#Arachne99p a little comfort in time of trouble

We are trying not to be downhearted that we had to take the launch of Time and Tide online, (check out our Facebook page for videos, we’ll be editing them and adding them to the website soon), everyone did a fabulous job and the videos are getting quite a few hits, but  with minimal sales as a result. We are also very disappointed that we are having to put publication of Zed and the Cormorants back 12 months.

The good news is, we are continuing to translate some of the Time and Tide stories into BSL with the help of Marcel Hirshman, and some funding from ACE. We will be launching these videos fairly soon.

AND…with all eight legs crossed, we are going ahead with No Spider Harmed..., Tiny Spidery Cheer… We aren’t anticipating an in-person launch, and we have to be very careful about how many copies we print, as a result, we are asking people to pre-order, so we don’t end up with stock we can’t sell through trade or events.

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More good news for readers!

We’ve reduced the price of some of our ebooks. If people like this idea and buy them, we will reduce all ebooks to £0.99 for the duration of the misery.

Let us know when you buy one via usual social channels: #Arachne99p, as it takes a while for the news to seep through our sales reports, and we want to be nimble in responding.

London Lies, Weird Lies, Lovers’ Lies, Stations and Mosaic of Air are all now £0.99

Obviously, while the postal service is still functioning we will send out actual books which you can  buy from our webshop.

With many bookshops closing, we are in an increasingly precarious position, and we really rely on our direct sales – normally we do 60% or more of our sales at events, and that’s impossible right now.

People seem to be reaching for poetry, so we are getting all our poetry titles converted as fast as we can. We’ll let you know when they are available. They may not be perfectly formatted on an e-reader but we will do our best.

And finally, to try and keep our books in the light, you might consider nominating us in the Saboteur Awards?

 

 

 

World Poetry Day

Today is World Poetry Day!

buy a poetry book, we have lots!

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P is for poetry!

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our most recently published poetry book

In all seriousness, we are racing to get all our poetry converted into ebooks so that self isolators (and those still putting themselves at risk in essential jobs for that matter) can get at them with ease. We didn’t do this before because we are perfectionists and we dont like what it does to the formatting – and we are reducing the price of all our ebooks to 99p for the duration. Someone else is setting that up for us so not sure if they are all sorted yet…

If you want to sample the wares, there are lots of videos and audio files dotted about the website, especially in the blog, and we are TODAY doing a virtual launch on our Facebook Page. join us from 2pm to about 3.30, for a mix of short stories and poems.

Cherry Potts Introduction 2.00
Neil Lawrence Diaspora 2.05
Lizzie Parker Overlord with Declan 2.20
Lizzie Parker The Watchers 2.30
Elizabeth Hopkinson A Madras Crossing 2.40
Ness Owen Sea Lessons 2.50
CB Droege Metharme 2.52
Claire Booker Fisherman’s daughter 3.00
Claire Booker How women Came to Tristan da Cunha 3.05
Emily Bullock Man Overboard prerecorded 3.10
Laura Potts First Light prerecorded 3.25

In Retail customer feedback

The launch of Jeremy Dixon‘s poetry collection, In Retail seems to have met management guidelines for a successful promotion, we hope to bring you photos and video shortly, but as these were outsourced from Arachne’s web, to local operatives, I can’t tell you exactly when.

Don’t forget, for the whole of February you can get special offers on our other LGBT books when you buy In retail, check out the second page of our Special offers

In the meantime, we’ve been getting some feedback over on our shop page, with universal 5 star reviews. (Of course, these are all from people who pre-ordered, so we can assume they were quite keen in the first place) but you can now not only buy a copy from us direct, but leave your thoughts afterwards, like these lovely folk.

Jeremy’s poems are like stars in a bleak landscape, beautiful, funny and life affirming
Jane A. Verified buyer February 11, 2019

A warm, witty, and observant little collection. Well done, Jeremy !
Alan D. Verified buyer January 25, 2019

Arrived much quicker than I was expecting – and what a treat it was. Perfect purchase!
Rob W. Verified buyer January 23, 2019

Love it
Heather W. Verified buyer January 18, 2019

What a great little book, brilliantly observed with laugh out loud moments. Highly recommended
Celia D. Verified buyer January 16, 2019

I loved this book.  The poems give a humorous insight into the trials and tribulations of working in a retail shop. Love it!
Mrs C. Verified buyer December 23, 2018

By the way, there is ONE pre-order badge left. first to order gets it.

