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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.

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Open Submission Window Closing Soon!

Our open submission window for this year will be closing in two weeks on November 1st, 2018. The community response to our first open submission window has been overwhelming, and we have been fortunate to receive a very high number of quality submissions as evidenced by our growing lineup of exciting releases scheduled for 2019.

We still have around sixty submissions to review, including those we have requested manuscripts for. As we do not out-source consulting services for our acquisitions process, there are only three of us to review these submissions on top of working on the production of upcoming titles. Our decisions on making publishing offers requires a unanimous vote, as well, so all three of us need time to review each manuscript. We will continue to review submissions in as timely a manner as possible, but it would be reasonable to expect up to six months for turn-around on some titles. Also, our release schedule for 2019 is almost full, so offers will soon be made for titles to be published in 2020.

We expect to have an open submissions window again in the fall of 2019, but the length of the window is yet to be decided. Most likely, it will be a 30 or 45-day window. In the meantime, expect to see open calls for submissions throughout the year for specific genres or themes.

If you would like to submit a partial manuscript before November 1st, please feel free to do so. The genres we are currently most interested in are speculative horror, classic fantasy (sword and sorcery, high fantasy, epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, etc), military science fiction, post apocalyptic, space opera, steampunk, cyberpunk, and other ‘punk genres.

Please visit our Submissions page for more details on our submissions guidelines.

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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.