la femme signs

Today I received 150 signing sheets for the forthcoming anthology La Femme, in which my story ‘Valerie’ is appearing.

That’s just half the contributors. The entire Table of Contents is: Frances Hardinge, Storm Constantine, Ruth EJ Booth, Andrew Hook, Stewart Hotston, Holly Ice, Adele Kirby, Maura McHugh, Jonathan Oliver, Stephen Palmer, John Llewellyn Probert, and Benjanun Sriduangkaew.

It’s an odd experience writing your name out 150 times – after a short period your own signature looks odd, and then you have bizarre moments when your brain suddenly doubts itself and shrieks, ‘Is that how you really spell it?’

My apologies to anyone who gets a sheet in which my signature looks a bit hitched – that was me in a moment of existential penmanship crisis.

The companion anthology to La Femme is Noir, and that volume features a great line-up of talent too: Adam Roberts, Simon Morden, E.J. Swift, Jay Caselberg, Emma Coleman, Paul Kane, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Marie O’Regan, Paul Graham Raven, Donna Scott, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Paula Wakefield, and James Worrad.

Both titles are available for pre-order now (just follow the links above), and cost £9.99 for the paperback or £15.99 for the hardback.

However, there is a deluxe edition of both titles available, called The NewCon Press Little Black Box, which comes in a black presentation box that contains hardback copies of both anthologies, an envelope filled with a quartet of sheets signed by all the contributing authors, and a black tea-light candle shot through with silver which comes in a purple organza bag. It costs £39.99.

The Little Black Box

It’s also strictly limited, with only 100 available, and each box is individually numbered. I happen to know that over half of them have sold via pre-orders, so get them while you can.