Tuesday, February 15, 2011

www.mutationpress.com for the publisher website with reviews, videos etc

Friday, June 11, 2010

By now I should have contacted all the submitters. So if I've missed anyone drop me a line, Thanks to all thsoe who took part!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Thanks to all the authors that have submitted. For anyone interested, I'll be posting up an overall report of the submissions in a couple of weeks on the MutatioN Press site.

Friday, March 26, 2010

I'm absolutely thrilled to announce the first batch of authors. See http://www.mutationpress.com/  Many more to come. I'll certainly be publishing more stories than I originally intended. Some stories you just can't resist. More updates later in April, and more following the end of submissions.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Dear authors -- Apologies for the slow submissions response
Apologies for the slow response on submissions. I have been on the road for the past two weeks and have had computer issues this week. I should be back on track for responses by this weekend.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I have been following a policy of considering reprints but giving priority to original stories. However, I have now received so many excellent original stories that frankly, it is pointless to accept reprint submissions from this point onwards as I know there will not be a slot available in the anthology.

Thank you for considering submitting.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

As Pythagoras, the famous Californian, once said: 'Its all one vibe, man'. So as here is a rough draft for the little avertising video for Music For Another World, using Harmonographs. The virtual Harmonographs are from World Tree Software and the music is from PerlssDj via Creative Commons. (http://opsound.org/artist/perlssdj)
Of course, I don't have any content to put in the video yet!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Early Xmas present. The ISBN numbers have come through! The ISBN for "Music For Another World" is 978-1-907553-00-4.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Apologies to authors who have send in queries or submissions during the past week or so. I will ill last week, and this week I have been very busy (and 'on the road'). I should be up to date on all my replies by the end of the weekend.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Less than a week after officially launching the call for submissions and I've received several stories. Most of them don't quite fit the anthology but not one of them has been a dud.

Thanks to all the authors who have sent submissions to date.

As the submission period is quite long, I thought it would be an interesting experiment to display a log of submission progress. So for those authors who have submitted a story that I have put 'under further consideration' or onwards, they can check the status by the number I have allocated to their story.

Submission Progress HERE

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Music For Another World: The Anthology 
Music: intangible, emotional, mathematical, universal, tribal, disposable, ethereal, profitable. Music is increasingly dominated by the machines we have built, yet remains as mysterious as the first pipe made from bone. Music is part of us, yet somehow is outside us; or is greater than us; or is a threat to our morals. Music is simply noise...

Music For Another World is an anthology of stories on what music means to us and what it does to us, how we shape and it, and how it might shape us.

Scheduled for the summer. Keep your ears open…
Submission Guidelines
Forgive the lengthy guidelines but I hope by being as specific as possible I'll save both my time and yours. If a story does not fit the submission guidelines it will be rejected without a second glance.

What I'm looking for
The obvious points:
I'm looking for Fantasy and Science Fiction Stories. I am quite broad with definitions, but a fantasy story must have an element of fantasy, and a science fiction story must contain an element of science/technology and speculation about science. I like merged-genre stories, but be warned that I don't want the anthology dominated by 'slipstream' stories.

Story length is ideally between 2000 and 6000 words. However, I will consider stories outside of this range.

The unique points:
Music must be integral to the story: for example, the story might be about music, or the life of musicians, or the effect of a musical instrument, or perhaps a piece of music -- or anything else that I haven't thought of!

This next requirement is equally important. I'm not only looking for great characters, great plot, great entertainment and great prose, but I'm also looking for stories that are intellectually exciting. This is something Science Fiction and Fantasy is best equipped to deliver, so I am going to be explicit about wanting this in the anthology.

What I'm NOT looking for:
  • A story where the author has changed the lead character from a schoolteacher to a musician, or where the magical object has been changed from a cursed handbag to a cursed violin. Music MUST be integral to the story. If the musical element can obviously be exchanged for something or someone else -- brilliant though the story may be -- it won't fit my anthology.
I'm also NOT looking for:
  • Gore-fests
  • Sword and Sorcery
  • Fan fiction
  • Mozart fighting zombies
Submission Format:
Electronic submissions only. In RTF format. Email to mark.musicanthology'@'gmail.com

If you have an off-the-wall idea you would like to check out with me in advance, please do so. I can be contacted at mark.musicanthology'@'gmail.com

Background info for submitters: What's 'Strange Fiction'?
I'm using it as a convenient term to lump together Fantasy and Science Fiction. 'Speculative Fiction' would also do, but it has acquired snobby associations. I'm happy to celebrate The Geek.

Background info for submitters: The Anthology
The book will be published to good standard in paperback, PDF and ePub. Sales will mainly be online as the cost of selling through the big retailers is exorbitant. I will send review copies to sites and associations that are likely to cover it. I will also invest in publicity activities when the anthology is near completion -- but the scope of this will depend on what is practical when I get to that point. The anthology will contain about 10 stories.

I'll give updates here on submission and book progress -- so if you are a story submitter follow this site for news.