We are quietly announcing a change to the Digital Science Fiction release schedule. Going forward, for a variety of reasons but mostly because of workload, the Digital Science Fiction anthologies will be released four times per year, at the beginning of each quarter, rather than monthly. This year Anthology 3 will be published in August, as planned. Anthology 4 will be published in October, for the fourth quarter 2011. Thereafter Anthology 5 will be January 2012… and so on. We will at this time continue the ten story format, so the actual anthologies will be the same.
We’re excited about this schedule change because it will allow us to focus on two important elements. First, the quality of the books, which so far are excellent but there’s always room for improvement and the need to guard against letting things slide. Second, promotion of the books already published. The monthly schedule was not allowing for a sufficient amount of time to promote one anthology before the second and third etc. started taking up all of our time. That’s not good.
Finally, and this is perhaps a bit too forward thinking, we want to leave room for other publishing projects in the science fiction genre. This includes specialty anthologies, author specific collections, novellas, and perhaps even full novels. We’re excited about the prospects given how well Anthologies 1 and 2 are doing so far and are looking forward to giving each collection the full and careful attention it deserves.
Cheers, — Michael