We won’t be at Novacon after all – lurgy alert!

Due to unexpected illness, neither of us is able to go to Novacon this weekend (and even if we tried, I’m sure that our readers there would not be impressed at getting a free gift of the lurgy with their books!)

We’d like to say Sorry to anyone who was hoping to buy some of our fantastic titles there.

Nine Worlds 2018 – a fantastic weekend!

We’re now home from a tiring but very enjoyable long weekend at Nine Worlds in Hammersmith. Once again we were gold sponsor because we support the ideals behind Nine Worlds (inclusivity, tolerance and diversity). We met plenty of very interesting people, some of whom were in amazing costumes, and we had fascinating discussions on a whole range of subjects with many of them. We even sold a few books!

The Vendor’s Room was equally diverse and vibrant, and even in the quiet times (generally when the popular panels were on) it was a fun place to be. The only disappointment was how few options for vegans there were in the hotel restaurants 🙁

So we would like to say thank you to the organisers and volunteers who make Nine Worlds such a great experience; thank you to the attendees who came and talked to us in the Vendor’s Room (and in the bar!); and a special thank you to those who bought our books! To our authors who were there, it was great to catch up with you again.

Back to normal now (whatever that means!)

Cold Fire – Peter R. Ellis at Leominster Library

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

On Thursday 19th October 2017, Peter R. Ellis will be spending the afternoon in Leominster library to promote his latest book Cold Fire, a September Weekes novel that follows on from the Evil Above the Stars series. If you’re near Leominster, come along and say hello, check out the book and find out more about September Weekes and the cold fire of the title.

Peter R. Ellis

Leominster Library, Thursday 19 October 2017, 2pm-6:30pm, 8 Buttercross, Leominster HR6 8BN

Nine Worlds 2017 – we had a blast!

We had a great time at this year’s Nine Worlds Geekfest. We had only just returned from a wedding in the South of France (where we first had to acclimatise to the heat), when we were rushing around preparing for our biggest convention of the year, in the damp and dull London weather. But as soon as we arrived at the Novotel everything brightened up (apart from the weather!)

The first sight to welcome attendees was the sign inviting us into the convention centre and leading to the registration desks.

On arrival at Nine Worlds

We had the honour and privilege to be gold sponsor for this year’s Nine Worlds and had a very visible presence which was very humbling (every room had a display outside with our planet-clock logo next to the Nine Worlds logo as above). We were very proud to be supporting such a fantastically inclusive event.

One of the benefits of being sponsor was to be able to provide a booklet for the attendees’ goody bags. As we were having a launch party for two books on Saturday afternoon, it seemed like the best use of that opportunity would be to provide a sampler of both books, as well as the chance to show off our lovely authors, artists (and now, first voice artist) as well as all our book covers. (I have already blogged about this booklet when we delivered it on the Wednesday beforehand, but in case you missed that, here’s a look at it anyway:)

Elsewhen Press goody bag booklet for Nine Worlds 2017

Friday morning started off rather busy as we had exciting news to pass on: a Press Release about Rebecca Hall’s Symphony of the Cursed trilogy being released as unabridged audiobooks by Tantor Audio; and Peter R. Ellis’ new September Weekes novel Cold Fire (following on from his Evil Above the Stars series) being available in eBook format.

We had a double table in the Vendors’ room and spent the rest of Friday morning setting it up. If you’ve seen us at any other events you’ll recognise our layout:

Our table at the start of Nine Worlds

When the doors to the Vendors’ room opened at 1 o’clock, there was a queue of people waiting outside. But, overall, Friday was fairly quiet (as at most conventions). Throughout the rest of the weekend it was always clear when the panels had ended (there was a 45 minute gap between sessions to allow for winding down, setting up and getting from one panel to the next – a model that should be followed by other conventions!) as the Vendors’ room quickly filled up for about half an hour and then thinned out for the next hour. After the first of these influxes of people it became clear that we had insufficient light above half of our table (and some other vendors’ tables too) as most of the ceiling lights were in the centre of the room putting our table in the shadow of anyone who was standing trying to look at our books. Meriel from Nine Worlds was looking after the vendors and she and Jess (who was the Nine Worlds interface with the hotel) set off on a mission to resolve the problem. The hotel had no standalone lamps to offer, but a while later Jess re-appeared with a whole load of very cool strings of lights, that she had bought at a nearby Primark, and distributed them to those vendors who needed more light.

