Apr 2014 (#)

Nice! I'm glad you're finding locals to interview! I hope you are able to help each other.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
3rd Apr 2014 (#)

Good evening, Porle, this was nicely done and informative. Not my genre, but should prove helpful to any who write the types of works they are looking for at this time. Again, well done. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Karen McTackett
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl and Marilyn. I am hoping to conduct many interviews for Hidden Reads with authors, publishers, agents, editors, etc. I am always looking for information to share with my writers and readers. :)

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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