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March 26th, 2011


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08:42 pm - Why Do I Have These Desires....
Here I am, trying to find a home for Scheherazade's Facade and working on the nitty-gritty stuff for Like A Cunning Plan, and as I watch the whole Wicked Pretty Things debacle happen, I'm struck with one thought: I really, really want to edit a YA fantasy anthology that's LGBTQ-friendly and full of awesome. Almost as much as I want to write a story for one.

I'll have to put that one on my to-do list.

It's so nice to have goals.
Current Mood: ambitious

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From:upstart_crow
Date:March 27th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
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You should do one :)

Maybe we can talk?
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 27th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
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I'm starting to ... mull over things. It's the mental equivalent of putting water on the stove while I flip through recipe books.
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From:penmage
Date:March 27th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
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Wow, if you do that, we should talk. I would totally love to publish a LGBTQ-friendly YA anthology.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 27th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
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I'm detecting a serious demand on the part of the consumers, given the outcry over Verday's story. :)
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From:dynamicsymmetry
Date:March 27th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
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Doooooo iiiiiit :D
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 27th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
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The temptation, it is shameless.
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From:sartorias
Date:March 27th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
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Go for it! EXCELLENT idea!!!
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 27th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
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I know there have been others in the past, but there's no reason why there shouldn't be more!
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From:mroctober
Date:March 27th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
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Most good YA fantasy anthologies these days have at least one or two queer stories. I don't know how well they sell. You should drop a line to Jonathan Strahan and Ellen Datlow to find out.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 27th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
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I'm always inordinately happy when I see queer stories in YA anthologies. Zombies vs Unicorns had a few, Teeth has at least one, and that's as many anthologies as I can recall upon immediately waking up. But still, when I see them, I always do a little happy dance.
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From:nicci
Date:March 27th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)

=D

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I agree, this would be an excellent idea. Something I'd love to read and I know more than a few teens who would be thrilled, and a lot of adults who I'm sure would have liked to see more queer friendly writing for them to grow up reading.

I've been a TA in Queer Theory classes & subbed in on Lesbian Lit. From those perspectives, as well as that of a reader and a writer, I say yes, yes, yes.

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From:mroctober
Date:March 27th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Well, I just finished one for Bold Strokes Books. Okay, not fantasy but contemporary stories. I secured an advance and was able to pay authors a couple hundred dollars. It was actually very hard to find top-shelf names - most of those YA writers are consumed by their novel-writing. But fortunately my connections came through for 72K worth of words.

If you do edit or write one, make sure the stories aren't coming out stories. No one really wants those these days - not librarians, not kids... it's become a stigma.

And, really, POD presses are not the best for YA anthologies, because it's hard to breach the bric-and-mortar stores with POD. Truly, make sure, whoever the press is, they will be creating ARCs that go to Booklist, School Library Journal, and so on.

If you need more help or advice with this, don't hesitate to ask me.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 27th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
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If I ever did have the chance to pull this off, you'd be at the top of my list of people to talk to for help and advice, that's for sure. :)
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From:mroctober
Date:March 29th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
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Well, I am flattered.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 27th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
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It's like I have my own cheering section. Yay!
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From:thunderpigeon
Date:March 27th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
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I suspect that by the time you get around to editing it, the hardest part may be deciding which stories to reject. I'm already pondering story ideas, and I can think of any number of very talented writers who would want to send you something once the call for submissions comes out.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 27th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
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I'm playing the What If? game regarding this, and coming up with a very long list of writers I'd want for this. So many factors to consider, even in this most hypothetical of situations. :)
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From:thunderpigeon
Date:March 28th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
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Well, it definitely looks like your exploratory committee has told you to go for it.

Not sure if you'll be doing open call or invitation only. I suspect if you go with open call, then a large part of your work may be picking out stories that represent the full range of experience, rather than a few really good but interchangeable stories.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 28th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
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Suffice it to say that I'm mentally examining both options. One, as you say, would undoubtedly get me a large number of submissions to draw upon for a wide range of experiences. The other might be necessary if I was to try and secure a more high-profile backing for the project.

There are obviously a lot of factors involved, of which I've only just begin to scratch the surface. And it still all boils down to something that exists only in theory at the moment.

Even though I'm starting to see it in my mind.
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From:mroctober
Date:April 21st, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Michael,

Perhaps you could use http://www.kickstarter.com/ to help fund the Facade book?

Steve

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