Holiday Greetings!

It’s that time of year again! Lights, snow, hot chocolate, and books for everyone! We at Adventure Worlds Press want to wish you all a wonderful holiday and a hope-filled new year.

It’s been a kind of weird year for us: few to no book events to go to, uncertainty with what the months ahead will bring. But there was a lot to celebrate too! Christian Laforet started using a pen name, Ben Van Dongen released Break/Interrupt, and Brittni Brinn moved to Nova Scotia, all while working on upcoming projects!

[Image description: Eight books by Adventure Worlds Press are arranged on a green tablecloth accented by a red tablecloth set with a small Christmas tree made out of wire and beads and a painted wooden accent of a heart and a candy cane.]

2022 is going to be busy with releases from all of our authors. Keep an eye out for:

Christian’s upcoming releases with Eerie River Publishing and Timber Ghost Press

The release of Snow from a Distant Sky, the fifth book in Ben’s Novella Series

News on the third book in Brittni’s Patch Project series

And more!

Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm for our books this year. It means a lot, and we’re looking forward to what the new year will bring!

Happy holidays!

The Secret to Writing a Novel

Welcome, readers, and especially writers searching for that ever-elusive secret of how to write a novel! It truly is the fountain of youth, the holy grail, the lost car keys for every writer looking to make that leap into the long-form of prose that has foiled so many seekers before! In trying to uncover this enigma, I consulted with the authors here at Adventure Worlds Press. Their advice will shock you! Do you dare read on, and at last reach the secret to writing a novel?

Are you still here? Good. Then let us continue.

I first approached Ben Van Dongen, the triple-threat of the company. Short stories, novellas, novels, he’s done them all! Surely he knows the secret to writing a novel? Let us see what he has to say:

“Writing a short story is easy. A monkey could do it in her sleep. You’re smarter than a monkey, right? Just write the thing.

Novellas require the kind of free algorithms you can download off the dark web. Usually Russian or Chinese in origin, expect to have to do some translating, but it’s not much more work than what the monkey does.

To write a novel on the other hand (a novel worth reading at least) you need to go to your local library. Give the librarian the secret handshake and a crisp hundred-dollar bill. They’ll take you to the hidden section where you can get a book to summon a demon. Make sure to get one with a really long name. The short name ones are bad at spelling.”

Ah, yes, the age-old bribing-a-librarian-to-reach-diabolical-novelistic-heights trick! But is this truly the secret to writing a novel?

I continued my search, next seeking out Christian Laforet. Recently signed on to a two-book deal with Raven’s Tale publishing, he would be the logical person to ask about the holy grail of novel writing. His comments:

“Marry someone with money. Lots of money. That way there’ll be no pesky day job to interfere with the writing of you masterpiece.”

Another solid piece of advice! Those day jobs, sucking the creative spirit from the genius novelist, ah! Best to seek out a wealthy partner and sponge off of them for life!

But again, I was not satisfied in my quest for the secret! As a last resort, I took to the deep, grim forest paths that lead to an abandoned cabin where they say at least three ghosts reside. I gathered my courage, and went inside, where I found C.M. Forest, roasting marshmallows over a space heater.

“Please!” I begged him, “My search has been so long! What, oh what, is the secret to writing a novel?”

C.M. Forest turned to me and said: “Write every day. Even if it’s only 500 words. 500 words a day will give you two novels by the end of the year.”

The horror! I ran from the cabin screaming and have never been the same since. My quest for the secret to writing a novel was all in vain!

Unless…

Do you know the secret?

Do you?

Local Anthology Features AWP Author

Coming up this Thursday, June 17th, Mirror World Publishing is releasing Far, Far Away, a Science Fiction/ Fantasy anthology featuring 7 imaginative stories of escape and adventure – including one by our very own Brittni Brinn!

The launch will be held on Facebook throughout the day with a Live event at 5 pm EST. You can join the event here!

Graphic by Mirror World Publishing

As we get into the summer months, our Adventure Worlds Press authors are working hard on finishing up projects and starting some new ones! Stay tuned for more AWP news and upcoming publications!

Virtual Retreat

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.

[Image description: A photo of four of this weekend’s writers drinking from coffee mugs!]

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?