Monday, June 16, 2008

Eldritch Shriek


The cover for Weirdly II due out June 24 from Wild Child Publishing.

Blurb:
From paranormal to weird, from chilling to odd to scary, Weirdly Volume 2: Eldritch will sate your lust for strangeness in bite-sized pieces. Each tale weaves its own spell. Vampires, beasts, ghosts, evil creatures and, of course, every day people inhabit Weirdly’s pages.
Soldiers must reach their destination before the undead get to them first... What does the picture on the wall mean to Jen? Fate holds something in store for Lewis—but is it what he wants? Lillie embarks on another quest... Is the young man who sees and hears fluffy beings insane? An old letter urges a young woman to the train station—but is the train that puffs into view real? All these tales and more. Dare you read them?


Please note several familiar names on the cover: James Goodman, Jeff Neale and Jaye Wells. The four of us go back a few years. We visit each other's blogs. We have encouraged each other. And we are very different in style and voice.

Yet, with all the diversity of opportunity out there on the web, who would have thought we four would appear in the same book at the same time?

Feels like serendipity to me.


You will notice an even gender split on the cover list. While trolling on the weekend I came across an observation about gender differences and the writing process ( it may have been here, but I won't swear to that) That women tended to be more cautious, to seek validation, buy how-to books, join critique groups -- while male writers were more direct and wotthehell and inclined to bash their work out there to see if anything sticks. This distinction was proffered as an explanation as to why male writers are often published at an earlier age than females -- have therefore a longer shelf life and therefore dominate aspects of the industry.

I'm afraid my reaction to the question is : so what?


58 comments:

StarvingWriteNow said...

I think my reaction is: Hey, Bernita's name is up at the top! Woo Hoo!

I'll keep my eyes open for it--congratulations!

Suzanne Perazzini said...
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Suzanne Perazzini said...

Congratulations, Bernita. I love the red background - suits the stories. Mine comes out tomorrow.

December/Stacia said...

Congratulations, Bernita! And I agree...so what? :-)

Bernita said...

Sweet Beth!Thank you! That may be just because I was in the first volume, or - more likely - just because my name fitted the space.

I like the red too, Suzanne.Thank you and return congratulations.

Thank you, December. We often do agree, don't we?

laughingwolf said...

grts, and i echo you: so what?

Ric said...

Wow! Fun stuff happening.

I don't think gender plays any role whatsoever in getting published.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Laughingwolf.

Not any more, Ric.

BernardL said...

I look forward to reading Weirdly II. That is an interesting take on gender and writing.

Jaye Wells said...

Yay! Thank you, Bernita, for holding the contest that resulted in my spot.

What they term as cautious and seeking validation, I call commitment to craft and hard freakin' work. But potayto, potahto and all that.

freddie said...

Congratulations, Bernita.

Bernita said...

"Interesting" is the ideal word, Bernard.

Jaye, your great writing resulted in your spot.

Thank you, Freddie.
~beams~

writtenwyrdd said...

Teh qestiun iz doo they writ gud?

I hadn't heard anything about gender differences in publishing. In fact (and this is only based on my impression, mind) it seems like more women than men are getting published in the speculative fiction field these days.

Looking forward to Wierdly II! Is this coming out as an ebook to be followed by print, or print alongside of ebook release?

Bernita said...

E-book first, Written, as far as I know.

~grumbling - couldn't get on your blog again this morning~

James Goodman, Author said...

Oh, that is a good looking cover, Bernita. I can't wait to read your story. :D I think it is absoulutely fantastic that we are in the same antho together. :D

Bernita said...

And I'm anxious to read yours.I know I will enjoy it so much.
James, I think to have the four of us is so KOOL!

spyscribbler said...

Oh, awesome, Bernita! That's only a couple days away! Very cool.

Interesting about men and women. I'm more a man, I guess. Well, I have tons more self-doubts, but I tend to not do the whole critique circle thing, and just throw it out there.

Bernita said...

~beaming~

I'm way too timid in all respects, Natasha! Which is Not Good.

Gabriele C. said...

Congratulations.

Travis Erwin said...

Congrats, and you got top billing as well. Way to go.

raine said...

I'm afraid my reaction to the question is : so what?

(Snort!)

Congrats to all four of you, especially you, Bernita.
LOVED the first volume of Weirdly, and definitely looking forward to this one!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Gabriele.

Don't think the position on the cover means anything, Travis, but thank you. The top-billing goes to Ms. Adams.

Bless you, Raine! The stories sound intriguing, don't they?

Ello said...

How cool! I can't wait to read my copy!!!!

Bernita said...

Ello, I think you'll really like it.

