The name "World Weaver Press" comes from this phrase in our mission statement: "We believe that publishing speculative fiction isn’t just printing words on the page — it’s the act of weaving brand new worlds." Whether reshaping our contemporary world, imagining the future of the world, or conjuring a new world entirely, speculative fiction writers are always weaving new worlds in their stories. But one thing I didn't anticipate when I took over World Weaver Press was how far across our world these stories could reach. Cheryl Low, author of the forthcoming novel Vanity in Dust, lives in Sweden. K. Bird Lincoln celebrated the release of her book Dream Eater while in Japan. Next year we'll be publishing an anthology of Brazilian solarpunk stories, translated into English for the first time. Several of our authors have had the opportunity to interact with enthusiastic readers in South Africa through the Books & Everything Facebook group.
I've also been surprised by the number of international sales we get on a regular basis. Someone in Saudi Arabia decided to pick up a copy of Fae. Someone in France is reading Covalent Bonds. Several people in India have copies of Krampusnacht on their Kindles, and Heir to the Lamp was briefly an Amazon bestseller in Australia. I'm thrilled our stories have somehow found their way into so many corners of the world. Amazon just shows me a graph and a spreadsheet, but when people buy books on Kobo, my dashboard shows me a map of which country the book was bought in. I love these maps, so I thought I'd show you a couple of them.
I like to believe that stories don't just weave their own worlds — they can also weave our world closer together.