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Hurry up and wait!


Alternative Realities

That’s a well-known phrase from the military. Simply put, soldiers often find themselves being rushed from point-to-point, and then having to sit around on their arses waiting for something to happy.

Publishing is very much like that. As you’re no doubt aware we opened ourselves up to submissions for two completely different anthologies, Summer’s Endand Broken Bones & Ten Dollar Bills

There was a frantic period of making sure we had everything lined up correctly in order to ensure we dealt with incoming submissions correctly. Then … nothing. We started to have submissions come in, we issued the odd reply, even the odd rejection, but on the whole there’s nothing to actually do until the submissions window is over.

Then, there’s going to be another hectic period where we read, comment, accept/reject, issue contracts, edit, format, get covers designed and then decide on a firm publishing date…

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About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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