eSPEC BOOKS AUTHOR READING SERIES – 6/6/20


We’ve posted a wide variety of work on YouTube over the last week or so, steampunk, paranormal fantasy, science fiction. We hope you’ll find something you enjoy!

Please remember to Like and Subscribe and hit the little bell icon to receive notification of these videos as they go live.

And, as always, if you are an author looking to participate, you can contact us through the Series fan page on Facebook.

The eSpec Books Author Reading Series

Danielle Ackley-McPhail reading her short story “On the Wings of an Angel” originally from In An Iron Cage: The Magic of Steampunk, and rereleased in Flash in the Can: Speculative Microfiction by Danielle Ackley-McPhail.

Keith R.A. DeCandido reading an excerpt from his novel Supernatural: Bone Key

Robert E. Waters reading his short story “Giraffe Children” from If We Had Known, edited by Mike McPhail

The eSpec Guest Author Reading Series

Michael A. Ventrella reading an excerpt from his steampunk novel, Big Stick, from Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press.


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THE eSPEC BOOKS AUTHOR READING SERIES – 5/27/20


Good morning, my lovelies!

We’ve posted a few videos, so it is time for an update on our two reading series.  Below are links to the recent offerings. Now that the channel has been built up a bit we are spreading out the posts every three days, instead of every two days. We hope you enjoy them. If you are interested in the books, we have provided purchase link with each video. 

If you are an author and would like to participate in one of these series, please visit the eSpec Books Author Reading Series Facebook page for details.

The eSpec Books Author Reading Series

Featuring eSpec authors reading works published by eSpec Books.

Keith R.A. DeCandido reading an excerpt from his novel Mermaid Precinct.

Brenda Cooper reading Chapter One from her near-future dystopian novel POST. 

Gail Z. Martin reading her story “Ruin Creek” (co-written with Larry N. Martin) from The Weird Wild West, edited by Misty Massey, Emily Lavin Leverett, and Margaret S. McGraw.

The eSpec Books Guest Author Reading Series

Featuring eSpec and outside authors reading works published by other publishers.

CJ Henderson reading his short story “Seller’s Market” from But Seriously, Folks. (Posted with the permission of the Henderson estate.)


All purchase links in these posts are Amazon Associate links
and we do receive a token commission if you should purchase via these links.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – KEITH R.A. DeCANDIDO


eSpec Books interviews best-selling author Keith R.A. DeCandido, co-author of To Hell and Regroup, (co-written with David Sherman and currently funding on Kickstarter) as well as author of The Precinct Series and a wide array of media tie-in novels.

eS: Hi, Keith. Thank you for joining us today. To Hell and Regroup is very decidedly military science fiction. What challenges did you face helping to write it, being of a non-military background?

KRAD: Well, being of a non-military background, mostly. I’ve known enough to fake my way through fictional militaries in the past, in the worlds of places like Star Trek and Farscape and such, but to do a novel that’s almost 100% from the POV of military personnel was on a whole ‘nother level. But I enjoyed that challenge, as it forced me to really up my game. I’ve learned a lot, honestly.

eS: While you have extensive experience with media tie-in work, 18th Race has the added complications of being the third and final book in the series, as well as being co-written with the originator of that series. What was the experience like? How did it differ from your usual types of projects?

KRAD: It’s actually very much like writing a media tie-in, because it’s a world created by someone else, and my responsibility as an author is to write a story that fits in the mode of that universe. So it doesn’t really differ from my tie-in work—or my other work in shared universes like V-Wars and Scattered Earth—hardly at all. I’ve written in forty different universes that other people created, so plugging myself into someone else’s vision is pretty much second nature after 25 years of this…

eS: How much creative input did you have in shaping the storyline? Please tell us a bit about it.

KRAD: David plotted the storyline out and wrote many of the chapters. My main job was to finish the story, and also come up with some of the specific details of the climax beyond the general outline I got from David. All this was done, of course, in consultation with and collaboration with, not just David, but also editor Mike McPhail at eSpec. Both David and Mike are ex-military, unlike my civilian self, so both were very useful at backstopping my screwups.

eS: Though you are known for your media tie-in work, you have quite a few works of your own creation. Can you tell us about some of your other works?

