Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

2020 January:

  • Queen of Swords Press 3rd Birthday Celebration – Minneapolis, MN. Saturday, January 25th, 2-5PM. Join us at the Irreverent Bookworm, Minneapolis’ newest bookstore, for an afternoon of fun, munchies, book sales and giveaways to celebrate our 3rd birthday!
  • Book Promotion on a Budget – Sunday, January 26th, 9:30-11:30 PST. Online class at the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers. I’ll be helping you to set up a promotional plan for your books and figuring out how to get the most from your available resources.


  • Breaking Out of the Slush Pile“- Saturday, February 9th, 1-2:30 PM CST. I’ll be teaching an online class for Hidden Timber Books on ways to make your manuscript stand out in a good way.
  • 13 Gears: An Eclectic Steampunk Event – Minneapolis, MN. Saturday and Sunday, February 15-16th. Queen of Swords Press be back at 13 Gears with books and and fun again this year! We’ll also be sharing a table with local horror/dark fantasy author, Patrick W. Marsh.
  • Not So Silent Planet Gets Sexy – Minneapolis, MN. Tuesday, 8-10PM. I’ll be doing a reading from some of my Emily L. Byrne stories at this long running speculative fiction open mic.


  • LHMPodcast Interview – March 13th. Podcast, posted online. Author Heather Rose Jones interviews me about being a small press publisher.




  • Book Promo on a Budget – Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, online. Coming back, by popular demand! With some updated thoughts on how to handle having a limited number of/no in person events. June 14th, 9:30-11:30 AM PST.
  • The Return of Running a Small Press: It’s an Adventure – Minneapolis, MN. DreamHaven Books, June 17th. 6:30-8:00PM. Join publisher Catherine Lundoff for her annual talk on what it’s like to start a small press and keep it going, the high points of 2019 and what’s next. This will be a Facebook live event (with the possibility of in person attendance).
  • Rainbow Space Magic Virtual Con 2020 – June 20-21st. Online LGBTQ+ specfic convention. Author reading and a panel discussion.
  • Twin Cities Pride Virtual Marketplace – June 27 -28th. Queen of Swords Press will have a “booth” and we’ll be peddling books all weekend.


  • Book Promo on a Budget (Pandemic Version) – July 12. Broad Universe members-only online workshop. Sign up for this and other workshops!
  • Columbia Heights Pride – July 18th, 1-4PM. Columbia Heights, MN. Online local Pride celebration. Queen of Swords will have a virtual table.
  • So You Want to Put Together an Anthology? – July 26th, 1-3PM PMT, 3-5 PM CST. Online class that I’m teaching at the Rambo Academy.
  • OutWrite DC – July 31st-August 2nd. Living life on the edge here – we also have a vendor table at this convention, concurrent with CONZealand. Waiting to hear about programming.
  • CONZealand – July 29th-August 2nd. Wellington, New Zealand. Online. I’ll be on programming and Queen of Swords Press will have a virtual table.


  • PrideFest 2020 – August 15-16th. Pueblo, Colorado. Virtual Pride festival. Queen of Swords Press is a vendor.
  • Madam Askew’s Temporal Entourage Book Club – August 16th, 4:30-5:30 MST. Online. Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks is the book club pick and Alex will be visiting to talk about Captain Marta Ramos, Simms and the rest of the crew. Join us for the fun!
  • Book Promo on a Budget – August 23rd, 9:30-11:30 PMT, 11:30-1:30 CST. Online class that Catherine Lundoff is teaching at the Rambo Academy.


  • Duluth Superior Pride – Labor Day Weekend (placeholder). Online. Queen of Swords Press is a vendor.
  • St. Cloud Pride – September 19th, 11-4PM. St. Cloud, MN. Online. Queen of Swords Press has requested a table.


  • Geek Girl Con – Online. Seattle, Washington. Queen of Swords Press has a table in the Virtual Exhibitor’s Hall from 10/1-11/1.
  • C’monfluence – October 2-4, Pittsburgh, PA. Online – please preregister. Catherine Lundoff is a guest and has one Kaffeeklatsch (with Sarah Pinkster) and 4 panels.
  • TC Quorum’s Coming Out Day Luncheon – 10/9, 9:00 AM – 1:30PM. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. Online (register at Hop In – link at site).
  • Cream & Amber’s Fall Mini-Market – October 10th, 10AM -2PM. In person! Outside and please wear a mask.
  • Multiverse2020 – October 15-17th, Atlanta, Georgia. Now online! Catherine will be a guest and is on multiple panels and doing a reading.
  • Twin Cities Book Festival – October 17th, St. Paul, MN. Online. Queen of Swords Press is a vendor once again.
  • MileHiCon – October 23rd-25h, Denver, CO. Alex Acks will be doing a reading and 2 panels.
  • Steampunk Reading and Discussion at CONvergence Online – 10/24 from 2-3:30PM CST. join Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Michael Merriam, Tyler Tork and Catherine Lundoff for short steampunk readings and a discussion about steampunk fiction. Catherine will be reading from and talking about Alex’s work.
  • Crimson Peaks and Menacing Mansions: Writing Gothic Horror – Rambo Academy online class.10/25 from 9:30-11:30 AM PST
  • WORD Christchurch – 10/28-11/1. Christchurch, New Zealand. Look for A.J. Fitzwater on programming.


  • VerbWellington – November 5-8th. Wellington, New Zealand. A.J. Fitzwater and A.C. Buchanan (who is also the Queen of Swords Press webmaster) are appearing at this fab writer’s festival in New Zealand.
  • Midwest Spec-Fic Book Box – November 8th-22nd. 4 small presses, 5 books + surprises = the perfect holiday gift for the sf/f fan in your life! Queen of Swords Press, Atthis Arts, Apex Book Publishing and Aurelia Leo are collaborating on a gift box full of amazing reads. Official ordering link coming soon.
  • WomenVenture Women Mean Business – November 13th, 4-6PM CST. Online. Annual fundraiser and reception for WomenVenture, a local nonprofit that supports women starting and owning their own businesses in Minnesota. Queen of Swords Press will be in the Marketplace from 11/7-11/21; Nov. 13th is the actual event.
  • In Flagrante Delicto: Writing Effective Sex Scenes – November 22, 11:30-1:30 CST. Teaching at the Rambo Academy.