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News – Novella GLITCH RAIN Due out 2/16 with Apex!

Very happy to announce that I have signed a contract with Apex Publications for my cyberpunk nouveau novella GLITCH RAIN. Come February 2016, get ready for some drones, container homes, hackers, and heavy, heavy drinking*!

Apex Publications is pleased to announce that we have acquired Alex Livingston’s GLITCH RAIN.

GLITCH RAIN is a post-cyberpunk novella set in the same world as the short story “Proximity” that appeared in Apex Magazine. The novella will be the fourth book in our Apex Voices series!

Alex Livingston’s short fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Bastion Magazine, among others. He self-published the novel Rhymer, an Irish wonder myth told as an exciting sci-fi space opera.

GLITCH RAIN is set to be released in February, 2016.

*By the characters. And me, let’s be honest here.


My First Novel Sale: One Month In

80’s hackers, punk mages, &fey magic. Coder/wizard fights to get her bro back, finds dangerous secret. #PitMad 

In September, I posted this tweet without much expectation that anyone would take interest. But I had been diligently knocking my head against the querying process for six months by this point, and the Pitch Madness twitter event seemed like it would be worth a shot.

I received a manuscript request from, of all places, Harlequin. Turned out they had just started up a new digital program. and were in the market for some sci-fi and fantasy. And not just SFF romance, either. Regular old SFF.


Five months later I received a call from the editor. She dug it. She wanted to send me a contract.


And thus began the process. We’re through the first round of edits now, and there are a few items I want to remember, which I shall now list:

  • Working in a professional capacity with someone who both a) believes in the concept and b) has solid ideas on how to make this baby purr is magnificent.
  • I remembered maybe one in five words from that initial phone call.
  • All that cool stuff you came up with as you were writing the thing? Make sure it’s all in the first part of the book.
  • I really can’t believe I sent out a manuscript with that many “said”s in it.
  • Wendig is right: Track Changes is, indeed, your best friend.
  • Holding a launch party on Facebook is now a thing.
  • Finding a “Hold my Orange Crush, but don’t drink it” commercial online is a challenge.
  • I wrote the entire book without saying what the main character’s hair color is.

So far, it’s fun and terrifying and challenging. If you need me, I’ll be staring into space and scrawling notes on any scraps of paper nearby.

A Contemporary Book-purchasing Experience

Saw a cool book cover on a website. Filed it away in the mind palace.

Some months later, saw the author’s quote on the cover of a book I liked.

Decided to buy the first book of the series. Bought it on Kindle. I mean, it’s cheaper and I could start it right away and I have this Kindle and everything.

Read it. Decided to buy the second book of the series. Decided to go with paper this time, since the codex format really is the best way to read book.

Went to my local indie bookstore like dutiful book guy. They didn’t have it.

Fine. Went to B&N. They didn’t have it.

Bought it on Kindle.

Tor’s Fantasy Fiction Affliction — First Timers?

UPDATED for Sci-Fi 8/27

I love me some I really do. These people really know what’s up, so when they post their Fiction Affliction lists of new titles every month, we can safely assume these to be The Deal.

As someone who is actively working to become a first-time professionally-published novelist, I figured I’d take a look and see who’s making the list. So let’s start with fantasy releases in September. Also, sci-fi.

Of the nineteen fantasy listings:

  • 9 are sequels.
  • 2 are anthologies.
  • 5 are written by well-established novelists.

That leaves two newbies.

The Scroll of Years: A Gaunt and Bone NovelChris Willrich

Willrich’s Gaunt and Bone stories have appeared in several pro magazines over the last decade or so. So, that leaves one.

The Grim Company (Grim Company #1)Luke Scull

This dude is a videogame designer, and this is his first foray into straight-up fiction. Still, he’s got some cred.


  • 7 sequels
  • 1 anthology
  • 1 established novelist
  • 1 prolific short-story writer


Wowza. I don’t know if there’s anything to infer from this — I firmly believe that quality work matters more than anything when editors and agents make decisions. Nonetheless, interesting.

Tor does a great job of keeping up posted on debuts as well, which is cool.  Example.

I’ll be keeping track of the other Fiction Affliction posts this month. The one I’m pitching now is more of genre-bender, so I’ll be looking closely at that post.