Announcement: Awaken the Feminine

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Rev. Dr. Karen Tate

The Bookats and I are thrilled to make a major announcement!

Our first major publishing deal is signed and sealed! We’ll be the proud publishers of Rev. Dr. Karen Tate‘s next anthology on feminine spirituality. Tate is the author of Walking An Ancient Path: Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth, Goddess Calling: Inspirational Messages and Meditations of Sacred Feminine Liberation Thealogy, and is the anthology curator for Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-shape Our World. Her most recent anthology, Goddess 2.0: Advancing A New Path Forward has been received to great acclaim by women and men from all walks of life. Continue reading

Modern Mythology Anthology, a reminder

Hello, folks! I received a recent message from a contributor on Facebook asking about the deadline for the anthology’s submissions. I totally understand the confusion. The original deadline was June 1, 2017. We decided to extend that deadline to August 1, 2017 to better accommodate some of the interested authors who had other pressing deadlines.

We’ve received several submissions already, but we are still accepting submissions through August 1. The more the merrier. We’re amazed at how many authors have entrusted us with their work for this first effort with an anthology and hope that we can do them justice.

An artist has been contacted already for a concept design for the cover image. She is a talented tribal artist in Council Bluffs, IA. Philipp, one of the editors of the anthology, has known her for years. The idea of the anthology intrigued her and after a conversation she said she already had a few ideas in mind. We’ll keep you posted on progress with that element of the collection as well.

So, in short, the deadline is August 1, 2017 for the Modern Mythology Anthology. Get your submissions in as soon as possible. Here’s a link to details on the anthology submission process. We look forward to reading your work!

-Josef

Update from the Bookats – late May

20160521_102907The Bookats wanted to give you all another update. Seems they think the humans don’t do enough online marketing and updating to all of the readers and potential readers out there. Little do they understand just how much work we do to keep the lights on and food in their bowls.

Speaking of bowls. Give me a second. *scurries to the kitchen and back* Yup, can’t see the bottom of the bowls, so they won’t be thinking they are starving while I write this up for you. Mistress Freya can be very picky about her food and does not like to share.

SRP author Philipp J. Kessler released his second book on May 1, as you may remember. He’s been busy marketing through Facebook author events and elsewhere. He’s also plugging away on book three in the Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings series. Not going as fast with that one as he has the first two books. The further into the series he gets the more research he has to do to keep things interesting and new.

In book three, Landslide, he’s taking you outside of Lincoln for part of the story. That requires even more research.

A reader recently asked him why he has based his stories in Lincoln, NE. His response: “Lincoln has so much going on, people just aren’t aware of it. From a supernatural perspective, there is way more going on in Lincoln than anyone realizes.  Even most of the residents who are sensitive to it. There is a reason there have been so many metaphysical shoppes in town over the decades and why there are so many witches and Pagans around. Lincoln just hums with energy.”

As Philipp has pointed out in numerous conversations, “it is easy to set a magical realism book in Chicago, LA, NOLA, or even New York. People just accept it. But to put such a story into a town that most people think is just hum drum, that takes perseverance and creativity.”Landslide - pos cover 3

Philipp hopes to have Landslide ready for you by July 1. Speaking of… Here’s the cover for Landslide for your enjoyment!

As you can guess from the cover, Landslide is taking you WAY out of Lincoln for a part of the story.

In other updates, we are in continued negotiations for an anthology of nonfiction on Goddess spirituality. We are at the contract signing point in those negotiations. As soon as Josef gets those contracts updated! We are very excited about this project. Securing a printer that can make over seas and Canadian shipping more affordable was one of the hurdles we had to surmount. That has been accomplished now and we are well on our way to getting things done. We are looking at an October release date. We will announce the title, editor, and contributors when everything is secured and green lighted by all parties involved.

Securing that overseas and Canadian distribution has also opened the doors for more contributors to our Modern Mythology anthology. We all know that the publisher makes the bulk of the money on anthologies with the editor(s) a close second. The contributors rarely make anything significant of anthology sales. But with a printer that is more affordable for shipping within the United States, Canada, and in Europe contributors can purchase physical copies of the anthology to sell directly at author events or elsewhere – and that is where they can make their money more readily!

Check back later this week for more updates on the state of Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings and where else you might be able to secure a copy of one or the other for yourself! In the meantime, Amazon has a nifty option for series Kindles. Yuu can purchase them in bundles now! Here is the bundle link for Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings by SRP author Philipp J. Kessler.

 

Modern Mythology: New Stories of the Gods, open call for submissions – revisted

This is a revised and updated re-posting of our call for submissions for the Modern Mythology: New Stories of the Gods anthology.

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Saturn Return Publishing

Saturn Returns Publishing is seeking submissions for an anthology of Pagan fiction.

Modern Mythology: New Stories Of the Gods is a collection of shorts telling the stories of the Gods and Goddesses from new and unique perspectives. Olympus in Space? Asgard in Manhattan? Abydos the seat of computer commerce? Taking the myths and figures of mythologies from around the world, Pagan authors take a twist and tell these stories in an entirely different light. Continue reading

Waterfall is Out!

Waterfall (1)SRP author, Philipp J. Kessler, released his first full length novel and book two in the Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings series. Waterfall hit Kindle and paperback on Amazon Monday, May 1, 2017. Waterfall is the sequel to Backfire. Along with Philipp, SRP hosted a release party and author takeover on Facebook. Eight authors took place in the party. We are so happy to have been able to work with authors like Alan VanMeter, Diane Morrison, and Hal Greenberg to celebrate the release of this novel.

Leading up to the release of Waterfall, Philipp attended a local sci-fi/fantasy convention, Constellation8, to schmooze with authors and artists as well as cast line to hook new readers. Though he did not have a booth of his own, he was able to make a few sales while at the con and donated a copy of his book to a silent auction later in the weekend hosted by a local Pagan church. Something he was only too happy to do!

While at the convention, he got to meet the local artist who created the cover art for his chapter-a-month sci-fi project, R.S. Pinnacle: Asteroid. The artist, Chris Ralston, was in the dealer room with many pieces of his art, as well as doing on-the-spot commission. Chris’s art can be found online at R10Creations. You can read Asteroid‘s first chapter for free at Philipp’s Patreon page and become a Patron for only $1 a month to get access to the rest of the project as it becomes available.R.S. Pinnacle - wall paper

Philipp also ran into fellow Nebraska authors Sarah Buhrman, Lisa Kovanda, and Arden Ellen Nixon. Arden is also an artist. Constellation is a great local event that Philipp is looking forward to having a table at next year.

April Got Away From Us

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Pardon the mess, Renny is not a very good house keeper.

The Bookats reminded me this morning that almost the entire month of April got away from us! Oh, my! We can’t let that happen! We’ve been busy working through several manuscript submissions from new authors. Well, new to us. We have just not been paying that much attention to the blog. For that, we sincerely apologize.  This is where so many of you come to find out what is going here at Saturn Returns Publishing. Continue reading

Early April Update

time management quoteAs 2017 progresses into the 4th month, we at Saturn Returns Publishing are working towards further expansion of our offerings to readers and authors alike. Working towards that kind of expansion is a real juggling act. As the picture to the left implies, time management is of the utmost importance, but is a misnomer. Prioritizing projects and commitments is more important. Our authors and their projects come first on our list of priorities. We must balance them with growing and expanding our catalog. Continue reading

April Fool Launch of Backfire

today is the dayToday is the day! Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings Vol 1: Backfire goes live on Kindle! Saturn Returns Publishing and author Philipp J. Kessler are very excited about this release. It is Philipp’s first novella and the beginning of a several volume series of shorts and novellas to be released about once a month for the foreseeable future.

The Kindle edition has been available for pre-order for about a week now. It is also available in paperback through Amazon and will be available soon through CreateSpace and other online retailers. Signed paperbacks can be purchased through the author or by backing him on Patreon.

To celebrate the release of Backfire, Philipp is hosting a seven hour author takeover and release party on Facebook. He’s got a wonderful line up authors from several genres to entertain and delight the readers and fans who drop in for a little bit of fun. With an April Fools theme it should prove to be a lot of fun!

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3pm: RevKess – Philipp Kessler – launch the event
4pm: Andy Peloquin
5pm: Kayla Kirby
6pm: Rebekah Dodson
7pm: Sarah Buhrman – Author
8pm: Courtney Cannon
9pm: Heather Marie Adkins
10pm: Diane Morrison (Sable Aradia)

There will also be games and giveaways from some of these very same authors. Drop in and have some fun, maybe win something, and just have a fab April Fools’ Day!

A Fool & His Writing: an April Fools’ Day Author Takeover

Backfire Pre-Order.pngWe’re less than a week away from the official launch of Philipp J. Kessler’s first novella from SRP. Philipp will be hosting a short author takeover and release party on Facebook on April 1st to celebrate. You are all invited to join in the fun. There will be games, giveaways, and LOTS of author talk throughout the evening.

Here’s a little teaser to get you going:

Sandra opened the window a crack to let a bit of fresh air into the room. The incense smoke swirled in the breeze as it was sucked out the window. As the air cleared she blinked the smoke from her own eyes.

“Well that sucked,” she muttered under her breath. “Back to square one.” She pushed her hair away from her forehead, brushing the sweat away from her brow.

She looked about the now smoke free room and sighed. Picking up the athame she began to put her ritual and spell tools away. Sandra put each tool into its place in the box she pulled out from under the altar table. The wand, the incense burner, and the athame each had a special compartment in the ornately carved oak box. As she put the pentacle plate and the bowl into their pouches she gazed into her own reflection in the blade of the boline. Continue reading