Interested in writing for Hermetic Library? Now you can!
I am announcing an open and rolling call for you to pitch ideas for submissions to Hermetic Library’s blog, site, private publication for subscription Patrons, or, possibly-maybe-once-and-future, journal!
(If you want to post to the Hrmtc Underground BBS or submit something to the wild & wooly Zine instead, go ahead! There’s no formal submissions process for either of those. What I’m describing here is specifically for publishing to the blog, site, and/or journal.)
I recently created an online form which you can use to submit a pitch for your submission idea. I’d mentioned it in a couple of places, and have it linked on the website and in the sidebar of the library blog, but wanted to make sure I more formally announce it to you here.
You’re probably already familiar with the library and the blog, but if not you should be sure to get an idea of what the library is all about before making a pitch. Consider taking a gander at the submissions guidelines for the Anthology Journal for some general idea of what I thought submissions to that might have looked like. Now that I’m thinking about it, there’s also the contributors’ guidelines in the Caduceus archive you can consider as well.
But, once you’ve got an idea that you feel is right for the library audience, you’re ready to start. You should submit a pitch idea for a submission!
What happens next, you ask? What’s the process of moving from making a pitch, developing a submission, compensating you, and, finally, publishing your work for the public audience of the library to read? Well, I’m so excited you asked! Let me tell you!
When a pitch comes in, what I plan on doing is posting it to a private forum for Hermetic Library Patrons. I’ll do that give them a chance to let me know what they think, and if they’re interested in reading the proposed submission. I’ll take their feedback into consideration on whether to accept or reject the pitch, and move forward with the idea as a submission.
If the pitch idea is not accepted, I’ll suggest that the author either revise the submission or that the author consider posting the submission to the Arts & Letters pool on the BBS.
If the pitch is accepted, then I’ll ask the author to submit the article, review or story for consideration.
When a submission comes in, what I plan on doing is posting it to a private forum for Hermetic Library Patrons. I’ll do that to give them a chance to let me know what they think about the various merits of the submission. I’ll take their feedback into consideration on whether to accept or reject the pitch, and move forward with negotiating compensation for the author and then posting the submission to one of Hermetic Library’s projects.
If the submission is accepted, I’ll then need to take into consideration what the author has asked for compensation and if I have the budget. Once I’ve successfully compensated the author for their work, I can then post the the article, review or story for the public to read in one of the variety of places I publish.
Places Where Submissions Will Be Published
Accepted article, review or story submissions may be posted to the Hermetic Library blog, added to the Hermetic Library itself, privately printed as a booklet sent to Patrons who have selected the Publication Subscription perk, and/or collected for publication in an Hermetic Library Journal, which could then be actually launched!
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, do get in touch. Also, if the process seems daunting or there’s some aspect of it that creates difficulty for you in some way, let me know so we can find a way forward that works better for you. Finally, if you’re thinking of something that doesn’t seem to fit what I’ve described here, get in touch and let me know what you’re thinking so we can figure out whether and how we can consider your cool out-of-the-box idea.
Current contact information should always be up on Hermetic Library, so you can reach me via email or post.
I look forward to hearing from you, so submit your pitch today! (Besides, you read this far, right? You might as well follow through with a pitch too!)