I’m plugging away at layout on New Ceres Nights. Another story fully laid tonight (long one too, but one I never get tired of reading, which is nice!) and off to the proofer. I think one story is fully signed off by proofers and author, and another almost so. One other with the proofers. Just nine more to go! 🙂 And the cover is shaping up beautifully. Yay!
In other news, today I’ve said "Yes" to two Swancon panels, and booked (most of) my wonderful outfit for the New Ceres launch. Swancon is shaping up! Twelfth Planet Press has a Con-long market stall upstairs at Swancon, so chances are I’ll be hanging out there a fair bit. Else girliejones might withhold treats 🙂
We’re on the homeward trek for New Ceres Nights, the print anthology of stories set in the shared world of New Ceres. New Ceres started out as a webzine a couple of years ago, but to me, the concept was so awesome (and the quality of stories produced so high), I felt it deserved to be showcased in print. I convinced girliejones of this, and we’ve been working on this project ever since. 🙂
Our lineup is awesome. Some of our authors had stories published in the webzine, like cassiphone , flinthart and girliejones and I have worked with on projects in the past, and still others are slush survivors. One thing they all have in common – they write a damn fine story. I’m so excited about this project, which will not only be a great read, but will look sooooo pretty, with its beautiful cover art by Dion Hamill and awesome internals by Richard Bartrop, Daryl Lindquist and Eleanor Clarke. Soooooo pretty!
We’re past the major edits stage and are down to the fiddly bits, and I’m focussed now on layout. Three stories are down, and with proofers, which is a fantastic feeling. Only ten to go! Bring it on!
New Ceres Nights will be launched in grand style at Swancon in April. If you are thinking of going to Swancon but haven’t quite decided to take the plunge, our launch is going to be awesome, so put that on the "reasons to attend" side of the ledger!
ecbatan has done his round up of Novella Chapbooks and said nice things about flinthart ‘s Angel Rising, from Twelfth Planet Press.
I also quite enjoyed Dirk Flinthart’s "Angel Rising", neat spyish adventure in the New Ceres shared world.
Flinthart has another George Gordon story in the forthcoming New Ceres Nights anthology, which I am very excited about!
Angel Rising is available in print and PDF from http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com
Isn’t it funny how you can get so much done some weekends? Last night I hooked into the WASLA newsletter that I have taken on this year and got that as sorted as I could with files and documents missing. Hopefully will be finalised tomorrow to send for proofing and printing, but yay me – next term will not be nearly so difficult as the template will be set up and (hopefully) I will receive all files in the correct format.
Then today, girliejones came to visit unexpectedly (with puppy!) and in about five hours we mapped out the final few weeks of preparing the New Ceres Nights anthology, including artwork, layout, edits and hashing out other details. Now I have lots of work for tonight, but clearly the timing was right! We also had chocolate snakes, cuppas and chat about lots of other stuff in between. Sure, we email and talk online all the time, but it’s just not the same…
So, on top of a birthday party we attended yesterday, cricket for two hours this morning, and some washing and so on, I think I’ve had a pretty productive weekend. Of course, I still haven’t found my work keys, nor is my filing done, or my school prep finished, or some bags from being away completely unpacked, but hey, priorities!
We’ve been working on this book for a long time, and while there’s still a couple of months to wait, I give you the lineup! I’m so excited about this project – just look at the awesome I get to work with!
Twelfth Planet Press is delighted to announce the Table of Contents for the forthcoming anthology New Ceres Nights.
New Ceres Nights will feature 10 stories set in the New Ceres shared universe.
Smuggler’s Moon — Lee Battersby
Murder in Laochan — Aliette de Bodard
Fair Trade — Stephen Dedman
The Widow’s Seven Candles — Thoraiya Dyer
A Troublesome Day for Jacky Midnight — Matthew Farrer
Debutante — Dirk Flinthart
Code Duello — John Hay
Dynamics of New Ceres — Sue Isle
The Sharp Shooter — Sylvia Kelso
Suffer the Children — Martin Livings
The Piece of Ice in Miss Windermere’s Heart — Angela Slatter
Prosperine When It Sizzles — Tansy Rayner Roberts
Tontine Mary — Kaaron Warren
New Ceres Nights Out April 2009
Prepare for the next New Ceresian adventure by reading up on previous ones: here
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