Way back in December of 2012, I received some big anthology news, the kind I couldn't wait to share. But I had to. Because all the contracts weren't in yet, and the editor needed to wait a bit before he released the table of contents.
But then the deal with the publisher unexpectedly fell through. Editor John Joseph Adams was good about keeping in contact throughout the transition as his agent sought another publisher. He provided us with a list of our fellow contributors but asked that we not share their names until the details were finalized.
I forgot to blink for probably five minutes while I read and re-read the names I'd be sharing a table of contents with: George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones), Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game), Hugh Howey (Wool), and a host of others. I couldn't believe it, and I couldn't wait to share the big news. But I had to be patient.
Last November, Adams emailed to let us know Titan Books would be publishing Wastelands 2, but that it wouldn't be available until February 2015—and we'd have to wait until after the publisher's press release to share the news. Just when I thought I couldn't wait anymore, I had to wait just a little longer.
Many thanks go to Elise Tobler for giving my story a home in the first place, to Stephanie Loree for pointing me in the right direction, and to John Joseph Adams for thinking "Soulless in His Sight" was good enough to be included in what promises to be an awesome follow-up to the original Wastelands anthology. I never imagined that one of my stories would appear in the second volume, and I don't think it will feel real until I'm actually holding the thing in my hands.
In other news, subscribers Ann Barwell and Yolanda Renee have each won a copy of Tales of a Suburban Samurai. I'll be picking a couple more winners before the end of the month, so stay tuned...