Douglas Cohen (douglascohen) wrote,
Douglas Cohen

Editorial Musings: Go Figure

So I run the monthly feature of Editorial Musings here for three basic reasons:

1) As an editor and writer, I find it interesting to interview various editors within our industry.
2) I think a lot of those who tune into my blog appreciate this feature, so why the heck not.
3) I think a lot of the editors get a kick out of participating, particularly those who are also writers and are more used to answering questions about their writing.

I never really expected anything else to result from these interviews.  Then the other day I received an email from Matthew Kressel.  Matt is the publisher/editor of Sybil's Garage, a highly respected small press mag within speculative circles.   He was also the guest for  Editorial Musings--Issue  10.  As part of that interview, I asked Matt the following question, and received the following answer:

Do you have any additional editorial aspirations?

In the near term I will continue to publish Sybil's Garage, but in the longer term, I plan to publish original novels and anthologies under the Senses Five Press flag.  They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. I been using the fantastic Small Beer Press and others as our model.  We already publish chapbooks, like Kris Dikeman's Seven Things, and we will soon be adding several more to our library.  We'll also be publishing a Best of Altered Fluid anthology at some point in the future.  In general, I want to expand Senses Five Press into a full publishing house. 

This is one of my standard questions (I'm sure some of you have noticed I ask certain questions over and over--I use a basic boilerplate model for these interviews and then tweak where necessary with each guest).  So given this, I never expected it to have a hand in leading to an anthology!

But here's a snippet from that email I received from Matt the other day:

Through your interview, Ekaterina Sedia got wind that I was looking to publish an anthology, and pitched one to me.  So we will be soon printing an original antho with such authors as Catherynne Valente, Hal Duncan, Jay Lake, and others.  It's pretty cool, so I just wanted to say thanks.

Well I'll be buggered. :)  Never expected anything like this.  Wanted to post about it right away, but Matt asked me to wait until the contract was finalized.  The contract is finalized now, so Matt has told me it's okay to post.  As for additional details regarding the anthology, I'll raid Jay Lake's blog:

Senses Five Press at </a></b></a>squirrelmonkey have announced Paper Cities. This is an anthology of fantastic urban fiction, with contributions from Steve Berman, Barth Anderson, Cat Sparks, Kaaron Warren, Forrest Aguirre, Catherynne Valente, Stephanie Campisi, Hal Duncan, Anna Tambour, Mark Teppo, Darin Bradley, Greg Van Eekhout and more. My own story is "Promises", and it concerns Biggest Sister and the Tribade, those criminal masterminds of the City Imperishable.

All in all I have to say this is a very cool development and it's definitely a reason for me to continue with Editorial Musings, because you never know who might be reading this.  Hope you all check out the anthology!
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