We are so excited to reveal the Life2 cover! This awesome science fiction story by Aisha Tritle is a thrill ride with deep themes and amazing characters.
Astrid was brought back six months ago for one purpose: to help restore balance in the city.
Cursed with a past she can barely remember, Astrid fills her role as an assassin with ease. Every day, she kills Unworthies – those deemed unfit to be a part of the society so carefully constructed after the Infirmum swept through the earth a hundred years ago, leaving all of the children dead and all of the adults infertile.
Humanity now relies on a weekly injection of Curat to survive. Everyone is young, beautiful, and almost immortal – including the enigmatic doctor who renewed her, Michael.
As the city is pushed into a new ice age, Astrid realizes she knows dangerously little about the place she lives and the people she kills for. Her trigger finger begins to fail her, and she fears she might be labeled as Unworthy next. When Michael draws her into a rebellion, secrets begin to come out, and the worst one might belong to the past she forgot. As she starts to remember and Michael tells her the true reason he’s been able to survive for so long, Astrid finds out she won’t just have to save the city, she will also have to decide what it truly means to be human.
We are very excited to reveal the cover of What Once Was Home, the first full-length novel from our very own B.K. Bass!
When his world is torn apart, one man must learn to survive in What Once Was Home.
Jace Cox’s life is changed when an overwhelming alien force invades the Earth with no warning or provocation. In the years that follow, he must not only fight to survive; but also learn what it means to be a man and a leader. As the situation grows more dire, he realizes that his greatest challenge isn’t the alien invaders or even his fellow man; it is holding onto his own humanity despite living in a world gone mad.
What Once Was Home will be launching on October 25, 2019, and pre-orders are available now! Click HERE for more!
Genres: Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic, Alien Encounters, Military Science Fiction Length: Novel – Approx 300 pages Release Date: October 25, 2019
It’s been an amazing year at the Kyanite Press. We discovered fantastic stories, picked up traction with retailers, and made many new friends along the way. The journal far exceeded any expectations we had regarding the incredible fiction within it and the support we’ve received from the writing and reading communities.
This year has also been a learning experience. As we reflect on what worked and what didn’t, we’ve come up with some great ideas for how to make next year even more exciting! With Issue 6 wrapping up and ready to come out this July, it’s time to start work on Volume 2 of the journal. We have been working behind-the-scenes for the last few months coming up with a plan with several goals in mind:
Quality: We want to ensure that enough time is devoted to each issue to make sure that everything from the selection process through final editing and formatting is executed as near to perfection as possible. Value: They say that you “get what you pay for,” and we want to make sure we are living up to our end of that bargain. We want to pack each issue full of high-value content and ensure that the experience of reading the Kyanite Press is a premium experience. Sustainability: The journal was a project born of the love of the art form, but until we unearth the city of gold, we need to make sure we can pay for the production costs. Author Compensation: Nobody wants to work for free, and that includes authors. While we have always offered a cash prize for our featured story, we want to be able to compensate everybody who submits to us.
Those are all very important goals, and balancing those plus keeping the gears greased inside the machine has shaped up to be quite an endeavor! Volume 2 of the Kyanite Press is going to look a little different, and here’s the big things to note about the journal itself:
Quarterly Issues: This biggest change is that we are transitioning from a bi-monthly format to a quarterly format. There will now be an Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer issue. These will be released in November, February, May, and August. The first issue of Volume 2 will be in November 2019. Larger Issues: We are increasing the target page count from 80-110 pages to a whopping 200-250 pages! We are shooting for our average word counts per issue to be 225% of what they were in Volume 1. This means that even with two less issues, we will have around 150% of the total content in the regular run! Pricing Changes: As each issue will be larger, they will naturally cost more to produce. In the interest of balancing value with sustainability, we have set the price of the new issues at $24.85 in print and $14.85 for eBook versions. Savvy shoppers might note that these price increases are less than the content volume increase of each issue!
What does this mean for our authors? What do the goals of quality, value, sustainability, and – most importantly – author compensation, mean to you?
