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Selling to Foreign Language Markets article in new SFWA Handbook

The 2010 edition of the SFWA Handbook ("The Business Side of of Writing, By Writers, For Writers") has now been published, containing my updated article on "Selling to Foreign Language Markets." The article contains the same information that I maintain here on my website, outlining my recommended approach for reselling your short fiction to non-English language markets around the world. My approach, of course, leverages the Foreign-language Market List (FML) that I maintain here as well. SFWA, for those who don't know, is the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, an organization that aims at supporting professional SF&F writers. Despite the name, its membership includes writers outside of the US. SFWA membership criteria include at least two sales to professional markets that meet SFWA criteria.

My SFContario schedule

I'm be appearing at the inaugural edition of the brand spanking new SFContario, Toronto's newest annual genre convention, being held in downtown Toronto, Nov 19-21. Here's my schedule of panel appearances, signings, and readings, including a special screening of the indie film based on "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down."

Friday 9 PM – Aurora Pin Ceremony (Ballroom BC)
A ceremony to present the new Aurora pins (which are quite spiffy) to all past winners and nominees who are attending SFContario.

Friday 9-11pm – ChiZine Publications Fall 2010 Launch Party(Courtyard Room)
Join CZP, the most excellent publishers of my collection CHIMERASCOPE, for their fall launch of new titles. Readings, food, drinks, freebies, and the opportunity to meet many of the CZP authors and buy their books.

Special Kindle pricing offer for CHIMERASCOPE

For a limited time, the Kindle version of my latest collection, CHIMERASCOPE (ChiZine Publications), is available at a special price of $2.99 on Amazon.com and £1.71 on Amazon.uk, a 50% savings from the prior Kindle price. And, as with all CZP ebooks, these are DRM-free. So why the drop? It's an experiment, quite frankly. I follow the ebook trends closely, and the one thing that I'm convinced of is that no one in the industry has yet to figure out, to cite an Economics 101 term, the elasticity of demand for ebooks yet. Meaning that no one knows the sweet spot for pricing ebooks. I believe that, unless you're a household name author, the key to driving ebook sales for your work right now is to keep the unit price low. Dropping the price on anything will increase sales. That's a given. But will that increase in unit sales offset the per unit price drop? If this 50% price cut increases ebook copies sold by more than 50%, then this was a smart thing to do. If the increase in ebooks sold is less than 50%, then...well, not so smart.

4 wins for BY HER HAND movie in Philadelphia

And the wins keep coming for Anthony Sumner's indie film based on my story BY HER HAND, SHE DRAWS YOU DOWN. The movie won four awards at the Terror Film Festival in Philadelphia last week: Best Actress (Zoe Daelman Chlanda), Best Actor (Jerry Murdock), Best Director of Photography (Bart Mastronardi), Original Musical Score (Gene Hodson), as well as being nominated for Best Short Film and Best Director. Congratulations to everyone involved!

BY HER HAND wins at Chicago Int'l Reel Shorts Film Festival!

I'm actually having trouble keeping up with the news around the BY HER HAND, SHE DRAWS YOU DOWN movie, but I have to share the latest news. BY HER HAND has won BEST HORROR SHORT at the Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival!!! Congratulations to everyone involved: producer Alan Rowe Kelly, director Anthony Sumner, actors Zoë Daelman Chlanda and Jerry Murdock, and photographer Bart Mastronardi. And thanks once again for taking such good care of my story!

Lots of nominations for "By Her Hand..." movie in Philadelphia

By Her Hand movie posterMore cool movie news! The indie film based on my story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" has received ever so many nominations at the Terror Film Festival in Philadelphia, including Best Short (Alan Rowe Kelly / Anthony Sumner), Best Director (Anthony Sumner), Best Director of Photography (Bert Mastronardi) , Best Actor (Jerry Murdock), Best Actress (Zoe Daelman Chlanda), and Best Original Music Score (Gene Hodson). Congratulations to everyone involved, and best of luck! The festival runs Oct 21-23.

Interview at the TORONTOIST

Claire Horsnell interviewed me for the Torontoist website a while back, and the interview is up on the site now. The interview is a wide-ranging one, covering early influences, favourite writers, use of myth in fiction, my recently completed first novel, dystopian futures, corporate power, Avatar, the "By Her Hand..." movie, and, of course, Springsteen. And Claire does a great job of making me sound way smarter than I am.

Here's an excerpt:

"Most science-fiction, fantasy, and horror fans can point to an early discovery period during which they came to their genre, but for prolific Toronto writer Douglas Smith, author of the recent short story collection Chimerascope, it seems fitting that he had not one, but two significant exploratory phases for his field. 'When I was eight, a friend introduced me to Robert A. Heinlein’s young-adult SF novels,' Smith recalls. 'They were essentially rocket and ray-gun books aimed at young boys. I devoured all of those, but then stopped reading the genre. Then in Grade 11, I had to do a paper in English comparing the works of multiple authors. Amazingly, the teacher actually included a group consisting of Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury, which, of course, was the group I picked. That assignment got me back into reading SF and fantasy.'

Read the full interview on the Torontoist site here.

Fangoria Magazine reviews "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" Movie

By Her Hand movie posterThe September issue of Fangoria Magazine has an article and review of the movie adaptation of my story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down." Here is an extract:

"With vampires currently enjoying their all-media heyday, it remains a challenge for writers and filmmakers to put a new and different spin on the bloodsucker story. Acclaimed Canadian writer Douglas Smith delivered just that, coming up with a unique twist in his short story “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down.” When producer/writer/director Anthony G. Sumner and producer Alan Rowe Kelly read the tale, they contacted Smith and got his blessing to turn the disquieting story into a short film [with] a final reveal that emerges as quite unexpected, satisfying and sad. ... BY HER HAND’s acting is superb, and it comes as no surprise that both Murdock and Chlanda took home awards for their efforts at the 2010 Oklahoma Horror Film Festival.... BY HER HAND, SHE DRAWS YOU DOWN is now hitting the festival circuit—and worth seeking out. "

You can read the full review here. I also came across this YouTube review of the movie.

Ever so many new festival appearances for "By Her Hand..." movie

It's hard keeping up with the success that director Anthony Sumner and the cast of "By Her Hand..." are having with the movie. Following right on top of the Best Actor and Best Actress wins for Zoe Daelman Chlanda and Jerry Murdock at the Oklahoma festival, Anthony has announced another slate of festivals where the film has been picked as an official selection:

And thanks to everyone who voted in the trailer competition. As you can see from the above, you helped get the film accepted in the New Orleans festival! Full information on the movie here as always.

New Online Story: "The Red Bird"

On Spec coverNote: this story is no longer available online. If you're interested in reading it, please check out the ebook version in my online store.


I've just posted a new online story, "The Red Bird." This story first appeared in the excellent Canadian speculative fiction magazine, On Spec in what was called their "World Beat" issue (see original cover to the left), featuring stories set in different locales around the world. My story is set in what may or may not be late fourteenth-century Japan, and is included in my collection, Chimerascope. The story will remain online for about a month. If you like it, you can check out excerpts of other stories in Chimerascope and order it in trade paperback or ebook format from the store.

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