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I was one of the authors offered the buyout option-- as a completely different interpretation of the "editor fee" clause clarified in post #22. Rather than being a fee to take ownership of the typeset galleys as stated in this thread, I was told that this clause would allow me to buy a partial rights reversion. Storm Moon Press would retain the nonexclusive right to publish and sell the story as part of the anthology it originally appeared in, but not as a standalone short story. The price I was quoted for the reversion was the editor's fee from the contract, minus the amount they were in arrears for my royalties.

Notably, given how the clause was interpreted here before, the amended contract would have required me to pay an additional fee on top of the reversion to use the typeset galleys. I would have been required to attribute the story to Storm Moon Press in any future publication (a clause not present in my original contract) regardless of whether or not these galleys were purchased.

In the interests of full disclosure: I didn't take the option, and I was paid my full royalties owed after I declined the buyout. I have no interest in self-publishing the story in question and it's not enough of a reversion to attempt to place the work elsewhere, so this option didn't make much economic sense for me.
 

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Thanks for the update. I didn't see anything on the website that said they aren't accepting unsolicited manuscripts, but I could've looked through it (wouldn't be the first time). :)
 

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To answer WriterInChains' question, yes, we're now open to unsolicited submissions again. However, what Laylah said about us scaling back is correct. We've wanted SMP to remain small, and the growth began to go beyond our original intent for the press. So, while we're still open to submissions (both for our anthologies and full, unsolicited manuscripts), we are being more particular about what we acquire and have a new acquisitions editor who is very meticulous. Doesn't mean no one has a chance getting published with us, but it does mean we want to pick and choose which books we go ahead with for the future.

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Can anyone tell me about how long to expect to hear back from Storm Moon Press for Anthology submissions? I've searched the website but couldn't find much info, and I sent an email over a month ago and still haven't heard anything.
 

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Can anyone tell me about how long to expect to hear back from Storm Moon Press for Anthology submissions? I've searched the website but couldn't find much info, and I sent an email over a month ago and still haven't heard anything.

Hi! SMP's Acquisitions Director, here. We aim for about 8 weeks, but we've got a bit of a backlog at the moment. I'm sorry to hear that we missed your email. I personally check the box at stormmoonpress at gmail dot com, so please do feel free to shoot me an email if you have any concerns.

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Kathleen
 

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I personally check the box at stormmoonpress at gmail dot com, so please do feel free to shoot me an email if you have any concerns.

Best,
Kathleen

Thanks Kathleen! I hadn't been able to find that email on the site, so I ended up sending my message to the editors email provided under the 'contact us' page.
 

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Congrats on the new aquisitions position, WildS. :)
 

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Hello, everyone. This is just a quick, official statement from us owners at SMP.

Effective immediately, Storm Moon Press has closed its doors to outside submissions. There are several reasons behind this, but it is mostly because one of us owners has become chronically ill, so our priorities as individuals have shifted toward taking care of the health issues that have arisen. With less time to devote to Storm Moon Press, we are basically shutting our doors. This might ultimately be a temporary thing, but it will at the very least be an extended hiatus. The press' website will remain open, and various titles will remain on sale. At this time, we are in communication with our authors to see if they would like to negotiate for their rights back (it's not their fault we're so drastically cutting back with the press, after all) or let their books with us see out their contract terms to their natural ends. Each author is being treated individually, which means that our catalog might go through a few changes in the next couple months as we get all our current authors squared away.

After that, there will be the occasional release from the press, but we won't be putting out very many titles each year. Those we do will be either titles that are currently in production or from authors who have worked with us in the past and choose to do so again.

We're incredibly grateful to all the authors and staff who have worked with us at SMP, and are humbled by those who are continuing to do so as we go through this transition and face the health and wellness challenges that we're up against at our home base.

Thank you to readers for your patronage and support over the last five years we've been in business. Without all the readers and the exceptional authors we've worked with, Storm Moon Press would never have been a reality, and you all have our most sincere gratitude.

~K. Piet, S.L. Armstrong, Roger Armstrong

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I don't see anything on the Storm Moon submission guidelines pages about being closed to submissions - have things changed?
 

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Hello, CaPooF.

We are currently closed to submissions. The press has downsized greatly, so apart from a couple ongoing projects that we already have contracted in our queue and our open anthology calls, we are closed to submissions. I'm sorry for the confusion. I'll have a word with our webmaster to try to make everything more clear on the website.

~K. Piet

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Hello, CaPooF.

We are currently closed to submissions. The press has downsized greatly, so apart from a couple ongoing projects that we already have contracted in our queue and our open anthology calls, we are closed to submissions. I'm sorry for the confusion. I'll have a word with our webmaster to try to make everything more clear on the website.

~K. Piet

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Storm Moon Press, LLC

Just an FYI: The website hasn't been updated and still shows info from 2013.