The Writer’s Circle event hosted by the AC Hunter Public Library tonight was a great success!
Hosted as a part of the ‘Love Our Local Authors’ month going on all through February at the AC Hunter Public Library, the Writer’s Circle was a round table discussion with four of the indie writing community’s top talents: the person in charge of taking your submissions (Ellen Curtis), the author of Call of the Sea (Amanda Labonté ), the author of more than 15 novels (Matthew LeDrew) and Erin Vance, the author of Song of the Mockingjay and the revolutionary editor behind Sci-Fi from the Rock and Fantasy from the Rock!
The Writer’s Circle aimed to answer any questions about the writing and publishing process, from professionals with a combined 25 years experience in the competitive small-press market.
Engen Books would like to that the AC Hunter Public Library for hosting the event, as well as Amanda Labonté, Erin Vance, and Ellen Curtis for taking part!
The amazingly kind-hearted Steve Lake is once again donating his time and his luscious locks to the “Shave for the Brave” effort, 2017.
“Some of you have liked my long hair, some of you have hated it,” says Lake. “I’ve liked the way it’s turned out over the last three years, but now it’s time to say goodbye to it. March 25th, 2017 I’m shaving it all off and donating my hair, along with whatever money I can raise.”
Steve Lake has penned the ‘Full Moon’ series of short stories for Engen Books and Ink’d Well Comics, a series of noir-style detective stories with a supernatural twist.
You can donate to Steve’s “Shave for the Brave” effort here.
“Wanna donate to a great cause and see me bald? Of course you do.” — Steve Lake
All donations to the Shave for the Brave help Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) provide programs to help this “forgotten generation.”
For more information, check out shaveforthebrave.ca and youngadultcancer.ca. Have a question? Email YACC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-571-7325.
Returning to the From the Rock team is the incredibly talented Matthew Daniels, whose story Healer’s Hoards was one of the many fantasy entries in last year’s Sci-Fi from the Rock that inspired this year’s volume and alerted Engen Books to the talent for fantasy writing in this province!
“The treatment of the classic “dragon with a horde” is cool, and I enjoyed the writing style thoroughly. I hope to read more by Mr. Daniels in the future.” — Sam Bauer, author of ‘The Locket.’
Amid the flurry of announcements regarding the ever-expanding lineup of terrific talent in the April 2017 Fantasy from the Rock, it’s easy to forget that a great collection of authors needs a great cover to unify all those great stories under one banner! Last year we got some stellar mixed-medium work from Kyle Callahan of Kyle Callahan Photography, and this year he’s returned with a piece that emphasizes the Celtic fairy origins of fantasy storytelling in Atlantic Canada.
Engen Books is proud to use the From the Rock series to not only to bring award-winning established talent to the forefront, we also introduce the next generation of amazing talent to the province. In that respect, we are proud to announce the inclusion of Shannon Green and his story, Lower Antaras, to this year’s collection.
Shannon Green is a jack-of-all-trades from St. John’s Newfoundland who studied classics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he specialized on the illustrations soldiers drew on the backs of their shields.
Lower Antaras introduces us to the town of the same name in a world populated by a the denizens of a new world Green has imagined, bringing us a fully-realized fantasy world of drink, religions, and mythology. It is a first-class effort in world-building, and we cannot wait to see what he adds to it in the future. 🙂
This year Newfoundland — which Engen Books calls home — became the first province in Canada to put a tax on books, adding 10% to what consumers pay at the register for all literature, bringing the total up to 15%. This is the latest in a long line of attacks on literacy by the new government, from grant reductions to attempts to close over a third of the province’s libraries.
Engen Books is not a venue for political digressions — I try to keep my own personal politics out of this forum, at least as much as one can. I could speak to the ignorant ethnocentrism that leads to an administration to tax literacy, a move that will make education more expensive for those both learning for their own benefit and those learning in post-secondary education. There’s a lot I can say, but I’ll leave it for another venue at another time.
Engen Books will be absorbing the extra tax. We will not raise the price per-book for our customers and readers. The vast majority (currently all) of our books are $20.00 CAD tax included, and will remain as such — this just means that the portion the government takes of that “tax in” part will be more than it has been.
Eighteen authors bringing a total of twenty stories and nearly 100,000 words making this our largest collection ever have been chosen for inclusion in 2017’s epic fantasy anthology, Fantasy from the Rock. They include an award-winning fantasy author, novelists, returning short story authors, and new talent whose works are reaching the public for the first time.
Behind each of those blanked-out spaces is the name of one of our authors, and as the contracts roll out and return and bios are written, we’ll be peeling back the curtain on them one by one. Let the speculation begin! 🙂