Getting Published.

Picking Up the Ghost has been picked up by ChiZine Publications!
The paperwork’s in the works. Oh man, it’s a relief to know that I didn’t waste all that time writing it.
ChiZine is Canadian but I prefer to think of them as outdoorsy. I discovered them on an IO9 post, Independent Publishers Who Are Reinventing The Future, and was impressed by their eclectic line up, diverse formats and cover designs. Most of their books push the boundaries of sub-genera conventions, which is a trait I aspire to. Publishing in trade paperback, limited edition hardcover and eBook formats with beautiful covers by Eric Mohr, people really do judge books by their covers and I judge publisher by their graphic design.
Currently, I’m working with the editor, Helen Marshall, to iron out the weak points. Being so visually minded when I was trying to break into comics has become a liability. Sometimes I write narrative as if an artist was coming along to fill in the gaps or work intricate, but trivial, references into the details.
I’ll be rewriting for the next few weeks then in Helen’s hands until the release in the Fall of 2011. Fortunately, World Fantasy 2011 will be in San Diego just as Picking Up the Ghost is about to hit the shelves. In the meantime I plan on writing some short stories for a variety of markets, flooding the world under a tsunami of Tone.
Get your snorkels.

Ah well.

From the 2009 San Diego Book Awards

But I did walk away with two marked up manuscripts and I’m sure they spotted plenty of typos for me to fix and feedback for me to consider. One point that really surprised me, all three judges felt that for a young adult manuscript Picking Up the Ghost was long with too many characters.

Really? Because when I was in 5th grade I read all 700+ pages of The Chronicles of Narnia, with at least twice as many characters, eight times as many protagonists and whole mythical nations for settings and I know I’m not the only one raced though it in less than two weeks and loved every moment.