wyld_dandelyon: (Allegedly Sleepy)
It's like magic--you have arcane instructions to follow, and if you do the work, if you're lucky, if the stars are right, if you don't quit and don't give up and remember to read your e-mail, something wonderful might happen.

It's also like magic in that when things happen the results are often not exactly what you expected.

I'm talking about the publishing world, of course. You write and write and write and submit and submit, and nothing happens and nothing happens and nothing happens and nothing happens ...

And then something happens.

In fact, several things happen all at once, usually when you're swamped by mundane things.

For instance, recently I was invited to have a gallery page over at Rainbow Ark! Check it out: http://www.myrainbowark.com/gallerywylddand.html The work there includes (among other things) a poem I wrote a while back for an anthology that never happened.

Then there's my one and only zombie story. I wrote it for a specific anthology and it was accepted! There was much rejoicing until I learned that the publisher had to bow out, leaving the anthology orphaned. The editors looked for a new publisher, but eventually, after more than a year since the last e-mail from the editors, I started sending the story out to other venues. In a thematically appropriate twist, the anthology rose from the dead and I had to wait for the story to be rejected to let it head back home again (same anthology and editors, new publisher).

Then, because two things at once is clearly not enough, my werewolf story in the anthology Tails of the Pack just came out in e-book formats. I had expected some warning of the anticipated publication date, but instead got an e-mail to say "Look! it's out!" Shortly after, I was interviewed here: http://patriciacorrell.blogspot.com/ (By now you have to scroll down a bit--I'm "Day 3" of the interviews.)

Squee!

See, just like magic, things happen!

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And now, it's time to get back to that "doing the work" part of things.
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The story that RJ Astruc and I wrote for this anthology, Scrapheap Angel, started with a friendship on LJ.  RJ asked if anyone wanted to collaborate on a story, and I thought what the heck.  I've had both very good experiences collaborating and experiences that, well, didn't work out.  Anyway, we chatted a while on Skype--well, she chatted and I typed, since I couldn't get that old laptop to pick up audio no way no how.  And then we took turns writing.  Finally, happily, the editor liked it!

The book goes on sale today, and if you're inclined to buy it--for yourself or as a gift--please consider ordering today.  A good first day showing can make a big difference to a book's success in the marketplace.

You can order Subversion:  Science Fiction & Fantasy Tales of Challenging the Norm  here: 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615533299  (PRINT)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006GG90JE  (EBOOK)

In honor of this release, I'm announcing a contest--If during the month of December you review any of the three anthologies that my stories appeared in this year (Family Ties & Torn Skies, Re-Vamp, and Subversion) on your Amazon, Goodreads, a similar venue and/or on your blog, and leave a link here, I'll enter you into a drawing for however many SF&F books from my library I can mail to you for $10 US (That's a medium flat rate box if you're in the US).  The winner will get a chance to share their preferences as to authors and/or sub-genres before I raid my bookshelves to choose the prizes.

I suppose I should share links for finding the other books:

Family Ties & Torn Skies   This can also be found on Amazon.

Re-Vamp:
+Amazon paperback (US edition)
+Lulu paperback (worldwide edition)
+Amazon Kindle
+Smashwords (ebook, multiformat)

I'll pick a winner on January 1st--two winners, if you guys really blow me away with the number of reviews!

If you are inclined to boost this signal, please feel free, and thank you.
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The story that RJ Astruc and I wrote for this anthology, Scrapheap Angel, started with a friendship on LJ.  RJ asked if anyone wanted to collaborate on a story, and I thought what the heck.  I've had both very good experiences collaborating and experiences that, well, didn't work out.  Anyway, we chatted a while on Skype--well, she chatted and I typed, since I couldn't get that old laptop to pick up audio no way no how.  And then we took turns writing.  Finally, happily, the editor liked it!

The book goes on sale today, and if you're inclined to buy it--for yourself or as a gift--please consider ordering today.  A good first day showing can make a big difference to a book's success in the marketplace.

