A New Story (and Anthology), A Reminder, and A Thank You
Let me start with the thank you. Over the weekend, the readers of Asimov’s voted my novella “The Application of Hope” as the best of novella of 2013. Thank you, thank you, thank you, readers. I greatly appreciate it. And many thanks to Sheila Williams, the editor of Asimov’s, who consistently supports my work.
For those of you who love science fiction, and haven’t seen Asimov’s, time to check it out. Head over to their website. You can get paper versions or e-versions of the magazine. I love reading Asimov’s.
And for those of you who want to read the novella right now, it’s available as an e-book. The trade paper will appear later this week and there will be an audio as well. You can get the ebook on all major platforms, but I’ve linked to Amazon because it’s convenient for me. (Diving fans, this is a diving novella with a character you’ve never met before.)
Today’s the release day for the latest volume of Fiction River. I edited Fantasy Adrift. I’m so pleased with this volume. It has unforgettable stories (many of which I poached from other editors. Heh!), and includes some first sales as well as some well known writers. And yes, it has a story of mine as well, one I particularly like called “My Real Cousin Ruby.”
Fantasy Adrift also marks the beginning of Fiction River’s second year, which we couldn’t have done without all of your support. Thank you for that! (An unplanned thank you! Another heh!) Remember, you can subscribe to Fiction River or you can cherry-pick the issues you want. The entire first year is still in print in ebook and trade paper, and it’s slowly appearing in audio as well. (The first five are available as audio books, with the remaining two on the way.) Lots of great reading for one low price.
Speaking of low prices, you have a little over 24 hours to get the latest Storybundle that I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in. Here’s the scoop on the bundle–at least from my perspective. But nothing compares to heading on over to Storybundle.com and finding out more about the books yourself. To answer some questions I’ve been getting over the duration of this bundle: It’s e-book only, and yes, readers outside the U.S. can download versions as well. So, set your own price for nine great novels. (There is a minimum, but it really is a minimum.) You can also donate to charity when you download the bundle. But hurry! This ends Wednesday, May 21 in the evening Pacific Time.
Okay, One More Thing
The website is still under construction. We were down over the weekend because bits of the site wouldn’t talk to other bits. So, if you find glitches or something that you like, let me know. We’re working to improve this thing as fast as possible. (And yes, I’m almost ready to post the Recommended Reading and a Retrieval Artist update.)
Thanks for all the support, everyone!
At present I cannot subscribe to Fiction River. Will there be any type of mailing list? So I can pick up each issue as it comes out? And knowing when your books in all the series you write come out, will help me pre-order them. I LOVE your writing!
Thanks so much, Karen. We’re in the process of setting up newsletters, and so on. For Fiction River, please sign up for the WMG newsletter, which is here: http://www.wmgpublishinginc.com/newsletter/. And I’ll have one up and going in August. The sign-up is at the bottom of the page on the home page of my site: http://kristinekathrynrusch.com/#sthash.cLKPZmuX.dpbs. I’m not sure how often we’ll announce books on my newsletter, since I have something new nearly every week (usually a short story). I think that might be spamming. So I’m trying to figure out how to do it all. The series will all have their own signups for newsletters geared just toward the series on the various websites (http://www.retrievalartist.com, thefeyseries.com, and so on). I hope that helps! I’m just getting all of this into place, so it’s taking time. 🙂
Hi Kris, your new design is not iPad-friendly. Text is way too small and will not expand when you pinch, plus is gray instead of black so hard to read. These are the same problems as the WMG site, which also is hard to navigate with the giant book covers. To read your free story this week, I had to run it through Instapaper which is a pain to do all of the time. Great story by the way! Check out Sunday’s Doonesbury a few weeks ago, this too-small gray text is becoming a bad trend apparently. Best of luck with all of the projects.
Sorry to hear that, Lotus. I think there’s some trick to making it iPad friendly, but I’m not sure what it is. I forwarded to the designers so that they can post here. As for the gray, that’s been a problem with both themes. I keep trying to change away from the default gray, and it doesn’t seem to work. This happened on the previous theme and then that one started changing everything to white, which made it even worse. That’s why I had to change designs. I’m thinking it might be a Word Press bug.
For iPads, it’s possible to create a CSS file that checks the screen size and device type and returns specific appearance tweaks.
The font color definition sounds as if it may need an !important tag. (That’s one of the difficulties of working with pre-made themes—CSS has a specific order to how it naturally reads commands, so some things are naturally difficult to tweak, regardless of how your theme sets up the code.)
Thanks, Carradee. I’ve passed what you said onto folks who understand it. 🙂