This is all about promoting Dancing With Bears, my fiendishly entertaining new novel. But stay with me. It's actually pretty interesting.
I was looking for something I could give away that people would actually want to receive. If you go to the freebie table at any convention there are lots and lots of postcards, bookmarks, novel excerpts on CDs and the like and hardly anybody picking them up. Which, considering not only the hard work but the genuine love invested in them by their creators, is a terrible pity.
Fortunately, I am married to self-styled nano publisher Marianne Porter, sole proprietor of Dragonstairs Press, one of the newer and unquestionably smaller publishing houses that are actually worth your attention. Together we cooked up a series of four small chapbooks (that's them up above), extracted from "Smoke and Mirrors: Four Scenes from the Postutopian Future," which was a single story made up of four stand-alone (but sequential) short-shorts featuring those dashing rogues, Darger & Surplus. (Originally published in Live Without a Net, edited by Lou Anders.)
Each booklet is lovingly crafted, hand-sewn, and very nicely designed. I changed a few words in each of the flash fictions so that this version of the stories will be unique. And they are issued in a limited edition of one hundred. They were all numbered sequentially, and then autographed in a color ink coordinated with the cover.
The four short-shorts are:
Song of the Lorelei
The Nature of Mirrors
And I'm giving them away.
Starting at Lunacon one week and a day from today. I'll bring a big handful of the first booklet with me, and anyone can have one simply for the asking.
The next convention or other public appearance I go to, I'll bring a batch of the second. And so on, until they're all gone.
I think they're wonderfully collectable. But if you want a complete set . . . well, it's going to take work.
And while we're on the subject of Lunacon . . .
I've got my schedule. Since I'm only going to be there on Saturday, March 19, I asked them to work me hard. So they did. Here's what I'll be on:
10:00 a.m. Don't Change a Thing! (on being edited)
12:00 noon The Biggest Mistakes New Writers Make
1:00 p.m. Biographies (actually a pretty interesting topic)
2:00 p.m. When Magic Goes Away (about stories where this happens, not careers, thank God)
3:00 p.m. Borrowing From the Past (researching & using historical data)
4:00 p.m. Weapons of Tomorrow
5:00 p.m. Writing Across Genre Lines
7:00 p.m. Short Fiction and Its Nine Lives
8:00 p.m. Is Society Anti-Science?
10:00 p.m. "Real" Folklore and Mythology in Fantasy World-Building
That's ten panels in thirteen hours -- more than any human being has ever been exposed to before! Will my brain explode? Will my body implode? Show up to find out!
And don't forget to ask for a booklet.
Above: The first version I shot of that picture had a cat-foot in it. Miss Helen Hope Mrrlees wandered by to see what was going on.