There is one more story for Anthology Eight, a reprint of an old one. It’s now 22 stories and that’s it – it’s already hitting the 200 page mark and even with only pennies of profit it could get pricey. The price, as with all Underdog Anthologies, will be kept to the minimum, but print costs and Amazon profit will still be in there. The eBook versions can be a lot cheaper.
Assembly is progressing. All author contracts are now in and all that remains is to pass around a PDF of the finished book for authors’ final approval. This will happen over the weekend. Once all authors are happy, it goes to print. It should be online within a week.
Twelve authors, twenty-one stories, twelve poems. 12/21/12. The eighth Underdog Anthology has ended up with something of the Mayan about it. Very appropriate to some of the stories even though none of them are about Mayans.
The stories range from the light-hearted to the very dark indeed. From the short, quick read to much longer tales.
All editing is complete, all author contracts have been sent out and most are already back. Some authors have already been paid, some have elected to be paid in copies of the book, a few still have cash coming their way. Book assembly has begun and the cover image is being processed. This book is on schedule for early April release.
The next anthology will be Halloween themed. Submissions will open in mid August.
These have started going out. Please be patient if you don’t have yours yet – we’ve had more stories and poems submitted and are determined to keep up with editing.
The submissions deadline is midnight on March 25th and the stories keep coming. It’s therefore vital to stay ahead with the editing because there will only be a week or so after that before publication.
All contracts will be done, and all payments made (other than those who elect to be paid in copies of the book, of course), before Underdog Anthology 8 goes live – and that must happen in the first week of April.
Underdog Anthology 8 has a title. Riffed on the wide mix of genres it includes and the wonderfully mad music of Tangerine Dream, the genre-fluid Spring anthology will, this year, be titled ‘Transgenre Dreams’.
It will also contain a poetry section, the first real poetry published by Leg Iron Books. Hopefully one day there will be a dedicated poetry book.
All it needs now is a cover image.
Editing continues but the submissions are still open. There are so many we had to start editing early just to keep on track! Author contracts will start going out soon, and then assembly of the book will begin.
All author payments will be completed before publication.
Underdog Anthology 8 now has nine authors and twelve stories, and the deadline is still over a week away.
For the first time, there will be a poetry section and as this is a non-genred volume the poems, like the stories, can touch on any topic. This anthology so far contains five poems by one of the authors. There is time, if you have the musical muse, to add to that section.
This could be the biggest anthology so far. The challenge now is to make the next one even bigger.
Underdog Anthology 8 has, so far, eleven stories from seven authors and there is still time for more. Editing is under way and authors will start receiving editor suggestions and author contracts within a week.
This is the first one that will include, in the contract, the added republication of each story in an end of year omnibus edition and to that end, payment per story will increase from £10 to £12.
If the rest of this year’s anthologies get a similar response, that omnibus could turn out to be quite a thick book.
Makes a pleasant change from ‘Winter is coming’, doesn’t it?
Well, the Spring Anthology (Underdog Anthology Eight) now has seven authors in it and there is time for more. As with all other anthologies, we have a new author to add to the list for this one. It’s become something of a tradition and let’s hope it continues.
Stories range from the humourous to the very, very dark this time. It will appear in print and eBook formats in the first week of April.
For those authors on royalties, payments are now being calculated and will be out by the weekend.
The eighth Underdog Anthology has enough stories to be a definite ‘go’, and those author contracts will start going out as soon as the editing is done for each story. Payments will go out as soon as contracts are signed. There are still three weeks to the deadline and we always have room for more.