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Reader review of HUMAN FOR A DAY anthology from @dawbooks from [ profile] epiphany_maria - She liked it. #editor

Also, just a reminder. Hugo nominations close this month. I am eligible for the Short Form Editor Hugo award. Thanks.
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A couple new reviews:

Human for a Day anthology: Fresh Fiction Review - They liked it.

Human for a Day anthology: MyShelf.Com review - Liked it a lot.

Under the Vale anthology: A Fantastical Librarian review - Discordance got a a shout out as a fresh voice and a good story.

And a reminder, My eBay auction for Worldbuilders ends on the 25th of January.
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If you have ever wanted a critique by me and wanted to help an excellent charity, now is your change.

I am an auctioned off critiquer for Worldbuilders. Check out their blog to find out about this and many other awesome author, editor, and agent critiques.

My eBay auction ends on the 25th of January. Here is the link to that.

If you have any questions about either, please don't hesitate to ask.
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It's my birthday! Yay me! I've opened gifts from my family and my husband. Everyone knocked it out of the park. Mom and Dad got me an Amazon gift card which netted me six new books. Shannon and John got me custom made notepads with my picture and "A Word From Jennifer" on them as well as a custom made calendar that includes family photos and all of the birthdays and anniversaries for that side of the family. It was really cool. I love that kind of thing.

Jeff was a sneaky person and wouldn't tell me any hints at all. Plus, I've come to learn that he will obfuscate the gift in different boxes. This year, he put it in a large box, wrapped in a smaller box, and weighted it down with eight books. The gift? A set of black pearl earrings. They are gorgeous! And I would never have guessed.

Another gift to me is the fact that Human for a Day is featured today on John Scalzi's The Big Idea. This is huge and lovely and I really like what I wrote about the anthology. I appreciate that John has big and small press in his Big Idea column. This is my first anthology with a big six publisher and I really want to do more. It also amuses me that it did come out on my birthday. Almost like John is giving me an extra special gift.

I've only found one review of Human for a Day that I can find. It is a review by The Maine Edge staff writer Allen Adams and he likes it. That makes me happy.

This has been a fabulous birthday so far and I have a party scheduled for tonight.
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Happy book release day to me! Yay! Human for a Day has been released! Yesterday I posted about what this means to me. I am happy dancing today. Also, a number of people asked me what I wanted for my birthday.

Honestly, what I really want is for people to buy my books and send me photos of them, their pets, their fabric friends and/or their plants with my books. Keep the books or give them as gifts. That really is the best gift you can give me. Email me your pictures at gaaneden at gmail dot com.

Here's some of the books you can buy.

  • Human for a Day, anthology, DAW, December 2011. Amazon | Barnes & Noble

  • Finding Home: Community in Apocalyptic Worlds, anthology, Timid Pirate, December 2011. Amazon | GoodReads

  • Space Tramps, anthology, Flying Pen Press, September 2011. Amazon | Flying Pen Press

  • Beast Within 2: Predator & Prey, anthology, Graveside Tales, July 2011. Amazon | Graveside Books

  • Human Tales, anthology, Dark Quest Books, March 2011. Amazon | Dark Quest Books

  • Beauty Has Her Way, anthology, Dark Quest Books, January 2011. Amazon | Dark Quest Books Store

  • In a Gilded Light: 105 Tales of the Macabre, Dark speculative fiction collection, Dark Quest Books, July 2010. Amazon | Dark Quest Books Store

  • The Little Finance Book That Could, Non-fiction finance book on becoming debt free, Lean Marketing Press, June 2010. Amazon

  • Close Enounters of the Urban Kind, anthology, Apex Publications, April 2010. Apex Book Store

  • Grants Pass, anthology, Morrigan Books, August 2009. Amazon | Kindle

    If you would rather give me something more tangible than a photo, here are my Amazon and ThinkGeek lists:
  • Amazon Wishlist
  • ThinkGeek Wishlist


    Goodreads Book Giveaway for Human for a Day

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    Back in 2005, I made a decision. By 2006 I had figured out how to make my decision a reality. I wanted to be a published writer. My immediate goals were to first, get my short stories published, and second, become an accepted RPG author. My long term goal was to be published by a major publishing house like DAW or Tor. At the time, I had no thoughts at all about editing professionally or winning awards.

    Shows you how well I knew myself and the industry.

    By 2007, I was writing regularly for RPGs and selling my short stories to small press. I also was working on my first anthology. In 2009, I won my first editing award. In 2010, I won my first writing award. It is now 2011 and I have won another writing award and authored several RPG books on my own.

    The only thing missing was being published by a major house. Until now. 5 years after I quit my fulltime job, I finally have my mass market sales and publications. Both are to DAW. The first was the Human for a Day anthology. The second is a short story in the new Valdemar anthology, Under the Vale and Other Tales of Valdemar.

