This is the stage of editing Transtories that is proving most difficult, and most instructive.
It’s the first time that I’ve had to deal with the consequences of an open call for subs -Killers, Future Bristol and Dark Spires were all invitation only.
One practical effect is that there are far more stories to read for an open sub anthology than for one with an invitation only policy, which of course takes up more time.
Unsurprisingly, stories fit into three roughly equal categories; the ones that are easy to accept, the ones that are easy to reject, and the last ones, which are almost there, but not quite. These are the ones that call for multiple readings.
I’ve asked for a couple of rewrites for my preferred ones, but in some instances there seems to be something of a communication gap, and I now have the dilemma of how much more time I spend trying to nudge these stories toward the quality I’m looking for.
Meanwhile, I’ve posted a couple of acceptances, and I’m intending to add more at the rate of about one a day; it might not be exactly that, but I need to have the line up completed by Eastercon.
Which is where I’ll be attending a launch party for not one but two books containing my work at the same time. (I’m not the only person claiming this singular honour, so you have even more reason to turn up and buy both books!)
First up is Further Conflicts, Ian Whates’ sequel to his 2010 anthology.
It has a fine BSFA nominated cover by Andy Bigwood, and I get to share to Table of Contents with my stunt double Tony Ballantyne, fellow Angry Robots Lauren Beukes, Andy Remic and Dan Abnett, as well as Gareth L Powell, Eric Brown, Kim Lakin-Smith, Adam Roberts and others.
I’ll talk about -the other title- The Sixty: Arts of Andy Bigwood next time.
Before I go, you’ll notice that I’ve posted links to all the books here; in the interests of full disclosure, I get a small fee if you buy through the site, and you get to save money – so it’s win-win.