The Jane's Boy Press website now has a dedicated online store which sells all of our titles. To celebrate the opening of the store, we are offering Christie Grime's latest full-length collection, Finding Fruit Among Thorns, at an exclusive sale price of $10.00. Christie's book will not be available anywhere else until mid-July, and the list price when it is released will be $17.00, so this is an excellent opportunity to not only get her book early, but to save money in the process.
This sale price is only temporary while we celebrate the opening of the store, so log in to buy your copy now. While you're at it, browse our other titles and see what else we have to offer.
Things are finally coming together for the debut issue of Ishka Bibble. The first issue is always the most painful, I've heard, and we're learning the ropes as we go along. Future issues will be released annually in the summer, rather than the originally intended fall release schedule. We will still continue the accept submissions year-round, but the cut-off date for consideration for the 2017 issue will be December 31st, 2016. This allows us more time to review submissions, make decisions, and design the journal with the appropriate amount of attention that it deserves.
The final submissions for this year's issue are being reviewed this week. All outstanding submissions for The Book of Desire special supplement will be notified by Friday.
Proofs will be arriving in author emails within the coming weeks.
We think this is going to be a strong debut issue, and we look forward to finally being able to share it with the world. It's been a labor of love, with a bit more labor than originally anticipated.
And keep an eye on this space for the announcement for the 2017 special supplemental topic and the dates for submissions for that category. This year was "desire." What might next year be?
The common wisdom that I have been hearing is, "The first time is always a learning experience." Our first issue has been a learning experience in what reasonable timelines are.
For those of you wondering where issue 1 of Ishka Bibble is, the wait will be over soon. The original thinking was that a journal was pretty much like any other book project, which is true, if your other book projects have about 50 authors and come from around 200 submissions. Which is to say, it is nothing like a regular book project.
The debut issue will come out this spring, estimated between mid-March and mid-April. Future issues will continue to be spring releases, as the original time line of two months from close of submissions to publication has proven to be fantasy, at least for a very small press. Final notifications will be going out in the coming weeks (all that currently remains in the review queue are submissions for The Book of Desire supplement). All submissions that are dated after August 31st will be considered for issue #2.
If you made a submission for the journal prior to August 31st for any category other than The Book of Desire supplement, and still have not heard from us, then please contact me directly as soon as possible via the contact form, as it may have gone missing in the submissions system. All general journal submissions should have been reviewed and responded to by now.
We are still taking submissions in all of our categories, including chapbook and full-length manuscripts, as well as submissions for issue #2 of the magazine. Once the magazine has seen the light of day, the review process will turn solely to the manuscript submissions until all manuscripts outstanding as of December 31st have been reviewed. After that, all submissions for the journal and for manuscripts will be reviewed in the order they were received.
Thank you for your patience in this process. The deadline for consideration for issue #2 of Ishka Bibble is still August 31st, 2016, with publication now set for spring of 2017. In the meantime, please also watch out for new releases from Emily Isaacson and Christie Grimes, which will be coming out this spring. More information on those titles is forthcoming, as well as some long-needed updates to the website.
Jane's Boy Press is honored to announce the Fall 2015 release schedule:
September 30th: Gunmetal Blue by Jason Allen (chapbook)
October 30th: Why Is It So Hard to Kill You? by Barrett Warner
How the Boy Might See It (2nd Edition) by Charlie Bondhus
November 30th: Ishka Bibble Issue 1
Gunmetal Blue is Jason's debut chapbook. Barrett has published a number of chapbooks prior to Why is It So Hard to Kill You?, which is his first full-length poetry collection. Charlie's most recent collection, All the Heat We Could Carry, received the 2014 Thom Gunn Award. How the Boy Might See It was his first full-length collection, released in 2009 by Pecan Grove Press. It has been out of print, but this new edition will feature new and revised poems as well as a preface by the author.
The debut issue of Ishka Bibble will feature a large collection of poems, several features on contemporary poets, and a special supplemental section : The Ishka Bibble Book of Desire.
Watch for more news and information, as well as the opening of our online store, which will allow you to purchase titles from us directly, often with pre-release delivery.