Reviewers Needed for Our Upcoming Anthologies

We realise it has been a long time since we posted anything directly to this blog. I didn’t even properly announce my novel here when it was officially released on September 19th, as I’d been busy promoting it in numerous other locations.

In any case, Jax and I (Dominica) have two anthologies that we are looking to have ready to the point of launching our next crowdfunding campaign in February. We have now responded to all of the submissions for both the precocious children anthology and the Amok Asia-Pacific anthology. If you’ve been waiting to hear back from us and haven’t seen anything, please send an email to us so we can sort that out!

We won’t be officially announcing any names or story titles until contracts are sent out and signed. However, as we are looking to have both anthologies typeset by the beginning of February, we are looking for people who would be interested in receiving an ARC (advance reading copy) around that time, so reviews can go up during the course of our crowdfunding campaign. ARCs will likely be available in PDF format. Other formats will depend on whether we can have them ready in time.

Early reviews may be posted on blogs, Goodreads, or anywhere else that accept book reviews. Once we have the books listed at online stores, reviews can be crossposted there.

If you’re interested in receiving an ARC, please contact us at solarwyrm@gmail.com with the subject “ARC Request”. Please specify which anthology you would like to review, or if you would like to review both. Please don’t sign up unless you are sure you can make time to read and review during the month of February.

Information about the anthologies, to make your selection (based on the assumption that all accepted authors agree to publication):

Precocious Children
18 stories at approx. 70,000 words.
These stories all have major characters who are children, written for an adult audience.

Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction
24 stories at approx. 85,000 words.
This anthology includes traditional mythology, fantasy, future tech, dystopias, and more.
Stories selected are set in the following locations:
Australia, China, Hawai’i, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pacific Ocean, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam

If you have a book blog, we may also be open to sending review copies of books from our back catalogue. If you would also like to request those, please include a link to your blog and an estimated date for review.

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Things are happening!

Here’s a bit of a roundup of various things that are going on.

Fae Fatales

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.

The website

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. 🙂

Precocious Children

There is a call for submission for Solarwyrm’s next project. If you’re a writer, have a look.