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Furry University This Weekend - Classes For Your Business Degree Taught By Sofawolf Press!

3/17/2014 9:53 pm

[updated] We have updated the panels below to include those by Fugue, who is helping out at our booth and who has played both roles of writer and editor for Sofawolf.

Going to be at Furry Weekend Atlanta 2014 - "Furry University" this coming weekend? Been thinking about turning your furry hobby into a full-fledged business? Then set aside some time in your schedule for the following four classes being taught by Sofawolf Press:

  • SofawolfOne: Crowdfunding 101 [Friday 6:30 pm]
    Fresh off of running our wildly successful Kickstarter for the Digger Omnibus, our team has put together an hour and a half worth of useful information for anyone else who is considering crowdfunding as a way to finance a project. The focus will be on Kickstarter and Indiegogo style programs, with an emphasis in how to plan, successfully run, and survive the process.
  • SofawolfOne: Intro to Accounting for Creators [Saturday 2pm]
    Accounting is a frequently misunderstood but very valuable tool for evaluating the health of your business operation. We'll cover some simple terms and try to demystify the mechanics with simple examples, as well as provide some tools and resource suggestions.
  • Fugue: Beginnings and Endings [Saturday 3:30 pm]
    Your first line can sell a story; your last line can sell your next story. Join us to discuss the ins and outs of starts and stops. We'll look at opening and ending lines as well as opening and ending scenes, in both classics and in modern furry writing.
  • SofawolfOne: Pitching and Promoting your Project [Saturday 7:30 pm]
    Different types of projects require different strategies when it comes to getting the word out, whether you are targeting a broad audience or approaching a publisher. We'll discuss some of the tried and true methods for various scenarios.
  • SofawolfOne: The Novel: A to Z [Sunday 11am]
    We'll attempt to run the gamut from discussing the writing process, through the editing process, and how to prepare your novel for submission. From there we'll discuss from the publisher's perspective what goes into selecting a project, securing art, preparing for publication, and selling the final product.
  • Fugue: Standing Out in the Slushpile [Sunday 2:00 pm]
    Anthologies and magazines often receive far more stories than they can actually publish. We will discuss what happens to your stories after you submit and how you can help your story's chances of being selected.

There should be something there for just about everyone, and we are particularly excited to lead the Accounting and Crowdfunding discussions. We look forward to having you in our class (no apples required).

Courses taught by Professor Sofawolf-One, our very own Jeffery Eddy, can be found on Sched.org at: furryweekend.sched.org/speaker/jeffeddy#.UyeajYVhorI

courses taught by Professor Fugue can be found at: furryweekend.sched.org/speaker/jfugue

2013 Sofawolf Year in Review

1/1/2014 7:03 pm

It has been a busy year here at Sofawolf Press. It never ISN’T a busy year, but somehow this year managed to turn “Busy” up to 11.

The biggest story was of course the Digger Omnibus Kickstarter. We started talking about this in September 2012 when Digger won the Hugo for Graphic Story, but 2013 was the year the project really got in gear. The first half of the year was spent in planning, budgeting, and writing and filming the creative assets for the project; we launched it in early June and it ended 30 days later with a hefty $142,000 total.

The second half of the year saw us spending pretty much every free moment trying not to be overwhelmed by the data, logistics, and production requirements for such a massive project. A variety of production delays pushed the final fulfillment of the rewards out into late November and through to just before Christmas (and beyond, for some items). Even with the help of a great many wonderful folks, we only managed to get it all shipped so quickly by spending numerous vacation days saved up from our regular jobs on it (at least three weeks' worth, combined), as well as many late nights and every weekend.

The big question, of course, is: Was it worth it? For the aspect of celebrating Digger and Ursula’s accomplishments and producing an event that fans would remember for years to come, yes. Despite every bit of risk and hard work, it was everything we hoped it would be, and we are proud to have been a part of making it happen.

Financially... That is a story that will continue to be written well into 2014 and beyond. While $142,000 sounds like a lot of money (indeed a terrifyingly lot of money to be responsible for), it was well short of the liquid assets required for a print run of the size we ended up doing, plus all the buttons, stickers, pins, posters, packing material and shipping required to fulfill everyone's pledge. The profit, for both us and Ursula, lies in the pallets of books still in our warehouse. Our hope is that Digger will continue to sell through our website, at conventions, and through our various distribution channels.

While the Kickstarter was the biggest story, however, it was not the only one. We released four new titles in 2013:

  • Divisions — The third book in the Forester Universe series by Kyell Gold, also including Out of Position and Isolation Play. As usual, Kyell and his fleet of editors did a great job pulling the book together, and the resulting story speaks for itself.
  • Hot Dish, Volume One — The first of a hopefully ongoing series of anthologies that collect erotic novella-length stories too long for inclusion in our regular mixed-media anthology Heat. We got a lot of help on this project by editor-supreme and Sofawolf colleague Dark End. His assistance in getting the raw stories into their final form was invaluable in getting this project to print.
  • Heat #10 — The latest volume of the aforementioned anthology, this year wonderfully managed and designed by Teagan Gavet. She picked up the reigns of art direction and design from Alopex so that he could work on the Kickstarter, and I doubt the issue would have happened without her skill and dedication to it.
  • God of Clay — An exciting new entry in our catalog by Ryan Campbell, this is the first of a trilogy of novels set in a mythical version of sub-Saharan Africa. Animal and Elemental Gods and humans come together in a clash of old wounds and old alliances in a story that is both epic and deeply personal. We have a lot of faith in this being a real breakout title for both us and the author as the story unfolds over the next few years.

