Editor Rio

Announcing Hot Dish #2, Available at Midwest FurFest!

Hot Dish #2 Cover

We are excited to announce the release of Hot Dish Vol. 2! After several years of production and a lot of last-minute work, we are relatively confident that it will be printed and available for official release at Midwest FurFest in the vicinity of Chicago December 1–4. The book will also be available for purchase online starting Friday, December 2 (the day the Dealers Den opens).

Hot Dish is for adults only.

Hot Dish is now officially a series. It started with a first volume collected from story submissions that were too long for Heat, our annual anthology of short stories, comics and poetry about love and romance between individuals of all species and orientations. After the success of our first volume, which was released in 2013, we began collecting stories for a second, and Hot Dish #2 is the result.

So please stop by our table in the MFF Dealers Den. As in previous years, we are at booths 3–4 in the International Ballroom.

Special thanks go to Dark End for all the editorial heavy lifting required to pull this volume together, and to Teagan Gavet for wrangling illustrators and the layout. Without their efforts Hot Dish #2 would not exist!

Editor Rio

Furry Book Month and Kyell Gold Signing

Furry Book Month Sale!

October is the Furry Writer's Guild's "Furry Book Month". All month long we are giving 20% off anything in the store in celebration.

Use coupon code FBM2016 when prompted for a discount code during checkout to get your 20% off.

Kyell Gold Signing!

In addition, Kyell Gold will be in town for Gaylaxicon and has offered to sign books while he is here. Any of Kyell's works purchased by October 9th can be signed. Please add any special requests (within reason!) in your order comments.

Yes, you can combine the signing and the 20% off sale as long as you remember to use the coupon code!

Once you are done purchasing everything from us, check out the other great publishers and authors with discounts all month via the Furry Book Month announcement below.

https://furrywritersguild.com/furry-book-month/

Editor Rio

Fall 2016 Update: Submissions, Projects and Conventions

It’s been a while since an update, so there is much to talk about. We’ll keep things short and efficient!

Heat Submissions: Deadline September 19

Yes, only a week and a half to go until we close our annual call for submissions to Heat. But that includes two full weekends, so you still have time! Submissions are open for short stories, comics and poetry.

Novel Submissions: Open through November 15

We’re looking for fresh novel submissions again! The submissions are currently open in the system, though we won't be officially starting to review them until the 15th. (We can't make the category visible ahead of time to allow you to review the submission details, so we decided to just open it early.) Novel submissions will remain open for two months, until November 15.

We’ve made some changes to the submission process. On the submitters’ end, we are asking for sample chapters (the first 2-4 chapters of the novel) in addition to a synopsis. Behind the scenes we have also made some changes to our review process that will hopefully get responses out to submissions much sooner than we have in the past.

Conventions

We are have a busy fall schedule ahead of us!

  • Furry Migration Sept. 9–11
    Today we’re heading across town to our local con, where we’ll be selling books in the dealer’s room and hosting some panels. Please stop by!
  • Arizona Fur Con Sept. 30–Oct. 2
    We are Guests of Honor at our first appearance at Arizona Fur Con! We’re really excited to see some new country and check out this convention for the first time. Keep an eye on our Twitter account for updates on panels as they are decided.
  • Gaylaxicon Oct. 7–9
    As soon as we get back from Arizona we’ll be preparing for Gaylaxicon to return to Minneapolis. We’ll have a table in the dealer’s room and look forward to reconnecting with folks we haven’t seen since the last time the con was in town.
  • Midwest Fur Fest December 1–4
    We’ll be back at MFF this December, in the dealer’s room and hosting panels. We may have a new title or two to release at this convention. Stay tuned!

Franko Kickstarter

Rewards for the Franko Kickstarter are now shipping! Nearly all the domestic (USA) orders are en route, and many of the international orders are out. The remaining international orders are the larger orders with more complex customs information to fill out. We tried to get them all done before Furry Migration, but unfortunately the remainder will have to wait until next week to finish processing.

Editor Rio

Summer 2016 New Releases and Updates

We may have been quiet, but we’ve not been idle! Just in time for Anthrocon 2016 we are excited to announce two new titles: Franko, Fables of the Last Earth and Heat #13.

Franko, Fables of the New Earth
Heat #13

Franko is a collection of comics about a young lion named Franko and his friend Shin living on what is today the Atacama Desert of Chile, only a thousand years in our future, when humans have disappeared, taking much of their technology with them. Written by Ángel Bernier and illustrated by Cristóbal Jofré, the collection was originally published in its native Spanish in Chile. We ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of our own English translation of the book.

The book comes in softcover ($19.95) and hardcover ($39.95) editions, It will be released at Anthrocon, where Cristóbal Jofré will be present for signings! It will be available for purchase on our website July 5.

Heat #13, despite being such a lucky and auspicious number, came through at the last minute to continue our (mostly) unbroken tradition of an annual Anthrocon release. Dark End and Black Teagan once again did their magic with words and art to compile a diverse and striking collection of stories, comics and poetry dedicated to exploring stories of love and lust. Please see the product page for full details on what’s inside.

