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Kat Richardson
14 November 2016 @ 12:41 pm
Over at the Barnes and Noble SFF Blog, my books got to hang out with some excellent company for binge-readers who like to gobble the whole series without waiting for the next book.
Kat Richardson
09 November 2016 @ 10:40 am
This Sunday, I'll be on a panel of fun SF/F authors: Randy Henderson, Laura Anne Gilman, Brian Dorsey, and me. We'll talking about our books and signing them, at the Barnes and Noble in Kitsap Mall. Come and see us!
Kat Richardson
01 November 2016 @ 03:05 pm
I don't know where the other two anthologies stand, but over here at The Death of All Things, we've read over 100 submissions and although we've seen some good ones, the deadline to submit is almost two months away: December 31, 2016.

Please read the guidelines carefully and make sure you hit the marks on the theme and format--it doesn't matter how great your story is if it doesn't fit the theme or if it's too hard to read due to format, spelling, word-swap, or grammar errors. Send your best work--we still want it!
Kat Richardson
18 October 2016 @ 09:25 am
With all the other stuff that's been going on, I missed my Authorversary. My first novel, Greywalker, was published 10 years and 2 weeks ago!

Kat Richardson
15 October 2016 @ 01:40 pm

Limited Edition Chapbooks finished, checked, and ready to go with me to Bellingham ComiCon next Saturday! Also check out this nifty article about the con.
Kat Richardson
13 October 2016 @ 05:52 pm
Our puppy, Banjo, is a 75-pound hound mix who tends to destroy things. He's a sweetie at heart but he gets anxious or bored and then... it's every chair, shoe, or undergarment for itself. In the past week he's destroyed his own dog bed, a chair cushion, and, today, he "dug" a 6"x5" hole in the guest room mattress (as well as destroying a second sed of sheets and the mattress cover which had survived a previous attempt to discover if there is anything interesting inside a mattress.) But in spite of his destructo-dog tendencies, he's a sweet boy and we love him. And this is part of why:
Kat Richardson
13 October 2016 @ 11:23 am
Cliff Mass and the meteorologists have an update on our incoming multi-storm system. Lots of moisture right now and increasing. Wind may be a little lighter initially, with the big bad hitting late on Saturday night. At the moment potential windspeed has been downgraded a bit, but it's still dangerously high. It may not exceed 1962's epic storm but it's still looking like a rough ride all weekend. Be careful, friends and neighbors!
Kat Richardson
12 October 2016 @ 03:12 pm
So, here's the thing: I should be posting some stuff, but at the moment the weather is clear, yet we're expecting a storm that might prove to be the worst on record for this region since 1964. Or just the worst in a LOOOOONG time. So I'm off to make sure I have batteries, bottled water, and dog food, just in case. If it blows over, I'll be laughing at myself like the rest of you. If you live in the Puget Sound area--West, East, North, or South, take an hour to look at your situation and have emergency plans in place. If you don't need 'em--cool. Otherwise, stay safe, folks.

(You know it's bad when Cliff Mass says he's never seen anything like this.)
Kat Richardson
04 October 2016 @ 12:13 pm
The Death Of All Things anthology is looking for short story submissions until December 31. But let me tell you a little story before you rush off to email your work to us.

Long ago, I was a full-time magazine editor. I do not remember slush-reading fondly. It's a pain, and as a pro, I want to lighten my workload of "pain" projects as much as possible. All of us at the publisher looked for reasons to reject work so we didn't have to spend any extra time in pain and could get on to the "good parts" of the process. So, if you want to raise your submission's chance of acceptance, make it harder for the editor to reject it out-of-hand without even reading past the info blocks. Seriously. We're mean, petty, short-tempered, and really want a drink long before we've gotten through the first half-dozen submissions of the day. Coffee is only the jump-starter for our spite. So take my advice:

Read the guidelines, submit your best stuff, and please format it correctly. I really want to like everything, but I don't have time to read badly formatted work that hasn't been spell checked and doesn't fit the theme. Did I say "read the guidelines"? Yes? I mean it. All of the guidelines--scroll to the bottom of the submission info to find the description of The Death of All Things anthology and the theme (please, no torture porn--we're talking Death, here, not torment). I will reject things for petty reasons as well as large, just to make my workload lighter. (And you thought I was "nice"....) I want to have too many good stories. I want to cry over rejecting great stories I just don't have room for. You have three months to make it good--you don't have to rush. So, please, make me work for it.

If you don't know what "standard manuscript formatting" is, here are some directions, and an old, but still useful example here (but don't include the membership info--no one really cares).
Kat Richardson
28 September 2016 @ 09:35 am
The anthology Kickstarter met its minimum funding goal, so Laura Anne Gilman and I will be posting submission guidelines and putting on our slush-reading hats soon. If the project hits $25,000 by early morning Friday--and I know that's a long shot, but it's still possible--we'll be able to add two more stories to each book, so it's still worthwhile to let friends, family, and fellow book-fiends know about the project--especially if you're thinking of submitting a story yourself. So continue spreading the word and let's make books!

Update: Guidelines are here