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I'd like to highlight the very first release from Zombies Need Brains today, the anthology CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK VS ALIENS, edited by Patricia Bray and myself. This was our third outing as editors, but it was a particular fun and harrowing ride, because it was our first attempt to fund an anthology using a Kickstarter and then produce the anthology ourselves. There was a steep learning curve for me as a "virgin" publisher. While I knew in some sense how publishing worked (having published multiple books through DAW by then), it was still a walk through the dark with a pen-light. This anthology was the result. Here's a description of the theme (although that's kind of obvious in the subtitle) and the Table of Contents. Plus a link to the paperback if you're so inclined. Again, you can get this at Zombies Need Brains' online store as well, among other things.
When aliens reach Earth, they encounter the clockwork mechanisms and Victorian sensibilities of a full-blown steampunk civilization. Inspired by the classic science fiction adventure tales of the nineteenth century, leading fantasy and science fiction authors bring us tales of first contact with a twist, as steam power meets laser cannons...and dirigibles face off against flying saucers.
Clockwork Universe contains fourteen stories from some of the genre's top authors, including: Ian Tregillis, Leah Cutter, Bradley P. Beaulieu, J.R. Hargenrader, Gini Koch, Jason Palmatier, C.B. Pratt, Jean Marie Ward, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin, David J. Fortier, Brad Hafford, S.C. Butler, and Seanan McGuire.
"The Cavorite Job" by Ian Tregillis
"Gracie's Fire" by Leah Cutter
"Quinta Essentia" by Bradley P. Beaulieu
"When Comrade Ekaterina Died for the Motherland" by J.R. Hargenrader
"A Clockwork Alien" by Gini Koch
"Heart of the Empire" by Jason Palmatier
"The Red Queen and the White" by Cynthia Pratt
"The Wizard of Woodrow Park" by Jean Marie Ward
"Of Wings and War" by Tansy Rayner Roberts
"Airship Down: A Sound and Fury Adventure"
by Gail Martin & Larry N. Martin
"Steamsuit" by David J Fortier
"Fingers of Steam, Veins of Gold" by Brad Hafford
"Heart of Clockwork" by SC Butler
"Lady Antheia's Guide to Horticultural Warfare" by Seanan McGuire

https://smile.amazon.com/Clockwork-Universe-Steampunk-vs-Aliens/dp/1940709008


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I thought I'd highlight each of the anthologies that Patricia Bray and I have edited over the years, both those published by DAW Books and by Zombies Need Brains. First up is our first outing, AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR! Here's the description, Table of Contents, and a link to the Kindle edition. It's also available in other ebook formats and in paperback. If you'd like it in paperback, it looks like you might have to get it from the ZNB online store now (https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc), which means it's probably going out of print shortly. (I may have to get ZNB more copies, if that's the case.)

The first bar, created by the Sumerians after they were given the gift of beer by the gods, was known as the Ur-Bar. Although it has since been destroyed, its spirit lives on—in each age there is one bar that captures the essence of the original Ur-Bar, where drinks are mixed with magic and served with a side of destiny and intrigue.

“An Alewife In Kish” by Benjamin Tate
“Why the Vikings Had No Bars” by SC Butler
“The Emperor’s New God” by Jennifer Dunne
“The Tale That Wagged the Dog” by Barbara Ashford
“Sake and Other Spirits” by Maria V. Snyder
“The Fortune-Teller Makes Her Will” by Kari Sperring
“The Tavern Fire” by Db Jackson
“Last Call” by Patricia Bray
“The Alchemy of Alcohol” by Seanan McGuire
“The Grand Tour” by Juliet E McKenna
“Paris 24” by Laura Anne Gilman
“Steady Hands and a Heart of Oak” by Ian Tregillis
“Forbidden” by Avery Shade
“Where We Are Is Hell” by Jackie Kessler
“Izdu-Bar” by Anton Strout

https://smile.amazon.com/After-Hours-Ur-Bar-Jo…/…/B00475AXEM


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Today, I'm going to highlight another of the SF&F themed anthologies that Patricia Bray and I have edited. THE MODERN FAE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY was published by DAW Books and was our second outing with editing. Here's the description and Table of Contents, with a link to the paperback edition on Amazon. It's also available as an ebook and of course you can get it from the Zombies Need Brains online store in paperback.

What if the fae were still here, living among us? Perhaps living in secret, doing their best to pass for human. Or perhaps their existence is acknowledged, but they're still struggling to fit in. How have they survived? Are they outcasts clinging to the edges of society, or do their powers ensure success in the mortal realm?

Here are fourteen fabulous tales--ranging from humor to dark fantasy--that explore how the creatures of the fae realm are fitting into the modern world.

From a mortal who offers to do internet marketing for Oberon...to a woman bent on reclaiming her baby from the Queen of the fae...to a dryad grove menaced by urban expansion...to a Selkie in need of a new home and career...these are original looks at how the world of the imagination can survive and perhaps even thrive in the everyday mortal lands.

