My story, “On the Methods of Preserving and Dissecting Icthyo Sapiens” is now live at Mad Scientist Journal

My favorite bit of mad science fiction is free to read online, along with a perfect illustration by Shannon Legler. From my story:

Lab Notes, April 23, 1931. The subject has four limbs, but while its skin appears crocodilian, the limbs are not fixed under the body. Instead they appear to be jointed much as a man’s are, with longer back legs and a wide range of motion in the shorter front legs.

Water is everywhere. It is, always, since the earliest memories of my life. I feel it as a warm pressure on every part of my skin. It is an ever-moving source of air for my lungs and food for my belly. When the currents are strong it becomes thick enough to sit on, to grab a hold of and ride. The water is never still because it is never empty. I can taste the time of day.

Though it has a mouth and front facing eyes, it does not appear to breathe air, and instead has several gills hidden under heavy scales on its neck which are easy to miss. Kudos to Johnson for noticing them, or the thing might have drowned before we got its head and neck into a bucket of water.

Read the rest here.

Buy a signed copy of WOMEN AND OTHER CONSTRUCTS in print, get the ebook free!

I love my print books, but I read on my tablet more than anything else, because it’s portable, less likely to rumple than a printed page, and carries hundreds of books at once. This means that I read more ebooks than print, but I haven’t quite gotten over the need to own the physical artifact as well as the story. Lately, I’ve been buying ebook copies of the print books sitting on my shelves (just to get through my To Read pile), or buying print books knowing I won’t find time for it unless I get the ebook too… but why should I have to pay extra for a digital copy of a book I already own?

Why should you?

Now, if you buy a signed print copy of my short collection, Women and Other Constructs, you get an instant download of a DRM-free epub or mobi file along with it, free! Check out what’s been called “a varied, powerful collection of stories that showcases the range and talent of an author who will hopefully continue to rise in exposure in the SFF community.” (SF Signal, July 12, 2013) Only $10 plus shipping.

Bundle of signed print book + free instant download of a DRM-free epub file click here

Bundle of signed print book + free instant download of a DRM-free mobi file click here

If you don’t need the print book, you can also get a bundle of three ebook formats $2.99, here, or purchase them individually: ePubMobi, or PDF, for just $1.99

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Print copies of WOMEN AND OTHER CONSTRUCTS, free to reviewers (or cheap, if you just want one)

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I have about 30 almost perfect copies of my short collection, Women and Other Constructs, and I want them to belong to someone else. Specifically, I’d like them to go to people who will read and review them. I don’t want to sell them, because there’s a handful of small errors–these were printed by mistake, before the final version of the interior was submitted.

If you’re a reviewer of speculative fiction (SF/F) for an established book review site or publication, I will send you the book for free. I’ll pay shipping; you just tell me where it goes.

If you’re not a reviewer somewhere else, but you want to read the book and will review it on your own website, or Goodreads, Amazon, etc, I’ll give you the book for free if you pay shipping ($3, if you’re in the US). Continue reading

Women and Other Constructs, now on Weightless!

My first collection, Women and Other Constructs, is now available on indie bookseller Weightless. Buy it as a DRM-free epub, mobi, or PDF HERE

You can still buy directly from me. Ebooks available for instant download! You can also order a bundle of signed print book + instant download of all ebook formats, or just the signed book; a bundle of all ebook formats, or individually: ePub, Mobi, or PDF. HERE

Also available via Amazon: Kindle ($1.99) and print ($5.99)

And, there’s a new review of the collection:

July 27, 2013 – “This was my first time picking up anything by Carrie Cuinn and I must say I was very impressed by her simplistic style which can still portray so much. The stories included in the anthology show a great range of ability and talent in multiple genres.” – Goodreads

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Self publishing stats: Women and Other Constructs, First 30+ days

When I published my first collection of short fiction, I said I would add up the stats after 30 days. The highlights:

  • The book cost me $0 to create. I did every bit of the work myself: writing, editing, page layout, cover design, and art. Ebooks and print-ready PDF, too. I also did the distribution, setting up for a variety of ebook sales, and print via Amazon. I chose methods that didn’t have any up front cost at all. The only thing I paid in advance was $10 a month for the online shopping cart.
  • The fiction in the book was worth $462.21–based on a $0.05 per word minimum pro rate for the new writing, and the standard $0.01 minimum reprint rate.
  • I published the book on June 28, and calculated income for the end of June/all of July; that’s about 33 days.
  • I made a total of $195.31 over that time. I haven’t been paid for all of it yet, but that’s the calculated income.

Doing the math

The stories were six reprints I’d previously published, and two stories I hadn’t sold before, along with an intro and notes at the end. Continue reading