Chumplet said...

Bernita!!! You go, girl. The cover looks great and I'm sure the innards are just as great.

Can I order the first antho in print through Chapters?

Bernita said...

Sandra, thank you!!
Don't know. Weirdly I is on Amazon.

Chumplet said...

Never mind. It's either Amazon or the Wild Child site. Congrats again!

Sarah Hina said...

Can't wait to grab a copy, Bernita! Congratulations!!

This blog circle is Weirdly overflowing with talent...

:)

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool. I like the connection to the first cover but this is a eye-catching color scheme.

Just back from a trip as I am, I haven't the mental capactiy to add much to the gender discussion.

Rick said...

A four-fer! Congratulations!

That gender thing sounds like one of those Venus/Mars pop folklore stories that can always be 'proved' with a little selective evidence. How would you even systematically test it?

Bernita said...

Thank you, Sarah.I'm lucky to be a tiny part of it.

My scanner doesn't do it justice, Charles. The colours show up better on Jaye's site, but, yeah, I like the red. Your first Talera book is my favourite cover because of it.

Right, Rick. Mind you, it was expressed only in terms of anecdotal evidence.
And thank you.

writtenwyrdd said...

I couldn't get on my blog again this morning either, Bernita! There was a post that was set to post in late july, and nothing else. I had to go into the blog edit mode and remove that post and then get a work ticket. They "improved" the blog and now it's all fouled up!

Bernita said...

~annoyedannoyedannoyed~
I like your blog. I like to visit every day.
~sulks~

Scott from Oregon said...

First off, Congrats! Yeah for you!



Here is an interesting observation. It seems like outlets for "supernatural" works is far greater than works of "realism" (which always seem to get branded as "literature"). Space stories, monster stories, ghost and ghoul stories seem to have a greater amount of pockets to consume stories than just plain old reality based fiction stories.

Not that that means any more than the male female "differences" but I have been struck by the observation often and I felt like throwing it out into the wind...

And again, super duper congrats on getting published again!

That must feel really good.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Scott.

You may be right. I think it's cyclical.

You know what feels really good? When my editor says she really likes it. And then when a reader tells me he/she really likes it.
The rest is just technical and in-between.

Steve Malley said...

Yay, Bernita! Congratulations, you rock!!

Jeff said...

It truly is exciting that the four of us are included in this anthology together!
I'm really looking forward to your story! :)

Bernita said...

Nice of you, Steve. Thank you.

And, Jeff, I'm looking forward to reading more about Ernie!

SzélsőFa said...

Congratulations! Woohoo!
Is any onf the pieces related to Midsummer night or is this a pure coincidence?

Whirlochre said...

Enjoy your deserved beaming.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Szelsofa.
I don't know if any stories do, but it's quite possible. However, if a story does, it is more likely to be a happy coincidence, house publishing schedules being what they are -- dependant on a number of more mundane factors.

Thank you, Whirl.
~beams~

Vesper said...

Congratulations, Bernita!
I like the cover - scary... :-)

Bernita said...

Vesper, thank you.
"Scary" fits the stories!

Robyn said...

I'm late, but congrats! Can't wait to read it!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Robyn.

Carla said...

Congratulations!

Bernita said...

Carla, thank you.

jason evans said...

Congratulations to the four of you, and all of the other featured writers!

Bernita said...

Much appreciated, Jason. Thank you.

ChrisEldin said...

Congratulations!!!
And I can't wait to get my hands on this one!!!
:-)

Bernita said...

Dear Chris!
Neither can I, actually.
Me want to read Jaye's and Jeff's and James's stories particularly.
Am drooling.

cindy said...

so awesome, bernita!! and i "hang out" with a bunch of teenaged girls in the YA forums who have written one novel or seven already, and aren't yet 18.

so so much for that theory. someone should tell them to slow down. haha!

Bernita said...

Cindy, I think the observayion/conclusion I mentioned depends an awful lot on just whom one hangs out with!

Demon Hunter said...

So what, indeed, Bernita! :*) Congratulations! Okay, I need this book too.

M.E Ellis said...

The whole book is exceptional. I know I'm possibly biased, but really, it's a very good set of tales.

:o)

Bernita said...

Demon Dear, yes, you do!
(No, really, I think you will enjoy it.)

With your editing, Michelle, it can't help but be.

Lana Gramlich said...

Nice to see the even gender split on the cover. The fine art world is still very much male-dominated, unfortunately.

Bernita said...

I highly approve of the gender split, Lana. ( I'm a Libra. I like balance.)Perhaps the genre is inclined to be more open-minded about/oblivious to gender.