Just wanted to put in a warning for Whitlock Publishing.
I had subbed a short story for their "Our Haunted World" anthology, which was due to be published in January 2011. A year later . . . no anthology.
The last time I heard from editor, Allen Grove, (who is an Associate English professor at Alfred University) he said the book was at the printers in August 2011 and should be out soon.
Excuses for the delays were the usual: sickness, lack of help/time, etc. Allen was always very nice and polite, but kept making promises and not delivering on them.
After not hearing back from the November 2011 e-mail I sent him regarding status, I sent him a letter today saying if I don't hear from him in two weeks, that I would seek to market my short story elsewhere.
However, my author's agreement that I signed in October 2010 had this clause in it:
"You are granting First World Rights to Whitlock Publishing to publish your story in Our Haunted World. Once the anthology is in print, all rights revert to you."
But no wording in it what would happen if the anthology *never* gets printed. So I think I'm screwed -- or at least can't sell First World Rights.
I feel so stupid. But I was lax because it was "just" a short story.
Anyway, through google-fu I see he was also involved with Valancourt Books, so caveat emptor them too I guess.
-- Jamie (who really should have known better)