“We Will Not Be Undersold” by Seanan McGuire
“Changeling” by Susan Jett
“Water-Called” by Kari Sperring
“The Roots of Aston Quercus” by Juliet E. McKenna
“To Scratch an Itch” by Avery Shade
“Continuing Education” by Kristine Smith
“How To Be Human™” by Barbara Ashford
“How Much Salt” by April Steenburgh
“Hooked” by Anton Strout
“Crash” by S.C. Butler
“Fixed” by Jean Marie Ward
“A People Who Always Know” by Shannon Page & Jay Lake
“The Slaughtered Lamb” by Elizabeth Bear
“Corrupted” by Jim C. Hines

https://smile.amazon.com/Modern-Guide-Surviving-Humanity-Collectors/dp/0756407192



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Time to announce the Table of Contents for the Were- anthology, coming out in August 2016! This was funded through a Kickstarter last year and those who preorder the paperback of the anthology will get a special Kickstarter edition of the book and will be able to read it early, before the general public. Those that preorder the ebook will also get the ebook early. You can preorder the book at the Zombies Need Brains online store here: ZNB Online Store. Just scroll on down to the preorder section. And check out all of the other books and merchandise offered by ZNB!

Here's the back cover copy (tentative, we're still tweaking it) and the Table of Contents for Were-! The art by Justin Adams that we'll use for the cover is below as well. It's all coming together!

Back Cover Copy:

Werewolves rule the night in urban fantasy, but everyone knows there are other were-creatures out there just as dangerous and deadly, if not as common, each with their own issues as they struggle to fit into—or prey upon—society. What about the were-goats? The were-crows and were-wasps?

Here are seventeen stories of urban fantasy by today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors that introduce you to some of those other were-creatures, the ones hiding in the dark background shadows, waiting to bite. Join us as they take you into the hidden corners of our world to see some lesser known were-creatures. You may want to bring along some silver . . . just in case.


Table of Contents:

Introduction by Joshua Palmatier

“Best In Show” by Seanan McGuire

“We Dig” by Ashley McConnell

“Eyes Like Pearls” by Susan Jett

“Among the Grapevines, Growing” by Eliora Smith

“A Party For Bailey” by David B. Coe

“Cry Murder” by April Steenburgh

“Missy the Were-Pomeranian vs. the Masters of Mediocre Doom” by Gini Koch

“Paper Wasp” by Mike Barretta

“Point Five” by Elizabeth Kite

“The Promise of Death” by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

“The Five Bean Solution” by Jean Marie Ward

“Witness Report” by Katharine Kerr

“Attack of the Were-Zombie Friendship With Benefits” by Sarah Brand

“The Whale” by Anneliese Belmond

“Anzu, Duba, Beast” by Faith Hunter

“Shiftr” by Patricia Bray

“Sniff For Your Life” by Phyllis Ames



Cover Art:



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Time to announce the Table of Contents for the Alien Artifacts anthology, coming out in August 2016! This was funded through a Kickstarter last year and those who preorder the paperback of the anthology will get a special Kickstarter edition of the book and will be able to read it early, before the general public. Those that preorder the ebook will also get the ebook early. You can preorder the book at the Zombies Need Brains online store here: ZNB Online Store. Just scroll on down to the preorder section. And check out all of the other books and merchandise offered by ZNB!

We're working on finalizing the stories for the Were- anthology at the moment, currently in copy edits. Once that's done, we'll get contracts out and will be able to announce the Table of Contents for that anthology as well.

For now, though, here's the back cover copy (tentative, we're still tweaking it) and the Table of Contents for Alien Artifacts! The art we'll use for the cover is below as well. It's all coming together!

Back Cover Copy:

What might we run into as we expand beyond Earth and into the stars? As we explore our own solar system and beyond, it seems inevitable that we’ll run into aliens … and what they’ve left behind. Alien artifacts: what might they reveal about us as we try to unlock their secrets? What might they reveal about the universe?

In this anthology, nineteen of today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors explore how discovering long lost relics of alien civilizations might change humanity. Join Walter H. Hunt, Julie Novakova, David Farland, Angela D. Penrose, S.C. Butler, Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin, Juliet E. McKenna, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Andrija Popovic, Jacey Bedford, Sofie Bird, James Van Pelt, Gini Koch, Anthony Lowe, Jennifer Dunne, Coral Moore, Daniel J. Davis, C.S. Friedman, and Seanan McGuire as they discover the stars and the secrets they may hold—both dark and deadly and awe-inspiring.


Table of Contents:

Introduction by Patricia Bray
"Radio Silence" by Walter H. Hunt
"The Nightside" by Julie Novakova
"The Familiar" by David Farland
"Me and Alice" by Angela D. Penrose
"The Other Side" by S.C. Butler
"The Hunt" by Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin
"The Sphere" by Juliet E. McKenna
"Shame the Devil" by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
"The Captain's Throne" by Andrija Popovic
"Weird is the New Normal" by Jacey Bedford
"And We Have No Words to Tell" by Sofie Bird
"Titan Descanso" by James Van Pelt
"Alien Epilogue" by Gini Koch
"The Haint of Sweetwater River" by Anthony Lowe
"Music of the Stars" by Jennifer Dunne
“The Night You Were a Comet" by Coral Moore
"The God Emperor of Lassie Point" by Daniel J. Davis
"Pandora" by C.S. Friedman
"Round and Round We Ride the Carousel of Time" by Seanan McGuire

Cover Art by Justin Adams:



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The open call is now closed! If you'd like to preorder either of the two anthologies listed below, swing on by the Zombies Need Brains online store.

The ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- anthology kickstarter has made its goal! This means that we can now open up submissions for the remaining slots in the anthology. If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration. I've posted the guidelines below. A special thanks to everyone who backed the project and got us funded! Without you, we wouldn't be able to produce such cool anthologies! And now, the submission guidelines:





ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- Submission Guidelines

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its two science fiction and fantasy anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple submissions in separate emails. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use New Times Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

ALIEN ARTIFACTS is to feature stories where some type of left-behind alien tech has been found and how it may affect our society, our humanity, or the characters. It can be an artifact discovered on Earth in our past or during current times, OR PREFERRABLY, an artifact that we run across while exploring space in the future. I want to stress this: the story must feature an alien artifact (not an alien). Aliens can appear in the story, but the genesis of the story must be some kind of alien artifact. Stories featuring more interesting alien artifacts, and twists on how they are discovered or how they affect our society/humanity, while being set in the future, will receive more attention than those set in the present or past. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with an archeological dig discovering a long buried alien artifact. If we do, it’s likely that only one at most would be selected for the anthology. So be creative and choose something different and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

WERE- is to feature stories where some type of were-creature OTHER than a werewolf is the main character. Werewolves can appear in the story, but they cannot be the main character or the central focus of the story. I want to stress this: the story must feature a were-creature! Stories featuring more interesting were-creatures, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more mundane creatures. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with a were-cat. If we do, it’s likely that only one at most would be selected for the anthology. So be creative and choose something different and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2015. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of December 2015. Please send submissions to Joshua@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of January 2016.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of January 2016. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of February 2016. These dates may change due to the editor’s work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 6 cents per word for the short stories. For each additional $5000 raised above the Kickstarter minimum of $10,000, we will increase this advance pay rate by 1 cent per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both divided evenly (not by word count) by the number of stories and editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to Joshua@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.
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We are less that $500 from our funding goal! Can we get funded today? We should certainly try! So go forth and post a link to the Kickstarter on your social media sites! Write a quick note saying you've proudly funded this project and mention the stellar anchor authors, including the newly added C.S. Friedman and David Farland/Dave Wolverton! Post the rough sketch of the cover art for ALIEN ARTIFACTS on Twitter and Instagram (seen below)! Then cajole all of your friends into participating! WE CAN MAKE FUNDING TODAY WITH YOUR HELP!

(The excessive use of exclamation points will stop now.)

And seriously, there are some great reward levels left to be snatched up. Want to be mauled to death by a were-goat? Be tuckerized in Patricia Bray's WERE- story ($250). Want to be attacked by a were-opossum? Be tuckerized in Jean Marie Ward's WERE- story ($250). Care to have something hideous done to you by some unnamed were-creature that the anchor author is refusing to reveal? Be tuckerized in Danielle Ackley-McPhail's WERE- story ($150). Faith Hunter still has some vampire stake rewards left, with stakes modeled after her Jane Yellowrock series ($55), as well as some "Beast Is Not Prey" armband rewards remaining ($65). Plus we have signed copies of the upcoming TWELVE KINGS IN SHARAKHAI by Bradley P. Beaulieu ($70), signed copies of ELEMENT OF MIND by Walter H. Hunt ($50), signed copies of FROZEN IN AMBER by Phyllis Ames (aka Phyllis Irene Radford, $85), a signed copy of THE SHADOW OF ALBION by Andre Norton & Rosemary Edghill (signed only by Rosemary, $70), and signed copies of THE SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF C.J. HENDERSON from Danielle Ackley-McPhail ($65).

And if you missed out on Zombies Need Brains' previous Kickstarters, you can still catch up by grabbing one of the rewards featuring the KICKSTARTER EDITION of CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS ($55) or TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER ($55) or both ($75).

So, plenty of great options, not least of which is two great anthologies with completely new stories from some great authors at a great price--$12 for the two in ebook, $25 for the two in paperback, or $35 for both ebook and paperback! (Oops, that last exclamation point just slipped in there.)



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The new Zombies Need Brains Kickstarter is now live! Swing on by and check out the two anthologies that we're trying to get funded: ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-! ALIEN ARTIFACTS will contain stories about encounters with left-behind alien artifacts and how the encounters change our society and/or our humanity. WERE- focuses on stories about were-creatures other than werewolves. You can get the two anthologies in ebook or paperback or both! And the reward levels are set at essentially the "preorder" level, meaning that this is the price that will be charged when the anthologies are released to the general public. Those that help fund the Kickstarter at the paperback level will get a special Kickstarter edition of the paperback, with a limited print run (just enough to cover the Kickstarter backers, basically).

So swing on by the Kickstarter and check it out! We have a ton of great anchor authors, including: Phyllis Ames (Phyllis Irene Radford), Jacey Bedford, Patricia Bray, David B. Coe, Walter H. Hunt, Faith Hunter, Gini Koch, Gail Z. Martin, Seanan McGuire, Juliet E. McKenna, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Steve Miller & Sharon Lee, and Jean Marie Ward. There are tons of limited reward levels as well, with special items, signed books, and tuckerizations. Grab them before the vanish!

And here's some preliminary artwork for the cover for ALIEN ARTIFACTS, from artist Justin Adams. It's still being finished, but you can get a good idea of what we're shooting for.

