I’ve reviewed and responded to the copyedit of To Break the Demon Gate, my editor at Prime has responded to my response, everything’s approved, and I have a copy of the final text. Bio, dedication, and the Suggested Reading List (end matter) are all turned in. Once the final cover design is completed it’s off to the printers. I don’t anticipate any change to the cover art, but there’s lettering to look at back cover copy and such to lay out, none of which, thank goodness, is up to me. So everything looks good for the December (official) release. There will be review copies of course, probably electronic, but at the moment I don’t know when these will be ready.
I still anticipate the PS Publishing edition to be out before the American edition, I just have no idea when. It may still happen this month, but I have no solid information on that. I’ll be sure to announce as soon as it’s available. I will point out that there will be a few textual differences between the editions, mostly minor, but they won’t be identical, not even counting the differences between American and British usage.
I just received the copyedited manuscript for To Break the Demon Gate. Not a huge deal in itself. More like one of those pesky background details that have to be sorted before you get a chance to actually, you know, read it. But a marker of progress on the way to the eventual release. I’d like to thank Paula Guran in advance for doing her best to catch my quirks and writerly tiks before the rest of you see them, thus saving me endless embarrassment.
Now, if only I could get her to volunteer to screen the installments of Power’s Shadow before they go live…
It’s not often I get two author’s copies on the same day, but it happened last week as I found my contributor copies of Clockwork Phoenix #4 and The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons crammed into my P.O. box together. I’m in loads of good company but other than that I’m not going to namedrop–follow the links above if you want to know all the goodies. For my part there’s an original story, “Beach Bum and the Drowned Girl” in CW4, and a reprint of “Sanji’s Demon” in MBOAAD. I’m being totally objective and unbiased of course when I tell you that you really should pick up both of them.
I thought I’d ordered a pizza, but this will do. Brand spanking new author copies of Weird Detectives, edited by Paula Guran. It’s out, it’s live, it’s full of authors who aren’t me, aside from me.
“Paranormal investigators. Occult detectives. Ghost hunters. Monster fighters. Humans who unravel uncanny crimes and solve psychic puzzles; sleuths with supernatural powers of their own who provide services far beyond those normal gumshoes, shamuses, and Sherlocks can. When vampires, werewolves, and things that go “bump” in the night are part of your world, criminals can be as inhuman as the crimes they commit, and magic can seep into the mundane – those who solve the mysteries, bring justice, or even save the world itself, might utter spells, wield wands as well as firearms, or simply use their powers of deduction. Some of the best tales of the last decade from top authors of the 21st century’s most popular genres take you down mean streets and into strange crime scenes in this fantastic compilation.”
Paula Guran at Prime Books just released the contents of her Weird Detectives anthology. I’ve got a story in this one. Note that this is an alphabetic listing, not necessarily the final order of the stories. You can see a more complete description at the Prime Books web site.
“Cryptic Coloration” by Elizabeth Bear
“The Key” by Ilsa J. Blick
“Mortal Bait” Richard Bowes
“Star of David” by Patricia Briggs
“Love Hurts” by Jim Butcher
“Swing Shift” by Dana Cameron
“The Necromancer’s Apprentice” by Lillian Stewart Carl
“Sherlock Holmes and the Diving Bell” by Simon Clark
“The Adakian Eagle” by Bradley Denton
“Hecate’s Golden Eye” by P.N. Elrod
“The Case of Death and Honey” by Neil Gaiman
“The Nightside, Needless to Say” by Simon R. Greene
“Deal Breaker” by Justin Gustainis
“Death by Dahlia” by Charlaine Harris
“See Me” by Tanya Huff
“Signatures of the Dead” by Faith Hunter
“The Maltese Unicorn” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
“The Case of the Stalking Shadow” by Joe R. Lansdale
“Like a Part of the Family” by Jonathan Maberry
“The Beast of Glamis” by William Meikle
“Fox Tails” by Richard Parks
“Imposters” by Sarah Monette
“Defining Shadows” by Carrie Vaughn