Free Fiction Monday: Still Life, With Cats
After covering too many war zones, Joshua returns to his grandparents’ place to find the house neglected and the patio filled with cats.
He wants a refuge from the death he witnessed, but the cat yowls remind him of the cries of the wounded. No matter how hard he tries, the cats keep appearing.
So, he finally calls for help, help that proves a little weird, a little strange, but maybe just right.
“Still Life, With Cats,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook here and is included in the collection The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Space and Time, which is available in ebook and trade paperback here.
Still Life, With Cats
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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Are you following the New Leaf Literary dumpster fire, at all? I know, most of it is just literary agencies doing what they do. But the way they handled things is lousy even by those standards. Particularly appalling is the author who said that her agent dropped her for even asking about the possibility of self-publishing a book that had been rejected. And the author whose agent gave her a list of editors that she should hire for her manuscript. The agent still dropped her after she paid $5000 to one of the agent’s editor buddies!
I hadn’t seen that. Can you send me a link? Thanks!
The main kerfuffle started when they fired one of their agents and then dumped all of her clients in a mass email.
Then authors who had been rep’ed by the agency in the past started tweeting about their experiences with the agency.
This is the author whose agent told her to hire a freelance editor:
The one who was dropped for asking about self-publishing has apparently deleted her Twitter.
Wow. Thanks for sharing, David.
I’ve learned a lot from you and Dean, especially about avoiding sleazy people in publishing. So I immediately thought of you when I heard about this. My jaw literally dropped when I read about the agent giving her a list of editors, not to mention the amount of money she paid.