Bonus Book of the Month: GENMOS: Gathering Storms

"Gathering Storms" cover

April 2017 brings us a second Book of the Month. (This is totally not because we skipped the BotM post in March.)

Our second Book of the Month for April is GENMOS: Gathering Storms, a young adult science fiction novel by Stephen Coghlan.

I’m writing this letter to you because I want to tell you how my family, the Genmos, became recognized as living beings.

It all started years ago, when my dad used a government contract to create super-soldiers for his own needs. After almost a decade of providing limited success, the project was canceled and we were ordered destroyed. Unwilling to kill his children, dad hid us throughout the country, splitting us up from each other.

Just after my eighth birthday, my oldest sister’s guardian died, and she was forced to live on the streets. After several witnesses reported seeing her, it sparked a race to recover her, and my other siblings, between my father and the agency that had ordered us destroyed. That night began my people’s fight for our rights, our freedom and our very lives.

I’ve collected writings from my siblings and have tried to put them into an order that I hope makes sense for you. This is our story.

Gathering Storms is published by Thurston Howl Publications and is available in paperback from Amazon.

Book of the Month: Intimate Little Secrets

Intimate Little Secrets (cover)

Art by Teagan Gavet

April 2017’s Book of the Month is Rechan’s short story collection, Intimate Little Secrets.

From just a fleeting spark to the last burning coals, relationships burn our fingers and set our passions aflame. Even when extinguished, the embers can still smolder and scorch.

When Luis’s ex comes back into his life, the cost of what he wants might mean the loss of something more. Jacob needs peace with his family, an order perhaps too tall for Desiree to provide. Marjani must make amends for an indiscretion. A confession falls apart, leaving Janine caught in the gears of a messy arrangement. Strait-laced Conner has to navigate a new world both confusing and rife with hurt feelings.

In these nine stories, imperfect people brave the fire for moments of perfection.

Intimate Little Secrets is available now in print from FurPlanet and DRM-free ebook from Bad Dog Books, and may be available on Amazon and other ebook retailers.

Guild news, April 2017

New members

We had five new members join the FWG in March—welcome to Ellis Aen, Sisco Polaris, Mark Engels, James Stone, and Halfbloodcheetah! If you’d like more information about joining, read our membership guidelines.

Member news

Frances Pauli published The Earth Tigers, the first book in her Star Spiders series, in early March.

Jako Malan’s novel ReWritten is now available for pre-order from Goal Publications.

Rechan’s short story collection Intimate Little Secrets is now available from FurPlanet.

Mary E. Lowd was interviewed by “dark fiction” blog ShadowSpinners, and wrote a guest post for them: “When Furry Fiction Meets Dark Fiction.”

If you’d like to be listed here, please post your sales/publications to the Member News section of the FWG Forum! It’s the primary source for these news bits.

New markets

We’ve updated the markets on the FWG web site, cleaning out closed/defunct markets and adding a few new ones. Check out the additions and ongoing markets:

Also, Thurston Howl maintains a Google Calendar with submission opening and closings for both furry and “furry-friendly” anthologies.

Remember to keep an eye on the Calls for Submissions thread on the forum, as well as other posts on the Publishing and Marketing forum.

Odds and ends

The Tuesday Coffeehouse Chats continue to take place on the FWG Slack channel, while the Thursday chats continue to take place on the shoutbox.

As usual, we’d like to keep recruiting you to the FWG Goodreads group: add things to our members’ bookshelf (see the instructions here on how to do that), start conversations, draw rabbit ears on other authors’ head shots, and so on.

Have a terrific month! Send news, suggestions, feedback, and coyote treats to furwritersguild@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

Guild news, March 2017

New members

We had four new members join the FWG in February—welcome to Allan Anderson, Mark Blickley, Hakuzo Sionnach, and Lisa Timpf! If you’d like more information about joining, read our membership guidelines.

Member news

If you’d like to be listed here, please post your sales/publications to the Member News section of the FWG Forum! It’s the primary source for these news bits.

Dwale was accepted into FurPlanet’s ROAR 8.

Mary E. Lowd had two stories hit publication in March, “On the Eve of the Apocalypse” in Theme of Absence and “Hidden Intentions” in the March/April issue of Analog.

