Tales from Plexis

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Time for Cakes and Ale

Last weekend I was a guest on the Time for Cakes and Ale podcast, episode 15, chatting about short fiction in the science fiction and fantasy genre. We also talked about my own writing, and the shortlisted stories for the BSFA Award. The episode is online now. Much thanks to Eeson and Becks for inviting me on. šŸ˜€

The World and the Stars

The World And The Stars is a forthcoming anthology of science fiction and fantasy, edited by me. The book features short stories by authors who are well-established in the genre – such as Liz Williams, Tanith Lee, Cherith Baldry – as well as a selection of exciting new voices who are just emerging onto the scene. Our Facebook page is now live, so go take a look, find out what it’s all about, and “like” us to keep an eye on all the updates coming in the weeks ahead.

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End of year writing and publishing summary

2014 was a year when a lot happened behind the scenes. Which is another way of saying, you didn’t get to see a lot from me. I did continue the job of bringing my first novel Any Time Now back in to print, with e-editions for Nook and Kobo e-readers and then theĀ lovely new paperback edition. My novella The Flight of the Ravens also appeared on Nook and Kobo.

Although I’ve seen very few sales from Nook and Kobo, I made a conscious decision not to be exclusive with Amazon. Whether this experiment in self-publishing my backlist can be considered a success or not, I’m undecided at the moment. The big question is whether to now go forward and publish new material this way, or to concede that publishing is a business best left to the professionals. There are many signs now that it’s going to get a lot harder for a small e-business to succeed.

My other publishing success this year was the reprint of my story “The Animator” in The Best British Fantasy 2014 from Salt Publishing. It’s a very fine book, my own contribution notwithstanding, and if you have gift vouchers to spend in this post-Christmas period, I recommend it.

Behind the scenes, as I mentioned, I have been busy. I have a novella written and another in progress. I have a few short stories more or less completed (but not yet sent to publishers). I have a novel still “doing the rounds”. And I’m editing a short story anthology – a properĀ announcement on that is coming soon.

I have a feeling I’m going to be a lot more “visible” in 2015.

Next project

SoĀ it’s time for me toĀ moveĀ on to the next project. Which is my first proper editing gig. An anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories. Mainly reprints, but with a few original publications mixed in. Twenty-four stories have been selected so the task now is to figure out the running order, and to ensure the stories being published for the first time are the best they can be. And then I’ll beĀ writing introductions for the stories and for the book as a whole.

I’ll be a tease and not reveal the title yet. More info soon, and it should be available to buy in February 2015.