Friday, June 8, 2007
At Wiscon I heard from Gavin Grant and Kelly Link that Small Beer Press wants to publish a full-length collection of short stories.
Small Beer published my chapbook some years ago. Being published by Small Beer Press is like being carried on a golden hammock strung between the backs of wise purple giraffes through milk chocolate mountains --- otherwise passable only with great moanings and suffering and gnashing of teeth in scurvy-weakened gums --- gently swaying, imagining no ill of anyone, serenaded by manic, blasphemous hummingbirds, fed raspberries by mouse-sized heretical monks who guffaw in their sleeves and hide when the ferrets come, the long sleek pie-eyed ferrets who pay you no notice, but who know what is to come, who know what is to come.
It is, in other words, A Very Good Thing.
I actually have enough stories for a full-length collection. Isn't that spiffy?
The collection is to come out, perhaps, next Wiscon.
Posted by benrosen at June 8, 2007 07:47 PM
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Yay, Ben! That is incredibly awesome! I was actually wondering the other day when we would see a collection from you. W00t!
Congrats -- what terrific news!
Wonderful news! Congrats!!
Congratulations! That's brilliant news.
Bravo ben! Un salutone dall'amico italiano...
I am so there.
Congrats! Are you going to pick and choose from your bibliography or just publish the whole lot?
Small Beer Press + Ben Rosenbaum = Awesome.
Thanks everyone! :-)
Jackie, I think they're basically going to pick, though I expect they'll be amenable to my suggestions; also, I'm not sure how many of the unpublished stories are going in. (There are three that are sold and may or may not be out by May). I think it probably won't include the "Other Cities", since those are already in the chapbook.
Can't wait. I've been following your ss in every place I can (mostly electronic) -- how happy I am that they'll be on my bookshelf.
Mazel tov! I hope the golden hammock will be at Wiscon too.
"As you know, Ben," I would very much like to have "The Frog Comrade" in the kind of format that can be purchased and shared with others -- i.e. not just a fading memory from your reading a year ago. Care to lobby for it on my behalf? Or put me in touch with the Small Brewers re: the three guaranteed sales they'd make with it?
Thanks Zvi & Jessie. (What golden hammock?)
Dan, it's not just an issue of the Small Brewers, but also of, say, the market at which "The Frog Comrade" is currently submitted -- whether they want it, and when they can have it out by -- and if they don't want it, whether there's time to get it published somewhere else before May, or should I just go ahead and have it be the original story in the collection, or sell it elsewhere and have it wait its turn for some future collection. Decisions, decisions...
Awesome! I thought it was going to be Nightshade, or at least thought I heard you say that at some point. I would definetly love to see some of those non-published unavailable stories as well.