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Order the novel Small Beauty, by jia qing wilson-yang, about a mixed race trans woman working through grief in a small town.
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Small Beauty, a novel by jia qing wilson-yang

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“A quiet, gorgeous meditation on grief, race, and community — Small Beauty is my favourite novel of 2016 thus far.”

- Trans author, performer, and activist Morgan Page

Small Beauty tells the story of Mei. Coping with the death of her cousin, she abandons her life in the city to live in his now empty house in a small town. There she connects with his history as well as her own, learns about her aunt’s long-term secret relationship, and reflects on the trans women she has left behind.

Small Beauty author, jia qing wilson-yang
Small Beauty author, jia qing wilson-yang

Author jia qing wilson-yang is a mixed-race trans woman living in Toronto. She likes to write poems and stories and music. Her writing has appeared in Bound to Struggle: Where Kink and Radical Politics Meet (ed. Simon Strikeback), Letters Lived: Radical Reflections, Revolutionary Paths (ed. Sheila Sampath), and the women of colour issue of Room magazine. She has recorded several acoustic albums and this one time was a drummer in a pop punk band. 

Metonymy Press, since 2014, publishes queer books. Small Beauty, by first-time novelist wilson-yang, is our second title. The manuscript is in its final stages of editing; the cover design is done; we have a great local printer; several notable trans lit writers and reviewers are singing its praises. We are in the final steps, and we are asking for your help to get there.

Metonymy Press is a partnership. For the most part we do our own distribution, online sales, and promotion and publicity, and so far we’re staying afloat. We also do all of our editorial and most of our design in-house, but printing is our biggest expense. We love an IRL book, though, so even though we’re in the middle of making our last title into an ebook and we spend a lot of time in the digital realm, we want to launch Small Beauty in print. And we know many of you like to read a paper book, too, so we want to start this book off with a small (but big for us) print run of 500, and go from there. If we sell through, we’ll have the money at that point to cover the next run!

So we're asking for your help to pay for printing costs. We would also like to be able to supplement what we've offered so far for contract labour (book trailer and cover design).

We know we can get this done. We are on the second print run of our last book already, and we have made a lot of bookseller and media contacts as well as developed a loyal customer base.

Most importantly, this is a novel that we believe should exist in the world, and we think you'll like reading it.

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[Video by Jess Lee; book cover by LOKI Design; music by jia qing wilson-yang]

Risks and challenges

This is a low-risk project. We have already paid for production of the rewards, and we are, as mentioned, in the last stages of production with the Small Beauty manuscript.

Of course, one risk is that we will not print it as early as hoped, in which case it will arrive to you later than expected. Another risk is that we will sell through fewer copies than we want to and we will not make back our money, but that will not affect this campaign.

The worst risk would be that Small Beauty will not be printed at all, but given our proven ability to submit a well-edited manuscript for proofs and then finalize the print run, as well as the advanced stage of completion of the project, this is a negligible risk. It’s more likely that you just won’t like the story, but that would be wild, because we love it - it is charming and subtle and excellent.

Finally, as a publishing house, we work within an extremely supportive and skilled community. We are usually able to figure out reasonable solutions within our networks, especially for projects such as this which are within the proven scope of our capabilities.

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    Metonymy tote bag OR digital copy of Small Beauty.

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    A copy of Small Beauty signed by jia qing wilson-yang, delivered before the book hits the shelves AND a Metonymy tote bag OR a Gay Book Lovers poster.

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    A copy of Small Beauty signed by jia qing wilson-yang, delivered before the book hits the shelves AND a Metonymy tote bag AND a Gay Book Lovers poster AND a one-hour (in-person or Skype) tarot reading by Oliver Pickle.

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    All of the above-mentioned prizes PLUS a copy of She Is Sitting in the Night by Oliver Pickle, and a copy of the next two books we publish.

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