Flash Book-Flood Sale

Jolabokaflod

Usually we have an ‘at home’ for Jolabokaflod, around the beginning of December, where local book enthusiasts pile into Arachne towers and eat mince pies and drink tea (or depending on the hour, mulled cider) but that’s not possible this year so we are having a sale instead!
What is Jolabokaflod?
An invention of  the Icelandic peoples, it literally translates as Yule Book Flood. You can see where this is going… the tradition is that EVERYONE (I’m looking at you) buys everyone else a book which is handed over on Christmas Eve, and the receipient (that’s everyone) snuggles up with their books and hot chocolate (insert your prefered beverage) and reads until dawn.
There is a small but determined band of publishers, booksellers, writers and readers who want this adopted as a univeral tradition, join in!

How do I get at the sale?
go to our webshop
FROM NOW UNTIL 1ST December:
Use this code JOLABOKAFLOD at checkout to get 20% off when you spend over £30

Another discount code LOWTIDE will get you last year’s Solstice Shorts anthology Time and Tide STANDARD edition half price.

I THINK you can only use one code at a time, we’ve never had two running together before so this could be interesting!

PLUS check out the ongoing special offers (these are not affected by the codes!).


SOLSTICE SHORTS
Also, remember that if you buy a copy of this year’s Solstice Shorts anthology Tymes goe by Turnes before 17th December (publication date) then you get a free ticket to this year’s online festival on 21st December 2020 at 8pm GMT.
TICKETS for the online event are available here for a suggested donation of £5
We hope you’ll join us! (Open mic sessions available – get your ticket and send us an email.)

Recent Reviews of Mamiaith and No Spider Harmed

Eat the Storms review of Ness Owen’s Mamiaith

A long, thoughtful and very enthusisatic review from Damien B Donnelly

The collection cleverly deceives the reader with its light appearance; delicate forms of short poems with few words but that too is its strength, like a language not used enough so that words are forgotten and we must cut to the truth without the fluff and frills.

Following on from Dawn Dumont’s quote at the beginning of the poem One Name, Cymru- to be born indigenous is to be born an activist- we realise that the fight is happening here, within the considered calls rising up from these carefully chosen lines, each word perfectly formed into a sense of identity often bashed, often silenced but ever resilient.

buy Mamiaith here

Review of No Spider Harmed on Blue Nib

an appreciative review from Chloe Jacques

Pieces in the collection rarely seek to impose an anthropomorphized interior experience onto their spiders, and the anthology is filled with musings and suggestions that speak both to things shared between humans and spiders, and to the ultimate mystery of a spider’s inner-world.

The myriad voices in the collection – and the many ways they have interpreted the call for submissions – make for a stimulating read, at once serious and moving, as well as light-hearted and frivolous.

This collection is a refreshing, detailed and compassionate take on an under-loved and fascinating creature.

buy No Spider Harmed here

Tymes Goe By Turnes has arrived

I’m almost as excited by the bilingual boxes from TJ Books as I am but the GORGEOUS cover by Kevin Threlfall.

fabulous cover by Kevin Threlfall
bilingual delivery boxes.

Get your order in now for delivery pre-publication. free ticket to the festival with every order received before 17th December.

The Solstice Shorts Festival, Tymes goe by Turnes is online this year, 21st December 2020 8pm GMT tickets suggested donation £5.

Lockdown reading: support bookshops (recommended coping strategies)

Lockdown is just round the corner, and with it, your local indie bookshop will be closing. How will you cope? ESPECIALLY if you haven’t done your christmas shopping yet? (I feel like this list should be illustrated by Tom Gauld)

1 RUN to the shop before Thursday 5 November and PILE up books until you can carry no more (Highly Recommended)

Our favourite bookshops… we highly recommend you run here and pile high: Gay’s the Word, Lighthouse, Housmans, Bookseller Crow on the Hill, Review, to name but a very few.

2 Use you local Bookshop’s website to order. (Highly Recommended)

3 Oh NO! your local bookshop doesn’t have a website (yet)? Order direct from the Publisher, especially if they are an independent – they too will suffer from bookshops being closed! Hint, our webshop is here (Highly Recommended!)