    As I hold these two mass market paperbacks, it is proof that if you work hard enough, dreams do come true. When I started, I knew nothing and nobody. Now, as I am about to turn 41 on December 9th, I have reached my long term goal; that thing I set out to do. Not only that, I got to write in one of my favorite fantasy universes with one of my favorite authors as the editor. The thought is humbling and emotional. Holding and petting my books is emotional. Dreams come true. MY dreams come true.

    Of course, now that I'm a little older and a little wiser, I know that making your dreams come through is a never ending thing. Now that I've reached this first long term goal, I need to aspire to new heights. And I am. My new goal is to get a novel published by a major house. Not just a novel—a series. That's what I am striving for next.

    But, in the meantime, I can smile and cry tears of joy and pet my DAW books. I made my dreams come true. Happy early birthday to me!

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    This is the cover for HUMAN FOR A DAY. I don't know who the artist is but I love it. I still win at the cover game!

    And here is the Table of Contents:

    The Mainspring of His Heart, the Shackles of His Soul by Ian Tregillis
    The Blade of His Plow by Jay Lake
    Cinderella City by Seanan McGuire
    Tumulus by Anton Strout
    The Sentry by Fiona Patton
    Ten Thousand Cold Nights by Erik Scott de Bie
    Mortality by Dylan Birtolo
    The Dog-Catcher's Song by Tanith Lee
    Mortal Mix-Up by Laura Resnick
    Band of Bronze by Jean Rabe
    Zombie Interrupted by Tim Waggoner
    Beneath the Silent Bell, the Autumn Sky Turns to Spring by Eugie Foster
    The Very Next Day by Jody Lynn Nye
    The Destroyer by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    Into the Nth Dimension by David D. Levine
    Epilogue by Jim C. Hines

    The anthology is already availabe for pre-order on Amazon and it will be released in December 2011.
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    Sent to my Googlegroup first. Here because I remembered. :)

    Because I think I would forget my head if it wasn't attached, I've asked my PA, Lily, to collect monthly round ups for me so that ya'll will hear from me once a month. They won't be as long as this one normally.

    April 1-May 31
    At the end of April, Jennifer was able to upgrade to active status with SFWA after recent sales to DAW. Go Jennifer!

    "Discordance" to the anthology Tales of Valdemar #7 (DAW)
    "Showdown at High Moon" to the Westward Weird anthology (DAW)
    "A Promise Made" to Showdown at Midnight anthology (Science Fiction Trails)

    Norwescon 34, April 21-24 in Seattle was a fantastic weekend attended by Jennifer, who could be spotted anywhere from the Apex Books table in the dealers room to the green room, sitting on a number of panels and catching up with folks along the way.

    Jennifer’s “Making of an Anthology” series at the Apex Blog published a new installment, on invites and anthologies.

    Over at Geeks Dream Girl, her “Dice and Deadlines” series delved into expanding your horizons as a RPG writer.

    ==On the editorial side…
    Issue 64 of The Edge of Propinquity published, with new stories from universe authors Kaolin Fire, Peter M. Ball, Ivan Ewert, Alina Pete and guest author Lillian Cohen-Moore.

    Human Tales, the dark and twisted anthology of ‘faerie tales’ from the supernatural side was released by Dark Quest Books.

    Jennifer’s “Dice and Deadlines” columns’ newest installment discussed the nature of the freelance job hunt, and how a positive approach makes all the difference.

    At the Apex Blog, Jennifer’s “Making of an Anthology” series saw a May installment, discussing how story selection for anthologies can work.

    ==On the editorial side…
    Issue 65 of The Edge of Propinquity published, with new stories from universe authors Kaolin Fire, Peter M. Ball, Ivan Ewert, Alina Pete and guest author Mars Hage.

    In April Jennifer was interviewed by about her story in No Man's Land, book four in the Defending the Future series.

    Rigor Amortis Review, by Nick Bronson.
    Jennifer’s story “Swallow It All” appeared in the anthology.

    CTHULHUROTIC - by Robert Derie.
    Jennifer’s essay “The Sexual Attraction of the Lovecraft Universe” appeared in the anthology.

    Beauty Has Her Way review

    Written by the Fabulous Lily.
    Edited and approved by Jennifer.
    Thank you all for reading.

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    Some very cool stuff has happened or is happening right now. So, to catch up…

    As Editor:
    1. Human Tales – dark twisted fairytales from the supernatural's point of view is officially out!

    2. Beast Within 2 is off to the publishers and I am working with the cover artist now for some kick ass cover art.

    3. I am knee deep into Space Tramps: Full Throttle Space Tales #5, acceptances have gone out and edits have begun.

    As Author:
    1. No Man's Land: Defending the Future. My story "M.O.V.E." is in here. It is set for a May release and is looking good. "This collection has a lot going for it […] there's not a single piece here that isn't well worth reading. I modestly — but confidently — predict that I will be very far from the only man who's very, very glad he's read this collection." —David Weber, best-selling author of the Honor Harrington series.

