New Misha Burnett Anthology Coming Soon!
We couldn’t really say anything earlier, but since we’ve been told that the signed contract is in the mail [for the second time; the USPS lost the original signed copy we sent] for an all new anthology from Misha Burnett! This is just a tease, though, we’ll have some real information for you soon.
Wild Stars V: Proof Orders
We’ve got 2 of the 3 proof orders in for Wild Stars V [Virgin and Hardcover]. We’ve been wrestling with KDP [because when aren’t we?], but apparently a file processing issue has just been resolved, so we were finally able to take another stab at uploading the interior for the retail version. We’ll have some pictures of those when they come in.
The Summer issue of Cirsova is just about ready to go. We’re going to hit up the contributors soon with information on contributor copies and whatnot. I’ve already got the Lulu proofs in, and KDP should be fine. This is going to be an AMAZING issue. Not only does Orphan of the Shadowy Moons continue, we start off a new novel from Dave Ritzlin, who is a friend of the publication, fellow Sword & Sorcery aficionado, and one of the top indie publishers on the scene right now. This issue features a cover by Apriyadi Kusbiantoro.
Tales of the Mongoose and Meerkat Volume 2: The Heat of the Chase
Okay, this is easily the biggest deal we’ve got going on at the moment. We’re going to start taking pre-orders at the end of the month. This collects M&M #6-11 in a single volume [the second year of Kat and Mangos’s adventures together]. It also features a cool who-dunnit fantasy mystery thriller novelette as a bonus! Illustrations by Dark Filly and maybe even some new RPG bonus content from yours truly.
Whew, this is something I don’t really want to think about, much less talk about. They’re closing in fast, and I’ve got a few people I need to reach out to individually beforehand. I’m already sitting on 100K of publishable fiction from last year, some of which I’ve made arrangements with past contributors to consider or “hold” for 2023. Some of it, I need to see if it’s still available, and if not, be sure to invite that author to contribute something for this year’s submission window. But I can’t tell you how important that The Heat of the Chase will be to our ability to afford acquisitions for next year.
Fall and Winter Cirsova
Things are proceeding on or according to schedule for the Fall and Winter issues of Cirsova. Fall will feature a cover from first-time Cirsova artist Tessa Rose for David Skinner’s The Impossible Footprint. Winter features the return of Usanekorin [Cirsova Vol 2. #7] with a cover for John Daker’s Sister Winter, plus some interior illos!
The Mighty Sons of Hercules
I’ll bet some of you are wondering about what happened with my idea for a strongman/peplum anthology. The plan was always to write my own story to serve as sort of a cornerstone piece to build the anthology around. Not necessarily out of any sense of self-importance, but so that we definitely had at least one story in the can before we solicited authors for additional stories. We would probably do something different from usual, with conditional acceptances and then make offers based on how well the anthology kickstarter did [with stretch goals to include additional stories/volumes]. Then, I’d use the money we raised to actually put out payments on the conditionally accepted stories. This would help keep me from losing my shirt on it. Well, the story I was writing for it is done! Okay, so not “done” done, but the first draft is finished and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. So, I’ll be looking at moving forward with the project sometime next year once a few more of our titles are behind us. Probably after we get out Mongoose and Meerkat Volume 3.
The United Caveman Federation Tell-All Series
Yes, these will continue, I haven’t forgotten about them, things have just been busy and NGL I’ve kind of neglected the blog for the last few weeks.