It’s a special day here at Kyanite Publishing because we’re launching our first volume of the Kyanite Press! You can order it now from our website or Amazon. It’s also being carried at The Wyvern’s Tale in Asheville, NC and in more locations soon!
We’ve received a ton of questions from interested readers and writers. Editor in Chief, B.K. Bass answers the most pressing (get it?) below. If you have more questions for B.K., simply comment or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org! We’ll do our best to answer within 48 hours.
How do you pick the stories? Is there anything you’re looking for in particular?
Quality is the primary factor. I’m looking for stories that are polished with an easy, readable flow. Considering the Press publishes only short fiction, the narrative needs to be tightly constructed and convey its message within a limited length. I want to find stories that are either fast-paced and entertaining or that offer something new to the world. Something that breaks the rules or explores an idea that hasn’t been explored before. Either way, the story needs to be a lot of fun or very intellectually engaging.
Does an author need a platform to submit?
No! One of the benefits of being a Kyanite Press author is that you have a permanent home on our website with links to your website and social media accounts. It’s a way to refer traffic to your platform, but if you don’t have a way to engage the audience it won’t do much for you. If you just want to submit for fun or see your words in print, that’s not a problem. Not everybody is after the same thing.
What are your standard contract terms?
We use a licensing agreement. The author retains all rights to the work. In other words, they give us permission to use the story. We ask for a 90-day exclusivity. After, the author is free to publish the story anywhere. We have annual anthologies planned, and the author will receive a pro rata royalty for those sales.
Where will the Kyanite Press be sold?
As of September 2018, it’s available online through retailers such as Amazon, at The Wyvern’s Tale in North Carolina, and on our website. We are growing every day and will be adding retailers to our website as we reach terms. Check out our events page for conferences and book fairs we’ll be attending – the Press will be sold there, too!
Is appearing in the Kyanite Press a good step to securing a book deal with Kyanite Publishing?
Establishing mutually beneficial relationships with all our authors and creating a family atmosphere within our community is our core philosophy. Publishing a short story with the Kyanite Press is a great way to start building that relationship but it’s in no way a requirement.
Tell us about the Halloween issue. How will it be different?
The Halloween volume is 100% horror. We accept speculative horror for the Press year-round, but this issue is dedicated to it. It’s also a whopping 200+ pages!
Does the Press take speculative romance/erotica short stories, like Kyanite Kiss?
If you have something that’s action-packed with a romantic sub-plot, that would be more up our alley. Think of the old pulp fiction magazines in the 1920’s, and you’ll have an idea of what we are looking for. We’re marketing to a wide audience and at family-friend conferences, so a sexy, blonde cyberpunk detective or a scantily clad damsel in distress saved by the sword-wielding barbarian is great, but they can’t indulge in any graphic sex on our pages.
Well, that’s it for this round of questions and answers about the Kyanite Press. Stay tuned for more insider posts next week!