Rhysling and Pushcart Prize Nominated Poetry Here!
The poems in Leslie Andersons’ An Inheritance of Stone racked up a number of prestigious prize nominations, including a Pushcart Prize nomination and two Rhysling Prize nominations…and you can get her work in print and digital formats. (That’s right, poetry people, digital formats.)
Pre-Order Links For Steampunk World
You might remember that I like to make sure that I would be able to get backer rewards to you before putting the book on sale. And now that I have the print books for Steampunk World, I am proud to announce an official public on-sale date for Steampunk World of 15 August 2014.
But you don’t have to wait - there are now pre-order links available!
You can pre-order from Amazon or directly from Alliteration Ink!
Hey Canada (and everywhere else)! Get your free eBooks at your bookstore!
As reported last month, Alliteration Ink is partnered with BitLit in order to provide free eBooks with the purchase of a print book. Currently, BitLit has their Canada Summer Reads program going on, with bookstores all across Canada actively participating!
We’re thrilled to partner with BitLit this way; it means that you can support your local bookstores and still get eBooks without any hassle. If you haven’t gotten the app yet, check it out!
Want to play an RPG set in the world of Jessie Shimmer?
I wanted to take a second here to mention something that you’re probably going to find really cool: A roleplaying game that has the world of Jessie Shimmer as one of its stretch goals:
The guy running it, Lester Smith, has actually worked with Alliteration Ink before - we published his stories in the first two volumes of The Crimson Pact, so we’re doubly excited about this game. Let me have him describe it for you:
The d6xd6 CORE RPG centers on a quick-and-easy system for generating characters for any setting in five minutes or less.
Just pick a name, gender, and age. Then choose one personal attribute—Brawn, Grace, Wits, or Will—to be your strength and one to be your weakness.
Next, declare an occupation—any occupation you can imagine—to serve as your main skill. Then choose up to eight secondary skills from a list of 15 to 20, depending on the setting.
It sounds fast, easy, and fun, and features a ton of playable settings. Go check out that Kickstarter, and let’s get to make characters alongside Jessie and Pal!
Hear Michael Haynes’ Story “Learning The Game” from *SIDEKICKS!* for free!
The Table of Contents of *Streets of Shadows*
I am thrilled with the final ToC for Streets of Shadows. Without further ado:
Streets of Shadows
"What I Am" - Tom Piccirilli
"A Game of Cards" - A.C. Wise
"Shooting Aphrodite" - Gary Kloster
"Santa Muerte" - Lucy Snyder and Dan Robichaud
"Morrigan’s Girls" - Gerard Brennan
"Such Faces We Wear, Such Masks We Hide" - Damien Angelica Walters
"The Man Who Has Been Killing Kittens" - Douglas F. Warrick
"The Large Man" - Paul Tremblay
"Unfilial Child" - Laurie Tom
"Street Worm" - Nisi Shawl
"Der Kommissar’s In Town" - Nick Mamatas
"The Shadow People" - Brandon Massey
"Hand Fast" - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"Beware of Dog" - Kevin J. Anderson
"Stay: A Tale of the Spellmason Chronicles" - Anton Strout
"God Needs Not the Future" - Jason Sizemore
"Relics" - Tim Lebbon
"Cold Fear" - Lucien Soulban
"In Vino Veritas" - Tim Waggoner and Michael West
"Best Served Cold" - Seanan McGuire
"Toby’s Closet" - Jonathan Maberry
A whole bunch of these authors and editors (and I) are actually going to be Context 27 in September of this year, where the book’s official launch will be occurring.
Thank you again to all our backers for your support.
The new store is live…
The webstore for Alliteration Ink has shifted to a self-hosted one. There’s three big reasons for this:
1. I want to maintain independence from any particular storefront. Our books will be available from as many places as possible - but I’m not going to lock authors into a contract with Amazon, B&N, or any other store.
2. This way I can easily bundle digital books with print books at the time of sale. I think BitLit is a great app, and definitely a huge asset to everyone who buys books directly from authors or other stores. But, if I’m committed to bundling print and digital books together, I should do it for books sold directly from our webstore.
3. It lets you browse. Not all of Alliteration Ink’s titles are “the same”… but there is a similar sensibility behind them. And arranging them this way lets you more easily find the other books and authors. The “similar items” plugin works from the item tags - and I’ve put each author in as a tag. So you can easily see which books Nayad Monroe, Sarah Hans, Maurice Broaddus - for some examples - have been involved with.
Win a Free Copy of the new 2014 edition of Beauty & Dynamite by Alethea Kontis
This revised and expanded edition officially releases on the 15th - and that’s the latest you can enter to win a copy for yourself!
Or, you can preorder the book here.
In Memoriam: Jay Lake
As Steampunk World nears completion, I am saddened to learn that one of the contributors, Jay Lake, has passed. (news here)
Sarah Hans and I are donating 20% of the proceeds of retail sales of Steampunk World to the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund in Jay’s memory. Her tribute and announcement are at http://sarahhans.com/2014/06/01/honoring-jay-lake/.
While he is gone, his work will help continue the fight against cancer.