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The Razor’s Edge

Wow, it turns out I’m not the only one who waits to last minute to do things.  The past week has seen a flurry of submissions pile up in our inbox.  It’s crazy, but good!  In the past few days our total submissions have doubled.  That’s amazing!  I suppose I should be clear, just in case anyone is confused at all:

Tomorrow, December 1st is the actual deadline for submissions to our next anthology.  I’m not a stickler for these kinds of things, but some of my compatriots are, so if you’re waiting until the last second, you know the score now.  Anything we get after tomorrow night gets relegated to the lowest of the low-priority stacks in our growing pile of work-to-do.  Trust me, you don’t want to languish there.  Razor’s edge, snowball’s chance, etc., etc.

When we first kicked around the ideas behind “Orbital Hearts”, one of the selling points to me was the notion of an ‘anti-Valentine’s Day’ sort of theme.  It seems like everyone does some kind of cool themed anthology, but we’re not exactly mushy romantics.  However, we do love good escapist fiction and we are more than a little bitter.  It seemed like a perfect idea.  I overlooked one, small detail, which has been a strange challenge.  I’ve had to read a lot of mushy love stories, with tragic, twisted endings.  I don’t think I ever imagined that I would be asking for the chance to read so much bad romance.  But I’ve come to a surprising conclusion – I rather like it!

Now, I’m not going to start browsing the cheap, smutty paperback aisles, but there is a definite appeal to this kind of stuff.  I’m really pleased that the work we’ve been getting has been more varied than what I’m used to.  It’s fairly cathartic to get into these broken, all-too-human dramas, especially when they’re wrapped up in some otherworldly trappings.  Naturally, there are differing levels of quality, nuance and style in any batch of submissions, but I’m most surprised at how much I’m enjoying myself.

As a counter to all these warm, happy feelings, the job that lies ahead is no sweet dream.  As much as I’m looking forward to assembling the best stories, I just know that we’ll end up rejecting really good work just for the sake of space.  But I suppose that’s not nearly as difficult as being on the other side of the process.  However, I’ll let that idea filter for a bit – perhaps it should be a post, all on its own.  For now, I should just say ‘thank you’, to all who have put forward their best work.  Cheers!

 

Patrick Jennings-Mapp is a co-founder of and an editor for Escape Collective Publishing.  He prefers Bonnie & Clyde to Mickey & Mallory, but is perfectly willing to admit that both are fine, fine love stories.

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Head: Explodey

Have you ever had that feeling?  When there’s so much going on, you can’t prioritize correctly – it’s a breakdown on task triage.  My week has been like that, except instead of a “crisis” feeling, it’s been strangely happy and manic as hell!  Quite a wild ride.  Especially after all the stress (good & bad) from the past few weeks, it feels pretty nice.  I’m sure it takes a toll on my mental and physical health.  It’ll be very little comfort if all the “good stress” kills me before the bad.  Ha!

Well, it’s in that spirit of ‘happy triage’ that I tell you about a few things.  Exciting things, for me – all of us, really.

First, both All Hope Lost and Corpus Pretereo are available from both Barnes and Noble –and– Amazon.  And I’ve already sent all the snarky, passive-aggressive emails to the customer service reps that I could handle – so there’s a decent chance that all the terrible errors will get fixed.  It’s the kind of thing I always took for granted in this kind of business; take the book, put it on the website, people can buy it.  SO simple!  Again, HA!  Anyway, here are the links:

All Hope Lost – click HERE for the Kindle, click HERE for the Nook
Corpus Pretereo – click HERE for the Kindle, click HERE for the Nook

On a related note, we’re also trying to get people to review the books.  So, ya know, if you or anyone you know might be inclined, please give ’em a nudge.

Second, we’re already gearing up for our next publishing cycle.  We need long form fiction (novels, novellas, novellettes, and, uh… novellitas…?) as well as submissions for our next anthology.  You can go to our main submissions page HERE and see the sweet details.

Third – and finally – we’re having a cover art contest for the next anthology!  I know, that’s a great idea, right?  All the details are currently on our main page, over THERE, so go check it out.  The deadline for submissions is the first of December, so there is plenty of time.

And I’m out, for now.  I gotta go find a way to let off some steam, or the next thundering ‘kaBOOM’ you hear will be my head.  I don’t like it when my head goes all explodey.  It’s messy.  Anyway, next time I want to tell you a little story.  See ya soon!

 

Patrick Jennings-Mapp is a co-founder of and an editor for Escape Collective Publishing.  When he’s not sending blisteringly snide email messages to customer service ‘bots, he’s trying to figure out who put the bomp in his bomp bah bomp bah bomp – and who put all this ram in my rama lama ding dong?!  Sheesh…

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