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INKMISTRESS Pre-Order Information

 

Where to Pre-Order Signed Copies (worldwide)!

If you’d like to pre-order a signed copy of Inkmistress, please order from One More Page books as part of the NoVa Teen Book Festival (bonus, you can also order signed paperbacks of Of Fire and Stars)!

Pre-order a signed copy of Inkmistress here

Order a signed paperback of Of Fire and Stars here

 

 

Inkmistress Pre-Order Swag!

If you’re in the US or Canada, you’re also eligible for some fun pre-order bonuses from me no matter where you pre-ordered from. Just email your pre-order receipt and mailing address to offireandstars(at)gmail(dot)com (US/Canada only). You’ll receive a signed bookplate, a dragon charm, and an Inkmistress bookmark.

Happy reading, everyone!

 

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The Vote of a Dollar: Supporting Diversity in Literature

In light of the US government shutdown, it’s a good time to talk about votes that count. This shutdown points to a truth about living in a capitalist world: your dollar is often the most powerful vote you have—apparently sometimes even more powerful than the government. I’m pretty confident that with enough money behind it, presidential candidates could be forced to wear rubber unicorn masks during debates. Even my apolitical TV-averse butt would be on the couch for that…but I digress.

In the land of books, some readers bemoan their underrepresentation in fiction, or in the genre they want to read. Personally, I’ve always hungered for more fantasy books with queer female leads, particularly those in which the sexuality of the lead character is a non-issue. I can only name a handful of those books, and I’ve made a point of seeking them out for years. Unfortunately, even when they do get published, they often don’t sell well. Malinda Lo has some interesting statistics gathered about diversity in the YA bestsellers of 2012.

So how do we as readers change that? The answer is simple: buy books, and make sure that they aren’t all by or about straight white people. Until the dollars are where our mouths are, there’s still only going to be one slot for a LGBTQ book on a publisher’s roster in any given season. Ultimately, voting with your dollar will help any author whose work you love. The best way to make sure that author keeps writing what you love to read is to ensure they’re getting paid to do it. Now, I understand that not everyone has the capital to indulge the kind of sick hardback book hoarding that I indulge in. That’s okay! You’re less powerless than you think. Ebooks are less expensive, and better yet, libraries are FREE.

Ways you can keep authors employed and support a more diverse literary world:

Now go forth and make change!

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