Heat is for adults only! It too will be released at Anthrocon and then will be made available on our website ($14.95).

General Updates
2016 has been a busy, hectic time for us, both in Sofawolf and the rest of our lives. In fact, the last full year has been quite full of ups and downs. In June 2015 our husky Wizard lost his battle with cancer. In the year since, we got married, got Zeena, spent the next several months adapting to life with a husky puppy in the house, adapted to significant changes in our day jobs, replaced all the windows in our house (in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard!), replaced our basement stairs when they collapsed, moved the entire Sofawolf warehouse when our previous landlord decided not to renew our lease (they wanted to use the space we were in), ran another Kickstarter campaign, and most recently helped coordinate a non-furry convention. We are rather exhausted and in some strange ways looking forward to two days of nothing but driving to Pittsburgh for Anthrocon.

This summer will be a time to regroup and revisit some oft-delayed projects like our aging website and digital publication. We’ll try not to be such strangers, but we also are smart enough to not make any promises!

Editor Rio

Kyell Gold's Over Time Signing and Pre-Orders

We are excited to announce the release of Over Time, the fifth and final book in Kyell Gold's Out of Position series (including Out of Position, Isolation Play, Divisions, and Uncovered). The book picks up right at the end of the last book and takes Dev and Lee through figuring out what their lives are going to look like together. It is available in both softcover ($19.95) and hardcover ($39.95).

So what do you need to know?

Remember these dates:

  • Softcover Pre-orders start NOW! Yes, NOW!
  • Hardcover Pre-orders start on Tuesday, December 22nd @ 5PM Central US Time.
  • All Pre-orders must be placed by Tuesday, January 5th @ Midnight Central US Time.

Over Time Pre-Orders and Signing

Softcover editions of Over Time will be available for pre-order on our website starting now. Hardcover editions of Over Time will be available for pre-order on our website starting Tuesday, December 22nd at 5PM Central US Time. Copies of both editions pre-ordered by Tuesday, January 5th will be signed by Kyell. Hardcovers pre-ordered by Tuesday, January 5th will be both signed and numbered. Numbers will be assigned to orders in the order received.

Hardcover editions of the other books in the Out of Position series (Out of Position, Isolation Play, Divisions and Uncovered) will be signed but not numbered.

(Un-numbered, un-signed copies will be available for general purchase at the convention and on our website after January 20th, while supplies last.)

Kyell signing pre-order rules & details:

  • Signed copies are only guaranteed for orders placed by Tuesday, January 5th.
  • Kyell will be signing all of his titles, not just Over Time. So, anything you purchase by Kyell—including short stories in volumes of Heat‐will be signed.
  • If you would like your book(s) dedicated, please include the name(s) for the dedication in the notes field during checkout. Be as clear as possible what you want.
  • You may include any other products in your pre-order. We will attempt to ship all orders between January 20th and 24th, but depending on volume it may take us a little longer.

Pre-Orders to be Shipped:

There is no special pre-order shipping option if you are not picking your books up at Further Confusion. Simply choose among the standard shipping options. Any order that contains Over Time will be considered a pre-order and will not be shipped until all products in the order are in and/or signed.

We will attempt to ship all orders between January 20th and 24th.

Further Confusion At-Con Pick-Up:

Pre-orders for pick-up at Further Confusion will be taken through Tuesday, January 5th. Orders must be placed and paid for by this date. The pre-order and pick-up process will be the same as in previous years:

To Order:

  • Add items to your cart.
  • When checking out, select the "At-Convention Pick-Up" shipping option.
  • If you choose the "Check or Money Order" payment option, your payment must reach us by Monday January 11th. You may also send us funds via PayPal to sales@sofawolf.com for the full amount of the order.
  • Print out a copy of your receipt and bring it with you to Further Confusion.

To Pick Up:

  • Come to our tables #84-85 in the Dealer's Room before the last day of the con.
  • Show us the copy of your order receipt.
  • Present a photo ID matching the name on the order.
  • We'll ask for your signature to confirm you've picked up your order, and then you'll get your loot!
  • If your plans change and you need someone to pick up your order for you, please contact us at sales@sofawolf.com with the name of the person authorized to pick up your order. (They must provide photo ID matching the name you give us.)
Editor Rio

Caterwall Signing, Pre-Holiday Sale & Upcoming Releases

We will be getting a visit from Spain Fischer over the Thanksgiving holiday, and she has offered to take some time away from the mountains of food to sign some books! Here is how it will work:

  • Buy a copy of Caterwall (Softcover or Hardcover) through our website between now and midnight on Friday the 27th, and it will be signed. We will ship them out the following weekend.

  • If you would like it personalized, just leave instructions in the comments field on your order, or email us afterward if you forget.

  • We will also be getting some extra copies signed for sale at Midwest FurFest, so if you would rather get them there, you can do so. (Spain will not be attending the con, however, so you won't be able to get them personalized unless you buy online ahead of time.)




Also, from now until midnight on Sunday the 29th, use the following code for 15% off ANYTHING in the store:

TURKEY15


Lastly, on the new products front, we will be putting the Anubis Dark Desire anthology (Softcover and Hardcover) online for purchase beginning on Monday the 30th. They will also be available at MidWest Furfest and for many conventions to come. If you did not get a chance to back the Kickstarter, you can now pick up copies of the book for yourself or others.


