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November News!

 

News
Some catchup events from October!
The Language of Roses by Heather Rose Jones is a Barbara Gittings Literature Award nominee for the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Awards! And big thank you to the librarian(s) who nominated it!
Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff is out in a new German edition from Ylva Publishing this month and getting some nice reviews!
Catherine was also interviewed by Canvas Rebel Magazine for their series on diverse entrepreneurs.
And you can listen to Jennie Goloboy’s terrific reading and interview from Space Cowboy Books on their Youtube channel here.
And finally, Rem Wigmore has a great new essay up at the Climate Fiction Writers League.

Coming in November:

  1. Strong Women Strange Worlds – November 4th, 12 Noon EDT. Jennie Goloboy is one of the featured reader’s at this month’s virtual reading. 
  2. Twin Cities Con – November 11th-13th, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis. Queen of Swords Press will have a table and our local authors plan on stopping by to sign books. 
  3. Publishing Basics for Genre Fiction – November 15th, Springboard for the Arts. Online, 6-7:30 PM CST. Catherine will be teaching this free online workshop that provides an overview of genre fiction for new writers. 
  4. Speculations Reading Series – November 16th, 6.30 – 7:45 PM. DreamHaven Books, Minneapolis. Catherine will be reading from some of her recent fiction.
  5. I Heart SapphFic Mega Sale – November 25th-29th. Our lesbian titles with romantic plots or subplots will be on sale on Amazon for Thanksgiving weekend!

Finally, some upcoming cool news!

Want to talk to Catherine about your book idea? She’ll be taking pitches at our Discord channel on 11/20 from 2-4PM CST. We’re going to try this out and see how it goes so please stay tuned.

And more cool news! We just signed the contracts for the gay Victorian supernatural duology Death by Silver and Death at the Dionysis Club by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold! Silver will be a 2023 title and Dionysis a 2024 one.

We have also signed a new novella from author Dee Holloway. Little Nothing is an alternate history with fantastical elements set in Florida during the Civil War. It features a young interracial lesbian couple who have to find a way to stop the Confederacy from using magical creatures from the swamps against the Union forces. Good Stuff! More news coming soon!

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September Events

I just realized that I forgot to post August’s – there was a lot! See our Event’s page for info on that.

Meanwhile, here’s this month’s adventures!

September:

  • Chicon 8/Worldcon – September 1-5th. Catherine Lundoff , Alex Acks, Heather Rose Jones and Jennie Goloboy will be on programming.
  • Pagan Pride Fall Festival – September 10th. Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis. Look for our book table in the park.
  • Queer Neurodiverse Found Families in Speculative Fiction – Thursday, September 15th, 7-9PM. Virtual panel at the Argo Bookshop, Montreal, Quebec featuring Rem Wigmore, Andi C. Buchanan, R.B. Lemberg and more.
  • St. Cloud Pride in the Park – Saturday, September 17th, 11-3PM. St. Cloud, MN. Queen of Swords Press will be back!
  • Crypticon on September 16th- 18th in Plymouth, MN. Look for Michael Merriam in the Dealer’s Room with copies of Last Car.
  • Sunday Market at Dancing Bear Chocolate – September 25th, 9-2PM. Minneapolis. Catherine Lundoff will be there with our books and lovely handmade journals and boxes made by book artist Jana Pullman.
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July News and Events

All the news for this month!

  • Preorders for Last Car to Annwn Station by Michael Merriam are available direct from us, on Kobo and Amazon and Bookshop.org, B&N and beyond! Release date 7/7! 
  • BayCon 2022 – July 1st-4th. San Francisco. Look for Heather Rose Jones on programming and selling The Language of Roses at the Liminal Fiction Authors table. She’ll also have the tie-in coloring book featuring her art and some of our other books.
  • West St. Paul Pride – 11-4PM, July 9th. Queen of Swords Press will have a booth, books and deal!
  • r/Fantasy Small Press AMA – July 15th. Queen of Swords Press will once again have a Small Press AMA on Reddit Fantasy. All our authors will be there!
  • Book Release/Birthday Party at DreamHaven Books! July 21st 6:30-8:00PM. Queen of Swords Press is doing a re-release/first time in print edition of Michael Merriam’s homage to 2000s Minneapolis with a queer romance and the ghosts of the old streetcar line, Last Car to Annwn Station, and Jennie Goloboy and Catherine Lundoff never got in person releases for their books last year so we’re going to make up for lost time!
  • Sunday Market at Dancing Bear Chocolate – July 24th, 9-2PM. Minneapolis. Publisher Catherine Lundoff will be there with our books and lovely handmade journals and boxes made by her wife, Jana.
  • Book sales for July! Most of our titles will be on sale at Smashwords from July 1st-July31st and Catherine Lundoff’s Silver Moon and Blood Moon and Emily L. Byrne’s Medusa’s Touch will be on sale on Amazon 7/22-7/26 for I Heart SapphFic’s Christmas in July sale.

Hope to see you at one of our online or in person events!

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Queen of Swords Press News – June, 2022

We’ll be releasing a new edition of Minnesota author Michael Merriam’s terrific f/f urban fantasy set in Minneapolis, Last Car to Annwn Station,on 7/7/22! And we love Nathalie Gray of Kanaxa’s design for the cover! Preorders will be up very soon.

  1. Pride Month StoryBundle – June 1st-July 1st. Our annual event, this year featuring books by Melissa Scott, Heather Rose Jones, Rem Wigmore, Andi C. Buchanan, Jerry Wheeler, C.L. Clark and more! It will once again benefit Rainbow Railroad, an international nonprofit working with LGBTQ+ refugees and others fleeing persecution. 
  2. Finding Your Path: An Agent and a Publisher Spill the Tea on Agenting and Small Press Publishing – Clarion West Writers Workshop – June 5th, 11AM-12PM PST. Online. Jennie Goloboy and Catherine Lundoff will be teaching this workshop where you can get a lot of your questions answered about agents and publishers and what we do. And it’s free!
  3. Library of Congress on 6/21! Pretty excited about this! Catherine Lundoff will be on “Queering Small Publishing,” a lunch and learn panel for LoC staff, including  publishers from Neon Hemlock, Stelliform Press and Black Lesbian Feminist Press.
  4. Catherine was on the If This Goes On Podcast on 4/30 – https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/if-this-goes-on-dont-panic-alan-bailey-Qx_fTWkwl2d/
  5.  “Creating New Worlds” – Geek Girl Con Twitch, June 14th, 7PM PST. Catherine will be on a panel about world building in science fiction and fantasy.
  6. 4th Street Fantasy – June 17-19th, Minneapolis. Catherine Lundoff, Jenny Goloboy and Michael Merriam will all be in attendance and around.
  7. Alex Acks has a new story out in StarcraftWar Chest (Blizzard Entertainment, 2022).
  8. The Language of Roses by Heather Rose Jones continues to get terrific reviews, including these two: Out in Print and The Lesbian Review. Heather just created a free tie-in coloring book, which you can get when you buy a copy of the book from her or us, while supplies last!
  9. We’ve added a TikTok! Check out short videos and watch Catherine figure out how it works!
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Queen of Swords Press May News!

We’ve got all sorts of things coming up!

Currently, that includes the SFWA Auction. Bid on signed copies of Blood Moon by Catherine Lundoff, Obviously, Aliens by Jennie Goloboy and Wireless by Alex Acks and help support SFWA scholarships and programming!

Other fun things coming up:

  1. Foxhunt by Rem Wigmore is a Sir Julius Vogel Award finalist for Best Novel! And Laya Rose is nominated for her cover art for it too! Congratulations to both of them and to our webmaster, Andi, who’s a finalist in another category!
  2. The Language of Roses is getting some great reviews, like this one from the Runalong the Shelves Book Blog and this one from James Nicoll Reviews.
  3. Heather Rose Jones was a guest reader at FOGCon on 4/30 and will be reading at the fab online reading series, Strong Women, Strange Worlds, on 5/19.
  4. Catherine Lundoff was on the If This Goes On Podcast on 4/30, along with author Matthew Kressel, talking about hopepunk, climate fiction, running a green business, and more.
  5. Rochester Pride – May 21st, 12-5pm. Rochester, MN. We’ll have a booth at this new-to-us event.
  6. WisCon – May 27th-30th. Madison, WI. We’ll have a table in the Dealer’s Room and Heather Rose Jones and Catherine will both be on programming.

Things coming up in June

  1. Pride Month StoryBundle – June 1st – July 1st. Our annual event, this year featuring books by Melissa Scott, Heather Rose Jones, Rem Wigmore, and others to be announced. It will once again benefit Rainbow Railroad, an international nonprofit working with LGBTQ refugees!
  2. Finding Your Path: An Agent and a Publisher Spill the Tea on Agenting and Small Press Publishing – Clarion West Writers Workshop – June 5th, 11AM-12:30PM PST. Online and free. Jennie Goloboy and Catherine will be teaching this workshop where you can get your questions answered and learn cool and nifty things about what agents do, what publishers do and what to consider doing with your books.
  3. Queering Small Press Publishing – June 21, 12-1PM. Library of Congress. Catherine Lundoff will be on a panel for Library of Congress staff with publishers from Neon Hemlock, Stelliform Press and BLF Press. Not open to the public, alas, but very cool anyway.

More coming soon!

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The Language of Roses by Heather Rose Jones is here!

We’re very excited to announce our 14th title – The Language of Roses by Heather Rose Jones is a novella-length queer retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a twist and it is out everywhere today! You can buy direct from us  or at these fine outlets. It’s getting some lovely early reviews on Goodreads!

