agilebrit: (Numfar: Dance of Joy)
So, the first Ben story I wrote after Pack Dynamics, "The Monster Without" (also known as Hitman Ben around these parts), has found a home at StoryHack.

Not only that, but they were super-prompt with a very author-friendly contract, and the story should see print around July or so, or maybe even earlier.

I am so excited, you guys. I know I say this a lot, but this is one of my favorite stories, and I'm so glad it found a home.

DO THE DANCE OF JOY WITH ME.

(Also, reading the entries from when I was writing this thing is making me laugh at myself.)

Story sale!

Feb. 1st, 2017 10:18 pm
agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
My first story sale of the year is for my weird little "person goes out for a moonlit jog, is bitten by a werewolf, and comes home to find their beloved dog is now terrified of them" story. Neo-Opsis decided it was in their wheelhouse, and they have agreed to take it off my hands.

Do the Dance of Joy with me!
agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
My Robot Bunny story, starring Alex and Ben and many many terrible puns, will be appearing in the Singular Irregularity anthology!

Pending Kickstarter funding, of course. I've offered an incentive to Tuckerize someone; I don't know if they'll take me up on it, and there's really only one character for that to happen with, as all the other characters are pretty much set in stone.

I am pleased as punch by this, which marks my sixth sale on the year. Do the Dance of Joy with me!
agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
Jouth has published a story starring my spaceship crew, "Meerkat Manners." It's not up on Amazon yet, but I will update when it is.

The intrepid crew of the Inquisitive Tamandua is hired by a mob of quarreling meerkats to move them to a new settlement. Unfortunately, immigration law isn't necessarily on their side--and neither is the new Fed-mandated AI installed in the ship.

Go check it out!

Also, Digital Horror is going to reprint "Daddy's Little Girl" in the near future. I love getting paid twice for the same story.
agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
Fun story which I would have posted last night, except I didn't get home until 10pm and Hubby had to get up at Stupid Early AM, so Bed was a Thing:

As you know, Bob, one of my werewolf stories made Finalist for Q4 at Writers of the Future. I've been waiting for four weeks to find out the results. I knew the call had to come soon...

The handsome and hard-working Eric James Stone had his "Unforgettable" book launch last night, which I attended. Scott Parkin saw me and asked "Did you get the call yet?" I answered in the negative, and he commiserated with me for a moment before going back to where he'd been.

Ten seconds later (like, literally), my phone rings.

"Hi, Julie." I've spoken with Joni all of three times in my entire life. I still recognized her voice. She sounded happy.

Therefore I refrained from saying "Hi, Joni, just tell me I didn't win." Instead I said "Hi, Joni." I'm pretty sure I already started bouncing, though I tried to contain myself.

"You won. Third place."

I have often described characters feeling "like a marionette with cut strings." I've never actually felt like that... until last night. I, uh, held myself up on a handy shelf. I told her how shocked I was to win with this story, because of Dave's famous werewolf hate, and she said "I guess he liked this one!"

And so did the rest of the judges.

I swear I wrote this as part of a Codex prompt; I finished it in February 2015, and I remember the idea being something about abysses (Weekend Warrior? Anyway, it ended up being too long to actually enter, and I'm not sure I finished it in time in any case), but I cannot for the life of me remember anything else. I actually ended up revising it for the Contest with Dave's sensibilities in mind, expanding it and changing the ending to something a little less-- okay, a lot less depressing. Especially in light of what he said about about my last Finalist, which was "is it a story about a werewolf, or is it a story about belonging?" Well, that first one wasn't, particularly, at least not in my mind, but this one definitely is.

There were a bunch of people I knew at the book launch, of course, because the Utah writing community is vast, and they were all super happy for me. Utah has a ridiculous proportion of winners, as well--four of us were there. We took a picture. It was awesome.

