Sunday, October 07, 2007

Broken Links and Market Woes

For those of you popping in for updates on the release of The Toll Collectors (hi, Mom!), here's my less-than-encouraging report. Not long after I mentioned here that all was silent on the Back Roads front, I noticed that 1018 Press pulled down their site. Now, Sam and company had said in their most recent site update (early August, I think) that they planned to "fall back and regroup", and that the coming months would see them getting back on track with their publications; it's entirely possible that a massive site update is part of that plan. But the site's been down for the better part of a month, and I'm starting to wonder if Back Roads is ever coming back. The problem is, with the website down, their e-mail accounts are down as well, so I've got no way to get in touch with them to find out what's going on. Which sucks, really, because I'd love to know. After all, if I've got to start shopping The Toll Collectors around again, it'd be nice to know that sooner rather than later.

Short fiction has a tough go these days, market-wise. Not a lot of people read short stories, and so the margins for the people who publish them are razor-thin. As a consequence, markets fold all the time. Here's hoping Back Roads beats the odds...