Meet the Creative Team!
In this update, we’re going to give the puppies a well-deserved break and focus instead on the incredibly cute humans who will be bringing you THE WARLOCK’S CURSE. I think you'll agree, it's a pretty amazing group, and I'm proud to be working with each and every one of them.
Lee Moyer: Cover Artist / Designer
I first met Lee Moyer through my good friends (and brilliant authors) Sara Mueller and Simone Cooper. He had done a series of incredible tarot-inspired posters for Ambercon NW, and I found him perfectly charming. He writes for the stage, plays a mean game of Anagrams and is a dead ringer for Neil Patrick Harris (just look at that shayna punim!) But it was his art—bold, compelling, enthralling—that blew me away.
Lee's work has been featured in many Spectrum annuals, Communication Arts and Design Graphics magazines, The Society of Illustrators, D'Artiste, the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution, and countless other books, magazines and compendia. He's illustrated authors as diverse as H.P. Lovecraft, Raymond Chandler, Philip Jose Farmer, Iain M. Banks, and George R.R. Martin.
You’d think that would be quite enough, but no. Lee has also worked in film, theater and games. His film work can be found in “HP Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown,” the poster for “Call of Cthulhu,” the covers for two boxed sets of Laurel & Hardy films from 20th Century Fox, and the “Spiderman 2” Special Edition DVD. He worked on world-premiere theatrical posters for Stephen Sondheim, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and Andre 3000. And as far as games, he’s done Art Directing for Electronic Arts and Digital Addiction, as well as freelance work for Sony, Upper Deck, and Hasbro. He was one of the two lead concept designers for 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons.
Now do you see why I think he’s so awesome? And why I’m so lucky to be working with him? Best of all, he’s signed on to do the cover for THE UNSTEADY EARTH as well, so there’s plenty more wonderfulness to look forward to.
Juliet Ulman: Development Editor
I have wanted to do a project with Juliet since she acquired THE NATIVE STAR (plus the book that would become THE HIDDEN GODDESS) for Spectra back in … what, 2008? I had heard nothing but good things from the other authors she’d worked with, and she was passionate about my work. At that point, she’d been an editor at Bantam Dell Publishing Group for eleven years, where she acquired and edited such titles as ONE FOR SORROW by Christopher Barzak, THE MAGICIAN AND THE FOOL by Barth Anderson, and PALIMPSEST by Catherynne M. Valente. (A selected list of other books edited by Juliet can be found here.)
Due to staffing changes at Spectra, however, I didn’t end up working with Juliet on those first two books. Instead, my editor was the incredible Anne Groell—who, for the record, treated me like a rockstar, helped make the first two books infinitely better than they would have been otherwise, and has my everlasting gratitude. (She was even one of the very first backers of this Kickstarter! Hi, Anne!)
But when I started thinking about putting this next book out on my own, Juliet's was the very first name that popped into my head (well, right after Jesus Christ's.) After leaving Spectra, she’d gone on to open her own freelance editing studio, bringing her extensive experience editing science fiction, fantasy, literary fantasy, and speculative fiction (not to mention biomedical thrillers, fantasy-romance, mysteries, and media tie-in projects … seriously, I don’t think there’s any genre she hasn’t edited) to a select clientele.
Juliet’s projects have won and/or been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Hugo Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the World Fantasy Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, the Nebula Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and the Mythopoeic Award. Her titles have been named Best of the Year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews,The Village Voice, Amazon.com, Powells.com, and SFSite.com, and honored as New York Times Notable Books. Juliet herself has personally been shortlisted for the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor twice, and separately longlisted for this same award on three separate occasions.
The best illustration of just how perfect Juliet is for this project—when I was discussing my plans to put out THE WARLOCK’S CURSE with my agent (the splendiferous Ginger Clark) the first thing she said was, “you want me email Juliet and see if she’s available?” Great minds think alike, I guess—especially when it comes to great editors.
Amy Garvey: Copyeditor
Amy Garvey’s presence on this team demonstrates the incredible power of crowdsourcing. A couple of months ago, when I was building the project budget, I tweeted a recruiting notice for copyeditor candidates. I got a flood of impressive applications, but Amy’s stood out. She had industry experience, a love of the historical genre, and an impressive body of work in her own right (her YA novel COLD KISS was released by HarperTeen in September 2011, and the sequel, GLASS HEART, will be available in September 2012.)
She has worked in publishing in one capacity or another since the early '90s—as a ghostwriter, freelance reader, editorial assistant, copywriter, copy editor, and acquiring editor. Amy is concentrating on her own writing now, when she's not watching too much TV and obsessively bookmarking cake recipes. (Clearly, a woman after my own heart.)
Jaym Gates: Publicist
I’ve only met Jaym once (well, at least that I know of, there may have been a random drinking binge in there that I just don't remember) and that was at this past year’s World Fantasy Convention. She was doing publicity work for SFWA, and I was impressed by her professionalism and attention to detail.
She started out as a password and formatting-challenged intern at Fantasy Magazine. Since then, she's edited anthologies on such high-brow topics as zombie erotica, written about mechanical dragons and galaxy-eating horrors, managed fetish shows and blogged all over the place. Hey, she'll never lack for good stories at conventions.
Her clients and projects have included Raw Dog Screaming Press, the Nebula Awards, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Jeff VanderMeer (who, by the by, is editing another great Kickstarter project, the Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology), Crossed Genres Magazine, JoSelle Vanderhooft, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and many more.
Up to this point, I’ve always done my own publicity—being an unrepentant loudmouth kind of helps with that. But Jaym has the kind of specialized PR knowledge (especially in-genre) that I just don’t have. She’s already been hitting the streets about this Kickstarter (though her main role will really be promoting the book itself) and I can’t wait to work with her!
Now seriously. Is that not the most gorgeous group of people you ever saw? I feel like I'm in the movie version of my life when I'm around people like these. With the role of M.K. Hobson, of course, being played by my beloved spiritual doppleganger:
And that's it for tonight, my dears. Stay golden! And keep spreading the word ... only 18 days left!