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About "War of the World Makers"


    The novel is packed with a good share of strong and magically powerful women, in the roles of both heroine and villain. The landscape throws a curve every few chapters, the characters believable despite the often grand and unbelievably bizarre setting, and if you like mystery, violence, and horror-like dark literature, then you'll be ecstatic.

This unique science fantasy novel arrived at Del Sol Press via a tortuous route, one often traveled by all types of authors, many of them exceptional. New York had failed them. In some cases, it wasn't because they didn't have a good agent. War of the World Makers had a great agent who sent it to major publishers for two years. In other cases, it had nothing to do with a failure of plot, characters, or actual writing. War of the World Makers is exceptional when it comes to all three of the aforementioned. So what was the problem? In our opinion, and after speaking with the author, we believe the failure of New York to provide a contract for WOW lies with the nature of their culture rather than with any failing of the novel itself. Certainly, as we all know, major publishers year after year throw all kinds of awful SFF books at us, and all without exception arrive with false accolades and at least three Google pages deep of stellar reviews from "sympathetic" media sources. Everyone is a "new voice to be watched." It's as if the marketing Ivy League believe they can trick us into reading these books simply by overwhelming us with reviews. But why can't they recognize quality when they see it?

In the case of War of the World Makers, Michael's agent received rejection after rejection with comments such as "I don't understand the plot" and "We already have a novel about Russia" and "The action doesn't get started soon enough" and "time travel novels with more than one time period won't sell" and so forth. Not a single rejection was a good one, not a single rejection made sense. They all sounded as if the same impatient and inexperienced reader saw the manuscript, glanced over a few pages and tossed out the first excuse to reject that came to mind; and as it turned out, the bulk of readers were editor assistants in their early twenties.

Regardless, their loss, our gain. The novel is packed with a good share of strong and magically powerful women, in the roles of both heroine and villain. The landscape throws a curve every few chapters, the characters believable despite the often grand and unbelievably bizarre setting, and if you like mystery, violence, and horror-like dark literature, then you'll be ecstatic. As a bonus, you even get the most realistic literary re-creation of the Battle of the Sommme that we've ever read, plus a heroine death struggle on Mars.

We couldn't be happier that this novel has found a home with our press. It's our first SFF, and won't be our last. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

By the way, as a warning, it's not for the squeamish or devout Christians.

- The Editors


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