Editorial Internship

Description:
Intern (one position) will spend most of their time writing, fact-checking, copyediting, and working with their assigned editor on character development, plot, and story details. 

Internships may be on-site or long-distance – Intern will work directly with an assigned editor through email and mail correspondence, phone conversations, or in person. Contact us for more details.
 
Qualifications:
Student seeking a degree in English preferred (but not required); familiarity with Excel and Word; serious attention to minute detail with regards to manuscript editing; strong communication skills; eagerness to learn; and must demonstrate a passion for publishing. 

Must have interest in science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Trust us, we will be able to tell…

Experience with Macs a plus.
 
Paid Internship Info:
Small monthly stipend will be provided

Hours:
Varies, approximately 6-15 hours per week
 

Length/Availability:
3 months, will be determined
 
Start Date:
9/01/2008
 

End Date:
12/01/08
 

How to Apply:
Send a resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and three references to jobs@leucrotapress with Editorial Internship in the subject line.

Deadline to Apply:
8/22/2008

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Job openings available

Take a peek at our new “Jobs” page for open positions. As we’re slowly expanding, more will be coming soon.

Just as a reminder…

Alright people, I think it’s time to refresh your memory about the purpose of this blog:

This blog is for the Editors of Leucrota Press to discuss facets of the publishing business, tips for writers, and to blow off some steam. If any writers have questions regarding our press, the publishing industry, or about submitting and manuscripts in general, please view our “Ask the Editors” tab above.

By doing this, we hope to create more writer/editor communication and understanding. Please don’t feel threatened, skittish, or reserved about asking questions, making comments, or saying things that might offend the editors – hell, we won’t hold our tongues. Come on, jump in the conversation, get involved, and help us improve by letting us know what you, the writers, need.

Note: All articles, posts, and comments are opinions of that posting editor, and may or may not be the opinion of the entire staff. These opinions are by no way meant to cover every editor at every publishing house, merely ours.

Why am I bringing this up?

I’ve gotten several emails over the weekend, regarding our wants and likes concerning our submission guidelines. Several of the most common complaints are:

“Your concerns are different than other publishers….”
“You are a lot pickier than some of the larger houses I’ve submitted to….”
“Your rejection letters are mean….”
“Your example of query letters don’t match the ‘good’ ones that I read about in this book….”

Well, sorry. What else do you want me to say?

We are NOT every other publisher, and therefore we have our own likes and dislikes, and concern ourselves with different things than the small press down the road. We care about detail, character development, plot, and style. Not saying that other houses don’t; but as far as our press, we would rather turn out less books and make sure those books are of the highest quality than just accept and print something just to raise our catalogue numbers.

As far as us being mean…welcome to the publishing world. As editors, it’s our job to be critical, to be picky, and to say it like it is. As we’ve stated on both our blog and our website, every submission will be told WHY it was rejected. None of that “not at this time” bullshit. So if you didn’t like the fact that we said your plot had no substance, that you lack detail, or that the writing itself needed a million-dollar makeover, get over it. At least we tried to be a bit helpful and give a reason your book didn’t make it, so maybe you could actually think about that reason, and maybe do something about it to improve your work, either to resubmit to us or to another publisher. To make it in this profession you need to build up a thick skin to get over the pile of rejection slips you’re going to get in your lifetime. Be more like the faithful Lotto players – they buy tickets every week, hoping for that big one but knowing their chances are slim. But they don’t cry at each drawing when their numbers don’t show up, do they? No. They go out the next day and buy another ticket. Try it….

Lastly, to those who said we don’t conform to what they read in a book….

….Maybe I’m just deranged, or simply “out of the loop,” but that book was written by an author (or two). Just like every other book out in the rotating world has been written by an author. Does that mean that whatever is in print is the final law? If someone came out with a self-help book telling readers they can clear acne by swimming to the bottom of the Dead Sea, does that mean it’s absolutely and undoubtedly true? …I’m sure there are a few readers out there that…

The point I’m trying to make is that there is NO absolute law when it comes to publishing. There is NO absolute law when it comes to editing fiction. Granted, there are laws when it comes to universal things like grammar and spelling, but how does one define the laws of “fiction?” Well, truth is you can’t. Experts can set guidelines and boundaries, just as experts can give out “perfect” examples of query letters on how to “hook” editors. Let me tell you something – it’s THEIR opinion on what works, or at least what has worked for them. But it’s not a steadfast rule and obviously does not work all the time. Otherwise, all those people that have supposedly read that book that doesn’t coincide with the examples and guidelines I’ve set for Leucrota Press would have been grabbed by an editor by now and wouldn’t be submitting for the umpteenth time… right?

