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By Monica Valentinelli on Nov 21, 2016 11:00 am
I am happy to announce that I will be participating in an “Ask You Anything” on Reddit to support awareness for Pat Rothfuss’s Worldbuilders charity fundraiser on Tuesday, November 29th.
What is the Worldbuilders mission?
From the website: “Worldbuilders is a charity founded by author Pat Rothfuss in order to use the collective power of readers, fellow authors and book lovers to make the world a better place. During the Worldbuilders fundraiser, Pat blogs about the cool book donations we receive from authors and publishers (and all the other cool swag from artists, webcomics, etc.) Everyone who donates to Heifer International through our Team Heifer page is eligible to receive one or more of those cool books and swag at the end of the fundraiser.”
Although I am only participating on Tuesday, this event will take place each day from Monday, November 28th through Friday, December 2nd and will include several other authors, artists, editors, and publishers. It will be hosted by the r/Fantasy community over at www.reddit.com/r/fantasy to support awareness of Worldbuilders. Hop on over each day and see what questions we have to ask you. Then, let’s kick some ass and raise some funds for an awesome charity!
By Monica Valentinelli on Nov 21, 2016 10:30 am
Apex Publications is happy to announce the upcoming release of Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling edited by Jaym Gates and Monica Valentinelli.
Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is an anthology of short stories, poems, and essays that will highlight the long-standing tradition of writers who identify tropes in science fiction, fantasy, and horror and twist them into something new and interesting.
Successfully funded through Kickstarter, Apex will release the anthology on December 13, 2016. Pre-orders are now available through Amazon.com.
“Speculative fiction fans tired of clichés will want to grab this expectation-subverting anthology.”
–Publishers Weekly, starred review
Over two dozen authors, ranging from NYT-bestsellers and award winners to debut writers, chose a tired trope or cliche to challenge and surprise readers through their work.
Read stories inspired by tropes such as the Chainmaille Bikini, Love at First Sight, Damsels in Distress, Yellow Peril, The Black Man Dies First, The Villain Had a Crappy Childhood, The Singularity Will Cause the Apocalypse, and many more… Then, discover what these tropes mean to each author to find out what inspired them.
Join Maurice Broaddus, Adam Troy-Castro, Delilah S. Dawson, Shanna Germain, Sara M. Harvey, John Hornor Jacobs, Rahul Kanakia, Alethea Kontis, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Haralambi Markov, Kat Richardson, Nisi Shawl, Ferrett Steinmetz, Anton Strout, Michael Underwood, Alyssa Wong and many other authors as they take well-worn tropes and cliches and flip them upside down.
Title: Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling
Release date: December 13th, 2016
Cost: $18.95 (trade paperback)
Page Count: 365 pages
Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is editor Jaym Gates’s (War Stories) second anthology with Apex Book Company, and it is the first for editor Monica Valentinelli. The two have put together an anthology with a strong mix of fiction and essays that is sure to both entertain and educate readers on tropes and how they are used by writers.
About Apex Publications: Apex Publications is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the thrice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Damien Angelica Walters, Catherynne M. Valente, and Brian Keene.
By Monica Valentinelli on Nov 18, 2016 04:57 pm
I am pleased to announce that The Cainite Conspiracies, an anthology I edited for Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition Dark Ages, will be released on Wednesday, November 30th on DriveThruFiction.com. You will be able to order the book in print or download in multiple eBook formats to read on your laptop or e-reader.
By Monica Valentinelli on Nov 17, 2016 02:16 pm
Following a busy convention season, I’ve had several folks ask how they can directly support my original work, and those questions have increased since Gen Con.
Mostly, a lot of people were wondering if I was going to do a Patreon and that’s not in the cards right now. I am going to be doing something, but in a different vein. Part of my concern is that a Patreon requires regular upkeep, and I don’t want to negatively impact my long-term plans for fiction. Plus, I also don’t want to make a commitment while I’ve got bigger Day JobTM-related projects on my plate that I have to finish.
While you’re waiting to see what I’ll launch for my own stuff, you can buy me a coffee via Ko-Fi if you wish. Doing so helps my caffeine habit, but I will also use the money to buy more books. Thanks!
Preparing for the Long, Stormy Night Ahead
Content, Comment, and Moderation Policy for My Social Media
To My Fellow Artists and Our Fans
Announcing In Volo’s Wake for Dungeons & Dragons
A Thank You and a Voluntary Critique for Apex