Our table at Nine Worlds with added fancy lights

The lights proved to be an attraction in themselves and I’m sure Jess could have made a decent commission supplying them to all the people who came up to ask where we had got them!

As at last year’s Nine Worlds, we spent the weekend chatting to some lovely people: imaginative, amusing, entertaining, thoughtful, even profound at times. It didn’t matter whether they were in the guise of a squirrel, dalek, alien, evil witch, jedi, lemming, or even human. The Nine Worlds attendee badges included communication preference overlays and pronoun stickers to help ensure not just inclusivity but also prevent inadvertent offence (another model that could usefully be followed by other conventions).

We also endeavoured to sell some books, of course, and had spirited discussion on the relative merits of eBooks and print editions (and, indeed audiobooks) with more than one visitor to our table.

On Saturday evening, at 5pm, we held the aforementioned book launch party. Setting up was greatly eased by the unexpected help provided by Nine Worlds staff who were on hand to reconfigure the room for us. We had John Gribbin and Zoë Sumra reading from their new books (Don’t Look Back and The Wages of Sin, respectively), and talking a little about themselves and their writing in response to questions from the audience and from our interviewer Peter R. Ellis. The audience was not as large as we had hoped – but it’s quality not quantity that’s important and they were a splendid bunch of people! The other advantage of fewer attendees is that we had plenty of wine left over to bring home (which we will be quietly drinking over the next few months).

Launch with Zoë Sumra, Peter R. Ellis, John Gribbin

All too soon, Sunday afternoon arrived and the Vendors’ room closed its doors and everyone started disassembling their tables. Within an hour, we had our books, posters and other paraphernalia all packed into boxes ready to be taken home (courtesy of our youngest daughter) – and once again the ever-helpful Nine Worlds staff quickly moved our boxes down to the loading area for us while we waited for the car.

All packed and ready to go home

Sunday evening was spent in a nearby Italian restaurant with friends, enjoying delicious food and lively conversation. Monday morning we checked out and headed for the train home.

Although we have been attending conventions almost since the inception of Elsewhen Press, it is still both exciting and exhausting. So we are always very grateful for the help that we get from our authors, friends and the convention organisers and volunteers. This year’s Nine Worlds was no exception. We made it through, more or less retaining our sanity, thanks to the support and help of our authors Siobhan McVeigh, Peter R. Ellis, Christopher Nuttall (along with Aisha and, of course, Eric who gains more fans at every convention!), Zoë Sumra (with Misha and Sylvianne), John Gribbin, Rebecca Hall, Edwin Hayward, and Susan Oke, and the support of Nine Worlds staff and volunteers especially Meriel and Jess.

 

Almost ready for Nine Worlds!

Only a couple of days to go until Nine Worlds 2017 gets underway.

We’re Gold Sponsor, so we’re already pretty excited! Goodness only knows what state we’ll be in be by Friday morning!

We’ve been to Hammersmith already today to drop off our shiny booklets that will be in each attendee’s goody bag.

As well as pics of our authors and book covers, it also includes a whole chapter from Zoë Sumra’s new book The Wages of Sin, the second book in her Underside series, and the whole of the eponymous short story from John Gribbin’s collection Don’t Look Back. We’ll be having a launch party on Saturday afternoon for both of those books, with readings, interview, Q&A, signing and refreshments.

We hope to see you there – come and say hello to us, we’ll be in the Vendor’s room (Bourg) throughout the weekend, and in the Mouton Cadet room for the launch party on Saturday at 5pm.

Want a sneak peek at our goody bag booklet? Okay then…

Elsewhen Press goody bag booklet for Nine Worlds 2017
 

Launch party for Dinnusos Rises – Tej Turner talks in a tent

Well, actually, it was a yurt but that wouldn’t have been alliterative.

