What Happened?!

Hey guys!

If you haven’t seen the posts yet, don’t worry! Alban Lake Publishing is still up and running better than ever. We’re moving to a new site and while this one will, for the most part, still be up we are going to be fazing it out over the next year or so.

Here’s the link to our new site! Alban Lake Publishing LLC

The original store is still open but so is our new store Infinite Realms.

If you’re one of our authors, that’s where the best place to buy your books is. Each of you has a unique promo code that will automatically add your discount in the check out. If you haven’t gotten your code yet – as there are a lot of codes to give out and it takes some time – email us at albanlake@yahoo.com and we’ll get it to you asap.

Let us know what you think!

A Sounds of the Night Update

Hey everyone!

We’ve had a ton of great submissions for the Sounds of the Night Anthology and it is nearing its end. We’ll give it till the end of this month to finish out and then the submissions will close.

We’ll announce the publication date in the July View from the Lake.

Changes are Coming . . .

Hello everyone! We know we’ve been a bit secretive on Twitter and Facebook, but we can finally make some big announcements and let you all in on what we’ve been working on for you.

First thing, Alban Lake Publishing has filed paperwork to become a Limited Liability Company! This will allow us to do more and open up new avenues of growth and ability. It’s step one to help us become bigger and better. Don’t worry though, we have no intention of changing how we do things. As Bill and I move forward with the company we want to keep the same things going and to make sure that it’s easy for people to get in touch with us and submit their work. We just want to make the company bigger and better and more profitable for everyone. As our declaration says, “We want to connect authors to readers.”

And that takes us to our next point.

As of the first of July, Alban Lake Publishing LLC will be moving to a new website and this one will be shutting down.

The new website is www.albanlakepublishing.com. Right now you can go and look around, but know that it’s incomplete and we’re still working on things, so it’s going to be pretty fluid. There will be some new rules taking effect, but not until July 1st. We’ll talk more about them in the news there and in our July View from the Lake. Remember the guidelines and rules are changing and will need to be read carefully once they are all up.

The next thing to keep in mind is that we have a new online bookstore. We’ve had it for a while and you’ve likely seen us advertise it. It’s the Infinite Realms Bookstore. The store you’ve known for so long will be closing down eventually but not for a while. You can find back issues and other books there but all new books, periodicals, and e-books will be going on the Infinite Realms site. We’re also hoping to sell the books of more independent authors there as well, and have some that are talking to us so we can get you all even more wonderful books to read and enjoy. If some of you have written books that have been published by things that aren’t Alban Lake, drop us a line at infiniterealmsbooks@yahoo.com and we can answer your questions there if you’d like to put them up on the Infinite Realms shop.

The biggest benefit of the new store is to Alban Lake authors. You can purchase your own books here directly, rather than having to email us. Each author/publication will get their very own promo code. You just need to enter the code at checkout and you’ll receive the proper discount for your work. We’ll be emailing the codes around as fast as we can but if it seems like we missed you or you want it sooner, please feel free to email us first. Please also keep in mind, there are some things that we legally cannot print any longer. If you don’t find your work in the bookstore feel free to check with us to see if we have any copies left.

Finally, we’re working on making some changes to our periodicals. This is sort of a testing grounds for new ideas and things we want to see implemented in the future. So, we’re going to be turning some of our regulars into twice a year publications – in hardback – to make them more appealing, allow for larger stories and bigger books, and to test the waters for making other books hardbound and to see the cost effectiveness. We’re also planning on making the periodicals a bit more fan influenced by having contests with some of them. What we really want to see is our authors being able to see feedback directly from their fans and we hope to do this by having a hardbound “Best Of” edition where fans vote for the best of the best of things like Disturbed or Bloodbond. We haven’t fully decided everything but it is something we’re hoping to implement next year.

So there you have it. We’re working hard to improve things all around but especially for our incredible authors. We love being an independent company and being able to have authors talk directly to us; we always want to stay that way. We never want to be a company that requires agents and go betweens. We want to help independent and fledging authors get their work out there and achieve their dreams, just like Alban Lake helped us before we started managing it. We have many more ideas, including a forum and fan favorite pages, and we’d absolutely love to hear from you about what you’d like to see in the future.

Leave a comment below or email either one of us – evilbookworm@yahoo.com and infiniteotto@gmail.com – and we’ll answer your questions as quickly and accurately as we can.

We’re very excited for the future and we want to thank all of you for the support and giving us the ability to make things better.

Here’s to the future!

FrostFire Worlds Announcement!

This is a rather big change we’re undergoing here. Things are changing with FrostFire Worlds so please read carefully!

Starting after the November 2018 issue, FrostFire Worlds will no longer be a four times a year periodical.

Instead, it will be a twice a year, hard-bound, anthology book under the editorial guide of Julia Perkins.

The email is also changing. The new submission email is now frostfireworlds@gmail.com.

