Complicate my accounting, please

Fri 29 Jun 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

An A–Z of the Fantastic City cover - click to view full sizeIf you have long wished to make a publisher’s life more complicated here’s your chance. June 30th—manana!—is the last day of this royalty period (here in spreadsheet land that’s a.k.a.Jan-Jun2011).

So go on, complicate our accounting and royalties by making all kinds of weird orders. Why, yes, now that you ask, subscription options were updated and new ones—Big Mouth, YBF&H, Col(Link)ection, Signed— added today.

It’s also the last day of the 3-month royalty period for Weightless, but royalties are so much easier there that we can usually pay within 10 days. Hmm!

We will thank you from the icy chambers of our hearts!

Apocalyptic summer

Tue 26 Jun 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal. | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Very nice to see Maureen F. McHugh’s After the Apocalypse on this NPR list:

Summer’s Best Sci-Fi: Planets, Politics, Apocalypse

along with Kim Stanley Robinson, Saladin Ahmed, Tobias Buckell, and Mira Grant. There’s some good reading!

As you may know, Bob, After the Apocalypse is “. . . definitely one of the best works of science fiction you’ll read this year, or any thereafter.”


Mothers & Other Monsters cover - click to view full sizeA long time ago when the world was young and Maureen had only written a handful of novels (ha!) and stories we published her first collection, Mothers & Other Monsters. The most excellent Nancy Pearl*featured Mothers on Morning Edition (“Gorgeously crafted stories,” she said, I remember as if it were yesterday**). That was a little while ago now so it was refreshing to read a 5-star review of the collection this week:

“Fans of McHugh will adore Mothers & Other Monsters – and, if you’re not already one, Mothers & Other Monsters will make a fan out of you!”

It is lovely to find that the books we’ve published over the years keep finding readers. Thanks, y’all, for spreading the word, it’s appreciated.

In other news, I should start posting some of the other news about Things That Are Happening including being tempted to do a Kickstarter called the Kick-in-the-Behind LCRW Kickstarter to get the new ish out. Hmm. But paying work calls, gots to go do that first.

* Yeah, yeah, we know, she has an Amazon imprint. Who doesn’t these days? She’s doing what we’d love to do: get someone else to bring lots of books back into print. Wish she were doing it elsewhere, but no one else bit, c’est la vie.

** Except yesterday I didn’t almost fall off my chair at breakfast when someone on the radio started talking about one of our books.

A book, a book!

Mon 18 Jun 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal. | 1 Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Where? There!

Win free copies of Lydia Millet’s Dissenters books

Mon 11 Jun 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

We just posted giveaways for both of Lydia Millet’s Dissenters novels on Goodreads. The first book, The Fires Beneath the Sea just came out in paperback and the second The Shimmers in the Night is now at the proofreader and will be out later this summer. Get ahead of the game and win an advance copy today!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Fires Beneath the Sea by Lydia Millet

The Fires Beneath the Sea

by Lydia Millet

Giveaway ends June 18, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win



Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Shimmers in the Night by Lydia Millet

The Shimmers in the Night

by Lydia Millet

Giveaway ends June 18, 2012. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Clarion West reading series

Fri 8 Jun 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Hey, we’re going to teach week 5 at Clarion West in Seattle this year. We haven’t been to CW—or out west—for ages. Can’t wait!

While there we’ll do a reading at the fabby University Book Store—although you might also want to pick up tix for some of these other readings, too.

The readers for the 2012 Clarion West Summer Reading Series are:

Mary Rosenblum

Photo of Mary RosenblumJune 19, 7 p.m., University Book Store

Mary Rosenblum explores climate change, biotechnology, and class inequity in stories based on her profound knowledge of science and technology and her passion for sustainable living. Her first novel, The Drylands, won the 1994 Compton Crook Award, and in 2009 she received the Sidewise Award for Alternate History for her story “Sacrifice.”

Stephen Graham Jones

Photo of Stephen Graham JonesJune 26, 7 p.m., University Book Store

Stephen Graham Jones has published eleven novels and over 140 finely-honed stories about innocents, unfairness, and scary truths. A Blackfoot Indian from Texas, a Professor of English at the University of Colorado, an NEA Fellow, and a Bram Stoker Award finalist, Jones can warm an audience to laughter or chill it with icily observed inevitabilities.

George R.R. Martin

Photo of George R.R. MartinJuly 3, 7 p.m., Town Hall Seattle

George R. R. Martin is the author of the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, basis for HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones.’ He has received four Hugos, two Nebulas, and many other major awards over his four-decade career. Martin was named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2011. Note: Tickets for this reading are $10; they’re available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Connie Willis

Photo of Connie WillisJuly 10, 7 p.m., University Book Store

Connie Willis peppers her live appearances with humorous insights on everything from the Oscars to current elections. Willis has won more major awards than any other author, including most recently her eleventh Hugo for Blackout/All Clear, a time-travel novel about World War II London. She explores comic and tragic aspects of the human condition through characters that run the gamut from desperately likable to sweetly infuriating.