So, back to my original point.

What is read and posted on this blog DOES pertain to Leucrota Press and it’s editors, and MIGHT pertain to a lot of other smaller publishers – especially when it comes to style, submission reports, wants and needs. So when I say the editors here hate the SAW movies and anything to do with teen angst stories, you might get another editor at another house that stays up late after the kids are in bed to read fan-fiction stories online written by bored and unbalanced 15-year olds…

It’s OUR/THEIR choice. That’s one of the beauties of having so many smaller presses, because each one has a different eye for the thousands of books out there. You just need to make sure you find and submit to the right one.

LP back in the office

Greetings all,

We hope everyone had a nice holiday break (I know we did) and that everyone got much deserving rest, sweets, and the all-around gained five pounds. Wait, was it only supposed to be five? Shit…

Anywho, the Leucrota Press team is back in the office, and ready to go after the long awaited vacation. I’ll be putting up an actual blog post later today, and tomorrow have an author bio and story exceprt from one of our upcoming stories early this year.

Again, glad to be back.

Leucrota Press back at home

Ok, well everyone’s been allowed back into their homes, and back to the office. Everyone’s fine, just a little sleep depraved and stressed.

We actually came out quite well – a few knocked over trees and bushes right outside, and we’ve had to keep fans and air cleaners running for the past 24 hours to help clear out the smoke. After a few runs with the mop and wiping down all shelves and walls, most of the soot is gone. There is still a faint smoke smell – but that will probably take a few days to a week to be completely out.

While we’re back and running, please be patient with us for the next week or so. We are behind schedule nearly a week, and haven’t been able to read submissions, answer emails, phones, etc. since last Saturday. We’re working as fast as we can to catch up, but with the incoming work it may take us a little bit.

Again, thanks for the support and understanding.

David Peak (An Introduction)

Good day to all,

Please allow me the distinct pleasure of introducing myself, David Peak, as Leucrota’s brand-spanking-new Junior Editor.  Honestly,  I couldn’t be happier to be writing these words.  As writers (and people interested in books in general), I think we’re all aware of just how special Leucrota really is; a press dedicated to creating and fine-tuning genre books that are labors of love, carefully cultivated storytelling, with meticulous attention to detail.  Leucrota is exactly what the publishing industry needs these days.  These are dark times, indeed.  Most small presses (and I use the term small presses lovingly) expect their authors to turn in word perfect documents that wind up going straight to the press with virtually no editing or feedback from qualified professionals.  Is this really the road we’ve chosen to travel down?

In September of this year, Harper’s Magazine published a bit of satire masquerading as prophecy entitled “The Writers in the Silos.” The premise of the article, written by Heidi Julavits, was that in the future, books will become a commodity much like oil.  I’d to quote the first paragraph;

It requires neither imagination nor acumen to predict that our current conglomerating, lowest-common-denominator, demographically targeted publishing industry will soon achieve its streamlined apotheosis–a single, worldwide, ExxonMobil-owned literary empire offering a list of seven books twice per year.  The lists for these two seasons–Holiday Gifts and Beach–will each include one of the following: a Dickensianly sprawling Antarctic thriller; a faux-intellectual, faux-experimental novel packaged with enticingly gimmicky swag (such as a French Existentialist pashmina); a World War II historical novel wherein one or more ex-Nazis, in the flash-forward sections, live as kindly sausage-makers or residually evil schoolteachers; a winningly bitchy PTA tell-all, written by an overeducated mother of multiple-birth ADD children living in a suburb of eco-friendly prefabs; a spiritual-conversion-after-brush-with-Ebola memoir; an inspiring life-lesson book, written by a long-shot gay pro-life female minority ex-Klan presidential hopeful; and a “quick fire” cookbook for people with intimidatingly professional kitchens and no time, inclination, or skills to cook in them.

Scary, right? It goes without saying that the reason that Julavits’s “prophecy” strikes fear into the hearts and minds of readers and book-lovers is because it’s so convincingly realistic.  We’ve all been in bookstores recently, we all see what people are reading on the train, or at the beach, or in airport terminals.  This is why Leucrota is so special.  Leucrota is a freedom-fighter in the best sense–a light burning brightly in a dark future.  I’m thrilled to be a part of the pack, and I can’t wait to get to know all of the readers of this blog.  Thanks for your time.

Abaculus Cover Art Update

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The cover art for Abaculus 2007 is well underway. Talented budding artist Elizabeth John is doing a spectacular job of her rendering, and we’re very pleased with the developing results. Here are just two peeks at the work in progress, just as a teaser.

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