In 2012, an eclectic group of authors was gathered from all around the globe. Hand-picked from over 3,000 authors, the chosen writers hailed from Great Britain, Australia, Ireland, the United States and Germany.
“Why don’t we get together and write some science fiction short stories and put them in a book?” Sam Taylor had asked a large group of authors on Facebook. The response was less than electrifying, so Sam sent private messages to twelve other authors that he particularly admired. “I’m pretty sure they all thought Australians were mad, me in particular,” he laughs.
It took Sam five months to convince these twelve other authors to step into the spotlight and try their hands at something completely new. Discouraged by the apparent lack of interest, he nearly shelved the idea. He sent an invitation to John Gribbin, an established Quantum Physics author from Great Britain, to join the group, but the response was a polite “No.”
But then a few of the authors became curious and asked Sam why they had been asked to contribute, because they had not been published before. Sam’s response was to tell them that it was the sheer quality of their writing. He remarked to one of them, “You are in my top 0.003% of the authors I read, if that makes you feel any better.”
Sam was amazed when that did the trick. Word soon spread among the authors and they started working on their stories. Sam has since discovered that one of the main things holding the other authors back from publishing was not the inability to write, but simply a lack of confidence in their authorship.
Suddenly, out of the blue, a short story from John Gribbin arrived. Sam says “I still don’t know what changed his mind, and I’m not game to ask!”
“My only worry at that point was the cover. We had nothing at that stage and we really needed a good cover artist,” says Sam. “I noticed Pat Burns was doing better and better computer images, so I sent her a link to a statue of Perseus holding up the head of Medusa and asked her to put in a starry background. Pat came up with the stunning artwork you see in the picture on this press release, and we were all quite frankly gobsmacked by the quality and impact of the image she came up with. She’s doing a lot more covers for SGA Publications now!”
Sam says, “The feedback we are getting on the end result is amazing. Everyone loves the book, and the stories are varied and interesting. There’s something here for anyone, science fiction readers and the general public as well! The stories are about the challenges human begins will face out in space and ahead in the future. There’s an incredible variety and amazing quality to the work. I’m really proud of what our authors and artist have done.”
“When I first started, I was scratching to find 12 other authors to work with. Now we have 23 terrific authors working on Volumes 2 and 3, including several who were published authors before doing Perseus. Our existing authors have been shortlisted for awards. It’s a real buzz to be able to see these authors out there and know I had a part in giving them the push they needed to go professional.”
“John Gribbin summed it up best for me when he got his copy of ‘Tales from the Perseus Arm’ and called it a ‘jolly good read.’ That’s what we’re aiming for!”
‘Tales from the Perseus Arm’ Volume 1 became available on 31 October 2013. The link for the Kindle copy is here: http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Perseus-Arm-Anthologies-Volume/dp/0987320270 and the print copy here https://www.createspace.com/4384693
SGA Publications helps promising new authors publish their work. They specialize in action, science fiction, romance and general fiction.
Authors published through SGA include John Gribbin, Rachael Kelly (Bridport prize nominee), Sam Taylor, C M Martin, and Daniel Z Klein.
Their latest project, 'Tales from the Perseus Arm' combines the talents of science fiction writers from Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, the US and Germany.
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