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Kyanite Press Volume Three News

Autumn is near, and here at Kyanite Publishing that means a new volume of the Kyanite Press! We’ve had a great year with Volume Two, and the reaction to our transition to longer, quarterly issues was overwhelmingly positive. Our submissions process, editing, and production workflows have all been much smoother this year as a result, and our readers have been very happy with the massive amount of content in each issue. Still, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve not only how we produce the journal, but the quality and value for our readers.

With that in mind, we have a big change coming in Volume Three. We’re still going to be publishing quarterly, and still with the same amount of great content in each issue, but we’ll be changing from the standard journal format (8.5″x11″) we’ve been publishing in so far to a standard digest format (5.5″x8.25″). Here’s some highlights of the advantages of this change:

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LOWER PRICE

This format change, even though it will lead to longer page counts, will reduce the printing cost of the paperback edition of the Kyanite Press. As a result, we will be lowering the cover price to $19.99 for the print edition, and $9.99 for the eBook edition.

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READABILITY

We have experienced a lot of challenges with the two-column format of the journal over the last two years. We feel that switching to a single-column format will make for a more comfortable reading experience for our audience. This will also streamline our production process, allowing more time for editing and proofreading to ensure the highest possible quality in every issue.

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CONVENIENCE

While we love the journal having that newsstand magazine feel, it does get a bit clunky, especially weighing in at two-hundred pages or more. The new format should make the print edition of the Press easier to take on the go and store on your bookshelves. Plus, it should have a more comfortable, less taxing feel in the hands for longer reading sessions.

“Okay, already. So what’s it going to look like!?” I hear this ringing in my ears as I write. So, I suppose with the meat and potatoes out of the way, we can get to the gravy. Here’s the (work in progress) cover for Volume Three, Issue One of the Kyanite Press!

Once we get everybody who’s contributing to the issue set up, we’ll finalize the cover with their names. There might be a tag line or two, but there won’t be as much text on the covers as we had in Volume Two. We’re keeping things simple, and trying not to obscure the amazing art we endeavour to procure for each issue.

We’re very excited about this change, and hope everybody continues to enjoy their journey with us through the worlds of short speculative fiction. Thank you for traveling with us, and we’ll see you between the pages!

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Fourth Horizon – An Upcoming Anthology Project

What is Fourth Horizon?

Fourth Horizon is an upcoming anthology project from Kyanite publishing, in partnership with Smunchy Games. The world of Fourth Horizon—designed by Adam Bassett—is one distant from our own known as Teohid-3. The world is one of vast power struggles between five disparate factions, each themed to follow a specific genre of speculative fiction: cyberpunk, diesel punk, steampunk, aetherpunk, and solarpunk. Each of these factions has their own values and agendas, some which align with each other, but many more that are at odds with their neighbors.

Earth was dying. We had to leave. One colony world, Teohid-3, stands alone as a brilliant success. When people first arrived, they found it extremely similar to Earth, but over time they’ve discovered its unique natural resources.

The closer one looks at Teohid-3, the more alien the world appears. The plant and animal life of Earth has largely choked out the native species, but not quite all of them. Orange nivemhelite crystals litter the world’s technology, and deep in the oceans there lies dormant an unusual resource called mana which has caused many to question their understanding of reality. Even the people, fitted with a wide variety of augmentations and modifications to their bodies, don’t quite appear the same anymore.

Teohid-3 celebrated its independence over a hundred years ago. In order to maintain peace, communication—and to present a demonstration of power—the Fourth Horizon Council meets every other year. Trade deals, alliances, wars, and more have been started and ended at these meetings. 

What will this year’s Council meeting hold?

— From Smunchy Games

The Partnership

Fourth Horizon is an expandable card game currently in development by Smunchy Games. Kyanite and Smunchy have partnered to bring you stories from the world of Teohid-3 in the form of the Fourth Horizon anthology, planned to be released around the same time as the game.

The Game

After constructing your deck, each player competes to gain morale, or instill doubt in their opponents. Simple as that. But the path to accomplish these goals may become rather complex with the array of processes, mods, allies, and agents you can add to your deck.

