Most publishing houses have schedules containing immediate projects that have to get into production right now. Then there’s the stuff that is working toward that deadline, and new exciting stories that are still in the formation stage. Their calendars for releases are sometimes booked 3-5 years in advance. A lull means that something is not getting done and will face a right now deadline and frantic activity.
Book View Press is developing a similar pattern. Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls, an anthology of original and reprint science fiction, is in the hands of Igor, our friendly formatting construct (slave), and will be live and available in several e-book formats on October 31. My work is largely finished except for donning a plastic tarp when all the rotten eggs fly because a comma got left out somewhere. As editor that is my fault.
Today I will begin sending the first stories for Shadow Conspiracy to copy edit. (picture editors wiping sweat from their brows in relief). There are still some stories out for revision, still some on Laura Anne’s desk. She’s on book tour in California so she may have done the work, just not had the opportunity to send it on. (Yes we do still have lives and careers outside the BVC.) We’ll hash out the table of contents at World Fantasy Convention in San Jose next week. Then we need to start the copyright process and gather author biographies. I believe the cover is nearly finished.
The entire master document needs to go to Igor no later than November 15 so that you can purchase this original Steampunk anthology in a variety of e-book formats by December 15.
As soon as this book is put to bed I’ll start reading for an anthology of fantasy stories from the authors of Book View Café. There’s a second volume of Shadow Conspiracy gearing up–there were just too many freaking fantastic stories (to borrow a phrase from Laura Anne) to contain within one volume. A couple of other projects are scheduled for next year that are taking form, and a brand new one in the brainstorming stage.
We are still a very small e-publisher, but I feel like we are stepping into an exciting world and we will make a mark. In one year we’ve gone from a bunch of authors discussing an on-line co-op to help us all cope with the sudden and drastic changes in our careers to a full blown publisher. I’m excited and eager to keep up the frantic pace.