I posted yesterday about royalty-only anthologies and the issues I have with them. Interestingly, today I checked my P O Box and had a parcel. Inside were two books.
These are copies of two of the books from emerging publishing powerhouse Jodi Cleghorn. One is the charity anthology Nothing But Flowers, which is a speculative fiction anthology raising funds for the Grantham Flood Support Fund. The other is the debut collection from new voice in dark fiction, Emma Newman, called From Dark Places. Jodi asked me to read and blurb this collection, which I was more than happy to do. Newman writes excellent short fiction and I’m pleased to have my endorsement on the back cover.
After my ranting yesterday about publishers doing it wrong, Jodi is an example of someone doing it right. She asked me to help with the book, I was happy to do so and she sent me a copy for my trouble. That’s looking after people and creating an environment where creatives will be quite prepared to help out again and promote the good stuff. Which is exactly what I’m doing here. Jodi’s also a writer, so she gets it. The work she publishes is well worth your time and money.
Get your ebook or print copy of From Dark Places here. This really is a quality collection of dark short stories. I reviewed it here on its initial release, if you’re interested to learn more.
Way to go, Jodi. Keep up the good work.