Monday, November 5, 2018

Providence, New Orleans, and Chapbooks, Oh My!

Over the past two weeks a lot’s happened in Nightscape Press land. We took our Halloween vacation which was more like a Halloween work-ation. We packed up the car and headed up to Providence, Rhode Island and finalized THE BROKER OF NIGHTMARES by Jon Padgett. Then I headed over to Northampton and met up with Matthew M. Bartlett, who I had some wonderful dinner and conversation with. The next day, Jen and I dropped in on the Arcade Asylum Author Series Hallowe’en reading at the Lovecraft Arts and Sciences Council and saw Meg Smith, Doungjai Gam Bepko, and Daniel Braum read, which was a wonderful treat. We’re excited to announce that afterward, we signed a contract with Doungjai Gam Bepko for her brand new gritty noir tale “watch the whole goddamned thing burn” which will be published as part of our Charitable Chapbook line likely early next year!

For those who don’t already know, each title from our Charitable Chapbook line comes out in a physical limited and illustrated chapbook edition that gives one third of its proceeds to the charity of its author’s choice (the other two thirds are split evenly between the author and Nightscape Press) and then six months later an eBook edition is released that gives 40% to the same chosen charity (another 40% goes to the author, and Nightscape Press keeps the remaining 20%). Gam chose Trans Lifeline as the charity her chapbook will contribute to!
Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of the trans community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Their vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid. We couldn’t be more super proud and excited to help Gam raise funds for such a wonderful cause!

After Providence, we took the long drive down to New Orleans to meet with Jon Padgett on Devil's Night where he signed all 100 copies of THE BROKER OF NIGHTMARES! It was great finally meeting Jon and chatting with him. Later that night, we sent the first donation off to Jon's chosen charity, the ACLU, for $500! (When we sell out of the rest of these, we'll be sending another $500 their way! There are currently 24 copies left as of this writing! Go get one!) Then, for our last night in NOLA, we had a wonderful Halloween at the Music Box Village which was a hell of an interesting experience.
Now that we’re home, I’m finishing up slush reading and editing for ASHES AND ENTROPY. The plan is to have all stories responded to and the final stories chosen in the next week and a half and then it’s headlong into formatting and production. So, if you’re still waiting on a response from me for that, know that you’ll receive it very soon. As for our recent novel submissions call, we’re planning to have all responses out by the end of the year.

Back on the chapbook front, we are currently working on Charitable Chapbook subscription options and should have that finalized soon. When that’s sorted, we’ll be offering our 2019 subscription package most likely on our webstore as well as via our new and improved Patreon page that we’ll be launching soon. This subscription package will include each chapbook we publish in 2019 as well as some really cool exclusive bonus stuff that I can’t talk about just yet. But soon! So soon! Anyway, that’s it for now. Be kind to one another and, U.S. folks, if you haven’t already, be sure and vote tomorrow!

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