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And we’re down to less than a day left before the Kickstarter for ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- begins. Hopefully everyone has set their clocks and marked their calendars for August 11th, Noon EST, which is when I’ll hit the start button. We’ve covered the special reward levels (including tuckerizations, signed books, and special items), the early backer incentives, the stretch goals, and some of the available add-ons. All that’s left is the lull before the storm. Again, there are a few changes being made to the Kickstarter model. Don't worry, we'll still have some great special items and rewards for backers to grab--such as tuckerizations, unique items from some of the anchor authors, and stretch goals for some extras--just as we did in the past Kickstarters. However, this time backers will simply be PREORDERING the anthologies: the base reward levels to choose from are $6 for an ebook ($12 for both anthologies in ebook) and $15 for a paperback ($25 for both anthologies in paperback). Those are the same prices we expect to use for the general release editions of the books in ebook and paperback, perhaps even cheaper! Those that preorder by backing the Kickstarter will get the anthologies early (before the general public release) and those that choose the paperback versions of the anthologies will also get a special Kickstarter Only edition with a limited print run.

Don't forget, you can now preview the Kickstarter, so check out all of the details--including Early Backer Incentives, all of the reward levels, High Backer Incentives, stretch goals, and anchor authors--through the following link: Preview.

Here are a few last minute changes and/or additions to the Kickstarter:

New Special Item Reward Level (and I mean special): Rosemary Edghill graciously donated a signed, first edition hardcover of THE SHADOW OF ALBION by Andre Norton & Rosemary Edghill. And yes, it’s signed by BOTH Andre Norton and Rosemary Edghill. It will be offered at a $100 reward level.

New Special Item Reward Level: Rosemary Edghill also donated a Science Fiction Book Club edition of THE SHADOW OF ALBION by Andre Norton & Rosemary Edghill. This one is signed by Rosemary Edghill. It will be offered at a $70 reward level.

Steve Miller & Sharon Lee Zombie: The reward level for Steve Miller & Sharon Lee's charm (for a charm bracelet) has been reduce to $60 (from $75).

And now the countdown begins. Less than 24 hours before the Kickstarter goes live. I’m a tangled wreck of nerves, sort of like Christmas tree lights when you pull them out of the storage box and realize you must have run out of patience last year and just stuffed them all in without any effort at organization. But soon it will all begin and hopefully we’ll be able to produce two new anthologies around about this time next year, with stunning stories from today’s best authors, both new and old. And to start it off a little early, here’s a concept sketch from Justin Adams for the cover art of ALIEN ARTIFACTS. We’ll introduce the final art as soon as it’s been finalized, but this should be cool enough to whet your appetite. *grin*

And as a special bonus, here's the preliminary sketch for the cover art for ALIEN ARTIFACTS:



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The small press Zombies Need Brains LLC is getting ready to launch a new Kickstarter August 11th at Noon EST, this one targeting TWO new anthology themes: ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-. After the successes of the previous two Kickstarters for Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens (available now in trade paperback and ebook for the Kindle, Nook, and on Kobo) and Temporally Out of Order (available August 25th in trade paperback and ebook for the Kindle, Nook, and on Kobo), we feel that the small press is fairly stable, so there are a few changes being made to the Kickstarter model. Don't worry, we'll still have some great special items and rewards for backers to grab--such as tuckerizations, unique items from some of the anchor authors, and stretch goals for some extras--just as we did in the past Kickstarters. However, this time backers will simply be PREORDERING the anthologies: the base reward levels to choose from are $6 for an ebook ($12 for both anthologies in ebook) and $15 for a paperback ($25 for both anthologies in paperback). Those are the same prices we expect to use for the general release editions of the books in ebook and paperback, perhaps even cheaper! Those that preorder by backing the Kickstarter will get the anthologies early (before the general public release) and those that choose the paperback versions of the anthologies will also get a special Kickstarter Only edition with a limited print run. You can now take a look at a preview of the Kickstarter by following this link: http://tiny.cc/bfah1x. Check it out and figure out which reward level works best for you!

In this post, I wanted to highlight some of the stretch goals, in case we reach our funding goal. Basically, these are bonuses if we manage to raise MORE than our funding goal, things like bookmarks, extra ebooks, extra pay for the authors, even extra stories for the anthology. In fact, if we manage to reach $25,000, Zombies Need Brains may be able to produce a THIRD anthology (to be announced if we manage to get close to that). Here are the details regarding the stretch goals:

Stretch Goals:

Stretch Goal: BOOKMARKS! At $12,500, every backer pledged at $15 or more will receive a free promotional bookmark for both ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-.

Stretch Goal: At $15,000, all authors will be paid an additional 1 cent/word AND every backer pledged at $6 or more will receive a FREE ebook short story "In the Dying Light" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail.

Stretch Goal: At $17,500, we will add an additional story to each anthology using the submissions from the open call, so each anthology will feature 15 stories minimum, AND every backer pledged at $25 or more will receive a free wallet card stating they are an "Official ZNB Minion."

Stretch Goal: At $20,000, all authors will be paid an additional 1 cent/word AND every backer pledged at $35 or more will receive a special ebook (PDF) of ZNB's "Secret Guide to Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse" written by Patricia Bray (and possibly Joshua Palmatier).

Stretch Goal: At $22,500, we will add an additional story to each anthology using the submissions from the open call, so each anthology will feature 16 stories minimum.

Stretch Goal: At $25,000, Zombies Need Brains LLC will produce a THIRD themed anthology, title to be announced as we approach the stretch goal AND all authors will be paid an additional 1 cent/word.

