Wednesday, March 07, 2007


UPDATE: We've taken a long story by Garth Nix called "Beyond the Sea Gate of the Scholar-Pirates of Sarsköe" and another one by Kelly Barnhill called "Elegy for Gabrielle, Patron Saint of Healers, Whores and Righteous Thieves". These are both amazing stories. Just first-rate stuff. I just love them to death. We'll have this all wrapped up in the next few weeks.

This continues to be the most difficult reading period Ann and I have ever had. If we had our druthers, we'd take 200,000 words of material rather than 100-110,000 words. It's wonderful to have so much great stuff to choose from, but it's horrific from the standpoint of having to reject a lot of stuff we'd take under normal circumstances.

All in all, however, this just points to us having a great anthology, I think.

Those who submitted during the open reading period and haven't heard back from us with a final decision will hear back between now and March 21.



At 1:56 PM, Blogger William Lexner said...

That sort of leaves the door open for a sequel if it's successful, doesn't it?

There are *never* enough pirate books.

At 7:35 AM, Blogger Jayme Lynn Blaschke said...

So, by my count that's five acceptances now? Garth Nix, Kelly Barnhill, Kage Baker, Howard Waldrop and one other. Not too shabby a lineup at all you've got shaping up there.

At 7:47 AM, Blogger JeffV said...

Yes--Garth Nix, you (Mr. Blaschke), Kelly Barnhill, Rachel Swirsky, Kage Baker, Howard Waldrop, Carrie Vaughn, Sarah Monette, Elizabeth Bear, Brendan Connell, Rhys Hughes...thus far. We should have pretty much the whole line-up confirmed by the end of March. And then by May we will probably know the publication date.

I'm so excited about this anthology. So many amazing stories. Not least of which is "The Whale Below" by Jayme. Great stuff.


At 2:57 PM, Blogger Jayme Lynn Blaschke said...

I can't wait to read Howard's pirate story myself. I mean, Howard Waldrop... pirates... what's not to love?

At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We've now just accepted a story from Steve Aylett: "Voyage of the Iguana". Who knew sailors pissing over the sides of sailing ships could be so funny?


At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah, but do any of the stories feature russian fisherman catching and eating an alien?

-- mo.

At 5:56 AM, Blogger Steve Buchheit said...

Man, all those cool pirates in the water. Sounds like it's going to be a great antho, Jeff.


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