Submission and Production Cycles: One of the reasons for the transition to quarterly issues is to ensure ample time is provided for both our authors to submit to and for our staff to produce each issue. There will be a three-month submission window for each issue followed by a three-month production timeline. This is why the first issue is starting in November. Author Copies: We will provide for each contributor a complimentary PDF copy of any issue they contribute to. There will still be an opportunity to order up to five print copies at a discount of 60% off the cover price plus shipping and handling. Royalties: Yes, that’s right! All of the licensing agreements for contributions to the Kyanite Press starting in Volume 2 will include terms for royalties. Each issue will have a set royalty pool which is a percentage of our gross revenue, and this will be divided between the contributors with a pro-rata system based on the contributor’s word count percentage of the total issue’s word count. There will no longer be a feature story prize. Rather, everybody will get a fair share!
What about special issues and the annual anthology? We still hope to produce our Halloween Horror special this fall, and are batting around ideas for another Winter Digest in December. Both of these are on the discussion table at the moment, but their eventual fates are still to be determined. The annual anthology for Volume 1 is definitely being put together and hopefully will launch before the holiday season this year, and we plan to continue producing Kyanite Press Annual Anthologies every year!
Interested in submitting a story for the Kyanite Press? Have you been biting your nails to the nub just waiting for this announcement? Head over to our submissions page to find out the details of submitting for Volume 2, Issue 1 of the Kyanite Press!
Anson Walker is a retired wizard who has spent the last two decades trying to put his past to rest. His cynical retirement is thrown into chaos when the daughter of his ex-wife hires him to rescue her mother from the dark forces who’ve taken her. The kidnapping is only days before the Aberration, a time every century when the rules of magic don’t apply. Anson’s investigation reveals an ancient conspiracy, the return of a decades-old nemesis, and feelings he thought long gone. Will he rescue his old flame, or succumb to the forces against him?
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All four of these titles will be available in paperback May 31st, 2019! You can pre-order them now through our website, or wait for them to become available closer to their release date on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!
We’re so excited to expand the formats these stories are available in so they can reach more readers! Going forward, all the novellas we option will be released in paperback as well.
Welcome to another amazing issue packed full of a variety of social science fiction tales for your eager minds to process. One of the remarkable things about the sub-genre is that it isn’t limited to just one style of story. In fact, any kind of science fiction tale can include elements of social science fiction. In this issue, you’ll be treated to tales of mystery, mayhem, and murder from some of our favorite speculative fiction authors. Many social questions will be posed, examined, and answered before you’ve finished reading.
From Joseph Kassabian – the bestselling author of Hooligans of Kandahar – Kyanite Publishing proudly presents Citizen of Earth: The Galaxy on Fire, Book One.
Vincent Solaris is a teenage malcontent who barely graduated from the Detroit District Six School of Ethics. His unplanned future changes dramatically when he is arrested and charged with crimes against the Central Committee. Rather than being put to death, he is sentenced to three years’ service in the Earth Defense Forces. Relieved by this twist of fate, Vincent is sent off to train at the local Replacement Depot. But any dreams of him lazing away his years of servitude are shattered when an alien horde called the Alliance attacks. On their way to the harsh killing fields of war, Vincent meets Fiona, a Martian gangster serving a life sentence. Together, they must find a way to survive against the most terrifying foe humanity has ever seen.
We are proud to announce the official Kyanite Publishing discord server. We have always endeavored to build a community around the company, and this server is a further step to bringing that vision to reality. We look forward to this being a gathering place for our staff, authors, and readers to come together to express their love of the written word.
B.K. Bass has some big news to share with everybody, and we wanted to help get the word out as this will also be affecting upcoming releases in our own catalog.
After looking over the reviews for his novellas, we’ve all noticed a common trend of his readers wishing for more! In the interest of making sure we are keeping those readers happy, we’ve all decided it was time for B.K. to shift gears and start focusing on longer projects.
His first novel – What Once Was Home – will be coming out this fall. His upcoming title Parting the Veil was coming out this summer as a novella, but will now be coming out this fall as a novel as well!
Jasmine Arch takes a look at the simile and metaphor in this new article for our Behind the Page column on the Kyanite Press Online.
“How do you recognize good writing? It’s clean, well thought out, and well edited. Now, great writing, That’s another story. Great writing lives and breathes. It grabs you by the neck and drags you down the page. But how can you make a piece of writing truly stand out?”