Philcon 2019 Schedule

November 7, 2019

I’ll be at Philcon this weekend. Here’s my schedule:

Fri 7:00 PM in Plaza III (1 hour) GENRE PUBLICATIONS IN 2019
Fri 8:00 PM in Plaza II (1 hour) CREATING IDIOMS FOR FANTASY WORLDS
Sat 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour) ASK A SMALL PUBLISHER
Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza V (1 hour) JEWISH SCIENCE FICTION
Sun 10:00 AM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour) READINGS: ANNA KASHINA, ALEX SHVARTSMAN, STEPHANIE BURKE
Sun 11:00 AM in Crystal Ballroom Promenade (1 hour) AUTOGRAPHS: ANNA KASHINA, ALEX SHVARTSMAN
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Baltimore Book Festival 2019 Schedule

October 31, 2019

I’m at the Baltimore Book Festival this Friday and Saturday. Here’s the complete schedule and here’s where to find me:

Friday, 12pm: The Business and Craft of Self-Publishing
Friday, 8pm: Debut Book Party
Saturday, 1pm: Signing
Saturday, 4pm: Nobody Wins the Game of Thrones: Moving Beyond Monarchy in Fantasy

All events will take place at the SFWA Stage – USM Columbus Center.
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Eridani’s Crown published!

October 22, 2019

Eridani’s Crown is out today! Here’s where you can get it:


[Buy direct: Paperback | E-book | Hardcover]
[Amazon] [B&N] [Kobo] [Google] [iTunes]
[Audio Book – coming soon]
Paperback and hardcover versions are also available at Target, Walmart, and select independent bookstores.
If you’re kind enough to buy a copy please leave a review on the platform where you purchased it! Reviews on Amazon are especially important, and a review on Goodreads is always helpful as well.
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Galactic Philadelphia Reading

October 13, 2019

This coming Tuesday, October 15, I will be participating in the Galactic Philadelphia reading alongside Anna Kashina. We’re both Soviet-born fantasy authors with recently-launched or upcoming books, so fans of swordplay and sorcery should have a grand time at this event!

The event will begin at 7pm and each of us will read for approximately 20 minutes, followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Bring your own copies or buy some of ours! Should be a load of fun, and a nice way to get your hands on Eridani’s Crown prior to the launch at Capclave next weekend.

Details are posted here.

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Future SF in the News

October 2, 2019

In the last 24 hours, Future SF got a couple of nice mentions over at Locus and Tor.com.

Karen Burnham reviewed issue 3 in the current (#705) Locus magazine. “The impression I’ve formed of Future Science Fiction Digest over three issues so far,” she writes, “is of a magazine that is happy to combine sentiment with core science fictional tropes and plots.” I agree with this so much, I feel like adding this to our submissions guidelines!

She went on to select two of the translated stories as Recommended: “Americans on the Moon” by Oleg Divov and “Walking in the Cold and the Dark” by Lu Momo.

Meantime, Alex Brown selected “Through the Fog, a Distant Land Appears” by Wanxiang Fegnian among the must-read speculative fiction for September. This story will be unlocked to read for free on the web on October 16, or you can buy the entire issue ebook from all the major e-tailers and read now for $3.99

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UFO6 audio book is now available!

September 25, 2019

Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart of Escape Artists, UFO6 is finally available in audio! Check it out here:

https://www.audible.com/pd/Unidentified-Funny-Objects-6-Audiobook/B07Y2DD89L

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Eridani’s Crown Preorders are Up!

September 15, 2019

I’ll be mostly offline over the course of next week, traveling to Distant Places for Reasons which shall be revealed at the Appropriate Time. Rest assured these are good reasons and I’m doing very cool things. But. This also means I’ll be away and unable to promote my upcoming novel which, by the way, is now available for preorder in both print and ebook.

Unless you got an advance copy via Kickstarter or plan on attending Capclave where I will have a stack of books and hopefully host a launch party, then your mission should you choose to accept it is:

* Preorder your copy.

You don’t have to get it from B&N or Amazon (where preorders are live now) if you don’t want to. Your local bookstore can order a copy for you, since they’re available to them wholesale in the Ingram catalog. You can also request that your local library carry it, though if you’re going to do that please wait another 10 days or so until the hardback version is available for them. (Libraries much prefer hardcovers because they survive a lot longer in their system.)

Either way, preorders are a HUGE boon to the author as they can play a role in local stores bringing in extra copies for their shelves, B&N placing additional copies in their many physical stores, and Amazon sales rankings pushing the algorithms to promote the book to more readers. Your money spent on the preorder works a lot harder than merely earning the author a few bucks’ royalty.

* Tell others.

Getting the word out beyond one’s group of friends and loyal readers is really hard. A recommendation of a friend is far more likely to result in someone else buying the book than any form of advertising or marketing. If you enjoy my writing, please tell people who you think would like this book about its existence!

* Stay tuned!

I’m going to try my best to generate extra buzz about the release, which means giveaways and cool promotions. Don’t worry, you won’t miss your chance at any of those things if you order early!

Again, those crucial links are:

Amazon:

https://amzn.to/2LL1bnh

B&N

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eridanis-crown-alex-shvartsman/1133495149?ean=9780999269015