Wizard’s Tower published a new book today. Or rather the book was published by a brand new imprint: Grimoire. You see, I am now an academic publisher.
How did this come about? Well, an academic journal called the Journal of Children’s Literature Studies had the plug pulled on it by its publisher. At the time there were five whole issues left unpublished. As you may be aware, academics don’t often get paid for their writing when it is published, but they get benefit in other ways because they are able to list their publications on their resumes, which helps their career. The people who had essays in the five unpublished issues were somewhat upset. So Farah Mendlesohn and Edward James asked me if I could rush an ebook edition into print. That is exactly what I have done.
So you can now buy The Final Chapters, which contains the five final issues of the JCLS. Obviously these are academic essays, but I find this sort of thing interesting and hopefully some of you will too. Plus I have hopefully helped the careers of a bunch of young academics.
This was something of an urgent job, because for complicated academic reasons we needed to get the papers published by the end of October. I should apologize to all of those people anxiously waiting for the next Lyda Morehouse novel, Messiah Node (especially Lyda). That is half done, and now that The Final Chapters is on sale I can get back to it.
Special thanks are due to Andy Bigwood for providing a lovely cover in a very short space of time.
I’m very much hoping that I will be able to do some more academic publishing in the future.