I've had a few questions via email so grab a cuppa and take a seat, wise Orchid will answer all for you.
Do you have a submission deadline?
Yes and no. All we require at this initial stage is an author's biography, detailing any publisher's credit and your nationalities and a sample of your work. We would appreciate it if we could receive this information by the 1 June 2010. This sample doesn't need to be the piece you want published, it's merely to give Tamara and I an idea of your style and scope.
Who will be publishing the anthology?
As of April, Tamara and I do not have a publisher on board. Yet. That's the operative word. That being said, I am extremely hopeful. The women's market is a dynamic sector in the publishing world and both Tamara and I are extremely passionate about this project. Given our location (NZ) and the nature of this project, we want to be absolutely thorough with our proposal in order to secure its success with a publishing house. So patience!
Can we paste our sample/submission in the body of the email or are attachments are?
Either way is acceptable. But please be aware that formatting often changes when you paste in the body of an email.
Can I send a previously published poem/short story?
This question is a little more tricky to answer. It will depend upon the contract and arrangements you have with your publisher. By all means, submit it if you feel strongly about the work but please provide dates of publication and the name of the publishing house. Be aware we may not be able to obtain clearance to use your work.
I've never been published, can I submit something?
Of course! We are actively encouraging unpublished writers to be a part of this opportunity.
And a final word,
This project is an organic process. We are working with women who don't always have access to computers or their internet connections are unreliable. Tamara and I will endeavour to keep in touch with you as we develop this project but we do ask for patience.