A beautiful cover is always an inspiration and I have a beautiful cover to share with you!
Networking as a writer and editor is extremely important. Honestly, most opportunities in publishing come from knowing someone, regardless of how much experience you may have. And I meet the dynamic duo behind VanderMeer Creative a couple of years ago at a convention. Jeff’s writing is amazing and last year his book Annihilation hit the big screen. But it was Ann that I made a connection with. As an aspiring editor, it was a wonder to meet a woman who started her own editing company from the ground and now works on anthologies for multiple publishing houses. It was also wonderful to meet someone who loved hard copy as much as I do. So Ann and I began email communication and she willingly became a mentor to me, sharing with me a lot of the details of book production that can only come from someone with true experience.
And then one day, she asked if I would like to work on a project with her, an anthology of short stories that all could be categorized as classical fantasy. You can imagine what I said. It was a lot of fun, researching stories from all over the world, writing the author biographies and getting to see the eccentricities of the minds behind some really cool stories. Well, that anthology is what is now known to the world as The Big Book of Classic Fantasy. And while the book has yet to be released, I wanted you all to see the cover and know what was going on.