Sunday, March 31, 2024

The Week in Review • 31 March 2024

Welcome to The Week in Review, a weekly round-up for those too busy to follow Stupefying Stories on a daily basis. We’ve had an insanely busy past seven days, between the releases last week of THE PRINCESS SCOUT and EMERALD OF EARTH and the deluge of last-minute submissions that have been coming in this week as people are rushing to beat tonight’s submission cutoff. We expect to have all new submissions processed and responses to sent to all authors by Friday, April 5th, and I’ll have more to say about this in next Wednesday’s Never-ending FAQ

As for THE PRINCESS SCOUT and EMERALD OF EARTH, I’m pleased to report that they are our #1 and #2 bestsellers this week, but somewhat puzzled by the fact that Princess has been selling mostly in e-book format while Emerald is selling much better in paperback. This means something. Exactly what remains to be determined. I’m also pleased to report that we did manage to get the box of ARC copies of Emerald delivered in time for author Guy Stewart to be signing them at Minicon this weekend, although it was a close-run, last-second thing. Ingram blames UPS. UPS blames a subcontractor. ‘Round and ‘round the blame-bird goes, and who it craps lands on, nobody knows. What matters is that we did eventually get the box, and the paperbacks look really good. I’ll have more to say about this in next Wednesday’s column, too.

Meanwhile, the production pipeline for SHOWCASE has settled down and we’re hitting our milestones. This week we published:

“Magic Word” • by Greg Schwartz

It is your word of power, young one. You will use it all your life for your most powerful spells. Choose it very carefully.

Published: March 25, 2024

“Pink Marble” • by Zoe Kaplan

The Queen has been turned to stone! But how? By who? And why? The finest minds in the land struggle to solve the mystery and undo the spell.

Published: March 26, 2024

The Never-ending FAQ: Get Rich Quick Writing Big Hit Bestsellers!

Okay, I give up. I’m tired of pretending I don’t know it. At long last I reveal The Secret

I never promised it was easy.

Published: March 27, 2024

“Rookie Mistake” • by Gregg Chamberlain

The First Rule of Necromancy is: always read the fine print. Always read the fine print. Always read the fine print!

Published: March 28, 2024

“You’re Not Alone” • by Mark Szasz

The battle for control of the world is about to begin. The Gettzu have no clue who they’re up against. Pity the Gettzu.

Published: March 29, 2024


“Feedback” • by Guy Stewart

And you thought AI-assisted spell-checking was a real pain in the neck.

Published: March 30, 2024



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