KRAD: I’ve got several original universes I’m working in right now. The biggest is one I’m doing for eSpec, the “Precinct” series of fantasy police procedurals. These books are about two detectives in the Cliff’s End Castle Guard who maintain law and order in the city-state. It’s an epic fantasy setting, but the plots are straight-up mysteries, albeit with fantasy elements. It’s fun to mix the fantasy chocolate with mystery peanut butter. I’ve done five novels so far (the latest is Mermaid Precinct) and a short-story collection, with at least two more novels and another short-story collection due over the next several years.

In addition, I kicked off a new urban fantasy series in 2019, the Bram Gold Adventures, about a guy from the Bronx who hunts monsters for a living. Book 1, A Furnace Sealed, came out in early 2019 from WordFire Press, and I’m working away at Book 2, which doesn’t have a title yet.

I’ve got another fantastical police procedure series, the Super City Cops, which takes place in a modern city that is full of superheroes and super-villains. I’ve got four new novellas in that series coming out soon from Falstaff Books.

Finally, I’m doing a cycle of urban fantasy stories set in Key West, Florida about a woman named Cassie Zukav, who’s a bit of a weirdness magnet. The stories involve scuba diving, rock and roll music, Norse gods, folklore, and beer drinking. The first batch of stories were collected into a book in 2013 from Plus One Press called Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, and once I’ve got enough stories for a second collection, Plus One will release that, as well, which will be called Ragnarok and a Hard Place.

eS: What authors do you like to read for your own personal enjoyment? And why?

KRAD: I’m addicted by Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell books. I also love the novels of Carl Hiaasen and George Pelecanos, and also books about baseball.

eS: What advice would you give aspiring authors?

KRAD: Finish what you start. It’s much easier to revise and improve a finished story than it is a fragment. And yes, it’s hard—if it was easy, everyone would do it. This is work—treat it like work, and you’ll have more success.

eS: What upcoming projects would you like to tell us about?

KRAD: Well, the big ones next are Phoenix Precinct and the second Bram Gold book. Beyond that, nothing I can talk about in any detail quite yet…

eS: What do you do for fun?

KRAD: Cook. Watch baseball. Take karate classes at the dojo. Go to museums and zoos and botanical gardens (of which we have many of all three here in New York). Travel.


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Keith R.A. DeCandido is a writer and editor of more than three decades’ standing (though he usually does them sitting down). He is the author of more than 50 novels, more than 100 short stories, around 75 comic books, and more nonfiction than he is really willing to count. Included in those credits is fiction in the worlds of Star Trek, Alien, Farscape, Doctor Who, Andromeda, BattleTech, and many other science fiction milieus, as well as in universes of his own creation (such as the “Precinct” series of fantasy police procedurals, also published by the fine folks at eSpec). As an editor, he has worked with dozens of authors, among them Mike W. Barr, Alfred Bester, Margaret Wander Bonanno, Adam-Troy Castro, Peter David, Diane Duane, Harlan Ellison, Tony Isabella, Stan Lee, Tanith Lee, David Mack, David Michelinie, Andre Norton, Robert Silverberg, Dean Wesley Smith, S.P. Somtow, Harry Turtledove, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Roger Zelazny. Having edited David Sherman’s first two 18th Race books, Issue in Doubt and In All Directions, he is honored to assist him in finishing the trilogy by coauthoring To Hell and Regroup with him. Keith is also a martial artist (he got his third-degree black belt in karate in 2017), a musician (currently with the parody band Boogie Knights), and a baseball fan (having avidly followed the New York Yankees since 1976). Find out less about Keith as his cheerfully retro web site at DeCandido.net.

THE eSPEC BOOKS AUTHOR READING SERIES – 4/20/20


We are getting up to speed on the author reading series. Here are three more postings, with quite a few more to come. 

