Transcendent 2 is coming and I’ll be editing it

Suddenly an announcement!

I am editing the new, second volume of Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, coming from Lethe Press. You can send me your 2016 work for possible inclusion now, now now!

*** Detailed submissions guidelines here on the Lethe website. ***

Open submissions period until May 30, send all your eligible work and tell all your friends 🙂 The timeline is a bit tight due to publishing-related factors, so send your stories fast! Please do not self-reject, I want to read absolutely everything that fits the guidelines and I am also running in circles to find more. 🙂

People have been asking various questions, I am paraphrasing all the questions and putting them here for your benefit.

Ongoing Q&A: (last update March 27)

I published my story on Amazon, is it eligible?

Yes, self-pub is absolutely eligible and very welcome.

My story is humorous / cheerful / fluffy, is it eligible?

Yes, there are absolutely no style constraints and I would very much like to have a diversity of tone and voice, not only a diversity of submitters 🙂

Can I send more than one story?

Yes, I would like to see all your eligible work, please do not cherry-pick. That is my job 🙂

Should I put stories in separate emails?

It is fine either in separate emails or one big email! I do prefer the stories in separate attachments, though. Also, if you submit something and then realize you have more, that is totally fine, just send it in another email.

I am not sure my story is speculative enough…?

Send it in and I can decide! I would rather read more than less. I am interested in fiction about gender and sex minorities even if it is not speculative, so even if your story does not qualify for the anthology, I will keep it in mind for future projects. But to be honest, I am not the kind of person who nitpicks a lot over what is speculative, and I often find the “edge cases” especially resonant. Just send it and #dontselfreject 🙂

[TV review] Oasis – pilot episode

It is that time of the year when Amazon puts up a bunch of TV pilots on Prime and tests audience response. Since we have a Prime subscription at home, we get these for free. Most of them looked uninteresting this year, so I just skipped them, but Oasis was set to be a series on an alien planet with a priest protagonist, so I thought this might be either really good or…

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[Book review] The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla

The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla (HarperCollins, 2017)

I saw people talking about this book as an autism #ownvoices work, and I’d like to read allllll the autism books by autistic authors (or just about anything by autistic authors 🙂 ), so I put The Someday Birds on my wishlist and Era Brand got it for me. Thank you very much!!

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The Someday Birds is a fun middle-grade adventure about a road trip, family chaos and many birds. The protagonist, Charlie is a neuroatypical boy whose dad acquired a head injury in Afghanistan. When his dad is taken to a faraway hospital for treatment, Charlie ends up traveling to him across the continental US with his siblings, a three-legged dog and Ludmila, a mysterious friend of the family who’s also a grumpy Eastern European perkygoth of sorts. (Yes, it is possible to be grumpy and perky at the same time. Exhibit: me.)

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[Album review] Splendor and Misery by clipping. + Hugo recs!

I posted my Nebula award recommendations a while ago, and they hold for the Hugos too:

+ also do not miss my review of Viscera that I wrote after I put together the recommendations list, and make sure to follow my Twitter for various other recommendations like M Sereno / Likhain for all artist categories imaginable. (Rose had a post about Likhain that I suggest you read.)

BUT!!! I have the most amazing last-minute Hugo award recommendation for you, I think it is eligible in both Best Related Work and Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

Splendor & Misery is an Afrofuturist concept album by rap group clipping, telling the story of a Black man who is a slave laborer on a spaceship. He successfully escapes and the album follows him along.

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March diverse book releases! PART 2

My health has been pretty awful, but I’ve been starting literally every single blog post with that, it feels annoying. So let’s just jump straight into Part 2 of the March diverse book releases list, with NINE more books!

Part 1 is here, and if you’re interested in getting these release lists before they go online in public, they are a bonus for my $5 and higher Patreon backers about two weeks in advance of their public release.

Links point to Amazon preorders (with affiliate links – I get a few cents after each book) – usually there is a discount, and don’t forget that preordering helps the books on bestseller lists and also helps the authors get a better contract on their next release! 🙂

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March diverse book releases! PART 1

I have been away because of work deadlines and then my health basically dropping out from underneath me. I’m feeling better now and trying to catch up! This is part ONE of the massive TWO-parter that is my March diverse book releases post. It obviously doesn’t contain all the diverse books, but it has all the ones I personally found interesting and spotted in new release / library acquisition / etc. lists.

I also have a new feature on my Patreon: $5 and above patrons get advance access to my monthly book release lists! So if you liked this one and would like to have it even earlier, you know what to do 🙂 It’s basically the same text and links as these posts, minus the cover pics.

And now for the first round… You can preorder the books from Amazon by clicking on the titles, there usually is a preorder discount. (Disclosure that I get a small % of each sale.)

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Nebula nominations with free reads!

The Nebula award shortlist just came out! Congrats everyone! It is a very nice list and has many of my favorites from last year.

Every year I have trouble finding a hyperlinked list of all the free Hugo and Nebula reading, so this time I’m going to take the initiative and make one myself right away instead of waiting.

Last update: Feb 21 2017 – two more stories! Stufflebeam and Krasnoff. Thank you Carlos Hernandez and JJ for sending me links!

Nothing in the novel or novella categories is free yet.

Novelette

Short Story

 

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Funded! And further news…

Dear everyone,

Thank you for your support! The mini-fundraiser to help me write an essay/howto on including migrants in SFF funded and overfunded. A total of 20 people donated $201.64 (this already has transfer fees deduced from the sum, which is why it ends with 64 cents). This was well over my target of $150 and will enable me to also pay my beta readers more!

