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Southern Fried Weirdness: Reconstruction

In the wake of the destructive tornadoes which ripped through Alabama on April 27th, 2011, Southern Fried Weirdness Press is proud to present the charity anthology, Southern Fried Weirdness: Reconstruction. This collection of poetry and short fiction features 46 pieces from 40 different contributing authors. It spans multiple genres and presents an eclectic mix of voices. All profits will be donated to The American Red Cross to aid disaster relief efforts.

Now available at Smashwords in multiple formats. Here is the link to buy: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/59532.

Coming soon to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most other online retailers.

The Table of Contents:

Editor's Note

1.) They Are Not Gone Forever by Stephanie Osborn

2.) God in the Sky by An Owomoyela

3.) Make Your Bed Downriver by Jens Rushing

4.) Live Bait Works Best by Brian Rosenberger

5.) The Music of Bremen Farm by Mike Allen

6.) Out of Natural by Jason Huskey

7.) In The Days When Blocks Were For Tires, And The Dusk Chose A Sideways Approach by Jason Huskey

8.) In the Ghost Hours by Jason Huskey

9.) The Old Man's Sweet by Jason Huskey

10.) Planting by Mari Ness

11.) Talking Alligator (Blues) by Sara Amis

12.) Sisyphus Explains by Sara Amis

13.) Lady Glory and the Knave of Spades by Nicole Kornher-Stace

14.) Meditation on a Deer at Night by Berrien C. Henderson

15.) Navel Gazing by T.J. McIntyre

16.) Directions by T.J. McIntyre

17.) Why by T.J. McIntyre

18.) The Fisherman's Tale by T.J. McIntyre

19.) Swimming in Old Spring by Eric T. Marin

20.) Giant Cicadas and Other Odd Indignities by Dr. Philip Kaldon

21.) Billy Anne's Box by Charlotte Jones

22.) Commander Perry's Mystic Wonders Show by Jaime Lee Moyer

23.) The New Elementals by Marshall Payne

24.) Judy and Norman by Darby Harn

25.) The Moon and the Stars by Marian Carcache

26.) Pride and Joy by Gustavo Bondoni

27.) Square Hills by H. Courreges LeBlanc

28.) The Wind by Marcia Gerhardt

29.) I Keep a Vine Woven Basket by the Front Door by Rae Bryant

30.) Up Above the Dead Line by F. Brett Cox

31.) Annabelle Tree by Carrie Cuinn

32.) Who Mourns for Washington by Fabio Fernandes

33.) Suffer the Rains by Craig Wallwork

34.) The Yearning of the Lighthouse Fairies by Brenda Blakey

35.) The Groundskeeper's Tale by Wendy S. Delmater

36.) The White Months by Christopher Woods

37.) Your Enemies Will Devour You by Richard Thomas

38.) The Sweet Song of Canaries at Midnight by Jude-Marie Green

39.) Nature Story by Walter Giersbach

40.) Alchemy by Michael Ray

41.) The Legend of Old Man Joad by Marsheila Rockwell

42.) Hanging the Woman in Blue by Monette Chilson

43.) Till Death Do Us Part by Kenneth Mark Hoover

44.) Neopolitician by Shaylen Maxwell

45.) Utnapishtim on Friday After Dessert by Danny Adams

46.) The Evidence of Things Unseen by Chuck Russell

Kristine Kathryn Rusch on Royalty Statements & Accounting
Kristine Kathryn Rusch has an excellent blog post detailing weaknesses in the current Royalty Statements and Accounting methods regarding e-Books. If you're interested in getting published traditionally or through any means other than doing it yourself, this is worth a look. She talks about how publishing might be getting the numbers wrong because of the system they're using.

Steal Like an Artist
A moderator at Kindleboards posted this link to an excellent blog post. It talks about quite a bit more than the title of the post. It's got a lot of good things to say about art and about life. I highly recommend it.

