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Podcast interview up

Friend and fellow writer, John Mierau, recently interviewed me via Skype for another of his continuing series of podcast interviews with writers. We chatted about a bunch of writerly topics, including short stories, ebooks, the state of NYC publishing, indie publishing options for writers these days, and more. You can check out the podcast on John's site if you're interested.

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Cool! "Going Harvey in the Big House" is recommended reading

Multi-award winning and multi-genre writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch recently posted her 2011 Recommended Reading List, and I was delighted to see that she included one of my short stories, "Going Harvey in the Big House," on her list. Here's what Kris had to say about that story:

"I first read this story in a workshop nearly a decade ago. Since then, Doug sold it to a number of different markets and it was a finalist for Canada’s prestigious Aurora Award. Now it’s out in e-book format. I read a lot, as you can tell, and I don’t remember most stories the next day, let alone decades later. The images and the power of the story have stayed with me all this time. That’s one of the strongest recommendations I can give."

Thanks, Kris! This means a lot to me. It's great to be on a list with names like Neil Gaiman, Bruce Stirling, and Geoff Landis. And if any of you are writers, you really, really need to be following both Kris's and Dean Wesley Smith's blogs on a regular basis. I can think of no better source than these two to understand and stay abreast of the rapidly evolving world of publishing.

Please vote for Chimerascope for the Aurora Award

The voting ballot is now available for the 2011 Aurora Awards, the official awards of the Canadian SF and Fantasy Association. I am thrilled that this year my first full collection, Chimerascope, is one of five finalists under the category "Related Work." Your vote would be truly appreciated.

Why Does Chimerascope Deserve Your Vote?

Fair question. I'm a little biased, but here are some reasons:

  • It is currently also a finalist for the Sunburst Awards, Canada's only juried award for speculative fiction, sharing the ballot with the likes of Guy Gavriel Kay, Robert J. Sawyer, and Charles de Lint.
  • Earlier this year, Chimerascope was on the final ballot for the national CBC "Bookies" awards, sharing the ballot with the likes of Stieg Larsson, Suzanne Collins, William Gibson, and Robert J. Sawyer.
  • It has consistently received rave reviews in Canada and around the world.
  • It contains 16 of my best stories, including an Aurora Award winner, a Best New Horror selection, nine Aurora Award finalists, and three Year's Best Fantasy & Horror honourable mentions
  • Still not convinced? Why not download a free ebook of any story in Chimerascope? Just grab your free coupon code and make your selection in my bookstore

How to Vote

The voting process this year involves two steps (but two simple steps, honest): Step 1: Go to the Aurora Membership page If you didn't participate in nominating for the Aurora's earlier this year, then you need to click on the "Register" link at the bottom of the above page. Registration is free and is a one-time process only. In future years, you will not need to register again, and it saves the Aurora volunteers the work each year to validate that you're eligible to nominate and vote. It also allows you to receive updates and info on the Auroras if you wish. All registration information is solely for the use of Aurora voting and will never be shared with other groups. If you did nominate anything for the Auroras earlier this year, then you're already a registered member. Just enter your email address that you used in that process and your society number that you were assigned at registration in the boxes on this page. This will log you in and take you to your membership page, where you can vote. If you've forgotten or lost your society number, then click on the link "Forgot your Society Number?", and it will be emailed to you. Step 2: Vote At the bottom of your membership page, you will see either a "Buy now" or a "Vote now" link. If you're registered for SFContario, the convention that is hosting the Aurora Awards, your voting fee is already included in your membership, and you'll see the "Vote Now" link at the bottom. If you're not attending SFContario, you'll see a "Buy Now" link. Click on that to pay the $5.50 voting fee via PayPal or credit card. Either way is both quick and secure. You will then be taken to the actual voting ballot page. Follow the instructions (remember this is a preferential ballot -- your first pick is #1, second #2, etc.). You don't need to vote in all categories, and you don't need to enter a vote for all entries in the categories that you do vote in. To vote for Chimerascope, page down to the category "RELATED WORKS" and enter your vote. Any Canadian citizen (not necessarily living in Canada) or permanent resident may vote. The voting period closes October 15, 2011.

About the Auroras

This will be the 31st year that the "Auroras" will be presented. On a per-capita basis, the Aurora Awards have the largest voter turnout of any national SF award in the world, exceeding that of the American-dominated Hugos, the Japanese Seiuns, the British Arthur C. Clarke Awards, and the Australian Ditmars. Each year, a different convention or group hosts the awards ceremony.

