The Big Book of Lairs
The Big Book of Lairs and The Henchmen Handbook at an attempt by the Evil League to round out their catalog of reference materials for the up and coming super villain.
It is not enough just to tell you how to become a super villain, you also need to know how to properly set up your lair / palace / fortified location / floating space barge. While a couple of articles in our very helpful A Method To The Madness: A Guide To The Super Evil, touched on this subject, we know there are volumes of information on the subjects, ranging from how to set up your death traps, to location and even how to create space that both allows you to do your best work, and keeps you safe from minions with ideas above their station and and super heroes alike.
This companion volume is still in the developmental stages are we are looking the input of you the super villain and the designers of such domiciles.
Our submission guidelines are the same as they were with A Method To The Madness: A Guide To The Super Evil, though we don’t yet know if our previous publisher will pick up this book or if we will have to publish by another method so at that this time we can not offer an advance for work submitted. If that changes we will let you know.
We are looking for articles and essays written from the perspective of mad scientists, evil doctors, crazed super-villains and the like that provide advice for the up-and-coming super villain. Think Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies or Megamind, Gru from Despicable Me or even Agatha Heterodyne from Girl Genius.
We are looking for the best advice from your own experience on building acquiring constructing or designing of the ultimate lair.
Each article or essay should cover some aspect of having, maintaining constructing or designing the ultimate Super Villain lair. The handbook is meant to be humorous and associated work should be written in that vein. Article length must be 2,000 to 7,500 words and submitted in standard manuscript format (http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html).
It needs to be original, we don’t want to print the same advice over and over again.
No reprints or simultaneous submissions.
This is an Open Submission.
Multiple submissions allowed, but must be sent in separate emails.
Include your mad scientist/evil doctor/super-villain bio as well as your actual bio. All stories will be printed using your alter-ego name with your bio added to the back of the book.
Submission Period: TBD these dates will be determined based on interest of both authors and publishers.
Reading Period: TBD
Target Publication Date: TBD
What we buy:
We are accepting world-wide submissions for the anthology.
We are purchasing First World Rights exclusive electronic text, print and audio rights, and an Exclusive rights for 1 year and a non-exclusive perpetual license thereafter. Put another way, that means you can sell your story elsewhere after one year, but that the anthology will remain in publication.
What we pay:
As mentioned above we do not yet have a publisher for this work so we do not know if we will pay as a profit sharing model or if we will have a deal like last time.
How to Submit:
Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include your submission in the body of one email. No attachments.
Please put SUBMISSION, followed by the title of the story, and word count, in the subject line of your email.