Saturday, October 28, 2006

This Is What We Do When The Deadline's Done

I'm wading my way through the slush pile, which pretty much doubled in size right on the knife-edge of midnight. And I've just got one message to those of you who decided to deluge our inbox with so much additional heavy lifting just as the deadline passed.

Good job.

I mean it. Good job. Good for you, and you, and you, and all the rest of you. You know the meaning of the word "deadline," you take it seriously, and you work into the wee hours to make sure you meet it. Kudos to the whole procrastinating lot of you for overriding your instincts for postponement and making our needs a higher priority than your spare time. Thank you and thank you some more.

Of course, the extra verbiage will take a bit longer to wade through than originally anticipated. Alex has bought me some time, and I'm determined to have most of the heavy lifting done by the middle of November, but many hours must be worked, many stories must be read, and much pizza must be consumed.


Those of you who might still have stories to send are welcome to go ahead and send them. After all, though submissions haven't officially opened on FANG 5, we're always looking for talent. However, you should know the following about sending in additional FANG 4 material:
- We will laugh at you. Stories sent in after the deadline while the deals are being worked are likely to be handed around the office ("Look how late this one sent his in!") and much hilarity will be shared.
- Our priorities on FANG 4 have shifted from collection and selection to contacting and editing, so the odds that we can read new stories are growing dimmer and dimmer with each passing hour. Your story's chances of being accepted in this atmosphere rely on how good it is, and frankly, at this point it would have to knock me right out of my shoes. If I wore shoes.
- Your story would be going on the bottom of what is now an unexpectedly very large slush pile, and it's more than likely that we'll have the book assembled before we reach it.

Take heart, though; you'll notice that we never close the door completely, and we're always scouting new talent and looking forward to the next FANG. For those of you who missed the deadline and want to sneak in the back door, there's a key under the flowerpot. I won't tell Alex if you won't. And for those of you who made the deadline, I humble and prostrate myself before your mighty mojo. It is from your mighty will to create that greatness is forged. I'm just the editor. You guys have all the talent.

--Ben

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Past the deadline

God people of Planet Bad Dog,

The deadline has passed, and for those of you unaware, it was October 16. We deliberately kept the date vague at first hoping to avert a very common phenomenon, namely the habit of writers to interpret a deadline not as 'submit your work before' a particular date, but 'submit your work exactly on' a particular date.

Nonetheless, that's exactly what happened. Ben had been studiously scanning the slush pile and making a pre-selection and FANG Volume 4 was taking shape. He was preparing acceptance and rejection messages to the authors in question, when the chimes of midnight rang and the BDB mailbox was swamped in a flurry of new submissions.

This continued for several hours, as each timezone's authors seemed to wait for the stroke of midnight before submitting their work. The slush pile is now half-again as large as it was before the weekend, and Ben dove onto the new submissions with a knife and fork.

When decisions of inclusion or exclusion have been made, authors will be contacted directly and privately. An announcement newsletter will also be made announcing the fact that those messages have been sent.

Considering the amount of work still ahead despite our attempt to fudge the deadline; if you have a piece that's alllllmost finished and you just missed the deadline, contact baddogbooks@gmail.com and plead your case.

While I've kept mostly hands-off on this issue, placing full faith in Ben's judgement, I had a chance to look over many of the submissions recently. Ben is going to have a very hard time making the selection, and FANG 4 is going to be a very, very good book.

That said, FANG 2 (horror homoerotica) is nearing its final revision before it's ready for publication and I'll be contacting the authors of FANG 3 (fantasy homoerotica) shortly to start the editing process with them while Ben manages the editing of FANG 4.

The first FANG Presents book will also shortly be presented; Everybody Loves Luther, by André "Badger" Blaireau, is complete and we're now just dotting the T's and crossing the I's in regard to the cover (gorgeous cover art by Grimal!)

It's going to be a busy winter here at BDB, but we'll stoke the fires and keep the cogs turning night and day. Stay tuned for updates regarding the upcoming FANG 5, once we've had a chance to sleep!

Regards,

Alex

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Deadline

Ha, my bad. That deadline I mentioned? October 16. So get cracking!

Deadline and docs

Hello there!

The deadline for FANG Volume 4, our first non-erotic ventur with a sci-fi theme is fast aproaching. If you want your work to be considered for publication, you must must must submit it either by mail (baddogbooks@gmail.com) or...

As of today, Writely.com, which was BDB's preferred service for submitting and editing stories, is fully integrated into Google. It is now Google Docs and sports a cleaner, more compatible interface without losing any of the functionality.

If you signed up at Writely, your login details are exactly the same and all your stories are still available on the new docs.google.com.

Now, anyone who's still working on a submission needs to get it done fast fast fast -- and *I* need to start reworking all the damn instructions on this site to point to Google Docs instead of Writely.

Peace!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

FANG 4 Submission Window

Quick note to those of you not yet notified: the submission window for FANG 4 closes on October 16. For those of you who used to wait until the last minute to finish your term papers, now is the time to begin. Also to middle and end. It's actually getting quite snug around here.

Also, your esteemed editor is likely to be found blundering aimlessly about the corridors and concessions at Midwest FurFest in November. It's rare that I inflict myself upon society, but it beats working.
--
Ben

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Hacked, addendum

A quick addition:

I'd like to emphasize that it was the *domain* that was hacked, not the site itself. There's no indication that the hack went any deeper than the filesystem, while your account information is stored in a secure database outside that file system.

