I am a novelist, short story writer, speaker, and essayist from Syracuse, NY. I am the author of Refuse- a 2011 LGBT Rainbow Awards finalist, a contributor to The Collection: Short Fiction From The Transgender Vanguard- currently up for a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. For more on who I am and why my writing is important, please click here.
I published my second book, I Know Very Well How I Got My Name, on May 1st 2013. I am touring this summer to give readings- so far I have visited San Francisco and NYC. I want to go to Philadelphia next to attend the Trans Health Conference- I’ve never been!
I hope to have a table at the Philly Trans Health Conference (June 13-15) where I will sell & sign books as well as answer questions and hopefully have some great talks with lovely people (yourself included)! I am also giving a free reading with other trans writers on the evening of June 13th.
The conference itself is free, but paying for a room for 3 days, travel, buying the books to sell, renting a table, and compensating an assistant for the 3 days really adds up.
I really want to meet readers who are attending! This would also be a HUGE opportunity for me, seeing as thousands of trans and queer people attend each year. I could potentially acquire hundreds of new readers for my books. Because I am a self-published author, reaching out to readers in situations like this means everything! I need to get the word out there about my new book.
It’s also worth noting that books and readings are currently my only source of income, as I was fired from my job earlier this year for very sketchy reasons :(
My new book would not have been possible without readers’ support in 2012 (see kickstarter) and now I need some help again to make sure it is a success. THERE ARE PRIZES!
What I’m asking for:
I need at least $800.
-Lodging 3 nights, $300
-50-100 Books to sell, $150-300
-Food, public transportation, other expenses- ??*
-paying an assistant to help me man the booth- ??*
*depends on how much I raise. I will be frugal.
Any left over money will go towards future events/readings.