Sunday, March 1, 2009

My Editor Rules

My editor, Emma Wayne Porter, wrote a very funny post today about how, despite Mother Nature's many objections, she was able to read The Unearthed in one sitting.

In her post, she had this to say about The Unearthed: "I’m reading a book that’s one part Hitchcock, one part Ghost Hunters, and one part Columbine..."

Emma is a fantastic editor and is herself an author! She also recently did an interview with my buddy, Nate Green, where she gives us the low-down e-publishing.

Many thanks to Emma for all the kind words and for choosing to back an unknown like me.


Rita Vetere said...

Emma's story was hilarious--and well worth the wait. I've no doubts I'll be just as entranced by The Unearthed as she was.


Brian O'Rourke said...

Hey Rita,

I hope you enjoy it!

I love Emma's blog. She's such a talented writer. I hope she continues to produce fiction, although that might prove difficult given her current responsibilities.


seanag said...

That is quite a, shall we say, 'thunderous' endorsement.

And yes, very funny.

Brian O'Rourke said...

Hey Seana,

Nice choice of words.

Don't you have some publishing credits to your name as well?


seanag said...

Yes, but none that anyone has ever been tempted to sit through a hurricane to read, though...

Thanks for asking about publication credits. Mainly they've been small stories in small literary magazines.

The book that I feel obliged to mention when anyone asks is a collection called Carpathian Shadows, Volume 2, just because it's been a joint venture with other writers and everyone has worked hard on it and on getting the word out. It's put out by a wonderful publisher named Rob Preece at It's actually the second collection edited by a dynamo of a woman named Lea Schizas, about a Transylvanian Castle once inhabited by an enigmatic lord.

This book is also part of the reason I've found myself in two camps about print books and ebooks, because this book is offered as both, which is great, except that none of my friends have branched out into the world of Ebooks yet, so whatever promotional value there might have been in sending them ecopies was largely lost.

But back to your publishing adventure. I must say that the ticker on your blog page counting down the minutes down to publication of The Unearthed is quite exciting!

Brian O'Rourke said...


Come on now, there's no such thing as a small story. Name drop all you want and leave some links if you'd like.

Carpathian Shadows sounds like a very interesting read. I like the idea of several stories by different authors being tied together by one place. By way of clarification, is it one story told from six different points of view? Or is it six different stories altogether?

Either way, I'm going to add it to my list.

It's funny you mention the print/e-book dichotomy. I know for a fact that a lot my friends and family are going to buy the print edition for TU. The only problem is, there won't be a print version unless the digital sales warrant it. In other words, I have to hope that a lot of strangers buy the digital version so people I know can buy the print version...

I think we've just entered that alternate universe/computer program that you and Adrian run.

seanag said...

So I am going to be that sort of intermediary person who will buy (or at least attempt to buy) The Unearthed as an ebook. It wouldn't kill some of your really good friends--especially the lawyers among them--to buy the ebook so that they can later buy the print book. Just saying.

I've given you a nod over on Adrian's blog, not for him, since he's already read your book, but for the others. I think Emma's storm story is a really good selling point.

The way Carpathian Shadows started was that Lea Schizas invited people who'd been attending her on-line writing conference to join some other writers she already knew to come up with story ideas for a multi-volumed anthology. Everyone basically worked from her initial premise and restrictions to write their own story, without a whole lot of reference to the others. I hope it's coherent but in some ways, it might be better to market it as one theme, many takes on it.

I had a lot of fun writing my story, although I've fretted since over the idea that it did not turn out to be much of a horror story. It's ironic that the story I wrote for Salamander turned out to be much creepier.