Using Omeka, our class will create an online exhibit of objects from Hans’ Steampunk World. Each student will contribute three objects along with analysis of how these object exemplify the stories’ mash-ups of various cultures and steampunk.
It’s publication day for Steampunk World (Amazon, B&N, Alliteration Ink, Google), and as you may know, around here that also means a Goodreads giveaway! The giveaway is just for this weekend, so don’t delay - enter now!
The Writer’s Symposium at GenCon is a hidden treasure. I stumbled into it almost by accident during my first GenCon, and I’ve not looked back. It was the best crash-course a fledgling writer could have - both for the craft of writing and for the often-neglected business side of things.
Marc Tassin has been doing a bang-up job running the Symposium for the last several years, and I’m glad to be part of it again thanks to Jaym Gates.
She invited me to take part in her workshop:
Kickstarter, Social Media, and Standing Out From the Crowd
It’s at 3pm this Saturday, featuring Jaym Gates, Melanie Meadors, Stephen Hood (of the Storium Kickstarter), and myself. My part will include not only the ethics of running a successful crowdfunding campaign, but some of the hard data I’ve collected over four successful campaigns.
Prior to that, Sarah Hans (editor of Steampunk World and Sidekicks and author published all over the place) and I will be having an informal meet-and-greet at noon on Saturday right outside the Symposium’s rooms.
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.)
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!
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.
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.
I’ve mentioned this to the e-mail list, but realized I hadn’t put it up here: Alliteration Ink is working with Alethea Kontis to produce a new, revised edition of her book Beauty and Dynamite.
Along with her short-story collection Wild & Wishful, Dark & Dreaming, Ms. Kontis has two books with Alliteration Ink, with plans to continue the story started in Beauty and Dynamite. Stay tuned here for more information!
Little Red Reviewer Reads "Wild and Wishful, Dark and Dreaming"
The Little Red Reviewer’s review of Alethea Kontis’ book Wild and Wishful, Dark and Dreaming is up:
"What’s nice about single author collections is that the author’s voice can be heard as a constant note through the entire book. And Kontis’s voice is here, loud and strong. this is a woman who wants to take you new place and show you paths you didn’t see before.
Ultimately, Kontis is a woman who knows she’s got a story you want to hear.”
Alliteration Ink Bundles Digital Version With All Print Books - EVEN THOSE ALREADY SOLD
(23 May 2014 – DAYTON, OHIO – ) Alliteration Ink, with BitLit as the fulfillment partner, is now offering free eBooks with all purchases of print books. The free BitLit app allows book owners to claim the physical copy and to get the eBook version delivered by e-mail. With this move, Alliteration Ink joins Angry Robot, O’Reilly, and many other publishers.
“This method of bundling promotes all booksellers,” said Steven Saus, the owner of Alliteration Ink. “Whether you buy the book online, from a retail chain, an independent Mom-and-Pop bookstore, or even directly from the author, you own that book. And you should be able to read that book however you want to.”
Through the BitLit app, Alliteration Ink offers users DRM-free ePub, Kindle, and PDF formats of the books they purchased. By offering several formats without restrictive DRM, readers can easily load the eBooks onto their phone, tablet, computer, or eReader.
The ability to use almost any device to read is vital. “Digital books are important for people whose eyes are failing,” says Saus. Digital books allow readers to enlarge the print size as much as they like. Some software and eReaders can read the books to their owners. “Bundling digital and print versions allows our readers and fans to get the benefits of both.”
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Godzilla’s significant other?
Matt Betts has. And it’s in his collection See No Evil, Say No Evil.
Take a moment to experience “Instructions for Converting a Deathbot to a Gardenbot” as read by the author at thehappybotgardener.com, then pick up See No Evil, Say No Evil which includes such classics as “Werewolf by Night, Farmers Market Patron by Day”, “Concerning the Fire in Lab 53”, “Poem for a Bar I May Have Frequented in My Youth On the Occasion of it Burning Down”, and “The Night Godzilla Dumped His Chick”.
Hear "Gazing into the Carnauba Wax Eyes of the Future" for free on PodCastle!
(How did I miss this earlier?)
Keffy R.M. Kehrli’s amazing story “Gazing into the Carnauba Wax Eyes of the Future”, originally appeared in What Fates Impose. You can now hear the story over at PodCastle (or download the MP3 directly).
Hear "When the Lady Speaks" for free on PodCastle!
Multi-talented author Damien Walter’s story “When the Lady Speaks”, originally appeared in What Fates Impose. You can now hear the story over at PodCastle (or download the MP3 directly). What’s particularly cool is that it’s read by LaShawn Wanak, who also has a story in What Fates Impose!
For example, the backer reward at the $120 level is a critique from Gary Braunbeck, who is writing the introduction for the book.
"Gary A. Braunbeck is, quite simply, one of the best storytellers working in this genre — or any other. His brooding, poetic prose reaches a deeper level, and impacts both the characters and the reader." – Bram Stoker Award-winner Brian Keene, author of The Rising, City of the Dead, and The Conqueror Worms
I have been lucky enough to be in a class taught by Gary, and let me tell you, if I could get this reward, I freaking would.
Introducing A New Urban Fantasy Series From Alliteration Ink
Alliteration Ink is proud to present the beginning of a new urban fantasy series from K.W. Taylor: The Red Eye
“My name is Sam Brody, and I like to ruin fun.”
Sam’s adventures begin with the standalone prequel novella The House on Concordia Drive. His job on late-night radio is to debunk the existence of things that go bump in the night… but this haunting isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Up against the reputation of an infamous documentary and fighting to keep his personal life together, Sam has to discover if the case is a hoax, a ghost, or something… else. Perhaps the best investigator of a haunted house is a haunted man.
Then things kick into high gear with the full-length novel The Red Eye, as Sam continues to pull back the curtain on paranormal hoaxes, exposing the charlatans posing as psychics, vampires, and alien messengers.
Sure, he started out hoping that someone would prove that there was something “more,” but after all the con artists and fakes, that hope’s gone.
Sam Brody definitely doesn’t believe in the supernatural.
With one phone call, he discovers the supernatural believes in him.
The Poison Pen: Lucy A. Snyder is interviewed by DJ Grandpa's Crib
Lucy Snyder and I sat down and spoke with DJ Grandpa about the Jessie Shimmer series, writing, and how we all like seeing strong women, kick-ass women, and the difference between the two. The bit with Lucy and I starts at 14 minutes and 9 seconds; we hope you enjoy the interview, and if you haven’t already, check out Devils’ Field.
DJG gets his first tarot reading from Adriane Ruzak of Roll the Dice Fantasy RPG, and then beats some serious bad guy behind with Devils’ Field author, Lucy A. Snyder & Alliteration Ink publisher, Steven Saus.