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There are a few questions I get all the time, so I thought I'd set up a Frequently-Asked Questions page. - Jeff

How can I get in touch with you?
You can email me at vanderworld@hotmail.com or you can send snail mail to POB 4248, Tallahassee, FL 32303.

I'm an editor or publisher who wants to acquire rights to one of your books. Who should I contact?
My agent is Howard Morhaim of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency in New York City. Please contact him. If you don't have his contact information, please contact me at vanderworld@hotmail.com.

I'm a book reviewer or book review editor looking for high-quality images of the covers to your latest books and a press release about the book. Where can I find this information?
Please refer to the Press Kit section of the web site, accessible from the home page. It should have everything you need. If it doesn't, please email me and let me know.

Are you reading unsolicited manuscripts for the Ministry of Whimsy?
Not currently, but check the Ministry of Whimsy Web site for the most up-to-date information.

Do you read unpublished manuscripts by beginning writers?
No. Because I have a full-time job and limited time to write, I can't really help out, except to say research the current markets and send your work out to the places that fit the kind of writing you do. Now, if you're at a signing or reading of mine and you want to discuss markets, etc., I'll be happy to help.

Do you care where readers buy your books?
Right now, my books have spotty distribution in the U.S. For that reason, because it's usually a kind of "equal amount of difficulty" issue, I prefer readers buy my books directly from the publisher, Amazon.com, or an independent bookstore. Prime Books prefers you order through Amazon, while Golden Gryphon, publisher of my Secret Life collection, prefers you order through their Website (www.goldengryphon.com). In the United Kingdom, my publisher is Pan MacMillan and the books are widely available in the chain stores, and I'd prefer you buy them in the way that's easiest for you.

What are you currently working on?
I'm in the last stages of an Ambergris novel called "Shriek: An Afterword". After that, I'll finish off another Amergris novel called "The Zamilon File" and yet another one called "Fragments from a Drowned City." In addition, I'll be working on gathering together the work for my nonfiction collection from Monkey Brain, out in October 2004, and fleshing out a new story cycle, of which I have two stories so far--"The City" and "Three Days in a Border Town," with a third in the works called "The Circus on the Bridge". I'm also working on a series of retold myths, mostly South Pacific in origin, the first of which is called "Shark God Versus Octopus God." All of this should keep me busy for several years.

Will you ever edit another anthology again?
It appears I'll be editing Leviathan 5 and all Levs thereafter, with Forrest Aguirre, editor of Lev4, creating his own new anthology series. We both thought this would be a positive thing, in that Forrest can put his stamp on a new series much more easily, and it creates two anthology series for idiosyncratic fiction. But I won't be editing Leviathan 5 until at least 2006, so hold off on queries for now.

I'd like to send you some dried squid and/or mushrooms since there're squid and mushrooms in some of your Ambergris stories. Do you appreciate such gestures?
I get a kick out getting stuff like this in the mail, but when it comes to dried squid, I don't really have any use for it, so I usually wind up having to throw it out. We have a small house and a lot of books, so we can't keep everything we'd like to. As for mushrooms, I should state for the record that I'm not into any kind of drugs--even half a glass of wine makes it impossible for me to write--and so sending me those kind of mushrooms will be a waste of a good thing. I do love getting letters from readers, however.

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