When I submitted The World Behind to EQMM, way back in May, I sent it in to their Department of First Stories, as I'd yet to land a professional credit. Since then, The Toll Collectors was accepted for publication by Back Roads; I was told it was scheduled to appear in their March issue.
When EQMM contacted me last week to tell me they'd accepted The World Behind for publication, they asked me if it was still eligible for the Department of First Stories. My dream-come-true publication-credit flashing before my eyes, I gritted my teeth and told them that while I had not published anything in the interim, I did have a short story scheduled to come out in March. To my surprise, they were very understanding. They made it clear that, though they would prefer it if I could move the date of The Toll Collectors' release, they did not want to jeopardize my opportunity for the Back Roads credit, nor would they reject The World Behind on the grounds that I'd since received an acceptance that had yet to even be published.
Once I stopped freaking out, I e-mailed Sam Hawken, the editor of Back Roads. I explained the situation and asked him if it would be possible to delay release of The Toll Collectors. Sam graciously agreed.
So, long story slightly less long: The World Behind is scheduled to appear in the May 2007 issue of EQMM. The Toll Collectors will appear in issue #4 of Back Roads, due out in June of 2007. And a big, fat shout-out to Sam Hawken of 1018 Press and the folks at EQMM. If everyone in publishing were half as decent as they are, writers'd have to come up with something else to whine about.
And if you ask me, they've got some pretty good taste, too.
UPDATE: The World Behind is now set to appear in the June 2007 issue of EQMM.