You can order Subversion:  Science Fiction & Fantasy Tales of Challenging the Norm  here: 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615533299  (PRINT)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006GG90JE  (EBOOK)

In honor of this release, I'm announcing a contest--If during the month of December you review any of the three anthologies that my stories appeared in this year (Family Ties & Torn Skies, Re-Vamp, and Subversion) on your Amazon, Goodreads, a similar venue and/or on your blog, and leave a link here, I'll enter you into a drawing for however many SF&F books from my library I can mail to you for $10 US (That's a medium flat rate box if you're in the US).  The winner will get a chance to share their preferences as to authors and/or sub-genres before I raid my bookshelves to choose the prizes.

I suppose I should share links for finding the other books:

Family Ties & Torn Skies   This can also be found on Amazon.

Re-Vamp:
+Amazon paperback (US edition)
+Lulu paperback (worldwide edition)
+Amazon Kindle
+Smashwords (ebook, multiformat)

I'll pick a winner on January 1st--two winners, if you guys really blow me away with the number of reviews!

If you are inclined to boost this signal, please feel free, and thank you.
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
At Windycon I was on a panel about anthologies. I asked a lot of questions, since there were anthology editors on the panel, and when I'm on a panel with people who know things I don't, I try to both learn from them and let them shine.[Poll #1800427][Poll #1800428][Poll #1800429]
I'd love to get your opinions and comments, to help me sort out my thoughts on this topic.  
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
At Windycon I was on a panel about anthologies. I asked a lot of questions, since there were anthology editors on the panel, and when I'm on a panel with people who know things I don't, I try to both learn from them and let them shine.[Poll #1800427][Poll #1800428][Poll #1800429]
I'd love to get your opinions and comments, to help me sort out my thoughts on this topic.  

Torn World

Oct. 12th, 2011 10:22 pm
wyld_dandelyon: (Allegedly Sleepy)
My parents were readers of science fiction and fantasy long before I was. I grew up with dozens of the original, beautiful hardcover OZ books. Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Asimov were just a few of the names that were on shelves in our house before I had gulped down all the mysteries and mythology I could find and pulled the Lord of the Rings out to read it.

So I was pleased when I called her today, and she said she's reading the Torn World anthology, and is enjoying it.

Of course, that brings me back to the need to finish the stories I'm working on.

There's a Muse Fusion this weekend, and maybe a bit more time tonight before I fall asleep.

Oh--and I have a new article up over at tornworld.net.

Affafilalo is known as the City of Boats because it was built out into the ocean during the Sundered Times, when the barriers kept the weather calm. Now it is a tourist haven known for ocean studies, pirates, and laughter. Affafilalo is a rare example of a place where the sundered times were better than modern days...

I also have a painting of a scene in this city up at the site, called A View of Affafilalo.

Your comments are always welcome.

Torn World

Oct. 12th, 2011 10:22 pm
wyld_dandelyon: (Allegedly Sleepy)
My parents were readers of science fiction and fantasy long before I was. I grew up with dozens of the original, beautiful hardcover OZ books. Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Asimov were just a few of the names that were on shelves in our house before I had gulped down all the mysteries and mythology I could find and pulled the Lord of the Rings out to read it.

So I was pleased when I called her today, and she said she's reading the Torn World anthology, and is enjoying it.

Of course, that brings me back to the need to finish the stories I'm working on.

There's a Muse Fusion this weekend, and maybe a bit more time tonight before I fall asleep.

Oh--and I have a new article up over at tornworld.net.

Affafilalo is known as the City of Boats because it was built out into the ocean during the Sundered Times, when the barriers kept the weather calm. Now it is a tourist haven known for ocean studies, pirates, and laughter. Affafilalo is a rare example of a place where the sundered times were better than modern days...

I also have a painting of a scene in this city up at the site, called A View of Affafilalo.

Your comments are always welcome.
wyld_dandelyon: (Polychrome Wizard)
It was great to finally show people the first Torn World anthology (even if having the first panel where I showed off the beautiful book with the beautiful, big white unicorn on the cover was a vampire panel). I had fun despite all the new carpets outgassing and killing my singing voice, and the other less than optimal conditions beyond my control.

Now I'm home, and have to go to work in the morning, so I'll leave more details for later.

Thank you to everyone who bought the book at the con!

Good night, everyone! Sweet dreams.
wyld_dandelyon: (Polychrome Wizard)
It was great to finally show people the first Torn World anthology (even if having the first panel where I showed off the beautiful book with the beautiful, big white unicorn on the cover was a vampire panel). I had fun despite all the new carpets outgassing and killing my singing voice, and the other less than optimal conditions beyond my control.

