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Award Eligibility Post

This one will be really straightforward:

Foxhunt by Rem Wigmore, Obviously, Aliens by Jennie Goloboy and Blood Moon by Catherine Lundoff were all published by us in 2021 and are eligible for awards for novel-length work (over 80k words, in this case). All 3 are currently nominated for awards ranging from the Lambda Literary Awards to the Minnesota Book Awards. Foxhunt and Aliens are both science fiction, Blood Moon is fantasy/dark fantasy. Rem, Jennie and A.J. also have short fiction that is award-eligible for the Hugo’s, Nebulas, etc. and Alex is up for their podcast work on the Skiffy and Fanty Show. Catherine could be nominated for best long form editor or related but thinks that’s a bit of a stretch. Thanks for considering!

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November News!

Queen of Swords Press News:
Obviously, Aliens by Jennie Goloboy  is out NOW and available everywhere including direct from our webstore!
Gift package reminder – Get Aliens or one of our titles with our tasty new tea blend from Bingley’s Teas and a Queen of Swords Press mug!
Geek Girl Con – we’ll have a virtual table at this fun con again this year! Enter GGCon21 at checkout from 11/13-11/14 to get 10% our books when you buy direct from our “booth!”
Feminist Book Club Holiday Fair on 11/27, Seward Neighborhood, Minneapolis. We’ll have a table, we’ll have books and the tea package for sale AND Jennie will be joining us to sign books! Lots of other great local feminist-friendly businesses too!
Picture of tea package

Jennie Goloboy –
Jennie will have a post up about Obviously, Aliens at John Scalzi’s The Big Idea blog on 11/4!
Check out this 11/5 reading by Jennie and other great authors at Strong Women, Strange Worlds!
Signing at Feminist Book Club! See book table note above!

Rem Wigmore –
Rem’s queer solarpunk novel, Foxhunt, has gotten some great publicity, including a starred review in Publishers Weekly but we just as wowed by this piece by one of the editors of Solarpunk Magazine at Tor.com naming it “one of five essential climate-forward fiction.”
Foxhunt was recently featured in a sold-out gift box at Oasis Scents in Wellington, NZ and Rem is a featured author at
Verb Wellington, Wellington’s book festival. Rem was also featured on the Quilted Bananas Rado Show in Wellington last week.

Stay tuned for more fun stuff coming up!

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October News!

We have two fun preorders up this month!

  • Our tea + a mug + the book of your choice gift package is up! The tea is a terrific and tasty chai blend from our wonderful friends at Minneapolis’ own Bingley’s Teas and we highly recommend it!
  • We’re releasing Minnesota author Jennie Goloboy’s hilarious science fiction novel, Obviously, Aliens, on November 1st, but you can preorder your copy now from our website. Amazon, B&N, Kobo and beyond.
  • Look for the Queen of Swords Press table at Columbia Heights Pride on October 9th from 11-5 AM and at Twin Cities Book Festival on October 16th! We’ll be tabling with author Michael Merriam at TC Book Fest and Catherine will be appearing on the Local Author Showcase.

News About Our Authors:

Catherine Lundoff:

Rem Wigmore:

  • New! Rem was interviewed on the If This Goes On Podcast on 10/17!
  • Foxhunt got a great shoutout as an “essential” solarpunk novel on Tor.com in this great article about solarpunk by Justine Norton-Kertson!
  • Rem was a guest on the Tales from the Trunk Podcast on October 1st.
  • You can also listen to a delightful 5 minute reading from Foxhunt, hosted by Arty Bees Bookstore in Wellington.
    Foxhunt has been getting some terrific reviews! You can find links to some of them here, including this new one from Bookstagrammer @Bankrupt_bookworm!
    Rem will be appearing at the Verb Wellington Readers and Writers Festival in November and has a bunch of other fun stuff coming up!

A.J. Fitzwater:
Lucky folks at the Nelson Arts Festival will get to hear A.J. read from Out Here: An Anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ Writers from Aotearoa on October 25th at the Suter Theatre. They’ll also be appearing at WORD Christchurch next month. In the meantime, they’re working on a new novel during their arts residency at The Arts Centre in Christchurch. And Cinrak continues to get great reviews like this one!

Jennie Goloboy:
Jennie will have a a Big Idea post on John Scalzi’s blog on November 4th and will be reading on the Strong Women, Strange Worlds webcast on November 5th. Stay tuned for more local events and readings in the November newsletter!

