At least they're going to pay you with 1 free book and some MPH vouchers! Closing date is Oct 30th.
On another note, my agent came back from the Frankfurt book fair. And he says:
1. He's collected a lot of publisher contacts, and many are interested in Billy Lang. BUT they want to see the finished manuscript naturally. I asked if it was possible to shoot for the moon (to quote Cecelia Ahern in PS, I love you) and talk to Harper Collins. He said it's always possible.
2. Note that these things take a long time to get. Months. Sometimes years. So an interested party doesn't always mean it will work out.
3. He's even got a few interesting in republishing Dark City for the UK market. Including the one that did Shanghai Baby because they're interested in Asian works. We'll see what comes out of that!
Meanwhile, he says there's a Singaporean publisher really interested in collecting Malaysian Ghost stories, and he asked me to write it. I said, "Are you kidding? I'm writing Billy Lang AND collecting for Dark City 2. Whad'ya think I am? An octopus with 8 arms and 4 writing brains?"
So if anyone's interested to get published, you know what the Singaporean market craves for.
Ah! Importantly, I might have my first story already for Dark City 2. I won't reveal the contributor yet but I really liked the plot and was quite pleasantly surprised/shocked at the ending. I asked the contributor to rework the story to make it longer and more suspenseful.
And the rest of you fellow writers, bring your contributions on!