New Book Release! Sky-Tinted Waters UNBOXED!

Cover Art For Sky Tinted WatersA hefty package showed up today from Sam’s Dot Publishing. It was no surprise that my preordered copies of Sky-Tinted Waters had arrived. The second MNSpec compilation was supposed to be completed in time for this year’s MiniCON, but the printing was delayed. Just as well, because I wasn’t able to make it to MiniCON this year. But the book is out NOW, and I’m told the release party will happen at CONvergence 2012.

The cover art for Sky-Tinted Waters looks great. It was a rush to open the box and see the lush, multi-colored landscape, Ethereal Beach II by Mitchell Davidson Bentley. Nice work.

Opening to the table of contents, I had to laugh.The title of my story, Pinky the Invisible Flying Pony vs the Giant, Carnivorous, Poisonous, Exploding Spider-Leeches took up three whole lines of the Table of Contents! And I was pleased to see “…an invisible flying pony” get special mention on the back cover.

Little did I realize, those extra lines would be taken back…plus interest! As I read through Pinky…etc, I was disappointed to find that seven of the eight section breaks were missing from the story. The text just ran together, which affected the pacing and obscured the location changes, making the story confusing. I’ve noticed this same problem in several other stories in the anthology, so I’m guessing it’s some kind of conversion error and not an editing decision. Unfortunately, there was no ARC (advance release copy) to proofread for typos or errors like this. I’ve hand-written the section breaks into the books that I’m personally handing out. Oh well, it’s a small price to pay for taking up so much space in the table of contents!

If you pre-ordered a copy of Sky-Tinted Waters from me, I’ll get you a signed copy next time I see you.The book should also be available soon at Sam’s Dot Publishing Bookstore. And stay tuned for updates about the upcoming book release party at this year’s CONvergence.

Conrad Zero

Yours Darkly, Conrad Zero