So, some time ago I mentioned that I had a secret project in the works. A couple of people even contacted me to learn what it was. Well, now it's not a secret. I can come out with it.
My partner, Tim Converse, aka Juan Santiago and I are going to give indie publishing a try. We have started Bardic Circle Publications and our first book will be Stories of the West. The hook of this is that it will be stories written by SCA members in the West Kingdom and primarily for an SCA audience. Our promotional copy for email and the like looks like this:
Calling All Writers!
Bardic Circle Publications needs you! Bardic Circle Publications, the new premier publishing imprint for SCA fiction, is putting together a collection of short stories from SCA members to SCA members. We are looking for period historical fiction and fantasy prose works – you got it, short stories! We suspect that a lot of you, out there, right now, have short stories on your hard drive. Well, send 'em in! Or write new ones.
We're looking for prose. We want what you want to send us! Fantasy, historical fiction, science-fiction, modern fantasy, romance -- what you have, we want.
And . . . to get personal a bit, both Santiago and I are avid readers. We like stories! Both of us are writers, too. Both of us believe that there are huge untapped reserves of potential in the SCA for prose storytelling. That there are people who are dying to have a place to be read. We both KNOW you people are talented and we're dying to read your material, and we want to publish it and pay you some coin for doing it. The biggest motivations in all of this is to get together with other people in the SCA and share the talent we know is out there with everyone.
You can find details about what we're looking for, submission guidelines and answers to other questions at:
Also, check out our website frequently for updates and additional information. We'll be posting the major updates, but who knows what goodies will show up, there?
And, take a look at our other websites for more information about us, who we are and what we like:
Juan Santiago: http://santiagosmagic.com
Hasan ibn-Haroun al-Quirtibah: http://chrisbradleywriter.com
We can also be reached at our LJ addresses:
Juan Santiago: http://mastersantiago.livejournal.com/
Hasan ibn-Haroun al-Quirtibah: http://cpxbrex.livejournal.com/friends
Or our blogs:
Juan Santiago: http://santiagosmagic.blogspot.com/
Hasan ibn-Haroun al-Quirtibah: http://mastersantiago.livejournal.com/
We're neat people, so you should check us out. But mostly we want submissions!
Bardic Circle Publications
We're really excited about this project and I think it is a Good Idea. All that stuff in the promo copy is true! I think there is a tremendous reservoir of talent in the SCA and we want to tap into it, to get people who have little chance of getting published in a traditional venue published, and get those books into the hands of the 30,000 or so active SCA members!
Feel more than free to spread this around to any interested parties! We look forward to submissions!