Kelly Link & Gavin Grant

Photos of Kelly Link & Gavin GrantJuly 17, 7 p.m., University Book Store

Kelly Link and Gavin Grant founded Small Beer Press, arguably today’s most important independent publisher of avant-garde fantasy. Link’s award-winning fiction was described as “an alchemical mix of Borges, Raymond Chandler and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’” by Grant’s work has appeared in Strange Horizons and The Christian Science Monitor. The pair’s editorial projects include the literary zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, several volumes of The Years’ Best Fantasy and Horror (with Ellen Datlow), and 2011’s Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories.

Chuck Palahniuk

Photo of Chuck PalahniukJuly 24, 7 p.m., Town Hall Seattle

Chuck Palahniuk is known for his reclusive nature and his skillful hand with disturbing modern fables. His most recent book, Damned, references the young adult novels of Judy Blume as it follows a thirteen-year-old girl through Hell. Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club won critical acclaim and cult status before being turned into a major motion picture. Note: Tickets for this reading are $10; they’re available at Brown Paper Tickets.

More University Book Store Readings

In addition to the Clarion West Summer Reading Series, every year the University Book Store hosts dozens of other readings of interest to fans of SF. Check out their events calendar for further information.

A Day in the Life of a Publisher (not) at BEA 2012

Wed 6 Jun 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Woke at 7 for 7:30 breakfast meeting. Worried I might be late but I hear that the person I’m meeting doesn’t want to get out of bed. Phew.

Next meeting is one I am not looking forward to. It’s all about returns/remainders/what happens to stuff when it’s been through the, you know, consumer channel. The meeting is longer than hoped for but it all goes well in the end.

Breakfast meeting goes surprisingly smoothly and there may be some forward motion on some recent disagreements (whether consumers must consume what is put in front of them or whether they can walk away at any point).

I have to escort client to a 9:00 meet and greet followed by two hours of panels and focus groups on contemporary education publishing. I get to slip out instead—win! Get some design done in by avoiding twitter. For the most part. Local music shop calls to tell me that my copy of the new Kelly Hogan album is in. I didn’t order it. Marriage = total win!

11:30 AM Client exhausted and weepy from educational seminar. We have another post-consumption meeting. Goes much as expected. Lunch is quick, client needs tears wiped away and to sit on my knee. I pull out the exclusive tchotkes (binky, blanket) and client is much happier. Post lunch meeting is a total nap.

I grab a sandwich (but it’s not a Javits Center sandwich, so it’s pretty good and only costs $6) and do some mailing. Hey, the post office only charges $17 to mail a book internationally! Hope they are investing in some other business as they’re killing their own. No wonder we sell so many ebooks abroad.

3:00 meeting with publishing consultant about new formats and consumption patterns. Client now well rested and very cheery, takes over any room she walks into. I go in thinking she is going to totally rule and she does. Expect that she will be all over twitter and in the PW Show Daily tomorrow. Awesome.

4:00 Client has an outdoor meeting on social media, meeting places, and discoverability vis-a-vis diversity vis-a-vis diverticulosis or something. She is off my hands for 2 hours because she is busy buying some YouTube subscribers for her various accounts. Time for tea and biscuits—excuse me, cookies—and reading twitter rather than pretending to do something else and checking it.

6 PM pre-dinner drinks with client. Drinks unimpressive, seem very watered down. (May have actually been water.)

7 PM Dinner with client. Both of us a little punch drunk—not actually drunk, see 6 PM above—but for the most part food follows the trajectory of plate to cutlery to mouth. Occasionally cutlery is put aside and occasionally food is put aside, too.

8 PM A very successful last meeting. Client falls asleep after reading only three books.

9 PM Write-up day and listen to Fitz and the Tantrums.

Small Beer Podcast 11: Jennifer Stevenson’s Trash Sex Magic

Mon 4 Jun 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Julie

Trash Sex Magic cover - click to view full sizeI think the world should be filled with double features: double-dip ice cream cones, double copies of the books you’re likely to drop in the tub, bonus skirts given at the time of purchase. Sometimes more is better.

Now that we’ve successfully pulled off our first double feature (the John Kesselmania that was Episode Nine and Episode Ten), we’re raring to do it again. This week we bring you an excerpt of Jennifer Stevenson’s Trash Sex Magic. The novel is now available as an audio book through Iambic Books. It’s wild, weird and sexy: a perfect spring read. But that’s not the end of our Stevenson tear. In the next Small Beer podcast, we return to the scene of the crime and roll out a full-on interview with the amazing Jennifer Stevenson: author, speed skater and former roller derby queen.

Episode 11: An excerpt from Jennifer Stevenson’s novel Trash Sex Magic. [audio]

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