    2. Earlier, I announced the sale of "Showdown at High Moon" to the DAW anthology, Westward Weird. This is edited by the wonderful Martin Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes.

    3. Today I get to announce the sale of "Discordance" to the DAW anthology, Tales of Valdemar #7. The 14 year old girl in me is squealing and squeaking in an excitement beyond human range. The mere fact that I'm in an anthology edited by Mercedes Lackey is enough to make me cry. The fact that it is a Valdemar story is… beyond words.

    4. Because of the two recent DAW sales, I have now upgraded to active status in SFWA. Earlier in the month, I upgraded to active status in the HWA because of my work on AEON.

    I really feel like a real author.

    I can't wait for what comes next.
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    Review: Beauty Has Her Way – Rise Reviews - - Over all with the liking with some interesting criticism.

    Editor: Issue 62 of The Edge of Propinquity has been published with guest author Alma Alexander.

    Editor: I've sent out all of the acceptances and rejections for The Beast Within 2: Predator & Prey to be published by Graveside Books in June 2011. This is going to be a good one. I've got a nice mix of pro, up-and-comers, and new talent.

    Author: I can finally announce it; I have sold my weird west story, Showdown at High Moon, to DAW anthology, Westward Weird, edited by Martin Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes! I'm really pleased with this one. This is my second pro-sale. One more and active SFWA here I come.
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    Things are trucking along here at Chez Brozek and, as usual, I am a busy-busy lass but I'm whittling my "To Do" list down to something more manageable these days. This is kind of where I am and stuff.

    Editor stuff:
    I turned in the full manuscript for HUMAN FOR A DAY for DAW. I am so damn proud of that thing. Some beautiful stories in it and my esteem for some of my authors has gone through the roof.

    I have sent out the invitations to SPACE TRAMPS, Full-Throttle Space Tales #5 for Flying Pen Press. The Publisher is pleased with the authors I have writing for it and so am I.

    I am in the process of reading stories for the BEAST WITHIN 2 anthology for Graveside Tales. It is slow going but mostly because of everything else on my plate. The authors will hear one way or another in a couple of weeks.

    Author stuff:
    I sold a story to a DAW anthology and I feel like I have leveled up as an author. I'm not naming the story or the anthology until the contract is signed but the editor has told me she's taking it.

    I sold a story, "M.O.V.E.," to NO MAN'S LAND by Dark Quest Books. This is the fourth anthology in the Defending the Future series of anthologies and I'm very pleased to be sharing the TOC with the likes of Brenda Cooper, Ann Wilkes, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail.

    The big news: I just signed a contract to write a standalone tie-in novella for Dark Quest Games' new RPG setting, SHADESIDE. The novella is currently titled THE LADY OF SEEKING IN THE CITY OF WAITING and I'm thrilled to pieces. It combines all of my happiest thoughts with my most sought after goals—gaming, tie-in work, and long form fiction with the possibility of more work.

    I have a couple of other things I must get done before I can settle in for the long term writing on LADY OF SEEKING—another anthology story, a Colonial Gothic PDF setting, Dice & Deadlines, and a non-fiction essay—but once those drop off the radar, it will be smooth sailing for a while.

    I think.
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    I have been very much "heads down" on this final manuscript of HUMAN FOR A DAY for DAW. I'm pleased and even proud of what I've put together with the awesome authors who have contributed: Ian Tregillis, Jay Lake, Seanan McGuire, Tanith Lee, Fiona Patton, David Levine and Jim Hines...just to name a few.

    Some of these stories are laugh out loud funny and others bring me to tears every single time I read them. I cannot wait to see this book in print.

    In the meantime, here are a couple of reviews for my latest anthology release, BEAUTY HAS HER WAY by Dark Quest Books.

    Fangirltastic Review: 4/5:

    Goodreads by Nate Crowder: 4/5:
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    After a phone call this morning, I can announce one of the pieces of awesome-awesome news I've been sitting on. I sold an anthology to DAW!

    To say I am pleased is an understatement. To say that I happy-danced all around the house when I got the news and my husband finally got to see me in the throes of such a victory dance is true. For the rest of the week, if I was down or distracted or anything like that…he would come into my office and mimic my happy-dance at me. Minus all the arm flailings, of course.

    But… I sold an anthology to DAW.

    I have reached one of my big goals. I am a happy-happy anthologist.

    About the anthology. It is called HUMAN FOR A DAY and I am in the process of acquiring my authors. Here is the blurb I used to sell it:

    The day is finally here. By will, wish, spell, or curse, those who are not human have become human—and mortal—for a day. Experience the joy of the mannequin who softens from wood into flesh and the fear of the god cast down from his divine heights. Feel the anticipation of the immortal solider that finally has a chance to die and the desire of the monster to regain her mortal heart. Not everyone who becomes human for a day wants this transformation. For all, this will be a day they never forget.

    This is going to be such a good anthology!

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