Amy Fontaine’s story “A Fate Purse Than Death” has been accepted to The Supreme Archvillain Election Anthology from Unbelievable Universe.

Weasel (of Weasel Press) published the story “the day runs away” in the literary journal 1947.

Miles Reaver was accepted into the forthcoming second volume of Fred Patten’s Dogs of War anthology.

Carmen K. “CopperSphinx” Welsh has a forthcoming story, “Sleeping With Wolves,” in Typewriter Emergencies.

Alice “Huskyteer” Dryden has a story in issue 4 of the Werewolves Vs. series, Werewolves vs. Space.

New markets

  • Furry Frolics (tentative title) is a new anthology from Thurston Howl, edited by Fred Patten, paying in contributors’ copies only. Looking for stories that are humorous, and lean into the animal aspect a bit (i.e., the stories wouldn’t work with all-human characters). Word count: 2,500–8,000. Deadline: October 1, 2017. Submission Guidelines.

For ongoing markets previously covered but still open (and occasionally, open in the future), visit the FWG web site:

Remember to keep an eye on the Calls for Submissions thread on the forum, as well as other posts on the Publishing and Marketing forum.

Odds and ends

The Tuesday Coffeehouse Chats continue to take place on the FWG Slack channel, while the Thursday chats continue to take place on the shoutbox.

As usual, we’d like to keep recruiting you to the FWG Goodreads group: add things to our members’ bookshelf (see the instructions here on how to do that), start conversations, draw rabbit ears on other authors’ head shots, and so on.

Have a terrific month! Send news, suggestions, feedback, and furry Slack bots to furwritersguild@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

Book of the Month: Dogs of War

February 2017’s Book of the Month is Dogs of War, edited by Fred Patten.

Men have made war for gold, for land, and to put others in chains for millennia. No invention or philosophy has changed that, not gunpowder, not airplanes, not democracy, or even splitting the atom. Whatever the era, whatever the weapon, man has made war on his neighbors. The nature of conflict never changes, because human nature has not changed.

But how might that change if it were no longer just humanity going to war—if animal instincts, strengths and skill were to join the battlefield?

Dogs of War is an anthology exploring what warfare looks like when the combatants are no longer fully human. It contains twenty-three stories about how war changes when those who do the fighting have changed, and how much it stays just the same.

Dogs of War contains the following short stories:

  • “Nosy and Wolf,” Ken MacGregor
  • “After Their Kind,” Taylor Harbin
  • “Succession,” Devin Hallsworth
  • “Two If By Sea,” Field T. Mouse
  • “The Queens’ Confederate Space Marines,” Elizabeth McCoy
  • “The Loving Children,” Bill McCormick
  • “Strike, But Hear Me,” Jefferson P. Swycaffer
  • “End of Ages,” BanWynn Oakshadow
  • “Shells On the Beach,” Tom Mullins
  • “Cross of Valor Reception for the Raccoon, Tanner Williams, Declassified Transcript,” John Kulp
  • “Last Man Standing,” Frances Pauli
  • “Hunter’s Fall,” Angela Oliver
  • “Old Regimes,” Gullwulf
  • “The Shrine War,” Alan Loewen
  • “The Monster in the Mist,” Madison Keller
  • “Wolves in Winter,” Searska GreyRaven
  • “The Third Variety,” Rob Baird
  • “The Best and Worst of Worlds,” Mary E. Lowd
  • “Tooth, Claw and Fang,” Stephen Coghlan
  • “Sacrifice,” J.N. Wolfe
  • “War of Attrition,” Lisa Timpf
  • “Fathers to Sons,” MikasiWolf
  • “Hoodies and Horses,” Michael D. Winkle

Dogs of War is available now in print from FurPlanet.

Guild news, February 2017

New members

We had four new members join the FWG in January—welcome to John Giezentanner, David Green, Gullwulf, and Devin Hallsworth! If you’d like more information about joining, read our membership guidelines.

Member news

If you’d like to be listed here, please post your sales/publications to the Member News section of the FWG Forum! It’s the primary source for these news bits.