Danielle Ackley-McPhail reading an excerpt from Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale, co-written with Day Al-Mohamed.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail reading The Heart of the Sun, from her collection Flash In the Can.

Keith R.A. DeCandido reading from To Hell and Regroup, the final volume in David Sherman’s 18th Race trilogy, co-written with David Sherman.

In Other News…

In conjunction with this series (which is specific to authors published by eSpec reading from books published by eSpec), we are also going to host a guest author reading series for anything that doesn’t fall into the first series. More on that later.

KICKSTARTER – TWO-FOR-ONE SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS


It’s that time of year again…eSpec Books LLC is funding two new science fiction novels:

To Hell and Regroup by David Sherman, co-written by Keith R.A. DeCandido
This is the final engagement in Sherman’s 18th Race trilogy about the battle for the colony planet Troy when raptor-like aliens attack.

Arachne’s Crime by Christopher L. Bennett
The first book in a completed duology, Arachne’s Crime follows a colony ship into deep space. The crew is abruptly awakened from cold sleep when the ship’s AI has an unfortunate encounter with what it believes to be inanimate flotsam in space. Only the ship was wrong…


In just our first day of the campaign, both books are already fully funded and the first stretch goal has been unlocked. With the majority of the campaign ahead of us we have the potential to unlock two additional books for publication, along with a number of other stretch goal rewards of bonus fiction. 

Could you help us spread the word? Thank you! Two-For-One Science Fiction Novels.

Campaign image art credit: 67698892 – SCIFI UFO © mik38, http://www.fotolia.com

STATE OF THE ‘SPEC – APOCALYPSE EDITION


Well, folks, like everyone else we are hunkered down and riding out the tidal wave caused by this sh*t storm.

We are working steadily on the books we would have launched at Balticon, normally our biggest convention of the year. It is so surreal…this is the first time in seventeen years we will not be at Balticon, which we consider our home show. It will be the first time in fifteen years we haven’t had our annual launch party there. I can honestly say that one event has become the focal point of my year, prepping the books, making the food. And sadly, this isn’t the only event lost this year. If I had the time, I would be feeling adrift right now. 

Of course, I don’t, as I work in healthcare. But we aren’t going to go there.

I wanted you all to know that life goes on despite the chaos and the uncertainty. Here are some things we’ve already accomplished this year:

We have re-released books 2 and 3 in James Chambers’s Corpse Fauna Series: Tears of Blood and The Dead in Their Masses. The fourth and final book in the series, Eyes of the Dead, is due out in October of this year. Here is a guest post he wrote for Speculative Chic.


We have re-released Megan Mackie’s books Saint Code: The Lost and The Finder of the Lucky Devil. We have one more book to re-release, The Saint of Liars, then we are free to focus on her two new titles, The Devil’s Day and Saint Code: Constable. All of these books take place in an alternate, futuristic Chicago we’ve coined cyber-magical Chicago. If you aren’t familiar with Megan, here is a guest post she wrote for Speculative Chic.)

 


We released Michelle D. Sonnier’s novella, Death’s Embrace, which is a prequel to her debut novel, The Clockwork Witch. (Don’t worry, Michelle is nearly done with the sequel, An Unceasing Hunger.)


Our next re-release is Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale, written by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed. This is a steampunk retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Here is a guest post that Danielle wrote for Speculative Chic.

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What We Are Working On Now

Despite how everything has gone topsy-turvy, we are still hard at work on some pretty amazing books. 

First and foremost, we have a nearly complete manuscript for David Sherman’s military science fiction novel To Hell and Regroup, the long-awaited conclusion to his 18th Race trilogy, which also includes Issue In Doubt and In All Directions. Due to health concerns, the final volume is being co-written with Keith R.A. DeCandido.

In conjunction with the above release, we are also working on a new novel by Christopher L. Bennett, Arachne’s Crime, the first book in a brand-new duology, to be followed by Arachne’s Exile.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail is hard at work on Build-A-Book Workshop, a new volume in the Literary Handyman series. This book focuses on the elements that go into professional book design, not how to use book-design software or artistically design a book. She is also working on her first science fiction novel: Daire’s Devils.

