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

Jul. 21st, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
That is wonderful news, Jennifer. Congratulations. So many stories!
Jul. 21st, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congratulations! I, of course, want a signed copy. ;)
Jul. 21st, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Holy wow that rocks!!!!
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
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.
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
That's great!!! Well done!
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
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!
Love and Best Wishes from Northern Ontario
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Mazel tov! and merde!

I look forward to pre-ordering when it hits that step. Yay!
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Woot! Good for you!
Jul. 21st, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Whoo hoo! Congratulations!!!
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