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Happy May!

Lots of stuff coming up, particularly as we get closer to June, but I wanted to shout out a few things.

  • What is Book Coaching” – May 11th 1-2:30 PM CST. nline panel with the Professional Editor’s Network, Minneapolis. You can register here.
  • StokerConMay 20th-23rd. Online from Denver, CO. Catherine will be doing a reading and participating in a cool editorial project and maybe more!
  • Big congrats to A.J. for becoming the new Artist in Residence at The Christchurch Arts Centre starting in August (this will give them time and funding to work full time on their new novel!).
  • Blood Moon got a nice new review at Library Journal! (Queen of Swords Press titles are available for library purchase via OverDrive and IngramSpark so if you have a library card, you can request our books at your local library).
  • Alex Acks is a member of the Skiffy and Fanty Podcast crew and we’re delighted to congratulate them all on once again being Hugo Award Finalists!
  • We’re welcoming our first intern in June! Shannon Hofer-Pottala is a student in the Publishing Certificate program at the University of Minnesota, as well as doing some small press publishing of her own, and she’ll be working with Catherine and Alexa this summer on various projects.
  • We are opening for submissions for book queries on 6/15 and staying open until 8/15.  We’ll be collaborating with publisher Jacob Haddon of Lamplight Magazine to use their Submittable portal this time around so please follow us on Twitter or Facebook for earliest details (they’ll be in the June newsletter too!)
  • The annual Pride Month StoryBundle will be launching on June 2 and running through July 1st; we’ve got an amazing lineup of books this year, including Silver Moon and Blood Moon by Catherine Lundoff and several books that are in the running for the Nebula Awards and the IGNYTE Awards.
  • We’ll be doing our first Small Press Reddit AMA on June 4th. This is a 24 hour online Q&A, made possible by  the fact that we’re in different time zones. Featuring A.J. Fitzwater, Alex Acks, Rem Wigmore, Jennie Goloboy and Catherine Lundoff.
  • And last, but certainly not least, we want to thank Hamline University Women’s Resource Center for once again featuring Queen of Swords Press in their annual FemFair event celebrating feminist artists and small businesses.

HUGE Congratulations!

A.J. Fitzwater is a Sir Julius Vogel Award finalist in 3 categories! The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper is up for Best Collection, their Paper Roads Press title No Man’s Land is up for Best Novella and their terrific essay “Queer Speculative Aotearoa New Zealand” at LGBTQ Reads is up for Best Fan Writing.

And Alex Acks, author of Murder on the Titania and Wiireless, is up for a 2021 Hugo Award for Best Fancast for their work on the Skiffy and Fantasy Podcast!

Great work, both of you!

April News and Events

  • Steampunk CommuniTea Weekend – April 9th-12th. Look for Alex Acks and Catherine Lundoff at this fun new online event! They’ll both be on panels as well as roaming around on Discord. And Alex’s titles, Murder on the Titania and Wireless are both on sale this weekend when you buy them direct from us!
  • So You Want to Put Together an Anthology? – Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, online. April 10th, 9:30-11:30 AM PST. Catherine Lundoff will be teaching this class. What goes into creating an anthology? How do you find authors? Decide to pitch it to a publisher or indie publish? And what do you do with it when you’re done?
  • Publishing Basics for Genre Writers – April 14th, 6:00-8:00 PM CST. Zoom, Springboard for the Arts. Catherine will be teaching this interactive online workshop for Springboard, a Minnesota nonprofit.
  • Flights of Foundry – April 16-18th, online sf/f/h con. Catherine  and new QoSPress author Rem Wigmore will be on programming and we will have a Queen of Swords table in the virtual Dealer’s Room.

And more ahead! Stay tuned!

March Events and News!

New Author welcome! We’re going to be publishing new novels by New Zealand Rem Wigmore and Minnesota author and literary agent Jenny Goloboy later on in 2021!

Rem’s novel Foxhunt is queer post apocalyptic hopepunk and claimed NZ artist Laya Rose has just agreed to do the cover and we think you’ll love it!
Jennie’s book, Obviously, Aliens, is a fun-filled romp of a roadtrip with aliens and will give us another title in our growing list of speculative fiction titles by Upper Midwest authors! More news about both books coming soon!

  • Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Sale – get all of our books on sale this week at Smashwords!
  • Scratch & Dent Sale! We’ve had some books come back as returns that have some small amounts of cover damage and we’re putting them on sale! Get Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) and /or Alex Acks’s Murder on the Titania and Wireless for $8 each plus shipping while supplies last! See last post for details.
  • Catherine Lundoff’s Blood Moon comes out on 3/15! It’s on Lambda Literary’s Most Anticipated Books of March and we’ve got lots more stuff coming up! Mark your calendars for the release reading on our Facebook Page/at DreamHaven Books on 3/17!
  • Please check out our events page for more.

 

 

Scratch & Dent Sale!

We’re having a Scratch & Dent #Sale while supplies last! We have copies of the following books that have gotten a bit shopworn or have minor printing errors and all of them are half off at $8 each! Free delivery in the Twin Cities metro area or a couple of $ for shipping!
You can either order via our website cart and get a refund on the difference or contact us for payment options. Let us know that you want a sale price book in the comment.

Books on sale:

Silver Moon

Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space)

Murder on the Titania

Wireless

February Newsletter

Queen of Swords Press Newsletter – February, 2021
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News

  1. Very excited and pleased to say that The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater is on the 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List! Which means that you can vote for it for the Locus Awards, if you are so inclined, as we hope you are! Cinrak was also on recommended reading lists for the Hugo Awards, the Nebula Awards, the Ursa Major Awards and, as of this weekend, the Sir Julius Vogel Awards so if you can vote on any of these, we hope that it makes your list too.
  2. Speaking of A.J., be sure and read their thoughtful new essay, “The Waters of This Place,” at Strange Horizons.
  3. This weekend, February 4th-7th, please join us at Capricon 41. Capricon is going online for the first time and Catherine Lundoff is on multiple programming items and will be reading from her forthcoming novel, Blood Moon. The schedule looks amazing and DreamHaven Books will have a virtual “booth” so you can buy our books there too!
  4. Next month we’ll have some announcements about forthcoming books. Be sure to check back then for all the exciting news!

Queen of Swords Press Upcoming Events:

Coming up this month…

And on the way in March…

  • Deep Valley Book Festival – March 6th-7th, online from Mankato, MN. Catherine will be one of the featured authors at this event for Minnesota writers and publishers.
  • Book Promotion on a Budget – Sunday, March 7th, 1:00-3:00 PST, online class at the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers. Catherine will help you to set up a promotional plan for your books and figuring out how to get the most from your available resources.
  • Rainbow Space Magic – March 12th-14th, online LGBTQ+ science fiction convention – Catherine will be back on programming and possibly vending with Queen of Swords Press.

Queen of Swords Press is supported by Catherine Lundoff’s Patreon (Read a serialized novel in progress! Get entered to win free books!) and our Ko-fi account, if you’d like to send a little more love our way. Many thanks to our awesome patrons!

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper, Unfinished Business, Murder on the Titania, Wireless, Silver Moon, Out of This World, Medusa’s Touch and Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) are all available in print as well as ebook. Knife’s Edge and Desire are ebook only. Check our website for available formats and remember that your library or cool local indie bookstore can order our titles in, if they don’t already have them.

If you have enjoyed any of our titles and haven’t already done so, please post a review on the site where you purchased it, Goodreads, your social media, etc.! They are much needed and appreciated. Many thanks to those of you who’ve reviewed our titles so far!

More about the Press:
See our website for more info and calls for submission.
Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, if you aren’t already. Thanks for signing up!

CINRAK makes more recommended reading lists! And upcoming events!

Very excited and pleased to say that The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater is on the 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List! Which means that you can vote for it for the Locus Awards, if you are so inclined, as we hope you are! I mentioned that Cinrak was also on recommended reading lists for the Hugo Awards, the Nebula Awards, the Ursa Major Awards and, as of this weekend, the Sir Julius Vogel Awards so if you can vote on any of these, we hope that it makes your list too.

