It’s been a hectic couple of months, but the latest novella in the Synthetic Albatross series has been officially released.
By the way, this is Ben (in case you hadn’t noticed). I’ve coopted the blog here on AWP for the last few months to promote and share Break/Interrupt, and it’s finally here. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks making deliveries around the Windsor area. I’ve also dropped some copies off at Biblioasis.
If you would like one for yourself (and you do, it looks amazing in person) let me know. I still have some deliveries to make as more requests tickle in and the book is available to order online or from your favourite local book store.
I have a ton of people to thank for this one (as always) and I don’t want to repeat the acknowledgements from the back of the book, but a lot of credit goes to Glen Hawkes for designing and drawing the cover. Also, the book wouldn’t exist without the help of the other fine people her at AWP, so a big thanks goes to them. And I suppose I should thank all of you for reading it!
I think that’s all for now. I’d love to answer some questions if anyone has any, though, so feel free to ask in the comments!
I shared the cover of my new book, Break/Interrupt, over on my personal website, but I wanted to make sure to share it here, too.
I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Glen Hawkes, who did the cover for the last book in the series, Broadcast Wasteland, knocked it out of the park again. Check out his website for his art, comics, and kids books.
The sample copy of the book is in the mail and I hope to have copies to sell in the next couple of weeks. I’ll make another short post when it’s officially available.
I’m working hard on the last edit of Break/Interrupt before I start on the layout and send the book off to the printer. I have two weeks to get it all wrapped up before my self imposed deadline (and before I miss out on the discount at the printer).
I should have plenty of time to get it finished in time (if I’m at all to be trusted). The plan is (similarly as the other novellas in the series) to order copies within the first week of April. I’m not sure how long it will take to get them to me. Last year there was a delay due to the pandemic, but it wasn’t too bad. I had Broadcast Wasteland in hand well before the end of the month.
I expect things will be similar this year. Thankfully, as soon as the book is approved with the printer, it is available to order and therefore, technically released. The prices fluctuate wildly online (at least in Canada) so I’m sure most people will be interested in getting the book directly from me. I haven’t made a decision on distribution yet, but that will be all sorted out by the time the books are delivered. (Because I won’t have much of a choice at that point).
I like to keep the cover under wraps until I know the books are on their way. There’s so much that can go wrong with the printing process that I have to resist jumping the gun. Even though Glen Hawkes really outdid himself this time. He did a great job with Broadcast Wasteland, so you can imagine how good this one is.
I won’t take up any more of your time for now. I’ll do another post when the book is out (showing off that amazing cover). I’m really excited for this one. I hope you are, too!
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 →