It was nice to meet so many of you at the residency last month. Some of you may remember my discussion of my next book, Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker (and Reader)—and indeed, some of you from residencies past may remember a sample book proposal for a book called “Flash Cocktails”—so I am writing to let you know that it is up for pre-order on Amazon. Other major etailers will have it up in a week or three, but Big A always seems to get their pages live first.
The book combines flash fiction I selected and edited (plus a story of my own) and cocktail recipes curated by my co-editor Molly Tanzer. One of the stories is from Westconn faculty lecturer Libby Cudmore!
Gift-style books like these are a way of keeping busy between larger projects, and this one is also a bit of a personal passion project—I want to help short fiction survive. Who’d expect to find a short story anthology among the cookbooks and party-planning titles far from the Fiction/Literature section? These sorts of titles—quick, short “compiled” books designed to be purchased as presents—are also relatively easy to sell (Mixed Up got “only” fifteen or so rejections before landing with Skyhorse Publishing) and is something a writer with a relative handful of credits can end up doing as a first or second book. Think about it as you strive to enter the publishing world; go to sections of the bookstore you don’t normally check out and you’ll see a ton of this sort of book.
Mixed Up won’t be out till October—it’s a gift book, the idea is that it works as a casual gift for friends, or a stocking stuffer for close family—but I hope some of you decide to pre-order, or check it out when it hits the shelves this autumn. Buy copies for everyone you know who rates a $10-15 present.
Here’s the fiction table of contents, which includes stalwarts from fantasy, crime/thriller, literary, and even experimental fiction:
(n.b. There are more cocktail recipes in the book than there are stories.)
Maurice Broaddus “Two Americans Walk Into a Pub…” (Pimm’s Cup)
Selena Chambers “Arrangement in Juniper and Champagne” (French 75)
Libby Cudmore “One More Night To Be Pirates” (Dark ‘N’ Stormy)
Gina Marie Guadagnino “In The Sky She Floats” (Manhattan)
Elizabeth Hand “Eat the Wyrm” (margarita)
Cara Hoffman “I’ve Been Tired” (Negroni)
Jarett Kobek “Wes Anderson Uses A Urinal” (champagne cocktail)
Carrie Laben “Take Flight” (aviation)
Carmen Machado “There and Back Again” (corpse reviver #2)
Nick Mamatas “The End of the End of History” (vodka martini)
Jim Nisbet “Mint Julep Through the Ages” (mint julep)
Benjamin Percy “Bloody at Mazie’s Joint” (Bloody Mary)
Dominica Phetteplace “Gin is Stronger Than Witchcraft” (orange blossom)
Tim Pratt “But You Can’t Stay Here” (fin de siècle)
Robert Swartwood “Dinner with the Fire Breathers” (Smoking Bishop)
Jeff VanderMeer “Marmot Season” (Moscow Mule)
Will Viharo “Hot Night at Hinky Dinks” (mai tai)