Ginger Nuts of Horror
Unless you were hiding under a bush or under some rock you couldn't help but watch the car crash of the Spectral Press blow up last week. As a result of this, I have been doing a lot of soul-searching as to how Ginger Nuts of Horror deals with the small press, it has been a long hard process and one by which I haven't come to lightly. This horror review website was set up to promote the works of the small and independent presses, however,recent events such as this and numerous stories of other small presses having somewhat dodgy practices I have a number of decisions with regards to the relationship Ginger Nuts has with the small press.
Firstly Ginger Nuts of Horror will no longer deal with small presses who do not pay their writers a fair payment. If you have any clauses in your contracts that even remotely resemble this
The anthology is for exposure only, but there will be an Editor's Choice prize and some special guests to gain the book some significant buzz.
then don't even think about contacting us for a review. If you can't afford to pay your writers then you have no business being a small press. And if you offer one payment for one story in the whole anthology then you really have no concept about how publishing works. (Obviously even within an anthology there are varying rates of pay, all anthologies are like a football team, a big name / striker is going to get more money, especially of that name is there to draw in the crowds, but for the lover of God yap everyone even if it is 1p a word.) This sort of practice is despicable, it is demeaning to the writers, and I would really like to know what writer of any significance would appear in an anthology that offered this sort of payment. Of course charity anthologies are exempt from this rule.
Secondly, if you do not provide proper contact details with your name and email I won't be dealing with you. There seems to be a lot of new presses setting up without proper contact details, I don't like dealing with unknowns. If you aren't confident enough in your press to have a proper about / contact page, then I am not confident enough to deal with you.
Thirdly, if I haven't dealt with your press before I will be investigating your press, I will speak
to insiders and any whiff of wrong doing will get you a permanent ban. One of the worst things a review website can do is act like a puppy dog and offer promotion to everyone that comes along, not every book or press is worthy of exposure. So rather than putting out a call to all in sundry Ginger Nuts will now be selective with who we deal with.
With that in mind the links pages have been removed from the site, to be honest this should have been done ages ago, they serve zero purpose, on a site that gets over 250,000 views a month the links pages get less than 50 views a month. And in truth it is only ever the top five or ten links that ever get clicked, no one scrolls through a page of links. As a side note a links page on a low visited website will also damage the SEO of the link, so if you are looking to maximise your SEO presence any links on websites that have a low or even a zero ranking on Google or any other web ranking site will damage your visibility as well. So think twice about sending your links to a website that struggles to get 1000 views a month.
Ginger Nuts of horror will still support the small press, we will just be more vigilant and more choosy with who we deal with from now on.