Today, I am proud to announce that Parvus will be publishing the Century of Sand trilogy by Christopher Ruz.
A little under two years ago, we announced that Parvus was open for submissions on Reddit and that we would consider previously self-published works, but that the bar would be high. One of those books which we received was Century of Sand by Christopher Ruz. It was a grim tale of a father rescuing the daughter he had given up in her infancy, and the struggles they endure to get out from under the reach of the mage who held her captive for so long. Ruz clearly had talent. He established a consistent tone early on in the book and the mystery around his characters, their pasts, and the motivations that brought them to the point where we joined them in the story were compelling.
At the time, the promise in the manuscript was clear, but the Parvus team was new and there were some challenges in the book that we didn’t quite feel we were ready to take on. It was almost a decade old and Ruz was a young writer when he had self-published Century of Sand. He had also released a sequel and had the third in the works. A series that was 2/3 complete was more than we were interested in taking on for an early project.
Fast forward to today. Ruz had kept in touch with us over the intervening time and we followed his other releases. It just so happened that he was querying a new novel at the same time that we were expanding our editorial team and looking to add a new series to our schedule. I asked Chris if he was still interested in re-launching Century and within about a month, we had a signed deal on all three books.
I’d been hoping, since the day I read those first pages of Century of Sand, that we’d end up working together and I’m glad things have worked out the way they did. More importantly, I know our readers are going to love this taut story that’s full of magic, action, and raw emotion. Look for Century of Sand in early 2019.
Read the Press Release here: 2017-11-06 Century of Sand Press Release
PARVUS PRESS TO PUBLISH DEBUT NOVEL BY MARETH E. GRIFFITH
Small Publisher Expands With Acquisition of Contemporary Fantasy
Herndon, VA (July 1, 2016) – Parvus Press LLC today announced it has acquired world rights to The Year King, by Mareth E. Griffith. This is Parvus’ first contemporary fantasy acquisition and Ms. Griffith’s debut novel.
“Our first books will set the tone for how people think of Parvus for years to come. Accordingly, we’ve been incredibly selective in these early acquisitions,” stated Parvus publisher and co-founder Colin Coyle. “The Year King is a novel that we’re happy to stake our reputation on and hold up as an example of a ‘Parvus book’.”
Parvus Co-founder Eric Ryles continues, “The Year King is one of those rare books that you come across and just can’t put down. When we talk about fresh approaches to the genre, this book is exactly what we’re talking about. We’re incredibly excited to be publishing The Year King.”
Parvus intends to release Ms. Griffith’s debut novel this coming winter. Regarding the acquisition, Mr. Coyle remarked, “I can’t wait to see how readers react to this story. The Year King is a contemporary hidden world fantasy in the vein of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. Ms. Griffith takes us to Dublin and delivers a nuanced, suspenseful mystery while tying in to some of Ireland’s oldest mythology. It’s really a masterful novel.”
Said Ms. Griffith, of her signing with Parvus, “I am thrilled to be one of the first writers selected to become part of the Parvus Press family, and am excited to be working with Parvus Press to bring The Year King to life.”
Editor John Adamus commented, “Working with new authors is one of my favorite parts of being an editor. The opportunity to help refine a strong new voice and make a debut novel the best possible version of itself is an exciting challenge. I’m excited to dig into this story that frames the perils of family against tradition.”
Ivy thought she had stumbled into the deal of a lifetime six months ago when she answered an ad for a flatmate in a posh neighborhood of Dublin. The rent was a steal and so what if her flatmate, Demi, was a bit weird, the apartment was full floor to ceiling in exotic plants, and she was under strict orders never to touch Demi’s cookware.
But now, Demi’s gone missing, there are strange men hiding in the flower boxes, and Ivy is beginning to realize that Demi’s weirdness was nothing compared to the truth. Demi may have drawn the attention of an ancient evil, intent on reaching across the ages to strike her down.
Ivy delves into a hidden Dublin and while her eyes are open to some of Ireland’s oldest mysteries, the longer she stays in, the more she risks slipping from the world she always knew. Can she save Demi without losing herself in the process?
The Year King is a suspenseful, twisting new fantasy that explores and tests the bonds of friendship and family while taking the reader on a journey across time and between worlds.
The Year King will be released by Parvus Press in Winter 2017.
