We did it.
Who are ‘we’, you ask?
‘We’ are the:
(cool logo, huh?!)
FSFW is a face-to-face critique group that was founded in April 2008 by Christopher Wood (aka töff). I joined last year, and it was one of the best things I could have done for my career as a writer. The grammar lessons and feedback I’ve received from the group have been priceless. In addition, several members are webgurus, and without them (especially töff and Chris Fontes), I wouldn’t have such an awesome-looking blog and website.
So what did we do that’s so cool?
We made a commitment, wrote and polished some great stories, and self-published our very own anthology. It’s called:
Doesn’t it look great?! The talent in our group is amazing. One of the anthology contributors, Melanie Smith (who is also one of the editors), painted the cover. The cover design, along with the typesetting of the book itself, was done by the other editor, töff. His 20 years in the printing industry has really come in handy, especially since there are so many different book formats in publishing.
And one of the formats it’s now available in (worldwide!) is Amazon’s Kindle. Check it out on Amazon here!
(wow – to actually see something we’ve worked on for so long listed in Amazon is beyond cool!)
You can also buy the ebook from the FSFW website. The hardcover and trade paperback editions should be available from the site in the next couple weeks – just in time for Christmas.
Here’s a listing of the stories:
The Station by E.A.J. Smith – Isolated aboard a space station during a massive solar flare, a man fights to stay alive and to destroy the thing that keeps him trapped.
Making of a Monster by Melanie Smith – Who can say which choice it is that sets an unassuming boy onto the path that leads to evil?
The Forbidden Chamber by Sarah A. Peterson – Young Sandy and her baby brother take two different approaches to dealing with the ghost of someone else’s past.
Endangered Species by Jim D. Geiser – Vampires now live openly with humans. Can one vampire girl now end the hatred between vampires and their hunters?
The Alley by Earl Scialabba – A boy in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles is torn between his struggling family and the protective camaraderie of his friends.
Into the Grey: The Revelation of Caius Solomon by C. Michael Fontes - A half-angel battles his past, faith, leader, and personal demons when tasked to assassinate an innocent human in 1800s Europe.
Q Flux by Christopher Wood – A mathematician holds his finger on the button that will connect mankind to an alien civilization of unknown power and intent.
The Swordsman by P.D. Wright – A young monk chooses to fight to protect his village, his family, and the girl he loves from foreign invaders.
The Bakkra Encounter by R. Garrett Wilson – Three college students find themselves guests—and prisoners—in an alien world that becomes more hostile the longer they stay.
Fur Before Feathers by Roh Morgon – The choices between right and wrong take on a few extra twists in this coming-of-age tale about a young shapeshifter.
So anyhow, I just wanted to share my excitement and thank the nine other contributors, along with our editors and designers, for all the time and effort spend on making this project happen. And last, but not least, I’d like to thank Ryan Wilson, whose idea for the anthology got us started on this new adventure in publishing.
Thanks, FSFWers, for being such a great group! You’re awesome!
And thank you, töff, for your tireless efforts to make this book a reality.
And yeah, that’s a lot of thanks. But, hey – I’m grateful!