The press has been moving slowly, and for that, as an executive editor, I apologize. There are many, many wonderful things about small presses, but the one major drawback is that the strength of the press is predicated on the strength of the extremely small (occasionally one person) staff in charge of it. I have been dealing with some serious health complications for close to a year now, and much of my energy has been focused on trying to rectify whatever it is that ails me (since the answer still hasn't become apparent) and making sure I can keep the day job that pays the bills and keeps a roof over my head (and my health insurance).
We are not dead.
In the coming weeks, I plan to reach out to some associates who might be able to come on board to provide some of the additional help that will allow us to work through our backlog of submissions. Here is the update on current projects:
1: Ishka Bibble is going to happen. I'm not going to attach a definite date to it, but it will be released. Progress on that front will depend on the help I can gather in the coming weeks and my own well being, but we will finally get the first issue out to the public. The second issue will determine whether the magazine continues or not, as I don't want us to be putting resources into the magazine if it means that we're losing focus on the main mission of our press, which is our individual authors and getting new books out to the public.
2: Submissions are backlogged, but not forgotten. I know some people have been waiting very patiently, and I am sorry to have to ask for a bit more patience.
3. The Anthology project being headed up by Dustin Brookshire and Beth Gylys is still in progress. I will be reaching out to them this week to find out how we can continue to gather more submissions for this book, which is a very important project for us, and more news will be forthcoming.
4. Email communication is also backlogged. If you have reached out to us in the past six months regarding any issues, I hope to be able to work through the backlog of messages this week. If you have not heard something by August first, please feel free to contact us again via email.
I realize the details within this notice are scant, but I don't really want to get into the gory details of my health, both out of a sense of privacy and because there aren't that many details to report except that testing is ongoing and it doesn't seem to be anything life threatening, just exhausting and inconvenient.
Jane's Boy Press is still very much alive, just very quiet at the moment. By the end of the year, I hope that we'll be much noisier and raising some ructions (as my grandmother used to say).
Owner and Executive Editor
Jane's Boy Press