Conversant with the queer coming-of-age narrative, the disaffected-youth novel and the transgender memoir—as well as the feminist and gender theory that each of these literary genres has inspired—DeLine pushes back against the familiar, and safe, conventions of these sources to produce a captivating story populated by fully rendered, completely believable characters...-Out in Print Queer Book Reviews
Funny, cynical, tough, vulnerable, honest, deluded, sagacious, self-loving and self-loathing, Refuse [by Elliott DeLine] is irresistible. -Mark Simpson, author of Saint Morrissey
With my debut novel, Refuse, I redefined the transgender narrative as well as what it means to be a published author.
The internet has brought us such horrors as Justin Beiber, Perez Hilton, and Farmville . But it also has enabled me-- a shy 24 year old transgender man-- to have a voice.
I believe in the internet's potential to empower artists.
Nothing meant more to me growing up than musicians that embraced the independent, DIY ethic. I strive to bring that idealism and authenticity to literature. I have had the privilege to communicate with readers, many of whom reinstated my lost faith in my generation, my community, and my own capabilities.
Meanwhile, transgender literature is a growing force.
Gender outcasts are discovering the pen is mightier than...well, you know. Just as words about god, sex, and nature have been used against us, we too can use words as our ammunition. The struggle is not a metaphorical one--our survival depends on ripping the pens from the hands of psychoanalysts, physicians, lawyers, politicians, and academics who have defined our subjugated role in society. We have to rewrite us.
My new books is an ambitious undertaking.
I want it to be fresh, witty, intelligent, accessible, and honest. It will be dark, as I feel much of the transgender experience is sadly still. Refuse was largely about suicide. This book will be very focused on abuse, and the prevailing myths about the fixed roles of the anatomy and identities involved. There will be much about the hot topic of school bullies-- expect some irony where that is concerned. The book will focus on the consequences of being transgender and causing a (perceived?) threat to the public school system and nuclear family structure.
*I'm realizing the difficulty of writing from a child's perspective, this book will only partially take place in the protagonist's childhood/early teens. Sorry to be so vague. I'm sure it will change 100 times before I'm through...it's the creative process.
Now, money and practical matters.
$1000 is a pretty bare minimum really. Your funds will go towards writing, paying my editor, distributing books, and promotion. I am exploring the possibility breaking ties with corporate self-publishing websites and seeking new, more honorable publishing options. If funds were to exceed $1,500 that would be foreseeable, but I can say with certainty your money will only go towards necessities for this project.
I estimate it will take me about a year, due to the fact that I will be working at a library and as a freelancer, as well as finishing my bachelor's degree.
The plan may change a little, but I will keep followers updated on my site (elliottdeline.tumblr.com) and will be honest and transparent.
Step 1: Writing the dang thing: $100-300
This may require a small "stipend" for living expenses, due to the time commitment.
Step 2: Editing: $100
I will need to edit. I would like to pay my editor, Red, $100. I will need to format the book.
Step 3: Publishing
Free if I use Createspace, Lulu, Smashwords, etc.
Step 4: Promotion: $300-400
Facebook ads, highlighting stories other ads.
Step 5: Distribution: $200-300
Mailing press kits and copies to bookstores, reviewers, possibly agents. Possibility of attending events like Gender Odyssey, book fairs, or even touring if there is money to allow it.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
It's not an easy time to be a writer, particularly a young one with college debt and a minimum wage job. Your support, financial and moral, means everything to me.
- (30 days)