We will also SOON begin taking pre-orders for Over Time (Softcover and Hardcover) the FINAL book in the Out of Position series by Kyell Gold for the Janury 15th, 2016 release date. We will make an announcement before this happens with all the relevant details, and will also have reprints available of all the past Hardcovers in the series, so that folks who missed out on previous releases can catch up on those.

We hope everyone in the US has a terrific Thanksgiving, and everyone else a terrific plain old Thursday.
Editor Rio

Kyell Gold Online Signing Opportunity

If you have always wanted signed copies of Kyell Gold's novels and anthologies (be sure to enable viewing adult products to see all his titles), or copies of Heat, but can't attend any of the cons to see him in person, now is your opportunity to get something signed while he is in town for Furry Migration in a couple weeks.

Here is how it works:

  1. Place an order via the Sofawolf website between now and Friday August 28th. If you can't pay via Credit Card, we can take PayPal payments offline. Select the Check/Money Order option when you check out and note in the comments that you want to pay via PayPal. (You can pay via Check too if you like, but you need to make sure we get it before Friday the 28th.)
  2. Note in the order comments that you want Kyell to sign the books and, if applicable, the name you want the books signed to.
  3. He'll sign them the weekend of the 28th - 30th and we will ship on or around Monday the 31st. Please place your order by August 28 to take advantage of this signing opportunity.

Please note that you are welcome to include any in-stock items from our catalog in your order. We will ship your items together, once Kyell has finished his signing.

Editor Rio

Heat #13 Submissions Now Open!

With Heat #12 successfully released, and after a brief break for the editorial team to recuperate, it's now time to start the process all over again for Heat #13! We have opend up our Submittable submissions categories once again for submissions of Heat stories, poems and comics.

Heat is our annual anthology of tales about love and romance told through a variety of storytelling formats. Each issue strives to showcase some of the best romantic and erotic fiction, including any and all sexual orientations.

The submission process is pretty straight forward. Just follow the above links to the submission page for the appropriate category and follow the instructions. You do not have to pay to create an account or to submit to any of our categories.

Because of known scheduling issues for our editorial team in the coming year, we are going to press our production schedule forward in order to get into editing mode as soon as feasibly possible. As such, we are opening for submissions through Monday, August 31. If you'd like to submit stories, poetry or comics for consideration for Heat #13, you have a little over five weeks to do so. We hope to get through reviewing submissions in September and into editing of our selected works by early October. If all goes as planned, we still hope to have the next volume ready for release at Anthrocon 2016.

Editor Rio

Summer 2015 Releases Now For Sale Online (Preorder)!

We have decided to make all our summer releases available for purchase online a couple of days early. Feel free to start placing orders at your earliest convenience! However, please note that because we are away at conventions, we will not be processing orders until we return, shortly after after July 14th. You can consider this a short pre-order period.

Our most recent release is Rat's Reputation by Michael Payne, a companion to his popular previous novel, The Blood Jaguar.

Also brand new this summer is Caterwall a graphic novel by Spain Fisdher about a young cat banished from his homeland for telling the truth. It is available in both softcover and hardcover.

And finally, we have Heat #12, our latest annual anthology dedicated to the best in romantic and erotic furry fiction, poetry and comics.

Please check them out and place your orders!

Editor Rio

Announcing: Rat's Reputation by Michael Payne

Cover of Rat's Reputation by Michael Payne

For years, readers have waited for author Michael Payne to return to the beautifully realized animal world of The Blood Jaguar. Now that wait is over, as Rat's Reputation gives us another perspective on life in that world.

Rat, a young orphan taken in by a squirrel community and then sent to live with mice after an accident at a religious ceremony, can't seem to escape the preconceptions everyone has about his kind. Sure, he makes mistakes, but doesn't everyone? It doesn't seem fair that even the things he doesn't do get blamed on him, nor that sometimes the worst things happen when he’s trying his hardest not to get in trouble. He has friends in the community, mice who see him for who he is and not what he is, but they can't shield him forever, and he doesn’t think they should have to.

How did he end up an orphan anyway? He doesn't really remember, but as he grows, he starts to get some hints that it has to do with the Curials, the twelve animal spirits who watch over the world. Even getting answers to that question doesn't help him figure out where he belongs now, though. That's something he'll have to answer for himself. Fortunately for him (and for us), his wanderlust takes him far across the world, to many exotic places, and his absence in the mouse community only makes his legend grow larger.

Where The Blood Jaguar described an unlikely hero thrust into an epic quest with a world depending on him, Rat's Reputation takes us on a no less epic but much more personal journey. Rat faces the questions all of us have faced: am I more than what others see in me? Where do I belong? What’s my purpose here? Around this story, we get Payne's wonderful characters, who make this story a true joy.

Sofawolf Press is excited to include Rat's Reputation as a late addition to our Summer 2015 releases. It will be available for purchase online shortly and at our booth at Anthrocon this coming weekend.