Speaking of A.J., be sure and read their thoughtful new essay, The Waters of This Place,” at Strange Horizons.

Coming up this weekend, February 4-7, please join us at Capricon 41. Capricon is going online for the first time and Catherine Lundoff is on multiple programming items and will be reading from her forthcoming novel, Blood Moon. The schedule looks amazing and DreamHaven Books will have a virtual “booth” so you can buy our books there too!

And Catherine Lundoff will be teaching her online class “In Flagrante Delicto: Writing Effective Sex Scenes” at the Rambo Academy on Sunday, February 14th from 1-3:00PM PST.

Back to celebrating!

 

CINRAK makes the list(s)!

Some very cool news about The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater!

Enthusiastic congratulations to A.J.!

Queen of Swords Press Newsletter – January, 2021

Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks for signing up for Queen of Swords Press news.

News

  • Blood Moon, the long-awaited sequel to Catherine Lundoff’s Silver Moon, will be out on March 15th, 2021, featuring more adventures with Becca, Erin and the Wolf’s Point Pack! Preorders are now open for the ebook edition. Stay tuned for the link to preorder your physical copy!
  • Happy 4th Small Press Birthday to us! The winner of the prize drawing for a book and a surprise gift is Brianna! Congratulations!
  • If you’re nominating for the Nebula, Hugo or other awards, we have a roll-up post for everyone involved with Queen of Swords Press right here.

Some thoughts on turning 4, from the publisher:

  • Wow! I can’t believe we made it! Thanks for buying our books or plugging our books or reviewing our books and/or supporting our Patreon, hosting us and all the other things so many of you fine folks do!
  • In 4 years, we’ve put out 10 books that we’re really proud of, including works by terrific authors like Alex Acks and A.J. Fitzwater and the authors in Scourge of the Sea of Time (and Space).
  • We’ve gotten to work with some great artists and other professionals, done projects with other small presses and participated in a whole LOT of events. These have included a couple of Worldcons, 6 book festivals around the world, a ton of podcasts and blog posts and online events a bunch of conventions, several steampunk festivals and multiple bookstore events, plus things I’m probably forgetting about. Thank you and we hope you stay tuned for more!

Upcoming Events:

Queen of Swords Press Recent Events:

We are in your YouTubes, talking about things!

  • Check out A.J. Fitzwater and our webmaster, Andi Buchanan, talking about New Zealand Speculative Fiction at CONZealand.
  • Alex Acks does a reading at MileHiCon.
  • Catherine Lundoff talked about queer fantasy and queer horror at MultiverseCon and moderates a rockstar panel on LGBTQ Protagonists in SF/F at Confluence SFF.

Queen of Swords Press is supported by Catherine Lundoff’s Patreon (Read a serialized novel in progress! Get entered to win free books!) and our Ko-fi account, if you’d like to send a little more love our way. Many thanks to our awesome patrons!

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper, Unfinished Business, Murder on the Titania, Wireless, Silver Moon, Out of This World, Medusa’s Touch and Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) are all available in print as well as ebook. Knife’s Edge and Desire are ebook only. Check our website for available formats and remember that your library or cool local indie bookstore can order our titles in, if they don’t already have them.

If you have enjoyed any of our titles and haven’t already done so, please post a review on the site where you purchased it, Goodreads, your social media, etc.! They are much needed and appreciated. Many thanks to those of you who’ve reviewed our titles so far!

More about the Press:
See our website for more info and calls for submission.
Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, if you aren’t already. Thanks for signing up!

End of Year Sales and News

Looking for sales? We got ’em!

  • All of our books are on sale now through the end of the year at Smashwords.
  • All of Emily L. Byrne’s titles and Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff are on sale through the end of the year on Amazon and right here on the website for the My Lesfic Season of Books Holiday Supersale. 

 

News!

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater is on 3 reviewers’ Favorite Books of 2020 lists! Paul Weimar, Maria Haskins and Nathan Burgoine have all named it as one of their favorite books of the year. 😀