The submission information page will be fully updated next month; please submit all work for FrostFire to frostfireworlds@gmail.com.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes; we’re very excited about this change, though. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We’ll try to answer everything as quickly as possible.

New Month, New Things

Hello everyone!

The June View from the Lake is up! Check it out for all the new things and details of the month – http://albanlake.com/june-2018/

In other news, Wizard World in Des Moines, Iowa begins today! We’re very excited as this is the biggest convention we’ve ever been to. We’ll do our best to keep you updated on all the goings on.

CoreCon Ahead!

In just a few hours we’ll be on the way to CoreCon! Make sure to follow us on Instagram for all the behind the scenes goodies.

If you’re at the convention, tell us you’re an Alban Laker, we might have something special for you!

Here’s to a good con!

Some Updates on Alban Lake

Hey, everyone! Bill here to let you in a few things happening here at Alban Lake. We’re working on new ways to get authors out there into the public eye as well as catching up on submissions, getting ready to print new periodicals, and getting ready for our first big convention of the year. So, let’s dig in.

We’ll start with CoreCon. We’re putting finishing touches on all the things we’ll need for the trip and have loaded up a huge number of books. We’re pretty excited as it’s going to be our first time there and sort of our official first “We’re Alban Lake” convention. While we’ve represented before, now Karen and I are becoming the actual face and heads of Alban Lake. One of the things we’re going to try are build your own book boxes/bags. We have little bits of candy and knickknacks and some special prices for people to get discounts on what books they put into their bag or box, as well as a special price on one of our nifty tote bags.

The details are in the works, but Karen is going to have the prices ready when we get to CoreCon.

Next, I have officially been made editor of Disturbed Digest. Tyree is going to send me the submissions he’s already picked for his final Disturbed issue, and I’ll add what I have chosen to make it, then I’m on my own. I’m really excited and I’m still tearing through submissions to get to the absolute best of the best to put in one of my favorite periodicals.

Finally, our next convention will be very soon as well. Wizard World in Des Moines is just about two weeks away. It’s going to be one of the biggest conventions we get to attend this year and we’re really really excited that we get to go. We’re also really happy to thank all of you for allowing us to go. Without the sales revenue you give us, we couldn’t have been able to afford the fee and we’re going to sell, sell, sell while we’re there. Karen has rigged up some Aspiring Author Boxes and if they sell well, she’ll put them up on the Infinite Realms Creatjoy for other aspiring authors to enjoy.

So, all in all, we’re really busy and happy here at the Lake. Things are going well and it’s thanks to not only our own hard work, but the hard work of independent authors, and great readers alike. We couldn’t do it without you, and we love being able to read some of the very finest fantasy, horror, and sci-fi out there, as well as to be able to spread it for all the public to enjoy. You guys rock, and we thank you for your support and look forward to bigger things in the future.

Later days!

Regarding Disturbed Digest

Hello everyone!

My name is Bill and some of you know me and some of you do not. I’m an editor here at Alban Lake, the husband of one of our head editors Karen Otto, and writer myself. I’m currently working on learning the ropes to be the editor of Disturbed Digest and I’m also the editor for The Haunted Life. The latter needs more submissions and you can find the rules for that here but for now I’m here to address Disturbed Digest.

Some of you may have noticed that submissions have gotten a bit behind. This is due to numerous issues, but I wanted to let people know that I’m doing my best to catch up submissions. There are a lot – still over 100 submissions left for me to read and that’s after clearing out and reading quite a few – but I am determined to get caught up as quickly as I can. I can’t actively accept submissions yet, I can only reject what isn’t up to standards for the magazine. I simply pass on the good ones to Tyree who is currently in charge for him to finalize in acceptance or rejection.

I’d like you all to know that if I do enjoy your story I make an effort to respond to you if only to tell you that I enjoyed it and would accept it if I could, or give feedback on how I think it could be better and if re-worked, make it into Disturbed. We get quite a few submissions every day, so I’m backed up and trying to get to the top, but it is a bit of a slow process.

For now, if you’ve submitted your story to another publisher, please let us know and we’ll pull it from our submissions. If not and you’d like to make sure it gets read for Disturbed, please, have patience. We do value your work and appreciate your support and enthusiasm.

I’d also like to say that I’m have particular fun and I’m getting the chance to read some truly wonderful stories and poems.

Thank you for your patience, and don’t hesitate to email us with any questions or even to ask about the status of your submission.

My sign off comes from an old cartoon called the Weekenders, and it’s likely you’ll see it in everything I put up here.

Later days.

Upcoming Appearances

We have a full schedule over the next couple of months!

May 24-27th we will be at CoreCon in Fargo, SD.

June 1-3rd we’ll be at Wizard World in Des Moines, IA – We have a coupon for this for you! Use the code 10LAKES to get 10% off your ticket price!

June 22-24th is SoonerCon in Midwest City, OK.

We’re also looking into three different cons in July, but more on that later.

Come visit us! We look forward to seeing everyone!