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The Guardian - Scifi Anthology
« on: July 03, 2017, 02:41:26 AM »
I have edited a couple of scifi anthologies now, and am getting to really enjoy it. Quite a few authors have been asking when I'll run another. As I have several of my own books coming out over the summer, I've decided to go for a submissions deadline of 31 October 2017.
I am aiming for a late November release to take advantage of people buying paperbacks for Christmas presents and ebooks for themselves over the holiday.

The theme and title of the collection is 'The Guardian'. This could be a bodyguard, a childminder, a ship protecting a vital planet, an ancient alien defending an abandoned site, whatever. Anything within the broader science fiction genre is welcome, though in the interests of not getting hidden by Amazon we'd need to avoid outright erotica.
Entries should be between 2500 and 10000 words. As long as they are available to publish, they could have been already released somewhere else, though new pieces would have priority. They can be completely one-off stories, or introductions to series as long as they have a self-contained storyline.
I can't guarantee that all entries will be included. You can submit more than one story, but I won't choose more than one per author to be included. I am aiming for around twelve quality pieces that work well together and avoid covering too much of the same ground.

The focus of the project will be on exposure for the participating authors. Each story will be immediately followed by a short 'about the author' and two links - one to their mailing list signup and one to their homepage (I would encourage participants to set up a unique landing page for these so they can track conversion). As all the stories will be scifi, this should help generate targeted also-boughts.
Profits from the sales will go towards paying off the setup (cover, proofreading, formatting etc), my time, and ongoing advertising costs. The Newcomer paid off the setup in a little over a month and the advertising kitty fills up nicely until I splurge on some promos.

If you're wondering what I'm like to work with, I'm sure none of the authors in the last couple of bundles would mind a quick question, many of them are on KBoards. You could also check out the thread for The Officer at http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,248404.0.html or dig into the archives for the thread on The Newcomer.
Both anthologies are listed in my signature below. You could also have a look at my website http://www.alasdairshaw.co.uk/twodemocracies to see the kind of things I tend to write.

By submitting your short story, you grant non-exclusive rights in perpetuity for it to be included in the anthology. There will be no fee for entry and no payment for inclusion.
Entries now closed.

The Guardian is up for pre-order. Have a look at http://www.alasdairshaw.co.uk/thenewcomer/guardian.php
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Re: Call for submissions for science fiction anthology
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2017, 05:16:42 AM »
Woohoo! Going to be submitting to this for sure.

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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2017, 06:45:48 AM »
Definitely interested, thanks for remaining constant on these.
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Re: Call for submissions for science fiction anthology
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2017, 06:54:23 AM »
This sounds cool!

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Re: Call for submissions for science fiction anthology
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2017, 08:37:52 AM »
Exited about this! I didn't finish my last story in time to submit but I have one that fits perfectly for this one and it's already started!

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Re: Call for submissions for science fiction anthology
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2017, 09:35:27 AM »
Thanks for the encouraging comments folks.
The first time I did this, nearly all the entries were from KBoards and a couple of FB groups I hang out in. Last time there were some word of mouth entries, which was a great ego boost.
But seriously, if anyone feels like spreading the word, that would be superb. I know I'll get great stories from the people here, but the wider the net is spread, the better the chance of reaching new audiences. And exposing our work to new readers is the primary focus of these anthologies.

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Re: Call for submissions for science fiction anthology
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2017, 11:20:28 AM »
I submitted a story.

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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2017, 06:25:57 PM »
Would it be okay to mention this on Facebook? I could blog about it as well...
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2017, 10:52:56 PM »
That would be great. Thank you.

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Re: Call for submissions for science fiction anthology
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2017, 09:41:00 PM »
Wow. I spent the last few days out supervising groups doing Silver DofE. I came back last night to find three submissions sitting in my inbox!
I'm away for a week now; wonder how many will be waiting for me when I get back...

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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2017, 06:39:11 PM »
lol, I have 2 in mind.  I'll work on it.
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Re: Call for submissions for science fiction anthology
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2017, 10:58:26 AM »
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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Re: Call for submissions for science fiction anthology
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2017, 01:16:03 AM »
Well, now I'm back at my computer, there are a good handful of submissions waiting for me to read.
Also, three weeks after release, the second anthology in this series has just crossed 500 Kindle sales.

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« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2017, 05:26:08 AM »
Well, now I'm back at my computer, there are a good handful of submissions waiting for me to read.
Also, three weeks after release, the second anthology in this series has just crossed 500 Kindle sales.
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Re: Call for submissions for science fiction anthology
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2017, 06:23:19 PM »
Commenting to follow :) so that I don't forget to submit! And to put in a plug for Alasdair. I was fortunate enough to have a story included in his second anthology, The Officer, and it's done a great job of earning me readers and reviews. Super stoked for another shot!

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Re: Call for submissions for science fiction anthology
« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2017, 08:08:21 PM »
Is the submission still taking new authors? I was thinking of writing a short story about a 'Space Detective' trying to protect someone as an introduction to my series . That might fit the theme of the anthology.

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« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2017, 12:00:50 AM »
Still open. Deadline for submission is 31 October. Space detective sounds good.

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« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2017, 06:57:49 AM »
I'm narrowing down my plot. As I've got a shadowy organisation called the Guardians, I'll base it round one of them. Problem is they've been around across star systems for hundreds of years, so there is still a huge choice of things to do.

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« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2017, 02:06:53 PM »
... and it's done a great job of earning me readers and reviews.
The Officer broke 1000 sales on Amazon today, a few days short of its three-month birthday. Add in paperbacks and other retailers and it's doing even better than The Newcomer did at this point. All promising news for The Guardian...

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« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2017, 02:17:20 PM »
Kudos, Alasdair, that is excellent!
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« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2017, 09:32:18 PM »
The Officer broke 1000 sales on Amazon today, a few days short of its three-month birthday. Add in paperbacks and other retailers and it's doing even better than The Newcomer did at this point. All promising news for The Guardian...

It's been fantastic. Thanks so much for all your hard work.

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« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2017, 02:28:18 PM »
You're welcome! I enjoy doing it.

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« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2017, 01:11:37 PM »
There's a bit over a month left to submit your stories. Do I hear a clattering of keys?

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« Reply #23 on: September 20, 2017, 01:23:26 PM »
Clackety clack clack! Indeed, hard at work. :)
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« Reply #24 on: September 20, 2017, 01:45:37 PM »
I'm actually working on a submission when I'm not typing here!