Other stretch goals will be added as the Kickstarter continues.


So mark your calendar for August 11th and be ready to pledge at Noon EST, once the Kickstarter goes live. The earlier we make our funding goal, the sooner we can get to work on achieving some of these stretch goals!

Once again, here's the cover flat for our upcoming second anthology release, TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER, available August 25th (available for preorder now on Kindle and Kobo):



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The small press Zombies Need Brains LLC is getting ready to launch a new Kickstarter August 11th at Noon EST, this one targeting TWO new anthology themes: ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-. After the successes of the previous two Kickstarters for Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens (available now in trade paperback and ebook for the Kindle, Nook, and on Kobo) and Temporally Out of Order (available August 25th in trade paperback and ebook for the Kindle, Nook, and on Kobo), we feel that the small press is fairly stable, so there are a few changes being made to the Kickstarter model. Don't worry, we'll still have some great special items and rewards for backers to grab--such as tuckerizations, unique items from some of the anchor authors, and stretch goals for some extras--just as we did in the past Kickstarters. However, this time backers will simply be PREORDERING the anthologies: the base reward levels to choose from are $6 for an ebook ($12 for both anthologies in ebook) and $15 for a paperback ($25 for both anthologies in paperback). Those are the same prices we expect to use for the general release editions of the books in ebook and paperback, perhaps even cheaper! Those that preorder by backing the Kickstarter will get the anthologies early (before the general public release) and those that choose the paperback versions of the anthologies will also get a special Kickstarter Only edition with a limited print run.

In this post, I wanted to highlight some of the Early Backer Bonuses and High Backer Bonuses. Basically, the earlier you back the Kickstarter, the more goodies you can get, including signed bookmarks and digital ebooks of short stories and novellas. Also, there are a few extras if you select one of the higher pledge levels. Here’s a run-down of all of the bonus incentives:

Early Backer Incentives:

First 50 Backers: The first 50 backers pledging $15 or more will get a signed CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK VS ALIENS bookmark from Jean Marie Ward AND a signed Iron & Blood bookmark from Gail Z. Martin!

First Day Backers: All backers pledging $6 or more within the first 24 hours of the Kickstarter will get a free "Dangerous Dames" ebook (PDF) from Jean Marie Ward featuring 6 short stories AND a free Deadly Curiosities novella ebook "The Final Death" (epub, mobi) from Gail Z. Martin!

Pre $5K Incentive: All backers pledging $6 or more before the Kickstarter reaches $5,000 will get a free "Four for More" ebook (PDF) from Jean Marie Ward featuring 4 short stories AND a free Deadly Curiosities short story ebook "Buttons" (epub, mobi) from Gail Z. Martin AND a free Storm & Fury novella ebook "Grave Voices" (epub, mobi) from Gail Z. Martin!

High Backer Incentive:

$100 or Over: All backers pledging $100 or more will get a free ebook "The Disciple and Other Stories of the Paranormal" (epub, mobi, PDF) by Gini Koch, writing as Jemma Chase.

Note: All Early Backer and High Backer incentives will be sent after the successful completion of the Kickstarter.

So, if you want to get ALL the goodies possible, back early! Mark your calendar for August 11th and be ready to pledge at Noon EST, once the Kickstarter goes live. That doesn’t mean there aren’t cool things headed your way if you pledge later--there are stretch goals with bonuses for backers as well that I’ll talk about in a separate post tomorrow--but the earlier you pledge, the more you’ll get!

Once again, here's the cover flat for our upcoming second anthology release, TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER, available August 25th (preorder available in Kindle and Kobo now):



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The small press Zombies Need Brains LLC is getting ready to launch a new Kickstarter August 11th at Noon EST, this one targeting TWO new anthology themes: ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-. After the successes of the previous two Kickstarters for Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens (available now in trade paperback and ebook for the Kindle, Nook, and on Kobo) and Temporally Out of Order (available August 25th in trade paperback and ebook for the Kindle, Nook, and on Kobo), we feel that the small press is fairly stable, so there are a few changes being made to the Kickstarter model. Don't worry, we'll still have some great special items and rewards for backers to grab--such as tuckerizations, unique items from some of the anchor authors, and stretch goals for some extras--just as we did in the past Kickstarters. However, this time backers will simply be PREORDERING the anthologies: the base reward levels to choose from are $6 for an ebook ($12 for both anthologies in ebook) and $15 for a paperback ($25 for both anthologies in paperback). Those are the same prices we expect to use for the general release editions of the books in ebook and paperback, perhaps even cheaper! Those that preorder by backing the Kickstarter will get the anthologies early (before the general public release) and those that choose the paperback versions of the anthologies will also get a special Kickstarter Only edition with a limited print run.