SO. ANYWAY. I'M GOING TO HOLLYWOOD. DO THE DANCE OF JOY WITH ME.
agilebrit: (Giggle)
I won't even call you scam artists because you're just not that good. But here's a newsflash for you: I've been on to you since way before the first time you called me. So when I get a call that hangs up on me, and google the number, and see via the helpful folks at 800notes that it's one of you? I figure you'll probably call back because you know you've got a live one. And I prepared for that, oh yes I did.

Sure enough, you did. After the usual "your computer has been sending errors to us" spiel, you asked me to turn it on. I informed you that it was on, and I was in front of it right now. And that's when it got funny.

"What's on your screen right now?" you asked.

I answered sweetly, "An article from Wired.com titled 'What happens if you play along with a Microsoft tech support scam.'"

"Oh." *click*

Hilarity ensued from my husband and son. But you, my friend, got off lightly. Because I kept the last scammer on the phone for nearly 13 minutes, wasting his time and letting him think I was falling for it. I do this for entertainment. So you might as well stop calling me.

I know you won't, though. So I'll continue to string you along every time you call, keeping you from calling some poor schlub who might actually fall for your dumb scheme.

No love,
Me

In other news, I got word the other day that they're starting audiobook production for my novel! So that is spiffy and awesome. I'm thrilled.

And I got an acceptance from Far Fetched Fables for the cow story, which will be going into audio production soon.

In other other news, the White Cat passed away a couple of weeks ago. She was nearly 16 and had chronic feline rhinotracheitis her entire life, and managed to outlive both the dog and the other cat, but it's still never easy, especially so soon after the dog passed. Before you ask, yes, we're going to get a pair of kittens, but after the holidays and all the travel that entails.

And in yet other critter news, if you haven't been following along, we went to the pet store for a guinea pig hammock and, uh, came home with another guinea pig. All three of them are still figuring out exactly what this is, and we haven't left the new one alone overnight in the cage with the other two, who are more than twice his size. But they're getting along okay, as good as guinea pigs get along, I guess, and Gandalf is little and cute and I'm pretty sure that he is also a Silky rather than an American breed. He's got the same sort of hair that Killian had when we got him. But we shall see. He's super cuddly. <3

Also, mad props to Kurt Russell, who laid a beautiful smackdown on a clueless reporter vis a vis guns. I have many thoughts about the issue myself, but that will require an entry of its own.
agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
After a long wait, my zombie story "Daddy's Little Girl" is available on Amazon from Stupefying Stories! Shamble on over and pick up a copy--it's only a buck for four stories. What better way to celebrate Halloween?

Speaking of Monsters, the Monsters Storybundle ends in eight and a half days, so grab yours today. Once it's gone, it's gone for good. Twelve full-length novels by awesome authors, many of whom you've heard of and some you'll be hearing of, for fifteen dollars. You can't beat that with a stick!

The Monster of the Day is: "The Wolf at the End of the World" by Douglas Smith. A shapeshifter hero battles ancient spirits, a covert government agency, and his own dark past in a race to solve a murder that could mean the end of the world. Cree and Ojibwe legends mix with current day environmental conflict in this fast-paced urban fantasy that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to its explosive conclusion.
agilebrit: (werewolf)
This is super awesome, you guys:

The Monsters Bundle is what October is all about. Bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson has put together a monstrous collection of for this bundle. You want werewolves? Check out Julie Frost's Pack Dynamics and Douglas Smith's The Wolf at the End of the World. Prehistoric monsters? Try Jurassic Dead by David A. Sakmyster and Mammoth Dawn by Kevin J. Anderson and Gregory Benford.

You want occult forces and investigations? We have The Love-Haight Case Files by Jean Rabe and Don Bingle, Working Stiff: The Cases of Dan Shamble, Zombie, P.I. by Kevin J. Anderson, and For This Is Hell by Aaron Rosenberg and Steven Savile. Horrific killers that make Hannibal Lecter look like a lightweight? There's Empty Rooms by Jeffrey J. Mariotte and Helmet Head by Michael A. Baron. Or just plain scary weirdness? Matt Forbeck's Monster Academy, Josh Vogt's Enter the Janitor, and Keith R.A. deCandido's Cayo Hueso. Plus you can choose to donate to The Challenger Learning Center when you grab a bundle!


