Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do you
print and distribute your books?
A: Books are produced using a
print-on-demand service through Ingram's Lightning Source, which also
distributes them. The profit margin isn't as wide as doing a print run,
but it costs substantially less than paying for a print run.
Read more about POD here.
Q: Can your
books be purchased at (bookseller name)?
A: The books have ISBNs, which mean they can
be purchased anywhere that sells books. That includes online venues such
as Amazon, book chains such as Barnes & Noble, and local bookstores.
heard you're slow as an editor. Is this true?
A: Yes. This isn't my day job. I'm also very
picky about what I publish, and if it takes five years from start to
finish on an anthology, then that's what it takes. I make no secret of
this, which is why all my anthologies are open until filled. I demand
quality writing, excellent handling of English, and a particular type of
story structure. Read more about my
Q: I've heard
you'll work closely with writers. Is this true?
A: As many of my contributors will tell you,
I work very closely with them. While I'm a stickler for mechanics, if a
story grabs me, it grabs me, and I'll work with an author to make it
better. I believe "editor" means "one who edits," not just "one who
chooses stories." Any editor can choose stories he likes and publish them. I
choose them based on quality of writing and story structure, and then I
sort of payments and contracts do you offer?
A: Usually $500 and up in shared royalties
on open-ended contracts. Read more
about payments and contracts here.
Q: Do you only
do science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural horror?
A: No, although that's my current focus. But
forthcoming titles include a three-volume book of poetry, a book of chess
variants, a book about figures of speech, and many others.