Oh, man, I’ve been waiting a long time to use that title. So, let me catch you up on Janner Kohl’s adventures in publishing. The story sat at Tor.com for nearly a year (304 days, according to Duotrope’s Digest’s submission tracker) before I received a rejection at the end of January. At this point, I had run through my list of professional markets, and was considering resubmitting to a couple that I had sent an earlier version of “Relvan’s Rescue” over three years ago.
Then I saw a listing on Duotrope for a pirate-themed anthology to be published by Pulp Empire, a small publisher of pulp fiction that had been around in a couple different forms since 2003 (per the About section on their website). Payment would be in the form of royalties, but that wasn’t really a concern for me. What drew me to the market was the fact that “Relvan’s Rescue” had originally been written for a small press anthology of nautical sword-and-sorcery. If the story were to be accepted for this new anthology, Janner’s journey would come full circle.
And so it has. I received an email this past Thursday welcoming Janner Kohl’s tale to Pulp Empire Pirates & Swashbucklers Anthology (not sure if this is the actual title or a working one), due out May/June 2011, just after the release of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. I am awaiting the contract to sign, and will post a table of contents, cover image, and link to buy as they come available. The publisher’s previous anthologies have been sold through lulu.com, so I’m expecting the same for this one.