Demon Song Published!
My story "Demon Song" has been published in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. I am very excited about this as I love this story and H.F.Q. is an awesome e-zine that has been on my top ten magazines I would like to have work published in. If you like Sword and Sorcery this story has action aplenty and if you don't I hope you still stop by to take a look at it :)

Libraries and e-Books...What's a Fair Policy?
I'm sure a lot of people here have heard about Harper Collins setting a limit to how long libraries can loan out copies of their e-books before having to purchase another. karen_w_newton tweeted this link today: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/15/business/media/15libraries.html?hp

And it got me to thinking. How do you get books into the library system? What rules govern the check out of e-books? What is a fair length of time for libraries to loan e-books before having to purchase another? Can self-published authors get their books into libraries?

My immediate reaction and feelings (based on a gut feeling and not factual evidence) on the matter is that I would allow libraries to loan the books for 1,000 checkouts. If someone wanted to check out my book, even if it was already on loan, they could do so, because it would still count against the 1,000 loans. If a lot of people want to check out my books, then a new book would need to be purchased sooner (and I would see the profits from that sooner), the reader wouldn't have to delay reading the book (which may get me a new fan sooner), and the library would be able to satisfy their clients and attract more visitors (sooner).

How do you guys view libraries and e-books? What do you think is fair?

The Parts of a Book
Here's a link to the various parts that appear in books and what each part is supposed to accomplish. This is good to know if you ever consider self-publishing any work.

Self-Publishing Basics: An Unabridged List of the Parts of a Book

The World Eventually Catches Up to Fiction
You know how in SF or James Bond movies, governments sometimes have these super small spy cameras hidden on artificial animals. Real life has caught up. An article from the Associated Press says:

"You'll never look at hummingbirds the same again.

The Pentagon has poured millions of dollars into the development of tiny drones inspired by biology, each equipped with video and audio equipment that can record sights and sounds."

You can read more [here].

Apex Blog Post: "Phssst...Ignore the Master Teacher (eventually)"
I have a new blog post up at Apex Book Company. "Phssst...Ignore the Master Teacher (eventually)" is about the need to find your own path.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Writer Survival Guide
Kristine Kathryn Rusch has written another outstanding blog post about what writers will need in the new age of publishing. It's a continuation of her excellent series regarding the changes in publishing and what it will bring. You can find it [ here ]

Why I Will Self-Publish...
A.R. Williams
As with most things in life, people have differing reasons on why they do what they do. The other day I read a blog post by Erika Napoletano in which she talks about why she is an entrepreneur. Many of her reasons for starting her own business resonated with me, so I wanted to discuss why I will self-publish here on LJ.

Now, I know many people out there draw their own conclusions about why they think people self-publish. That's fine. They can think it's because the writer's impatient. They can think it's because they are not good enough to break into traditional publishing. They can think it's because self-publishers have big egos that need to be filled. For some people that would be the right answer. But there is always a danger about lumping a group of people together and saying that all of them are just alike and have the same reasons for doing what they do.

You would be wrong if you did it once and you would be wrong if you did it a million times.

The reason I believe so strongly in self-publishing is....because I have had jobs. You know, those things you go to and follow other people's rules.

How many of you out there have had a job where they decided because of the poor economy they were not going to be able to give raises this year? Raise your hand.

How many of you out there have had a job where they said the same exact thing the next year ( meanwhile asking you to give the company all you can for the Christmas rush )? Raise your hand.

How many out there have had a job...that wanted to call you an independent contractor so they could use your car (and not pay you for it), use your gas (and not pay you for it), use your insurance (and not pay you for it)? So they could make money. Raise your hand.

Ever had a job that got bought out by another company? After many meetings about what a wonderful company it was and how they enjoyed the quality of the organization...blah, blah, blah...but we must save money and lay people off. That means you and your hard working ass. Raise your hand.

Ever had a job, where the job you were doing was worth more than what they were paying? Raise your hand.

I've experienced all of those. And I work damn hard. But the thing is, when you always play other people's games, with other people's rules...it's designed so that they win. Not you.

If I design a product. Build it. Promote it. Perfect it. Why should I play by someone else's rules? The times in publishing have changed. And I no longer have to play the game...unless I choose to.

Was there ever a time in your life, where you decided to go against the grain? Did you play the hand that was yours to play? Or did you fold?