And finally, editors Danielle Ackley-McPhail and John L. French are currently working on the upcoming anthology Horns and Halos, tales of devils and angels.

Please stay tuned for more information, and possibly check out some of the above links for great fiction from our authors. Given the need for social distancing and sheltering at home, we have put all of our ebooks on sale for only $0.99 for both eSpec Books titles and Paper Phoenix Press titles.

Not sure if our books are for you? You can still help us out! All of these links are Amazon Associate links, so we receive a portion of your sale no matter what you buy, with absolutely no additional cost to you.

Not a fan of Amazon? We have a link for that! You can order copies of all of our books via our eSpec Books Square Store and we will ship direct as long as the post office is active.

MONTHS IN REVIEWS


I haven’t done one of these in a while. Life gets in the way and you never know when some kind soul will post a review. Delighted with those that have appeared recently.


 

Editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has put together a sweet collection [ . . . ] with, in my opinion, one of the most striking SF covers I’ve seen in many a year [ . . . ] There’s something here to delight any SF reader.

Don Sakers, The Reference Library, Analog


Final-Crone

A rather personal kind of story, a mix between urban fantasy and coming-of-age-again story.

Hélène Louise, GoodReads

A good paranormal with an interesting cast of characters and an entertaining plot. I liked the style of writing and the world building. Recommended.

Annarella, GoodReads


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If you like zombies, this is a novel to read. [ . . . ] It’s an interesting novel that is well written.

Susan, GoodReads


CONVENTION UPDATE – PHILCON


This weekend is Philcon, for the first time in forever, our last convention of the year. We will again be having a launch party in the Con Suite so mark that in your calendars. We’ve been cooking since last month 🙂 Available schedules are below.

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Some of our raffle prizes for the eSpec Books Launch Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Fri 8:00 PM in Plaza III – WILL MY PUBLISHER EXPECT ME TO GO ON TOUR?
We talk a lot about ways to sell your novel, but what happens after your novel sells? A discussion of debut author questions, issues, opportunities, and challenges

Sat 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two – ASK A SMALL PUBLISHER

What do you want to know about getting into the world of publishing? Here’s a chance to ask the pros what they suggest

Sat 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Executive Suite 823 – ESPEC BOOKS LAUNCH PARTY
eSpec Books invites you to join us in the Con Suite to celebrate their 2019 releases. There will be food, fun, authors, and prizes

Sat 10:00 PM in Plaza II – MEET THE EDITORS!

Magazine and small press editors discuss what goes into creating their publications, from the economics of staying viable in the electronic age to getting appropriate submissions

Sun 1:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two – BOOK LAYOUT AND DESIGN FOR BEGINNERS

Whether you’re working in the literary profession, creating a family history book, or putting together your own cookbook, you’ll have a much better result by learning the basics

Sun 2:00 PM in Executive Suite 623 – READINGS: KATRINA FOREST, ROBERT E. WATERS, DANIELLE ACKLEY-MCPHAIL

Katrina S. Forest (mod), Robert E. Waters, Danielle Ackley-McPhail

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Sat 11:00 AM in Plaza III – HOW TO NOT SELL YOUR BOOK

Common (and not-so-common) mistakes to avoid while approaching publishers

Sat 2:00 PM in Plaza IV – ART AND ILLUSTRATION FOR PROFIT

Book covers? Magazine illustrations? Art shows? Commissions? Prints and posters? How does an artist make money in a genre art field

Sat 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Executive Suite 823 – ESPEC BOOKS LAUNCH PARTY

eSpec Books invites you to join us in the Con Suite to celebrate their 2019 releases. There will be food, fun, authors, and prizes

Sat 10:00 PM in Plaza II – MEET THE EDITORS!

Magazine and small press editors discuss what goes into creating their publications, from the economics of staying viable in the electronic age to getting appropriate submissions

Robert E. Waters

Sat 10:00 AM in Crystal Ballroom Three—My Favorite Books

Authors talk about their own literary influences and the works that inspired them to become writers.

