Juno Books, publisher of Seaborn has struck a very nice deal with S&S imprint Pocket Books.
Copying this directly from the Juno Books blog:
POCKET BOOKS IN CO-PUBLISHING AGREEMENT WITH JUNO BOOKS
TO PUBLISH CONTEMPORARY FANTASY FICTION
New York, New York (January 19, 2009) – Louise Burke, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Pocket Books, has announced a new co-publishing agreement with Juno Books, best known for contemporary fantasy novels that emphasize strong female protagonists in richly imagined contexts. Juno will become an imprint of Pocket Books, publishing one title per month with the first release, AMAZON INK by Lori Devoti, slated for June 2009.
Juno Books began its publishing program in Fall 2006 and quickly became noted in the fantasy fiction genre for such breakout successes as Carole Nelson Douglas and Stacia Kane and garnering critical acclaim for many of their titles.
“Pocket Books and Juno Books are a great fit,” said Louise Burke. “We’ve seen great growth in this category, are delighted to now have a dedicated line, and look forward to helping to cultivate a wider audience for Juno’s terrific roster of authors.”
Juno Books Editor Paula Guran said: “I’m tremendously excited about the opportunity to help take Juno to the next level through our association with Pocket Books. Both Juno and fantasy readers in general will gain immensely by sales and marketing reach of Pocket Books and Simon & Schuster, while still getting the best of our editorial sensibility.”
Pocket Books Senior Editor Jennifer Heddle will work in concert with Juno Books Editor Paula Guran.
If you hit my blog with any frequency, you know I've been going on about a graphic novel/web comic project, Saltwater Witch. I've been posting 3 -5 pages every week (Monday's) since November. It's the story of one of my characters from my novel Seaborn (Juno Books, 2008), with the events taking place about five years before the events in Seaborn.
And it's free. I want anyone who likes fantasy, comics--any graphic forms of stories, the ocean, magic, or just a good story to check it out, grab the PDFs and share them. I have a lot of work licensed with Creative Commons licenses of various kinds, but I haven't placed Saltwater Witch under one yet. I'm still deciding.
So, what's this all about, and what am I getting out of it?
Okay, I'm after readers, lots of them, and I'm not going to cover up the fact that I really want you to buy a copy of Seaborn--and if you already have one, buy one for your local library.
But there's more to it...
I'm giving Saltwater Witch away for now because I also want to build up my comic art skills. (Give me some feedback!) Readers--and consequently (or maybe it's the reverse) libraries and bookstores--are buying more graphic novels and comics, and the market isn't going to get anything but bigger.
I want to be a part of that.
You've no doubt seen the graphic versions of stories from Laurel Hamilton, James Patterson, Jim Butcher, Cory Doctorow, and so many others. This is the big time, this the direction things are going, and as a writer who has some drawing and painting skills, I want to do anything I can, expand in every direction that will make me and my work more marketable. That's the key. I think so, anyway.
How long do you expect Saltwater Witch to run--in pages?
I couldn't tell you anything but a guess. It'll obviously be much shorter than the actual novel manuscript, which is under consideration with a publisher. No word yet on where that's going, but these are tough times, and editors have to make bottom-line-affecting decisions--and I'm an author with one published novel and a couple short stories out there. On the other hand, no one gets anywhere without taking chances, or looking to the future. So, maybe it's a great time to be an author with one published novel?
Oh yeah, I just posted pages 50 through 54. Check it all out here:
Let me know what you think--comment on any individual page or email me at email@example.com. I'd love to hear from you!
How cool is that? The service I've spent the last year designing and developing--Ozmo--has a nice big post on the creative commons blog along with a description and links to the genius behind the Ozmo video, Ryan Junell.
Ozmo provides commercial licensing services for bloggers, photographers, illustrators, anyone with online content. We're out the door with support for text and image licensing, and we'll be following up with video and audio (music, podcast). We play well with Creative Commons, using CC+, so you can create a CC license along with your Ozmo license.
Free for non-commercial use. I posted a batch of book images on Flickr, closeups, edge shots, stacked, pages, a couple with USB cords sticking out of the pages.
These four books are from my Aristotle collection, not all the oldest, but my faves in the group, including a 1550 Madius edition of Aristotle's Poetics, and the big volume below, Operum Aristotelis Tomus II Guillelmo Laemario edition published in Lyon in 1597--I think this is really cool: the front cover is stamped with the crest of the Duke of Saxony, and the back is stamped with the crest of the Holy Roman Emporer. Here's the colophon. The interior shot on the left is from the oldest book in my collection, a Latin trans. of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, printed in Venice on June 25th 1516. More about this edition here.
Here's the thumbnail block. Click here to go to Flickr to check them out full-sized.
