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September News, Info, & New Release

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It's the start of a new school year, and fall is just around the corner. Here are some of the bigger news stories from the last few weeks, plus a bit about our new release.

First, and most importantly, India's top court decriminalized homosexuality. This is an important step in demolishing old colonial laws, which makes it a victory in more than one sense. You can read more about it here and Read more →


How much promotion is too much?

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Recently, there's been a big stir in the writing world, especially among small-press and self-published authors. It's taken different forms, but the main point boils down to whether or not authors can share links related to their books on their personal Facebook profiles.

The issue is multi-faceted and only affects Facebook. That's because FB separates business pages from personal profiles and doesn't allow either seamless integration or multiple personal profiles. Platforms like Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. allow you to use the same profile for everything or create multiple separate accounts. (I believe G+ requires...

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Let It B

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There's been some furor (and some confusion) over the recent 4Chan-initiated "drop the B" fake campaign. While this particular time there isn't a real initiative to eliminate bisexual from the LGBTQIA+ lexicon, it's evoked a lot of feelings.

It would be easy to laugh it off and dismiss it as right-wing trolls being their usual haterly selves if it weren't for some hard reality. The truth is, that campaign was borrowed from the actual experiences of bisexual people.

The fake campaign rested on the premise that bisexuality is inherently...

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Getting Political

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Happy New Year! 2017 was a heck of a ride. Here's hoping 2018 sees some improvements.

On that front, let's talk politics. No, not so much about the current state of the US government but on a more everyday level. How much is too much to incorporate into a novel? How do authors (and readers) balance political views with the books we write (and consume)?

There are no easy answers, and it obviously varies from person to person. Some people will say that books are an escape and no...

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When Fiction Becomes Reality

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This month, the focus is on science fiction. It couldn't have come at a better time. There are many exciting new discoveries all the time that line up with things people only guessed at fifty or sixty years ago. It makes one wonder what else might become reality.

On the flip side, not all of technology is innocent. Recently, there's been some controversy around an AI that can reportedly determine if a person is gay or straight based on analysis of dating profile pictures. While...

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