Saturday, June 24, 2017

Art Edwards Summer '17 Hello

I haven't touched base in a while, so I thought I'd let you know what's going on in my neck o' the woods.

I'm just about finished with Badge's sequel, which is called Nineteen Ways to Destroy Your Rock Band. This one currently clocks in at 101,000 words, about 25% longer than Badge. These things just keep getting longer. I hope to put the finishing touches on it by the end of the year, or early 2018. Don't expect it anytime soon, but know that I'm working on it and it's coming.

Also, I still have about 40 copies of Badge that were bought with the funds from its Kickstarter campaign. I'm currently selling these for the low, low price of $5.00 apiece at my website. That's the best price you'll find anywhere.

Finally, I've had a couple of nonfiction pieces appear in the last year or so that may interest you. The first is about the effects of a certain Georgia band on my fragile 18-year-old psyche. Read “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young R.E.M. Fan” at Bull.

Also, you can read about the process that took my story “Waiting for the Question” past the one and only Alex Trebek before it was published in Forest Avenue Press's City of Weird anthology last year. Read my essay “Waiting for the Answer” here, published by Necessary Fiction.

I think that's it. Please feel free to reach out to me if the mood strikes. I'm always around.

Have a good summer.


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Sunday, April 2, 2017

New Short Story "Nello's Liner Notes" Published by The Wax Paper!!!

I got to meet Hans and co., the fellas who put together the broadsheet lit mag called The Wax Paper, at AWP last February. This mag had accepted my short story "Nello's Liner Notes" for publication a week before, so it was great to get the chance to thank them in person and to get to know them a bit.

When I heard one of them was from Chicago, I of course had to ask, "Cubs or Sox?"

One said, "Sox."

The other, "Indians."

So, we didn't talk much about baseball after that.

These two have put together a fantastically cool lit mag, and if you subscribe, you'll get to read the lost liner notes of one Nello Van Hansen, the finest budding songwriter in southwest North Dakota, whose magnum opus Havi-g Said That never quite made it to press. Where's the "n," you ask? You have to subscribe and read the story to find out!

Yours in laying down the law,


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

I Will Read from City of Weird Saturday, 3/11, at Another Read Through!!!

I was going to tell you all about this great event coming up next Saturday, 3/11, at Another Read Through in Portland, where I will get to read with a fabulous collection of other authors from Forest Avenue Press's City of Weird anthology. Then Gigi Little comes along and, as ever, does all the heavy lifting.

Take it away, Gigi, and I hope to see you all at Another Read Through next Saturday.

Yours in laying down the law,


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Saturday, February 4, 2017

AWPers: Come See Our Panel "Beyond Free Books: the Surprising Perks of Book Reviewing" On Saturday!!!

I'm thrilled to share the stage with some serious publishing hotshots next Saturday 2/11 at 4:30 PM at AWP in Washington, D.C. 

The panel is called "Beyond Free Books: the Surprising Perks of Book Reviewing," and we will be discussing all things good about the book review writing and publishing process, from participating in the writing community to beefing up your pub credits to helping to shape the public discussion of books to getting paid. Sharing the stage with me will be Steph Cha, Louis Bayard, David Gutowski, and Ben Tanzer, each offering their own take on the advantages of book reviewing and answering your questions. It's going be a fun, informative, beneficial way to close out your AWP experience, and I hope we get to see you there.

Shoot me an email if you have questions (, or just show up!


AWP Conference
Feb. 8-11, 2017
Washington, D.C.
Washington Convention Center