me: honestly, as much as i care about lgbt+ representation, the current lack of it doesnt ruin the story for me. the series is unique and interesting on its own, and just because calron and telia are never going to be canon, it doesnt take away from the emotional impact the magisterium books give me.
also me: okay, but in an interview eight years ago, cassandra clare stated how important lgbt+ characters are in YA novels. could this be A Sign? does this mean that even though call isnt mlm, there might be a side character that is? maybe even a trans or wlw character? holly black also has lgbt+ charters in some of her novels, so could this mean
Happy Birthday to me! After months of working, The Defectives is now published!
The Defectives is a young adult novel, but it can be enjoyed by all.
I put a lot of time, commitment, passion, money, and heart into this one!
Juniper Johnson’s life shattered the moment that her spine did. The teenager had initially planned on attending an elite high school for students with superabilities. Instead, she is shipped off to Effective “Defective” Academy - an institution for children with superabilities and disabilities. With the help of her friends, her kind professor, and her less-than-kind mentor, Juniper learns what it means to be disabled, what it means to be a superhero, and what it means to be human.
There will be other lives.
There will be other lives for nervous boys with sweaty palms, for bittersweet fumblings in the backseats of cars, for caps and gowns in royal blue and crimson, for mothers clasping pretty pearl necklaces around daughters’ unlined necks, for your full name read aloud in an auditorium, for brand-new suitcases transporting you to strange new people in strange new lands.
And there will be other lives for unpaid debts, for one-night stands, for Prague and Paris, for painful shoes with pointy toes, for indecision and revisions.
And there will be other lives for fathers walking daughters down aisles.
And there will be other lives for sweet babies with skin like milk.
And there will be other lives for a man you don’t recognize, for a face in a mirror that is no longer yours, for the funerals of intimates, for shrinking, for teeth that fall out, for hair on your chin, for forgetting everything. Everything.
Oh, there are so many lives. How we wish we could live them concurrently instead of one by one by one. We could select the best pieces of each, stringing them together like a strand of pearls. But that’s not how it works. A human’s life is a beautiful mess.
Then I saw more. A boy, the same scanner machine above him flickering and smoking. Yellow. I felt my lips form the words, as if I had been there to say them. I saw a small red-haired girl from across a room much like this one; saw her lift a finger and the table in front of her rise several inches from the ground. Blue– again, the man’s voice in my head. A boy holding a pencil bursting into flames. Red. Cards with pictures and numbers of them held up in front of a child’s face. Green.
It’s a new crowdfunding/publishing platform that allows prospective readers pre-order a book that they’re interested in being published. If the book gets a certain number of pre-orders (i/e: the crowdfunding), then Inkshares will publish it. From what I understand, there are two levels. After 250 pre-orders, the book will be published on Kindle and in paperback to be purchased on Amazon only. After 750 pre-orders, the book will start to be published in other stores worldwide. The author gets 50% of the print royalties and 70% of the ebook royalties. The author doesn’t make any money on the initial funding (the money goes towards the publishing) but they do make money after the book starts distributing.
From what I can tell, readers can either pre-pay $10 for an ebook, $20 for a print book, or $50 for multiple print books that have their name in the back.
So it’s admittedly pricey. But I don’t think the money itself counts towards the actual goal; just the amount of people who put up money. So people shouldn’t feel obligated to buy the $60 over the $20.
What I want to know is…
Do you think that this would be a good route to go for The Defectives (my upcoming young adult novel which you can read about here: x)?
Would you all be willing to contribute to the pre-order goal (250 and eventually, maybe even 750) in order to help publish The Defectives and would you be willing to signal boost tf out of various posts in order to get other people to potentially pre-order as well?
[The Foxes are standing in the foyer, staring at Kevin’s broken racquet]
Kevin: So. Who snapped my racquet? I’m not mad. I just want to know.
Renee: I did. I broke it.
Kevin: No. No, you didn’t. Nicky?
Nicky: Don’t look at me, look at Dan!
Dan: What?! I didn’t break it.
Nicky: Huh. That’s weird. How did you even know it was broken?
Dan: Because it’s on the table in front of us and it’s broken!
Dan: No, it’s not!
Matt: If it matters, probably not… Andrew was the last one to leave the court yesterday.
Andrew: Liar! I didn’t even go on the court last night!
Matt: Oh really? Then what were you doing?
Andrew: I try and sleep while Kevin and Neil have extra practice. Everyone knows that, Matt!
Renee: Alright, let’s not fight. I broke it, let me fix it, Kevin.
Kevin: No. Who broke it?
Aaron: Kevin, Neil’s been awfully quiet…
Aaron: Yeah, really!
[off to the side] Kevin: I broke it. Last night, I failed one of my drills so I snapped it in half. I predict ten minutes from now, they’ll be at each other’s throats with warpaint on their faces and a pig head on a stick. Good. It was getting a little chummy around here.
Chris Colfer. The accomplished singer, author and producer behind Kurt has used Glee as a springboard for other media. The 24-year-old has already written, starred in, produced and novelized his first film, Struck by Lightning and became a New York Times best-selling author after The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. He signed a new five-book deal in November, with the fourth and fifth books in the series due in July 2015 and July 2016. Additionally, Colfer will write two picture books based on the Land of Stories and two companion books for inclusion in a holiday box set due this year. Beyond those, he’s writing a novel for teens that tells the story of a young actor taking a cross-country road trip with his fans. On the feature side, Colfer is in preproduction on the untitled Noel Coward biopic, in which he’ll play the famed playwright in a cast that includes Ian McKellen and Vanessa Redgrave.