Basically, pay what you want above a minimum of (I believe) $3, and get six books. Pay $15 or more and get twelve books. There's a FAQ.

It's available for a limited time only, so grab it while you can, sometime in the next three weeks. And please spread the word to folks you think might be interested.
agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
The second "Far Orbit" space opera anthology from World Weaver Press, "Far Orbit: Apogee," is now out. The very first story I ever sold (to Renard's Menagerie, now sadly defunct) is reprinted therein for your amusement. It's called "The Affairs of Dragons," and it's an adventure wherein my spaceship crew is hired to haul a clutch of dragon eggs to a new planet while the mother is on the run from both her clan and her husband. The eggs aren't supposed to hatch...

I dearly love getting paid twice for my stories.

If you enjoy space opera, think about picking this up, because it's a super spiffy collection. And please spread the word.
agilebrit: (Giggle)
I am super pleased to announce that the novelette known in these parts as "Eldritch Plumbing" has found a home with Stupefying Stories. Basically, some dude decides it will be a good idea to call up some baby Old Ones through the plumbing of a retirement community. And then Mama gets involved.

And it's funny, or supposed to be, anyway.

I swear, if Rampant Loon Press buys any more of my fiction, they could put out a whole collection. THEY LOVE ME. THEY REALLY LOVE ME.
agilebrit: (Numfar: Dance of Joy)
I was poking through my publisher's Facebook page last night, when lo and behold, what accosted mine eyes but... my novel! I am so in love with that cover, you guys, you have no idea. The ebook is now available for pre-order and will be released Sept. 28. The dead-tree version is coming out sometime in October--unless you come to Salt Lake ComicCon, where you'll be able to pick up a special edition, which I will totally deface for you!

Blurb:
After seven horrific months as a POW, Army Ranger-turned-PI Ben Lockwood just wants a safe, boring life. With his boss on vacation, he takes what looks like an easy case of pharmaceutical espionage he can work from his desk.

Now he's caught in a three-way collision course between a ruthless werewolf on the hunt for a cure for his dying vampire wife, a mad scientist whose multinational company doesn't even research supernatural medicine--and himself. Ben's nanotech-injected blood holds the key to the vampire's recovery, and the werewolf doesn't much care if he lives or dies in the harvesting.

Ben thought he was done fighting wars when he got home from Afghanistan, but his hard-won sanity and his girlfriend's life are both at risk. He'd rather die than lose either. The battle lines are drawn in a billionaire's basement, and retreat isn't an option. No matter how outgunned he is.


Kobo
Amazon
Smashwords

BUT WAIT. THERE'S MORE.

If urban fantasy with a dollop of SF isn't your cup of tea, I have a space opera story in the forthcoming "Far Orbit: Apogee" anthology, from World Weaver Press. "The Affairs of Dragons" is actually my first sale ever, and editor Bascomb James kindly picked it up as a reprint for this volume. It will be released October 13.

Blurb:
Looking for science fiction stories like they used to write? Far Orbit Apogee takes all of the fun-to-read adventure, ingenuity, and heroism of mid-century pulp fiction and shapes it for a new generation of readers. Follow the adventures of heroic scientists, lunar detectives, space dragons [that's mine!--JF], robots, interstellar pirates, gun slingers, and other memorable and diverse characters as they wrestle with adversity beyond the borders of our small blue marble. Fun, engaging, pithy, and piquant, we’ve got it all.

Featuring stories from Jennnifer Campbell-Hicks, Dave Creek, Eric Del Carlo, Dominic Dulley, Nestor Delfino, Milo James Fowler, Julie Frost, Sam S. Kepfield, Keven R. Pittsinger, Wendy Sparrow, Anna Salonen, James Van Pelt, and Jay Werkheiser.


