Author Archive: Eric San Juan

The Geeks: Genevieve Valentine

Geek Wisdom

One of the exciting things about Geek Wisdom, which I announced yesterday, is the opportunity to work with some excellent writers. One of them is Genevieve Valentine. She is a regular blogger at, probably the most recognizable publisher of science fiction and fantasy, and her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, and many others. Her first book, Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, is coming in 2011 from Prime Books. Oh, and did I mention she is a Work Fantasy Award nominated author? Pretty cool. Genevieve deals in fantasy, steampunk, weird fiction and more. I certainly urge you to check out her website, and of course, to see her work in Geek Wisdom next August and is available for pre-order….
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And Eric’s next project is: Geek Wisdom

A little while back I hinted that I’d have a new project to announce. Well, consider this my announcement. I’m pleased to say that I’ll be one of the contributing authors on Quirk Books’ upcoming tome of awesomeness: Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture Geek Wisdom is simple (and oh so cool). Take the best, most recognizable, most super awesomely geeky quotes from the world of geekdom — movies, books, comics, video games, music, television, science, Internet culture, and pop culture in general — and then use those quotes as launching points for us geeks wax poetic in a fun, smart, and entertaining way. Five authors, including our heroic editor, will be tag-teaming to make this incredibly fun project a reality. I’m very…
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Happy Birthday to my coauthor, Jim McDevitt

When Jim McDevitt and I started writing about the works of Alfred Hitchcock way back in 2006, yeah, we talked about it becoming a book and people reading it and all the usual daydreaming. I’m not sure we imagined it would actually happen, though, or that it would do well enough to earn a paperback edition, or that we’d do 50 something episodes of a podcast based on the book, and that the podcast would get many hundreds of listeners, or a host of other things. But we did. Two beer-drinking baseball fans decided to do something silly like write a book. It worked out. And that’s cool. So with all that mind, happy birthday to you, Jim. I’m proud to share a book spine…
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A Year of Hitchcock coming to paperback

Wasn’t sure when I could safely announce this, but since our publisher has done so I guess that means I can do so, too. This fall, A Year of Hitchcock: 52 Weeks with the Master of Suspense, is coming to paperback! Our publisher, Scarecrow Press, is listing it on their website with an October 28 release date and, most exciting of all, a $19.95 price point. That’s a damn nice price, and one likely to be even nicer once it hits online retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Even better, our editor informs us this edition will be targeting bookstores — which means a wider market than the largely academic readership at which the hardcover edition was aimed. Both my co-author, Jim McDevitt, and…
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Thinking about doing some self-publishing, part 2

Yesterday I posted about self-publishing a local history book. Niche works like that are ideal candidates for self-publishing. An author with the will and skill can more effectively reach his or her target audience than a publisher, even a specialty publisher, and be more financially successful with it in the process. Yet that’s not what prompted me to start yesterday’s post, so let me pick up where I left off: I’m thinking of self-publishing some fiction. A short story collection or three. Digitally. My thought is, why not? These days print outlets for short fiction are few and far between. Most are already digital, and many are fly-by-night. Short story collections are generally only viable for established authors. While I’ll have a second book out…
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