Hi folks, today I have a real treat for you. Today I want to introduce you to Siri Paulson. Siri will tell you all about Turtleduck Press and what’s they’ve got that’s new on the market. All right, Siri, you’re on.
Thanks for hosting me, Prudence!
I edit and write for an indie publisher, Turtleduck Press, and I’m here to talk a little bit about why we’re doing what we’re doing.
First off, I’m a strong believer in making room for diverse stories from many voices, that don’t necessarily fall into neat slots. The mainstream publishers are getting better at this, but small presses and indie writers have an unparalleled ability to experiment.
Turtleduck Press was born on this premise two years ago. One of our members was writing GLBTQ novels that couldn’t find an agent or a publisher, and she was pretty sure the reason was not the quality but the content. She believed in her work and wanted to share it any way she could. Then she discovered that she wasn’t alone. Others wanted to take the same path.
We pooled our talents and settled on a hybrid model based around collaboration. Everything we publish is vetted and thoroughly edited that so the Turtleduck Press label means something – it’s a marker of quality. At the same time, because we’re a small press on a shoestring budget, we’re free to take risks with content and form.
One of us writes gay science fiction romance, with some action/adventure thrown in for good measure.
One of us writes both poetry and science fantasy.
One of us writes YA that doesn’t fall into the boundaries of what’s popular right now.
One of us (me!) writes all over the science fiction and fantasy spectrum, and sometimes outside of it, and sometimes right on the edge.
We’re thrilled to be able to experiment together.
Our latest project is just such an experiment. We decided to write an anthology of longish short stories (a nearly unpublishable length) set in a shared universe…but not one with firm rules. We agreed on a loose premise – a planet where the seasons stopped changing a century before – and each found her own angle to explore.
The four stories that emerged are not obviously in the same world, unless you squint a bit. One is firmly on the fantasy side, one is post-apocalyptic steampunk, one is science fiction with a magical realism flavour, and one is dystopian. But they all explore the theme of lost seasons…or unending seasons, depending on how you look at it.
Seasons Eternal is available from http://www.turtleduckpress.
com/toybox/index.php/ turtleduck-works/43-longworks/ 221-seasons-eternal.
Now folks, let me tell you a bit more about Siri and where you can find her online.
Siri is a science fiction / fantasy writer and an editor of both fiction and (in her other life) non-fiction. She recently moved into a big old house in Toronto and is still wondering what she got herself into. In her spare time (when she has any) she dances, knits, and dissects movies.
So that’s it for today folks, say hello to Siri then go check out Turtleduck Press and their newest book.