1. I have now officially caught up with e-mail from the last two weeks, so if you’ve sent me e-mail in the last couple of weeks and was hoping for a response but did not get one, go ahead and resend your e-mail. The exception to this is Big Idea proposals — I’ve got a couple of those I’m still mulling over, so don’t send those again.
2. Speaking of The Big Idea, one thing I want people to remember is that to be considered, books have to be offered to brick and mortar bookstores on a returnable basis, i.e., the traditional sort of set-up that bookstore take books from publishers by. If your book is not returnable, I’m not at all likely to say “yes” to your Big Idea proposal. Yes, this is my way of weeding out the self-published or vanity published. If I make an exception it’s for exceptional reasons which show real innovation — for example, in the near future I’ll do something with an iPod/Kindle-distributed graphic novel. But exceptions are called “exceptions” for a reason.
3. Subterranean Press noted today that The God Engines is going into a third printing and that TGE is now my largest-selling SubPress title, both of which I think are pretty damn nifty. Thank you. Subterranean also notes that if you’re still hankering for a first edition, they themselves have a few left, but you better get on it.
4. As most of you know my 2010 science fiction convention is intentionally sparse, but 2011 is beginning to fill out a bit: Specifically, I’ll be the Guest of Honor at Capricon 31, in Wheeling, Illinois (suburban Chicago) next February 10 – 13. Joining me are John Picacio as the artist Guest of Honor and Janice Gelb & Stephen Boucher as fan Guests of Honor. Here’s the Capricon Web site, although at the moment it’s still showing information from this year’s convention. No other firm 2011 commitments at this point, but when/if there are I’ll post them.
That’s me today.