Editor Update #13 or the Wind down in Order to Gear Up:

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 PressBook 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.


About Phyllis Irene Radford

Irene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species—a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon—she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck. A museum trained historian, Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between. Mostly Irene writes fantasy and historical fantasy including the best-selling Dragon Nimbus Series and the masterwork Merlin’s Descendants series. In other lifetimes she writes urban fantasy as P.R. Frost or Phyllis Ames, and space opera as C.F. Bentley. Later this year she ventures into Steampunk as someone else. If you wish information on the latest releases from Ms Radford, under any of her pen names, you can subscribe to her newsletter: www.ireneradford.net Promises of no spam, merely occasional updates and news of personal appearances.


Editor Update #13 or the Wind down in Order to Gear Up: — 5 Comments

  1. 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.

    Exciting stuff. Could your team use another copy editor?

  2. Thank you for the kind offer green_knight. So far we are managing with BVC members each taking on parts of the responsibility. That’s the beauty of a co-op, no one has to do everything. We pool our talents and all benefit, including the lovely readers who make this all worth while.

  3. We pool our talents and all benefit

    And a very talented pool it is. This reader – frustrated with not finding books in bookstores – is very much looking forward to future developments.