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Submissions Updates

10/25/2013 11:10 pm

After our first two months using Submittable for managing submissions, our experience has been pretty good. As expected, simpler categories of submissions are better suited for the tool, while projects with more complex reviewing requirements, such as Heat, still require moving information to a spreadsheet to rank and assess submissions. But, overall, Submittable has been a great improvement on our previous email-based system!

Project Updates:

Heat story submissions for volume #11 are now closed. We finished our review of story submissions this week, and all submitters should now have been notified of the status of their stories. We had a good batch of submissions this year, and we're looking forward to starting the editing process.

Heat poetry and comic submissions remain open for the time being.

New Fables story submissions for the 6th issue will close October 31st. New Fables poetry submissions will remain open. We expect story submissions to resume when the staff begin planning for the seventh issue.

Other categories that remain open include:

Announcing the Release of God of Clay by Ryan Campbell

9/16/2013 10:05 pm

Cover image of God of Clay by Ryan Campbell

Sofawolf Press is proud to announce the forthcoming release of God of Clay, a novel by Ryan Campbell. The book will be released simultaneously at Rainfurrest and online on Friday, September 27.

God of Clay is a story about humans and gods in a mythic, Africa-like setting wholly constructed and richly imagined by Campbell. The gods are uneasy as old rivalries flare anew and threaten to stir up sins of the past. Meanwhile, humans have been largely left to fend for themselves, until the increasing strife between the gods pushes them into territories they had not occupied in recent memory. But the old gods do remember, and some of them do not take well to the humans’ return. This book centers on the sullen and wrathful forest god Kwaee, his son Doto, and two brothers from the band of humans who have been pushed by drought on the savanna to the edge of the his forest.

This novel is the first in a three part series that brings the main characters through pain, loss, madness, hope, redemption,and love to the cusp of conflict with one of the old gods: Ogya, the insatiable god of fire.

For more information about the book, including previews of the illustrations, check out its product page: swp.im/p/goc.

Attendees at Rainfurrest can stop by the Sofawolf Press booth #20 in the dealers den starting Friday, September 27 to pick up a copy of the book (and anything else we have for sale!). The dealers den officially starts on Thursday, but we will not be there until Friday. That evening we’ll celebrate the book launch at a party in the St. Helens room from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. (If you want to attend the self-publishing panel scheduled for 4:00 to 5:00 PM, feel free to stop by for the last half of our party!) We’ll then move to Elliott B, home of the writing track, for a reading and Q&A by Ryan Campbell from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

The book will also go on sale on our website the same day that the dealers den opens: September 26.

This is Campbell’s first novel published through Sofawolf Press. His stories and poems have appeared frequently in New Fables, in 2012, 2010, 2008 and 2007. His first novel, Smiley and the Hero, was published in 2011 by Fur Planet.

Moving Submissions to Submittable.com

8/28/2013 11:17 pm

We have moved our submission and review process to Submittable.com. This site is dedicated to helping organizations like us streamline the processes involved in taking in, reviewing and then accepting or declining submissions.

The new URL is: sofawolfpress.submittable.com/submit

We are excited to try out this new system because it will make it easier for us to build teams of reviewers for our various projects to help spread out the work load involved in reading the slushpile and responding to submitters. We also hope that a more structured system like this will reduce the number of lost or overlooked submissions.

Novels and Graphic Novels

We continue to take submissions for novels and graphic novels on an ongoing basis. We have several projects that are underway, but we're always looking for new projects to keep the pipeline flowing.

New Fables

We are continuing to take submissions of stories and poems for the next volume of this title. Along with the move to Submittable, we are also increasing the pay rate from 1/2 cent to 1 cent per word for stories.

Heat

Now that we have our Submittable.com site up and running, we can officially open up for submissions for Heat, Vol. 11! Submissions will be officially open through September 30. We are taking submissions for stories, poems and comics. As with previous volumes, this one will be printed in black and white.

Hot Dish

The first volume of Hot Dish has been a success! We have decided to begin work on a second volume. However, we're not sure how soon we can fill another novel-length collection of 10,000 to 20,000 word stories, so for this project, we have set no deadline. Submissions for the Volume 2 of Hot Dish will be open until we have enough content for another volume.

 

We look forward to trying out the new system, and we hope that our submitters find the process easy and problem free. We've run tests during setup, so we think we know what we're getting into, but there is always a leap of faith when you finally decide to launch a new system. Please let us know if you have any problems or suggestions at talent@sofawolf.com. Thanks!

About "Room Party: The Game"

7/26/2013 8:44 am

As many of you know, there is an awesome Kickstarter going on right now for a card game called "Room Party: The Game" and the project is being run by "Sofawolf Games". Some folks have asked us what role Sofawolf Press, Inc. has in the project, so I thought we should clarify the issue publicly.

Obviously, we know the creators (Tess Garman and Teagan Gavet) and the producer (Jack DeVries) all quite well from working on past projects with them. When Tess and Teagan started moving the game forward, they approached Sofawolf Press, Inc. with the project.

After much internal consideration and discussion we decided that taking on a card game project was not something we wanted to do as a publishing company. Our focus and passion remains in great storytelling. While we helped produce the first release of the "Nordguard: The Card Game" as a natural tie-in to the graphic novel, we stepped back from that in the second release as well.

We continue to distribute "Nordguard: The Card Game" and are in discussions with the creators to act as distributor for "Room Party: The Game" as well. We have all been heavily involved in the design and development of both of the games, so who is listed as the official producer of one or the other is ultimately of little consequence.

So, why the "Sofawolf Games" on the Kickstarter "by" line? The account was set up early on and the name put in as a likely candidate at the time, while we were still discussing what our involvement might have been. When it came time for the project to launch, the creators had gotten so used to seeing it that it never occurred to them there might be some confusion between them and us.

The "Sofawolf Games" name will remain on the Kickstarter with our complete blessing. We are honestly flattered, 'cause it is going to be very cool. But, since people asked what our involvement has been, we figured we should make it all clear.

And, if you haven't gone and supported the game (or hadn't even heard about it) then go check it out. It's fun and a little disturbing and the perfect thing to play on Friday nights at the end of working a long and tiring trade show. Preferably with lots of booze...

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sofawolfgames/room-party-the-game

-Jeff Eddy
President, Sofawolf Press, Inc.

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