A friend of mine just heard my name on the radio! On 104.1 WBCN The Rock of Boston--they're talking about the book signing at Pandemonium Books on Thursday the 20th. I'll be there with Joe Haldeman and Jeff Carver. How cool is that?
On the radio...
Okay, I've jumped into this short story writing groove lately. I submitted another this morning--my second in a couple weeks. I'll have a third wrapped up this week, and probably sub'd over the weekend or early next week. And there's no slowing down. I have so many story ideas built up in my journal that it's more a matter of which ones do I spend time on, which ones am I passionate enough to chase?
As we know, an author's problem is never a lack of good ideas, but time to pursue the ones we already have. I've spent the last two years completing three novels, one of which has been published--Seaborn, the second is Seaborn's sequel and is with my editor, and the third is at a different publisher, under consideration.
I saw Craig Shaw Gardner at the SF in the 21st Century panel at UMass Lowell a couple weeks ago, and in a conversation about short fiction, he remarked that "short stories are great advertising."
Hmmmm… Tapping my chin, looking up at the ceiling tiles in thought. So many great SF novelists also create great short fiction, and I'm not just talking Heinlein and Asimov and the great SF golden age storytellers, but all the way up and including the great storytellers I read now, like John Scalzi and Kelly Link and Tobias Buckell and Elizabeth Bear and Mary Robinette Kowal and a hundred others.
I have a few novel length ideas going strong, but what I really want to do--at this moment in time--is help Seaborn continue to sell, to continue being stocked on the shelves at B&N.
What's an author to do?
Not just write more, but complete more. And the only way to do that is to go short. After three novels and armed to the eyes with ideas, I've found that I've become a better short story writer. I writer shorter, faster fiction. A couple years ago I couldn't keep a story under 6k words. Now, I'm writing 3000 - 4000 furious words and sealing the story shut.
My strategy is to continue writing short fiction, submit to the big four or five, write more SF, and get some of these published.
Another change is that I've written one story--and I have ideas for others--outside SF and F, but I mean just outside the genre door, close enough that the story might be thought of as fantasy, but mainstream enough to be considered for magazines and journals I've never considered for submission.
Okay, it's not just publicity.
I'll add that writing short fiction is very gratifying. I can see why some authors prefer short form to long. (I don't--but maybe that will change?) There's the rush of completing a story that feels right. Short fiction is like getting dessert every time you're hungry--without the other problems that lifestyle might carry with it. Novels--like 38 course meals--take so long to complete, and sure the book-complete rush is almost blinding, with a short story you get the goodness in nice enjoyable dollops, sweet enough to keep things going.
...and it was damn fun. I'd guess about 20 People or so. It started out funny because Skott was driving and I told him 7PM when it turned out to be 7:30. Speed records and law breaking ensued and we got some exercise running for the Alumni library only to find out...we were early. Some interesting questions from the audience, and a good balanced panel, some serious, some funny. Basically we talked for an hour and a half about SF and it’s future. I don’t think it could have gone better.
Jeff Carver moderated, kicked off discussions. The talk ranged over everything SF, what's new, what's next, how is our genre changing, touching on subjects that could feed whole new panels, writers blogging, graphic novels and predicting the ending of Lost (in which I was lost, because I've never seen the show).
I know Jeff Carver and Craig Shaw Gardner from the SF workshop they run every year in the Boston area (In the caves under Pandemonium Books in Central Square in Cambridge). First time I've met both Alex Jablokov and Matt Jarpe--although I've seen them at cons. Alex was hilarious, a great sense of sarcasm, and since I can't wait for Brain Thief to come out next summer, I'm going to track down A Deeper Sea because, well, it's the sea! Matt's novel Radio Freefall is next on my list to read--I've heard nothing but good things about it.
The local Barnes & Noble in Lowell had a stack of books for sale--and for each of us to sign. Jeff's novel Sunborn just came out and they had a cool cover display. Man, I want one of those!
I've been busy. Alice and the kids told me last week that Seaborn was on the "New Fantasy / SF" shelf at Barnes & Noble (It's on the regular shelves, too, next to Madeline Howard and Robert E. Howard). I just haven't had time to run up there to see it with my own eyes. All changed last night. And..? It's crazy, pointing, taking pictures in the store, thinking, "Hey, that's my damned book...right there next to Sandworms!" But I only mentally got down on my knees and pawed at the bookshelves.
Jeff Carver and Craig Gardner have posted the the sign-up info for the Fall 2008 Ultimate SF (and fantasy) Workshop. If You're in the Boston area and want to write better, get published, this is for you! It's easy on the schedule, too.
10-week [Tuesday evenings] writing workshop starts October 7 at Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn from two pros how to write and sell your SF, fantasy, and horror stories and novels!
Get all the info on Jeff's site here: