Monday, August 20, 2018

What's Next for Altrix? Unearthed Progress and the Chronosmiths

Thanks to everyone for continuing to pick up our books! Again, we only have a limited number of books available, and once they're gone, they're gone. We will not be doing a second print run of Seasons of War: Gallifrey, and the digital copies will also be closing out around the time the print issues are gone.

But there's more coming from Altrix in the future!


Submissions are now closed for Unearthed, and Kara is currently going through them. Contributors should be hearing one way or the other very soon, and we'll make an announcement on here and social media once everyone has been contacted, just to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.

Judging by early work sent by featured writers and the quality of the submissions we received, it's going to be an amazing anthology! We can't wait to tell you more!


We also can't wait to tell you more about The Chronosmith Chronicles, our upcoming series spun off from Savalia, Mordicai, Kendo, and Tor Fasa! Early preparations are underway to create stories and accept guest submissions, so keep your ears to the ground!

As we mentioned before, thanks as ever for the support. We can't wait to show you what the future has in store. Just a few more little things to put in place!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Word with Paul and Kara



Seasons of War: Gallifrey has been on the market for just a little while, but we're already seeing positive comments and reviews from many of you! Thanks to everyone showing us your copies as they come in, and for letting us know what you think of our first book.

For interested readers — both current and potential — we thought we'd share a bit of the Q&A we sent around to our reviewers:

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What was it like collaborating with a second writer?

KD: I’m used to collaborating because of my work in webcomics, and because I work with Ginger Hoesly (our cover artist) on a light novel series. Every collaboration is going to be different. Sometimes one of us does all the typing, sometimes we both do literal 50/50, sometimes it’s more like 100/100. The one constant in entering into a collaboration is that there are no constants!
Paul and I hashed things out a lot over Skype. There would be these long silences between the two of us as we both sat there trying to figure out what to do next, but I think we were on an equal footing across the board. At least in terms of mapping out this story, we were bordering on Drift Compatible quite a bit; we’d make the same decisions the other would have made, we had the same feelings about how it should end and how the characters should evolve, etc. Declan is amazing at matching up authors!

I also think we both worry that we’re each not doing our fair share! In the end, he’s handled a lot of the editing and formatting, and I’ve taken point on the digital side of things. And that’s a part of collaboration that people often forget: what happens once the story is done, and how you get it out there, is yet another facet of working together.

PD: This was a completely new experience for me and I’ve loved every minute of it. Kara and I had never worked together before and we really only knew each other in passing, but Declan knew exactly what he was doing when he allocated the various writers for the novels. We shared the same vision for the book right from the start and our personalities and writing strengths complement each other really well.
As we wrote our allocated chapters it was great to be able to bounce off ideas with each other, or share the odd lines of dialogue to see whether or not it worked. Other characters came out from the shadows as a result. They become far more important to the story then we’d initially imagined. Caelion and Bez being the perfect examples.


Is there any character you in particular associate with the most?

KD: There’s this great anime creator named Leiji Matsumoto, and one of his most memorable series was this show Captain Harlock. The lead was this dashing space pirate, and his best friend was this
doofy little engineer named Tochiro. Matsumoto has said that Harlock is what he wishes he could be, and Tochiro is what he knows he is.

I think that’s what happened with me and Savalia and Kendo, respectively. Savalia is this really caring, really strong, really artistic and “together” person. But Kendo is much more what I really am from day to day, worrying what people think of her and making really horrible decisions and then having to deal with the fallout. There was this moment when I was working on Kendo’s chapters when my brain just went “I wonder what happens when someone with two hearts has a panic attack,” and there we are. Messed up a perfectly good Time Lord is what I did. Look at her, she’s got anxiety.

PD: I can see parts of me in all four of the lead characters: Mordicai’s social awkwardness and rebellious streak, Savalia’s conflict between wanting to be there for her family and wanting to escape into a world of pure imagination, Kendo’s feeling of being the odd-one-out, the one who needs to prove herself in a position of power, and Tor Fasa’s illogical blend of idealism and cynicism.

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The Q&A goes on in our reviewer packet. If you'd be interested in reviewing Seasons of War: Gallifrey for your podcast, blog, or website, get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter!

And remember, the book will only be on sale for a limited time... when they're gone, they're gone! So be sure to order yours while you can!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Seasons of War: Gallifrey is here!