In this post, I want to feature some of the special reward levels being offered in the Kickstarter, featuring things like tuckerizations and items donated by the anchor authors to help us reach our funding goal. If one of these strikes your fancy, then make certain you're at your computer the moment the Kickstarter starts up, because quantities are limited and these items may end up going fast. We'll start with:

Tuckerizations: If you aren't familiar with the term, a tuckerization means that the author of the short story will work with the backer to incorporate a name of the backer's choice into their story. It may be a main character in the story, or the first victim with a gruesome death, or a side character met only briefly. It's up to the author how the name will be used. In addition to the tuckerization, the backers for these reward levels will get copies of both of the new anthologies in paperback and ebook formats. We'll have multiple tuckerizations available, including ones from Danielle Ackley-McPhail (1), Patricia Bray (1, death by goat), Gini Koch (3 for WERE-; 1 for ALIEN ARTIFACTS), Gail Z. Martin (1), and Jean Marie Ward (1). All of the tuckerizations are at $250 reward levels and include copies of both of the new anthologies in paperback and ebook formats, except for Danielle Ackley-McPhail's tuckerization which is at $150.

Signed Copies of Books: A bunch of the anchor authors have donated signed copies of some of their books as reward levels. In addition to the signed copies, the backers for these reward levels will get copies of both of the new anthologies in paperback and ebook formats. I've indicated the author, the book to be signed, and the reward level and quantity available here: Danielle Ackley-McPhail donated 3 signed copies of the trade paperback The Society for the Preservation of C.J. henderson ($65 reward level); Phyllis Ames donated 10 signed copies of her new mass market paperback Frozen in Amber ($85 reward level); David B. Coe donated 3 signed copies of his mass market paperback Spell Blind ($50 reward level); Walter Hunt donated 10 signed copies of his mass market paperback Elements of Mind ($50 reward level); and Joshua Palmatier donated 10 signed sets of hardcovers including The Skewed Throne, The Cracked Throne, The Vacant Throne, and Shattering the Ley ($135 reward level).

Special Items: A bunch of authors donated special items to be used for reward levels. In addition to the special items, the backers for these reward levels will get copies of both of the new anthologies in paperback and ebook formats. Here are some of the special items and their reward levels: Faith Hunter donated 5 Jane Yellowrock vampire stakes and Jane Yellowrock cell phone notebooks ($55 reward level); Faith Hunter donated 5 leather armbands with the quote "Beast Is Not Prey" and Jane Yellowrock cell phone notebooks ($65 reward level); Faith Hunter donated 5 leather armbands with the quote "Beast Is Not Prey," Jane Yellowrock vampire stakes, and Jane Yellowrock cell phone notebooks ($75 reward level); Steve Miller & Sharon Lee donated 7 sterling silver "Tree and Dragon" logo charms for a charm bracelet from their Liaden Universe series ($75 reward level); and Joshua Palmatier donated 7 sets of "steampunk" oriented items (a journal, folder, and pouch) to be grouped with a copy of Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens ($70 reward level).

And those are the special items and reward levels for the new Kickstarter. Again, if you really want one of these items, make certain you catch the Kickstarter early, since some (probably most) of these items will go fast. Besides, there are a bunch of early backer bonuses for those that back the Kickstarter in the first 24 hours, or before we reach $5,000, or for the first 50 backers. I'll discuss those bonuses in my next post about the Kickstarter.

For now, here's the cover flat for our upcoming second anthology release, TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER, available August 25th (preorder now for Kindle and at Kobo):



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The small press Zombies Need Brains LLC is getting ready to launch a new Kickstarter August 11th at Noon EST, this one targeting TWO new anthology themes. After the successes of the previous two Kickstarters for Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens (available now in trade paperback and ebook for the Kindle, Nook, and on Kobo) and Temporally Out of Order (available August 25th in trade paperback and ebook for the Kindle, Nook, and on Kobo), we feel that the small press is fairly stable, so there are a few changes being made to the Kickstarter model. Don't worry, we'll still have some great special items and rewards for backers to grab--such as tuckerizations, unique items from some of the anchor authors, and stretch goals for some extras--just as we did in the past Kickstarters. However, this time backers will simply be PREORDERING the anthologies: the base reward levels to choose from are $6 for an ebook ($12 for both anthologies in ebook) and $15 for a paperback ($25 for both anthologies in paperback). Those are the same prices we expect to use for the general release editions of the books in ebook and paperback, perhaps even cheaper! Those that preorder by backing the Kickstarter will get the anthologies early (before the general public release) and those that choose the paperback versions of the anthologies will also get a special Kickstarter Only edition with a limited print run.

So what are the two anthologies and their themes? The first is a sci-fi anthology called ALIEN ARTIFACTS and the second is an urban fantasy anthology called WERE-. Here are the details for the themes and a list of the anchor authors we have lined up for each:

Alien Artifacts:

Life is out there. Alien civilizations have grown and died and been reborn again since the dawn of the universe. Some of those civilizations have left behind signs of their existence, hidden in the ruins on unexplored planets or floating in space in the form of ghost ships. In this anthology, 14 of today’s best short story writers will tackle what could happen if, in our exploration of space, we run across some of these ancient alien artifacts. Will they catapult humanity to new technological heights . . . or reveal our darkest secrets and destroy us? Edited by Patricia Bray and Joshua Palmatier, this anthology will contain approximately 14 stories with an average length of 6000 words each. The anthology will include short stories by: Jacey Bedford, Walter Hunt, Gini Koch, Gail Z. Martin, Seanan McGuire, Juliet E. McKenna, and Steve Miller & Sharon Lee. All other slots aside from the named authors will be filled by the open call for submissions following the successful completion of the Kickstarter.

