FROM THE PUBLISHER – STATE OF THE ‘SPEC 2019


Hard to believe we have been at this for five years, come October. That is a lot of blood, sweat, and cuss words…let me tell you! We have learned a lot and we have grown. We are making a name for ourselves and doing what we love. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like we are making too much progress, but then we look back and think “Damn!”

I did that today. My entire day has been nothing but entering and calculating data to see exactly what it is we’ve accomplished, by the numbers. So! Here it goes…

  1. We’ve published nine titles in electronic format only.
  2. We’ve published 39 titles in both print and electronic format.
  3. We have eight titles currently under review or in production.
  4. We have originated three imprints: eSpec Books, Paper Phoenix Press, and AGM Publications.
  5. We have three staff members: Danielle McPhail (publisher), Mike McPhail (art director/graphic designer), Greg Schauer (editor).
  6. Eight times out of eight times, we have paid out royalties either early or on time.
  7. We have zero company debt.
  8. We have a positive balance in each of our company accounts.

Those last three fill us with the greatest sense of accomplishment.


All-Time Top Bestsellers

  1. The Clockwork Witch by Michelle D. Sonnier
  2. The Sister Paradox by Jack Campbell
  3. The Weird Wild West
      edited by Misty Massey, Emily Lavin Leverett, and Margaret S. McGraw
  4. Issue in Doubt by David Sherman
  5. In All Directions by David Sherman
  6. Gaslight and Grimm edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Diana Bastine
  7. Dragon Precinct by Keith R.A. DeCandido
  8. The Best of Defending the Future edited by Mike McPhail
  9. Goblin Precinct by Keith R.A. DeCandido
  10. Unicorn Precinct by Keith R.A. DeCandido

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All-Time Highest Grossing

  1. The Sister Paradox by Jack Campbell
  2. The Clockwork Witch by Michelle D. Sonnier
  3. The Weird Wild West 
        edited by Misty Massey, Emily Lavin Leverett, and Margaret S. McGraw
  4. Issue in Doubt by David Sherman
  5. In All Directions by David Sherman
  6. Gaslight and Grimm edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Diana Bastine
  7. Dragon Precinct by Keith R.A. DeCandido
  8. The Best of Defending the Future edited by Mike McPhail
  9. If We Had Known edited by Mike McPhail
  10. Best of Bad-Ass Faeries edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Highlights of the last five years:

  • One title made it to the Bram Stoker Recommended Reading List.
  • Four titles were finalists for awards.
  • Two of those titles won those awards.
  • We have funded twelve successful crowdfunding campaigns (including one that is running right now – Defending the Future: In Harm’s Way.)
  • We have had the honor of publishing Faith Hunter, Jack Campbell, Brenda Cooper, David Sherman, Jody Lynn Nye, Jonathan Maberry, Bud Sparhawk, James Chambers, Jack McDevitt, Robert Greenberger, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Jeff Young, Michelle D. Sonnier, Bernie Mojzes, Aaron Rosenberg, Peter David, John C. Wright, Eric V. Hardenbrook, Christopher M. Hiles, Patrick Thomas, CJ Henderson, Judi Fleming, John L. French, Christopher L. Bennett, Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, Misty Massey, Mike McPhail, John G. Hartness, RS Belcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Misty Massey, James R. Tuck, Robert E. Waters, David Sherman, Tonia Brown, Liz Colter, Scott Hungerford, Frances Rowat, Ken Schrader, Bryan C.P. Steele, Wendy N. Wagner, Christine Norris, Danny Birt, Jean Marie Ward, Elaine Corvidae, David Lee Summers, Kelly A. Harmon, Jonah Knight, Diana Bastine, Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano, Adam P. Knave, Jesse Harris, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, John Passarella, Jeffrey Lyman,  L. Jagi Lamplighter,  James Daniel Ross, DL Thurston, Lee C. Hillman, NR Brown, John A. Pitts, Jennifer Brozek, Ronald T. Garner, Nancy Jane Moore, Maria V. Snyder, Lawrence M. Schoen, Andy Remic, Charles E. Gannon, John G. Hemry, Ian Randal Strock, Peter Prellwitz, Drew Bittner, Ty Johnson, Torah Contrill, Walt Ciechanowski, Hal Greenberg and Kenneth Shannon III, Erik Scott de Bie, Ed Greenwood, Christopher J. Burke, Jim Knipp, Herika R Raymer, Anton Kukal, Marie Vibbert, CB Droege, David Bartell,  Rie Sheridan Rose, Jean Buie, David M. Hoenig, Jamie Gilman Kress, Jean Rabe, David Boop, Leona Wisoker Robert M. Price, Leona Wisoker, Edward J. McFadden III, Tony Ruggiero, Janine K. Spendlove, Bryan J.L. Glass, James M. Ward, Kathleen David, and Vonnie Winslow Crist
  • We have projects in the works by Robert E. Waters, Christopher L. Bennett, Michelle D. Sonnier, James Chambers, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail.
  • We have anthologies in the works with stories by Gordon Linzner, Lisanne Norman, Dayton Ward, and  Russ Colchamiro.

