For the second Small Press Week topic, #SPWPast, we're flashing back to the very first books we published when World Weaver Press started in 2012. I (Sarena Ulibarri) was not in charge of WWP back then—I came on board as assistant editor at the very end of 2014, and took over management in early 2016. World Weaver Press was founded by Eileen Wiedbrauk and Elizabeth Wagner, who poured their blood, sweat, and tears into getting this wonderful press off the ground. Fortunately, they had the help of some absolutely excellent authors.
Cursed: Wickedly Fun Stories by Susan Abel Sullivan
CURSED: WICKEDLY FUN STORIES was our very first release on March 4, 2012. Since then, we've been able to publish two of Susan Abel Sullivan's paranormal mystery novels, THE HAUNTED HOUSEWIVES OF ALLISTER, ALABAMA and THE WEREDOG WHISPERER. Rumor is there may be a third one on the way in the next year or so. Susan's writing is delightful and funny, and we're lucky to have her along on this small press journey.
Shards of History by Rebecca Roland
While CURSED was our first story collection, SHARDS OF HISTORY was our first full-length novel, released August 21, 2012. A sequel, FRACTURED DAYS, came out in 2015, and we'll be rounding out the trilogy with SHATTERED FATES in 2017. We also have a short collection of Rebecca Roland's stories, THE KING OF ASH AND BONES AND OTHER STORIES. SHARDS OF HISTORY is a unique fantasy set in a world of magic, dragons, and peril, with a Native American-inspired fantasy culture and a kick-ass heroine who discovers her people have been afraid of the wrong invaders. This was the book that first made me excited about World Weaver Press, and confident in the quality of small press books.
Opal by Kristina Wojtaszek
OPAL by Kristina Wojtaszek was our first novella, a rare and beautiful book length, published December 18, 2012. A standalone sequel, CHAR, was published earlier in 2016. In addition, Kristina Wojtaszek has appeared in a number of World Weaver Press anthologies, including FAE, SCARECROW, SPECTER SPECTACULAR, and SPECULATIVE STORY BITES. I think it's safe to say we adore her lyrical, heartbreaking prose, and we love it just as much now as when her words first appeared in our slush pile.
We've picked up quite a few amazing authors during our journey, but those above are the ones that have been with us for the whole ride.
We have more Small Press Week Posts coming up later this week. Check the hashtag #SPWeek16 on Twitter to find more great small presses!
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