Amazon
Kobo

Why, yes, I think this is Dance-of-Joy-worthy.
agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
I also got this one yesterday, but now I have contract in hand, so.

The story code-named "bunny from hell" has finally found a home at Odd Tree Press. I wrote this thing, lo, many moons ago for a "toybox of terror" call at AlienSkin, which has since gone defunct, alas.

I'm thrilled that it will finally see print, and you will all have to let me know if it reminds you of Calvin and Hobbes.

I don't think I've ever gotten two acceptances in one day before. \o/
agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
YOU GUYS.

You may recall a story I code-named "angry bitter angel." It was part of my very first short story NaNo project in 2013. The plot ballooned it into a twenty-thousand-word behemoth, and I despaired of ever selling it to any mainstream market, because

(a) angels and demons
(b) a serial killer
(c) overtly Biblical--but with an ending that will probably make a lot of Christians super uncomfortable
(d) twenty. thousand. words.

Four strikes, in today's market, right?

Well. STRAEON is doing a special issue exploring faith in science fiction and fantasy, and I just received an acceptance for my story. I was really pleased with the quality of the stories in the first issue of STRAEON, and am stoked to be part of that publication.

This marks my 6th sale on the year.

DO THE DANCE OF JOY WITH ME. (apropos icon is apropos)
agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
In a manner of speaking, anyway. It's to a podcast, and it's a non-paying market, but it's StarShipSofa, and lookit that list o' authors!

I am deeply honored to be sharing space with such luminaries, and thrilled beyond the telling of it that I'm going to get to hear my story read by a professional narrator. This will be my first podcast story, which also fills a Career Bingo square for me!

I originally wrote this story for the Astrobiology and the Sacred competition. While it didn't find a home there, it found one at Plasma Frequency, and now at StarShipSofa.

Flist! Do the Dance of Joy with me!
agilebrit: (Numfar: Dance of Joy)
Remember this entry, wherein I announced that this game liked my Demon-Prince story so much they accepted it and asked me for more?

I wrote them a vampire story and sent it in yesterday, and I just got an acceptance for that one as well.

I am super pleased with both of them, y'all, and very excited to see how they fit into the game.

It's time for an Extended Dance of Joy!
agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
But I have leave to talk about one of them, so I will!

I was invited to write villain intros for this game a few weeks ago. So, in between sending my edits back to the editor and getting the second round back, I scribbled a thing for the Demon-Prince, because, dude, I can write a demon prince in my sleep, right? And hey, it pays ten cents a word, which is better than pro rates in this biz.

Well. They liked it so much that they not only accepted it, but they asked me to write more.

I've also got good news on the Zombies! story front; we should be seeing movement on that fairly soon as well.

And I got notice today that I passed slush at a podcast market I want desperately to crack, and word yesterday from another podcast market that all five of my subs are alive and kicking there.

...it's been a good week.
agilebrit: (Default)
My gargoyle story will be appearing in "First and Starlight" in a couple of days:

"Future Finalists presents 1st & Starlight, their very first compilation of science fiction and fantasy. Future Finalists is a group of authors that have previously placed in the top 8 for at least one quarter of the Writers of the Future Contest, some of whom have already gone on to become winners.

Fourteen of these authors now contribute their strongest voices, offering glimpses of every corner of speculative fiction--from contemporary to high fantasy, from hard science fiction to the wildly experimental, the whole breadth of possibilities of the genre are showcased here.

Experience modern twists on fairy tale classics, extraordinary aliens and magical creatures. Heroes and heroines no matter how big or small (or inanimate!). Adventures across time and space and deep within the human mind. From great triumph to the little victories that make us up, the one thing these stories have in common is their greatness, and their enormous heart."


