This past weekend, a group of us got together for three days of editing novels, researching book material, and writing short stories. Virtually, of course. As much as we all miss writing together in person, going somewhere for this year’s retreat just wasn’t an option.
Ben’s posted before about how AWP has been adapting to online events this past year. Going virtual for a weekend of writing was another way we had to adapt. Even though it wasn’t the same as being at the same table in the same room, it was still a productive and fun experience.
For the duration of the retreat, we scheduled two writing times per day. There was no pressure to write at those times, just whoever was free. At the start of each scheduled writing session, the group of us met up for a video call to talk about our projects and other unrelated things, ’cause talking to people is something else we miss. It was a great motivator, talking shop with other writers and focusing on the work before diving in for a few hours. Having the group to hold us accountable and cheer us on helped us all to spend some time on our works in progress.
At the end of the retreat, we agreed that having another virtual weekend, even just a Saturday sometime, to do some writing together would be a good idea. Something to keep us motivated and connected to our writing community.
We’re looking forward to the day when we can safely meet up in person and attend in-person events, but until then, we’ll keep adapting.
Have you tried writing online with a couple of friends? What are some ways you’re staying connected with your writing and your writing community? Anything you’ve learned about virtual writing sessions?
We plan on having new books to share with you this year. While it may be some time until we can have physical release parties and get out to events across the province, we will continue to work and experiment in the virtual space.
Hang in there and do what we do when things get tough. Read genre fiction (especially the quality books released by Adventure Worlds Press).
I know that title isn’t good manners, but it’s direct and to the point! Seeing as it’s the season of spending money, we thought we would make a pitch for you to spend some of it on our fine books.
They are, as I said, fine books. Not only are the stories fantastic, but the covers are cool and the print quality is—well, it’s right up there. When it comes to print-on-demand, there isn’t a ton that any author or small press can do but hope for the best and send back anything that doesn’t meet their standards.
But that’s beside the point. Look at these awesome books! You know you want them. All that’s left is to let you know where you can get them, which I will now provide.
No Light Tomorrow is a collection of six Science Fiction short stories. Authors Christian Laforet and Ben Van Dongen have each written three stores that explore the idea of subverted expectations, loss, and the limits people will go when they have nothing to lose. Goodreads
Available at: Biblioasis 1520 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, ON
Amazon and for special order from your local book store.
Earlier in the year, we at AWP had the pleasure of publishing Brittni Brinn’s fantastic post-apocalyptic novel, A Place That Used to Be. And now, we are twice blessed because we are just days away from the release of the companion novel The Patch Project.
After a mysterious disaster erases most of the world, five survivors find themselves in the middle of a post-apocalyptic wasteland. A married couple are trapped in their domestic setting. Two punks wander the wasteland, pushed further west by fears of retribution. A video game designer, used to living the high life in the city, is stranded at a highway gas station
“Elegant, clever, and compassionate. Navigating a post-apocalyptic landscape becomes a journey of self-discovery in this unforgettable novel.” – Elly Blake, New York Times bestselling author of the Frostblood saga
Due to the current limitations being put on events, the launch for The Patch Project will be held digitally on Facebook. If you would like to participate, please follow the link.
Hello all. Ben here. After pushing Christian into doing monthly posts, I find that I failed to get one done for September. I had this post planned, but the proof is in the pudding and there wasn’t any (pudding or proof). I may do another post later in the month to make up for it, but I want to make sure there is something to say and I’m not pulling what I do on my other page and forcing a post when there is really no news. I believe in the advertising philosophy that an ad owes you either information or entertainment in payment for your time. And what are these posts, really, other than advertisements for us? Continue reading →
Due to the world being on fire, we have missed three significant events here at AWP. Namely, the launch of Ben Van Dongen’s newest novella (in the Synthetic Albatross series), Broadcast Wasteland. The launch of Brittni Brinn’s new novel, The Place That Used To Be. And the re-release of Christian Laforet’s short story collection, The Space Between Houses.
We had intended to host a big hoopla in the fall to celebrate all three books, but due to the obvious issues, that seems unlikely to happen. Not to be deterred though, we have made the decision to bring the launch of these new releases to your digital doorstep.
This Friday, Aug 21st, all three authors will be dropping readings, behind the scenes and more on the AWP Facebook page, as well as across their own social media. It all kicks off at 10am.
We here at Adventure Worlds Press have managed to have three new releases come out during the pandemic with everyone in quarantine most stores closed for much of that time. I suppose for two of them, we saw the writing on the wall and could have held back the releases, but one of them is mine (it’s Ben writing this if you couldn’t tell from reading any of my other posts) and I have a thing for schedules and rules even when they are arbitrary. My novellas come out in April because that’s when the first one came out so they all have to come out then. Therefore Broadcast Wasteland was released in April. Continue reading →
A couple of months ago we announced that AWP would be releasing author Brittni Brinn’s newest novel, A Place That Used to Be. We are big fans of this book (and of Brittni herself!), and are very excited to see it released into the wild.
Due to the pandemic, some of our launch plans for A Place That Used to Be have been altered. There will still be a traditional launch and reading, however it is postponed until the world opens up enough for such gatherings. In the meantime, there will be a digital launch for the book, so stay tuned for info on that in the near future.
Alright, without further ado, we present the cover reveal for A Place That Used to Be by Brittni Brinn! Continue reading →
We here at Adventure Worlds Press are eagerly awaiting the upcoming release from our new author partner, Brittni Brinn. Seeing as Christian recently rereleased The Space Between Houses with even more stories and Ben published the newest book in The Synthetic Albatross Series, Broadcast Wasteland, we felt that now would be a good time to come up with some book bundles and publishing packages.
We are working on the details at the moment, but imagine packages of three or four books sold together at one great price. How about the entire three part Synthetic Albatross Series? Maybe the three newest releases in one bundle? The three books of collected stories? Something else even!
That’s where you come in. We can make up packages until the cows come home, but wouldn’t it be better if you told us what you want? Sure, some of them are no brainers, but from past experience, we know how easy it is to overlook things when you’re too close to it.
So, what do you say? Which books do you want to see together? We’ll put them in a bundle and set a price. Reply to this post or send us an email at AdventureWorldsPress@gmail.com.
We are thrilled to announce that Adventure Worlds Press will be releasing Brittni Brinn’s new novel, A Place That Used to Be!
The sequel to her debut, The Patch Project, A Place That Used to Be is a post-apocalyptic vision of a world gone to pieces. The book will be available this summer.
And, in case you missed out on Brittni’s first novel, the above mentioned The Patch Project, fear not, AWP will be re-releasing it as well later this year.
We will have more on both titles, including final release dates and events surrounding their launch, in the near future, so stay tuned.
Author photo by Sarah Kivell
Brittni Brinn (she/her) is a Windsor-based author who writes (mostly) post-apocalyptic fiction. She is interested in all things creative, and enjoyed her time as the artistic director for Paper-Knife Theatre and as co-host of Hardcover: A Literary Podcast. You can read more about her work at brittnibrinn.com