Sat 11:00 AM in Executive Suite 923—Writing Branching Narratives for Game Play (3609)

What different considerations do you have to make when creating a story that needs to have multiple middles and possible endings?

Sun 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two—How Far Can You Suspend Someone’s Disbelief? 

How much can you ask a reader to take on faith before they can’t take your story seriously anymore? Are there ways to get readers willing to accept more challenging changes and assumptions? What authors have succeeded at pushing the boundaries without pushing their readers out of the story?

Sun 2:00 PM in Executive Suite 623—Readings: Katrina Forest, Robert E. Waters, Danielle Ackley-McPhail 

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Schedule available on his blog.

 

Not going to Philcon? Megan Mackie will be at Grand Rapids ComiCon the same weekend!

 

OCTOBER EVENTS


small_dodo_transparentThe next round of conventions is about to hit. Myself, Mike McPhail, and Christine Norris will be at the Collingswood Book Festival in Collingswood, NJ this Saturday. But our next convention is Capclave in Rockville, MD on October 18-20. An intimate comfortable show where the focus is reading, literature, and the business of publishing.

eSpec, of course, will have a presence in the dealer’s room, as well as on programming.


Our attending authors are:

You can access their schedules by clicking on the above links and then clicking on the link next to their bio on the Capclave site. Please be sure to come by and say hi if you are there. It is the perfect time to get your books signed or to ask us your questions. There is a Meet the Pros event scheduled, and, as the convention is rather informal, most of us tend to hang out and chat in the public spaces in between responsibilities.

For those not attending Capclave, Misty Massey will be at  The Palmetto Pirate Festival in Moncks Corner, SC on October 12 and at MultiverseCon in Atlanta, Georgia October 18-20, along with John Hartness!

If you are at any of those shows, please come be social!

Best,

Danielle

CONVENTION SCHEDULE – SHORE LEAVE 41


All the cool kids are doing it…so…

Here’s our schedule for Shore Leave, as well as links to other eSpec authors who will be there! As always, if we aren’t in a panel, look for us in the dealer’s room! The dealer’s room is closed? Check in the bar!

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Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Friday –

10pm – Hunt Valley Hallway – Meet the Pros

Saturday –

10am – Derby – The Worth of Workshops and Writing Classes
Panelists who have attended writing workshops and/or classes discuss what they got out of the experience, what they wish they would have known going in, and the impact it had on their writing practice and/or career.

Panelists: Kelli Fitzpatrick, Jim Johnson, Derek Attico, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Lorraine Anderson

5pm – Derby – Wearing Too Many Hats
Publishing, editing, promoting and writing—what happens when your different roles collide? How do you find time for the varying responsibilities needed to independently publish in today’s crowded market? How do you produce content and get the word out, without dropping the ball somewhere else?

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jim Johnson, Amy Imhoff, Kim Headlee,
Heather E. Hutsell

6pm – Derby – Meeting eSpec Books
The publishers, editors, and authors of eSpec Books discuss their new and upcoming releases, including novels by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Christopher Bennett, and Bud Sparhawk and new volumes in their ever-popular Defending the Future and Beyond the Cradle anthology series.

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Mike McPhail, Keith R.A. DeCandido,
Christopher L. Bennett, Robert Greenberger, Dayton Ward

Sunday –

Noon – Chase – Coming Out of the Desert
Being creative can be difficult when the stresses of life get in the way. How to cope when your muse goes missing and there are still deadlines to be met.

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Dayton Ward, Richard White, Lorraine
Anderson, Michael Jan Friedman

1pm – Chase – Building an Anthology
From author-wrangling to story order, cover design to well-balanced
plot lines, how to ensure an anthology or collection comes together
in its best final form.

Panelists: Mike McPhail, Joshua Palmatier, Phil Giunta, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Michael Jan Friedman

Mike McPhail

Friday –

5pm – Chase – Writing for Themed Anthologies
Many short story markets are themed anthologies, rather than simply SF&F magazines. Panelists discuss how to write a story that fits
the theme and stays within a set word count!

