Early this year, I got it into my head that it would be cool to publish a book.
And then Alison (aka narrativepriorities) thought that was a smashing idea, and kind of hectored me into doing it.
And so I asked a bunch of my talented, hardworking friends if they would like to contribute. And for what in retrospect is an embarrassingly small amount of money, they did.
The resulting anthology far exceeds my most optimistic expectations. The seven stories contained in The Ships We Sail cover an astonishing breadth of genre and tone; the constant theme (besides, you know, the actual theme of the book) is one of quality. This is excellent, pro-level storytelling, and I’m honored and humbled to have had a part in bringing it into the world.
I believe in independent publishing. I believe in it so strongly that I spent my own money to make this happen, and I plan to spend more money continuing to make it happen, whether or not this particular project is a financial success. (If it matters: I don’t have a lot of money. I just happen to really care about this.)
But of course I want it to be a success. It represents the best of what I and others hope for in the future of genre fiction—stories with women, stories with queer people and people of color—well, you get the point. All in one anthology. All created with the assumption that anyone would want to read them.
And I want it to be a success because I want to pay the contributors what they’re worth. The only way that will happen is if people buy it.
It costs $2.99. Previews of each story are available on the site, and if you like what you see, you can buy it one of three ways:
Finally, I would be remiss not to point out that every reblog helps.
Thank you, and good night.
SO. I have a story in this here book! And I’ll make some random post of my own in a bit, but yeah, read the previews! Guess which of the many awesome stories is mine! Pay $3 to have it on the electronic device of your choice! Delight in the idea that I wrote some original fiction with characters I made up all by myself and stuff!