Publishing date (not for a bit, see below)
Oh, meant to note -- Cecilia just set the pub date for Oct 1 (we could do it sooner, but various review outlets want galleys four months in advance). I... Read more
IMPORTANT: Your name in the acknowledgements!
Dear backers, I'm really excited to announce that we're one step closer to publication -- we're going to have BOUND GALLEYS at WisCon (an awesome feminist SF convention in Madison,... Read more
We have a publisher! (What?)
So here’s the news: Circlet Press will be publishing my Kickstarter-funded erotic space opera, The Stars Change, and I am thrilled to death about it.
“But Mary Anne,” you say,... Read more
New cover image!
Oh, LOVE. Jack Kotz sent me the draft image for the actual cover of The Stars Change. For a while we were using an image from one of the stories,... Read more
Next-to-last update, I hope
Hello, backers! This is just a brief note to say that while the book is done, I'm not going to get it out by Christmas, as I'd hoped. Because 'done'... Read more
How much do I love the planetary map that Jack Kotz is working on for me for The Stars Change? I asked him to do a map that showed Jump... Read more
The Stars Change chapbooks (free @ WorldCon for you!)
Hey, folks. This is just a very quick note that I've made a limited edition run of 100 signed chapbooks from The Stars Change, featuring the first two complete stories.... Read more
Promotional items, a new cover, and a thank you
I know, after not hearing for me for months, the updates are coming fast and furious now. But there are just a few exciting things to share:
- my fabulous... Read more
Varied and miscellaneous, 20K in
This is just a brief update with a few notes:
- I'm 20,000 words in, and pretty good words too, I think. These have been mostly workshopped and revised; I... Read more
Mottoes and anxieties
I opened up the book file again after a week away visiting my parents, and was reminded that I'd had a thought just before my trip, that I would not... Read more
Title change (!) and pre-orders now available (!!)
Hello, book supporters! Two quick pieces of exciting news:
1) I'm changing the title of the book! It turns out that a new SF series has just come out with... Read more
Video of me reading "The Night Air" (opening story)
I recently did a reading at Tuesday Funk, and they actually recorded it and edited the videos. (Thanks, Bill Shunn!) So here's a little sample of me, reading. Enjoy!
-... Read more
Tiny update (shorter, but better)
I cut the first story from the book, and the book is overall better now, which is frustrating in terms of lost work, but satisfying in terms of artistic improvement.... Read more
Illustrator: Jack Kotz!
It was tremendously difficult choosing an illustrator for my Kickstarter book, Demimonde. Over fifty talented artists applied for the job, and out of that field, I narrowed it down to five... Read more
Part 1 drafted, an illustrator looming, and a new title?
The book is progressing very nicely. I've just finished Part I, and I think it's in pretty solid shape. Early feedback on it has been very positive, hooray! Completed stories... Read more
Book so far / illustrator contest / peek at story #5
It's been a little while since the last update -- I didn't want you to think I'd forgotten you! The book is going well -- I've completed five stories, which... Read more
Wrong url -- sorry!
Somehow I put .jpg at the end of the file instead of .doc. Sorry about that. Here's the correct address for the sneak peek!
- Mary... Read more
Call for Illustrators (please forward)
Just in case you folks know any artist types:
Call for Illustrators
I'm looking for an artist to work with me on a set of illustrations for my next book,... Read more
Sneak peek: first four stories of Demimonde for you!
Now, please keep in mind that I may revise these radically! If you'd rather have the finished book all complete and tidy, then I recommend you wait; I'll write as... Read more
Why You Pledged
I asked people why they'd supported my Kickstarter project (either by pledging funds or spreading the word). About 40 people responded (out of 168 backers) -- I've organized their reasons... Read more
Pre-orders and pricing
Okay, I've had a little time to recover from the shock of actually making my goal -- again, thank you all! :-) That last day was dizzying!
A few people... Read more
Why did you pledge? (you can totally skip this, but I'm curious :-)
If you happen to have a moment for this post-mortem, it might be helpful to other writers. If not, no worries! - M
Why did you pledge and/or promote?... Read more
Funded! Demimonde's Kickstarter goal has been reached! $8006 pledged, 161 backers, 2 hrs to go. Thanks, everyone!!! Now I send a bunch of thank you notes, and then get back... Read more
Getting by with a little help... ($4,649, 110 backers)
I finally sent a note to some of my personal friends, telling them about my Kickstarter project -- I felt weird doing it, but everyone said I should. And it resulted in... Read more
85 backers. Almost $3500 pledged. Less than 24 hours to go.
This isn't really an update; it's just me freaking out a little. Last hours. Will we make it??
- Mary Anne
Two days 'til deadline -- thanks for your support, and please spread the word if you can!
If you like me and/or my writing, please take a few minutes to read this today; I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
I only have two days left (Monday and Tuesday)... Read more
Interviews and articles so far, plus a very very short story
It's fun, some of the things I've done in the last few weeks to promote the Kickstarter project. For example, I wrote a very very short thing for Joanne Merriam's... Read more
Win a book! Spread the word! & 'popular this week'
Mostly a quick reminder that it's your last chance to possibly win a free copy of one of my books, as part of the promotion for Demimonde! Details below -- the... Read more
Passed $2000 -- and a joint interview with Tobias Buckell about Kickstarter!
Hey, friends! Thanks, everyone, for your support -- I'm excited to note that we just passed $2000! A quarter of the way to the goal -- I'm not sure if... Read more
K.A. Burton interviews me about Demimonde!
Author K.A. Burton kindly interviewed me about my Kickstarter project! :-) Here's a sample of the interview...
KA: The way you have described your newest project, makes me think of... Read more
More people talking about the book! (up to $1100!)
(Whoops -- accidentally didn't publish update #6, so I've done that now, and you're getting two quick ones in a row. Sorry about that!)
Wendy Shaffer used my Demimonde project as a... Read more
We passed $1000 today, hooray! Can you help spread the word? (A prize awaits!)
Hey, folks -- thanks so much for your support! We passed $1000 today, which is just terrific news. It's great to know that people like this project so much; it... Read more
Want me to blog for you?
I'm starting to wonder if the Demimonde Kickstarter project is good for me. Both yesterday morning and this morning, I've woken up feeling stressed and anxious about whether enough people are going to... Read more
Why writers should write about sex (and woohoo, we're up to $750!)
Yesterday I talked about why I've come back to writing erotica, after a decade away from it, and I promised that today I'd talk about why science fiction. But I realized... Read more
Why erotica? (and we're up to $665!)
I was thinking about why erotica. It's a different answer now than it was when I first started writing, twenty years ago. Then, I was twenty years old; I had... Read more
Passed $500, hooray! :-) Now, where to publicize next?
So I'm thinking about how to better publicize my Kickstarter project, Demimonde. It's a bit of a puzzle -- publicity has never been my strong suit. Any advice is very welcome. The... Read more
A new reward added
Thanks so much to my early backers -- it's terrific to see that people are actually interested in this project!!! I wasn't sure!!!
I hope none of you mind that... Read more