Ever since I became aware of World Weaver Press in 2013, I’ve known it was a special corner of the publishing world, brimming with talent. The gorgeous covers and professional presentation of these books made it clear the publisher truly cared about them, and the colorful, creative, and passionate stories between those gorgeous covers always exceeded my expectations. Each World Weaver Press book is a gem, and I am grateful Eileen Wiedbrauk was able to shine each of them up and put them on display.
I joined the World Weaver Press team as an Assistant Editor in late 2014, shortly after I had finished my MFA program and attended the 6-week Clarion Writers’ Workshop. For a few months after Clarion, I felt like I was in a constant freefall. World Weaver Press gave me a place to land — a place where all my skills and passions mattered. I’m a writer too, of course, but editing, whether at the developmental level or the copy editing stage, is deeply satisfying work for me. I have learned so much about great storytelling from Eileen and from the other World Weaver Press editors and anthologists.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with the World Weaver Press/Red Moon Romance authors and editors at a deeper level while we prepared for this transition, and let me tell you: these are amazing people. The stories we've published and will soon publish are stories that take you far from the mundane and weave bright and interesting new worlds. Our editors are fiercely in love with the projects they’ve chosen to work on, and that love comes through in every step of the publication process.
One change I'll be implementing right away: our imprint Red Moon Romance will be absorbed into World Weaver Press. WWP has already published plenty of speculative romance, and I feel we can better support these books by keeping all of them under the same brand. The Red Moon Romance editors Cori Vidae and Trysh Thompson will be officially joining Laura Harvey and me on the World Weaver Press editorial team (though behind the scenes there was never much separation to begin with). We'll also welcome aboard Cary Vandever as a Publicity Assistant, and Rae Oestreich as Intern Extraordinaire.
March and April will be full of announcements as we begin to roll out our 2016 list. A few teasers for what you can expect:
- The TOC for SIRENS, the fourth volume of Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menageries anthology series
- Cover Reveal for Sara Dobie Bauer’s vampire romance BITE SOMEBODY
- News about CHAR, the long-awaited sequel to Kristina Wojtaszek’s fairy tale novella OPAL
- A call for submissions for a new anthology from Kate Wolford
- A brand-new weekly blog series of original short fiction
And much more. We’ll be closed to general submissions for 2016, but we will reopen to submissions in February 2017. Please follow us on Twitter or Facebook for periodic updates, or sign up for our newsletter. And stop by our monthly Twitter chat #SFFlunch to chat with our talented editors and authors firsthand!