On the operations side, we moved out of the basement of Jeff and Dale’s house in Saint Paul, MN and into a warehouse space in West Saint Paul. On top of providing space for storage and more efficient order processing, it has direct access to loading docks and a welcome lack of stairs. Both of which have made preparing for conventions and shipping books out to them a less physically straining affair.

Looking forward to 2014, our main goal is to focus on promoting the great works we have in our catalog to a wider audience. More people need to know about the skilled writers and artists we are so lucky to have in our midst.

However, we also keenly feel the significant impact that running the Kickstarter had on our activities within the Furry community this past year. So we hope to make 2014 a year of looking inward and re-engaging with the fandom that inspired us to get started in this venture in the first place. We want to know more about what you want from us and to see how we can provide it.

Naturally we have a full production schedule of new titles to bring to completion as well:

We also have a new Forrester novel from Kyell Gold, the sequel to MCA Hogarth’s “Godkin Griffin”, the much-anticipated release of Spain Fisher’s “Caterwall”, Heat #11, a new “New Fables”, and some other great things we aren’t ready to talk about yet.

Finally, we’d like to take some time to thank everyone who made this year possible:

  • All our creators, who provide not only the foundation for everything we do, but also the inspiration to keep us doing it.
  • Our staff, both principals and associates, who do the doing. Special thanks to those creators, editors and project managers who took time out of their own pursuits to lend us a hand, like Dark End, Teagan Gavet, Tempe O’Kun, Spain Fisher and the New Fables editing crew.
  • Our huskies, who despite getting way less attention than they deserved, managed to keep from destroying most of their immediate surroundings this past year. Mostly...

Kyell Gold Red Devil Signing & Further Confusion Pre-Orders

12/23/2013 11:24 pm

Once again, it is time for a Kyell Gold signing and Further Confusion pre-order extravaganza! To celebrate the forthcoming release of Red Devil, Kyell's sequel to Green Fairy, Kyell has agreed to fly to sunny Minnesota in January to sign copies of his books. And, as long as we are taking pre-orders for Red Devil, we figured we might as well open up for pre-orders of all of our books, including our other new releases, Artistic Visions: Henrieke and Peachy Keen #2: Exodus. For those of you who are going to Further Confusion, you can opt to pick up your order free of shipping charges at the convention.

Red Devil cover

Remember this date:
Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

Red Devil and other Kyell Gold Pre-Orders and Signing

Red Devil, as well as all other titles by Kyell Gold are now available for purchase on our website. Books pre-ordered by January 7 will be signed by Kyell.

Kyell signing pre-order rules & details:

  • Signed copies are only guaranteed for orders placed by Januar 7, 2014.
  • Kyell will be signing all of his titles, not just Red Devil.
  • You may include other products in your pre-order.
  • If you would like your book(s) dedicated, please include the name(s) for the dedication in the notes field during checkout.
  • We will attempt to ship all pre-orders prior to Further Confusion.

Pre-Orders to be Shipped

All titles in our catalog are available for pre-order, including our other two new titles, Artistic Visions: Henrieke and Peachy Keen #2: Exodus. Details on pre-orders:

  • There is no special pre-order shipping option if you are not picking your books up at Further Confusion. Simply choose among the standard shipping options.
  • Any order that contains Red Devil, Peachy Keen: Exodus, or AV-Henrieke will be considered a pre-order and will not be shipped until all products in the order are in.
  • We will attempt to ship all pre-orders prior to our departure for Further Confusion.

Further Confusion At-Con Pick-Up

Pre-orders for pick-up at Further Confusion 2014 will be taken through Tuesday, January 7. Orders must be placed and paid for by this date. The pre-order and pick-up process will be the same as in previous years:

To Order:

  • Add items to your cart.
  • When checking out, select the "At-Convention Pick-Up" shipping option.
  • If you choose the "Check or Money Order" payment option, your payment must reach us by January 7. You may send us funds via PayPal to sales@sofawolf.com for the full amount of the order.
  • Print out a copy of your receipt and bring it with you to Further Confusion.

To Pick Up:

  • Come to our booths #4 & #5 in the Dealer's Room before the last day of the con.
  • Show us a copy of your order and photo ID matching the name on the order.
  • We'll ask for your signature to confirm you've picked up your order, and then you'll get your loot!
  • If your plans change and you need someone to pick up your order for you, please contact us at sales@sofawolf.com with the name of the person authorized to pick up your order. (They must provide photo ID matching the name you give us.)

Holiday Sale and International Shipping Deadlines

12/8/2013 9:06 am

Is it December already? Yikes! We've been rather busy getting the Omnibus Kickstarter orders out the door. But we have just enough time to offer a new sale for international orders to get in on the action in time for Christmas delivery!

We're offering 15% off until December 20th on all items not already on sale. To get the discounted rate, enter the discount code DEC15 when you check out.

We've updated our calendar with ship-by dates for (mostly) guaranteering delivery by Christmas. Most of these dates are two days prior to the USPS ship-by dates. More specific details can be viewed here: https://www.usps.com/holiday/holiday-shipping-dates.htm. Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific Rim are due at the P.O. tomorrow (Monday, the 9th), so we're running a bit tight on those destinations. We'll be at the warehouse shipping orders today, so if you get your orders in by 4:00 PM, Central time, we'll be sure to get them packed and ready to go for tomorrow!

Our recommended ship-by dates for this year:

  • Dec. 8 (4:00 PM Central) - Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific Rim
  • Dec. 8 - Most APO/FPO/DPO (excludes AE Zip 093)
  • Dec. 9 - Mexico
  • Dec. 10 - Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East
  • Dec. 19 - USA
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