4 Still no joy? Head over to Bookshop.org where every sale supports independent bookshops, and you can choose which bookshop gets a cut of the cover price, if you want to, otherwise it’s shared equally between all the participating bookshops. (And if you CLICK this particular link (here it is again, Bookshop.org) we get a tiny referal fee too! You’ll land on our page, where amongst other things, there is list of books we recommend for writers, and a list of some of the other books written by our authors. You can skip off and search for other books elsewhere, and we still get a tiny thankyou from Bookshop, so you know, everybody wins. (Highly Recommended)

5 Want to support global conglomerates that have poor records of staff management and tax paying? Just so you get the book cheaper? …What are you doing on our website?

Buy a book for hallowe’en

You should all know by now that we don’t publish horror, but we do get quite close to the bone at times. So here are my recommendations for those of you who like your spine tingled, or to get daft with too many sweets and pumpkin carving.

Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed by Liam Hogan, Fantasy with a dark flavour, leavened with humour. Particularly dark: Bring Rope, particularly joyous Miscellaneous, Spooky, Weird … and every variation in between. Even the cover is pumpkin coloured!

No Spider Harmed in the Making of this Book our eighth anniversary anthology, spiders are emphatically not the enemy, but the humans on the other hand are quite a challenge: You might particularly enjoy Maria Kyle‘s The Aspectsof Arax, C L Wearne‘s Suspended, Carolyn Robertson‘s Sicarius, or for a more lighthearted take, Guy Russell’s Interspecies Peace and Love Song or A Katherine Black‘s Even People who’ve been Accidentally turned into Giant Mutant Spiders.

Dusk, our Solstice Shorts 2017 anthology. If you like you poetry bleak and your stories bloody then try At Sky’s Edge, Helen Slavin, Here by Samuel Wright, Wolf’s Head by Penny Pepper, Yes, Twilight by Math Jones

Welcome to the Arachneversary SALE!

The SALE starts here:

£1 off almost all our books  with this code: ARACHNEVERSARY. Add it in the voucher code slot at checkout.

The only exceptions to this offer are those books that are already only a fiver, and the one that isn’t officially published yet: No Spider Harmed in the Making of this Book.

Special offers on series and bundles for younger readers – all three Brook Storyteller YA Fantasy novels for £25 (normally £29.97) buy Devilskein & Dearlove and get Claude at Harfleur for £6

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Sale ends 31st August. Join us each day at 8pm (2pm on Sundays) for readings and conversations about each of our books, get inspired, buy a copy! More info

Spidery cover quote

We have our first cover quote!

Anna Dempsey (2019 Costa Short Story Award winner)

These stories left me feeling more connected to the eight-legged creature that has made a home in the corner of my room. I now co-exist with her in peace and find myself watching the other corners, waiting; that’s what these words did to me.

We are taking pre-orders for the book, which is going to the printers next Monday… preorders let us know how many we can print – we aren’t assuming there will be much in the way of sales through bookshops at least initially, so while we will order SOME books for trade, and of course the LAUNCH(!) we are relying on the pre-orders!

If you like the look of this book, to guarantee you get one, please order by midnight on Sunday 7th June.

 

 

We’re still here and have plans to entertain you

There’s been some bad news in the book world, Gardners, the major wholesaler who supplies most independant booksellers has shut up shop for the forseeable. (Yes, this is C-19 related.)

This means it will be even harder to get books out to the public. We are however in the fortunate position of having the estimable NBNi as our distributor, which means bookshops can get books direct from them, if they have an account. All the big shops and quite a few of the smaller ones do. Phew!

WE ALSO HAVE BOOKS HERE.

Not in massive quantities, but enough to see us through of most titles. Yo can order direct and we will post them out to you, so long as they will fit through the post box slot, and so long as you have a large enough letter box. A couple of books might not suit – Outcome is probably ok, The Dowry Blade probably not.

Head over to our shop…

If for any reason our stocks dry up, or the royal mail goes into meltdown, we have ebooks available from your usual supplier, some reduced to 99p for the duration of the lockdown, and we are converting the poetry, which wasn’t converted before for format reasons, the first of these titles will be available 10th April with more on 17th and the last lot, the ones I think will be most difficult to work with electronically, on the 24th.

In the meantime we are working out ways to keep you happy.

We are organising some guest blogs from our writers, and some of them have offered to video readings. We are also getting them to interview each other. Some of these interviews will be video links (when I work out how) and some will be text based, but if you’ve always wanted to ask onr of our writers a question, we invite you to send some in! If there’s a particular author or poet you want to answer the question, let us know, and we’ll do our best. You can comment on this post to ask your question.

 

#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!

9781909208834

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