Although Fourth Horizon was inspired in part by dueling card games such as Magic: The Gathering or Hearthstone, our goal is to create a game with more choice regarding how players use their cards. We’ve revamped the traditional resource system many games use, allowing each player to begin with the same amount of resources—enough to play a few cards at once or their most valuable cards on turn one. This levels the playing field and removes a level of variance from the game. Now, if you draw a hand full of expensive cards, it doesn’t mean you have to skip your first few turns. We wanted to let the player focus on their strategy and deckbuilding, forcing them to make difficult decisions about what cards they play first, and not be beholden to a mana curve.

— From Smunchy Games

When is this Happening?

As mentioned, Fourth Horizon is currently in development by Smunchy Games, and games designer Adam Bassett is hard at work hammering out the worldbuilding details.

Early next year, Adam and our own B.K. Bass will be developing a guide to the world of Teohid-3. They will also be establishing goals and guidelines for submissions for the anthology. We expect the submission cycle for Fourth Horizon to start around the Summer of 2021, production during 2022, and the launch of both the game and anthology in 2023.

Who is Smunchy Games?

We are proud to be partnering with Smunchy Games on this project! Smunchy Games is a developer and publisher of innovative, groundbreaking tabletop role playing and card games founded by CEO Sean Fallon. Their catalog includes the role playing games Parselings, Paths: World of Aida, Shadow Tantrum, and the Tide Breaker RPG system. They also recently released Fray, set in the world of Aida from the Paths RPG, which is “a fast-paced strategy card game wherein players contest over a 3×3 battlefield, playing powerful units and casting signature spells to gain control.”

OTHER TITLES YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN

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Where the Sun Always Shines

We are proud to share that our very own Crystal L. Kirkham has taken the reins of a new anthology project aimed at collecting uplifting, feel-good, happy ending stories to shine some light in these dark times in which we are living.

We will be partnering with Crystal to help bring this project to the world. In addition to providing the cover shown, we will be organizing the licensing, copyrighting, ISBN, and other publishing details. We will also be hosting the finished product on our website for free. This is a volunteer-based project, and as such there will never be a charge for the book.

To find out more about submitting to this anthology, please visit Crystal L. Kirkham’s website, HERE.

To ensure timely processing, please do not submit queries or stories to our email. We are only handling the back-end production and distribution, while Crystal is leading the way from the front on this. Any questions should be directed to the email address listed on the page linked above.

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Healing Words Project

Here at Kyanite Publishing, we have always been advocates for the power of storytelling to uplift the spirit, spread new ideas, and encourage new ways of looking at the world. We also believe in the value of escapism for the pure joy of leaving the real world behind, if even for only a little while.

We currently find ourselves in troubling times; in the midst of an unprecedented global crisis. Several of our authors have asked what they can do to help. We feel that through storytelling, we can do our part in providing a little distraction, and maybe a little hope, to people who are going through some tough times right now.

In the interest of this, we’re launching a new column of the Kyanite Press Online, the web-based counterpart to our literary journal. The Healing Words Project will be a home for stories donated by authors and freely available to the public.

What we’re looking for:

Short stories between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
Genres: Any science fiction or fantasy.
Terms: Licensing agreement, no transfer of rights, no exclusivity.
Compensation: Volunteer only, as this is a public service project and the content will be provided to the public for free.
Deadline: Open-ended. An announcement will be made at least 10 business days prior to the project being cut off.

Note: We’d like to avoid any apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, or heavy dystopian fiction for this project. We’re going to favor the lighter side of things this time around.

How to submit: Send an email to info@kyanitepublishing.com with “Healing Words” in the subject line, along with your story in .doc or .docx format and a short pitch letting us know what it’s about.

What to expect: Honestly, we’re launching this on the fly and playing it by ear. We will confirm any submissions within 3 business days, and hope to make decisions on acceptance and send contracts within 10 business days of receipt. After that, it might take a week or two for editing, and you’ll have a chance to review any edits before the story is posted. Keep in mind these are all estimates.

The Fine Print: All submissions will be considered private and confidential until a licensing agreement is signed. Kyanite Publishing, LLC, and its representatives, reserve the right to accept or decline any submissions for any reason, objective or subjective. A licensing agreement will be offered and must be digitally signed before any content is posted. Copyright of all works submitted for the Healing Words Project and/or The Kyanite Press Online remains the property of the work’s author. For more information, contact B.K. Bass at info@kyanitepublishing.com.