About Mareth E. Griffith
Mareth Griffith bounces between summers along the Alaskan coast and winters in various warmer locations. She lives in Seward, Alaska, and continually tells people that the winters there aren’t as bad as they think. When she’s not writing, she works as a naturalist and wilderness guide, leading adventurous souls on epic quests to seek out glaciers, bears, and whales in the wilds of coastal Alaska.
She’s also lived and worked in Scotland, New Zealand, and Northern Ireland – where her nearest neighbors included two thousand puffins and the ghost of a spectral black horse. Originally from West Virginia, Mareth attended Smith College in Massachusetts, and the University of Glasgow in Scotland, studying music and theatre.
Prior to moving to Alaska, she worked as an audio technician for several east coast theater companies, eventually discovering that while she loved working in theatre, she didn’t love living in cities. Mareth plays classical violin well and rhythm guitar badly, and her writing has previously been featured in the Redoubt Reporter, Alaska Magazine, and Pen the Kenai, an essay exhibit documenting life on Alaska’s Kenai coast.
About Parvus Press
Parvus Press, founded in 2016, is a publisher of speculative fiction. They are passionate about great stories and and continuing genre fiction’s grand tradition of finding new voices and fresh new ways to bring stories to life.
Parvus Press is currently open for submissions, seeking previously unpublished fantasy and science fiction novels. Guidelines are available on their web site: http://www.parvuspress.com/submissions.
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PARVUS PRESS LAUNCHES WITH THE ACQUISITION OF SCOTT WARREN’S SOPHOMORE EFFORT
Digital-First Publisher Aims to Provide High-Touch Publishing Partnerships with Writers of Speculative Fiction
Herndon, VA (March 30, 2016) – Parvus Press LLC today announced it has acquired world rights to Vick’s Vultures, by Scott Warren. This is Parvus’ first acquisition and Mr. Warren’s second novel and his first science fiction effort.
“Our mission is simple; find the next generation of great storytellers in genre fiction and bring their novels to new audiences,” stated Parvus publisher and co-founder Colin Coyle. “We believe that success should be shared by all; which includes the authors, editors, artists, and publishers that collaborate to turn great stories into great books.”
Parvus Co-founder Eric Ryles continues, “In the new landscape of publishing, with so many avenues for books to reach consumers, we provide the expertise necessary to allow authors to focus on their craft and produce their best efforts so that they can find the broadest possible audience.”
Regarding their acquisition of Scott Warren’s sophomore effort, Coyle remarked, “We’re incredibly excited to be in the Scott Warren business. Readers are going to love how adeptly Warren leads them toward the expected tropes of the genre, only to pull away at the last moment and drive the story in new and inventive directions. He delivers a thrilling adventure packed with characters they will love.”
Says Mr. Ryles, “When I read this for the first time, I kept thinking ‘Fury Road in Space? Yes please!’ and knew we had to publish it.”
Set in a crowded galaxy where humanity is well below the power curve, Vick’s Vultures is an interstellar adventure that follows Captain Victoria “Vick” Marin and her roughneck crew as they seek out advanced alien technology for salvage or ransom. But when she crosses paths with a prince of the galaxy’s most powerful ruling family, she must traverse hostile space to stay one step ahead of a fleet of ruthless hunters to return him to his home world. Back on Earth the powers-that-be have other plans, and as Victoria’s friendship with the prince grows, she must balance her sense of duty against her morals in a decision that could change the political landscape of the known galaxy.
Editor John Adamus commented, “It’s always exciting to work with an eager author on their manuscript, and Scott Warren is no exception. Vick’s Vultures is a novel of amazing scope and ambition, packed with the smart balance of excitement and detail found in the best science fiction today. I look forward to many more novels as Mr. Warren continues writing.”
Vick’s Vultures will be released by Parvus Press in Fall 2016.
About Scott Warren
Scott Warren is 26, and lives in Central Oregon where he splits his time between writing, aviation, and art. He served as a submariner in the US Navy and is a certified flight instructor. He is also the author of “The Sorcerous Crimes Division: Devilbone”. Follow him on Twitter: @ScottWarrenSCD
About Parvus Press
Parvus Press, founded in 2016 by lifelong friends Colin Coyle and Eric Ryles, is a Digital-First publisher of speculative fiction. They are passionate about great stories and committed to publishing the next generation of great creative minds. They are currently open for submissions, seeking previously unpublished fantasy and science fiction novels. Guidelines are available on their web site: http://www.parvuspress.com/submissions.