Review and Interview with Christopher Allen

Christopher Allen (Conversations with S. Teri O’Type) interviewed me for I Must Be Off! about being an expat, the speculative elements of Kino, white slavery, cyanide, and my time at Mississippi College. You can read the interview here.

Christopher also reviewed Kino for the Fictionaut blog. From the review:

Kino is, however, much more than an action-packed mystery page-turner. At its core, Kino is a complex family drama, a story of how the excesses—the sins?—of one generation poison those to come.

Read Christopher’s review.

 

Book: A Futurist's Manifesto Launches

Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto, a collection of essays about the state of publishing edited by Hugh McGuire and Brian O’Leary, is available today from O’Reilly. I contributed an essay on Fictionaut to the section on “Projects from the Bleeding Edge.”  Other contributors include Jacob Lewis, Valla Vakili, Travis Alber, Aaron Miller, Kassia Krozser, and Brett Sandusky.

McGuire explains:

The “idea” of this book was to explore “the idea of a book.” We wanted to get away from the abstract or philosophical, and make a practical guide for the publishing world — for someone just starting a publishing enterprise today, for people in the business already, and for authors and self-publishers who want to think beyond “upload my book to Kindle.”

Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto is available in print from AmazonBarnes & Noble, and O’Reilly, as well as online for free in its entirety.  You can find my essay here.

Tools of Change Panel: Secrets from the Underground

O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing conference “connects the people, companies, and organizations asking and answering the questions that will define the future of publishing.” The fifth annual conference happens February 14-16 in New York.

On Wednesday, February 16, I’ll be joining Aaron Miller (BookGlutton.com), Travis Alber (ReadSocial, BookGlutton), Kyusik Chung (Discovereads), and Scott Lindenbaum (Electric Literature) for a panel on “Secrets from the Underground (for Publishers.)

Book Camp NY

Last Saturday, I had the great pleasure of participating in the first Book Camp New York, an “unconference” attended by the best & brightest in publishing. Here are a few articles about the event:

 

Fictionaut on Mashable

Mashable, “the top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture,” profiled Fictionaut for their Spark of Genius series, which highlights unique startups.

What makes Fictionaut special is both the superb quality of the work (see Jane Hammon’s “Making It Right,” for instance) and the community itself. The network has thus far attracted roughly 2,500 emerging and established writers (including names like T.C. Boyle, Ann Beattie, Frederick Bathelme and Robert Olen Butler), readers, editors, agents and various literary magazines and small presses, who have collectively shared about 10,000 pieces of short fiction. The community is thoughtful, supportive and non-competitive; individuals seem to be genuinely interested in each other’s work, not just broadcasting their own — a rare achievement for any sizable online community these days.

Read the entire article.