A Beauty. A Beast. A Curse. This is not the story you know…

 

 

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Catch-up post for February – April

We’ve been wildly busy!

Here’s some of the things you can watch, listen to or join in on, depending on what’s going on:

Check out StabbyCon on r/fantasy forum on Reddit to see Catherine Lundoff on the Gothic Fantasy panel and Rem Wigmore is on the roundtable on writing gender in speculative fiction.

Write on! Radio KFAI – March 15th, 7-8PM CST. Streaming or on your radio dial.  Jennie Goloboy, Michael Merriam and Catherine Lundoff were on this long running local radio show to talk about Queen of Swords Press !

Rem Wigmore was on the Queer Words Podcast on 3/1 and on Hannah’s Bookshelf on 1066 North Manchester FM in the U.K. on 2/22!

Flights of Foundry – April 9th-10th. Online. Queen of Swords Press will have a virtual booth and Rem, A.J. and Catherine will be on programming.

The Language of Roses by Heather Rose Jones will be out on 4/14! You can preorder from us or everywhere else AND it is available on the SFWA NetGalley if you’re a reviewer who uses NG (and if you don’t, feel free to contact us directly).

More coming soon!

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January – Happy Birthday to Us!

Welcome to 2022! We turn 5 years old this very month and we are so very excited to share that with you! If you’ve bought and/or reviewed out books, supported our Patreon, hosted us and helped us spread the word about our books and the Press, you’ve helped us get here, so thank you very much! And if you’re new here, welcome! We hope you like it.

Now on to the birthday month shenanigans. We had originally hoped to have an in person birthday party at DreamHaven Books, but given where things are at pandemic-wise, decided to postpone a few months. Here’s what we’re doing instead:

  • Follow us on Twitter for fun facts about the Press, our authors, our cover artists and what we’ve been up to.
  • Jennie Goloboy has a terrific new interview and reading from Obviously, Aliens up at the Tales from the Trunk Podcast.
  • The North Country Gaylaxians Book Club hosted a good discussion about The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater on 1/11 at 7PM CST.
  • Drawings and readings and other fun stuff! We’ll be doing some prize drawings for newsletter subscribers as well as our Twitter and FB followers, posting some new reading videos and more! Prizes include some of our books, our new tea blend from Bingley’s Teas, a couple of pairs of Elise Matthesen’s book-themed earrings and more! The fun will kick off on 1/15 so please stay tuned.
  • BOOK SALE! Our 5 Day/5th Birthday Book Sales kicks off on 1/27 and runs through 1/31 right here on our website! Buy direct from us for some great deals!
  • Plus, there’ll be a lot of great stuff coming in the rest of 2022! Thanks for joining us!
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December News

Queen of Swords Press Newsletter – December, 2021

Wishing all of you a safe and happy holiday season! May 2022 bring good things our way!

News

  1. DisCon III – December 15th-19th, Washington, D.C. We’ve applied for (and expect to get) a virtual Dealer’s Room table and Alex Acks and Jennie Goloboy are on programming. Alex is up for a Hugo Award as part of the Skiffy and Fanty Podcast crew, and artist Laya Rose, who created the cover for Foxhunt, is up in the Best Fan Artist category. Best of luck to them both!
  2. AZ Gallery/Books and Beer Pop-Up Bookstore – December 18th, 12-5 PM, St. Paul. Catherine Lundoff will be there with some selected titles.
  3. Stay tuned for the Smashwords End of Year Sale between Christmas and New Year’s for some great deals on our ebooks!

Good luck, Laya!

 

News About Our Authors:

Jennie Goloboy:


Obviously, Aliens will keep a smile on your face.” – Paul Weimer

Catherine Lundoff:

  • Big News! Catherine has accepted an invitation to be the Author Guest of Honor at MarsCon 2022 in Minneapolis! MarsCon will be happening March 11th-13th, 2022 and, plague permitting, will be in person. More bulletins as we have them.
  • Minnesota Women’s Art Festival – December 11th, 9:30-4:30, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis. Catherine Lundoff will be sharing a table with book artist Jana Pullman. Locals can pick up their gift package orders here too!
  • Catherine has a new article up at DreamFoundry – “Crafting an Anthology.”
Rem Wigmore:
  • Rem was interviewed on The WROTE Podcast.
  • And Rem appeared at EnQueer, Australia’s first queer lit festival!
  • Foxhunt was a Runner Up for Best Transgender Speculative Fiction and Best Transgender Book in the 2021 Rainbow Awards!
AJ Fitzwater:
  • The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper was a Runner Up in the Rainbow Awards under LGBTA Anthology/Collection and Best Lesbian Book! Congrats, AJ!

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!

Our titles are all available in print as well as ebook (except Knife’s Edge and Desire which 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!

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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!