Figured I’d post a quick report on how the two anthologies I’m currently editing are coming along.
UFO2 is nearly done. The digital ARC has gone out to authors. They have until the 10th to review their stories and request changes. Our proofreader is going over the text as well. There are numerous small fixes that need to be made. By mid-month, the ARC should be available to reviewers and Kickstarter supporters for whom early access was one of the rewards.
Arnie Swekel is working on the cover and should turn it in before the end of the month. Once we have it, the book is off to the printer and I’ll be able to announce the release date. The ebook files are being currently worked on as well.
Meanwhile, I’m still reading submissions for COFFEE, both originals and reprints.
As of today I have accepted 6 stories (4 reprints and 2 originals) totaling just under 15,000 words of fiction.
There are 18 more stories being held for consideration, totaling 43,000 words.
The book will total approximately 40,000 words (it will be smaller. but also cheaper, than one of the UFO anthologies). So even if we were to close to submissions today, I wouldn’t be able to accept every story I liked, and more are arriving at a clip of 5-8 per day. This is actually a very light load, compared to UFO, because the theme of this book is so narrow. I’m enjoying not getting buried under the slush pile and responding to most submissions in under 24 hours. As of right now, all submissions received prior to 6pm today have been responded to. This also means if you haven’t heard back from me, please query!
I will be out of town attending WorldCon when the submissions close, so it may take me a few days to read/catch up on everything when I get back. Still, I expect to make all final decisions in early September and have this book out in November.
And now, back to the previously scheduled reading of submissions.