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Release Schedule Changes

In light of the current global emergency, we at Kyanite
Publishing have decided to suspend all upcoming releases until the situation
becomes more stable. This has been a difficult decision, but for several
reasons we feel this is the most responsible thing for us to do.

Our first concern is the satisfaction of our readers. Amazon has announced that they will be prioritizing delivery of essential products—such as food, medicine, and household supplies—over all other products. Also, our distributor is taking steps to protect their staff and will be scaling back their operations, which is cutting off the opportunity to list new titles and fulfill print orders. We anticipate other arms of the global delivery infrastructure will be impacted by the situation, as well. As a result, delivery of new titles may not be possible.

Also, because of distribution delays for print orders, please be aware that purchases of print copies of our existing catalog will likely be delayed for the duration of the crisis.

We are also concerned about the social impact of our
upcoming titles, many of which deal with themes of dystopian and apocalyptic
futures. Right now, we feel these themes will hit too close to home. Out of
respect for those who are dealing with these issues in a very real way right
now, we feel this is not the right time to share these stories with the world.

Finally, as the global economy is affected by the pandemic
and individuals find themselves unable to go to work, we do not feel that
spending on entertainment products such as books and magazines should be a
priority. We would much rather wait until better times to encourage
entertainment spending, and instead encourage our global neighbors to focus on
sustaining themselves and assisting each other with essentials such as food,
medicine, and other necessities.

If there was an upcoming release you were planning to purchase from us in the upcoming months, we encourage you to instead consider donating that amount to a local charity, hospital, or relief agency—such as the Red Cross or Red Crescent.

That all being said, we want to assure you all that we are still operating as usual behind the scenes. Our currently available titles will remain available, and we will continue to work on preparing new titles for release in the future. We do not anticipate the cancellation of any titles. We see this as a temporary measure, and will be reevaluating our stance regularly as the situation changes.

In an effort to do our part to help in what ways we can during this crisis, we’ve also decided to offer some of our back-catalog of eBook titles for free. We understand that many people are spending long hours at home and the psychological health of our populations is as important as our physical health. Hopefully, a little reading material will help with this. We’re offering the entire first volume of the Kyanite Press journal of speculative fiction for free for the duration of the crisis, and will be rotating through books volunteered by our authors to be given away. We hope you enjoy these titles, and that a little escapism might make it just a little easier to cope with these troubling times. You can find all these titles here.

We’d also like to take this moment to wish everyone the best of health and safety.

Warmest regards and best wishes,

B.K. Bass
Editor-in-Chief, Kyanite Publishing, LLC

Sam Hendricks
Publisher, Kyanite Publishing, LLC

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New Catalog Page!

We’re happy to announce that kyanitepublishing.com has an all new catalog page. Organized by author, title, and series; it’s now easier than ever to browse our titles and find your favorite author.

Each title in our catalog also has a completely redesigned landing page, complete with the book’s blurb, genre information, category and length, release dates, pricing, retail links, author bio, and reviews.

We’ve worked hard to make sure everything you need to know about each book is all in one place!

We’re very excited about this new design, and hope that everyone finds it easier to navigate than our old system. Unfortunately, this has come about due to the closing of our online store. Due to new U.S. tax laws that went into effect this year, we don’t currently have the infrastructure to process sales through our website. But, all our titles are readily available from a variety of quality booksellers!

We hope everybody will still consider kyanitepublishing.com their home for information on all the great new projects we’re working on, in addition to our beautiful and entertaining back catalog. Thank you all for being with us on this voyage!

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Kyanite Press Submissions Window

The submission window for Volume 2, Issue 3 has closed. Thank you to everybody who submitted for our Shattered Worlds issue. You should hear back from us within a couple weeks!

The submissions window is now open for Volume 2, issue 4: Autumn 2020!

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Volume 2, Issue 4: Autumn 2020
Coming in August 2020

Theme: Visions of War

Preferred Genres*: military science fiction

Word Count: We are looking for short stories and novelettes ranging from 2,500 to 15,000 words, and poetry of up to 20 pages in length**.

