Another gap, but another round of exciting news!
Needless to say, we've been busy. Not only do we currently have two anthologies open for submissions—we know we announced them last time, but they're still going strong—but we've accepted not one, but three works for publications! We've also released a few new merchandise options over the last month or so that's worth getting excited about.
As a reminder, we have two anthology calls open for submissions. You can check them out here, but here's a brief rundown of them anyway!
Goal Publications is open for short stories based around coffee. The usual rules about anthro animals that surround all stories we accept applies, but the story much have a theme that centralizes somewhere around coffee.
Fanged Fiction, our 18+ imprint, is open for erotic stories with a strong predator/prey dynamic. Make them unique, as they will be regarded with much higher priority than your generic "cat chases mouse" or vice-versa stories!
Along with our Whandirlust tshirts now being offered in a variety of fun colors, we have two other items that have had a lot of attention!
The Upcoming Releases
I think we've teased you long enough.
Expected to release in mid November of 2018, award-winning author Renee Carter Hall of titles such as Huntress and By Sword and Star brings us our second Pocket Shot entitled Signal, a story about a rakuun whose curiosity gets the better of him, leading him on a journey to discover more about the ones who came before him.
Next, expected to release in February 2019 at Anthro New England, novelist Ben Goodridge—who you may know from his previous titles White Crusade and Found: One Apocalypse—brings us Akela, the gripping tale set in the Australian Outback following Akela, an anthro wolf—Bushchild—struggling to regain his memories and the life he once had. This title is a long time in the making, and we're all excited to bring it to you.
Finally, in her first publication expected to release in May of 2019, Leila Wilson with musical fames like the Freedom Planet OST and the upcoming Kyle & Lucy OST, bring us a Symphony of Shifting Tides, following Verse and their friend and partner-in-crime Xan, pirates who are forced out of water due to the death of the sea. They only want to leave and find a new home, but they get pulled into an adventure full of war, magic, and prophecies that Verse never wanted a part of.
Want to join in on the fun? While we are closed for novel submissions, we are opening back up for Pocket Shots on October 1st, 2018. Check out the submission guidelines for more details on this type of book, and how you can submit.
As our usual reminder, we are open for publication submissions! Check out our submissions page for more information on how to submit.
We are also looking for more project in the editing side of things! Check out our main site for how to send your project in for editing, and also check out the updated pages on our referral program (for current clients), as well as resources on how to edit your own work a bit better.
Doesn't it feel like we were just down this road recently? You're right, we were. Squarespace was great with our website for awhile, but sadly they limited us on some options, making things difficult on the logistics end. We've moved over to Weebly, and because of that, we have these new features for you:
Thanks again for your support. You all make these things worth it!
We are going to be at a few conventions in the first half of the year, dealing at most. You will be able to find Sean:
- Dealing at Anthro New England in Boston, MA (late February)
- Dealing at Pine Fur Con in South Portland, ME (late April)
- Dealing at AnthrOhio, sharing a table with Lil' Shark, in Cleveland, OH (late May)
- Attending at Anthrocon in Pittsburgh, PA (early July)
As usual, we are still open to novel, novella, and visual novel submissions. We need more titles to showcase this year, so keep them coming in!
It's been a very eventful year for us! We are still a very new publishing company with a lot to learn, and this year has been a learning experience.
In April of this year, we released our first novel, reWritten by Jako Malan. This book has turned out to be a great success, just as we'd hoped. This chilling adventure has earned quite a bit of praise, and we are excited to work on Project Greenfields, the visual novel sequel for reWritten.
It was at this time we also learned that e-book formatting is certainly nowhere near as easy as it looks! We will be rectifying our lack of formats for 2018, with a little help from our new staff members, Amy and Rechan. We've only been working together for a month now, but their help has proved to be invaluable.
In June, we released Symbol of a Nation, an anthology edited by Fred Patten. This collect has a lot of strong stories in it, some of which already being murmured as candidates for awards this upcoming year.
We also learned that larger conventions are certainly not our most profitable venues. For the foreseeable future, we will be attending larger conventions, such as Anthrocon and Midwest FurFest, but will not be dealing at them.
We've also started unveiling merchandise for our most profitable venture, Blackgate, created by HTBH Games and managed by us. Look forward to plenty more merchandise coming forward in 2018, with plenty of help from our beloved merchandise artist, Lil' Shark.
Finally, plans are underway for the release of Heirloom of the Rusks, a very Redwall-esque YA adventure that deals with a lot of high-fantasy and magical realism. We will open up pre-orders at Pine Fur Con in late April, and the book is set to release on a currently-undermined date after.
Thank you to all who have supported us in 2017, whether through advice, retweets, submissions, or even positive feedback to others. We really appreciate it, and hope for a happy and healthy New Years for all.
Wow, it has been awhile since I've made a news post, hasn't it? I really need to get better about that, especially since a lot is currently going on!
First off, as you may have seen on Twitter, we've contracted two editors to help us with the workload! First off is Jonathan (Rechan) Hixson, who has edited numerous successful anthologies within the furry fandom. Second is Amy Fontaine, who not only has work featured in A Glimpse of Anthropomorphic Literature, but also works as an editorial assistant for Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. I am extremely excited to be working with both of these individuals, and I think they are going to really bring a whole new dimension to Goal Publications.
Second, we are in the works on editing a new release that will be premiered (hopefully) at Fur the More in April of 2018. The book is titled Heirloom of the Rusks, by Lucas d'Aquina. To summarize, it's a fantasy adventure of likely and unlikely rabbit friends in a Redwall-esque world, who get thrown into a war most of them never thought could exist. Fans of Jess Owen's Song of the Summerking saga will certainly find this to be enjoyable.
Third, we've recently launched preorders for our own tshirts! You can find this, as well as future merchandise, at http://www.goalpublications.com/merchandise
Thank you all again for your support as we continue to learn and grow. Stick with us!