Submitted by Douglas Smith on Wed, 2011/02/02 - 9:42pm
Toronto-based ChiZine Publications, the most excellent publisher of my collection, Chimerascope, will begin holding a monthly contest to encourage readers to post reviews on Amazon and GoodReads for the opportunity to win CZP eBooks. The press release from CZP follows:
“Reviews are one of the most important ways of getting the word out about our books,” says CZP Marketing Manager Laura Marshall. “We not only want to increase the interest in what we’re doing, but we want to encourage readers to take our stories seriously and join the conversation. Seeing reader responses is what keeps things interesting for us.”
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Mon, 2011/01/31 - 7:53pm
It just doesn't get old. Here's another great review for Chimerascope, this time from Innsmouth Free Press. Here are the highlights:
"[T]here is not only something here for everyone, but something good for everyone, as Smith consistently displays his comfort and competence, working within multiple genres. ... Smith’s characters tend towards regular men and women caught in desperate situations, often fallible, sometimes likable, but always portrayed with, if not sympathy, then enough clarity that the reader may understand why the characters behave as they do. ... Ultimately, genre fans eager to read work by a talented author, who consistently writes top-notch prose, will be well-pleased to see the strange beasts lurking within Douglas Smith’s Chimerascope."
Read the whole review here, and if you're interested, check out the buying links for Chimerascope here, including the ebook versions.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Wed, 2010/12/29 - 11:57pm
Cory Redekop, who earlier this year gave my collection a starred review in Quill & Quire, has picked Chimerascope for Best Short Story Collection in his personal "Best of 2010" list. Here's what he has to say:
"A sterling set of tales spanning the triple genres of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Echoes of Stephen King, Richard Matheson, and Clive Barker haunt the halls of Smith's work, but the end result is completely original, and always enthralling."
Thanks, Cory! He also includes works by several other ChiZine Publications authors, including:
Before I Wake, by Robert J. Wiersema
The World More Full of Weeping, by Robert J. Wiersema
The Thief of Broken Toys, by Tim Lebbon
Check out Cory's full "best of" list here.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Sun, 2010/12/19 - 11:17am
NerdRemix.com has posted its Best Indie Movies of 2010, and the movie adaptation of "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" swept their short film categories:
Best Short Film
“By Her Hand She Draws You Down”
Probably the best short I’ve ever seen.
Best Actress-Short Film
Zoe Daelman Chlanda-“By Her Hand She Draws You Down”
Absolutely stunning, ‘nuff said!
Best Actor-Short Film
Jerry Murdock-“By Her Hand She Draws You Down”
Fantastic! Just an awesome, emotional performance.
Best Director-Short Film
Anthony G. Sumner-“By Her Hand She Draws You Down”
Moody, grim, emotional—this is how it’s done.
Congratulations yet again to Anthony, Zoe, and Jerry, and to producer Alan Rowe Kelly! See here for their full list.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Fri, 2010/12/10 - 9:02pm
There's a great review of Anthony Sumner's film adaptation of my short horror story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" at the, uh, The Zombie Rights Campaign site. Now BHH contains no zombies, so I am touched that ZRC would include a review of the movie on their site dedicated to the rights of the living-challenged.
Some extracts from the review:
"A couple of things really stand out about this film. One is how close to a two-man (person? actor?) play it feels; the story here isn’t about visceral scares or some abstract concept of monstrous-ness, but rather is about the death of trust and intimacy between two people who have been growing apart for a long time, even as they are bound together by tragedy and secrets.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Sun, 2010/11/28 - 10:45pm
Hi! On June 11-12, 2011, I'll be participating in a 2-day major cycling event called The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting The Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, one of the top 5 cancer research hospitals in the world. I'll be cycling over 200 km that weekend, from Toronto to Niagara Falls, with thousands of other riders. All the proceeds will go to The Princess Margaret to support cancer research, treatment, and services. The Princess Margaret is Canada's leading comprehensive institution devoted to cancer research and care, and the work they're doing is leading-edge. Research at the National Cancer Institute of Canada show 171,000 estimated new cases of cancer in Canada this year and 75,300 estimated deaths from cancer in Canada this year. That's why I'm riding--to do something BIG about cancer. I hope that you'll share this incredible adventure with me by supporting me in my fund raising efforts. I've agreed to raise at least $2,500, but I'd like to exceed that. So here's where you come in, because I need your help to reach my goal. Could you please consider making a donation? The link at the bottom of this email will take you directly to my personal fund raising web page for the Ride. Please take the time to support me. To donate, please click the badge below to visit my personal page, or click here. Thanks in advance for your kind and generous support.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Sun, 2010/11/21 - 4:21pm
Willi Paul interviews me at Planetshifter.com on the new mythologies, inspirational sources, myth making and innovation, shamanism and alchemy, animal identity, and many other things, in one of the more unusual interviews I've had the pleasure to be part of. Check it out here. As an added bonus, you get to read a small extract from my first novel.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Fri, 2010/11/05 - 1:33pm
The 2010 edition of the SFWA Handbook ("The Business Side of of Writing, By Writers, For Writers") has now been published, containing my updated article on "Selling to Foreign Language Markets." The article contains the same information that I maintain here on my website, outlining my recommended approach for reselling your short fiction to non-English language markets around the world. My approach, of course, leverages the Foreign-language Market List (FML) that I maintain here as well. SFWA, for those who don't know, is the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, an organization that aims at supporting professional SF&F writers. Despite the name, its membership includes writers outside of the US. SFWA membership criteria include at least two sales to professional markets that meet SFWA criteria.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Tue, 2010/11/02 - 12:59pm
I'm be appearing at the inaugural edition of the brand spanking new SFContario, Toronto's newest annual genre convention, being held in downtown Toronto, Nov 19-21. Here's my schedule of panel appearances, signings, and readings, including a special screening of the indie film based on "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down."
Friday 9 PM – Aurora Pin Ceremony (Ballroom BC)
A ceremony to present the new Aurora pins (which are quite spiffy) to all past winners and nominees who are attending SFContario.
Friday 9-11pm – ChiZine Publications Fall 2010 Launch Party(Courtyard Room)
Join CZP, the most excellent publishers of my collection CHIMERASCOPE, for their fall launch of new titles. Readings, food, drinks, freebies, and the opportunity to meet many of the CZP authors and buy their books.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Sun, 2010/10/31 - 1:01pm
For a limited time, the Kindle version of my latest collection, CHIMERASCOPE (ChiZine Publications), is available at a special price of $2.99 on Amazon.com and £1.71 on Amazon.uk, a 50% savings from the prior Kindle price. And, as with all CZP ebooks, these are DRM-free. So why the drop? It's an experiment, quite frankly. I follow the ebook trends closely, and the one thing that I'm convinced of is that no one in the industry has yet to figure out, to cite an Economics 101 term, the elasticity of demand for ebooks yet. Meaning that no one knows the sweet spot for pricing ebooks. I believe that, unless you're a household name author, the key to driving ebook sales for your work right now is to keep the unit price low. Dropping the price on anything will increase sales. That's a given. But will that increase in unit sales offset the per unit price drop? If this 50% price cut increases ebook copies sold by more than 50%, then this was a smart thing to do. If the increase in ebooks sold is less than 50%, then...well, not so smart.