I will be at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA this Sunday starting at 2pm signing copies of Watcher of the Dark. I’m joined by my buddy Weston Ochse, who will be signing copies of his latest Seal Team 666: Age of Blood, and by Richard Kadrey (of Sandman Slim fame!) signing copies of his latest, Dead Set. If you’re free on Sunday afternoon, come on down and join us!
Dark Delicacies 3512 W. Magnolia Burbank, CA 91505 U.S.A.
If the comments on the original post here are any indication, there’s some interest in at least a quick update on where we are with the submissions for the Midian Unmade anthology project so I thought I’d provide one…
Del and I have gone through the 500+ submissions that we received during the open submission period. The vast majority of the first pass rejections have gone out, so if you haven’t heard from us it is likely that your story ended up in our second look pile. We’re in the process of going through the 50-odd stories that caught our eye during the first pass and making our final selections.
The quality of the stories overall have been quite good – a number have been downright excellent. A few struck Del and I so strongly that they made it right from the first pass into the book itself – they were that good! (FYI – Acceptances have not been sent out.)
A few bits of feedback to bear in mind for some of you when submitting to other anthology projects in the future:
If you are submitting to an anthology entitled Midian Unmade, do not spell Midian with an e.
For that matter, don’t send a story that you haven’t spell-checked and proofed. If there are spelling and grammar errors on the first page, I’m not going to read any further.
Do not label your file a generic file name like “Midian” as there will be at least forty others who do the same.
Put your name and contact information on the first page of the story so that we know who you are – I occassionally print out a story to read it and when the information is absent it is difficult to match the story with the originating email. You wouldn’t want an editor to pass simply because they couldn’t figure out who sent them the story…
Same goes for page numbers – use them! If I print your story and the pages get out of order accidentally, it can be a pain to reorder them without page numbers.
If the call for submissions announces that the editors are looking for stories that follow a specific theme, do not send a submission that ignores that theme. You don’t need a crystal ball to predict that your chances of making the cut end up being practically non-existent if you do…
I will say that there were a number of stories that came close and I wish I had the opportunity to offer some feedback to those individual writers. However, with the number of stories we received for this open call, it just wasn’t feasible.
If you haven’t heard from us yet, just hang tight – we hope to be finished with the final selections in the next few weeks.
Thanks to all of you who submitted and to all those who are supporting the project – we’re as excited as you are about the project and can’t wait to announce the final line-up!
The first week after launch is the most important time in the life of a traditionally published book. Sales from the first week have a major impact on bestseller list appearances, bookstore reordering, and more. So with that in mind I’ve decided to make a special offer to accompany the first week of Watcher of the Dark’s release…
Buy One Get One Free!
Buy Watcher of the Dark
Then choose any one of the following ebooks to receive free of charge!
2. Email a copy of your receipt to email@example.com
3. In the email specify what book you would like from the list and the format you would like it in (mobi for Kindle, epub for iPad, Nook, or Kobo)
4. I will deliver your free ebook via email shortly thereafter.
This offer is open to readers everywhere – even if you preordered Watcher – and available until midnight PST on Nov 26, 2013.
(Sorry, but books in the Jeremiah Hunt, Chronicles, the Great Undead War series, and the Rogue Angel series are controlled by my publishers and I am unable to offer free copies of those in this special offer.)
Watcher of the Dark – book three in the Jeremiah Hunt series and my twentieth published novel overall – comes out today from Tor Books in hardcover, ebook, and audio editions.
New Orleans was nearly the death of Jeremiah Hunt, between a too-close brush with the FBI and a chilling, soul-searing journey through the realm of the dead that culminated with a do-or-die confrontation with Death himself.
Hunt survived, but found no peace. When he performs an arcane ritual to reclaim the soul of the magically gifted, beautiful women who once saved him, he must flee the law once again, to the temporary sanctuary of Los Angeles, city of angels.
In L.A., Hunt must contend with Carlos Fuentes, who sees in the blind exorcist a means to obtain the mystical key that opens the gates of Hell. Fuentes knows Hunt’s weakness is his loyalty – to the woman he loves and to another supernaturally gifted friend – and threatens to torture them in order to get Hunt help complete his dreadful quest.
Hunt has learned a lot since his life was irrevocably hijacked by faith months ago. But when enigmatic Preacher calls in his marker for helping Hunt in New Orleans, Hunt knows that all his newfound experience and ability will go for naught unless he can keep both the Preacher and Fuentes at bay long enough to somehow find a way to free his friends from mortal peril.
In WATCHER OF THE DARK, take a trip to the dark underbelly of the City of Angels to experience an engrossing mix of fantasy, thriller, and horror. This book is sure to leave you sleeping with the lights on!
With the release of WATCHER OF THE DARK, the third book in the Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, less than a week away, I wanted to do something to help drive some attention to the release. Figuring a rafflecopter giveway for all three hardcover books in the series might be just the thing, I’ve come up with the Big Jeremiah Hunt Chronicles Giveaway.
Entering the giveaway is simple – just carry out as many of the tasks outlined below as you want. Each task provides a certain number of entries into the contest and you can gain more entries by carrying out more tasks. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to recover the Golden Fleece or clean out the Augean Stables – just post, tweet and pin images about the book to help spread the word!)
Contest starts at midnight tonight and runs until noon on Nov 22nd.
A bit of good news to share – Watcher of the Dark is a nominee in the RT Reviewers Choice Awards in the Urban Fantasy Protagonist category! Here’s the complete list of nominees: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs, ACE (March 2013)Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson, ORBIT (April 2013)Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennet, POCKET (June […]
I’ve already posted about the fabulous opportunity you have with the Storybundle Thriller Bundle (pay one whatever-you-want price and get 8 thrillers from bestselling writers!) so I won’t go through all that again… Instead, I’ll just share this awesome video trailer that Jon Merz (co-author on The Cerberus Protocol) put together to showcase all the […]
Halloween’s finally here and what better way to end our ten days of Halloween specials than to give away copies of the only straight-up horror novel I’ve written in my career so far – RIVERWATCH. Nominated for both the International Horror Guild Award and the Bram Stoker Award IT HAS WAITED….When Jake Caruso and his […]
For our eighth day of Halloween specials I’ve got a free short story for you. Roadside Memorials originally appeared in LOST ON THE DARKSIDE anthology from ROC and is now available in my SHADES OF REALITY collection. Roadside Memorials A DRUNK DRIVER KILLED MY FRIENDS! So read the sign now standing at the corner […]