Now I'm home, and have to go to work in the morning, so I'll leave more details for later.

Thank you to everyone who bought the book at the con!

Good night, everyone! Sweet dreams.
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[livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion now has hardcopies of the anthology Family Ties and Torn Skies. Advance perks are going away this weekend. Reviewer perks will still be available. Let her know if you would like to review our book. Request an e-copy here: http://www.tornworld.net/familyties.php and let her know where the review will appear.  Your blog, Amazon, and Smashwords, for instance.

We're about halfway to providing comp copies for contributors, so your support is welcome.

If you see me at Duckon this weekend, please feel free to ask to see  a copy.  I have some to sell, but so long as I have even one left, I'll be glad to let you look at it!

The roses are starting to bloom!  This little bush was almost hidden by the garage and the lilac.  It seems pleased to be getting more sun.

The silver lining for our long, cold spring is that this year the best weekend for the roses will NOT be during Duckon.  

If I have internet at the con, there's more pictures of roses to share--and maybe even pictures of Duckon.  

In front, we have irises!

wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] pics  now has hardcopies of the anthology Family Ties and Torn Skies. Advance perks are going away this weekend. Reviewer perks will still be available. Let her know if you would like to review our book. Request an e-copy here: http://www.tornworld.net/familyties.php and let her know where the review will appear.  Your blog, Amazon, and Smashwords, for instance.

We're about halfway to providing comp copies for contributors, so your support is welcome.

If you see me at Duckon this weekend, please feel free to ask to see  a copy.  I have some to sell, but so long as I have even one left, I'll be glad to let you look at it!

The roses are starting to bloom!  This little bush was almost hidden by the garage and the lilac.  It seems pleased to be getting more sun.

The silver lining for our long, cold spring is that this year the best weekend for the roses will NOT be during Duckon.  

If I have internet at the con, there's more pictures of roses to share--and maybe even pictures of Duckon.  

In front, we have irises!

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Saturday, I looked at the tracking numbers, saw that the books were out for delivery in Milwaukee, and so I sat with the TV silent, waiting for a knock on the door. Silence is essential, since my door is old, solid wood--three inches thick most places, and two inches even where it's carved inward to make it pretty. And no matter how big the house, 3" of wood is not a good drum-head.

I can't say I was patient--I went out to check the mail about a dozen times during the day.

Eventually, at 10 to 5, I found instead of an empty mailbox a little off-yellow slip of paper. I'd missed them.

And, of course, there's nothing you can do about that on a Sunday, and the post office closes the same time I get off work, so I sacrificed my lunch hour to go get the books. 

Here is one copy, being guarded by my cat.

It's clear that the camera focused on the cat's face, not the book, but that's OK, you can see the cover over at www.tornworld.net if you want to see it clearly.  You can't see my cat over there.

Duckon, here we come!

(That's me and the books, not me and the cat.  She doesn't take to crowds, even here at the house.)

Next project--get packed, and wait for a reply to my e-mail to Duckon staff, wherein I ask why I was scheduled for two events at the same time on Sunday...
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
Saturday, I looked at the tracking numbers, saw that the books were out for delivery in Milwaukee, and so I sat with the TV silent, waiting for a knock on the door. Silence is essential, since my door is old, solid wood--three inches thick most places, and two inches even where it's carved inward to make it pretty. And no matter how big the house, 3" of wood is not a good drum-head.

I can't say I was patient--I went out to check the mail about a dozen times during the day.

Eventually, at 10 to 5, I found instead of an empty mailbox a little off-yellow slip of paper. I'd missed them.

And, of course, there's nothing you can do about that on a Sunday, and the post office closes the same time I get off work, so I sacrificed my lunch hour to go get the books. 

Here is one copy, being guarded by my cat.

It's clear that the camera focused on the cat's face, not the book, but that's OK, you can see the cover over at www.tornworld.net if you want to see it clearly.  You can't see my cat over there.

Duckon, here we come!

(That's me and the books, not me and the cat.  She doesn't take to crowds, even here at the house.)

Next project--get packed, and wait for a reply to my e-mail to Duckon staff, wherein I ask why I was scheduled for two events at the same time on Sunday...
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
Holidays over, I turned to other outstanding obligations. I had edits requested from two editors, which they wanted by the end of the year, and so I read them over and tweaked the stories.

