Per Aspera Press

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Our Name
Per Aspera Press takes its name from the Latin motto Ad Astra Per Aspera, which translates as ‘To the stars through difficulties.’

For much of the last century, publishing has operated under a model unique among retail businesses — one which is particularly unkind to the small and the independent. New and midlist authors (i.e. ‘everyone who’s not a nationwide bestseller’), independent and genre booksellers, small presses and self-publishers ... all are at a more than usual disadvantage under the prevailing system.

‘Per Aspera’ — ‘through difficulties’ — speaks to our commitment as publishers and authors to succeed despite these obstacles. The star in our logo reminds us of our goals.

Our Principles
We are passionate about publishing quality fiction, including the many excellent manuscripts rejected by corporate publishers as insufficiently commercial.

We are enthusiastic about reclaiming the tradition of nurturing new authors.

We are devoted to creating books of quality design — books that compare favorably in every detail to the best products of the largest publishers.

We are dedicated to offering fair and friendly contracts to authors and illustrators (because as writers, we've been on the other side of that fence).

We are committed to developing close and direct relationships with independent booksellers.

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Our Lady of the Islands
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 189,270. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014 by Per Aspera Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Set in the lush and dangerous world of Jay Lake's Green, Our Lady of the Islands is a vibrant, enchanting tale of political intrigue and divine mystery. Selected as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2014
A Ragged Magic
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 98,170. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014 by Per Aspera Press. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
"Lindsey S. Johnson ... breaks our hearts open in the first chapter ... with her fast-paced, often poetic prose ... " --KEN SCHOLES, award-winning author of The Psalms of Isaak "Lindsey S. Johnson's strong, confident voice ... and complex, fascinating characters make this debut novel riveting and deeply satisfying." - SHANNON PAGE, author of Our Lady of the Islands (with Jay Lake)
Being Small
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,450. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2014 by Per Aspera Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
British Fantasy Award winner Chaz Brenchley has crafted a deeply personal ghost story of dead twins and mad mothers, of Moleskine notebooks and teen friendships, of AIDS care-givers and more. “... a powerful, moving book that will haunt me a long, long time.” —JAIME LEE MOYER, award-winning author of Delia’s Shadow.
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 152,420. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2014 by Per Aspera Press. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
When the six-year-old daughter of a billionaire industrialist is kidnapped, u¨ber-consultant Jonathan Knox and counter-terrorism agent Marianna Bonaventure must team up with an experimental artificial intelligence to find her, never suspecting the little girl is the key to a plot that could destroy the NSA — and kill millions of Americans in the bargain.
Steel Sky
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 128,800. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2012 by Per Aspera Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
“Steel Sky is a compelling work at different levels, which is what makes it so entertaining ... a variety of intriguing characters help readers explore a bizarre city that has lost its past and is unsure of its future. Those hoping to find a good story within the Hypogeum will not be disappointed!” — SFSITE Featured Review by Susan Dunman
The Singularity Files (Audiobook & Science Seminars)
Price: Free! Words: 61,720. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2012 by Per Aspera Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
The Singularity Files (Audiobook & Science Seminars) contains links to the complete audiobook of the acclaimed science fiction thriller, Singularity by Bill DeSmedt. Also find herein a series of seminars that delve into the science behind Singularity. This ebook also contains an excerpt of the novel's text, but not the full contents.
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 156,070. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2012 by Per Aspera Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
A maverick astrophysicist, a rookie secret agent, and an uncanny consultant join forces in this technological thriller to stop the capture of a submicroscopic black hole whose power will be harnessed to transform—or end—the world.

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