A great deal has changed since I started this ebook adventure with The Mary Shelley Game last October. I think 2012 is turning out to be a MONSTER year.
After my initial reluctance (read fear and loathing) I forced myself to take a class on social media at F.I.T. I became a regular blogger and — drum roll — a devoted fan of Twitter. I started connecting with other writers on LinkedIn and follow a few too many blogs to mention here. I now have helpful friends in Australia and seven of my short stories have been included in an ebook put out by Mardibooks — a British writers’ collective.
None of this would have happened if I’d buried my head in a technophobe sandbox. That’s why I’m starting to sound like a cheerleader and not my usual skeptical self. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a story vampire and I’ll morph anything I see or hear into fiction with a dark or ragged edge, but on the Internet I’m an optimist.
This week alone has been extraordinary. On Tuesday, my Bram Stoker’s Summer Sublet announcement went live on Indies Unlimited. If you have yet to discover this site — find it. Indies Unlimited features all sorts of Indie books and authors. Whatever genre you like, it’s there.
The Mardibooks collection, “Unexpected Tales from the Ends of the Earth,” will be available on Amazon starting Saturday! My contributions to the book are not, strictly speaking, monster tales — although one does feature mysterious creatures from “elsewhere” and the people in some of the stories are definitely MONSTROUS. I’m really looking forward to reading the stories contributed by the other authors. They come from various places around the globe, but don’t worry all the stories are in English.
Of course there’s English and English…. I was very happy that the Mardibooks folks were amenable to my US-centric grammar and spelling. You won’t find “colour” instead of “color” or any of the other Brit-centric touches that would make me seem like a poser from the other side of the Atlantic with my stories set here in the States. I hope you get the ebook and enjoy my stories including: “The Final Diet,” “The Old Man and the Tea,” and “Sex Death and High School.”
I’ll post the Amazon link to the ebook here on my blog and, of course, I’ll post it on Twitter and Facebook!