If you’ve made it all the way to the end here, thank you. It’s a lot of content but we are covering five years 😉 We’ll be making periodic posts throughout the year up to the anniversary. Thanks for joining us on this adventure!

KICKSTARTER UPDATE – WE FUNDED PRIZE PACK ANNOUNCED


Hi, everyone.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend and are rested up for the start of a new week.

Our Kickstarter campaign for new novels by Jack Campbell and Brenda Cooper is doing well at 66% with three weeks to go. We have 90 backers currently. Just 10 more unlocks the first Bonus Backer reward, an ebook copy of David Sherman’s 18th Race novel, Issue In Doubt.

Also, we have finalized our We Funded Prize pack. Here are the details.

WE FUNDED PRIZE PACK – All backers at the $20 or higher level will have a chance to win:  

  • Children of Men (Blu-ray)  
  • City of Ember (DVD)  
  • Dungeons and Dragons complete animated series (DVD)  
  • The Neverending Story 1 & 2 (DVD)  
  • Keep Portland Weird T-Shirt (actual design dependent on availability at the time the campaign completes, but I’m hoping for the one pictured here because I want one too.)  
  • J2 by Phoebe Wray (print)  
  • So It Begins, edited by Mike McPhail, with stories by David Sherman, Charles E. Gannon, John C. Wright, James Daniel Ross, Jonathan Maberry, James Chambers, Patrick Thomas, Andy Remic, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeffrey Lyman, Jack Campbell, Mike McPhail, Bud Sparhawk, Tony Ruggiero, and CJ Henderson (print)  
  • River: An Anthology, edited by Alma Alexander, with stories by Mary Victoria, Tiffany Trent, Irene Radford, Jay Lake, Deb Taber, Jacey Bedford, Keffy R.M. Kehrli, Joshua Palmatier, Brenda Cooper, Seanan McGuire, Ada Milenkovic Brown, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, and Nisi Shawl. (print)  
  • An honest-to-goodness, one-of-a-kind Dragon for your very own

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(Actual picture not yet available…dragons being elusive and all.)

We will also, as with campaigns past, have a pre-funding bonus reward level once we hit the $3000 benchmark. Details are not yet available, but I will update you as soon as they are.

If you know someone who might find this campaign of interest, please let them know. The sooner we hit this goals the sooner everyone gets bonuses, not to mention two fantastic books. We have faith we will get there, so much so that both books have already begun the editing process and POST is ready to go to production, so this won’t quite be instant gratification, but it will be darn close.

The url is http://tiny.cc/Novels2016.

Thank you,

Danielle

eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEWS


We have two lovely reviews to share with you this week. Please click the link for the full reviews.

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On The Weird Wild West

“This anthology offers twelve short stories with full on spectacular weird west. […] I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in trying the genre. It’s the perfect anthology to get your feet wet with.” 3 Stars, Hope Sloper, Amazon

Hope’s favorites in the collection were the stories by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, R. S. Belcher, Jonathan Maberry, Robert E. Waters, John G. Hartness, and Faith Hunter.

