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:
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.”
We’re live on Facebook, with author Danielle Ancona hosting authors Alexander Thomas, A.R. Vagnetti, Daniel Dickinson, Jabe Stafford, Crystal L. Kirkham, and Sam Hendricks. Most are performing a live reading of their books, and some are answering questions and engaging in the Facebook chat.
In the past, we’ve used Youtube Live, and you can find those videos here. In the future, we intend to use both. You’ll be able to find the video from tonight’s event on Youtube tomorrow.
We love connecting with each other and readers all over the world, so we appreciate you joining when you can. We will continue to host these events on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with our theatrical readings (involving multiple authors performing one piece!) on Saturdays.
To celebrate CITIZEN OF EARTH reaching the TOP TEN in free military science fiction on Amazon, we’re offering pre-orders for the next installment: THE GREAT TRAITOR for 30% off with coupon code SOLARIS30!
And if you’re looking for a beautifully crafted fantasy story, look no further than BY IMMORTAL HONOR BOUND by Danielle Ancona. For a limited time, these pre-orders include FREE SHIPPING in the United States and a table of alchemy symbols from the author, on parchment!
You can also find them both reading from their books on our recent Youtube Live streams. We’ll be hosting those readings every Tuesday and Thursday around 5pm Pacific. We’ll also be hosting theatrical readings involving multiple players on Saturdays around 9pm Eastern.
Among many innovations in response to the global pandemic, all our new releases will launch with custom pre-order packages that feature signed copies, bookmarks and mugs, and other exclusive gifts from the author! They’ll be available on our website for a limited time before pre-orders open with retailers. We are excited to offer these packages as a way to further extend the reading experience and connect authors with their fans.
Included in some of the pre-order packages is the new Content Hub, which houses short stories and even full-length books, articles and essays, and other offerings from Kyanite authors. It is now available on a subscription basis as well.
And just in case you missed it: we are hosting ongoing live readings, interviews, and panels throughout the week and weekend on our Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. The participating authors are often available for questions before and after, and reader engagement is encouraged! We do this for you!
The Great Traitor, the second book in the Galaxy on Fire series by best-selling author Joseph Kassabian, is now on pre-order right here! Packages include signed books with customizable inscriptions, mugs, eBooks, and more! *Only available for a limited time.
“If you thought Citizen of Earth was great, hold onto your f*ing britches. Kassabian soars in The Great Traitor, showcasing his depth and range through the eyes of his loveable characters and the enthralling intricacies of galactic society. Expect paper cuts from quick page turns.”
Sam Hendricks, Publisher and Editor
*For those reading this as it comes out: join us in just over an hour for a live reading with the author and the contributors of the post-apocalyptic anthology Remnants on our Twitter feed.
Remnants is a post-apocalyptic anthology created by Stephen Coghlan and edited by B.K. Bass with stories from Stephen Coghlan, Michael D. Nadeau, Aaron Lee, Benjamin Hope, D.W. Hitz, J.D. Kellner, Ian Fairgrieve, Rachel Ford, A.A. Rubin, Alan Provance, Crystal L. Kirkham, and J.D. Sanderson.
The Great Traitor is a military science fiction novel exploring themes of conflict and humanity, and the second in a planned trilogy from best-selling author of Hooligans of Kandahar, Joseph Kassabian.
Stephen Coghlan, Joseph Kassabian, and several authors from the Remnants crew will be reading LIVE from their stories, answering questions, and talking about books and publishing during this online event.
Visit us on Twitter and you’ll see the videos right on the top of our newsfeed around 7:30pm EST. This is a casual event and the authors have been encouraged to relax, lean in, and put on a show. We hope you’ll kick up your feet, grab a drink, and join us!
We’re writing again today to tell you about our first ever pre-order packages, launching today!
Night Life, Book Two in the Night Trilogy by B.K. Bass, features three packages: Kyanite, Tanzanite, and Quartzite. All three packages include something exclusive that you can’t get anywhere else. Check them out!
The Assimilation Agent, Book One by Sam Hendricks, features the same tiers: Kyanite, Tanzanite, and Quartzite. All three packages include something exclusive and different based on this book/series. The Kyanite package includes TWO custom signed books, the eBook, a subscription to exclusive content here on the website, a sticker, and a bookmark for only $79! You really can’t get this anywhere else!
As you may have read here, we are launching our books with these exclusive pre-order campaigns because we want to connect with readers in more meaningful and entertaining ways. We also want to help authors earn royalties faster during these trying times, so we’ve accelerated our royalty payment schedule. These awesome packages are a rallying point for us and our authors to spread the word about our books prior to publication and offer our readers the chance to score great deals. We hope you’ll agree that they extend the power of our stories and inspire joy!
You may also be interested in our new Content Hub, which will feature exclusive essays, articles, genre studies, and short stories-all for a low monthly price. A 12-month membership to the hub will often be featured in our pre-order packages as well!
Though we are in trying times, opportunities continue to abound for some of us creators and business owners. Many of the ideas outlined below have been percolating since the inception of our company, while others are brand-spankin’ new. We are grateful to all of you for your patronage as we pivot and grow.
Here is a quick summary of the changes we’ll be making:
Exclusive, one-time pre-order campaigns will now launch from our website a few months before release. Each release will feature three pre-order packages, ranging from premium (multiple custom signed books + merch + a content subscription on our website + eBooks) to downright affordable (signed book + ebook). We see this as a way to help our authors without asking for charity. Authors will receive their 50/50 split within 14 calendar days of each month-end–much faster than our traditional royalty accounting through our distributor.
Books will still be listed with our distributors and will appear with retailers as usual. Amazon will likely also feature pre-orders. Barnes and Noble, Walmart, and Target may as well. Royalties from those sales will be paid as usual. This pre-order campaign will be exclusive on our website and through us, and will be in addition to everything we normally do.
We are going to release some books sooner than we had previously scheduled. There are more readers requesting new content than we anticipated, and we want to meet the demand. Many of you have expressed excitement at the prospect of our books being released sooner. Thank you for sharing that with us! We are pleased to answer!
We are introducing a new membership to a new sub-area of the website, which we’re (for now) calling the Content Hub. It’ll be filled with original fiction and non-fiction content. Exclusive access will be granted to people who purchase a 1, 3, or 6-month membership, or those who are given 12 months of access as part of a pre-order package.
The free books on our website will be removed on April 30th. We will continue to offer free deals through Amazon.
We will be adding content to Youtube and social media in order to further promote our authors and their books. We hope you’ll engage with us and get to know our catalog and our community. Both are spectacular.
We’ll be using our email newsletter to deliver book recommendations, exclusive content, original short fiction and non-fiction, and book news. Please sign up if you haven’t yet!
When things stabilize, we will adapt our approach to physical book events and expos. At this time, we have no events scheduled.
We appreciate you taking the time to read about our company and our authors and we are excited to share new work with you soon. Stay tuned for the first pre-order launches later today!