Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a Happy New Year's. I didn't bother staying up until midnight, myself, but had a nice evening at home beforehand. I managed to get a story revised and all ready to send to The Leading Edge and another one submitted online to Hunger Mountain, so it felt like a productive day yesterday.

Eric Choi also emailed all of us Dragon authors to let us know that The Dragon and the Stars was the fifth bestselling mass market paperback at Bakka-Phoenix Books, in Toronto. That is really great news, and again let me send kudos to Eric and Derwin for the fabulous job they're doing promoting this anthology. Anthos are a hard sell to a lot of readers. Even just short story collections by one well known author usually don't sell as well as novels. A short story anthology with a lot of authors, including unknown ones like me, is even less likely to see commercial success.

But with a lot of hard work selecting the stories (though mine still got through ;-), editing, and promotion, Derwin and Eric have made this a strong commercial property. My hats off to you guys!

Meanwhile, hope everyone's having a happy New Year's Day!


  1. Happy New Year to you, too! Looks like you've started it right with your stories. Hope you recover completely from the birth, and everything goes well for you.

  2. Hi Melanie! Read your story and really liked it. Are you thinking of telling the other eleven days of Christmas?

  3. I'm thinking of it, but haven't yet got any solid ideas for the other adventures, or even any vague, nebulous ideas. Sigh. I was just watching this episode of Fringe where these guys had their brains liquified ... I think that happened to me a while back.

  4. The one where the computer program causes the person's brain to run out their nose? I remember that episode, and know exactly the feeling you describe!

  5. Well, FWIW, it doesn't show in your writing. Me on the other hand...