mmerriam: (Type)
2013. Yeah. That was a thing that happened.

On some levels it was a tough year. My raw writing metrics were the lowest since about 2005. I had the lowest raw word count for the year since I got serious about writing in 2002. On some levels it was a down year for writing.

The numbers, however, tell a tale of a great year as a writer and storyteller:

I was Guest of Honor at CoreCon V. Blog reports here:
Friday
Saturday
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Sold 2 novels and 4 reprint short stories for publication. Published 1 novel, 1 short story collection, and 4 short stories (all in anthologies.)

Gave 7 public literary readings. Gave 3 writing-related interviews. Participated on 11 panels at conventions and gave 6 presentations for various organizations. Did a little publishing consulting. Appeared at 9 conventions and festivals.

Appeared in 2 music videos. Competed in Story Slam MN! Grand Slam and told multiple times at local story slam events. Hosted the Ghost Stories track and told 3 stories as part of Storyfest Minnesota. Performed 3 stories for KFAI radio.

Helped judge the Geek Partnership Society Writing Contest. Participated in photo shoots for Tim Cooper's War for the Oaks Reader's Series. Was active in the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers, Volunteered for MN Fringe Festival, and was active in my Writers Group.

The thing I'm the most proud of is getting my process as an artist smoothed out and working again. I'd been struggling for the last year or so, and in the last 6 months of 2013 I felt like I found my footing. I finished the first draft of a couple of things I'm pretty pleased with, especially since some of the stuff from earlier in the year as Not Up To Standards.

I wrote sparingly and sporadically in my blog this year, focusing more on steering the fiction writing back on track while working on improving as a storyteller. I did make a post about the changing writing process, which I'm pretty pleased with, An Ever Evolving Process and a post about finding my way back to being the writer I want to be in The Power of Story

What's in store for 2014? I'm not sure. I'm working on a scriptwriting project for a local theatre company. I've got more novellas in my Gaslight and Grimoires series ready to go. I'm working on a one-man show for either Minnesota Fringe Festival or to produce myself. I have finished novels to polish and market. I've got a long list of ideas and partial works-in-progress. I'm trying to pick the next novel project, with an eye toward something that might get me back into the Big Publishing Houses as an author.

What are your plans for 2014?
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Originally posted at michaelmerriam.net. You can comment here or there.

Book Sale!

Dec. 17th, 2013 10:18 pm
mmerriam: (Old Lynx)
Alban Lake will be publishing in print my novel DARK WATER BLUES, a near future dystopian urban fantasy with an projected release date of March 1st 2014.
mmerriam: (Old Lynx)
Just what the title says. Artema Press. is running a Goodreads Giveaway for three copies of Old Blood's Fate.

More information and how to enter at this Link Link.

Originally posted at michaelmerriam.net. You can comment here or there.
mmerriam: (Old Lynx)
I am pleased to announce that I have signed the contract, and my novel Old Blood's Fate will be published by Artema Press. We have a very aggressive timeline, planning to have the book ready for sale by the end of March. The editor plans to have my edits to me by this weekend. I plan to complete them as quickly as humanly possible.

Here is the cover art!09 Old Blood's Fate

For those of you playing our home game, you might remember Old Blood's Fate as the first novel I wrote, finishing the first draft in 2005. It was big and bloated and broken, and I didn't have the skills and tools to make it right. I've spent the last 8 or so years tinkering with it, rewriting it again and again as I hone my craft and develop my abilities as a writer, cutting it down from a monstrous 160,000 words to 85, 000. I ripped out entire plot lines, killed a variety of subplots, and took out a whole slew of characters until I finally had something I could be pleased to put in front of readers.

From the Publisher:
As a story that entwines Native American folklore with the lives of two extraordinary mortals, the plot leaves nothing less at stake than the fate of human reality--not to mention human existence.

Look for Old Bloods Fate in hardcover, softcover, and ebook, forthcoming in March, 2013.


If I said I was pleased, it would be an understatement.

