Announcement: Moonshine is coming February 2018 from Angry Robot

Announcement: Moonshine is coming February 2018 from Angry Robot

The word is out! I can now officially talk about my BIG NEWS that I’ve been sitting on for a while now, which is that Moonshine (previously known as Moonshiners) is going to be published by Angry Robot! You can read the official announcement at the Barnes & Noble Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog.

This whole turnabout started last April, when I pitched Moonshine as a part of #DVPit, a Twitter pitch event organized by Beth Phelan of the Bent Agency (thank you, Beth!), which was meant as an opportunity for agents and editors to connect to querying marginalized authors who write about marginalized characters. I pitched Moonshine as a queer fantasy there, where the pitch was liked by Mike Underwood at Angry Robot. From there, I sent him my query and sample pages, and he requested the full manuscript a few weeks later. A couple months after that, I heard back on Angry Robot’s final decision, which was that they wanted to offer me publication for Moonshine and an option for a sequel. (Maybe you’ve heard that I recently got started working on the sequel, too? That’s why.)

This is all great news, except, uh-oh, I didn’t have an agent! I didn’t technically need one in order to contract with them, but it wouldn’t have been an ideal situation (I don’t exactly have the publishing clout or experience to negotiate contract terms on my lonesome). Luckily, Mike is an author himself and he’d been in that same position, so he had some great advice and recommendations for potential agents who had worked with Angry Robot before. Laura Zats with Red Sofa was one of those recommendations, and I queried her ASAP. She was quick to request the full manuscript, and shortly after, she made an offer of representation, which I accepted. Since then, she has been going to bat for me with contract negotiations, which were recently finalized and signed off on by myself and Angry Robot.

So, that’s where we’re at now! The release date for Moonshine is February 2018 in ebook and mass market paperback in the US and UK. I’m sure there will be a lot more news as things come along, so I’ll continue to update all of that here. Thank you again to Laura for all the work you’ve done representing Moonshine, Beth Phelan for organizing #DVPit, and Mike, Marc, Penny, and the rest of the Angry Robot team for this great opportunity and all of the support they’ve given me so far.

And I am so excited that I get to talk about it now. In fact, good luck getting me to shut up about it.

A Study of Fiber and Demons Update

A Study of Fiber and Demons Update

Great news! A Study of Fiber and Demons is now available for ebook pre-orders on Less Than Three Press’ book market!

So if you need something novella-sized to read to fill your need for enemies-to-lovers polyamory, bisexual and asexual representation, or embittered middle-aged nerds… well, you’ll still need to wait until it releases on August 9th, but before then, you can pre-order for that sweet, sweet 15% discount.

Check out the listing on LT3’s book market linked above or the book’s page here for more details.

Small News on A Study of Fiber and Demons and (Secret) Project

Small News on A Study of Fiber and Demons and (Secret) Project

Two brief points of order!

  1. Less Than Three Press just let me know that A Study of Fiber and Demons has been scheduled for a release date of August 9th, 2017! The cover is still in progress, but I’m told that it will be ready soon and the pre-order page will be going up shortly on LT3’s book market, so I’ll be updating on all of that as it comes along.
  2. I can now tell you that my (Secret) Project should be un-secret sometime next week. I still don’t have the exact date, but rest assured I will be eagerly awaiting the go-ahead to lift my gag order and I will finally be able to talk about my big, big news.

That’s it for now! I should have much, much bigger updates very shortly, but in the meantime, mark your calendars for A Study of Fiber and Demons’ release on August 9th.

Writing Schedule (Secret) Update

Writing Schedule (Secret) Update

So, I’m still under gag order on my BIG NEWS, so I can’t actually say what landmark I just finished up with. Sorry. (Also, I know I said I was hoping to be able to announce my news “soon”, like, several weeks ago, but I still don’t have a date on when that gag order lifts. Sorry about that, too.) But I wanted to post something, because I know I’ve been pretty quiet with all the work I’m trying to get through. Which has not just been my secret top priority project or even my other writing projects, but also school and my day job. So between everything, I’m stretched a little thin on social media time these days.

Anyway, I did just finish up a (secret) landmark, so now I’m going to get back into drafting the Moonshiners sequel and hopefully some Hellslayer too, if I can make the time for it. But first I’m going to take a few days to just play video games, because between my (secret) project and A Study of Fiber and Demons, the past solid two months have been nothing but hard external deadlines for me and I need a break.

Writing and Website Updates

Writing and Website Updates

Sorry for the silence; finals and edits for A Study of Fiber and Demons had me slammed. But I’m all done with that now–those edits have been turned in and I should have word on the cover and release sometime within the next couple of months.

Of course, I still have my BIG NEWS, and I’ll know for sure when I’ll get to announce that very soon. Until then, I’ll be doing some updates around here to prepare for it. But keep on eye on this spot for my announcement.

 

Update on “Red Blood, White Blood”

Update on “Red Blood, White Blood”

Blurred Lines, the anthology in which my story “Red Blood, White Blood” is included, is officially out of print now, so I’m going to remove the links to the now-defunct Amazon page for it.

Good news, though–I have another upcoming story that I’m hoping to get a page set up here for soon, hopefully next week. More coming on that.

Writing Schedule Update

Writing Schedule Update

Well, got my edits back for A Study of Fiber and Demons. So, I guess that Moonshiners #2 drafting is going to slow down immediately after starting. Oh, well. I’ve been excited to get these edits back for a while, so hopefully that excitement will speed me along through them.

Site Facelift Part 2

Site Facelift Part 2

I decided the other new theme I was trying wasn’t working for me, so I’m trying out a different one instead. I’m also adjusting the color palette with it to fit better with “A Study of Fiber and Demons”/Moonshiners‘ aesthetic. This theme also allows for more visuals, which will matter once I actually get some images to include. I’m not a fan of where the main menu is located, but overall I think it’s more readable than my last two themes.

More changes likely to come!

ETA: Navigating off the front page of the site (say, to the About page) seems to sometimes flip back to the previous theme. I’m not sure why this is happening or how to fix it on my end, but it seems to behaving itself now, so hopefully that nonsense is done and over with.

ETA 2: Okay, I found out why it was happening and how to fix it, so now it should be fine.

Site Facelift

Site Facelift

Pardon the abrupt change while I tidy up around here. It should just be a mostly superficial change, but there’s a possibility that some links or pages will go a little haywire in the process. I’m trying to check on everything and get it fixed ASAP, though, so everything should be fully operational with the new site layout soon. In the meantime, there might be some random color or text changes until I lock down on a final look.

Please also note with “Red Blood, White Blood’s” rights expiring with the publisher soon, I will probably be taking down its page at that time, so if that goes missing, be aware that’s not due to the layout change. In its place, I hope to be adding some new pages soon. More on that forthcoming.