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Short Version: I Sold a Book!

Jenn: Ok. Final question. When can I talk about this?
Neal: You can mention it the instant you put the signed contracts in the mail back to me.

Like all good authors, I have goals. I have just reached one of those goals and it is a big one. I just sold my personal collection of dark and twisted vignettes to Dark Quest Books.

Formerly known as "105 Freaky Friday Fictions," this collection is now known as "In a Gilded Light: 105 Tales of the Macabre" and currently sits at about 85,000 words. seanan_mcguire will be writing the Foreword.

I am excited beyond belief. I've sold two anthologies before (Grants Pass, Morrigan Books, August 2009 and Close Encounters of the Urban Kind, Apex Book Company, 2010) but this one is all mine. It's me, my twisted imagination and my way of looking at the world.

Why "In a Gilded Light"? Because I really like the word "gilded." It has several meaning but these two are my favorite:

B: to give an attractive but often deceptive appearance to

C: archaic: to make bloody

These two meanings define the collection I have written. Things often are not what they seem and, yes, there is a high body count. I do need to rewrite the Preface to reflect the name change and I do have to get the edited manuscript to Seanan for her Foreword and to the publisher within 120 days. Work but work I will happily do.

I know this will not make me a star but I have stars in my eyes nonetheless.

I know this Lavie Tidhar novella for Apex will not edit itself, the kitchen still needs cleaning, the litter box needs emptying and life goes on. I know this. But, for this brief moment in time, I get to bask in the joy of "I sold a book!"

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talkstowolves
Jul. 21st, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, congratulations! I shall look forward to checking it out.
devonapple
Jul. 21st, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Wonderful to hear!
seanan_mcguire
Jul. 21st, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Look at you, all announcing publicly!

HOORAY!
dr_arnzen
Jul. 21st, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
That is wonderful news, Jennifer. Congratulations. So many stories!
shutt3rg33k
Jul. 21st, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congratulations! I, of course, want a signed copy. ;)
eyezofwolf
Jul. 21st, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Holy wow that rocks!!!!
cuddlycthulhu
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
WOOT! GO YOU!!!!!
anghara
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
The litter box will ALWAYS need cleaning. This kind of news doesn't come round all that often. Take a moment to crow.

And you ARE a star.
britgeekgrrl
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
That's great!!! Well done!
mp3mad
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Excellent!
Hi :)
Thank you for sharing the news.
IN A GILDED LIGHT sounds intriguing, just the kind of stories I adore. Count me in as a definite reader of it!
Congratulations!
Love and Best Wishes from Northern Ontario
twitter.com/RKCharron
xoxo
jadecat9
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
CONGRATS!!!
asthecrowfly
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Mazel tov! and merde!

I look forward to pre-ordering when it hits that step. Yay!
fullcontactmuse
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Woot! Good for you!
jimhines
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Whoo hoo! Congratulations!!!
ren_wench
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! Fabulous news. Isn't it wonderful when your hard work and persistance pays off?
k_crow
Jul. 21st, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
YAY!!!
kmarkhoover
Jul. 21st, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
This is excellent news and I'm excited to hear it!
covenantscave
Jul. 21st, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Frickin' awesome!!! Congrats!
shaharazad
Jul. 22nd, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
Congrats!
seductionjunkie
Jul. 22nd, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
FANTASTIC!! you ARE a star! WHOO! Enjoy the feeling, and keep going! Congrats, Jenn, I'm proud of you :)
mmerriam
Jul. 22nd, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
ivan23
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
This is made of glee for me! Big congratulations and hugs to a deserving lady!
kvtaylor
Jul. 22nd, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! Huge! I am so excited to see it already. Massive congratulations.
bondo_ba
Jul. 22nd, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!! Sounds like a great read.
random_girl
Jul. 22nd, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Congrats!!!
jongibbs
Jul. 22nd, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congratulations :)

Neal's a nice guy.
lillooet
Jul. 26th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
You are a star to us! Congratulations--you deserve this!
roadnotes
Sep. 6th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I had been following them through rm's journal a year or so ago, and just checked back in to see what was going on. I can't wait to buy the book.
jennifer_brozek
Sep. 6th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. That makes me happy.
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