There’s lovely.

#WomenVote100 at the ballot box and on offer

All three of our #WomenVote100 titles on offer for one day only, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the first female vote going into an actual ballot box on 14th December 1918

We/She Liars League stories by Women,

Five by Five, short stories by Katy Darby, Joan Taylor-Rowan, Cassandra Passarelli, Sarah James and Helen Morris,

Vindication Poems from Sarah James, Sarah Lawson, Elinor Brooks, Jill Sharp and Anne Macaulay

Normal price £28.97 still post free in UK – you have until I get to the computer tomorrow morning!

buy now

An invitation to tea and Jolabokaflod

Iceland has a tradition of giving books on Christmas eve, known as Jolabokaflod.

What a desirable tradition, we should adopt it at once!

To aid your taking up of this idea, on Sunday 25th November, 3-6pm, for those within reach of South East London, join us at an ‘at home’ with Arachne, come round to ours for tea and cake, and the opportunity to browse books and buy as many as you can carry!

The stupendously easy way to do your christmas/solstice/Jolabokaflod shopping in comfort.

RSVP! (So we know how many cakes to make – yes gluten-free option – maybe vegan something or other, might not be cake though.)

Optional £5+ donation to our crowd fund for those responding before 4pm on Tuesday 20th November.

 

It’s publication day!

In shops today, in time for the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, An Outbreak of Peace, stories and poems in response to the end of WWI.

A collection of work from writers all over the world, and both sides of the conflict.

The brief was ‘no trenches’ and for the stories and poems to address, grief, relief and hope not vengeance, hatred or triumphalism. We were deeply moved and impressed by what we were sent, and picking the best of those for this book has been a particular pleasure.

You can order the book from us direct in our web shop (post free), or come to one of the launches –

Three launch events for An Outbreak of Peace

LONDON! Housmans 14th November

The official publication date for this anthology of new short stories and poems in response to the end of WWI, An Outbreak of Peace is the 8th November, but we are having the launch party on

Wednesday 14th, at Housmans radical bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX,

with readings from Clare Owen, CB Droege, Katy Darby, Chantal Heaven (fiction);

Karen Ankers, Valerie Bence, Peter Kenny, Sarah Tait (poetry).

There will also be a poppy-seed cake, and other, liquid, refreshments.

£3 on the door, redeemable against purchase of the book. (It would help our pre-event nerves if you let us know you are coming)

Manchester! Blackwells 30th November

As our authors are spread all over the globe, we are trying to give as many of them as possible an opportunity to celebrate the launch in person. We can’t afford to jaunt off to the US and Australia, or even Germany or France, but we can manage Manchester!

Northern fans of poetry and short fiction are invited to join us at Blackwells, Manchester. Near Arthur Lewis Building, The University of Manchester Bridgeford Street, M13 9PL

on 30th November at 6.30pm

There will be readings from

Rebecca SkipwithLily Peters, (fiction)

Ness Owen, Sarah Tait, Mantz Yorke, and Valerie Bence, (poetry)

and cake and liquid refreshment.

Tickets are free. https://bit.ly/2CQcuVT

And finally, for now, a reading

by Clare Owen of her story from the collection, The Cormorant,

at Lost in Books, Quay Street, Lostwithiel, PL22 0BS

on 16th November 2018 6pm

Makers Market Blackheath Conservatoire

A slight change of pace from all the frenetic DUSK activity – I will be having a stall at Blackheath Conservatoire 19-21 Lee Road SE3 9RQ TOMORROW SUNDAY 17th December, selling books! If you are in the area drop in for a chat.

Unlike last weekend it is indoors and having seen some of the other stallholders work, I shall have to lock the cash away very firmly so i don’t spend it all on last minute gifts.

Gearing up for the festive season?

Our feasting starts early at Arachne Press,with Solstice Shorts. But for those of you who give gifts at the turn of the year, whichever day you do it, and for whatever reason – and isn’t loving someone enough of a reason – anyway, for you, we have lovely books.

