Our year in books

We published four new titles this year in both hardcover and tradepaper, plus a tradepaper edition of a previously published book. We got some great reviews and made a Best of 2014 list. Not bad for our first (almost full) year back from hiatus, I’d say.

Take a look:

Per Aspera 2014 releases

Per Aspera 2014 releases

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Thank you to everyone who helped with these books — authors, editors, artists, designers, reviewers — and especially to our readers! Happy New Year and our sincerest hopes for a prosperous and joyful 2015!

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A Tale of Two First Novels

Per Aspera fans already know about The Queen and The Tower, previously slated for publication this fall. I’ve been working Very Very Hard on editing it—responding to editorial feedback from Jak and from Mark (aka the amazing cover artist, but also an incredibly talented writer and editor), and wondering if this will push back the publication date (spoiler: probably).

But there’s another book working its way towards publication: my hippie horror novel Eel River. Which was actually the first novel I sold, chronologically speaking. Morrigan Books will be bringing it out. It’s a standalone, and it’s deliciously creepy, and I got my editorial letter this week.

Marvelously, delightfully, thankfully—the requested revisions are very minor. Little matters of phrasing. Too many commas. That sort of thing. (Plus, sprinkled here and there, charming little notes from my editor, highlighting passages she loves. Dear All Editors Everywhere: yes please do this!! Happy author is happy!) continue reading

Cover art: The Queen and the Tower

Mark Ferrari delivered the cover art for Shannon Page’s forthcoming novel — The Queen and the Tower — and it is absolutely stunning. I knew it would be, but it’s one thing to imagine something and quite another to actually have it exceed expectations!

I knew it was a great idea to hire Mark for the covers — he’s going to do all four books! See more Mark Ferrari art at his website.

Here’s the art, and as soon it is incorporated into a design, I’ll post the finished cover.

Mark Ferrari's cover art for The Queen and the Tower by Shannon Page

Mark Ferrari’s cover art for The Queen and the Tower by Shannon Page