Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Special Offers from Martinus Publishing:

So, it's almost the end of January.  In some respects it seems to have taken forever, but in others it seems like no time at all.  Regardless, here we are, and Martinus Publishing is moving forward.  A few weeks back, I sent this special off out to the Martinus Newsletter subscribers, and also shared it on our facebook page.  I realize that I neglected to share it in the most obvious place, on my personal blog.  Better late than never:

Happy New Year to our loyal readers & writers,

On behalf of myself and Martinus Publishing, I would like to wish each and every one of you a very happy and special New Year! 2014 has been one of exciting change for me and the small press, and as we enter into 2015, I anticipate new challenges and adventures!

A quick update on anthologies (revised 1/28/2015): I've now finished reviewing all of the stories submitted for The Secret Life of Ghosts, and there are currently 4 still fighting it out for 2 remaining slots.  I'll make a final call on these by Friday.  This was by far the most submitted to anthology in Martinus Publishing history. Other than that, there are still some selections to be made for The Temporal Element II, as well as Altered Europa, both of which officially closed to submissions on December 31. Other than that, there are still a few stories pending final approval for Yarr! & We Were Heroes.  I hope to have these final stories reviewed and decided upon in the next two weeks.

As a special thank you to all of you who have supported Martinus Publishing over the past 2 years, I would like to offer you this special bonus. Purchase any 1 print title from the Martinus Publishing website from now until January 31st 2015, and I will gift you a free .pdf copy of any one Martinus Publishing title currently in-print, in addition to a free .pdf copy of the book you purchased in-print. Just put Coupon Code: NEW2015 in the comments section of the paypal checkout, and specify which bonus .pdf title you would like to receive.

If all-print books is your thing, here is another bonus offer. Order any 3 Martinus Publishing titles from the website by January 31st and receive a Free print copy of any one Martinus Publishing title currently in print, or one that is to be released in the new year (this includes Altered Europa, The Temporal Element II, Yarr: A Space Pirate Anthology, The Secret Life of Ghosts, and We Were Heroes). Approximate publication dates for the unpublished anthologies are available upon request, but keep in mind those are tentative and are subject to change. However, all of these titles will be published in 2015, so if you want to reserve a free copy via this special offer, this is the time! Coupon Code 3NEW2015, and specify which book you'd like to receive for free.

Again, I wish you all a great and prosperous New Year! Read, write, and dare to dream!

-Martin T. Ingham
Senior Editor, Martinus Publishing

As it's coming late, I will extend this special offer until Valentine's Day!  Yes, take advantage of any of these offers until February 14, 2015.  Order your books from Martinus today!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Martinus on the Move!

Happy 2015 everyone!

As we delve deeper into the back half of January, I'm pleased to say things are starting to shape up for Martinus Publishing.  The second half of 2014 showed a drop in some areas, but there are still some real positives, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the next year has in store.  Now, for a quick progress report.

The royalty reports for the back half of 2014 have been completed and will be going out to contributors in the next week, along with paypal payments.  With the exception of those few writers who opted out of our royalty program, every contributor will receive a share of the proceeds of book sales.  The more that sell, the bigger the cut, obviously, but this way everyone gets something.  This is the fairest payment format, and it is also the most logical for a small publisher like Martinus, as it prevents us from having to give out lump sums up front that we might never get back. It also keeps us from short-changing writers if a book sells big.  That is why the royalty system will remain for the foreseeable future.

The final stories have now been read for "The Secret Life of Ghosts," and the last round of acceptances and rejections will be send out next week.  This was a real tough one to read for, because there were so many stories and so many good stories.  I keep having to pass on some that I would really like to publish, just because there's only so much room available.

Formatting has begun for Yarr!  A Space Pirate anthology, though there are still a few stories to be decided upon.  This collection should be the next published release from Martinus, hopefully toward the end of February.  The last stories are also being reviewed for The Temporal Element II, and for Altered Europa.  These titles should be coming out in spring or early summer.  Meanwhile, We Were Heroes is receiving its final stories and will be closing to submissions at the end of February.  If you still haven't submitted, get your story sent in pronto!

I think that about covers the current happenings at the press.  Once these anthologies are taken care of and ready for market, it will be time to consider a new open anthology, but never again will I overload myself as I did last year.

So, to all my fellow writers out there, keep writing and keep reading.  Don't forget to pick up a Martinus Publishing anthology today!  Every copy sold goes to help your fellow scribes.