Seems like the small presses are being hit by the recession, then again who isn't.
Recently a publisher I had a few stories accepted with decided to cancel all but a few anthologies. While I did not lose as many stories as others, I did lost one that saddened me.
I hope to find it a new home though, or add it to a collection perhaps. It also reminds me, that for an anthology to sell you must promote it if you are a part of it. Many people are upset by presses that do not pay anything but a contributor copy, but what is the motivation to offer more? Once a writer gets paid, they rarely promote their work. At least from what I have seen. I have seen authors promote more for the love anthologies than I have writers's who got paid pro-rates.
Where is the logic in that? Of course it is going to affect the publisher, so I do not think people can really be mad when doors close up, anthologies get cancelled, or delayed. All people involved need to promote, the publisher, the editor, and the contributors.
Just my thoughts, and who knows what they are worth in this economy.
As for updates, Zippered Flesh I got a nice rejection and was told if I still had to story in a few months to submit it for a volume 2. Wolfology has been cancelled, and the other three I am waiting to hear back on.
Sad news for many this week and I feel for them all, but I do hope this makes writers more proactive in promoting their work.