Devilskein & Dearlove launch at The Story Sessions

So: It’s publication day! Here’s Malini Stevenson reading a section at last night’s launch, at The Story Sessions. we tried to get author Alex Smith on Skype from South Africa, but the line was very unreliable, so those odd noises in the background are the computer constantly dropping out and redialing, sorry!

To celebrate you can: watch this video, or the trailer, or read interviews and Q&A’s with Alex here, here and here, or listen to Cherry Potts talking about the book on Croydon Radio, or come along to one of the other readings …and, of course, you could BUY a copy, either direct from us, or from your favourite local bookshop! Oh, and we’re doing a giveaway on goodreads, but you need to be quick, it’s only til 31st July.

Aimed at 12-16 year-olds but enjoyed by anyone from the age of 9-900!

The London Radical Bookfair and Alternative Press Takeover

If you are in London next Saturday, 10th May, come along to the LRB&APT at the Bishopsgate Institute. We’ll be there with a stall! Here’s the Facebook event 

and their website

ap_banner_fb_3we won’t be wearing balaclavas though…

 

TLW LEXiCON day 1

Saturday: It’s sunny in Faversham, and the peaceful rather lovely market town is doing it’s thing, having a market, (excellent russian street food) and round the corner in the Alexander Centre there are writers and publishers at TLW LEXiCON talking about writing and publishing and marketing and … making friends, reading their work (aloud! Including Arachne Authors Katy Darby and Bartle Sawbridge) selling books and generally having a good time.

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Bartle Sawbridge reading at LEXiCON

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Katy Darby reading at LEXiCON

Sunday: we’re still here, doing the writery stuff. So if you live in North Kent, or even South East London, it’s a lovely day, come down to Faversham, enjoy the pubs and cafes, walk along the creek and drop into the Alexander Centre to meet the lovely people. We’re talking about writing across genres at 10, and Cherry Potts is reading a story of YOUR choice (so long as she wrote it, and you are there to ask) at around 12 (the schedule has been a little fluid).

TLW LEXiCON

https://i0.wp.com/tlwlexicon.com/images/banners/topheader.jpgArachne Press is taking part in TLW LEXiCON in Faversham on 15th & 16th March 2014, with readings from Cherry Potts, Katy Darby and Bartle Sawbridge, and a panel discussion from Katy and Cherry about the collaboration between Arachne Press and Liars’ League. Katy is even doing something about writing historical novels. We will also have a stall so that the good folk of Kent can buy our lovely books!

Arachne at Alexandra Nurseries, Penge

We have a stall at the Christmas Market in the charming Alexandra Nurseries (Parish Lane, Penge SE20 7LJ) this coming Sunday 8th December 10-5, selling our gorgeous books, some festive cards and giving away free canvas bags to anyone who buys a book, and a few balloons, recipes and other silliness.

christmas market001So you can come along and buy a christmas tree, and then buy lots of books as presents to put under it! (“Other stalls are available.”)

Special offer bundle of all three Liars’ books for the price of two. If I can find some ribbon they may come ready bundled. SOme of our more local authors may drop in for a half hour or so so if you coincide, you might get a book signed.

Can’t make it on Sunday? Join us tonight (Thursday) at Lewisham Library, 7.45,or next Wednesday (11th) at The Story Sessions.

Festive special on Lies

Not only are Lies wonderful fun, they are even cheap for a limited period.

I noticed this morning that the earlier post about the special 3 for 2 offer on the three Liar’s League books was missing the link to the sales page. That is now corrected. Didn’t mean to tease you!

festive shopping special

Yes it’s that time of year, when you start making lists, or not making lists, but quietly pretend it isn’t happening.  But it is!

So to make life a little easier for you, if your list includes lots of bookish friends and relations, we are going to make you an offer: buy two of our Liars’ League books, (London Lies, Lovers’ Lies and Weird Lies) and get the third free! that’s £19.98 (plus £3 P&P in the UK) for 3 books.

lies special offerOffer available until the last 2nd class parcel posting day before Christmas, Wednesday 18th 2013

make your purchase here

Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air advance copies have arrived

Mosaic of Air and Weird Lies

Mosaic of Air (cover by Melina Traub) and Weird Lies (cover by Kevin Threlfall)

I don’t know how it happened, but in the rush to get review copies and author copies and pre-ordered copies of the books in the post, I forgot to mention to you out there – they’re here!

It’s usually the first thing I do, get the camera out and take a picture of a pile of fresh books, but somehow I forgot until now.  Don’t they look lovely? You can still order these direct from us at pre-publication price of £11 (Mosaic of Air) and £9 (Weird Lies) post free within UK until publication day (26th September) so you have just under a fortnight to get those orders in, at which point we will revert to RRP although UK postage stays free.

You can, of course, order books from other retailers, or buy them direct from us at one of many events when you also have the opportunity to get your copy signed by whichever authors are there.

Leeds Book Fair blog

leedsPOSTERWe are heading north on Saturday the 27th July to take part in the Leeds Book Fair.

you can read Cherry Potts‘ contribution to the Leeds Book Fair blog here.

Cherry and Richard Smyth will be reading Mirror and This Isn’t Heat from Lovers’ Lies at 10:30 and Louise Swingler will be reading Morning, Sunshine, from Stations at 5pm. We will have a stall, and be available to sign books for Leeds based readers.

Pre-ordering Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air

mosaic glyphIt’s always nice to know your marketing works – how do we know? People buy things!

We’ve just had our third pre-order for Weird Lies and first for Mosaic of Air. Yes, it’s modest, but its a start.

So to get the message really clear: YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT! You can preorder our September books NOW (at a reduced price) and you will receive them ahead of publication as soon as we have them, at the same time as the reviewers. (And if you know anyone who might review for us, please tell us.)

Of course, the absolute best marketing is word of mouth, so please tell your friends, family, colleagues, your bookshop, your library, your reading group, the person sitting next to you on the bus…

weird handsSomething else we’d like you to tell them is that there are only 28 hours left to back our Kickstarter campaign. I know, I keep on about it, but if we don’t get all the money we don’t get any, so a big thank you to Steven in the USA who is our star backer so far (most recent and most generous), and who has also just ordered a copy of each of the existing books and preordered both September titles: we don’t know who you are, but we like you! (Thank you also to Rebecca, Wendy, Heath, Clare, Doris, Kenneth, David, Stephen, Carrie, Gloria, Edel and Lyn, whose generous pledges mean an enormous amount to us.)

There are still some great rewards left, including a copy of Weird Lies Author Joshan Esfandiari Martin‘s short Film Test Driving on DVD or BlueRay, or a guided walk around the City of London for up to 12 people with award-winning blue badge guide, (and Arachne Author) David Mildon, or a HANDWRITTEN unique, one-off episode of ‘Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens’ from Weird Lies Author Jonathan Pinnock, featuring YOU (or a nominated other if you are thinking of it for a gift) as a named character. A guaranteed collectors item of the future. (If it wouldn’t mean giving money to myself I’d have that one… Ooh! if anyone is stuck for a birthday present for me…).

Obviously, not everyone is in the position to be promising us money, so if you feel passionately about what we are trying to do here at Arachne Press and want to help, check out our support us page, there are lots of things that will help us, including pre-ordering Weird Lies and Mosaic of Air. And don’t forget, you technical whizzes you can now get our books on Kindle and ePub devices from your prefered retailers.