Here’s a bit of a roundup of various things that are going on.
I am very nearly wrapped up with the Fae Fatales project. The special backers’ editions will be in the post next week, the book is available on Createspace, and will soon be available on Amazon, and as an eBook. It has been a very steep learning curve for Solarwyrm, and for me, but I have learnt a lot and I think our next project will be all the smoother for that.
I want to take a minute to talk about this book and what it means to me, personally. It’s obviously very special to me, as Solarwyrm’s inaugural anthology, but it’s also something I am very proud of in its own right. I love crowdfunding as a model, and am thrilled that we managed to do it successfully. But it’s more than that. The book itself is really a piece of art. Every single story in it is fantastic in its own right, and the artwork our artists did for it is all absolutely beautiful. As a whole, Fae Fatales is incredibly inclusive. I did not set out to make a diverse anthology, not specifically, and yet that’s what happened. The book includes LGBT characters (almost as many as the straight/cis ones, which is awesome). There are people of colour between its pages. And I love that that just happened. I love that I didn’t have to set out to do it. Clearly the writers from whom I drew these stories just see the world that way – diverse, colourful. That makes me incredibly proud.
In addition to that, the artists and writers themselves are drawn from multiple countries and backgrounds. The Travelling Book concept only works precisely because we are scattered across the globe. And how awesome is that? I love living in the future.
I’ve been doing a lot of work on the website. There is now a “People of Solarwyrm” section, with bios for all the people that have been involved with the Press thus far – writers, artists, designers. There is also the beginning of a “Books” section, which so far only has the one on it. But give me time. 🙂
There is a call for submission for Solarwyrm’s next project. If you’re a writer, have a look.