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More updates on Moonshine, end of summer plans, etc.

More updates on Moonshine, end of summer plans, etc.

Hello again, here’s another summer update!

Finally, I’m in the home stretch with my edits for Moonshine, so I’ll be finishing those this weekend and returning to drafting the second Moonshine book. And hopefully titling it because boy would I love to have something to call it.

Fiber and Demons Giveaway, plus miscellaneous updates

Fiber and Demons Giveaway, plus miscellaneous updates

 

A Study of Fiber and Demons is now less than two weeks from its release date (wow!!), and Less Than Three Press is holding a giveaway for it and more of their soon-to-be-released titles over on Goodreads. If you’ve got a Goodreads account, now’s a great time to head on down there and see what kind of great books could you potentially win.

In the meantime, I’m currently working on putting together a content warning list for A Study of Fiber and Demons here on my site. LT3’s official page for the book does include a warning for the sexual content, but I wanted to add a more comprehensive list for potentially triggering content that I hadn’t considered when submitting my book form to LT3 (or left off because I didn’t want to clog up their page with a long list of super specific warnings). Naturally, the list isn’t going to be able to account for all possible triggering content, but I wanted to add warnings for some of the more obvious, common, or intense examples.

I’m hoping to get that content warning page live sometime this weekend so anyone still thinking about preordering can make an informed decision before the book’s release. I’m trying to finagle it into a practical format for expansion (in case I need to add anything or to add separate lists for my other books), and I’m playing around with the idea for a feedback form so readers can suggest things they found in the book that they feel would be useful on such a list, but these features might have to come later as I try to figure out my not-so-customizeable WordPress layout.

As for other updates, I’m in the heart of editing country for Moonshine right now. I’ve also seen the final draft for its cover and WOW! I can’t spoil anything until after the official cover reveal, but damn it is stunning. But since I can’t show you that yet, please enjoy this picture of my roommate’s cat instead.

 

 

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.