The eARC for Target Rich Environment is out!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with eARCs, it stands for Electronic Advanced Reader Copy. An ARC is what normally gets sent to reviewers months before the book comes out, but Baen realized a long time ago that people will pay to get books they want several months early. In fact, they’ll pay extra, and as devout capitalists, that’s awesome.
eARCs have not gone through the final copy editing process, so a lot of time you get to see all the happy fun bonus typos and author screw ups that didn’t get caught before turn in. Some eARCs have big changes from the final (like the legendary *insert explosions here*), but honestly my manuscripts have all been pretty clean, so I’ve never had a major change between any of my eARCs and the final product.
In this case, Target Rich Environment should be good to go because it is a collection of my short fiction. I’m very proud of this. Being primarily a novelist, I’m not known for my short fiction, but I’ve actually published a ton of it. This is volume one of my favorites.
Many of these stories have appeared in other places before, but most of my fans haven’t read them. Some markets are more obscure than others. There are also some originals where this is the first time they’ve ever been in print, including a Bubba Shackleford story co-authored with my daughter. This was her first ever professional sale (and her 2nd will out next year).
And for the first time ever in print, the complete Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent.
In this collection I’ve got fantasy, sci-fi, horror, action/adventure, and comedy. I’ve got stories from MHI, Grimnoir, Dead Six, a few other people’s IPs, and a bunch of original settings. So it’s a little bit of everything.
So check it out. The regular release will be in September.