All posts for the month May, 2013

The BIG announcement

Published May 27, 2013 by christinenorris

I’ve been hinting around that there was to be a big announcement, that I’ve been making changes in my writing career. I couldn’t tell anyone officially until after Balticon, when we made the public announcement at the Dark Quest launch party.

There’s a whole big story behind this, but long story short.

Dark Quest Books, an independent SF/F/H publisher (yes, the website is out of date, it’s on of the things on the ever-growing to-do list.) is opening a Young Adult imprint, Palomino Press.  Here is the shiny new logo:


And I am the Acquisitions Editor. Yes, me.  I know, right?  The first release from this new imprint will come out in the Fall — The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin, by L. Jagi Lamplighter, who is the author of the Prospero;s Daughter series, from TOR, and an all around nice lady. This will be a multiple book series.

So, we have six (JUST SIX) slots left to fill for the imprint for 2014-15.  Right now we’re accepting submissions. THESE ARE THE GUIDELINES:

*YA ONLY (no middle grade), we’re aiming for 15-19 year old readers (and crossover with the adult readers who read YA, of course).

*65,000-100,000 words

*Speculative Fiction ONLY (SF/F/H)

Other than those three things, pretty much anything goes!

*Contemporary, Historical, Alternate Universe, Futuristic, Dystopian, Steampunk all welcome!

*Romantic elements are certainly acceptable, but should be secondary to the plot.

*Especially looking for sharp, original YA voice (think Cassandra Claire, Kady Cross, Lauren Oliver, Jennifer Armentrout, Suzanne Collins).

I know what I want for this imprint, now I just have to find it! If you think you’ve got the perfect manuscript, please submit a query letter, the first three chapters, and a 1-2 page synopsis to me at . Please do NOT email my personal email — it will be deleted. Snail mail queries will not be accepted.




Change isn’t always a Bad Thing

Published May 21, 2013 by christinenorris

Cross-posted from YA Authors You’ve Never Heard Of


I think I’ve talked about feeling really stagnated with my writing lately. Despite trying various things, it hadn’t been getting any better. The longer it went on, the more I felt trapped and frustrated. I have one last Library of Athena book to write, and it wasn’t going anywhere at all, which just made me irritated.

I needed a change. And I made a few. I won’t go into all of them, but since I’ve made these changes to my life, I feel better. It’s not just been changing things or people, but changing attitude. Maybe thinking that instead of reaching for something that I might never get, to be satisfied with the way things are, to strive to make the very best of what I’ve already got. And to work within that to get more, maybe to expand rather than go up.
It’s working for me so far. Still not writing like fire, but I have a chapter done, and I’m feeling like actually working on it. Once summer hits, I will be working every day.
Meanwhile, I am going to Balticon next weekend.  If you are going to be there, here is my con schedule:
Steam-powered: Rage of the New Victorians Friday, 9:00 PM; Salon A
Moderator: Christine Norris (50 minutes)
Panelists: Jeff Young, Jean Marie Ward; 2 SEATS OPEN
From werewolves of property to anti-zombie airship pilots, the Empire has struck back. Meet the
writers of this Brave Old World and learn about their stories and novels and where they get the
ideas for those crazy gadgets
The Portrayal of Female-Centric Faith Systems in Literature (50 minutes)
Moderator: Christine Norris  Saturday, 10:00 AM, Parlor 3041
Panelists: Gail Z Martin, T. J. Perkins, KT Pinto, Joy Ward; Vonnie Winslow Crist
How are female-centric faith systems portrayed in modern literature? How do historic femalecentric faith systems influence modern literature? Who were Lilith, Inana, Hecate, Astarte,
Diana, Isis, Kali, Durga and Demeter to the ancients? How are they appearing in today’s
YA literature: What’s hot, what’s not? Saturday, 1:00 PM, Salon B
Moderator: A. L. Davroe; (50 minutes)
Panelists: Justin R. Macumber, Christine Norris, Jeri Smith-Ready 1 SEAT OPEN
Why is everybody reading it? And why should you care?
YA literature is making a bigger mark than ever. Let’s talk about what young adults are
reading, why they are reading it, what about it appeals to adults, and what this upsurge in
young readers might mean for the Science Fiction and Fantasy community.
Broad Universe RFR: Saturday, 4:00 PM, Salon B
 You Were Published WHERE? Saturday, 10:00 PM, Salon B (I may not make this one, it’s way past my bedtime)
Moderator: Alex Shvartsman; (50 minutes)
Panelists: Christine Norris , Eric V. Hardenbrook 2 SEATS OPEN
A discussion about new magazines that have come and gone, new zines that seem to have
staying power, and short-lived publishing houses.
Standard Submission Guidelines Sunday, 10:00 AM, Salon B
Moderator: Christine Norris (50 minutes)
Panelists: Patrick Thomas, Elektra Hammond, Eric V. Hardenbrook, Brian Koscienski,
What are these anyway? Why are things done a certain way? How come they are different from
publisher to publisher?

From Slush to Sale Sunday, 1:00 PM, Salon B
Moderator: Sarah Pinsker; (50 minutes)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Damien Walters Grintalis, Alex Shvartsman, Christine Norris,
Hildy Silverman
A detailed discussion on every aspect of the process of creating and publishing a professional and
semi-pro magazine. (No idea why I’m on this panel.)

The Dark Quest Books Mega-Launch Sunday, 7:00 PM, Frankie & Vinnies
Publisher: Neal Levin: (2 hours)
Dark Quest Books launches their Spring 2013 titles with guest editors and authors:
Danielle Ackley-McPhail (“The Eternal Cycle”), Danny Birt, Jack Campbell (“The Lost Fleet
series”), Myke Cole, Judi Fleming, Charles E. Gannon, Elektra Hammond, Eric V. Hardenbrook,
C.J. Henderson (“Teddy London”), Mike McPhail), Bernie Mojzes, Christine Norris, KT Pinto,
James Daniel Ross (“Radiation Angels”), Alex Shvartsman, Maria V. Snyder, Jim Stratton,
Patrick Thomas (“Murphy’s Lore”, Robert E. Waters, and John C. Wright (“Chronicles of Chaos”),
Jeff Young,