A few concerns have been brought to our attention and so we wanted to post more information regarding our editorial policies and organizational plans for the anthology.
We want Flaming Aces & Arrows to be a way for people to see themselves in characters, whether they’re on the asexual spectrum or the aromantic spectrum or both.
There are so many people on each spectrum, and all the intersections along the way, and frankly, many of the characters have their identities erased when they hit mainstream. We know that there are great stories out there with ace- and aro-spectrum, and we desperately wanted to share them, which is why we wanted to do this anthology.
We had a tentative organizational plan, which included author’s definitions of what term they use for their romanticism or sexuality, because there are a lot of people who don’t understand what these terms mean, and everyone defines particular terms differently.
Some feedback has told us that this method of organization makes it seem that we want authors to justify being queer enough to be included, and that was absolutely not our intention. Due to that feedback, we will not be organizing it in this fashion. We cannot fully determine the organization of the anthology until we have decided what content is going to be in it. We may do separate sections for fiction and nonfiction or separate by the genre. Any feedback on this point is appreciated.
Ceillie has experience as a copyeditor through working in journalism, as does TS, as we shared on Twitter. T.S. is in the process of querying a novel, and Brianna also writes short stories on her own. However, we absolutely recognize that that is not the same thing as working in publishing and having short story experience.
We are consulting with industry professionals for substantive editing, both of whom are on the ace spectrum. We have not officially hired either of them yet, though. We are also consulting with presses who have crowdfunded and published anthologies before, for advice on the timeline and on contracts. We hope to have an editor hired in the next two weeks.
As far as contracts go, we have a tentative contract set up, but it is not final because we haven’t had it looked at by a lawyer. You can view the tentative contract, based off of SFWA’s model contract, here.
We have aimed for an 80,000 to 100,000 word anthology, to be available through print and for e-readers. We will be paying the editor out of our own pockets, as well as the graphic designer and sensitivity readers, due to the timing needs.
We are applying for some grants to help with this, since we do not have the capital that most publishing companies have, being just a group of people. If grants are not available, or we do not receive them, we may hope to recoup some of the costs through the Kickstarter.
We are hiring sensitivity readers because we recognize that we cannot read for accurate representation for all identities, particularly aro-spectrum characters and characters of color, given the makeup of our founding team. Based on the submissions we want to include, we will hire the appropriate sensitivity readers to ensure representational issues are handled well.
When it comes to Kickstarter, in order to get a campaign approved by the website, we have to have a prototype, which means a finished eGalley of the book in our case. We will need to work with our hired editor on a timeline, and amongst their other projects.
Because of this, we don’t have a firm timeline on publication. However, we hope to begin the crowdfunding process by September at the latest!
We hope that you will be willing to bear with us as we work out kinks that come from not being a physical publisher, and keep giving us your fantastic feedback. We wouldn’t be who we are without this community.
-Ceillie, T.S. & Brianna