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

Saturday the 8th July saw a vibrant and excited group of people from far and wide descend on the Milgi restaurant in Cardiff. Secreted at the back of the restaurant in an unexpected outdoor space is a yurt full of comfy sofas. Once Tej and friends had been let loose on it there were vines hanging down from the central opening and draped across tables, along with grapes too. But more importantly there was wine, I mean books. We were all there for the launch party for Dinnusos Rises by Tej Turner. It was a good turnout and a fantastic time was had by all. Before proceedings really got underway Tej was interviewed on camera, giving some thoughtful insight into his influences and motivation. Then, for some reason, it was decided to interview yours truly (fame at last!). What’s even more surprising is that any of my interview actually made it through the final edit.

If you were there you know what a great time we all had. If you weren’t there, you should now be kicking yourself at a missed opportunity. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and met some really lovely people. Thanks Tej.

Behind the scenes (literally) - Tej being interviewed on camera
Behind the scenes (literally) – Tej being interviewed on camera
A Tej talk - not be confused with a TED talk
A Tej talk – not be confused with a TED talk

If you want to watch the interview it’s on Youtube:

Here’s Tej reading:

Zoë Sumra at Sci Fi Bromley on 24th September

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

Zoë SumraThe 2nd Sci Fi Convention in Bromley (Kent) is celebrating the 150th anniversary of H.G. Wells (born 150 years ago today in Bromley High Street!) with free entry to loads of events in the Town Centre on Saturday 24th September. With replica props, cosplay, authors, special guest actors & signers, exhibitions, workshops and a traders market, there’s plenty for everyone. Even better, Zoë Sumra, author of Sailor to a Siren, will be on an author panel and signing copies of her book afterwards.

You can find out more about Sci Fi Bromley from their website here.

 

Elsewhen Press sponsors Nine Worlds Geekfest 2016

Independent speculative fiction publisher sponsors multi-media multi-genre residential pop culture convention in London this August

DARTFORD, KENT – 10 June 2016 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is proud to announce sponsorship of the 2016 Nine Worlds Geekfest.

The first Nine Worlds Geekfest was in August 2013 following a Kickstarter campaign, and was a huge success. Each year the number of attendees has been increasing and this year Nine Worlds has moved from Heathrow to Hammersmith to allow for growth and to enable the addition of a dedicated expo for vendors. They have also been seeking sponsors to help Nine Worlds grow bigger and better. The Nine Worlds Geekfest was “founded on the radical belief that geekdom should not be restricted by class, age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability, or the ability to cite Wookiepedia in arguments.” These are values that Elsewhen Press shares and why we are proud to sponsor Nine Worlds.

Elsewhen PressElsewhen Press has been an enthusiastic supporter of conventions since our establishment five years ago, so we are delighted that there will be an Expo at this year’s Geekfest, and we will be there selling our books for all our fellow geeks to ‘share and enjoy’, accompanied by some of our authors and artists.


Notes for Editors

About Nine Worlds Geekfest

Nine Worlds Geekfest burst out of the woodwork in August 2013 in style. The inaugural con took place at Heathrow, London, with over 1500 attendees. In March 2013, Nine Worlds ran a Kickstarter fundraising drive that was 232% oversubscribed and raised £23,000 (the second most successful convention launch in Kickstarter’s history), demonstrating the huge interest for an event of this kind in London.

Innovative and ground-breaking, Nine Worlds brings together a plethora of strands, from the more typical sci-fi tracks featuring gaming, comics, literature, fanfic and film, to Queer Fandom, Steampunk, Skepticism and Geek Feminism. Nine Worlds also hosted the UK’s first academic conference on geek culture, with scholars gathering from around the country.

Nine Worlds Geekfest 2016This year’s Nine Worlds is at Novotel London West in Hammersmith from August 12th-14th, 2016. There’s a soft start on Thursday evening with low key events and socialising, and formal start on Friday morning, right through to Sunday evening. It’s a residential convention – attendees normally stay on-site for the weekend. Which means that the party doesn’t stop at dusk, and there are games, talks, discos, live music and performance, and all-night film marathons running through the evenings. This year, for the first time, there’ll also be an expo running on Saturday and Sunday. Convention attendees will get full access in their ticket price, but expo day tickets will be sold separately for Saturday and Sunday closer to the time.

