Monday, January 25, 2016

All stories read!

We have now read all the stories that were submitted to us. Everyone who sent us a story should have received either a rejection or a hold request. If you haven't heard anything from us, please let us know right away (use the editors email on the sidebar to the right).

So what happens now? We are currently holding 60 stories. Each of these is a story we both liked and would be delighted to publish, but we only have room for about 20. How do we decide which stories will be accepted? 

First, Donald and Kristin will each assign every story we're considering a ranking of Low, Medium, or High, where the ranking is less about quality than a subjective determination of how excited we are to publish the story, compared to others we're holding. If we both rank a story High, the default assumption is that it will go in. If we both rank it Low, the default assumption is that it won't. (Again, this does not mean the story is bad or that we don't like it. It does mean that we can't afford to publish an 800-page anthology.) We agreed that each of us should assign a High rating to no more than 12 pieces, and a Low rating to at least 12.

After the initial pass, there will still be room for more stories, and a large part of our decision-making will depend on balance: science fiction vs. fantasy, reprints vs. original fiction, different themes and concepts and cultures and so on. We expect it to take at least a week or two before we settle on the stories we want to publish.

Once we reach that point, it's time to start sending out acceptances and rejections, and then we come to the really hard part: editing. Some of the stories may be ready to print as is, but most at least need some copy edits, and others may need some minor content editing. Acceptances will be contingent on the editors and author agreeing to the version of the story that goes into print. Then we'll send out contracts and get signatures from both sides, and pay the authors.

And that's not all! We'll have to write an introduction (once we know for sure which stories we're publishing); then there's interior layout, independent copy editing, final cover design, proofs, print samples, fulfilling pre-orders, advertising and sending out review copies, and making the book available for purchase. So there's still a lot to do.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Fundraising deadline on Friday

We are coming up on the January 15th deadline for our fundraising this week. That's the date we set for pledges made at our Patreon site to contribute to increasing the number of stories in the anthology. We want to thank everyone who's pledged so far: our fundraising has added an additional 5,000 words (about the length of a story). Our next goal is still $333 away, to increase the length of the anthology by another 5,000 words.

We received over 450 submissions to the anthology, of which we're holding 53, and the number of held stories is likely to grow as we read the last few submissions. The January 15th deadline is necessary so that we know how many stories we'll be able to purchase before we go through the ones we're holding and decide which will get in. You can still contribute after January 15th, but doing so will no longer increase the number of stories in the anthology.

If you'd like to contribute but don't want to use Patreon, there are other ways. You can send money to us through Paypal, using


or even send a check, to:
Enigmatic Mirror Press
PO Box 750095
Arlington, MA 02475
Checks should be made out to Kristin Janz. We'll count any check postmarked by January 15th as contributing to our January 15th goals.

All contributions will be eligible for the rewards offered at the Patreon site, repeated here for your convenience:
  • $1 : Our hearty thanks and listing on our website as a Backer.
  • $5: An ebook copy of the anthology at least a month before it's generally available, at half the retail price. Plus listing on our website as a Backer.
  • $20: A copy of the ebook, and your name listed as a Supporter in the anthology itself (paperback and ebook versions).
  • $25: A paperback copy of the anthology, a copy of the ebook, and listing on our website as a Backer.
  • $40 : Two paperback copies and the ebook, plus listing on our website as a Backer.
  • $50 : The paperback, the ebook, and your name listed as a Sponsor in the anthology.
  • $65 : Two paperback copies, the ebook, and your name listed as a Sponsor in the anthology.
  • $75 : The paperback, the ebook, your name listed as a Patron in the anthology, and the editors will sign your copy.
  • $100 : The paperback, the ebook, your name listed as a Patron in the anthology, the editors will sign your copy, and we'll include a bookplate with a signature by the contributing author of your choice (must contribute before the anthology is published to receive the bookplate).
If you contribute by PayPal or check, please tell us the name by which you would like to be listed on our website and in the anthology (if applicable). Supporters, Sponsors, and Patrons will also be listed on the website (see who's already contributed here!). If you prefer not to be listed in either or both places, be sure to tell us that, too. Pseudonyms are allowed, but must be approved by the editors. And, in order to have your name listed in the anthology, you'll have to contribute by January 15th.

If your reward entitles you to a paperback copy, be sure to include your mailing address. And we'll need your email address if you're getting the ebook.

You can still contribute after the January 15th deadline, and continue to receive the rewards to which you're entitled (except having your name listed in the anthology). But making a contribution now will have the biggest impact on our ability to bring you more great stories.