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15 October 2016 @ 04:08 pm
Publishing News  
So, some mildly exciting news ^^

I mentioned a while ago that I'd sold some pieces of microfiction to a tiny publisher. The company is called JayHenge Publishing and it's run by Jessica Augustsson.

JayHenge has now published Phantasmical Contraptions & Other Errors, an anthology of short stories in the steampunk genre, and two of my pieces have been included: Plattery Will Get You Nowhere and The Hearing Aid. I've chosen to have them published under the name Charlotte Frankel--which isn't my real name but obviously I don't want to be swamped by fans while I'm busy selling cut-price baked beans.

You can find the book here on Amazon UK and here on the US site. (There are also Kindle versions under the same title but they haven't been linked to the paperback versions yet.) I've been given a PDF of the book for free and I have to say it looks gorgeous. I suppose I was expecting something rather plain and straightforward (to be fair, looking at the Kindle sample, that version does appear to be plainer) but a great deal of effort has gone into the layout. There's a little illustration after each story--mine have got a teapot and a chap with a moustache! *restrained middle-aged flailing* And there's a wonderful front cover illustration too. I haven't read all of the stories yet but there are at least three authors whose work I can vouch for. (You may remember me mentioning Damon L. Wakes...)

I must point out I have no financial interest in the book--I've already had my fee for the stories. But I suppose I do have an emotional interest in it. I'm vaguely hoping that someone who has never come across my writing before will leave a review and say how nice my stories are... *gazes into the distance and sighs* (They're quite small, my dreams ^__^)

Anyway, one toe dipped into the professional world ^_^
debriswoman: cat and mousedebriswoman on October 15th, 2016 04:04 pm (UTC)
Many, many congratulations:-)
This is great news, and has truly brightened my day ( even though the sun was shining already:-))
I have ordered a copy and am looking forward to having a reason to put my iPad down and look at papery tales.
Wishing you further literary publishing success.
Throws actual bouquet really really carefully, after due consultation with lawyers.
Franklesscfrankles on October 16th, 2016 12:29 pm (UTC)
*catches bouquet neatly, sustaining no injuries at all* ^___^

Thanks so much for all your kind words. I'm just so touched and thrilled that you're actually buying a copy ^^" You'll have read my stories already of course - though I have rewritten The Hearing Aid a fair bit - but I'm certain you'll enjoy the rest of the stories too. Still making my way through but I can particularly recommend the opening story Verdigris by Jay Knioum- outstanding piece of work.
debriswoman: cat and mousedebriswoman on October 16th, 2016 03:48 pm (UTC)
Quite happy to be mentioned when you are interviewed about your humble roots, btw:-p
debriswoman: Ferretdebriswoman on October 28th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
Meant to say, book has arrived, and I am very much enjoying the stories:-)
Even yours:-p
Franklesscfrankles on October 28th, 2016 10:16 pm (UTC)
I'm so lucky to have such kind and supportive friends :P

Glad you're enjoying the stories - I'm in very talented company. And once again, I'm just so touched that you bought a copy of the book ^___^
laurose8laurose8 on October 15th, 2016 04:20 pm (UTC)
Congratulations - I'm sure they're the pick of the anthology!
Franklesscfrankles on October 16th, 2016 12:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you - that's a very kind thing to say ^__^
okapi1895: Okapiokapi1895 on October 15th, 2016 04:39 pm (UTC)
YEA! We'll say we knew you when. Fabulous news and congrats!
Franklesscfrankles on October 16th, 2016 12:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much ^___^

We'll say we knew you when. I'm hoping one day we'll be saying we knew YOU before you were a famous writer ^_^

Garonnegaronne on October 15th, 2016 04:49 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's cool. Congratulations!
Franklesscfrankles on October 16th, 2016 12:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much ^__^ Small step in the right direction ^^
the small hobbit: Edel Lionthesmallhobbit on October 15th, 2016 08:52 pm (UTC)
Wow! I know someone famous. I shall, of course, be coming to swamp you as you sell your baked beans, demanding autographed photographs.

But seriously - congratulations - I'm delighted for you!
Franklesscfrankles on October 16th, 2016 12:45 pm (UTC)
It would of course be a very long journey in order for you to come and swamp me. And I know what you're like with trains... ^__^

Thanks so much ^__^
lindahoylandlindahoyland on October 16th, 2016 03:07 am (UTC)
Franklesscfrankles on October 16th, 2016 12:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you ^__^
Sanguinitysanguinity on October 16th, 2016 08:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, how exciting! And illustrations, too!

Amazon only? Any plans for an epub, do you know?

(Also, might we see you in Holmestice this round?)
Franklesscfrankles on October 17th, 2016 11:36 pm (UTC)
As an author, I was offered an epub if I wanted one but I haven't heard anything about them being available in general. As far as I know the book is only available on Amazon - Jayhenge really is a tiny publisher ^^

And I've signed up ^^
Sanguinitysanguinity on October 18th, 2016 07:54 am (UTC)
Understood, thank you!

And hurrah! I see we had a flood of people come in after you -- you must have a magic touch!
Franklesscfrankles on October 18th, 2016 10:33 pm (UTC)
Just call me the Pied Piper of the Procrastinators ^_^

And I keep meaning to say - congratulations on becoming an official mod! ^_^ I would imagine it's something you're very good at.
Sanguinitysanguinity on October 19th, 2016 03:06 pm (UTC)
Just so long as I can trust you to bring them to the sign-up post!

And from your fingertips to whomever is in charge of handing out mod-skills to us mortals. :-)
rachelindeedrachelindeed on October 17th, 2016 04:53 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is wonderful news! I just took a quick look on the Amazon page and I love the front cover -- really lovely illustration! I'm going to order it and I look forward to having it on my bookshelf <3 <3 What a delightful thing that someone looked at your stories and approached you about publication, that's pretty amazing. Congratulations!
Franklesscfrankles on October 17th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
It really is a great looking book ^_^ And I'm slightly taken aback that you're going to order it but I'm so, so thrilled that you are ^__^

Thanks so much - it's just a tiny step into the professional world but I find it heartening that someone looked at my work and thought it was worth publishing.