The Wonderland Alphabet (flip preview)

The sneakiest preview of The Wonderland Alphabet you’ll ever get! How cute is this book?!? Still working on getting a definite date when this will be out — I know Amazon has had a different release date every other day (now it says June 19th), but who trusts Amazon anymore? They don’t even have the proper cover image. I…

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The HMH Bankruptcy [UPDATE]

I have just spoken to my dear fairy godmother at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt–she reassured me that this restructuring is actually cause for celebration, and so I would like to pass this reassurance on to you, my friends & family. Things at this particular publisher have indeed been a mess ever since the Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt merger back in…

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Enters Bankruptcy Process

Yes, one of my publishers did just enter a Chapter 11 bankruptcy for about 3 billion dollars. You can read the New York Times article about it here. What I remember from working in publishing back in the day, back when Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt were two separate companies, is that their scholarly divisions (all those anthologies you had…

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Fairy Tale in the TV Age

Love fairy tales? Love television? Addicted to Once Upon a Time and Grimm? (I certainly am…) I compiled a list of the top 10 fairy tale television series in the last 60 years for Clarkesworld Magazine and put it together (with YouTube clips!) in a lovely article for your perusing pleasure. Click here to read The Fairy Tale in…

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Basically Amazing Alethea!

Basically Amazing Ashley has me over at her blog today for Fairy Tale Fortnight — “Today’s Fairy Tale Fortnight interview totally makes my day. Because it is with the author of my number one most anticipated release of 2012 and will be followed by a review of the book! I cannot even begin to describe how happy I am that…

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Delicious Tidbits

There are so many wonderful things going on, this post is hardly big enough to fill them! Over at the Ranting Dragon is a list of Twenty Must-Read Retold Fairy Tales. First on the list, I’m proud to say, is the Happily Ever After anthology, edited by John Klima. I have a story in that one — “Blood and…

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Win This Necklace!

[Edited again to add: Now that Paypal is fixed, Chip In seems to be broken, and the widget with the button for donating money has vanished. You can always contribute to the fund straight to me through PayPal. My address is my email: akontis at gmail dot com. You may also try the alternate Chip In page I have…

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The Turnip Princess

Fairy tale lovers by now are aware that 500 new tales collected by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth were discovered after being locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 years. “While sifting through Von Schönwerth’s work, Eichenseer found 500 fairytales, many of which do not appear in other European fairytale collections. For example, there is the…

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