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2020

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Kyanite Press V2I2 Cover Reveal

This issue: Amazing Journeys and Exotic Destinations

Embark on intrepid adventures fantastic, futuristic, and horrifying. From lost islands to the very fabric of space and time, no corner of the universe will remain unexplored as our talented contributors guide us to the far reaches of imagination, and beyond.

Over 200 pages of exciting adventures into the unexplored!


Contents
Novelettes
Gate of Bone by O. Sander
Sanctuary by Alexis Ames
Journey to the Isle of Xim by Michael D. Nadeau
Little Round Window by Richard D. Mellinger, Jr.
Yusupov and Marinov: the Merchants of Death by Sam Amenn

Short Stories
Interrupted Thoughts by Professor Cognome
Dylath by Enkelli Arn Robertson
Catching Feels by C.F. Welsh
Escape from Ogre Island by Daniel Dickinson
The Voidship by Alan G. Provance
Last Shuttle to Sirius by Mark J. Schultis
The Eternal War by Erica Ciko Campbell
Translation by Gary J. Mack
Diamond Tears by Kenneth Amenn

Embarking on an incredible journey on February 1st, 2020

PRE ORDER YOUR COPY HERE TODAY!

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Expanding Our Horizons

Since our founding in July 2018, our focus has been on finding and sharing stories we love. Both of us founders rated speculative fiction as a favorite genre, so we began by publishing exactly that. In the last year and a half, we’ve grown exponentially, immersed ourselves in the industry, and developed a loyal readership. We’re excited to announce that as part of our strategic planning, we’ll now be expanding beyond the scope of speculative fiction to other genres we are equally passionate about.

Kyanite Publishing will now actively seek out stories in the mystery, thriller, and historical fiction genres.

We will also be pursuing non-fiction titles in the near future.

Sam Hendricks

Sam Hendricks, Publisher

I’m thrilled about this expansion and I look forward to seeing our catalog–essentially, our identity–grow and change as we do. I’ve always had an eclectic taste in books, and some of my first favorites were thrillers. I love stories that can keep me awake at night, speed reading just to get to the end, and there’s a robust market for thrillers that can bend genres and offer fresh takes on the old tropes. Mysteries were also some of the first books to line my shelves. I love every kind of mystery, especially noir and police procedurals. Last but not least, I’m enamored with non-fiction. I’m always game for educational texts in subjects I’m interested in (like geology, history, mythology, and anthropology) and biographies. I think there’s a good chance we’ll focus on just a few sub-genres of non-fiction that best fit our wheelhouse and readership–but more on that later.

B.K. Bass

B.K. Bass, Editor-in-Chief

As a life-long student of history, one of my favorite genres has been historical fiction; be it in the form of the printed word or on film. To me, there’s nothing quite as exciting as taking a step back in time and—for a moment—experiencing what life was like in another era. Also, as one who is constantly striving to learn more about not only history, but all aspects of our universe, non-fiction books have been the lifeblood of my continuing education. While I love reading for entertainment, I feel there’s nothing more rewarding than reading for education. That’s why we’ve already been publishing a variety of non-fiction articles via the Kyanite Press Online. We strongly value the importance of education and sharing knowledge with the world, so we feel it is an important step that we grow our catalog to include more novel-length non-fiction as well. 

Our readership knows we’ve already published quite a few mysteries and thrillers that just so happened to be speculative in nature. From B.K.’s own Night Shift to Jonathan Lazar’s Zachariah Lars and the High Elf Mystery, we’ve been entertained and intrigued. Now, we’re opening the door for more of these gripping stories whether they have a speculative element or not.

“I’m an author. When can I submit my work in these genres?”

We will have an open window in March of 2020, specifically seeking out works in the mystery, thriller, and historical fiction genres. We will not be accepting non-fiction submissions yet, but keep an eye out for more news on that front soon.

We appreciate you reading this announcement and sharing it with anyone you think would benefit from the information. We’ll be revealing more details soon, including a “manuscript wish list” with specific sub-genres we’re most likely to love. 

Sincerely,

Sam & B.K.