Yeah, yeah, I know, who really enjoys speeches at graduation? The students just want to get their diplomas and be done, the family just want to see their kid walk the stage, the teachers are mostly just there out of obligation, so who’s there for the long-winded speeches?
And yet… this calls for something. Because thanks to all of you wonderful people, we’ve officially funded. Heck, we blew past my initial goals and into uncharted territory. I’ll admit, there were some slow, terrifying days when I really was afraid I’d have to leave the country, change my name, and become a lumberjack. But nope, we rallied, you flocked to support us, and now Schoolbooks & Sorcery is going to happen.
So now what?
First, I officially open up submissions once more, in the hopes of adding several more stories to the Table of Contents, to join our established authors in this magnificent venture. Those will run for two months, with a deadline of August 31st. More on that in a moment.
In the meantime, I have personal things to take care of which will consume my time and energy for July. But I’ll be working on the stories I already have in hand to arrange them in the most pleasing of manners, tinkering with the manuscript, obtaining publicity materials, conspiring with our publisher–you know, a thousand and one tiny little logistical items that go on behind the scenes.
We’ll also be sending out the backer surveys, so we can make sure everyone is accounted for, especially those of you who contacted me about extra copies or the watercolor buttons, and so forth.
I’ll warn you up front, friends: the estimated delivery time of December 2017 is a touch optimistic. When I set those dates, I didn’t expect to be able to open submissions up again. And I have every intention of submitting this anthology to places like Publishers Weekly for review, and they require a certain lead time between when they get it and the publication date. So if this rolls into 2018 by a month or two, please be patient and know it’s because we’re making this even better than originally advertised, and you, our backers, are still our chief concern. You’re the ones who brought us to this point, and I don’t want anyone to go home unsatisfied. Seriously, you all deserve a round of applause.
So now, the guidelines. You can find the updated guidelines here: But in short:
I want YA urban fantasy with a “schoolbooks & sorcery” theme. 2000-6000 words. Gay, trans, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, asexual, or any other aspect of the LGBTQ spectrum not specifically mentioned. Submission address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is August 31st, 2017.
I look forward to seeing what people send me.
And now… yours truly needs sleep.
Do you have a ballpark of when people will be notified with accept/reject notices?
Not specifically at this time. I’m hoping to get that done by mid-to-late November.
Hi – just wondering if there’s any update on the status of the slush pile?
I can’t wait to read this anthology when it comes out – is it still expected for December? And does it have extra stories?
Right now, I expect this to be released sometime in early 2018, but I don’t have a specific time frame yet. Much will depend on the publishing side of things once I submit the final manuscript. And that depends on how long it takes me to finish reading the submissions I received during our open period, so it can indeed have those extra stories we were looking for.