The anthology in which my short story, “The Mettle of the South,” was scheduled to be published has been cancelled. Here is an excerpt of the email I received from the publishers this afternoon:
It’s with a lot of sadness that we send this email to inform you that our upcoming anthology Untold Tales of the Past has been cancelled. We’re extremely grateful for the story you sent, and we’re disappointed that we won’t be able to publish it in this anthology. Unfortunately, this book just got away from us for a number of reasons, and the rest of the company started to suffer while we tried to wrangle this anthology into shape. Eventually we felt the only choice was to cancel the anthology.
This is disappointing to me for a number of reasons. First, I fully expected that the publisher would put out a top-notch product, and I don’t say that just because they accepted my story. Hall Brothers Entertainment has a very slick website full of content presented in new and innovating ways. Second, I was looking forward to reading the other stories they selected to be in the volume, just on a personal level. And third, I was looking forward to seeing “The Mettle of the South” in print. I admit it, I’m a glory hound.
So it’s off to another slush pile, with no hard feelings toward a publisher you should definitely support.