The Ape’s Wife

A little bit of switcheroo has happened in the September Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine.  “Little Conversations” by Caitlin R. Kiernan has been swapped out for “The Ape’s Wife“.  This is a great story and I’m more than happy to have it grace the pages of Clarkesworld and Realms.  If you missed it, “Little Conversations” will only be available as part of “Salammbô Redux” in the new edition of Tales of Pain and Wonder that will be published by Subterranean in early 2008. 

“The Ape’s Wife” is the longest story we’ve ever published.  It’s nearly 9000 words and I’ve had to split it in two to make more suitable for online reading. Of course, feel free to argue with me if you feel one 9K story is fine on a single page.

Before anyone asks, this does not mean we are backing off our submission guideline’s 4000 word limit.  Half the stories we publish are solicited and half come from slush.  The guidelines are aimed at the slush and while we also try to use them for the solicited stories, it doesn’t always work that way.  Consider it a perk of being a solicited author.

Readercon 2007

Readercon retained it’s title as my favorite convention, despite the fact that I was locked up in the Dealer’s Room there for most of the weekend.  I sold a lot of books, but not as many as Lisa would have liked (which would have been ALL of them).  I, on the other hand, was quite pleased by how well I did there as a dealer and hope to be back next year.  I brought primarily Subterranean Press, PS Publishing, Night Shade Books, convention guest’s books, and a big stack of magazines.  There didn’t appear to be much overlap with the other dealers.

My strong sellers were books by John Crowley, Catherynne M. Valente and the Prime Codex collection.  I sold out of several magazines and I could have easily sold more issues of Apex, Grendlesong, Subterranean, and Andromeda Spaceways if I had them.  I also sold several copies of Kay Kenyon’s Bright of the Sky.  I totally blanked out at the end of the con and forgot to have her sign the remaining copies.  Argh.  In the end, I only managed to get four books signed:  Prime Codex (signed by many), Blindsight and an ARC of Starfish by Peter Watts, and a first edition paperback of Green Eyes by Lucius Shepard… all now in my personal collection. 

I did bring the camera, but kept forgetting that I had it.  The few pictures I have have been posted to flickr and they include a shot of Paul Tremblay reading his Clarkesworld Story, “There’s no Light Between Floors“, which I believe is the first con reading of anything we’ve published.  I also managed to get a couple of shots of Mary Robinette Kowal’s amazing computer.  You have to check out those pictures, but I’m sure you’ve already heard about it somewhere by now.

During the convention, I decided that the Clarkesworld Books website would close at the end of August.  The orders are slowing down and I had hoped to have wrapped things up by now.  However, I’m still going to have a lot of inventory to sell off, so I’ve made the decision to keep Clarkesworld Books around as a convention-only dealer that will someday just turn into the Wyrm Publishing table.

Now I must get back to catching up on email and orders that came in while I’ve been gone…

Tangent Online Review of Clarkesworld Magazine #9

Tangent Online has posted their review of this months issue of Clarkesworld Magazine.

THE ORACLE SPOKE – Holly Phillips
“The story’s point of view alternates between Caldwell and Cassandra, and both are well-drawn, intelligent characters. Cassandra’s story, in particular, is moving, as we discover more about her plight as voice of the Oracle, and what it might mean for a real human being to be trapped in such a circumstance. The tale’s ending is chilling. A very strong story.”

MOON OVER YODOK – David Charlton
“This is another well-written story, with likeable characters and a very real menace. I haven’t read any stories set in this background before, and found it fascinating from that aspect alone.”

Favorite quote:
Clarkesworld is fast becoming one of the most consistent and reliable venues for finding good fiction, particularly online. This issue is probably the best of the year so far. Definitely worth checking out.”

You can read the full review here.