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New story sale to Chilling Tales 2

I'm very happy to announce that "Fiddleheads," a new short story of mine, will appear in the Canadian anthology, Chilling Tales 2: In Words, Alas, Drown I, edited by Michael Kelly and to be published in the fall of 2012 by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Not much more I can say right now, except to point you to the cover of the first volume at the right, and that I'll post more info and the cover for volume 2 as it comes available.

Free ebook of the week: Memories of the Dead Man

In honour of this announcement, this week's free ebook is "Memories of the Dead Man," the story that Tangent described as "a unique, post-apocalyptic blend of The Road Warrior and X-Men." The coupon code is DEAD-MAN-FREE. To use the coupon, click on the cover at the right (or go to my bookstore, click on the ebook section, and select "Memories of the Dead Man") and enter the code in the coupon box on the order page. This coupon will be valid only for the first ten people who use it. If you're late reading this and you find that coupon has expired, you can always use one of the coupons on my specials page. "Memories of the Dead Man" first appeared in the fine Canadian magazine, On Spec. It is included in my upcoming collection of fantasy stories in France, and in my collection, Chimerascope, which is a current finalist for the 2011 Aurora and 2011 Sunburst Awards. Enjoy!

New fantasy collection in France (and, yeah, in French)

About a year ago, I blogged that Benoît Domis of DreamPress had approached me regarding publishing a collection of my fantasy stories in France. All the details have now been worked out, and I am very excited to announce that La Danse des Esprits will be published this October and will include thirteen (a good number for a fantasy collection) of my previously published stories, translated into French. Aside from the coolness of having a new collection and in another language, I am particularly excited because of the people involved with this project.

Free ebook of the week: "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down"

This week's free ebook is "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down." The coupon code is BY-HER-HAND-FREE. To use the coupon, click on the cover at the left (or go to my bookstore, click on the ebook section, and select "Scream Angel") and enter the code in the coupon box on the order page. This coupon will be valid only for the first ten people who use it. If you're late reading this, and the coupon has expired, you can always use one of the coupons on my specials page. "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" first appeared in The Third Alternative magazine in the UK (now Black Static and was selected for The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #13 in 2002. The story was a finalist for the Aurora Award in 2002 for best short fiction. It is included in my collection, Chimerascope, which is a current finalist for the 2011 Aurora and 2011 Sunburst Awards. And of course, this is the story on which the indie movie of the same name was based. Enjoy!

Free ebook of the week: "Scream Angel"

In honour of this announcement, this week's free ebook is "Scream Angel." The coupon code is SCREAM-ANGEL-FREE. To use the coupon, click on the cover at the right (or go to my bookstore, click on the ebook section, and select "Scream Angel") and enter the code in the coupon box on the order page. This coupon will be valid only for the first ten people who use it. If you're late reading this and you find that coupon has expired, you can always use one of the coupons on my specials page. "Scream Angel" won the Aurora Award in 2004 for best short fiction and first appeared in the anthology, Low Port. It is included in my collection, Chimerascope, which is a current finalist for the 2011 Aurora and 2011 Sunburst Awards. Enjoy!

"Scream Angel" selected for annual Bulgarian SF almanac

My novelette "Scream Angel," which won the Aurora Award in 2004 for best short fiction, has been selected for the annual FantAstika 2010-2011 Almanac by the Human Library Foundation in Bulgaria. "Scream Angel" was first published in Bulgarian in the magazine,Terra Fantastika, in 2005 (see cover at left).

The story will be one of twelve stories included in the almanac, along with about thirty pieces of non-fiction. The FantAstika Almanac is "an annual 400-page publication dedicated to interesting (and possibly human-evolving) events in SF, mostly in Bulgaria but also around the world." The anthology will be published in both print and ebook formats.

This marks the fourteenth sale for "Scream Angel" and its eleventh translation.