Seasonal:

Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time and Shortest Day, Longest Night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Londoners: London Lies and Stations 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For youngsters

Brat, Spellbinder, Deviskein & Dearlove and The Old Woman from Friuli, and our guest title, Claude at Harfleur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the passionate: Liberty Tales, Lovers’ Lies, The Dowry Blade and Mosaic of Air (regardless of what you get passionate about)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For poetry lovers: The Other Side of Sleep, The Don’t Touch Garden (print version or audio version), Foraging, and With Paper for Feet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you who like to be gently creeped out in the proper seasonal ghost story manner (and other weird stuff) Weird Lies, and Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, for those with a coffee table with room to spare for a lovely photographic book: Outcome -LGBT Portraits

CHECK OUT OUR SPECIAL OFFERS TOO!

Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed – trailer

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Get your Christmas gifts here!

I just picked up the last posting dates leaflet at the post office which led me to think you might want to get ordering our lovely books as christmas presents (or Solstice presents if you are quick!) Books make great presents – easy to wrap, light to post (mostly!) and infinite variety, so you can find just the right thing, even for those difficult to buy for folk. Visit our shop or read on for a bit of inspiration.

The just pre-teen niece or nephewDevilskeinfront final for bus cardHow about our Carnegie Medal nominated fantasy novel, Devilskein & Dearlove, by Alex Smith? Talking Crickets, Demons, and Doorways to Other Worlds are all up for grabs in a Cape Town apartment, but can Erin open the door to her past?

 

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The pagan or atheist. A tough one, should you get anything? if you do, do you put Happy Christmas on it? Give them one of our Solstice Shorts anthologies, celebrating the winter solstice with a wide variety of stories (and poems) you can choose from Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time, or Shortest Day, Longest Night our new anthology of stories and poems about midwinter, long nights and short days. Or Both! Special offer up til 21st December (the Solstice) buy Shortest Day, Longest Night and get Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time half price.

Cotton Augustus II.106The politically minded? What about Liberty Tales, Stories and Poems inspired by Magna Carta? Everything from the right to vote to fish weirs.

 

 

 

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The Secret Santa recipient:

Drawn someone you know nothing about from the office christmas hat?

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Don’t panic! Anthologies have something for everyone.

One of our Liars’ League collaborations should go down well with almost anyone. Choose from London Lies (London!), Lovers’ Lies (Relationships!) or Weird Lies (Sci Fi/Fantasy). You can get all three for a special reduced price

Or, if all you know about them is that they get to work by train, how about Stations?
A rich collection of stories inspired by journeys, places and lives lived beside the lines.

 

9781909208261 Your Best LGBT friend.

Now this one is a must. Everyone should have a copy.  Outcome: LGBT Portraits by Tom Dingley. If you haven’t got it already, get it NOW. Photographic portraits of LGBT people holding a photo of themselves as a child. Brief biographies for most, although not all. Moving and inspiring.

The Poetry enthusiast.

Pick from our long narrative poems anthology, The Other Side of Sleep, or our collection by Kate Foley, The Don’t Touch Garden.

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Final Cover Design for The Other Side of Sleep. Copyright Zoe Lee

The Dowry Blade FRONT Cover finalThe fantasy enthusiast Want a doorstop of a book to keep that voracious fantasy reader happy? How about The Dowry Blade by Cherry Potts? War, famine, grief, a sword that might not be magic after all, and a witch who can sing you to death…

 

 

The Writer… Oh, so tricky. They’ve either got it already or don’t think it cuts the mustard. Buying for writers is really hard!

Here’s an idea – you’ll have to give it to them early, but why not buy them a ticket to our Write through the Night event? 21st December 10-midnight.

arachne-friendwhite-on-whiteStill nothing you are sure they’ll love, but know your friend or relation loves books? What about an Arachne FRIENDship? Choose from annual, life, and patron, and get a variety of special offers plus the coveted Arachne friend badge, and support us at the same time!

 

SO: If you’d like us to send to your gift direct to the recipient, we send world-wide, and mostly books go at the standard deliveries so you have a bit of leeway – but you are too late for World Zone 2 to go affordably now. For most of Europe your deadline is 13th Dec, Northern America 14th Dec, Spain France & Ireland 16th December; and of course, within the UK, 19th December. ( this gives us 24 hours to parcel up and send). The sooner the better, obviously. The Arachne Friend and the Write through the Night Ticket are delivered electronically (apart from the friend Badge, obviously)