Panelists: Joshua Palmatier, Hildy Silverman, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Mike
McPhail, Susan Olesen

6pm – Belmont – Effective Cover Design
Whether you are creating your own cover or working with the publisher’s art department, how to come up with an effective concept
everyone can be happy with. What works, what doesn’t, and how
much does it matter in the end?

Panelists: Mike McPhail, Aaron Rosenberg, Greg Cox, Joshua Palmatier

10pm – Hunt Valley Hallway – Meet the Pros

Saturday –

1pm – Chase – How Does Fear of Criticism Affect Your Writing?
Authors’ works rarely escape criticism. As a writer, how do you
cope with others “calling your baby ugly”? Can you separate
negative critiques from personal criticism? Do you ever respond?
And have you ever not written a story because you knew it would
provoke a response?

Panelists: Hildy Silverman, Heather E. Hutsell, Mike McPhail, Phil Giunta,
Susan Olesen

6pm – Derby – Meeting eSpec Books
The publishers, editors, and authors of eSpec Books discuss their new and upcoming releases, including novels by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Christopher Bennett, and Bud Sparhawk and new volumes in their ever-popular Defending the Future and Beyond the Cradle anthology series.

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Mike McPhail, Keith R.A. DeCandido,
Christopher L. Bennett, Robert Greenberger, Dayton Ward

Sunday –

1pm – Chase – Building an Anthology
From author-wrangling to story order, cover design to well-balanced
plot lines, how to ensure an anthology or collection comes together
in its best final form.

Panelists: Mike McPhail, Joshua Palmatier, Phil Giunta, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Michael Jan Friedman

And Others…

Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Schedule

Dayton Ward’s Schedule

COVER REVEAL – FOOTPRINTS IN THE STARS


eSpec is proud to announce that this title has gone to press. Isn’t this a gorgeous cover by Mike McPhail of McP Digital Graphics? We certainly think so!

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To follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before, first we must find them.

Dreaded hope settles over mankind as we stare into the heavens, looking for a sign we are not alone. Fearing we will find it, puzzled when we don’t.

Among the stars or in our own backyard, lose yourself in the wonder of these tales as we humbly posit mankind’s reaction to the awesome certainty that ‘they’ are out there…or at least, they were…

Footprints in the Stars

With stories by Gordon Linzner, Ian Randal Strock, Robert Greenberger, Dayton Ward, Aaron Rosenberg, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jody Lynn Nye, Christopher L. Bennett, James Chambers, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Russ Colchamiro, Judi Fleming, and Bryan J.L. Glass

The following authors will be at Shore Leave, where the book will be debuted: Robert Greenberger, Dayton Ward, Aaron Rosenberg, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Christopher L. Bennett, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Russ Colchamiro, and series editor and cover designer, Mike McPhail.

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!

CONVENTION SCHEDULE – FARPOINT


For those heading to Farpoint this upcoming weekend, or just in the area and feel like saying Hi!, below is our schedule. As always, when we aren’t on panels during the day, we are in the dealers room. And, at some point, I’m sure you can find me in the bar! Just hanging out, of course 🙂

Ackley-McPhail, Danielle

Farpoint Book Fair – Fri 10:00 PM – Hunt Valley Hallway

Reading (McPhail; Mack; Ransom) – Sat 1:00 PM – Salon E

Using Social Media Effectively – Sun 10:00 AM – Salon D

Writing Genre Mash-Ups – Sun NOON – Salon C

McPhail, Mike

Farpoint Book Fair – Fri 10:00 PM – Hunt Valley Hallway

Come As You Are – Sat 3:00 PM – Salon F

Military Fact V. Fiction – Sat 5:00 PM – Salon C

 

If we are lucky, we will be featuring two new books next weekend, Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Mermaid Precinct, and the re-release of James Chambers’ Three Chords of Chaos. Both books release later this year, so these are pre-publication copies.  James won’t be at the convention, but Keith will.