Even if that weren't the case and the hackers did have access to the database data, your information is encrypted very thoroughly and the database would be of no use to the hackers.

Your information is safe.

And again: I'm on the motherfucker.

Regards,

Alex Vance

Hacked, dammit

Dear all,

As some of you may have noticed, www.baddogbooks.com was hacked earlier today and a new frontpage (available at www.baddogbooks.com/2index.html) was inserted. I've rectified the immediate problem but I'm working with our hosting provider to find out how this happened in the first place.

According to the uploaded file, the hackers were members of www.roothackers.org, which appears to be a Turkish group.

All precautions are being taken to ensure BDB's continued security and an investigation is underway. If anyone has tips or knows this group, please drop me a line at baddogbooks@gmail.com.

To quote Marsellus Wallace: "I'm on the motherfucker."

Regards,

Alex Vance

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Bad Dog Books mass-mailing!

Hello there!

Osfer here, Alex Vance to some. A canine of many names and great ambitions.

Firstly, my apologies to anyone receiving this who doesn't want it. Drop me a line and you'll never be bothered again -- or sign up at www.baddogbooks.com to receive future info more conveniently. I'm jazzed about some recent news, jazzedd as jazzed can be, so much so that I pulled up every mail address I could remember.

For those of you who haven't been in the loop: earlier this year I came down with an unpleasant condition called repetitive strain injury which caused me enough problems with my fingers that I decided to cut back on my typing, which meant I could no longer do the amount of editing and communicating needed to keep FANG, the Little Black Book of Furry Fiction, going.

Ben Goodridge, whose stories appeared in FANG's second volume, stepped up to the plate and offered his services as managing editor. Having been greatly impressed with his writing and professionalism I thanked my patron saint, said 'sure, hop aboard' with an affected and oh-so-cool shrug, and together we started Bad Dog Books, the new name of this dazzlingly modern publishing venture.

BDB, as it's known for short, is offering our combined experience in print-on-demand publication to the masses, helping anyone who's got a story to tell (i.e. a novel, a collection of stories, or even a comic) get their book published, if possible without it costing them a dime.

Ben is collecting material for the fourth volume of FANG, the first non-erotic collection, which will focus on science fiction in the broadest possible sense.

Meanwhile, I've been splitting my time building the website (www.baddogbooks.com, don't forget to sign up :), finishing up the third volume (fantasy-themed gay erotica!) and reworking the first two volumes in a new pocket format, with a higher-quality cover. I also got some business sense and changed the sales price to an admittedly hefty $29.99 -- yes, I know it sucks, but it means that authors should be getting paid a good bit more as time progresses and BDB's coffers fill, we'll have spare cash to undertake interesting new projects in future, and at this price point we can actually sell to retailers, which we couldn't do before without taking major losses.

Speaking of which, Sofawolf Press (www.sofawolf.com) has ordered a stock of FANG Volume 1 and 2, to be sold through their webstore along with the comics, magazines (let me recommend Heat and Anthrolations) and novels (Volle, Pendant of Fortune and the upcoming Common & Precious are stand-out titles), as well as going on sale at the MFF con in November. Negotiations are underway with Rabbit Valley and Black Paw Productions, so FANG may very well soon grace their shelves as well.

And it's sales that have me jazzed. Yes, folks, it's money that gets this puppy excited -- or more accurately, it's the fact that people are willing to spend it on FANG that excites me. I've always had great confidence that the furry fandom would respond favorably to a new, modern anthology series of quality fiction, but every time a copy is sold I feel that lovely twinge of satisfaction that comes from knowing I was right. I was right that furries want it, and I was right that there are enough furry writers out there to give the audience what they want.

The new pocket-format edition of FANG Volume 1 went on sale two weeks ago. Two of my friends, a wolf and a cheetah -- you know who you are -- volunteered to hawk a bunch of copies at EuroFurence and Feral respectively. Naturally I instantly overestimated them and had a far greater stock of books produced than I could afford -- and you know what?

My wolf buddy goes and sells a good number of the books at EuroFurence, handing out stylin' business cards with the BDB logo (which is awesome!) to anyone interested in getting a copy later.

My cheetah friend then stuffs his bags with as many FANGs as he can carry as he heads off to Feral, leaving me to worry that he'll have to take a whole lot back home again and I'll be stuck with a stock that I can hopefully get sold purely by word of mouth...

The cheetah worked his feline magic and all books were sold out within forty minutes of his table opening.

So yeah, I'm jazzed.

Again, if you dig what FANG is, as a reader, writer or sympathiser or you just want to keep track of this cutting-edge publishing stuff we're doing, head on over to www.baddogbooks.com and sign up to access the forums and receive future newsletters. If you *don't* want to be bothered, drop me a line and I'll remove your e-mail address snap fast.

Now, those of you I haven't conversed with in a long time... by all means drop me a line. It's easiest for me if you use the forums on www.baddogbooks.com for FANG or BDB-related stuff, so I can ration the use of my fingers by answering questions once rather than a dozen times over, but if you just want to have a chat and catch up, my e-mail address is still osfer.kesh@gmail.com

Peace out, y'all.

- Alex Vance, aka Osfer