For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.  ~Albert Camus

Liberty is the breath of life to nations.  ~George Bernard Shaw

All we have of freedom, all we use or know -
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
~Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.  ~William Faulkner

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.  ~Erma Bombeck

NineStar Press is seeking more MM romance novels/novellas, and also LGBTQA literary novels. If you’ve got it, send it over to us!

Fandom people, a note from our managing director:

The department heads here at NineStar Press all started in fandom, and to this day we still read fic as often as we can. We’ve grown up, we’ve had children, we’ve developed great careers, and yet we’ll never be ready to let go of our favourite fandoms. Once a shipper, always a shipper, right?

As such, we’re all of the opinion that many fic authors are some of the most talented people in the writing world. And this is something other LGBTQA romance publishers haven’t yet embraced. We’re embracing it.

NineStar Press, Ltd., an innovative, full-service publisher of LGBTQA romance fiction, erotica shorts, and literary novels, is launching in November, 2015! And we want YOU, the talented fic author, to get involved right now. Today. No delay! We want some of the exquisite talent so prevalent in fandom to be included in our launch release schedule.

As a full-service publisher, we offer you competitive royalty rates, author-friendly contracts, ebook and print releases distributed worldwide (sold through Ingram, Amazon, Google, etc), stunning cover & promo art, extensive New York-level editing, full marketing and promo, and the smoothest path possible towards calling yourself a fully published author and earning money.

For more information, check out www.ninestarpress.com. Follow the submission requirements link to find out exactly what we’re looking for and how to submit it. Please include “from the fandom submission call” somewhere in your email so we know what directed you to us.

We hope to hear from you very soon!

Jaimy Gordon

Jaimy Gordon was born on July 4, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland. She published her first book in 1972, and has since published four novels and received three Literature Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She won the 2010 National Book Award for her novel Lord of Misrule, and her previous novel, Bogeywoman, was named one of the Best Books for 2000 by the Los Angeles Times.
Happy birthday, Jaimy Gordon!

Are there brutal economics in book publishing? Let me tell you…

Writing a book was like disappointing my parents all over again.

Like many Chinese immigrants, they wanted their only son to be a high-earning doctor or lawyer. Instead, he became a newspaper journalist who valued career satisfaction over dollars and cents. (Don’t worry, Mom and Dad, I sometimes wonder if I’m related to you, too).

So to my surprise, my mom was unusually excited when I told her two years ago that I was taking some time off to pen a book.

“Oh!” she exclaimed. “You make lots of money!”

Little did she know, there are some brutal economics underpinning the book publishing industry.


Asexuals In Writing

About The Book:

Coffee Cake is the story of Bran Kendrick, an asexual college student with a crush on Malachi Warren, a year ahead of him.  He doesn’t pursue the crush because he feels he has nothing to offer Malachi, but Malachi disagrees.  

They begin to date and figure out the parameters of their physical relationship when a series of seeming accidents begin to befall Malachi and Bran has to keep him safe while they hunt for the would-be killer.

About Michaela Grey and Bran:

I identify as panromantic asexual.  Bran is homoromantic asexual.  I wanted to make sure that people reading this would see that you can be asexual and still have a fulfilling relationship with someone, whether it’s sexual or not, and also that just because someone is asexual doesn’t mean they can’t fall in love. Malachi accepts Bran’s orientation and never tries to change him or “fix” him. 

Coming Soon: 

The sequel is called Beignets, and it is in the middle of the publication process with Dreamspinner Press right now.  It deals with Malachi trying to put himself back together after all the attempts on his life, it’s told from his point of view, and follows him and Bran as they move to New Orleans and deepen their relationship. I don’t have a publication date for it yet, but it’s being fast-tracked through the system, so it should be out hopefully by the end of summer.

Check it out on Amazon or directly from the publisher

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  • Taurus:Ernest Hemingway
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  • Cancer:Margaret Mitchell
  • Leo:F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Virgo:Emily Brontë
  • Libra:George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)
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  • Sagittarius:Agatha Christie
  • Capricorn:Alexandre Dumas
  • Aquarius:Hermann Hesse
  • Pisces:Gabriel García Márquez

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Summer has nearly descended upon the Northern Hemisphere, bringing visions of barbecues, pool parties and long walks on the beach. For those in the United States, this often means one thing: vacation. Whether you’re flying from one city to another in the confines of coach, or breaking out the analog map for a cross-country road trip, your sights are set on travel.
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HILTON ALS White Girls
SALADIN AMBAR Malcolm X At Oxford Union: Radical Politics In A Global Era
ROLAND BARTHES A Lover’s Discourse
°°°DAVID CARR The Night of the Gun
JOAN DIDION Play It As It Lays
JOAN DIDION Slouching Towards Bethlehem
JOAN DIDION The White Album
JOAN DIDION Year Of Magical Thinking
TINA FEY Bossy Pants
SPALDING GRAY The Journals of Spalding Gray
WERNER HERZOG The Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo
RAY KURZWEIL Experiencing Time Perabolically
LEGS MCNEIL Please Kill Me
LORRIE MOORE Birds Of America
TRACY MORGAN I Am the New Black
MAGGIE NELSON The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning
JAMES WESTCOTT When Marina Abramovic Dies
LAWRENCE WRIGHT Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, And The Prison Of Belief



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That means the payment per page read could be as low as $0.006, meaning that an author will have to write a 220-page book – and have every page read by every person downloading it – to make the same $1.30 they currently get from a book being downloaded.

Casey Lucas, a literary editor who works with self-publishing authors, says she has lost six clients already. They have decided tostop writing after “estimating a 60–80% reduction in royalties”.

“A lot of self-published romance authors are disabled, stay-at-home mums, or even a few returned veterans who work in the field because a regular job just isn’t something they can handle,” she says. “People are shedding a lot of tears over this.”

“Helen Keller Christens a United States Emergency Fleet ship launched in the Los Angeles harbor. The newly completed ship was the twelfth boat launched by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company.” Central News Photo Service., ca. 1918

From the series:  American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, 1917 - 1918

Prominent deafblind author and activist Helen Keller was born on 135 years ago on June 27, 1880.

Helen Keller wrote letters to eight U.S. Presidents, from Theodore Roosevelt through Lyndon B. Johnson, on behalf of her work for the disabilities community.  You can find more Presidential records featuring Helen Keller here.