Originally posted at michaelmerriam.net. You can comment here or there.
mmerriam: (Kimiko - Science)
Every Day Publishing, a small Canadian Press, is running a Kickstarter for its latest anthology. Ray Gun Chronicles: Space Opera for a New Age with an eye toward paying professional rates to the authors for this anthology.

I've been accepted for this anthology, and I would love to get paid pro-rates, and I really want to be in the same ToC as some of the fantastic authors listed below (Kristine Kathryn Rusch! Dean Wesley Smith! A.C. Crispin! Mike Resnick! Seanan McGuire! Many other wonderful authors!), but most importantly, I want to see this anthology in print because I want to read it with a burning passion. I adore Space Opera--kind of like how much I enjoy Steampunk—so I want to see this anthology succeed.

And you can help.

Click this link and toss whatever you can at this worthy Kickstarter project.

The Details-
Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age combines the best stories from the 6 year run of Ray Gun Revival ezine with new stories from some of the top writers in science fiction today. 23 stories from writers including Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, A.C. Crispin, Mike Resnick, Seanan McGuire, Allen Steele, Brenda Cooper, Robin Wayne Bailey and Sarah A. Hoyt--all contemporary yet capturing the classic golden age feel of space opera in the past.

Edited by anthologist Bryan Thomas Schmidt with artwork by Illustrator’s Of The Future Winner Paul Pedersen, this unforgettable collection will be available in limited hardback, trade paperback and ebook editions. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to fund pro-rate payments to the editor and writers as well as partial production costs for the anthology.

Approx. 95000 words
Publication Date: November 2013
Publisher: Every Day Publishing

Author List:
Mike Resnick, A.C. Crispin, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Sarah A. Hoyt, Robin Wayne Bailey, Brenda Cooper, Allen Steele, Seanan McGuire, Peter J. Wacks, Keanan Brand, Milo James Fowler, Michael S. Roberts, Michael Merriam, T.M. Hunter, Robert Mancebo, Alice M. Roelke, Lou Antonelli, Paula R. Stiles, Jenny Schwartz, A.M. Stickel, Shaun Farrell, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks

Originally posted at michaelmerriam.net. You can comment here or there.
mmerriam: (Kimiko - Science)
In all the holiday season and starting a new job chaos, I forgot to mention that a reprint of my short story "Nor to the Strong" has been selected by editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt to be included in Ray Gun Chronicles: Space Opera For A New Age, a collection of best of stories from Ray Gun Revival’s multi-year run combined with new stories from several major names in the SF field.

A Kickstarter will be running in January and February 2013 to help fund this project. It will be published November 2013 by Every Day Publishing with a launch at OryCon in Portland, Oregon. The editor and publisher have successfully ran Kickstarters for other projects, so I see no reason it won't work again. More information at the editor's blog.

“Nor to the Strong” is a science fiction story which appeared online in the April 2007 issue of Ray Gun Revival, in which a weary soldier must come to grips with the line between being a warrior and being a murderer. This story was nominated for the 2007 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award.

Originally posted at michaelmerriam.net. You can comment here or there.
mmerriam: (Kimiko - Science)
It is official: My SF short story collection, "Whispers in Space" will be published next year by SDP. Announcement here. I will post more information closer to publication.
mmerriam: (Default)
I'm pleased to announce my latest publication, "Naught, Except for Love" from The Lorelei Signal.

Go read.
mmerriam: (Coffee)
My short story, "Coffee for Your Body, Flames for Your Soul," is available from MUSA Publishing as a .99 cent ebook download. This is one of the stories I told at MN Fringe this year. http://www.musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=101
mmerriam: (Coffee)
My short story, "Coffee for Your Body, Flames for Your Soul," is available from MUSA Publishing as a .99 cent ebook download. This is one of the stories I told at MN Fringe this year. http://www.musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=101
mmerriam: (Default)
Coming soon from MUSA Publications. This story of was part of my Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011 performance. It will be available for download in December.

mmerriam: (Default)
Coming soon from MUSA Publications. This story of was part of my Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011 performance. It will be available for download in December.

mmerriam: (Default)


If I said I was excited, it would be a horrible understatement. This is one of those moments that as writers we work toward, but fear will never happen.

