Reading Period: More Human Than Human

More Human Than Human is a reprint anthology focused on the theme of androids, replicants, and other artificial humanoids that will be published by Night Shade Books in trade paperback, ebook, and (maybe) audio editions in late 2017.

What am I looking for

  • Previously published science fiction stories between 3000 and 25000 words in length.
  • Stories must include androids, replicants, etc. as a major character or plot element.

What I don’t want

  • Stories outside the stated word count
  • Poetry
  • Fantasy
  • Original stories (this is a reprint anthology, send originals to Clarkesworld)
  • Zombies (yeah, they are always on the list)

Payment and Required rights

  • If accepted, payment of one cent/word will be issued on receipt of signed contract . Pro-rata share of royalties issued twice per year (if additional payment is due).
  • Non-exclusive English language rights for print, digital, and audio editions required.

Reading Period, Response Times, ANd How to SUbmit

  • Open for submissions through 3/20/2017.
  • May make up to five concurrent submissions.
  • Acceptance and rejection letters will be emailed sometime before April 5, 2017.
  • Cover letter should include original publication information of the story.
  • All submissions must be made through my anthology submissions system at: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/anthology/

Recommending Stories

If you would like to recommend a story that you have not written, please post it in the comments section of this post.

Questions

If you have questions, email neil(at)clarkesworldmagazine.com.

March Issues

 

Despite battling a cold most of last week, I’ll have the March issues of Clarkesworld and Forever out into the world today.  Amazon, Patreon, Weightless, Apple, Google, and B&N subscribers should be getting their copies first. Just want to thanks those folks for their support. It makes a world of difference around here.

Clarkesworld has new stories by Robert Reed, Naomi Kritzer, Xia Jia, J.B. Park, and Octavia Cade, with reprints by Ian R. MacLeod and Alexander Jablokov.

Forever has reprints by Ian McDonald, T.R. Napper, and Ken Liu.

SFWA Bulletin articles

I don’t bring it up often, but one of the publications I edit is The SFWA Bulletin. We publish non-fiction at 10 cents/word and both members and non-members are welcome to submit. You can find the guidelines here.

From time-to-time, people make suggestions for the types of articles they would like to see us publish. Currently, this list includes the following topics:

  • Book Trailers (pros, cons, how-to, why)
  • Selling Books at Conventions (getting my own table vs teaming up vs commission)
  • Understanding Print on Demand and it’s relationship with bookstores (who carries what and why)
  • Essential Elements of Author Websites (We’ve done this before, but trends change)
  • Audiobooks (what’s the marketplace like, should I get in, how?)

If any of these are within your area of expertise, please consider pitching an article.

Also, I’m looking for people to help cover the Nebula Awards Conference, so if you will be attending this year and have an interest, please contact me at the address listed in the guidelines.

Boskone 2017 Schedule

This weekend, I’ll be attending Boskone at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston. In addition to dropping several boxes of books on the freebie table, I’ll be participating in the following 13events and panels:

Nontraditional Magazines
Friday 20:00 – 21:00, Marina 2 (Westin)
Jeremy Flagg (M), Robert B. Finegold M.D., Julie C. Day, Ken Altabef, Neil Clarke
If print is dead, then printed magazines are. But, at least in our genres, they’re going strong as online magazine and perhaps we should include blogs and both audio and video podcasts. What is the future of the magazine online and in any mutation or combination? And what does this mean for the journalist/writer?

Digital Rights and Other Small Press Traps and Issues
Saturday 14:00 – 15:00, Marina 4 (Westin)
Darlene Marshall (M) , Walter Jon Williams, Neil Clarke
How has the revolution in (and evolution of) digital technology affected the SF publishing field? What has the popularity/promise of e-books and of e-publishing in general done to demand, and to the whole publishing process? What are the complications of these media, barely out of their infancy? What do writers, readers, and publishers need to know to avoid running into trouble in these exciting (but dangerous) digital waters?

The Copy Editor Is Your Friend
Saturday 16:00 – 17:00, Marina 2 (Westin)
Janice Gelb, Brendan DuBois (M), Teresa Nielsen Hayden , Richard Shealy, Neil Clarke
No book goes directly from the author’s keyboard to the printing press. Instead, the manuscript follows a convoluted path that involves many people, and finally lands on the desk of your friendly neighborhood copy editor. So, what does a copy editor do? Can (or should) you copyedit your own work? Our panel of red pencil warriors explains how and why copy editors make stories better and authors look good. Learn some tips, tricks, and tales of copyediting woe!

Autographing: Neil Clarke, Max Gladstone, Fran Wilde
Saturday 17:00 – 18:00, Galleria – Autographing (Westin)

Boskone Book Party
Saturday 18:30 – 19:30, Galleria – Stage (Westin)

Kaffeeklatsch: Neil Clarke
Sunday 10:00 – 11:00, Harbor I – Kaffeeklatsch 2 (Westin)

Marketing Matters
Sunday 14:00 – 15:00, Burroughs (Westin)
Moshe Feder, Melanie Meadors (M), Neil Clarke
Authors are bombarded with “wisdom” about marketing and social media. Let’s cut to the chase and get back to basics. When it comes to marketing, what works, what doesn’t work, and what are the still-open questions?

Ten days in

Hard to believe that I’m ten days into this self-employed editor thing. Still doesn’t quite feel real, but I at least I’m making progress on many fronts: backlogged projects, current projects, housework, and even a little coding to make my life easier.

I’ll probably find myself sleeping a bit better when I know I have the income gap and health insurance covered. To that end, next week’s agenda includes some time spent on anthology pitches, finding more ebook design clients, marketing, and perhaps some consulting work for my former employer.

Over at Patreon, I’ve been asking our existing supporters what types of things make attractive rewards to them. That will be feeding a blog post sometime in the next week… Yes, this connects to a survey I did last year and yes, I will be sharing some of what I learned from that soon.

Participating in a NASA Social event

I’ve been selected to be part of a NASA Social event at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. I’ll be attending the launch of the SpaceX CRS-10 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station later this month.

During the event, I’ll be provided with the opportunity to:

  • Tour NASA facilities at Kennedy
  • Meet and interact with engineers, technicians and other team members from Kennedy
  • View and take photographs of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 39A
  • Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
  • Meet members of NASA’s social media team
  • View the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft

TRIP CANCELED

Unfortunately, the event date was moved to 17-18th, which is the one weekend this month Lisa and I both have plans. Much as I would like to go, we’d both have to cancel our trips and that’s not fair to her. Hopefully I can get on the invite list for a future launch. I’ve wanted to see one since I was a kid.