Joel “Zarpaulus” Kreissman’s novel The Pride of Parahumans was published at the beginning of January by Thurston Howl Publications.

Fred Patten accepted stories from Dwale, Thurston Howl, and Jaden Drackus for Dogs of War II. Jaden’s short “Stealing the Show” also was accepted by Thurston Howl’s Wolves anthology.

Madison Keller had a story accepted into Tarl Hoch’s Purrfect Tails anthology.

Renee Carter Hall’s story “The Frog Who Swallowed the Moon” has been released as an audiobook on Audible (also available on Amazon).

Alice “Huskyteer” Dryden was interviewed for the Ursa Major Awards website. (Her short story “The Analogue Cat” won both the UMA and the Cóyotl Award for 2015.)

New markets

  • Infurno: The Nine Circles of Hell is an anthology from Thurston Howl Publications, paying in contributors’ copies only. Looking for stories themed around Dante’s Inferno, from 2,500 to 8,000 words in length. Deadline: August 1, 2017. Submission Guidelines.

For ongoing markets previously covered but still open (and occasionally, open in the future), visit the FWG web site:

Remember to keep an eye on the Calls for Submissions thread on the forum, as well as other posts on the Publishing and Marketing forum.

Odds and ends

The Tuesday Coffeehouse Chats continue to take place on the FWG Slack channel, while the Thursday chats continue to take place on the shoutbox.

As usual, we’d like to keep recruiting you to the FWG Goodreads group: add things to our members’ bookshelf (see the instructions here on how to do that), start conversations, draw rabbit ears on other authors’ head shots, and so on.

Have a terrific month! Send news, suggestions, feedback, and wince-inducing puns on the word “fur” to furwritersguild@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

Guild news, January 2017

New members

Welcome to our newest members, Jaden Drackus and Sibir! If you’d like more information about joining, read our membership guidelines.

Member news

If you’d like to be listed here, please post your sales/publications to the Member News section of the FWG Forum! It’s the primary source for these news bits.

Jako Malan, Televassi, Frances Pauli, Alice Dryden, and Mary E. Lowd sold stories to Fred Patten’s anthology Symbol of a Nation.

Bill “Greyflank” Kieffer has sold a short story collection set in his “Aesop’s World” milieu to Jaffa Books.

Fred Patten’s book Furry Fandom Conventions, 1989–2015, will be available from McFarland Books later this month. It’s already available from Amazon for preorder.

Speaking of Fred, his latest FurPlanet anthology, Dogs of War, is premiering at Further Confusion this January with a boggling 23 stories, many of which are by FWG members (including a couple who are getting their membership via this publication).

And, speaking of FurPlanet and FC, Kyell Gold’s new Forester Universe novel, Love Match, and Watts Martin’s science fiction novel Kismet both debut there.

New markets

  • Arcana is a new anthology of furry fiction themed around the Tarot, edited by Madison “Makyo” Scott-Clary and published by Thurston Howl. The anthology will accept twenty-two submissions, one for each of the major arcana cards. Length: 2,000–5,000 words. Payment: 0.5¢/word. Deadline: March 31, 2017. Submission guidelines.
  • Furlandia, the furry con in Portland, is looking for stories of 1,000–3,000 word length, themed around “1929: Age of Prosperity.” No deadline or pay rate given, although most con books pay in copies only. Submission guidelines.

For ongoing markets previously covered but still open (and occasionally, open in the future), visit the FWG web site:

Remember to keep an eye on the Calls for Submissions thread on the forum, as well as other posts on the Publishing and Marketing forum.

Odds and ends

If you’ll be at Further Confusion in San Jose, come see the FWG at the Meet and Greet on Sunday, or attend any of the dozen other writing-related panels—most of the panelists are FWG members!

The Tuesday Coffeehouse Chats continue to take place on the FWG Slack channel, while the Thursday chats continue to take place on the shoutbox.

As usual, we’d like to keep recruiting you to the FWG Goodreads group: add things to our members’ bookshelf (see the instructions here on how to do that), start conversations, draw rabbit ears on other authors’ head shots, and so on.

Have a terrific month and start to the new year! Send news, suggestions, feedback, and coffee to furwritersguild@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.