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What’s a Publishing Committee?

Hello and good afternoon!

We’re getting a lot of questions about our processes from interested authors – and rightfully so. We’re a brand new company, our author-owned and operated concept is rare, we don’t have a “bestseller” between us, and none of us went to a prestigious writing program or worked for a big five publisher. To shed more light on who we are, whether we’d be a good fit for your goals, and how our business model, vision, and daily operations will sell stories and connect lifelong, loyal readers with our authors, I’ll be sharing an inside look at something new each week.

Today I want to talk about one of the most important things we do: select stories for publication.

Whether we find stories or they find us, it usually begins with B.K. (Brian) Bass, Director of Acquisitions. He reads the synopsis and sample the author provided and makes a recommendation to move forward or pass. There are exceptions to this process, especially regarding our imprints.

Kyanite Glass (digital), Crypt (horror), and Kiss (romance) are managed by myself, Brian, and Sophia respectively. We have a special interest in those types of stories and we usually take a leadership role with titles fitting our purview. Regardless of who is acting as acquisitions editor on a title, if all three board members approve we request a full manuscript. Once it’s delivered, all three of us read it (often outside office hours).

Describing, dissecting, and deciding which titles and authors to work with is the cornerstone of our operation and the best part of our job. Of course, we chat about the stories we’re excited about and the cool connections we make every day, but we also hold an official meeting about once a week. Our vision is to demonstrate unparalleled dedication to our authors, so we do not publish stories receiving anything but ecstatic, unanimous approval.

At this time, our publishing committee is comprised of all three author-owners: myself (Sam Hendricks), Brian Bass, and Sophia LeRoux. All three of us are lifelong science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans with a real love for storytelling. (We’re interested in many other genres, and we may choose to grow Kyanite to match those interests).

Stay tuned for more posts about contracts, international authors, international sales, daily operations, cover design, printing, distribution, marketing, publicity, community giving, events, and subsidiary rights!

-Sam Hendricks

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Kyanite Press Open Submissions

We want to see your science fiction and fantasy short story in the pages of the Kyanite Press, a periodical journal of science fiction and fantasy.  Join a growing family of creative talent and help us to discover amazing new worlds and mystical landscapes!

We are looking for science fiction and fantasy short stories between 500-7,500 words and SFF themed poetry. For longer pieces please refer to our main submissions page for information on submitting for a book contract.

Please include a cover letter in the email body with a short (50) word bio, story synopsis, and contact information including website address and social media links.  The story itself should be attached to the email in .doc or .docx format.  Please include “Kyanite Press Submission” in the subject line.

Send your cover letter and attached submission to info@kyanitepublishing.com.

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Press Release 7-11-2018

JULY 11TH, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KYANITE PUBLISHING LLC, a limited liability company registered in the state of Colorado, announced a soft launch on July 11th, 2018. Their official launch, which will include their Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 titles, will take place on August 11th and 12th, 2018.

The Kyanite Publishing LLC Vision: To bring forth thought-provoking and timeless pieces of fiction in the categories of science fiction, fantasy, and horror and provide unparalleled value to authors and readers.

Kyanite Publishing LLC is managed by three authors and member-owners. Their names and titles are as follows: Sam Hendricks, Marketing Director and Editor in Chief of Kyanite Glass; B.K. Bass, Acquisitions Director and Editor in Chief of The Kyanite Press and Kyanite Crypt; Sophia LeRoux, Operations Director and Managing Editor of Kyanite Kiss/Associate Editor of Kyanite Crypt.

“We (Kyanite Publishing LLC, including its subsidiaries and imprints) are more than an independent, speculative fiction publisher. We’re a community of authors and readers and a safe space to gather. The publishing industry is changing and making room for more stories from diverse backgrounds and in edgy sub-genres. We’re excited to leverage our experience in business operations, marketing, and publishing for our authors.” – Sam Hendricks

The Kyanite Press is a bimonthly literary magazine featuring short fiction, author interviews and bios, and contests with cash prizes. Issues will be anthologized annually.

Imprints include Kyanite Glass, digitally publishing science fiction and fantasy short novels, novellas, serials, and intertwining stories; Kyanite Kiss, publishing science fiction and fantasy romance; and Kyanite Crypt publishing horror.

Kyanite Publishing LLC is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Brick and mortar offices are being established in the town’s mid-town neighborhood in partnership with a local commercial real estate agency. Kyanite Publishing LLC lives by the “shop local” philosophy and is currently seeking collaborations with local businesses, book sellers, and organizations.