At long last, I can finally reveal the “Top Seekrit Project” I’ve alluded to all over the internet.
I’m going to be published in my first anthology available in stores.
Wait. It gets better.
It’s an anthology about Joss Whedon.
Wait! It gets better!
It’s from the same publisher and editor who did Chicks Dig Time Lords.
WAIT! IT GETS BETTER!
I’ll be sharing book space with not only some of the finest female sci-fi writers around, but I’ll also be sharing book space with Jane Espenson and Juliet Landau.
DID I MENTION IT’S A BOOK ABOUT JOSS WHEDON?!
It’s called WHEDONISTAS: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them, and it will be released to the general public on March 15, 2011. The list of titles and contributors (listed below) looks amazing, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it! It’s going to be officially launched and available for purchase at the Gallifrey One convention in L.A. in February…
…so guess who’s going to her first Doctor Who convention?! (Hint: IT’S ME!)
Getting to be a part of this wonderful book is not only great in and of itself, but because it taught me something very important about Writing Life; something I’m going to share with you right now, so lean in and listen closely.
It pays to grow a pair of ovaries. (or balls, if that’s what you’ve got to work with)
Fretting, in the parlance of Kaylee Frye, seems to be a favorite pasttime for a lot of writers I know. Fretting over how their work isn’t any good, fretting over what people are going to think of their work, or say about them. They fret so much that they forget that a big part of writing is communicating. You know, with the world.
(That means people.)
They polish and polish their work, which one always has to do, of course, but they do it at the expense of sending it anywhere. I’m not saying send out crap. I’m saying that you should seek out opportunities where you know you’ll be able to shine! Seek them out and submit the best work you’ve got at that moment. Make the world aware that you’re a writer. Write things to show people, because I tell you, I’ve learned a lesson first-hand that I’ve heard Neil Gaiman and Brian K. Vaughan talk about: nothing makes you a better writer like being published. That sounds like a douchey thing to say, I know, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve posted a post somewhere, looked back at it and gone “ohnowaitaminuteIwanttochangesomethingACK!” But my inadequacies are out there for all the world to see. And you know what? I remember what I think I did wrong and use it in the next thing. I try and learn from comments left and feedback received from editors and readers. And then I keep writing. The world is my writing workshop – I just have to summon up the nerve to show up.
I got to be in Whedonistas, because I jumped on an opportunity. Or, rather, I created one for myself. I got word that Whedonistas was in the works from the Twitter feed of a favorite writer. As I loved Chicks Dig Time Lords, I checked out the link to this book and noticed there was no contributor list. I thought, I write. I love Joss Whedon. Maybe there’s a place in this for me! So, I tracked down the editor’s email address and wrote to her to ask. Because the worst she could’ve said was “no,” right? Thank goodness I wrote her immediately, because it was a week before her deadline! Even after I sent in my essay, I was half expecting that she’d send it back, because it wasn’t up to snuff. Then there was talk of a contract and a payment and it hit me…someone actually thinks that something I’ve written is good enough to be between the covers of an actual book. One that’s going to be available at Barnes and Noble, for crying out loud!
And I SQUEED like the Happiest Little Fangirl Alive.
Then I had to shut up about it for two months, because it wasn’t being officially announced until today, and it KILLED me. So I’m thrilled I can come clean now!
So, the moral of the story is: Grow a pair of ovaries. Create opportunities for yourself. And pre-order a copy of Whedonistas.
That last one really wasn’t a moral, but still. DO IT. You’ll not only get my fabulous scribblings, but those of all these ladies, too! Check it:
A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon
By the Women Who Love Them
Edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Deborah Stanish
Introduction – Lynne M. Thomas and Deborah Stanish
The Girls Next Door: Learning to Live with the Living Dead and Never Even Break a Nail – Seanan McGuire
Ramping Up for a Decade with Joss Whedon – Nancy Holder
Outlaws & Desperadoes – Sharon Shinn
An Interview with Jane Espenson
My (Fantasy) Encounter with Joss Whedon (And What I’ve Learned from the Master) – Jeanne C. Stein.
The Ages of Dollhouse: Autobiography through Whedon – Sigrid Ellis
A Couch Potato’s Guide to Demon Slaying: Turning Strangers into Family, Buffy-Style – Heather Shaw
Smart Is Sexy: An Appreciation of Firefly’s Kaylee – Laurel Brown
Teething Troubles and Growing Up – Caroline Symcox
Transgressing with Spike and Buffy – NancyKay Shapiro
Brand New Day: The Evolution of the Doctor Horrible Fandom – Priscilla Spenser
“We’re Here to Save You” – Elizabeth Bear
Imperfectly Perfect: Why I Really Love Buffy For Being a Pill Sometimes – Mariah Huehner
My European Vacation – Kelly Hale
Romancing the Vampire and Other Shiny Bits – Lyda Morehouse/Tate Hallaway
An Interview with Juliet Landau
I Am Joss Whedon’s Bitch – Maria Lima
Going Dark – Jackie Kessler
Joss Giveth – Jaala Robinson
The Kindness of Monsters – Sarah Monette
Shelve Under Television, Young Adult – Jody Wurl
The Browncoat Connection – Dae Low
Late to the Party: What Buffy Never Taught Me about Being a Girl – Racheline Maltese
How an Atheist and His Demons Created a Shepherd – Meredith McGrath
Older and Far Away – Jamie Craig
Why Joss Is More Important Than His ‘Verse – Teresa Jusino
Let’s Go to Work – Catherynne M. Valente
Something to Sing About – Jenn Reese
Malcolm Reynolds, the Myth of the West, and Me – Emma Bull