Thursday, June 27, 2013
Hydra Summer Bash
So, let me be honest. I was wary of signing with a smaller publishing house. I was ignorant in the purest sense; I had no idea of all of the ways that smaller houses took such amazing care of their writers, the bond that forms, the superior royalties, the greater quality of the works themselves. After spending a day with four absolutely amazing men and learning about the publishing houses that they represented, my mind had been changed. I've been told, and of course I wholeheartedly and unmovingly disagree, that that is a very difficult thing to do. At any rate, I left the convention with a renewed sense of passion and a giant stack of books to read. I spent the next few weeks reading books from these small presses. Some of them were from the catalog of what became my publisher. Suddenly, even though my manuscript had already been accepted and I had signed a contract I felt the need to call and withdraw my submission in fear of wasting the publisher's time. These books are beyond amazing. I tend to eschew books that have been published in the past twenty years or so. But I devour these like rainbow rolls at 50 cent sushi night. They are a level of talent and skill and intelligence that I have not found in many modern works. You may be sitting there thinking, "But K.A., how does that affect me?" Well, let me tell you. On July 15th and 16th, Hydra Publications is having a virtual summer bash. For two days, thirty titles will be available for FREE. I love books. The only thing I like better than books is FREE books. So, I hope that you are as excited about this event as I am. You can read more on Facebook or at the Hydra website. Oh, and if you want to be a part of this incredible group (and trust me, you do) please enter the Dark Carnival Fiction Competition. I am accepting speculative fiction of less than 5000 words, and fifteen finalists will receive a publishing contract. If that's not the black cat's meow, I don't know what is.