This summer I was a guest instructor at the annual Odyssey Writing Workshop. During my guest lecture I focused on writing a series, including pros and cons of writing a series, the different types of series, and shared tips and techniques gathered from my own experiences, and those of fellow writers. They lecture is now available in podcast form at http://www.sff.net/odyssey/podcasts.html . Look for podcast #67 (part 1) and podcast #68 (part 2).
CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS was phenomenally successful, raising over 150% of its goal. Thanks to the authors who agreed to be part of this project and everyone who pledged their support. CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE will be the first title released by the new small press Zombies Need Brains (http://www.zombiesneedsbrains.com) which was founded by Joshua Palmatier. I’m co-editing the anthology and looking forward to reading the wonderful stories that it inspired.
I’m also looking forward to ZNB t-shirts featuring the slogan of the new press– HUMANS NEED BOOKS LIKE ZOMBIES NEED BRAINS. Because really, what more needs to be said?
Look for CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS to be available in May 2014.
In the totally cool news department–frequent co-conspirator Joshua Palmatier recently launched a small press www.zombiesneedbrains.com which will release anthologies of original sf&f stories. I’ll be co-editing the first project CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS which is being funded via Kickstarter www.kickstarter.com/projects/543968884/clockwork-universe-steampunk-vs-aliens-anthology .
When aliens reach Earth, they encounter the clockwork mechanisms and Victorian sensibilities of a full-blown steampunk civilization, and Joshua has assembled an incredible group of authors who have agreed to write stories for the anthology: Bradley Beaulieu, Caitlin Kittredge, Gini Koch, Scott Lynch, Gail Z. Martin, Seanan McGuire, and Ian Tregillis. The remaining slots will be filled by invitation. I’m incredibly excited about this project, and not simply because I came up with the idea for the anthology. Looking forward to once again getting to work with Joshua and a group of fabulous authors.
I’m pleased to announce that Audible has purchased the audio book rights to my fantasy trilogies. The Chronicles of Josan is currently in production with THE FIRST BETRAYAL scheduled to be available in September, followed by THE SEA CHANGE and THE FINAL SACRIFICE. The Devlin series will then follow.
Working with the narrator has been an interesting exercise. As the author I can choose to let the narrator determine pronunciations, or I can specify my own. Naturally being a type-A personality, I chose to provide guidance, which meant the narrator would send me lists of foreign and invented words, and I would record the preferred pronunciation. The experience gave me a new level of appreciation for how hard the book narrators work, and I can’t wait to listen to the final product.
I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be a guest instructor at next year’s Odyssey Writing Workshop, held in Manchester, New Hampshire. I really enjoyed my first time as a lecturer in 2009, and was excited when they invited me to return for next year.
The 2013 workshop runs from June 10th through July 19th. Early applications are due January 31st, 2013, and regular applications are due April 8th, 2013. Lecturers include Nancy Holder (writer-in-residence), Holly Black, Patricia Bray, Adam-Troy Castro, Jack Ketchum and Sheila Williams.
Fun fact– during my first stint as a guest lecturer at Odyssey, I explained to the students that I was a novel writer, and had no recent experience with short stories. I’ve since gone on to publish a short story and co-edit two fantasy anthologies, so I’ll have a new skillset to bring to the table.
Holy Foreign Sales, Batgirl!
While looking up info for the new website, I came across a new German edition of Bewitching Kittens, the Halloween-themed Regency that contains my novella Charlotte’s Kitten. (Side note: yes, Halloween and Regency England, I was as skeptical as you are when I was given the assignment.)
The English edition of the novella quickly earned out, and though Zebra didn’t go back to press, they did sell German language rights. And the German language edition sold well. And kept selling. And they reissued it with new covers, and those editions kept selling. By my count they are on their fourth cover.
See all four covers.