Posts made in April, 2012

Last day to buy "early edition" of World SF 2

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in Apex News, Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

Today is your last chance to get the ‘early edition’ of The Apex Book of World SF 2. Don’t miss out! What makes the early edition special? 1) It contains a novelette by Nir Yaniv that will not be in the regular edition. 2) It contains an essay by Charles Tan that will not be in the regular edition. 3) After today, the early edition will not be available for sale anywhere or anytime. 4) The regular edition will not be out until August, meaning you will have the book approximately four months before everyone else. 5) Free domestic shipping. Discounted international...

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Guy Hasson’s Film Journal, Entry #2: Auditions

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in Artist Musings | 0 comments

Pitching The Indestructibles to Actors You might think it’s next to impossible to pitch The Indestructibles to actors, since they’re asked to do it for free. Most of the ones I approached actually jumped at the chance. First I told them who I was and where I come from, including being an SF author and having done a feature-length low-budget SF film. Then I started my pitch: Now I want to do a big, massive science fiction epic. But the thing is, I have absolutely no money. So this is what I decided to do: I’ll write the script the way the ancient Greeks did. They also didn’t have a Hollywood FX team. They put three people in one room and let the audience experience the...

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Finding My Destiny

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Genre Matters | 2 comments

by Mari Adkins Somewhere in 2010, the idea of writing young adult paranormal literature crawled into my head and took up residence. I wondered what it would be like to see the world I’d created for my Harlan Vampire Series through the eyes of the main character’s daughter. Only, for as much YA as I’ve read over the course of my life, I wasn’t sure where or how to start writing it. So I kept the thoughts to myself and told my brain to stop engaging in fantasy. This proved difficult because like any writer with itchy fingers, I kept coming back to this whole YA idea. Fast forward to June 2011. At this time I was wrapping up the ‘final’...

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Dancing with the Devil: KDP Select FREE Post-Mortem Thoughts

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Words from the Publisher | 6 comments

On March 27th, 28th, and 29th, Apex enrolled The Convent of the Pure by Sara M. Harvey in the Amazon Select KDP FREE promotion.  As promised in this post, I would come back and talk about the experience. THE PROGRAM I titled the blog post “Dancing with the Devil” because I’m not a big fan of the KDP Select program. To me, it defines everything that makes Amazon into such a divisive entity. By signing up for a ninety day period, you make your eBook available for loan to Amazon Prime members. For each ‘borrow’ your book racks up, Amazon pays a fee. For five days during the ninety day period, you can have your book listed as free to all Amazon...

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Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Apex Editor

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Admin | 0 comments

In this issue, things fall apart: relationships, societies, religious systems. Dreams and hopes, bodies and minds all pay the price for the choices we make to try to get ahead. Rachel Swirsky’s visceral “Decomposition” tells the disturbing story of when a villain returns home. Rahul Kanakia’s “Tomorrow’s Dictator” examines just how much of ourselves we sacrifice for the work we do. Our classic revisited this month is Nnedi Okorafor’s “Chaos Magician’s Magical Chemistry Set,” which shows what happens when the barriers between magic and science become permeable. In our nonfiction this month, Maggie Slater interviews Rachel Swirsky about her writing process, and Tim Akers...

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