Joshua Palmatier — Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens

This is the fourth and final post here on Magical Words related to the upcoming CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs. ALIENS anthology, being released by the new small press called Zombies Need Brains and edited by Patricia Bray & Joshua Palmatier. This time we’re focusing exclusively on the anthology itself. That’s right, this is the promo post! All steampunk, all alien, all the time! *grin*

 

I’m happy to announce the back cover copy of the anthology, along with the table of contents. The anthology should be hitting the shelves in the next month or so, so add it to your wish list or preorder it at your favorite online bookstore! First off, the cover art and book description. We used the art “Steampunk Octopus” by Alex Broeckel for the cover (signed, limited edition prints available at the Zombies Need Brains online store), since it captured the concept of the […]

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Joshua Palmatier — from Kickstarter to Antho

And now it’s time for the third post here on Magical Words related to the upcoming release of the anthology CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS, the first release from the new small press Zombies Need Brains. In the first two posts, I focused on what I look for as an editor in terms of character and plot for the stories in the anthologies. For this post, I thought I’d focus on what the process was for putting this anthology (and I assume all future anthologies) together, from assembling the kickstarter to getting that final book together and available for public consumption.

First off, Patricia and I have to select the theme of the anthology. We actually have a small list of themes already sketched out, but for each one we weigh how strong the concept is and whether we think it will generate interest in the SF&F community. Once we […]

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Joshua Palmatier — What The EDITOR Is Looking For

Today is the second post here at Magical Words related to the upcoming SF&F anthology release CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS, the first book from the new small press Zombies Need Brains. Again, as I’m the editor of this anthology (and founder of the small press), I’m doing a slightly different take on each of the posts for this series, focusing on what the EDITOR is looking for when reading stories for possible inclusion in anthologies. The first guest post was about character, since that’s the first requirement of a story if you want to catch my attention. If the character isn’t interesting, I’m not interested. After that comes plot, which is what I’m going to discuss today.

OK, so, here’s the thing. We’re doing THEMED anthologies, which means that there are a certain amount of set parameters that the story must meet in order to even be considered […]

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Joshua Palmatier — Zombies Need Brains

Welcome to the first post here at Magical Words related to the upcoming anthology CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS, the first release from the new small press I’ve founded called Zombies Need Brains. The intent behind this press is to produce quality SF&F-themed anthologies, hopefully a couple a year, with an escalating schedule after that. Since I’m writing these posts as the EDITOR of the first anthology, I figured I’d direct the topics more toward what the editor is looking for in terms of Character, Plot, etc. This first post is about Character, so let’s focus in on that.

What is the editor looking for when perusing submitted stories? Obviously, different editors look for different things, but I, personally, am mostly focused on character. If the story I’m reading doesn’t have an engaging character, then it’s extremely unlikely that I’m going to be interested in buying the story […]

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