Emily L. Byrne:
Emily Byrne’s story “Diplomacy” was recently featured on the Nobilis Erotica Podcast.

Lots more coming up soon! Please stay tuned!

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News and September Events

September events!

  • Twin Cities Pagan Pride – Saturday, September 11th. Minneapolis, MN. Look for some of our books at author Michael Merriam’s vendor table and check out Mike’s latest steampunk title too! If you like Alex Acks’s work, we think you’ll like Mike’s too.
  • St. Cloud Pride in the Park – Saturday, September 18th, 11-3PM. St. Cloud, MN. Queen of Swords Press will have a booth – come visit!
  • MCBF Fall Con – Saturday, September 25th, 10-6PM. St. Paul, MN. Michael Merriam will be tabling in the vending area at our local comic con too! Stop by, say hi and get some of his books and ours!

New reviews:

Authors News:

    • Rem Wigmore:
      • Check out Rem’s new author interviews at evOke Publications and at author Jamie Sands’s blog.
      • And new short stories coming out in the next couple of months: “Basil and the Wild” in The Middle Distance (Victoria University Press 2021) and “Why We Make Monsters” in Baffling Magazine Issue 2 (2021).
  • A.J. Fitzwater:
    • A.J. has an interview up at the Oamaru Mail News and has a a cool origin story for Cinrak and Orvillia and interview at Read New Zealand Te Pou Muramura.
    • Plus a new short story coming out in October, “Offset,” in Out Here: An Anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ Writers from Aotearoa, Auckland University Press, October 2021.
    • Catherine Lundoff:
      • Teaching Book Promotion on a Budget – Sunday, September 19th, 9:30-11:30AM PST at the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers.
      • Watch Catherine do a a fun new in costume interview and reading at Fae Productions!
      • Jennie Goloboy:
        • Jennie just sold a story to the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and did a talk at the Coastal Georgia Historical Society on “Isabella and James Hamilton, Merchant Family of St. Simons, Charleston, and London.”
        • We’ll have a cover reveal for her forthcoming humorous science fiction novel, Obviously, Aliens, next month! We’re planning on releasing Aliens in November.
      • Emily L. Byrne:

New stuff coming next month with the Twin Cities Book Festival, the WROTE Podcast and more! Subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss a thing!

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FOXHUNT is here!

 FOXHUNT is a science fiction novel with a queer trans woman protagonist and a cast of LGBTQ+ characters. It is set several hundred years in Earth’s future, after a climate apocalypse. The new society is solar-powered, so it’s solarpunk; it deals with climate change and the impacts thereof, so it’s climate fiction; and it’s hopeful about humanity’s future, which is what makes it hopepunk. Welcome to my TED talk about current genre jargon! FOXHUNT has some great early reviews, including a starred review in Publishers Weekly! – FOXHUNT has an amazing cover by Hugo Award-nominated artist Laya Rose and gorgeous print book design by Terry Roy.  FOXHUNT is available direct from Queen of Swords Press and everywhere else in print (note: we have a processing delay in our book order, but will have print copies in a couple of days) and ebook. Check out the video of Rem’s  reading and stay tuned for a book giveaway this weekend and a Twitter interview with Rem Wigmore at @qospress and more fun things on the way!

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Starred review for FOXHUNT by Rem Wigmore! And Awards for A.J.!

Foxhunt just got a lovely starred review in Publishers Weekly. It says, in part: It’s an inclusive, optimistic vision of the future, rounded out by beautiful imagery and an effortlessly diverse cast. This enthralling story is a winner.” Read the rest of the review  here. This is our first starred review for any of our titles and we’re very excited about it! Remember that you can preorder your copy directly from us as well as at all major outlets (print and ebook!).

And a mere 24 hours later, The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Collection! A.J. also won for Best Novella with their terrific novella from Paper Road Press, No Man’s Land!  In addition, cover artist Laya Rose (Foxhunt) won for Best Artist and our web master, Andi C. Buchanan won for Best Fan Writer! We are very proud of all of them! 😀

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Book sale, preorders and events!

All kinds of fun stuff coming up this month!

  • The Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale kicked off today and most of our books are are on sale!
  • Foxhunt by Rem Wigmore is up for preorder! It will be coming out 8/20/21. If you like climate fiction and hopepunk with queer protagonists (or just plain great books), this is one you’ll want to check out!