Thank you very much to all backers: Amanda Grondski, Amanda Perry, Ava A. Jarvis, Brendon Soltis, Bryn Greenwood, Kate Heartfield, D Franklin, Jeriann Ireland, Jill Seidenstein, Juliette Wade, Kaelan Rhywiol, Krista Ball, Lauren Wallace, M Sereno, Marisa Fernandez, MJ Cunniff, Nicole Wolverton, Sharmin Abbasi, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Tami Veldura.

Everyone should have gotten their backer rewards, please email me if that’s not the case!

Right now I am scrambling to make a work deadline on the 20th of February, so the essay will probably go live sometime after that! Backers will be listed again on top of it. 🙂

Thanks again for your support, and also a big thank you to all my recent new Patreon supporters – I am only $4 to the next monthly goal and I even had a dream about it. (+ bonus sketch!)

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In the meanwhile, I registered on Instagram and find it nice and relaxing. I am planning on making bookstagram pics for the books I review and I already made the next one, for An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows! Review coming soon, G-d willing. 🙂

Crowdfund my essay about migration and SFF!

*deep breath* I am trying a new thing, please bear with me.

Do you want me to write about how to make SFF more inclusive to migrants?

Do you also want to save me from having to convince people they are not inclusive enough, one by one?
I have been there and done that, over and over and over, for years.

Now you can quickly crowdfund my detailed essay and how-to post!
Also occasionally how-not-to post, to be honest. 😀

How am I doing this?

This is going to be very simple. You send me money via Paypal to writing at prezzey dot net.

You can send it directly, but here is also a cool button for it with social network features and the ability to squee – click and try, it’s fun:

Once I reach $150, I will write and post the essay / howto. You can send me any amount of money and I’ll tally them up. $1 is totally fine. You get the bonus ebooks if you send $5 or more, see below!

For your contribution, you will:

  • Get the essay – if this funds (G-d willing), it will be posted in public, so the entire SFF field gets the essay! It will be long and detailed, because I cannot shut up. 😀 It will be Creative Commons licensed for easy dissemination.
  • Get it dedicated to you – all supporters will be listed right above the essay! (Please put the name that you prefer if it’s not the same as on your Paypal account! If you wish to remain anonymous, please state that explicitly.)
  • If you give $5+, you get a bundle of ebooks I’m currently offering for my $2/month and above Patreon backers (DRM-free mobi and epub). A lot – but not all – of this stuff is available for free, but not in a nice ereader format.
  • If you give $5+, you will also get advance access to my March diverse book buying guide. It will be similar to the January and February ones, except longer because March will be an AMAZING month. I haven’t written it yet, but will probably write it next week. I can help you plan out your preorders and library holds 😀

Why am I doing this?

For me, talking about migration is not only emotionally fraught, it is also politically risky. I have a provisional green card up for renewal in 1.5 years.

I have been talking about migration in SFF for many years. You can read this essay for a sample (originally published in Invisible 2), or follow my Twitter feed for live rants. 🙂 Charles Tan made a storify of one of my Twitter threads on migration that you can read for a sample of those, too. These were all written before the US elections.

In the planned essay, among other points I will specifically talk about how not to bait migrants into doing activism that can be dangerous to them. I see many activists do so unwittingly, and some people not so unwittingly. This essay is something I can do with a reasonable level of calculated risk, on my own time. But it is stressful. It is a lot more stressful than the usual things I do for my blog / Patreon / etc., which is why I haven’t done it before. Financial incentives work well for me 🙂

I’ll also be very blatant. I have had rather baffling interactions with multiple venues on this topic, over a period of years. Two major venues very recently. So if you think this is my extremely extended subtweet specifically about you – it is not specifically about you. This is a much wider, systemic problem. That’s exactly why I’m crowdfunding a how-to essay.

If I take money from readers, I will be my own editor. This of course does not preclude me asking other migrants to read my howto (which I will not ask for free!). But I will not be tone-policed, told not to be offensive to Americans, told that they already are buying an article on non-Westerners (which is not the same as migrants, though I am both), told that I am “insufficiently political”, told that they cannot pay me the same rates as they would to Americans, told that migrants are not a marginalized group, etc. which have all happened to me.

Now you can help turn the tide a little bit, and also I’ll be very frank with you, you can help me pay my medical bills 😉

The money will go to:

  • Writing the essay / howto
  • Paying $10 for everyone I’m asking to beta read it. Probably 2-3 people – migrants with backgrounds different from mine
  • Food and medical bills!
  • Money transfer fees (most Paypal transfers should be free, but not all?)
  • Yes, I pay taxes – this is your reminder that noncitizens are also required to pay taxes (I will need to talk about that in the essay, too)

Extra money will go to extra food. If I get a LOT more, then I will come up with stretch goals and also pay beta readers more!

If I don’t reach $150 but get reasonably close, I will probably still write the essay, but make it a paid resource and not something that is openly available and CC licensed. If you donated, you will get a copy.

If I don’t get reasonably close, I will sit down on the floor and cry! Seriously, if I don’t get reasonably close, there probably won’t be an essay for now 🙁 , but then all backers will get the ebook bundle and the advance access to the March book buying guide, not just $5 and up – as I’d like to give you something for your money.

Spread the word and wish me luck! Every retweet and social media post helps! I’m not on Tumblr, so Tumblr posts especially help 😀

Interesting diverse book releases in February!

I’m running a bit behind with this due to spending two days on dental procedures and breaking my record of time spent at the dentist. Sorry about that… (In case you are wondering where your Patreon money goes – these days it goes to medical bills. Much appreciated and helpful!)

This month has a lot of cool contemporary and/or magical-realist YA releases. I’m not sure why, but that’s how it is!

I really enjoyed doing a similar list last month and it really helped me stay on top of what I’d been meaning to read, so this will probably be a regular feature, just for my own sake. 😀

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