Thursday, July 18, 2013

Libram Mysterium Update


I thought I would do an update on what is going on with Pulp Mill Press.  We've decided that Sean Robson would take over the reins of editor since he was already slashing away with his editor's blue pencil and doing an incredible job. 

The other news is we have our first batch of accepted stories.  If I am counting correctly we have four or five stories.  This is very good news.  To those on the fence, please give it a go.  All we ask is read the guidelines so when you submit your story we can enjoy reading it and not waste time reformatting.  There is still plenty of time to get you story in.  We are half way through our first month and still have another 45 days to go.  So start cranking out some fun fiction.

Another piece of information the group discussed was payment.  Things always get a little weird when money is involved.  Right now we are offering electronic copies of the book.  Why just this?  We are starting off with no money in this project and hope to build it.  And we didn't want to make a promise we couldn't keep.  This ain't your little brother's bogus Kickstarter.  After a very short discussion, because we all agreed, once we begin making sales we will figure out a payment for your stories.  Even if its only pizza and beer money we wanted to pay the people who have worked hard to make this book come alive.  Can I tell you how much it will be?  Nope.  Couldn't even guess.  We don't even have a book yet.

And lastly, if you have any questions feel free to contact us at pulpmillpress4@gmail.com.  It's been interesting reading the stories and I'm looking forward to reading others as they come in.

14 comments:

  1. I need to get off my ass and get submission in, I guess.

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  2. RPGNow has royalty tools to split a product's revenue among multiple authors if that the route you want to take.

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  3. Looks like you can do it on Lulu as well on a project basis.

    http://connect.lulu.com/t5/Creator-Revenues/Divide-Revenues-Among-Multiple-Creators/ta-p/32863

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    1. Oh man Dan. Word wasn't a word until it was a word. Just write me story dude.

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    2. It occurred to me after talking with my English professor that most people probably don't know what a libram is. It has no real definition being an imaginary item. One might assume it is Latin, coming from liber 'book', but it is not a valid declination. Some digging around the internet has revealed that the word traces back to 1950 in Jack Vance's collection of stories, The Dying Earth. The word 'libram' occurs several times in the fantasy novel, The Eyes of the Overworld (1966) by Vance. From then on I assume Dungeons and Dragons made the word more mainstream, and has since appeared in many video games (mostly MMO's of the fantasy genre).

      http://orinmacgregor.blogspot.com/2009/03/it-occurred-to-me-after-talking-with-my.html

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    3. Dan: as Rob says, Libram is a word that was coined by Jack Vance in The Dying Earth and gained currency in D&D. We considered several proper Latin names, but we settled on Libram as a nod to Jack who recently passed away.

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  5. "Libram" is a word. It's right there. In print. So there.

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    1. I didn't want to over-snark the poor guy.

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  6. Libram was good enough for Jack Vance so it is good enough for me.

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  7. Just to clarify: we currently have three officially accepted stories for the anthology and we need many more! If anyone is considering writing a story, please don't wait until a week before the deadline; I'd rather not get swamped with a hundred submissions at once, plus the earlier you submit the more time you'll have to make all the revisions I'll undoubtedly ask for :)

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