Events:

  • Strong Women, Strange Worlds – July 15th, 5PM EST. Online reading series. Catherine will be reading with several other authors in this new online science fiction and fantasy reading series.
  • Madame Askew’s Temporal Entourage Book Club – July 18th, 6:30 CST. An online discussion of Alex Acks’s Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures. Alex will be Guest of Honor!
  • Perfectly Queer – July 21, 9-10 PM PST. Queer author reading series currently running remote from Dog-Eared Books Castro in San Francisco, hosted by Richard May and Wayne Goodman. Catherine will be reading with Michael Nava and Vincent Meis.
  • Golden Crown Literary Society – July 25th, 12PM EST (online).  Catherine will be on a historical f/f fiction panel with cool writers. Stay tuned.

More coming soon!

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Happy June! Happy Pride Month!

We have so much going on this month! In addition to everything going on listed here, we’ll also be unveiling Laya Rose’s amazing cover art for Rem Wigmore’s novel, Foxhunt, which we’ll be releasing later this year. Patreon supporters get to see it first, then newsletter subscribers, then folks coming to our Reddit Fantasy Small Press AMA, then everyone else. Be sure and sign up for one of these so you can see it early too!

  • Pride Month StoryBundle – June 2 – July 1st. Our annual event, this year featuring books by Melissa Scott, Matt Bright, A.J. Fitzwater, Andi C. Buchanan, R.B. Lemberg, Eboni Dunbar, Cecilia Tan, dave ring, Leigh Harlen, Anya Deniro, Langley Hyde, Heather Rose Jones, J. Scott Coatsworth and Catherine Lundoff and benefiting Rainbow Railroad, a nonprofit that helps LGBTQ+ refugees get to safer areas.
  • r/Fantasy Queen of Swords Press Reddit AMA – June 4th online, 24 hour Q&A featuring A.J. Fitzwater, Alex Acks, Rem Wigmore, Jennie Goloboy and Catherine Lundoff.
  • 2021 SFWA Nebula Conference. June 4th-6th, online. Catherine will be a panelist on “Thinking Big, Publishing Small” on Saturday, June 5th at 11AM PST and A.J. will be a panelist on “Hometown Heroes: Working and Writing Globally” on Friday, June 4th at 3:30-4:30PM PST and “Taxes and Finance for Non-U.S. Writers Publishing in the United States” on Saturday, June 5th at 2-3:00PM PST.
  • Edelweiss BookFest. June 8-9th, online. Queen of Swords Press title The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater is an Editor’s Pick with a recorded spotlight and associated promo. Catherine will be in attendance.
  • Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention 2021. June 11th-13th. Catherine will be on the Writing Horror Games panel on Friday night at 8:30PM CST.
  • Behind the Scenes: Nuts and Bolts of Small Press Publishing. June 13th, Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, online 9:30-11:30 AM PST. In which Catherine explains what goes into publishing a book, what she does as a publisher and answers your questions.
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Spontaneous online WisCon!

So there wasn’t going to be a WisCon this year, but then a bunch of folks decided to put one together with spontaneous online and onsite programming (at the Concourse) and an Otherwise Award auction and vidding. Then we stepped up and asked if we could do something for the vendors and artists and the answer was a resounding “YES!” Starting Friday, we’ll be boosting each other on social media using the #VWisconDealersRoom and #VWisconArtShow hashtags so please follow along. We might have a Discord chat as well, still working out the details on that. Anyway, come do the fun-filled shopping that you would be doing if we were all at the Concourse and enjoy!

We have a sales coupon that is good for this week! Get 15% off all purchases from our site through 6/1 using coupon WisCon21 at check out.

 

Here’s the listing for everyone:

A lot of the dealers and artists who go to to WisCon every year make a solid chunk of their annual income from it, so having it not  be in person (and the economy tanking and all) twice in a row means that everyone is taking a hit, including Queen of Swords Press. Therefore, we’re having a virtual Art Show and Dealer’s Room Show. I expect to be adding more folks to this list, but here’s the initial round. We might get something up at the Queen of Swords Press Discord, but it will be less grand than I originally imagined. But there are deals to be had and cool things to acquire! We’ll be boosting on Twitter and else where using the hashtags #VWisconArtShow and #VWisconDealersRoom. In the meantime, please check these folks out and consider buying a thing or two.

Art Show:

Lots of cool stuff to look at and be sure to check out the WisCon feed and blog for other fun things as they get added!