Technically, Cobalt City Timeslip closed for submissions this weekend.
I say technically because I have a pair of stories straggling through the gate in the next day or two. Yeah, I could be a hard-ass and say “A missed deadline is a missed deadline,” but who does that benefit? Answer: no one. Anyway, one is the only story that slips forward rather then looking back. The second is a early cold-war piece staring one of my favorite — and under-explored — characters, the Wrecker of Engines which is being written by a good friend and proven talent.
I’m going to let the deadline slide a bit for those. Isn’t that what Timeslip is all about anyway? Flexible time?
In the meantime, contracts have been drawn up for the accepted stories and are going out with the requests for revisions, courtesy of Timid Pirate’s crackerjack editor. She and I are batting the back cover copy around like a wounded vole. I expect to have a finished draft of that within the week. Revisions will be coming back from the authors in time to get this all formatted and sent to the printer by end of month (or early September, at least). We should have a few ARC’s available for review in September, and PDF review copies even earlier.
The cover is done except for the contributor names. We have 2 pieces of interior art, and we hope to have more before we launch — as many as 5 interior illustrations, which is a first for us.
We really hope to have it all handed off to the printers as early as possible in September, as we’re opening the next anthology in then. I was thinking of announcing that one earlier, but until we have the our website how we want it, ain’t no point in rushing it.
That reminds me. Need to figure out the website. Time to change hats again! Ah the exciting life of the small publisher!