More about Nine Worlds can be found at http://nineworlds.co.uk/

Nine Worlds contact: press@nineworlds.co.uk

 

Unity of Seven launch at Mancunicon

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

Also at Mancunicon, on Easter Sunday in fact, we had a launch party for Unity of Seven, the third volume in the Evil Above the Stars series by Peter R. Ellis.

Peter gave a brief overview of the main character of the series, September Weekes, with a hint at what had happened in the first two volumes. He gave a little background about the other land, Gwlad, where September has been combating evil and set the scene for Unity of Seven in which some of the story also takes place in Wales. He then read a few short extracts to help the audience better understand the characters of September and Malice as well as some of the locations.



Peter R. Ellis reading from Unity of Seven at the launch
Peter R. Ellis reading from Unity of Seven at the launch

Peter R. Ellis launching Unity of Seven at Mancunicon
Peter R. Ellis launching Unity of Seven at Mancunicon


Peter will be reading from Unity of Seven at the Great Oak Bookshop in Llanidloes on Friday 1st April and he will be hosting a Myth and Magic in Mid-Wales event in June which also includes a walk around some of the sites mentioned in the book.

 

Existence is Elsewhen launch at Mancunicon

Artwork by Alison Buck
Artwork by Alison Buck

Over the Easter weekend, the Manchester Hilton Deansgate was taken over by Eastercon (known this year as Mancunicon). Among the various panels and events was our launch of Existence is Elsewhen. Of the twenty authors of stories in this (excellent and wonderfully imaginative) anthology, nine were at Mancunicon, along with Alison who designed the cover and the fleurons inside the book. We held a launch party in the Presidential Suite on the 22nd floor.



View from 22nd floor at launch of Existence is Elsewhen just before sunset
View from 22nd floor at launch of Existence is Elsewhen just before sunset

We were supposed to start at sunset, but got underway a little late – but we still had good views out over the city. Each of the authors present read a short extract from their own story – just enough to whet the appetite of the audience who were very attentive, in spite of (or perhaps thanks to) the wine and beer that was also being consumed. And of course there were flying saucers to be eaten as well as small chocolate eggs.

View from the 22nd floor at the Launch of Existence is Elsewhen after sunset
View from the 22nd floor at the Launch of Existence is Elsewhen after sunset


Pete started with an introduction and then read Christopher Nuttall’s extract from The Girl in Black for him, as Christopher was busy soothing his one-year old who had just decided he didn’t like the room being so full.

Pete reading from Christopher Nuttall's The Girl in Black at the Existence is Elsewhen launch (while Christopher was busy trying to soothe his one-year old son outside the room!)
Pete reading from Christopher Nuttall’s The Girl in Black at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
(while Christopher was busy trying to soothe his one-year old son outside the room!)


Siobhan McVeigh read from her story Face the Music:

Siobhan McVeigh reading from Face the Music at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Siobhan McVeigh reading from Face the Music at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Susan Oke read from her story Hide and Hunt:

Susan Oke reading from Hide and Hunt at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Susan Oke reading from Hide and Hunt at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Peter R. Ellis read from his story In the bleak Long Winter:

Peter R. Ellis reading from In the bleak Long Winter at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Peter R. Ellis reading from In the bleak Long Winter at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Dave Weaver read from his story The Copy:

Dave Weaver reading from The Copy at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Dave Weaver reading from The Copy at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


J.A. Christy read from her story Inside and Out™ V.5:

J.A. Christy reading from Inside and Out™ V.5 at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
J.A. Christy reading from Inside and Out™ V.5 at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Tej Turner read from his story The Last Days:

Tej Turner reading from The Last Days at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Tej Turner reading from The Last Days at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Edwin Hayward read from his story Ambrosia:

Edwin Hayward reading from Ambrosia at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Edwin Hayward reading from Ambrosia at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Andy McKell read from his story Homo Sapiens Inferior:

Andy McKell reading from Homo Sapiens Inferior at the Existence is Elsewhen launch
Andy McKell reading from Homo Sapiens Inferior at the Existence is Elsewhen launch


Everybody had a good time, authors and audience alike. It was a very pleasant start to Saturday evening!