Monday, June 16, 2014

Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions Blog Tour

Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions

June 16 to June 22 , 2014
Editor, Scott M. Sandridge

About the Editor
Scott M. Sandridge is a writer, editor, freedom fighter, and all-around trouble-maker. His latest works as an editor include the Seventh Star Press anthologies Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, and the two volumes of A Chimerical World, Tales of the Seelie Court and Tales of the Unseelie Court.

Book Synopsis for Hero's Best Fried

How far would Gandalf have gotten without Shadowfax? Where would the Vault Dweller be without Dogmeat? And could the Beastmaster been the Beastmaster without his fuzzy allies? Animal companions are more than just sidekicks. Animals are more than just sidekicks. Animals can be heroes, too!

Found within are twenty stories of heroic action that focuses on the furries and scalies who have long been the unsung heroes pulling their foolish human buddies out of the fire, and often at great sacrifice-from authors both established and new, including Frank Creed, S. H. Roddey, and Steven S. Long.

Whether you're a fan of Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Science Fiction, or just animal stories in general, this is the anthology for you! So sit back, kick your feet up, and find out what it truly means to be the Hero's Best Friend.

Featured in Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions:

Joy Ward: "Toby and Steve Save the World"
Frank Creed: "Dusk"
Cassie Schau: "The Hunter's Boy"
Steven Donahue: "Grit"
Jason Cordova: "Hill 142"
Herika R. Raymer: "Dook"
Essel Pratt: "Brothers"
Lisa Hawkridge: "Ezra's Girl"
S. H. Roddey: "Look What the Cat Dragged In"
Steven S. Long: "The Wolf Sentinel"
Laura Anne Ewald: "Memorandum"
Cindy Koepp: "The Hat"
Ian Hunter: "Scarheid in the Glisting"
Steven Grassie: "The Masterless"
David Wright: "Wind of Change"
Renee Carter Hall: "The Emerald Mage"
Nick Bryan: "The Violet Curse"
Lillian Csernica & Kevin Andrew Murphy: "The Restless Armadillo"
Douglas J. Ogurek: "Stuck on the Squigglybounce"
Sheila Deeth: "Passage"

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Tour Schedule and Activities

6/16 Beagle Book Space Guest Post

6/16 Tiffany Apan's Blog Interview

6/16 Deal Sharing Aunt Interview

6/16 Elizabeth Delana Rosa ~Book Lover and Creator of Worlds~ Review

6/17 Sheila Deeth Guest Post

6/18 Come Selahway With Me Guest Post

6/18 On Cloud Eight-and-a-Half Guest Post

6/19 Sapphyria's Book Reviews Guest Post

6/20 Beauty in Ruins Guest Post

6/21 Jorie Loves a Story Review

6/25 Book in the Bag Interview

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Stephen Zimmer

And now, the interview! Yes, editing is a tough job!

TA: First, introduce yourself to our lovely readers.

SS: My name is Scott M. Sandridge. I’m a writer, reviewer, and an editor, so I wear many hats. I’ve had close to thirty short stories published in various anthologies and magazines and was the managing editor for Fear & Trembling Magazine for four years. I currently edited three anthologies for Seventh Star Press, one being Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions. I also edit freelance.

TA: Tell us a little of your work process. Do you have any "rituals" or do you just dive right in?

SS: It depends on the work and the time available to me. I write whenever I get the chance to. Lately I’ve discovered that my writing flows better if I write after an hour or two of playing video games, especially story-based RPG type of games. But I only have time for that on the weekends. During the weekdays, I have to just force myself to trudge through.

TA: As an editor, what sort of criteria must a writer/author pass if you are to edit their work?

SS: Follow the guidelines! They’re there for a reason. I also prefer standard manuscript formatting (Courier or Roman, 10 or 12 pt font, double-line spaced). While I’m okay with minor variances, don’t let it be to where I have to spend as much time or more to reformat as I would to edit it. If you say you have a 90-page manuscript, and it’s single-line spaced instead of double, I’m going to be like, “Hey, this isn’t a 90 page manuscript, it’s a 180 page manuscript.” I’m old-fashioned that way. And I’m just as old-fashioned when it comes to determining word count.

TA: What are some challenges you face in your profession?

SS: Editing can be a long, tedious job. So you have to have the patience to do it. You also need to know how to talk to authors and be diplomatic with your suggestions. Sure, authors are expected to have a thick skin in this profession, but in reality most of us really don’t. We can get mopey over some of the silliest things.

TA: Tell us a little about the new project, Hero's Best Friend.

SS: Hero’s Best Friend is an anthology about the animal companions of heroes. Most often they get second-stage (even though they manage to steal the show). I thought it’d be cool to have an anthology of short stories where the animal companions get center stage instead of their human buddies.

TA: What's coming up for you and where can people find you on the interwebs? Plug Away. :)

SS: I recently got a short story (“Deidre’s Folly”) published in the anthology, Re-Vamped: Blood Lust Revenge, by Neophyte Press. Currently it’s ebook only, but if enough ebook copies sell they’ll make a print version.

Seventh Star Press plans to have more anthologies in the near future, so there’ll be more anthology editing for me to do soon. :)

You can find me at my blog, A Work in Progress (, as well as on Facebook (, Twitter (@scottmsandridge), Goodreads, Google+, and LinkedIn. The majority of my online time is on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog.

Thanks, Scott! So everyone, be sure to check out Hero's Best Friend. :)

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