Post by ScintillaMyntan on Nov 21, 2020 19:04:35 GMT -6
Back in February, I got a story accepted to an anthology for dark retellings of folklore and myths. The publication was delayed because of the editor's circumstances, and finally, this week she told us she's giving up on the anthology. One of the other accepted writers sent out an e-mail to the rest of us pointing out that we basically have a full anthology on our hands just in need of editing and publishing. He said he's going to do his own search for publishers who might be interested in picking up the whole thing and encouraged us to do the same.
So— anyone know one? Is this even a feasible thing?
Oh gosh, I'd say it's a long shot. Though y'all might get lucky. Exceptionally lucky. That sounds like a contract nightmare if there are lots of authors and new terms to negotiate. Plus, publishing schedules, etc. for the projects already on a publisher's calendar. Plus, different tastes in what they like and would've accepted for the book in the first place. But it can't hurt to ask.
That said, I'm betting that particular author doesn't really have the rights/authority to ask on behalf of all the other authors. Have you all given him written permission to try to sell the whole thing elsewhere? It may not be that big a deal, but if someone decides they don't like this plan, they probably have grounds to make trouble for that guy.
Sad the editor gave up on it. I'm sorry to say it happens. An ezine called Black Denim Press bought a short-short I wrote a few years back, and they were all proud about their attempt to "go professional" with their payment rates. Worked with their editor on some changes (that I didn't really like), then right before they got to the volume my story was to appear in, they folded. I never got paid, and I never heard a damn thing from them. How does that even happen? "We're about to go professional!" Then bam! They tank into the gutter.
Oh, well, I sold that story a few weeks later anyway. AND got to use the draft I liked better. (Didn't get paid as much, but that didn't matter by that point.)
POINT IS! I understand the guy's desire to get the anthology published, but unless everyone agrees to the terms AND a miracle publisher comes along, I just don't see someone else's vision and author roster making the cut under a different publisher's eye. Best of luck? See what happens but don't hold your breath? Toss it up to a common occurrence in small press publishing and try to sell elsewhere?
Last Edit: Nov 22, 2020 23:30:35 GMT -6 by RAVENEYE
Post by ScintillaMyntan on Nov 25, 2020 21:23:28 GMT -6
Huh. That's the sort of opinion I was looking to get; thanks! I wondered if publishers giving up was a thing that happens and what authors do. Guess it's best if I start looking around myself rather than banking on all of us getting accepted to the same thing.
The guy actually did ask us all to contact him if we didn't want to be included in this. But it's not like he had access to our stories anyway.