Except sometimes it does.

I’d like to thank my wife, Sherry L.M. Merriam, who was the first reader and helped me edit the manuscript into something I could submit to publishers.

Thanks to Adam Stemple, Alison Ching, Jaye Lawrence, Joanne Anderton, Kevin McIntyre and Hilary Moon Murphy, all of whom read the novel in various drafts and offered thoughts, ideas, occasional smacks to the back of the head and all the encouragement I needed to finish it.

A special thanks to the editors and staff at Carina Press for choosing to publish my novel and helping me polish it until it shined. They are a joy to work with.

Thank you to everyone on Live Journal who cheered me on as I wrote the novel and who, when I described it as “a dark urban fantasy revenge and redemption paranormal romance and supernatural horror novel with mythological and fairy tale overtones and lesbian protagonists, featuring the ghost of the defunct Twin Cities streetcar system,” had a good laugh about me finding my little niche.

And a final thank you to the late Mr. Thomas Lowry (February 27, 1843–February 4, 1909). For the streetcars.

Last Car to Annwn Station is available in ebook format at Carina Press, Barnes & Noble, Amazon U.S., and Amazon U.K.
mmerriam: (Default)


If I said I was excited, it would be a horrible understatement. This is one of those moments that as writers we work toward, but fear will never happen.

Except sometimes it does.

I’d like to thank my wife, Sherry L.M. Merriam, who was the first reader and helped me edit the manuscript into something I could submit to publishers.

Thanks to Adam Stemple, Alison Ching, Jaye Lawrence, Joanne Anderton, Kevin McIntyre and Hilary Moon Murphy, all of whom read the novel in various drafts and offered thoughts, ideas, occasional smacks to the back of the head and all the encouragement I needed to finish it.

A special thanks to the editors and staff at Carina Press for choosing to publish my novel and helping me polish it until it shined. They are a joy to work with.

Thank you to everyone on Live Journal who cheered me on as I wrote the novel and who, when I described it as “a dark urban fantasy revenge and redemption paranormal romance and supernatural horror novel with mythological and fairy tale overtones and lesbian protagonists, featuring the ghost of the defunct Twin Cities streetcar system,” had a good laugh about me finding my little niche.

And a final thank you to the late Mr. Thomas Lowry (February 27, 1843–February 4, 1909). For the streetcars.

Last Car to Annwn Station is available in ebook format at Carina Press, Barnes & Noble, Amazon U.S., and Amazon U.K.
mmerriam: (Grace)
Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep is for sale!

It can be purchased at Carina Press, Amazon, and B&N

If I said I was excited, it would be an understatement.

A Snippet For You )
mmerriam: (Grace)
Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep is for sale!

It can be purchased at Carina Press, Amazon, and B&N

If I said I was excited, it would be an understatement.

A Snippet For You )
mmerriam: (Grace)
Culinary Carnivale reviews "Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep."

Karalynn Lee likes my title.

Here are the pages at Carina Press and Amazon where you will be able to purchase it next Tuesday.

If you enjoy post-apocalyptic near-future fantasy, my short story, "All the Leaves Your Bed," which appeared in Shiny #4 and got a positive review from The Fix, is set in the same world, as is "Out Among the Singing Void," which appeared in the sadly defunct Fictitious Force. However, you can read it for free here.
mmerriam: (Grace)
Culinary Carnivale reviews "Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep."

Karalynn Lee likes my title.

Here are the pages at Carina Press and Amazon where you will be able to purchase it next Tuesday.

If you enjoy post-apocalyptic near-future fantasy, my short story, "All the Leaves Your Bed," which appeared in Shiny #4 and got a positive review from The Fix, is set in the same world, as is "Out Among the Singing Void," which appeared in the sadly defunct Fictitious Force. However, you can read it for free here.
mmerriam: (Grace)
15 November 2010.

I'm really thrilled.


mmerriam: (Grace)
15 November 2010.

I'm really thrilled.


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