Toast in a box and a World Fantasy Nomination

It’s been a fun couple of days here…

1. Clarkesworld has another World Fantasy nomination!  Wow. Really. Quite an honor and very flattering.

2. A foot-thick tree limb feel from a tree and smashed the driver’s side window of our van. This is the second tree to fall on the van and the third time its been damaged by something crashing into in it in three years. The last one was someone rear-ending me on the way home from Capclave. Someone up there hates this van.

3. I received a pallet of books:

Yes, it is the signed limited edition of TOAST by Charles Stross. My hugely overdue and cursed (just like my van) project for Wyrm Publishing. (Art by Steve Montiglio. Design by Mary Robinette Kowal.) Over 700 nice shiny copies, which I’m busy numbering tonight. Orders will start shipping Saturday.

Catching up with some Wyrm projects

The last few months have provided more than their fair share of stressful distractions. Several things have been pushed to the side or just plain ignored while I’ve dealt with those. I’m not out of the woods yet, but I’ve been making an effort to get things back on track.

There is one project in Wyrm’s catalog that has had the appearance of being cursed from day one…. the signed limited edition of Toast by Charles Stross. It was originally scheduled years ago and has been tripping over deadlines ever since. The good news is that is finally in the hands of our printer. If they survive the curse and don’t burn down, I should have the books in early September. I’ll post another update when they supply the final shipping date.

One of the other things I’ve been working on is an ebookstore for Wyrm and Clarkesworld. I think it still needs work, but I came to the realization that waiting for perfection was silly. You can now order ebook editions of Realms, Last Drink Bird Head, and back issues of Clarkesworld via the Wyrm Ebookstore. At this time, Wyrm has two stores: one for print and one for ebooks. It might be a bit confusing for some people, but it actually made sense when it came to the features each cart system offered. I hope to pull them together at some point in the future. Anyhow, the ebookstore has PayPal and Google Checkout as payment options. That should cover all your needs. Once paid for, you can download your EPUB or MOBI/Kindle edition and load it onto your reader.

Feedback on the ebooks or the store is very welcome.

Back from Boskone

I spent the last few days at Boskone. I didn’t end up with a roommate, so there was an extra bed in the hotel room. Lisa and the boys decided at the last minute to join me. It definitely made the long trip up and back a lot more enjoyable. During the con, they spent most of their time wandering the hotel, getting lost in Boston, eating jellybeans and watching countless episodes of Spongebob Squarepants. Aside from the getting lost part, that was the vacation the boys wanted. At 4 and 7 years old, my boys are still easily entertained.

My time was spent quite differently. One of the upcoming books I’m working on is the limited edition of Toast by Charles Stross. The signature sheets for this project were printed last week, so I brought them with me and made arrangements with Charlie to have some of them signed at the con. A con is hardly the best place for someone to sign over 700 pages, so I was very lucky that he was able to get through about 500 of them. The remaining pages will be mailed to the UK later this week.

Also in the world of Wyrm projects, Tobias Buckell and I met up with Brian Dow, the artist who is working on the cover for Tides from the New Worlds. It’s always nice to be able to put a face to someone I’ve been exchanging email with for a while. The preliminary work he’s shown us so far has been fantastic and I can’t wait to show you what he’s come up with. I find the process he is using very interesting and he said that we may see some of the models he built for this cover at next year’s Boskone.

I managed to attend a whopping total of two panels, a handful of signings and one reading during the course of the entire weekend. It was too easy to be distracted and sucked into conversations with new and old friends in the comfortable lobby bar and evening parties. Of note was  the “Death to Peeps Fun Fest” where countless marshmallow minions were zapped, blended, nuked, and sacrificed to the whims of attendees. There were Peeps served at my wedding, so I have a soft spot for them. I had to take the boys down later that weekend to see the Peep carnage. I also had fun watching Bob Eggleton paint two pictures at the art show.

I bought a copy of Ten Sigmas & Other Unlikelihoods from Paul Melko (which is apparently the first copy he’s signed) and Radio Freefall by Matthew Jarpe.  I tried to get a copy of Paul’s novel, Singularity Rising, but there weren’t any copies left in the dealer’s room within a few hours.  I also picked up a copy of the latest issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction, which contains “The Third Bear”, a non-fiction piece by the same name as the story that appeared in Clarkesworld.

Overall, a great time. I’ll definitely be back again next year.

Toast by Charles Stross

Steve Montiglio has sent us the artwork we’ll be using for the signed limited edition of Charles Stross’ short story collection, Toast. Now, with thanks to some more magic from Mary, we have a book cover. Clicking on the image will take you to our catalog and from there, if you are so inclined, you can get a bigger version of the cover or even order the book.

This is the third cover that Steve has done for one of Charlie’s books. He has also done the Golden Gryphon covers for Atrocity Archives and Jennifer Morgue.