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  • #203535
    ConnieCockrell
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    https://crimsonedgepress.com/2016/04/23/5-weeks-left-open-call-for-fantasy-submissions/

    Only 5 weeks left though. If you have one already making the rounds, try this site.

    #248305
    macaroni_thief
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    Interesting. Although I wouldn’t really call a 12,000-25,000 word story in the “short” category.

    #248306
    MarFisk
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    Two things to note:

    As macaroni_thief mentioned, they’re not looking for short stories but rather novelette to novella length.

    The payment is a royalty share that lists a possible number that is subject to change. Not sure why they didn’t just use the normal language of X% of the royalty will be shared equally among the contributing authors.

    On the positive side, it specific lists what the period of exclusivity is. Whether or not I intend to re-release my story, it’s important to have that clear.

    I have enjoyed the royalty-only anthologies I’ve been in, but they haven’t paid pro rates yet, and many are now out of print (not really an issue with this one because of the non-exclusivity portion to the contract). You have to go into them with reasonable expectations however.

    She remakes mechanical devices, and he dreams of becoming a steamship captain in The Steamship Chronicles. Book 1 is free in eBook.
    https://margaretmcgaffeyfisk.com/the-steamship-chronicles/

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    macaroni_thief
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    MarFisk wrote:
    Two things to note:

    On the positive side, it specific lists what the period of exclusivity is. Whether or not I intend to re-release my story, it’s important to have that clear.

    I have enjoyed the royalty-only anthologies I’ve been in, but they haven’t paid pro rates yet, and many are now out of print (not really an issue with this one because of the non-exclusivity portion to the contract). You have to go into them with reasonable expectations however.

    I’ve always been leery of royalty only publications in general, so it’s good to hear that your experience with them have been for the most part positive. Although, I’m also leery of pubs that don’t peg down their pay rates, or don’t state them in clear language. Hopefully, this pub will clear that up in the future.

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    ErinMH
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    The two things that bother me most are

    1. The “About” page lists no names for who the press is, nor is there any mention of who the editor for the anthology is. My best guess is that the press is a collective of the authors mentioned on their authors page, but that still doesn’t say anything about the editor, and

    2. “The author will hereby grant and assign to the Publisher the exclusive rights to publish in the English language in book form, ebook, or any other written form in all countries of the world, for the period of one year, and non-exclusive rights to publish the work for the duration of this contract.” That’s in the submission guidelines and does not say “on acceptance.” It sounds to me like they’re grabbing your rights as soon as you submit.

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    MarFisk
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    Good point on both :).

    She remakes mechanical devices, and he dreams of becoming a steamship captain in The Steamship Chronicles. Book 1 is free in eBook.
    https://margaretmcgaffeyfisk.com/the-steamship-chronicles/

    #248311
    MarFisk
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    Positive yes, but not monetarily or even name recognition. It’s something I generally have done with editors I already knew, which makes the lack of an editor listed unnerving.

    Basically, when you do a royalty only, you have to have some other reason to do it. It might make you significant funds, but odds are it will not.

    She remakes mechanical devices, and he dreams of becoming a steamship captain in The Steamship Chronicles. Book 1 is free in eBook.
    https://margaretmcgaffeyfisk.com/the-steamship-chronicles/

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