Stories of joy and hope. A collection to celebrate community.
Latest Updates from Our Project:
Story List and Cover!
about 24 hours ago
– Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 09:26:29 AM
Magic Pens Updates!
I know I'm overdue for an update, but it's because my energy has been fully funneled into the book. Which I hope to be a good thing.
Here's the bottom line: I'm thrilled with this collection. Just thrilled. And I hope that you will be too. The stories are so good; I'm so happy. And the editing process has been all-consuming but has gone really smoothly and I feel like everything is polished so shiny - yet with tons of character. I just hope people love this book as much as I do! Or even some portion of that - I mean, I really think it's special.
With that, I'm going to keep the update here simple, so please let me know if you have any questions:
First, the author and story list is now online. Again, I am so thrilled about it. So thrilled. (And I will also note that the quality of stories we didn't include was exceptional. Please know that all your submissions, were read, loved, and appreciated! The decisions were very hard, as evidenced by how long it took me to make them.) I will say again: I love the final story list. I wanted the voices to reflect the writing community, and I believe that they do.
Second, as you know, I wanted this campaign to exceed $10,000 and we got to $2,500 here. I am immensely grateful for your support (so much!), but there were a lot of factors to not getting that support from a larger audience. I won't get into all the reasons, but being where we are, there are a few things you can do in the short term to help us make up that difference. (We do not have this money sitting around. We have to find it. And if we are spending our meager freelance income on Magic Pens, then it's money we're not using to support our family. I'm not complaining; I just need you to know this situation is very real.) I am so hopeful that people will notice this book and see how great it is. We'll see. In the meantime, you can help:
Help spread the word of a quick campaign we'll be running soon (we'll announce it here) - I'm calling it Pins for Pens! We'll be selling enamel pins of our logo to help bring in some needed money. Every little bit helps! More on that soon.
Please let people know that I'm available for freelancing. I try to help writers as much as I can, but I have to start making some income. It's actually really rough, but I believe. (And if you're here, you believe with me, which is super and gives me superpowers too.) Here is a summary of what I can provide, to peruse and share: edebell.com/freelancing
Also, we have a cover! Thanks to Detroit artist Journey for these lovely, vibrant illustrations and to my partner-in-all, Chris for his help with the design and layout. Ta-da:
Thanks again for your support - and please let me know if you have any questions. - Cheers from almost spring in Detroit except today there's a snowstorm, Emily.
One more very important thing: Our friends at Apex Book Company have a new collection up. The campaign seems to be running a little slow given their reach, so I hope you’ll give it a look and help them fund! They have an awesome theme and an awesome author list. One content note: this is a dark fiction collection. So if you’re like me and don’t read dark/horror, this won’t be for you. Unless you want to support anyway or grab one of the other unique rewards like baby blankets and writing critiques! But if you’re up for it, it’s guaranteed to be good, and they have lots of fun rewards. (Including mystery boxes! Check it out!)
Submissions End Soon (but there's totally still time - get writing!)
about 2 months ago
– Sun, Jan 05, 2020 at 03:21:38 PM
Hello, just a reminder that submissions for Community of Magic Pens are still open through the 15th. There's no minimum length, and I really want to feature the beautiful diversity of the writing community. So please pass people the link who might be interested: atthisarts.com/magicpens
I've learned everything I say influences the submissions. (It's so strange when you see how that actually works.) So I've been communicating a point with a bit of a fine line: I am encouraging people to be creative with the theme. The pens don't have to be pens (i.e. ink pens). The magic doesn't have to be magic (i.e. fantasy magic). Technology, inspiration, romance, psychology - there are many types of magic. The story just has to evoke the theme of magic pens in a meaningful way. That said, if you are writing a more literal take: fantasy, whimsy, gold glowing pens - please keep writing those stories too. I love them and want them. I'm just making sure people know there is (and was intended to be!) a lot of flexibility with this theme.
Also, many genres are welcome. Romance, fantasy, sci-fi, literary, historical, futurism, satire, comedy, inspiration, storytelling, mystery, adventure, any mix or mash up - like, go for it! (Just please avoid dark, tragic, horror, and overt erotica partially because I'm not a good editor for those genres and partially because of the reader base that we have.)
Thanks! - Emily.
P.S. My own short fiction was featured in two collections this year. I'm really proud of these stories - if you can, please support these great indie editors and pick up a copy.
Optimization, a space opera tale of a little computer who feels something isn't right, is featured in Space Opera Libretti, edited by Jennifer Lee Rossman and Brian McNett
Magic Pens - Submissions So Far
2 months ago
– Mon, Dec 23, 2019 at 11:22:25 AM
Hi, everyone. Submissions opened on the 15th, and run through January 15th. I've learned to say as little about them as possible while they are open, because everything I say influences them. If I think it's important, I will add updates to the guidelines. I've added a few so far, at the link below.
I will just add, especially now while there's still plenty of time to write a short piece, please please let people know about the call, especially if they are a voice from a marginalized community. (I love all voices, but some I already know will submit stories.) Any list is going to be awkward, but in case these remind you of anyone: I'd love to see more voices from Arab, Muslim, Jewish, Black, International and especially Continents other than Europe/NA, Small Town or Remote, Indigenous, Immigrant, Latinx (Puerto Rican), Intersectional, and other communities. If you know someone (or a group) please send along the link. Let them know they are welcome here.
Thanks again for your support. The link to share is:
Additionally, Detroit artist Journey is working on artwork for a cover. I hope to be able to reveal that sometime in February. And it turns out she and I have the same birthday! It's not a super common one so I thought that was neat. So now she's 18, and I'm...43. Hey, plenty of time to work this out. : )
Happy Holidays to each of you!
3 months ago
– Sat, Nov 30, 2019 at 10:36:56 PM
I simply want to say thank you to all of you for your support, love, and sometimes energy when mine was running thin. I am so excited to help create what I know is going to be an amazing collection. I really do know that. And I'll keep you posted!
If you know anyone who would like to pre-order a copy and continue to help us cover the costs of paying professionally qualifying rates, we'll keep the pre-orders up at:
3 months ago
– Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 09:14:20 AM
Ok, my AMA was like every party I've ever been to. We'll scrap that idea. (Though if you do have a question, the offer stands until campaign end.)
I am glad to see new backers to the campaign, and I hope that we can keep bringing in more wonderful readers prior to the campaign close Saturday night. As that will be Small Business Saturday here in the US, I want to thank you again for supporting indie publishing. In an environment where larger companies are dominating so many aspects of entertainment, we truly do think indie publishing is an critical part of that ecosystem. Indie publishing brings things that are new, important, and as you can see, not so profit driven. So thank you.
Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate today, or to all, I offer a moment to be grateful, to all of you, all over the world. I see you, I appreciate you, and I really hope you'll love these stories. Submissions start soon!