One of the benefits of putting Apex Magazine on hiatus is I now have more time to focus on marketing and promoting the books we publish through Apex Book Company. You’ve probably noticed that I can’t shut up about our upcoming summer releases – Do Not Go Quietly edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner, Pimp My Airship by Maurice Broaddus, Coil by Ren Warom, Snow Over Utopia by Rudolfo A. Serna, and Ration by Cody T Luff – and for good reason! They are all amazing, and I want to make sure these books find their way into the hands of readers who are going love them as much as Jason and I do.

With more time, I’m getting even more excited for these books and I hope that it’s getting you excited for them too! But it made me think: What about the books Apex has already published?

Since 2004, Apex Book Company has published around 70 books—everything from novels, novellas, nonfiction, anthologies, and single author short story collections. We’ve even published a poetry anthology! And you know what? These books, the ones we published last year and the ones published more than ten years ago, deserve the same level of excitement as the books coming out this summer!

With that in mind, this September Apex will be running a Back Catalog Blog Tour!

So what does this mean? It means I’m looking for book reviewers and book bloggers to review books from our back catalog and interview our authors, and post those reviews and interviews on their website during the month of September. My hope is to have a new post every day of the month (really I want two new posts every day, but let’s shoot for one first).

Which book can you review? Any of them! We have 70 books in our back catalog! Take a peek and see which one tickles your fancy. Then email me at lesley@apexbookcompany.com and I’ll hook you up with a free review copy! Let me know what day in September you are planning to post your review, and I’ll get you on my schedule. As days fill up, I may ask reviewers if they can shift their post to a different day, but I’m going to try to work with reviewers and their schedules as much as possible.

Which authors can you interview? That’s where things get a little tricky. I have asked all of Apex’s authors if they are willing to participate in up to two interviews. Below I have listed which authors have said they are able to, the Apex book(s) that they wrote or edited, and how many interviews with them are still available. I will update this list as these interviews get snagged by reviewers/bloggers. The reason I’m asking our authors to only do two interviews is two-fold: 1. They’re busy! This isn’t a new release that they’re going to be talking about, and while I know they are excited to help promote their older work, I don’t want this to be a huge time commitment for them. And 2. My hope is we will be able to cover as many Apex titles over the month of September as possible. If twelve book bloggers all want to interview Damien Angelica Walters, that is great for Sing Me Your Scars and Cry Your Way Home, but less helpful for the other 68 books in our catalog.

If there is one author in particular you are interested in interviewing, contact me soon! I will be scheduling interviews on a first come, first served basis. Again, my email address is lesley@apexbookcompany.com.

The authors participating in interviews are (the number in parenthesis is how many they have left, I’ll remove their name once two have been scheduled):

Jennifer Pelland (2) – author of Unwelcome Bodies and Machine

Kirk Jones (2) – author of Aetherchrist

Monica Valentinelli (2) – co-editor of Upside Down

Benjanun Sriduangkaew (2) – author of Winterglass and Mirrorstrike (upcoming in November, 2019)

Justin Stewart (2) – artist of Kentucky Kaiju

Damien Angelica Walters (1) – author of Sing Me Your Scars and Cry Your Way Home

Steven Shrewsbury (2) – co-author of King of the Bastards and Throne of the Bastards

Mark Allan Gunnells (1) – author of Asylum

Paul Jessup (1) – author of Close Your Eyes

Michael Burstein (2) – author of I Remember the Future

Steve Rasnic Tem (2) – co-author of Yours to Tell

E. Catherine Tobler (2) – author of The Kraken Sea and The Grand Tour (upcoming in October, 2019)

Maurice Broaddus (1) – author of Pimp My Airship and I Can Transform You, co-author of Orgy of Souls, co-editor of Dark Faith and Dark Faith: Invocations

Mari Adkins (2) – author of Midnight       

Nick Mamatas (1) – author of Starve Better

Jaym Gates (2) – co-editor of Upside Down and War Stories

Lavie Tidhar (2) – author of HebrewPunk and An Occupation of Angels, editor of The Apex Book of World SF series

Tim Waggoner (2) – author of Like Death and Some Kind of Monster (upcoming in 2020)

Francesco Verso (2) – author of Nexhuman

Shawn Pryor (2) – author of Kentucky Kaiju

Jerry Gordon (1) – author of Breaking the World, co-editor of Dark Faith and Dark Faith: Invocations

Kristi DeMeester (1) – author of Everything That’s Underneath

Cody T Luff (2) – author of Ration

Sara M. Harvey (2) – author of The Convent of the Pure, The Labyrinth of the Dead, and The Tower of the Forgotten

Erica Satifka (1) – author of Stay Crazy       

Alex Livingston (2) – author of Glitch Rain         

Michael Wehunt (2) – author of Greener Pastures          

J.M. McDermott (2) – author of Disintegration Visions, Last Dragon, and Maze       

Mary Turzillo (2) – author of Mars Girls        

Mercedes Yardley (2) – author of Beautiful Sorrows

Jason Sizemore (2) – co-editor of Best of Apex Magazine volume 1, Do Not Go Quietly, Appalachian Undead, editor of The Zombie Feed, author of For Exposure, and owner/publisher of Apex Publications

Lesley Conner (2) – co-editor of Best of Apex Magazine volume 1 and Do Not Go Quietly, and managing editor of Apex Publications

Are you a book reviewer, book blogger, or bookstagramer? Do you want to be part of the Apex Back Catalog Blog Tour? Interested in reviewing one of our books or interviewing one of our authors? Both? Email me at lesley@apexbookcompany.com.

 

Thanks!

Lesley Conner

Managing Editor