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On The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson

“CJ Henderson was a writer’s writer. He could fluidly move between genres. […] in ever story his talent shows even more.” 4 Stars, Renfield1969, Amazon

eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEWS


More love for the Weird Wild West this week. Congrats to Jonathan Maberry and James R. Tuck for their spotlight in Darrell Grizzle’s Amazon review. Click the links to read the full reviews.

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“This Anthology introduced me to some new authors I have since hunted down to read their full-length work, plus reminded me of a lot of favorites. […]A combination of western, fantasy, and steampunk, the Weird Wild West anthology presents the frontier world that may have been.” 4 Stars, Erin Penn, Amazon

“A few of the stories in this anthology of Weird Westerns are clunkers, but overall most of them are very good. […] Highly recommended.” 4 Stars, Darrell Grizzle, Amazon

 

 

NEW RELEASE – THE WEIRD WILD WEST


by Rachel Fernandez

STRATFORD, NJ (December 2015) ― eSpec Books and editors Misty Massey, Emily Lavin Leverett, and Margaret S. McGraw are proud to announce their newest release, The Weird Wild West, a triumphant collection of riveting tales that will instantly transport you to the western battleground of frontier land. This title is available on NetGalley for review through January 31.

The ebook is now available on Amazon and the print book will be available by the end of December.

TW3-COVER-REVAMPThis speculative collection includes a multitude of thrilling stories by both best-selling and award-winning authors such as Jonathan Maberry, Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, John G. Hartness, R.S. Belcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Misty Massey, James R. Tuck, Robert E. Waters, David Sherman, Tonia Brown, Liz Colter, Scott C. Hungerfold, Frances Rowat, Ken Schrader, Bryan C.P. Steele, Wendy N. Wagner, and a bonus story by New York Times bestselling-author, Faith Hunter.

Artist Jason Whitley returns with nine stunning illustrations.

“[In The Weird Wild West] eSpec Books has pulled together a fine collection of tales with just enough weirdness, fandom is bound to enjoy every page.” Ricky L. Brown, Amazing Stories.com

The west is a place where gallant trailblazers either ride off into the sunset or crumble beneath the hardships they face. In the fine tradition of media frontiersmen such as Bret Maverick, Cat Ballou, Kwai Chang Caine, and James West the characters in The Weird Wild West take on the unknown and encounter unconventional challenges that test their strength and character.

eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEWS


This has been a light week, but we hope you enjoy this week’s review of The Weird Wild West in eager anticipation. Click the link for the full review.

TW3-COVER-REVAMP“I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in trying the genre. It’s the perfect anthology to get your feet wet with.” – 3 Stars – Word Gurgle.com

Reviewer’s favorite stories: Ruin Creek by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, Rattler by R. S. Belcher, Son of the Devil by Jonathan Maberry, Mungo Snead’s Last Stand by Robert E. Waters, Redemption Song by John G. Hartness, and Eighteen Sixty by Faith Hunter.

eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEWS


As we get ready to run off to our final convention of the year (DerpyCon) this has been a week of running around scrambling to get things done. In the midst of all of that reviews of our newest releases have started popping up.

We’d like to share with you some of our favorite blurbs. Click on the provided links to read the full reviews.

Congrats to all our authors for jobs clearly well-done!

TW3-COVER-REVAMP“[In The Weird Wild West] eSpec Books has pulled together a fine collection of tales with just enough weirdness, fandom is bound to enjoy every page.” Ricky L. Brown, Amazing Stories

“[The Weird Wild West] is a show of skill by the authors who wrote short stories with skill and flair.” Ailyn, Good Reads

“[The Weird Wild West] takes the grit and glory that epitomizes the old west and gives it many delightful speculative spins.” Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Good Reads

 

Good-Evil“[The Side of Good / The Side of Evil] is a very highly entertaining book and a very enjoyable read.” Sam Tomaino, SFRevu

“In The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, villains get their time in the sun and are also painted with more depth and humanity than usual.” Meredith, Good Reads

“[The Side of Good / The Side of Evil] is definitely a keeper, and worth making into a doujinshi/ comic.” Ailyn, Good Reads

Our thanks go out to all the reviewers not only for liking our books, but for taking the time to tell the world.