Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The Servant (and Co.)
If you've worked in the book biz (or the movie or music biz, for that matter) you feel cautious about announcing deals to the public. Those deals sometimes evaporate like fairy gold in the light of day. But I've signed and returned the contracts, and my editor has made an announcement about the deal to professional trade publications, so I think I can go out on a limb and announce that I've sold two books to Tor, both based on the novelette that was published in Clarkesworld, “The Servant.” The first book (titled Medusa Uploaded) is complete, and is in the editing stage now – the second one is in progress. Tentatively, the first should appear in Spring 2018 (watch this space, because that could change). As soon as I get a file of the cover art, I'll post it here.
I'm very grateful to Neil Clark for publishing that original story. Without, it would have been a lot harder to sell two novels. So it really is worthwhile to write short stories and send them out (try ralan.com for SF/F/Horror market reports).
Ernest Hogan Illustrated this post. He drew a picture of a nightmare I had about being chased by a spider monkey. I'm thinking maybe that spider represents new responsibilities . . .
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Wonderful to hear you've got a contract for 2 books. It's nice to read your short stories but they're soon finished. Only problem I have is I also heard the "Servant" read by Kate Baker, whose quality of tone and style added a whole different dimension to the story.