You often read how hard it is to read editors' comments; perhaps it's the particular editors involved with these stories, or maybe it's just years of writer's workshops, but I found the process pleasant today. It's really rather cool to have someone who likes your story enough to buy it helping to make sure it's the best story it can be before hundreds of strangers see it.

Revisiting the stories also made me eager to see these two anthologies in print!
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
Holidays over, I turned to other outstanding obligations. I had edits requested from two editors, which they wanted by the end of the year, and so I read them over and tweaked the stories.

You often read how hard it is to read editors' comments; perhaps it's the particular editors involved with these stories, or maybe it's just years of writer's workshops, but I found the process pleasant today. It's really rather cool to have someone who likes your story enough to buy it helping to make sure it's the best story it can be before hundreds of strangers see it.

Revisiting the stories also made me eager to see these two anthologies in print!

Sad News

Nov. 9th, 2010 06:09 pm
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Norilana Press is postponing the publication of four anthologies for a year. Details here: http://norilanabooks.livejournal.com/91313.html

On the one hand, that means that the story I wanted to submit to Warrior Wisewoman doesn't have to be finished by December 1, which reduces my time conflicts for NaNoWriMo right now, but on the other hand, if the economy and sales were better, at least two of those anthologies would probably be published both this year and next.

I'd rather have been stuck with the time crunch.

Sad News

Nov. 9th, 2010 06:09 pm
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
Norilana Press is postponing the publication of four anthologies for a year. Details here: http://norilanabooks.livejournal.com/91313.html

On the one hand, that means that the story I wanted to submit to Warrior Wisewoman doesn't have to be finished by December 1, which reduces my time conflicts for NaNoWriMo right now, but on the other hand, if the economy and sales were better, at least two of those anthologies would probably be published both this year and next.

I'd rather have been stuck with the time crunch.
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
RT @scifichat: Next #scifichat Fri. Dec. 11, 2-4 pm ET. We'll create shared world for anthology from Flying Pen Press! #Authors invited!

One of my first discoveries when I found Twitter was Debbi Ohi's tweet, leading to her blog post about Twitter chats for writers. One of these is #scifichat, which is 1-3 p.m. on Fridays my local time (basically, Chicago time). It is hosted by David Rozansky of Flying Pen Press, who publishes science fiction books (and an odd miscellany of other stuff, including poker books). http://www.flyingpenpress.com/ for those who are curious.

This week's chat was about worldbuilding, which I always find more interesting in the specific than the very general--i.e. an hour talking about some aspect of worldbuilding is better than talking about all aspects, and an hour doing it is better still. Perhaps he felt the same, because during the chat, he decided that next week will be a worldbuilding session, to create a shared world for Twitter authors to write in, and he tweeted that he will publish an anthology of such stories.

Being a spur-of-the-moment decision, he doesn't yet have writer's guidelines for lengths of stories or payment or deadlines yet.

However, I'm thinking this will be fun.

And I have a bunch of writer friends here, so I thought I would share.
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
RT @scifichat: Next #scifichat Fri. Dec. 11, 2-4 pm ET. We'll create shared world for anthology from Flying Pen Press! #Authors invited!

One of my first discoveries when I found Twitter was Debbi Ohi's tweet, leading to her blog post about Twitter chats for writers. One of these is #scifichat, which is 1-3 p.m. on Fridays my local time (basically, Chicago time). It is hosted by David Rozansky of Flying Pen Press, who publishes science fiction books (and an odd miscellany of other stuff, including poker books). http://www.flyingpenpress.com/ for those who are curious.

This week's chat was about worldbuilding, which I always find more interesting in the specific than the very general--i.e. an hour talking about some aspect of worldbuilding is better than talking about all aspects, and an hour doing it is better still. Perhaps he felt the same, because during the chat, he decided that next week will be a worldbuilding session, to create a shared world for Twitter authors to write in, and he tweeted that he will publish an anthology of such stories.

Being a spur-of-the-moment decision, he doesn't yet have writer's guidelines for lengths of stories or payment or deadlines yet.

However, I'm thinking this will be fun.

And I have a bunch of writer friends here, so I thought I would share.

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