Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Calling Bullshit

I get a little tired of posting about projects that are moving forward, or that have all of the potential in the world. It seems like I have spent more time trying to build anthologies, than I have focusing on my own work. It also seems like of all the people I try to include in these projects, only about half of them care enough to follow through on what they say they'll deliver.

When things don't work out, it looks like I can't do what I say I'm trying to do. The problem with collections and anthologies is that they only work if everyone comes through. I can't do it by myself and I'm getting sick of trying. It hurts me and and it's unfair to the other authors in the books who can have a story or multiple stories submitted by the deadline, or a short extension.

This leads me to my biggest annoyance, people who talk and talk and never produce anything. I know a lot of talented individuals doing some really great thing, and I know some really talented people who talk about what they are going to do and all of these fantastic ideas, that will most likely never see the light of day.
I am one of those people who produce things. I am sitting on three finished novel and laptop full of unpublished short stories,that will be published. I guess I would rather try and maybe fail, than never take a chance and fail anyway. I wanted to produce a collection a year to collaborate with my friends, but I'm sick of people I want to work with becoming stumbling blocks or dead weight.

It's unfair for “friends” or more “established authors” to assume they can hold production.

I can't finish the 1,000 Words anthology without enough quality stories that fit the concept the book was based on. I have the cover and the layout set, but I only have 4 stories that fit the picture, and that are exactly 1,000 words. It will take a lot more stories to fill a book.

I can't pay the money out of my pocket to produce Call of Lovecraft. The cost of the anchor story, cover artist, production cost and individual author payment is too much. This book was designed to be a team effort, from Papercut Books. That company is dead and that book will not happen.

Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction will ready soon. The deadline has already come and gone, but I am already working on replacing the people who have not submitted their piece yet. I'm not waiting anymore.

The stories I have for Fracas already are phenomenal, and this is going to be a great collection. I will not be posting anything else about this anthology, until all submissions are in and the author list is final.
It gets old changing it all the time.

As far as future collections go...we will see. I sort of doubt it.If a horror anthology just happens to fall together I'll let everyone know. It could happen, right?

That's all for now. Until next time don't forget to check out Eclectic Collection in print and on the Kindle.

- Travis