Sunday, October 03, 2010

Publications and Sales and Sech



I’m excited to announce that Hint Fiction is currently available for preorder on Barnes & Noble and Amazon. I got my contributor copy of the book a couple of days ago and have already read it. It’s a wonderful collection and I’m very happy to be a part of it. I almost couldn’t believe how well many of the pieces worked as both standalone efforts and to suggest or “hint” at a much bigger story behind the scenes. The work starts out with a dynamite piece from Joe Lansdale, probably my favorite in the collection, but there are many more great pieces and for the first time I really saw the potential of the hint fiction concept realized. I feel pretty lucky to have made it into this group.

Among the bigger names in the collection are Jack Ketchum, Joyce Carol Oates, Peter Straub, and F. Paul Wilson, but the selections from unknowns and relative unknowns are just as powerful. I got lots of smiles and quite a few “winces” out of these pieces. They were just amazingly effective.

In other news, I’ve gotten in some author copies of Bitter Steel finally. If anyone should want a signed copy, I can offer them at a discount over what the unsigned book costs at Amazon and Barnes & Noble at present. I’m asking $12.50, and I’ll cover shipping within the US. For Canada or elsewhere I might have to split the costs with you. If you’d like a copy, please email me at kainja at hotmail dot com.

I also have one copy of Swords of Talera in which the red color of the cover is worn through in places. It’s not bad, but if anyone wants it I can let it go for $5.00, plus whatever the shipping would be. Same email if you are interested.

Finally, I just finished reading Ty Johnston’s Kindle collection American Crossroads, which puts together five stories about people reaching turning points in their lives. I enjoyed it very much and reviewed it on both Goodreads and Amazon. I highly recommend it. It’s worth much more than the .99 cents it costs.

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40 comments:

Erik Donald France said...

Excellent! Congrats on all fronts! And it's just about that time to build up gifts for the holidays . . .

Natasha Fondren said...

Awesome! Congratulations!

Ty Johnston said...

Charles, thanks for the kind words, and the reviews.

Evan Lewis said...

Cool. I just finished Swords of Talera, and will be reviewing it this week on DAVY CROCKETT'S ALMANACK.

Robert said...

Glad you liked it! :-)

Deka Black said...

Congrats! This week should come the paycheck of a jod just done... maybe after the bills are payed can borrow some spare cgange to get Bitter Steel.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! You're in fine company there.

the walking man said...

Soon I am going to see you where I always wanted to be which was on the airport and drug store book shelf rack top row. And I mean that as a compliment Charles. Way to keep it going.

Charles Gramlich said...

Erik, thanks. books are always what I buy for the holidays.

Natasha, thankee.

Ty, glad to do it.

Evan, hey, thanks, man.

Robert, it was really excellent. Many quotables.

Deka, just make sure you have enough to eat first. :)

Alex, indeed so.

Mark, HInt fiction may well be on such a rack. It's a major press release.

pattinase (abbott) said...

As someone who tried and failed to place a piece in the collection, I am anxious to see the winning entries.

Deka Black said...

Charles, of course! Don't worry. First things first. Then i can take my trusty axe and chop some limbs ;)

Deka Black said...

Almost forgot: Hope this anthology gives you the necessary fame to make you come to Europe promote your books! ;)

Charles Gramlich said...

pattinase, they had a huge number of entries, I know. I imagine there were also many that were virtually interchangeable with those that did get selected.

Deka Black, a book tour in Europe. Now THAT would be a dream come true!

David Cranmer said...

I will grab the Bitter Steel when I return.

Cloudia said...

That's awesome, Charles. Congrats.






Warm Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

Charles Gramlich said...

David Cranmer, I hope you enjoy.

Cloudia, thanks, I appreciate that.

Jess said...

I pre-ordered Hint Fiction. Mine didn't make the grade so can't wait to read the winners. Did you enter the Gotham contest too?

http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/hintfiction.php

Travis Cody said...

Outstanding! Congratulations to you!

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks for sharing some of that hint fiction with me the other day. That was cool. Congrats on the inclusion!

David J. West said...

Absolutely Congratulations on being a part of it. Here's to many more.

ivan said...

How dramatically the quantum leaps from dead nothing (your mood of late) to the spark of an achievement-- in 25 words or less.
And you're in there with some of the biggies.

AvDB said...

You're in some good company. Or, rather, they are. Congratulations, Charles.

Charles Gramlich said...

Jess, no, I didn't know about the gotham contest. Will have to check out that link. I bet you will like Hint fiction.

Travis Cody, thanks, man.

Lana Gramlich, thankee sweetness

David J. West, much appreciated. I was happy.

ivan, Yes, it did help my mood. Not sure why I've been down lately. Maybe the darker days of fall.

AvDB, that was sweet of you to say.

laughingwolf said...
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laughingwolf said...

above deleted by me, since i just saw it resembles erik's...

anyway, way to go, charles :)

cs harris said...

Congratulations!

This sounds like a fun, intriguing collection. What a great idea.

Heff said...

I might get a copy of Bitter Steel for my Cold Porcelain.

(that's where I read)

Deka Black said...

Charles, i regret to say my bosses do not pay me until 40 days starting from today :(But until then and, as you said, remains a spare change to do what i want, i wish to ask you one thing:

What's the first Robert E. Howard you have read?

Steve Malley said...

Congrats, man!

Charles Gramlich said...

laughingwolf, thanks, my friend.

Candy, it was. Wish I'd had it.

Heff, there's plenty of fightin and killin in that collection. And some sexy women.

Deka Black, I think the first Robert E. Howard I read was some of the Conan storis published by Ace, which were edited by L. Sprague De Camp. There are some great recent collections of Howard from Del Rey though that are all Howard and nothing but Howard. Conan collections and collections about Solomon Kane and other REH characters. I really liked the solomon Kane stories.

Steve Malley, danke!

Deka Black said...

My first was Red Nails., Then a spanish edition of the Kull stories, then, more conan, then te Kane stories, and since then i think of myself as a Howard reader.

Rick said...

You and Peter Straub. Now that is too cool. So your coolness factor is getting up there!

Charles Gramlich said...

Deka, Red Nails is a great story. I have the Berkley collection by that title too. Good stuff.

Rick, yeah, me and Pete (I call him Pete) are best buds. :)

eric1313 said...

Congratulations yet again.

That's quite a few huge names to be mixed in with! Very impresive.

Deka Black said...

Very very good. Red nails and People of the Black Circle remains as my two favourites stories from Conan.

sage said...

Thanks for the hints of the new works coming out and congratulations on making it into the Hint Fiction group.

Charles Gramlich said...

eric1313, danke, my friend

Deka Black, good ones definitely, although my emotional favorite is Beyond the Black River. I just really liked the Belit character. I even used that name, with a slightly different spelling, in Swords of Talera.

sage, thanks, I appreciate that.

Shauna Roberts said...

Congratulations, Charles!

I had never heard of "hint fiction" before, and now I'm curious to read the anthology and see how the stories work.

I already have Bitter Steel, but I was wondering whether you have signed bookplates for those of us who didn't buy your books directly from you.

Barrie said...

Congratulations! Lots of good news!

Charles Gramlich said...

Shauna, I actually asked at Barnes & Noble the other week about bookplates and they didn't have any. I've got to get some. Thanks for reminding me of it.

Barrie, thankee.