Were-:

We’ve all read hundreds of stories about werewolves . . . but what about the less famous of the were-clans--the werelions, wereducks, and wereferns? These underrepresented families need to come out of the dark, full moon or not! From light and humorous to dark and serious, this anthology will explore other varieties of were-creatures and tell their stories. No werewolves allowed! Edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, it will contain approximately 14 stories with an average length of 6000 words each. The anthology will include short stories by: Phyllis Ames, Patricia Bray, David B. Coe, Faith Hunter, Gini Koch, Seanan McGuire, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, and Jean Marie Ward. All other slots aside from the named authors will be filled by the open call for submissions following the successful completion of the Kickstarter.

As noted in the above write-ups, we've only filled about half of the anthologies with anchor authors. The other slots will be filled with an open call for submissions, so anyone can submit their stories during that open call window and have a chance to have their story in the anthology. All of you writers out there, take note: as soon as the Kickstarter reaches its funding goal, I'll post the information about the open submissions, including where to submit and the guidelines for story format.

Over the next few days, I'll post some of the specialized reward level that are limited--including the tuckerizations and special items being offered. If you want one of these, I'd suggest getting on the Kickstarter the moment it starts and grabbing them before they're gone. Mark your calendars! I'll also post some of the early backer bonuses, including free ebooks of novellas and short stories, plus some signed bookmarks from anchor authors, etc. Also, I'll post some of the stretch goals, in case we reach our funding goal and want to reach for some additional extras! So keep watch here, and get yourself ready for Zombies Need Brains' next Kickstarter! Remember, August 11th at Noon EST!

Our current upcoming release: TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER, available August 25th:



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Some quick news: The last day to preorder the Kickstarter​ edition of TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER from Zombies Need Brains​ is July 31st. You'll get the kickstarter edition of the paperback and you'll get the anthology early. I'll be shipping them as soon as they arrive from the printer. After that, you'll have to wait for the general public release on August 25th. You can preorder at the ZNB website at www.zombiesneedbrains.com by clicking on "store". I believe you can also preorder the general release Kindle version at Amazon.com​ now as well (but you'll have to wait for August 25th). Nook doesn't have a preorder option, and I think Kobo is still reviewing the file, but it should be up for preorder there soon. I'm not sure there will be a preorder for the trade paperback, but I'm working on that one still.

In any case, if you want it early, preorder at the ZNB site before July 31st! If you're willing to wait, start watching your favorite bookstore for its release on August 25th and preorder once it shows up.

Reminder: I'll be at Confluence this weekend and you can preorder the Kickstarter edition directly from me there if you want.

And keep watch for the next Kickstarter starting August 11th, with TWO new anthology project--ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-!



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And lo! we can have front cover art! Here's the front cover of the TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER anthology, featuring stories by Seanan McGuire​, Gini Koch​, David B. Coe​, Laura Anne Gilman​, Faith Hunter​, Stephen Leigh​, Laura Resnick​, and 10 other authors (soon to be announced). It's been edited by Joshua Palmatier​ (me) and Patricia Bray​, with cover art by Justin Adams/Varia Studios​.

If you missed the Kickstarter​ campaign for this, you can still get in on the action by preordering the kickstarter version of the paperback, the ebook, or both at the Zombies Need Brains​ online store here: Online Store.



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The TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER anthology kickstarter has made its goal! This means that we can now open up submissions for the seven remaining slots in the anthology. If you have a story idea that fits the anthology's theme, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration. I've posted the guidelines below. Please note that the pay rate INCREASES as we reach higher stretch goals in the kickstarter, so please spread the word about the kickstarter so that we can not only add in additional authors to the anthology, but pay those authors as much as possible. Also, a special thanks to everyone who has already backed the project and gotten us funded! Without you, we wouldn't be funded with over a week left in the kickstarter to reach those stretch goals! And now, the submission guidelines:





TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER Submission Guidelines

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its science fiction and fantasy anthology TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use New Times Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology. TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER is to feature stories where some type of gadget or object has somehow gone temporally out of order. I want to stress this: the story must feature an object (not a person) that is temporally out of order. Preferably, the way in which the object is temporally out of order should be related to the object’s actual function. In other words, a phone may call the past or future. It should not simply transport people to the past or future (phones don’t transport objects normally, but they do make calls). Stories featuring more interesting objects or gadgets, and twists on how they are acting temporally out of order (while still being related to their normal function), will receive more attention than more common objects. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with phones acting out of order. If we do, it’s likely only one at most would be selected for the anthology. So be creative and choose something different and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. Stories do NOT need to be set in the present day. They may be set in the past or future, with the time element referencing either direction or the present. So Gutenburg’s printing press could start printing out 20th century headlines, for example.