Here's the fantastic cover, by Koru Xypress:


Don't have a link yet, but watch this space. :)
agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
But before I get to that, I have a funny story. If you don't care about the funny story, just skip down to the bold part.

Remember this from ComicCon? Basically, Larry Correia being awesome and introducing me to Kevin J. Anderson and saying that not only would he blurb my book if they published it, but would also book bomb it?

Back up to the previous night.

Big group of us at dinner. Afterward, the party breaks up somewhat, and I'm outside shooting the breeze with the handsome and hard-working Peter Wacks, an acquisitions editor for WordFire Press. He's talking about his urban fantasy and how his werewolves work, and another of his authors is talking about his werewolves and how they work, and I think, Well, this is right in my wheelhouse, isn't it. No, it wasn't a question. I have a split second of hesitation, and then I think I should just go for it, because what do I have to lose, and say, "So, this is the part where I ask you what your acquisitions process is."

Peter says, "Pitch me your book."

I freeze.

For about five seconds. Sooo was not ready for that. BUT. I do have an elevator pitch, and I sputter while desperately dragging it to the forefront of my mind where I can, you know, actually use it. I put on my best radio announcer voice and say "A private eye with PTSD--"

And Peter says, "Stop. Send me a chapter. Doesn't matter which one."

Turns out that he was a private eye for a year while doing research for a novel, and he works closely with a PTSD charity. I knew neither of these facts, but I managed to hit two of his sweet spots in five words. As they say in the business: SCORE.

The thing with Larry happened the next day. After the event was over, I sent Peter the chapter he requested. Chapter One, because that's where I set up all the dominoes, and if he doesn't want to read farther after that, well, I don't deserve to be published because I haven't done my job of hooking the reader.

Couple of weeks went by, and I hear from Peter again. "I like your style; send me an outline for the rest of the book."

So I do. This was... October? By then? And then there's radio silence. For months. Until I hear from a mutual friend, "Peter wants to talk to you at either FanX or LTUE." Pins and needles commence. And, of course WordFire didn't come to the FanX because Reasons. But LTUE was two weeks later, which doesn't seem like long, but by the time it rolled around, I was absolutely screaming inside.

Peter and I made an appointment for 7:15pm on February 12. "Walk with me," says he, and we head over to the Indian restaurant. He sends Alexi Vanderberg off ahead of us, and then says "We've all talked it over, and we'd like to offer you a novel contract."

I'm pretty sure I made a noise only dogs could hear, but Alexi later told me "I thought you tripped or ran into something because I heard you make a noise, and then I realized, oh, he must have told her." LOL

I now have a signed contract in my hand. We're looking toward a release in time for SLComicCon so I can hand a copy to Jim Butcher and tell him "thank you"--which is lightning-fast. I just hope my editor doesn't think it's egregiously awful.

I've been sitting on this news since February. You might have noticed I was a bit sneaky in the entry where I announced the re-sale of the dragons-in-space story, where I said I hadn't had a short fiction sale since October. Well. "Short" was the operative word there. ;)

So. On the strength of a pitch, a first chapter, an outline, and Larry Correia saying that I'm awesome...

I have a book deal.

FRIENDS. DO THE DANCE OF JOY WITH ME.
agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
After a dry spell that's lasted far too long, I received my first short story acceptance since October, you guys.

It's a reprint, but I'm getting paid the same rate for it that I got paid for the original publication, and I like getting paid twice for the same story. "The Affairs of Dragons," which first appeared in Renard's Menagerie, will be seeing print in the Far Orbit: Apogee anthology. They're working on an accelerated production schedule, and looking to see print in early October.

Do the dance of joy with me!
agilebrit: (Numfar: Dance of Joy)
In order to create buzz before World Fantasy Con, Bruce Bethke at Stupefying has chosen my story Habeas Felis to serialize in three parts over three days. Hopefully some of that buzz will splash on me.

It's a free read, so, what are you waiting for?

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