Interview: Publishing a collection (part 3 of 3)

Krista Ball continues her three-part interview with me on my experiences in publishing my two collections and working with small presses. Part 3 is below or you can also read it on Krista's blog. Here are the links to the earlier posts in the series:
Part 1
Part 2

Question: What are three things that people need to consider before going with a small press?

First is reputation. If you're considering a small press, check out their authors and contact at least three of them. Ask them about their experience with the press. How involved were they in the publishing process? Did they get cover input? What about the quality of the editing and copyediting? What about promotion? Where were they reviewed? Scan the awards ballots and see which presses are showing up regularly. And check out some of their books, especially their covers, and their author list. Any big names on their list? Would you like to be included on that list, or have you not heard of anyone that they publish?

Interview: Publishing a collection (part 2 of 3)

(Krista Ball continues her three-part interview with me on my experiences in publishing my two collections and working with small presses. Part 2 is below or you can also read it on Krista's blog. Part 1 is here.)

Question: Did you go the agent route? Why or why not.

For a collection? Nope. No need to and no advantage in doing so. Since I wasn't targeting the big NYC houses, an agent wouldn't have done me any good. I could research the small presses as well as they could, and could submit to those directly myself. Even if I had foolishly tried to target the big publishers, an agent wouldn't have been interested in trying to market a collection. They know collections don't sell, and a collection would get an incredibly small advance compared to a novel, even a first novel. So from an agent's point of view, that translates into a lot of work with no chance of success and for very little pay even if they could sell it. From my point of view, an agent was not going to do anything for me with a small press that I couldn't do better myself.

Question: What are the top 3 best things about a small press?

Well, for the two presses I worked with, I could list more than three. But most of my points would come down to retaining an involvement and degree of control over your book. With both collections, I had input on who should write the introduction, the stories to include, the order of their appearance, editing and copy-editing, promotion, etc..

Interview: Publishing a collection (part 1 of 3)

Fellow author Krista D. Ball interviewed me recently on my experiences with selling my two collections and with working with small genre presses for both of the books. The discussion went longer than we expected so Krista is posting the interview in three parts on her blog. I've posted part 1 below, or you can check out Publishing a Short Story Collection (part 1) on Krista's blog as well.

Krista's first question: In Chimerascope, most of the stories were at least nominated for Aurora Awards and one was a winner. With a strong list of credits like that, why did you choose to go with a small Canadian press like ChiZine?

True, the stories in Chimerascope have a lot of award credentials. "Scream Angel" won the Aurora, while another nine of the sixteen stories were Aurora finalists. "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" was also a Best New Horror selection, and several more received honourable mentions in the Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. I could talk similar numbers for my first collection, Impossibilia, which had another Aurora winner ("Spirit Dance") and an Aurora finalist in its three-novelette line-up.

But if I pick up any collection, I'd expect to see award credits for the stories. A collection is supposed to represent an author's best work. But unfortunately, regardless of awards, a "big" publisher will simply not be interested in publishing a collection, unless you are a Name (which I'm not). The strategy for how an author should market a collection changed from when I started writing to when I was ready to market Impossibilia in 2008. And it's changed again since I published Chimerascope just last year, thanks to eBooks and indie publishing options.

Free ebook of the week: Going Harvey in the Big House

With this blog entry, I'm starting what I'm planning to have as a regular (weekly, maybe? weekly-ish??) feature on the site for my regular visitors. Each week, I will post a coupon for a free ebook from my spiffy new online store. This coupon will be valid only for the first ten people who use it. The coupon expires after ten uses, so check back here each week and try to be in the first ten. This week's free ebook is "Going Harvey in the Big House," which recently showed up on Kris Rusch's 2011 Recommended Reading List. The coupon code is HARVEY-FREE. Go to "Going Harvey..." in my bookstore, click on the ebook section, select "Going Harvey...", and enter that code in the coupon box on the order page. And if you're late reading this and you find that coupon has expired, you can always use one of the coupons on my specials page. "Going Harvey..." is included in my collection, Chimerascope, which is a current finalist for the 2011 Aurora and 2011 Sunburst Awards. Enjoy!

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