Sometimes you get an email and it’s like
And then you’re like
So here’s what happened: my press, Zharmae, is folding after five years of putting out books. They’ll be shuttered at the end of the month.
That’s ok! That happens. It’s tough out there for presses–even the big ones.
The open question is what this means for me. In the short term, rights to Ariah and the not-yet-published A Tale of Rebellion series have reverted back to me. I am without an agent. So, basically, I have books in hand and many options.
The idea of getting back out there and subbing all over again is fearsome, but it’s also invigorating. Fresh starts are…well, shit, they are fresh if nothing else. This news comes at a time of a lot of general transitions in my life,* and while not necessarily unwelcome, it is has given me pause. It’s a moment to slow down for a second and figure out what I want and don’t want in my writing life.
In any case, stay tuned. I’m not going anywhere. That much I know for sure.
*Day job transitions, kiddo just started kindergarten, just a whole lot of stuff flipping over at once. Things are hectic.
“Race, Publishing, and H.P. Lovecraft: A Conversation with Daniel Jose Older and Victor LaValle” at Tor.com
Older took the idea in a fascinating direction: “I believe in the revolutionary power of happy endings. Especially when you’re dealing with marginalized people… we need to see that there’s hope.”
“Unearthing the Sea Witch” by Nicole Pasulka and Brian Ferree for Hazlitt
In the film, Ursula is a fat villain who preys on a skinny heroine. Her largeness is presented as evidence of her evil nature. But in this case, that evil nature is also liberating. The character is an inversion. Someone who made something we thought was impossible—a mermaid walking on land, for example—possible. In treading the fine line between homage and mockery (not to mention between male and female), a drag queen does this too.
“Buzzword” by Alyssa Wong for Lightspeed‘s POC’s Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter*
The more you read, the more you realize the truth. These posts were never about you as a writer, or even as a person. They’re about what you represent. They’re about white supremacy and yellow peril, a majority’s fear of growing irrelevant and being displaced. It’s about hating you for taking up space they believe they deserve.
Tess Sharpe on Quiltbag YA
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>There is a lot of coded language you are subjected to, as a QUILTBAG writer, in publishing. You're told you're a "hard sell"</p>— Tess Sharpe (@sharpegirl) <a href=”https://twitter.com/sharpegirl/status/676455891462283264″>December 14, 2015</a></blockquote>
*Psst I am not telling you how to live your life BUT I 100% PLEDGED FOR THE POCs DESTROY ISSUE AND I SERIOUSLY DOUBT I WILL REGRET THAT DECISION, FYI.