FROM THE PUBLISHER – MERMAID PRECINCT


eSpec Books is proud to announce that Mermaid Precinct, the latest in Keith R.A. DeCandido’s fantasy police procedural series, has gone to press. This is our first book for 2019 and it is an auspicious beginning to the new year. The official release is June 2019, but we hope to have pre-publication copies in time for Farpoint Convention, February 8-10, 2019, where both the author and the publishers will be in attendance. The official launch party for the book will be held at Balticon just prior to the official release date.

About the Book

HaftScale-Proof-Mermaid“A fascinating excursion in genre-bending; worth a try even for readers who usually take either their procedurals or their fantasies unadulterated.” —Booklist

Humans and elves, dwarves and gnomes, wizards and warriors all live and do business in the thriving, overcrowded port city of Cliff’s End, to say nothing of the tourists and travelers who arrive by land and sea, passing through the metropolis on matters of business or pleasure—or on quests. The hard-working, under-appreciated officers of the Cliff’s End Castle Guard work day and night to maintain law and order as best they can.

As Cliff’s End struggles to deal with a massive influx of refugees following a devastating fire in the neighboring city-state of Barlin, the docklands are rocked by a stunning tragedy: the legendary Pirate Queen has been murdered! Long the scourge of the Garamin Sea, the Pirate Queen’s death has ripple effects beyond Cliff’s End. Even as Lieutenants Danthres Tresyllione and Torin ban Wyvald investigate her murder, they find themselves embroiled in conspiracies, politics, and the arcane law of the sea—and of the land!

An all-new adventure of the Cliff’s End Castle Guard!

(cover by Mike McPhail – McP Digital Graphics)


Other Books in the Series – Click below to see Amazon Listing.

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER -HAPPY NEW YEAR

Shattered Dreams: The Shardies War

Happy New Year, everyone.

We were pretty active last year. We released thirteen new titles, a record for us as we try to manage our list a little more closely to avoid growing too fast. The primary reason for our list’s sudden growing spurt was the re-release of Keith R.A. DeCandido’s backlist, which included five books in his Precinct fantasy police procedural series, and Without a License, a collection of his original (non-media-tie-in) short fiction.) Other highlights are The Clockwork Witch, a breakout novel by newcomer Michelle D. Sonnier, Among the Wild Cybers, a collection of original (non-media-tie-in) short fiction by Christopher L. Bennett, and Stories of Fremont’s Children, a short story collection based on the Fremont’s Children novel series by Brenda Cooper.

We also re-released, under our Paper Phoenix Press imprint, my writer’s guide The Literary Handyman, and a new release, The Ginger KICK! Cookbook.


It appears 2019 will be even more exciting…and busy! We wanted to share with you some of what we have planned.

Pending Novels

Shattered Dreams: The Shardies War

 

 

Shattered Dreams: The Shardies War – an epic science fiction novel by Bud Sparhawk

 

 

 

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Mermaid Precinct – the next in Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Precinct fantasy police procedural series

To Hell and Regroup – the final entry in David Sherman’s 18th Race military science fiction series


Pending Novellas

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The Dead Bear Witness, Tears of Blood, and The Dead in Their Masses – dark fantasy/zombie fiction by Bram-Stoker Award winner James Chambers

 

 

 


Pending Collections

Devil Dancers – a military science fiction collection by Robert E. Waters containing both reprints and new content set in his Devil Dancers universe.

Pending Anthologies

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Footprints in the Stars – edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail – Stories of the discovery of evidence of ancient aliens and how humanity reacts to those discoveries. The next in the Beyond the Cradle science fiction anthology series.

 

 

 

In Harm’s Way – edited by Mike McPhail – Military science fiction stories of rescue and recovery during combat. Eighth in the award-winning Defending the Future military science fiction anthology series

On the Final Frontier – edited by Mike McPhail – Stories of the exploration of deep space. The third in the Beyond the Cradle science fiction anthology series.

Novels Under Consideration

How the Night Ends – a dark fantasy novel by Michelle D. Sonnier (unrelated to The Clockwork Witch)

Anrachne’s Crime and Anrachne’s Exile – epic science fiction novels by Christopher L. Bennett