The time has come: Seasons of War: Gallifrey is now in stock and ready to order!

Those who pre-ordered print and e-books should be receiving their copies in the coming days. Thank you for your patience and your support!

If you would like to order your copy, head to the book's landing page. Orders are conducted via PayPal, with separate pricing for UK and overseas orders. You can also order a digital version, or a print/digital combo. Be sure to double check your order for print editions, as shipping prices inside and outside of the UK are significantly different.

Thanks to everyone for their patience as we completed this book! We're very excited to present you with our hard work, and with Altrix Books's first title. More will be forthcoming in future!

Monday, July 23, 2018

CALL FOR PITCHES: "Unearthed," a Charity Anthology of Discovery


Whether you're disappointed it wasn't Alexander the Great (again) or lining up to drink some of that red corpse juice, you've probably got some major feelings on the discovery inside Alexandria's black sarcophagus. Are you interested? Let down? Is there something you were secretly hoping it would be?

Then we want to hear from you.

Unearthed is a charity anthology coming in 2019 from Altrix Books and edited by Kara Dennison (Owl's Flower, Seasons of War: Gallifrey), bringing together creators from all walks of life to tell stories of the contents of any coffin, sarcophagus, mausoleum, or other Big Mysterious Tomb. It can be funny, it can be scary, it can be thought-provoking — just as long as it's interesting.



Who Are We Looking For?

Unearthed is aiming to be a collection featuring creatives from all walks of life. Regardless of your background in education or exploration, we want to see what your minds dream up when presented with an unopened tomb.

That said, we're looking for both writers and artists to fill this volume!


What Are We Looking For?

Stories of up to 7,000 words, centering around the contents of a large sealed container. While it doesn't have to be funereal in nature, it should be something long-buried or long sealed away.

The contents could be a person, a thing, a non-corporeal entity, a feeling... but we do ask that whatever it is be identified at some point in the story. (Please, no "Maybe the real sarcophagus is the friends we made along the way" type stories... You can absolutely put twists in, but please tell us what's in the box!)

The setting is completely flexible. It can be past, present, future. On-world, off-world, fictional world. The climax of the story doesn't even have to be the opening and discovery of the box. Feel free to play with the theme.

Artists: we are looking for black and white art along the same themes.


What's the Charity?

All proceeds from Unearthed will go to ARCE, the American Research Center in Egypt. Founded in 1948, ARCE assists more than a dozen archaeological teams per year, as well as providing housing and materials for scholars in Cairo. They are also heavily involved in the preservation of major historical sites, and offer training programs for conservation and site management. It's our hope that our curiosity and love of history can benefit theirs.


Important Dates

August 15: Last day for pitches.

September 30: The date by which everyone will have heard back on their status.

December 14: Last date to ask for extensions.

December 15: Last day for submissions.

If you do not feel you can make these dates, please look forward to our next open call.


Provisos

  • We understand that doing unpaid work is not plausible for all creators, and thus wish to reiterate before anyone chooses to sign up that this is a charity anthology. 100% of proceeds will go to ARCE, with neither Altrix Books nor contributors receiving financial compensation. Please take this into consideration before pitching.
  • We are looking to keep this publication approximately PG-13 in rating. Artists, please take this into account as you plan your work. Writers, please keep language to about Goonies level.
  • No fanfiction, please. You may not use licensed characters in your work unless they are licensed to you — in which case feel free!
  • If you want to use public domain characters (Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, etc.), go with a light touch and make sure you bring something new to the table. We're absolutely not against playing with "open-source" casting, but bear in mind there are other people pitching, and if two people try to tell the same story one of you is going to have to change.
  • High-end knowledge of history and archaeology are not required. However, if you involve the culture and religious practices of a real group of people in your story, please research it at least enough so as to not put your foot in it.

Ready to bring your story into the light of day? Fill out this form to get started!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

COMING SOON: Book Orders Re-Opening!


Hello, and thank you all for your patience as we prepare to print Seasons of War: Gallifrey! It's been a long road putting things together and getting things in line, but the end is in sight. We're to the point of measuring book spines and doing up invoices.

For those who haven't had a chance to order -- once we have physical copies in house (or in houses), we'll be opening orders again.

For those who've ordered, you should have received some digital goodies in the form of free short stories. We will be letting you all know when the book itself is on its way to your doorstep!

For now, keep an eye on the Seasons of War Facebook page for the latest news!