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.
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 are proud to share that our very own Crystal L. Kirkham has taken the reins of a new anthology project aimed at collecting uplifting, feel-good, happy ending stories to shine some light in these dark times in which we are living.
We will be partnering with Crystal to help bring this project to the world. In addition to providing the cover shown, we will be organizing the licensing, copyrighting, ISBN, and other publishing details. We will also be hosting the finished product on our website for free. This is a volunteer-based project, and as such there will never be a charge for the book.
To find out more about submitting to this anthology, please visit Crystal L. Kirkham’s website, HERE.
To ensure timely processing, please do not submit queries or stories to our email. We are only handling the back-end production and distribution, while Crystal is leading the way from the front on this. Any questions should be directed to the email address listed on the page linked above.
This issue: Amazing Journeys and Exotic Destinations
Embark on intrepid adventures fantastic, futuristic, and horrifying. From lost islands to the very fabric of space and time, no corner of the universe will remain unexplored as our talented contributors guide us to the far reaches of imagination, and beyond.
Over 200 pages of exciting adventures into the unexplored!
Contents Novelettes Gate of Bone by O. Sander Sanctuary by Alexis Ames Journey to the Isle of Xim by Michael D. Nadeau Little Round Window by Richard D. Mellinger, Jr. Yusupov and Marinov: the Merchants of Death by Sam Amenn
Short Stories Interrupted Thoughts by Professor Cognome Dylath by Enkelli Arn Robertson Catching Feels by C.F. Welsh Escape from Ogre Island by Daniel Dickinson The Voidship by Alan G. Provance Last Shuttle to Sirius by Mark J. Schultis The Eternal War by Erica Ciko Campbell Translation by Gary J. Mack Diamond Tears by Kenneth Amenn
Embarking on an incredible journey on February 1st, 2020
Join us as we explore ten different realms of magic, adventure, and
excitement! From exploring ancient ruins to save a sickly child in The
Hand That Holds to the classic sword and sorcery action of The Iron
Sorcerer, this issue proves that high fantasy can provide a platform for
a variety of entertaining, exciting, and thoughtful stories.
A new beginning to a beloved franchise. Five novelettes, five short stories, ten amazing authors. Almost 100,000 words, four times as many as our previous regular issues.
Join us as we explore ten different realms of magic, adventure, and excitement! From exploring ancient ruins to save a sickly child in The Hand That Holds to the classic sword and sorcery action of The Iron Sorcerer, this issue proves that high fantasy can provide a platform for a variety of entertaining, exciting, and thoughtful stories.
A new beginning to a beloved franchise.
Five novelettes, five short stories, ten amazing authors.
Almost 100,000 words, four times as many as our previous regular issues.
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!
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.
Volume 1, Issue 2 of the Kyanite Press launches today. This issue takes a look at the human condition from many unique angles and is sure to delight fans of the format. The paperback edition is available for order, and pre-orders will be shipping shortly. The eBook edition has been delayed due to an “extended maintenance window” with our ISBN providor. We do not have an estimate on when this will be resolved, but are working to find a way around the issue.
This issue of the Kyanite Press contains some amazing stories that all examine the human condition in one way or another. From the introspective psychology of “The Teacup” by David McAlister to the grand social drama of “Stone Faces” by Marcus Hansson, these stories all examine different facets of our humanity. Be it exploring our deepest fear – the fear of the unknown – or showing how a society of people works together to overcome obstacles. “Worth Dying For” by Chad D. Christy and “Breakpoint” by Darius Jones both explore questions of what makes us human and what we would do to preserve what is most important to us. “The Greatest Confidence” by Martin Berman-Gorvine explores ways in which we prey upon and take advantage of the trust of others. “In the Under Realm” by Steven M. Nedeau shows the human spirit to fight for our survival. “Below the Cubicle Sea” by Dennis Mombauer examines the mark we leave on the world and ways in which the world might one day work to erase those marks, illustrating the uncomfortable truth that all we do is potentially fleeting and temporary in the grand scheme of the cosmos.
ABOUT THE KYANITE PRESS
The Kyanite Press is a bi-monthly journal of speculative fiction. Inside this homage to the pulp magazines of the last century you will find tales of science fiction, fantasy, and horror from some of the most imaginative upcoming indie authors in the genre. Every issue is packed with fiction and NO commercial advertising, just information about Kyanite Publishing books and authors! Explore amazing new worlds, travel to exotic realms, and delve inside the human mind in ways you will never see anywhere else!
Release dates every January, March, May, July, September, and November. Special Halloween Horror Fest every October!
In the latest addition to the Kyanite Press Online, Editor in Chief B.K. Bass delves into the worlds of Social Science Fiction. Check out this and more genre studies (with short fiction!) in the ongoing column: Discovering New Worlds with B.K. Bass.
Social Science Fiction examines sociological, anthropological, and psychological issues as its main focus. The term was coined by Isaac Asimov to define his own work in the 1940’s. At the time, science fiction had consisted mostly of the ‘spaceships and ray guns‘ styles; such as what is often found in planetary romance tales. During the 1940’s, there was a movement spearheaded by the likes of Asimov and Robert A Heinlein to use science fiction as a way to examine our own sociological issues from new perspectives.
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