Kicking the year off strong

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In a nice one-two punch to kick off the year, I'm participating in two different fiction collections. One of them, A Taste of Tomorrow, is already available on Amazon. This collection is actually a boxed-set of dystopian novels, and I'm pretty excited to be a part of it. My book The Man Who Ended the World is included, along with novels/novellas by everyone from Hugh Howey and Joe Nobody to Saul Tanpapper and Joseph Turkot. There are some 3,000 pages of end-of-the-world excellence in this set. (And it's only $2.99, which means it's an insane deal.) 

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The second collection is an anthology of speculative fiction stories called From the Indie Side. Everybody involved with the project is an 'indie' – an independent author, a freelance editor, a part-time writer with a day job – which makes it even more special. I've gotten an early peek at this, and the book is absolutely fantastic. There are stories here from Hugh Howey (who really is just everywhere these days), Kate Danley, Michael Bunker, Ernie Lindsey and plenty more. I've contributed a short story called "The Winter Lands" that I'm particularly proud of. 

Oh, and equally fun – I designed the cover art for both collections. 

This is a really nice way to start off the year. 

Several other interesting things are happening:

I'm also making progress on Eleanor, which is still under submission to Amazon Publishing. While I think it's a longshot that APub makes an offer on the book, it's also a worthwhile effort, I think. It's the first submission I've sent anywhere in a very, very long time. But a lot has changed since those days long past, because now if the publisher passes on the book, it doesn't prevent me from sharing it with you anyway. I am, after all, an indie author. Regardless of how the book is published, it will be published, and that's the exciting part.

I've also been invited to participate in a couple of panels at Portland's Wizard World convention on January 25 and 26. Here's a bit about the two panels, organized by local author and GeekDad writer Erik Wecks:

Saturday, January 25, 2:00 – 2:45PM 

DOES THE SCI IN SCIENCE FICTION MATTER?
Why is it everyone loves Star Wars, but comparatively few will read a science fiction book? Lovers and haters, gather with three local science fiction authors to discuss what works and what doesn't, and tell us what would make science fiction sing. (C120)

Sunday, January 26, 1:30 – 2:15PM 

SPEED DATING WITH SPECULATIVE FICTION AUTHORS
Need a new book to read? Are you tired of looking for the needle in a haystack of drivel? Here's your chance to hear an elevator pitch and a short reading by local fantasy and science fiction authors. Ask questions, find a great read, and purchase the books you want on the spot. (C120)

If you're in the area in late January, swing by the panels and say hello! (And enjoy the rest of the con, which is pretty cool.) Interesting fact: These will be my first – ahem – public appearances as an author, so come expecting goofs, missteps and fumbled questions! (Well, hopefully not.) For the first panel, I'll be joining Erik Wecks and local SF/fantasy writer Annie Bellet. For the second, you'll get to meet a number of local indie authors, and possibly hear an excerpt from Eleanor

In the meantime, pick up A Taste of Tomorrow – get to know some new indie authors and discover some really powerful reads. I think you'll enjoy it!