Bibliotheca Fantastica and Inedible Sins, now on Weightless Books!

Our favorite indie bookseller, Weightless Books, has new offerings from us today:

Stories within stories… twenty new fabulous tales of bibliophilic wonder, enchantment, terror, romance, mystery, and adventure.

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Bibliotheca Fantastica, edited by Don Pizarro. Epub and mobi, $4.99 HERE

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Set in Washington, DC, just before the civil war, “Inedible Sins” follows a seminary drop-out named Sebastian Jones as he navigates the intricacies of friendship, sex, love, morality, and the social circle to which he aspires.

Inedible Sins, by KV Taylor. Epub and mobi, $1.99 HERE

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Now on sale: Inedible Sins, by KV Taylor (Spring 2013 novella)

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Spring 2013: “Inedible Sins” by KV Taylor

Set in Washington, DC, just before the civil war, “Inedible Sins” follows a seminary drop-out named Sebastian Jones as he navigates the intricacies of friendship, sex, love, morality, and the social circle to which he aspires. His curiosity leads to questioning God and sin,  his rebellious nature leads him to push back against the world… and his ingenuity gives him a way to do both:

“So I give you Brother Alfie. Disinterested, detached, and capable of proving absolution in the most practical, useful way.”

Though I had expected it to be something of a hit, I was not prepared to have an argument erupt as to who would go first. A dashing young gentleman leapt onto the platform and demanded that I show him how it was done.

“Consider your sin,” I said.

“Any and all of them?”

“Perhaps keep one in mind, and simply choose the categories into which it falls. For the most effective penance.”

The novella is just over 30,000 words long. Taylor’s been discussing the tale over on her blog, where she has a page set up for it. Read more excerpts from the story, and her thoughts on the city and her characters.

Buy it now! Only $1.99

DRM-free ePub: click here or DRM-free .mobi (perfect for Kindle): click here

Also available on Amazon: click here

A Letter from our Novellas department:

Hello! I’m Kelly C. Stiles, the Assistant Acquisitions Editor in charge of Novellas for Dagan Books.

The first of four quarterly novellas we will publish this year, “Inedible Sins” by K.V. Taylor, is a beautifully written story. It’s full of history, romance, sex, and violence. There’s also a sin-eating robot (automation if you prefer). Our second novella will appear this summer. That story is part Greek myth, part spaghetti western, and all awesome. Centaurs in the old west! Two more novellas will also be published–one each quarter. We are still taking submissions for these final two slots, as well as for 2014.

Why novellas, though? I have heard novellas called the perfect story length before. They are long enough for the reader to get into the depth and intricacy of the story, but short enough that the author can’t linger too long on one scene. They’re fast paced, but still complete.

As a staff member of Dagan Books, I get to read a lot. When I receive a submission, I like to glance at the cover letter before I dive into the prose. It gives me an idea of what kind of adventure I’m about to embark on. (As a side note, I don’t care about a writer’s credentials as long as the story is good.) When I read a submission, I usually form my impression quickly. Even if it is not a story I want to accept, I do try to read at least 20-30 pages of it. I know how hard authors work, and sometimes they surprise me a few pages in.

After I’ve finished reading a story, I let it sit for a day or two before I come back to it with a decision. Sometimes I need to leave it for even longer. Eventually, though, decisions are made, one way or another.

Let me tell you a little about what we are looking for:

  • Engaging stories that make me want to keep reading.
  • Science Fiction of all kinds. Hard, soft, near future, we want them all.
  • QUILTBAG characters, characters of color, and other people underrepresented in fiction.
  • Stories with a good ending. By good, I don’t necessarily mean happy. I mean a well-plotted ending.
  • Unique stories. We found our place in publishing by not being just like everyone else. I love finding different, quality fiction in my submissions stack.

What I Am NOT Looking For:

  • Sword and Sorcery stories. Don’t get me wrong, I will read it if it ends up in my stack, but it will be a hard sell.
  • Romance. Romance is fine as a subplot, but there has to be more to a story for me. The plot can’t revolve around whether two people are “meant to be together”, or put the characters through danger and distress simply so they can hook up at the end. (Same thing goes for erotica. We like it, but it has to serve a purpose.)
  • Religious themes of any kind. Again, I will read them, but they will be a very hard sell.
  • Girls or women whose only role is as a damsel in distress. All characters need to be well thought out, even if we don’t see much of them on the page. Don’t start a story with a dead girl unless you’re going to show us something new, fascinating, and special about who she was before she was a part of the scenery.
  • Gratuitous violence, including rape. If it’s there, it needs to further the story. Not just “this thing happened” but a story that couldn’t have moved forward any other way.

What Will Get You Kicked Out of the Slush Pile:

Author racism, sexism, or bigotry of any kind. Of course there is racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry in the world, and your story and characters should reflect that (or show us what’s changed). But there’s a difference between a character having that perspective, shown through  dialogue or internal thought, and a writer including that view as part of the narration. Say, “Bob thinks this,” but don’t say, “The world thinks this and that’s right.”

I am still reading novellas and I need more. Here’s a link to our submissions page.

– KCS

Our Spring 2013 Novella: KV Taylor’s “Inedible Sins”

Early today we tweeted that:

Our Spring 2013 novella is almost ready to go! “Inedible Sins” by @hawthornetaylor has history, romance, sex, violence… and a robot.

We were talking about this:

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This Sunday, we’ll be launching our 2013 novella series with KV Taylor’s “Inedible Sins“. Set in Washington, DC, just before the civil war, it follows a seminary drop-out named Sebastian Jones as he navigates the intricacies of friendship, sex, love, morality, and the social circle to which he aspires.

Plus, there’s a clockwork robot named Brother Alfie.

Taylor’s been discussing the tale over on her blog, where she has a page set up for it. Read excerpts from the story, and her thoughts on the city and her characters.

Go on, now. Brother Alfie is waiting for you.