The deadline for submissions is November 30th, 2014. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of December 2014. Please send submissions to Joshua@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of January 2015.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of January 2015. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of February 2015. These dates may change due to the editor’s work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 5 cents per word for the short stories. For each additional $2500 raised above the Kickstarter minimum of $10,000, we will increase this advance pay rate by 1 cent per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in the anthology and the editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to Joshua@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.
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Hey, everyone! I've gone and done it again: started up another kickstarter. If you remember, last summer I ran one for the anthology CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS, with Ian Tregillis, Leah Cutter, Bradley P. Beaulieu, J.R. Hargenrader, Gini Koch, Jason Palmatier, C.B. Pratt, Jean Marie Ward, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin, David J. Fortier, Brad Hafford, S.C. Butler, and Seanan McGuire. That anthology is now available in trade paperback, as well as ebook on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

That wasn't enough though. So I'm running a new kickstarter right now for an anthology called TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER. We've had a great start, reaching the halfway point of our goal in just 3 days! And we have another great batch of anchor authors, including Faith Hunter, David B. Coe, Laura Resnick, Stephen Leigh, Laura Anne Gilman, and both Seanan McGuire and Gini Koch returning. There are a few stretch goal authors as well: Jack Campbell (aka John Hemry), Jean Marie Ward, and Juliet E. McKenna. The theme of the anthology is objects or gadgets that have somehow gone "temporally out of order" as opposed to temporarily out of order. Check out the kickstarter here! And check out some of the reward levels. We have some tuckerizations left, along with a few of the limited item rewards left as well (although a few have sold out). And as an added bonus, the first 400 backers who pledge $15 or more will get a free ebook from Stephen Leigh called A RAIN OF PEBBLES, which contains a slew of short stories! All of the details at the kickstarter. And here's the art I commissioned by Justin Adams of Varia Studio for the cover. I think it rocks:



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I'd like to announce that my new small press called Zombies Need Brains LLC will be celebrating it's launch at Balticon 2014 this coming May 23-26th, 2014, at the Hunt Valley Inn in Maryland. I'll be there the entire weekend, with panels both on Friday and Monday (my schedule will be announced soon), but the official Zombies Need Brains party will be Friday, May 23rd, 2014, from 9-11pm in Parlor 1026. We will be celebrating the creation of Zombies Need Brains LLC and the upcoming release of its first anthology, CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS (July 2014). There will be free snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, and ZNB merchandise (t-shirts, tote bags, and baseball caps) will be for sale. You can also preorder CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE from the press at the event. In addition, Gail Z. Martin, Jean Marie Ward, and Jason Palmatier--all contributing authors to CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE--will be there.

So mark your calendar and plan on attending Balticon on Friday, May 23rd! And if you can't make the party, keep watch for CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE this July from all of your usual book resources, both physical copies and ebooks.



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So, we now have the cover for the anthology The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity. Wallah!!!!





And here's the cover copy:

What if the fae were still here, living among us? Perhaps living in secret, doing their best to pass for human. Or perhaps their existence is acknowledged, but they're still struggling to fit in. How have they survived? Are they outcasts clinging to the edges of society, or do their powers ensure success in the mortal realm? Here are fourteen fabulous tales--ranging from humor to dark fantasy--that explore how the creatures of the fae realm are fitting into the modern world.

From a mortal who offers to do internet marketing for Oberon . . . to a woman bent on reclaiming her baby from the Queen of the fae . . . to a dryad grove menaced by urban expansion . . . to a Selkie in need of a new home and career . . . these are original looks at how the world of the imagination can survive and perhaps even thrive in the everyday mortal lands.


The list of authors for this anthology is stellar! The contributors are:

Seanan McGuire
Susan Jett
Kari Sperring
Juliet E. McKenna
Avery Shade
Kristine Smith
Barbara Ashford
April Steenburgh
Anton Strout
S.C. Butler
Jean Marie Ward
Shannon Page & Jay Lake
Elizabeth Bear
Jim C. Hines

Preorder your copy today! It's available now at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com, as well as other online locaitons. And while you're there, check out our other anthology After Hours: Tales from the Ur-bar! I know it's on sale at Amazon.com, and both are part of their "4-for-3" program!

And while you're at B&N or Amazon.com, why not "like" the books?

I'll be posting little summaries of the stories sometime in the future. Keep watch!
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And lo! there was a second coming! Patricia Bray ([livejournal.com profile] pbray) and I have once again put on our editing hats and thwacked authors into submission for another anthology. This one is called The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity . . . and we can now release the Table of Contents! So below is the anthology summary, along with the titles of the short stories included inside and the authors who bribed us the most with chocolates and robots. Oh, and who also wrote excellent stories, all about the Fae and how they have integrated themselves into our society to survive. And guess what? You can PREORDER copies at Amazon.com right now! It even says the book is part of the "buy 3, get the 4th free" deal they offer on some paperbacks. If nothing else, swing on by and like the book for Facebook. And feel free to link to this post to help spread the word!

Anthology Summary:

The fae are among us, adapting to survive among the hordes of humanity that now plague the modern world. In THE MODERN FAE’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, fourteen authors explore how the fae have integrated themselves into our society. From the aisles of your local shopping center, to Wall Street, to the darkest part of Central Park, the fae have cast their glamour over every aspect of our world. Join us as we lift the veil of faerie and reveal the magical pockets that exist on our very doorstep.


Table of Contents:

“We Will Not Be Undersold” by Seanan McGuire
“Changeling” by Susan Jett
“Water-Called” by Kari Sperring
“The Roots of Aston Quercus” by Juliet E. McKenna
“To Scratch an Itch” by Avery Shade
“Continuing Education” by Kristine Smith
“How To Be Human™” by Barbara Ashford
“How Much Salt” by April Steenburgh
“Hooked” by Anton Strout
“Crash” by S.C. Butler
“Fixed” by Jean Marie Ward
“A People Who Always Know” by Shannon Page & Jay Lake
“The Slaughtered Lamb” by Elizabeth Bear
“Corrupted” by Jim C. Hines

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