Readercon: Books, books, songs, and even more books!

IMG_0048Last weekend I went to my  first Readercon, where the Dealers Room was actually labeled The Bookshop, because it only contained–you guessed it–books. (Including two I am in by Baen: Mission: Tomorrow, and Galactic Games!) I absolutely loved seeing so many books in the one large room. 🙂

It was an absolute pleasure to catch up with Neil Clarke, publisher/editor of Clarkesworld, where I sold my first ever short story, and to have dinner with editor/writer, Alex Shvartsman, who is editing the latest Phoenix Pick anthology Humanity 2.0.

2016-07-09 13.01.51.jpgI am proud to say I kept writing throughout the weekend, even managing to complete a 1500 word scene while working our table on Sunday! I was also incredibly chuffed that by the end of the con there was only one copy of our first Arc Double book left, which pairs two novellas by Joe Haldeman and Gregory Benford. (This book series is my first idea for Phoenix Pick to come to fruition, so I want it to sell well!)

While I was too busy 90% of the time to attend any of the panels, I did drop into the I’m Sorry, I Haven’t A Clue panel at just the right time on Saturday night to see the panelists (including GOH Catherynne Valente) sing the lyrics of one song to the melody of a very different type of song, to most hilarious effect. And yes, I recorded it for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! The last song is a real pearler! 😉

Panelists (from left to right):

  • Max Gladstone: Lyrics of Beyoncé’s SINGLE LADIES, sung to the theme of NEVERENDING STORY.
  • Catherynne Valente: Lyrics of Amy Winehouse’s REHAB, sung to the theme of INDIANA JONES.
  • Heath Miller: Lyrics to Taylor Swift’s SHAKE IT OFF, to the tune of Les Misérables’ DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING!
  • Martin Cahill: Lyrics to Johnny Cash’s HURT to the tune of R.E.M.’s SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE.
  • Maria DahvanaHeadley: Lyrics to Adele’s HELLO to the tune of The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s SWEET TRANSVESTITE.

The first Arc Double is here!

Arc Double copyright page
ARC DOUBLE book design by Lezli Robyn

In my role as Assistant Publisher for Arc Manor (which publishes Phoenix Pick books and the Galaxy’s Edge magazine) I have the pleasure of bringing words to life in the form of new books. Well, here is my first project as Concept Designer: Arc Doubles!

This book series brings back a popular format by Ace Books, where two pieces of fiction are paired together, but flipped so that each novella starts on a different side of the book, with its own cover.

Our first book in the series pairs The Mars Girl by Joe Haldeman, and As Big as the Ritz by Gregory Benford. While widely different in style and plot, both novellas tell the story of human who seeks out adventure on a new planet, uncovers a great secret, and ultimately has to make a decision that will irrevocably change the course of their lives (and humanity), forever!

This book was a delight to put together. You can buy the kindle ebook here, the nook ebook here, with links to the paperback edition on both websites! Attached is a photo so you can see how cool the cover is for both versions. Enjoy!

Arc Double: AS BIG AS THE RITZ by Gregory Benford & THE MARS GIRL by Joe Haldeman
Arc Double: THE MARS GIRL by Joe Haldeman & AS BIG AS THE RITZ by Gregory Benford