SmallPressBigStories - Wizard's Tower Press
Wizard's Tower Press publishes SFF novels and you'll find there in particular novels that have gone out of print but which had a dedicated following, like Outremer by Chaz Brenchley, or Tales of the Einarinn by Juliet McKenna.
This is how I found Wizard's Tower Press actually. My Einarinn paperbacks were falling to pieces and I wanted shiny ebooks. Thankfully, WTP was in the process of publishing them. And this is where Juliet McKenna went on to publish a new series and two collections.
Because WTP also publishes original works: from the acclaimed Green Man series by McKenna to a YA series by Brenchley, and more recently, a clifi by Sean McMullen.
In a nutshell, Wizard's Tower Press is a haven where you'll find some of your fave midlist writers of a few years ago with their new and old stories.
I've asked Cheryl Morgan the Chief Executive three questions so that she can present her press to you.
1. What can a reader expect to find in Wizard's Tower books?
The bulk of our business comes from helping quality authors who have had a mainstream career, but are now finding themselves dropped as they are not selling in vast enough quantities. Many of our books are re-issues of works that have been abandoned by their original publishers, but we do publish original fiction as well.
2. Tell us about two books you've published in 2022.
The new Juliet McKenna Green Man book is usually the highlight of our year. The Green Man's Gift is already selling very well, and getting excellent reviews. If you are unfamiliar with these books, start with The Green Man's Heir. I can't guarantee that you'll be hooked, but thousand of readers are, and that's a very pleasing number of sales for a small press.
This year also saw the first two volumes of our re-issue of Chaz Brenchley's Outremer books: The Devil in the Dust and The Tower of the King's Daughter. These are historical fantasy set in an alternate version of the Crusades. I fell in love with these books when they first came out, and I'm absolutely delighted to have rescued them from obscurity. That's partly due to the beauty of the writing, partly due to the even handed treatment of the various warring sides, and partly because the books are historically accurate in featuring a fair amount of gay relationships.
3. What are the plans for 2023?
2022 isn't quite over yet, and come January I'll still be working hard pushing the Sean McMullen novel, Generation Nemesis, which is due out at the end of November. It isn't a happy book, but with various scientific organisations coming to the conclusion that it is too late to prevent catastrophic climate change, it is a very timely one. If things do go badly wrong, and they probably will, the generation that gets left to clean up our mess will be very angry, just as Sean portrays them.
Juliet McKenna has promised another Green Man book, which I am sure will make her fans very happy. Also Chaz is working through the Outremer re-issues, and writing a new Crater School book. I don't know what order they will come in.
Lyda Morehouse also has a couple of projects in the pipeline. I'm not promising anything yet, but once she's happy with a book I'll let people know.
And I'm absolutely delighted to be publishing a new book by another Australian writer, Glenda Larke. I have enjoyed her fantasy series over the years, and very much like this one. The Tangled Lands has a strong feminist theme to it.
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If you want to explore the WTP books I've reviewed, they're here! (Click on the image to access the review.) (Yes, they're all Juliet McKenna's books. What can I say? I'm a fan.)
You can find the Wizard's Tower Press website here and their books are available on Amazon, Nook and Kobo.
Thank you to Cheryl for her time and I hope you all enjoy what Wizard's Tower Press has to offer!
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