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hutch0
Date: 2007-12-08 22:54
Subject: i can has anthology?
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:cautiously pleasedcautiously pleased
Music:porcupine tree
It looks as though I'm going to have to venture into the Little Room With All The Boxes and try to find my editor's hat again. I spoke with the publisher of Pendragon Books yesterday evening and he says he's willing to go ahead with New Writings In The Fantastic 2, the little brother of the mighty New Writings In The Fantastic, edited by our very own realthog. But don't rush out to your bookshops just yet; it won't be coming out until the second half of 2009. Which means there's still two years for me to completely kark the whole thing up.

Those of you who know the sad saga of Strange Pleasures and its untimely demise just as, I thought, it was beginning to pick up a head of steam, will know how happy I am about this latest development. Those of you who know the sad saga will also know just how unutterably poor an editor I am, so the happiness is tinged with a little apprehension.

Ever since The Publisher Who Must Not Be Named slam-dunked Strange Pleasures there's been a folder sitting on my desktop. It's labelled SP6 and it contains twenty-two short stories by people who decided to trust me to put their work out there and every time I've booted up the PC or the laptop it's been sitting there looking at me accusingly. Time to put that right. Oh yes.
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RealThog: 'Ronica
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-08 23:29 (UTC)
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Wow! Congrats! Does that mean we can all start submitting stuff in all directions?

It's a pity Pendragon aren't able to make the series an annual, isn't it? That way it could have the chance to pick up a bit of momentum from one volume to the next.

"The Publisher Who Must Not Be Named"

Oh, that fuckwit. I'd forgotten about him . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-08 23:38 (UTC)
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There might still be room if you have something that isn't too big; I was sort of vague when I told Mr Pendragon how long SP6 was. So long as it's not as big as NW1, I think he's going to be pleased.

It is a shame we can't make it an annual, but hey, I'm made up just to have a chance to get SP6 published finally and I'm very grateful to Pendragon for offering the chance to do it. NW1 is a lovely-looking book produced with proper care; I think we might have landed up with the right publisher finally. I saw Mr Pendragon at the BFS Christmas bash at Ye Olde Cock Tavern on Fleet Street last night, where he was launching a book. Hard to imagine The Publisher Who Must Not Be Named making an effort like that.

Sorry to remind you of the fuckwit. I am unable to forget him.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-08 23:53 (UTC)
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"So long as it's not as big as NW1, I think he's going to be pleased."

Would be nice if it'd keep up the "tradition" of being a big fat book, too. My view is that it'd do best if it could establish itself as a sort of annual institution, the big fat book that no one seriously interested in the field wants to do without.

Rather like, on a wholly different scale (so far, anyway . . .), Ellen's/Kelly's/Gavin's Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. Aside from the skill of the editing, the combination of the volumes being annual (well, obviously they'd have to be!) and being very, very meaty is a huge contribution to the series' success, I feel.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-09 00:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd be delighted to keep up the tradition, but I got the feeling that Mr Pendragon - ah, screw it, let's call him Chris because that's his real name - was pleasantly surprised by how economical NW1 was to produce, and the thought of putting out a book that was even more economical to produce was what swayed him in favour of picking up SP6. I'm not complaining, this is just as it should be.

I'm not sure why Chris is waiting two years, apart from him saying he liked the idea of having a long lead-time on it. Maybe we should do that, turn New Writings into a chunky annual anthology, which is more or less what we were trying to do with Strange Pleasures.
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RealThog: Jim's bear pic
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-09 00:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Jim's bear pic
"Maybe we should do that, turn New Writings into a chunky annual anthology"

Maybe we should work on Chris over this.

Or work over Chris on this.

Or something.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-08 23:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sorry, but all of a sudden you look like Veronica Lake...
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RealThog: morgan brighteyes
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-08 23:47 (UTC)
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You been hitting the sauce again, Hutch?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-08 23:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, since you ask, but is this supposed to be what you look like without a beard?
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RealThog: Jim's bear pic
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-08 23:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Jim's bear pic
I've never told you about me and Veronica Lake, have I?
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Tim Lieder
User: marlowe1
Date: 2007-12-09 00:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hey it's Tim. The thing about it is that the first few SP's have been filled with writers that I like, so I'm staying with you for this one.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-09 00:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Tim, you have the patience of a saint, as indeed have all your fellow-contributors. I've been very lucky with the writers who contributed to SP6 and I have a sneaking suspicion that I'm not worthy. And welcome to the villages, by the way. Pull up a chair and have a daiquiri.
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RealThog: Jim's bear pic
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-09 05:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Jim's bear pic
I think he means there are questions from Welshmen.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-09 16:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's a bad pun.

No, a very, very, very, very bad pun.

No, come to think of it, it's worse than that . . .
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