Free books and discount coupons in my online store

My online bookstore is now live, and I've added a page where I'll be posting special discount offers, including free giveaways, discounts, and 2-for-1 specials. Current offers include:

  • a coupon for a free ebook version of any short story contained in my second collection, Chimerascope
  • 50% off any ebook in my store.

Most of the coupons have a limit of one use per customer, and they all have a maximum number of buyers, so try them out soon. I'll change the coupons regularly, so check the page often. Any feedback on the store or my site is always welcome.

"By Her Hand..." movie at another film festival

The indie film based on my short story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" will be screening at the film festival program at the 2011 Cyphan convention in Chicago, July 29-31. Great to see that this movie still has some legs. It's won 11 awards so far for Anthony and the crew, so let's hope it picks up some more. You can read all about the movie, the awards its won, how it came about, plus see the trailer and more right here. The official Movie Companion Book is also now available as an ebook or a signed personalized print book.

Krista D. Ball interviews me about short fiction

Krista D. Ball interviews me on her site today about writing and marketing short fiction, including the following:

  • Is the short form your favourite to write, or did you just fall into that?
  • How does an author choose when to do a collection?
  • As a reader, what do you look for in short fiction?
  • Do the works of others influence where your ideas take you?
  • What advice would you give an unpublished writer trying to break into short stories?
  • What is your opinion on unpaid or very low paying markets? Do you have a firm rule (“I never work for under 2 cents a word”) or do you play it by ear for each market and/or piece?

Read the interview here.

Ebook sale in my store: Buy one, get one FREE

To launch my new online bookstore, I'm running a 2-for-1 sale this week. Buy any ebook and add another of equal or lesser value to your order for free. Just enter this coupon code into the "Coupon code" box in the shopping cart page:

2FOR1-01B294B2

One use per customer. The sale ends next week, Saturday, July 16. Hope that you'll check out the store!

Buying links for the Sunburst Awards short-list

I blogged earlier about my collection Chimerascope being chosen by the jury for the 2011 Sunburst Awards short list for adult fiction. SF Scope has now kindly published the full shortlist with buying links on Amazon for all of the finalists. So if you want to check out some of the best Canadian speculative fiction from 2010, click away!

New online store is now live!

My new online store is now officially launched and live on this site! The new store provides the following options for buying my published fiction:

  • Short Story eBooks: You can now buy over two dozen brand new ebooks of my previously published short stories and novelettes, most of them for only $0.99. All are available in both .mobi (Kindle) and .epub formats (all other major ereaders), and all are DRM-free. With one exception, the gorgeous covers were done by Erik Mohr, the talented artist who does all of the covers for ChiZine Publications. Jean-Pierre Normand, the equally talented and multi-award winning artist, also did one cover.
  • Chimerascope: Now you can find buying links for my first full collection, Chimerascope, at my online bookstore and at all the major traditional and online book stores, including Chapter/Indigo, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and many other ebook retailers. Chimerascope is currently a finalist for the 2011 Sunburst Award for adult fiction and for the 2011 Aurora Award as well. Earlier this year, it was a finalist for the inaugural CBC Bookies Award for Best Collection.
  • Impossibilia: Similar to Chimerascope, you can now find a full set of buying lnks for Impossibilia, my first collection and an Aurora Finalist in 2009.
  • By Her Hand, She Draws You Down: The Movie Companion Book: You can now purchase the ebook version of this collector's item from the store, as well as ordering the original print version.
  • Personalized and signed print copies: Want a special gift? Now you can order signed editions of Chimerascope, Impossibilia, and the By Her Hand Movie Book, personalized as per your instructions and shipped to you directly. So take a look around the new store. I hope that you'll find something that you like!

"Radio Nowhere" to appear on Escape Pod as audio story

My weird / SF / time travel / love story, "Radio Nowhere" will be published as an audio book in an upcoming issue of Escape Pod, the excellent SF podcast magazine. "Radio Nowhere" first appeared in the horror anthology, Campus Chills, and was a finalist for the Aurora Award in 2010. If you'd like to read the story and didn't get a copy of the anthology, you can buy the ebook version of "Radio Nowhere" from my online store for just $0.99. I'll post here and tweet when the story is up on the Escape Pod site.

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