The more I publish, the more I learn about the business. Earlier this year, my story “Dreams in Dust” was accepted as a reprint for an anthology called Wastelands II, originally to be released by Nightshade Books last July. Nightshade was one of the those small publishers with a notorious reputation—failing to pay author royalties, for example—so I probably should have been wary, but the editor of the anthology is well-respected, experienced, and good, so I figured he knew what he was doing. Fortunately for me, he does.
Nightshade ran into a bunch of financial problems earlier this year and was eventually bought out by Skyhorse Publishing and Start Publishing. That put Wastelands II into limbo. That’s also when the anthology’s editor, John Joseph Adams, kicked it into high gear, and it looks like things are finally sorting themselves out. While I don’t have the specifics yet, it looks like the anthology will be coming out . . . just not until 2015. Hey, who ever said traditional publishing was a fast industry? At least the anthology still looks to be a go, and from what I’ve seen of the table of contents, it looks like it will be worth the wait.
Good to hear its all worked out (or will do). Must be frustrating to think that people will not get to read your work for several more months, but as you say – this ain’t an industry that moves quickly in any shape or form. Certainly something I’m (slowly of course :-)) coming to terms with. To be fair, it takes me ages to actually write something, so seems only fitting that it take proportionally as long to get it read! Have a great weekend.
Ordinarily it would be a little frustrating, but this story is actually a reprint of a story that appeared in the December 2012 issue of Lightspeed Magazine (in case you’re interested, check my fiction page for the link :-)). Traditional publishing is slow; e-publishing is much faster. My fingers are crossed that all goes smoothly from here out.