The call was for a series of anthologies from Schreyer Ink Publishing, with the one with the guideline window for May and June titled CHILDREN OF THE SKY.  The description read Science Fiction:  stories of alien invasions, first contact, our first steps on alien worlds.  It didn’t say if reprints would be okay, as they often can be for themed anthologies (that is, the editor can hope for first class stories at “used” story rates — in this case, in fact, payment would be just a royalty share), but it didn’t say they wouldn’t be either.  So off went a story from way, way back, when I was writing much more science fiction, about planetary exploration and alien first contact purposely gone wrong called “The Frog Pond,” published originally in the UK in HUB Magazine, December 2006.  Details on first publication history were included of course.

The reply came yesterday, the Fourth of July, from Editor C. Schreyer.  Thank-you for your submission to Children of the Sky. We are excited to inform you that your story has been accepted for publication.  Please find attached your contract.  A bit more information was asked for and so, this afternoon, all went back, signed contract, formatted copy of story, and bio.  If all goes well, the next step will be receiving a proof copy, more on which will be told here when it happens.  Also, other writers, for more information on Schreyer Ink Publishing and future calls (one of which has just opened for this month and August), one may press here.

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  1. Marge Simon

    Congratulations, JIm! It’s a shame that reprints not only from decades past, but also appearing only in another country, can’t glean the same rate as first time stories –if they fit, and are exceptionally good. Some mags out there DO take reprints and pay “okay” but not pro-rates anyway very happy for you!

  2. What I mostly get is an increase of readership, which is something I want. Perhaps someone reads it, likes it, sees something else in another “cut rate” anthology, sees the bloggie address in the bios, and ends up buying one of my books (not that one makes much from those either but at least the royalty there is all mine, and it hopefully adds up. But just for a royalty and “exposure” I can’t afford to send them an unpublished story.




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