I’m back after a long hiatus with some very exciting news: this October, Titan Books will be releasing a special, signed hardback edition of If We Were Villains featuring fresh new cover art and an introduction by me. You can pre-order the book here or from your favorite retailer.
I’m so excited for you to have this beauty in your hands. More soon!
Good news if you’re in the UK or Ireland: Titan Books is giving away a great bundle of books (including IWWV) for International Women’s Day. You have until 5 p.m. GMT, March 9, to retweet this post. Good luck!
Because we’ve been seeing so many wonderful holiday snaps of If We Were Villains on social media, we decided to do a seasonal giveaway! Between tomorrow and January 1st, you’ll have the opportunity to enter to win your choice of (1) a signed US hardcover, (2) a signed UK paperback, or (3) a US audiobook. All you need to enter is your email address, but you can improve your odds by following me on social media or sharing your favorite quotes and photos from Villains (no spoilers, please). Just be sure to use the tags #IWWV and #IWWVHolidayGiveaway so we can find your entries. More details are included on the RaffleCopter page, where you can officially enter, starting at 12:00 a.m., December 21st, US Central Time. (And yes! This giveaway is international.)
If you need something a little less dire to read than the ongoing tax debacle in the U. S. Senate, I did an interview with Superstition Review where I talked about If We Were Villains, writing, writing If We Were Villains, acting, authorship, and everything in between. You can find it here!
Normally I don’t use this platform for politics. But it’s a platform, and presumably you’re following me here because you (1) like to read and (2) want authors to keep writing books. If that’s the case, please scroll down! If not… as you were.
Here are a few photos from the #SaveGradEd rally at UMD today. If you haven’t been paying close attention to it–and a lot of people haven’t, what with the big distraction of Thanksgiving–the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act going to vote in the Senate this week will mean financial disaster for grad students–and pretty much anybody who isn’t already disgustingly wealthy.
To make it simple: among other economic atrocities, this tax reform repeals section 117(d) of the existing tax code, which stipulates that graduate tuition remission is not taxable income. If this bill becomes law without some significant changes, graduate students–who teach undergraduates and usually don’t make more than about $20,000 annually for that work–will have their tuition remission, which might be anywhere up to $40,000+ a semester if they’re at a private school, taxed as income. This means a possible 300-400% increase in the taxes they currently pay.
Here’s the kicker: we never see a penny of that money. It’s not income, and taxing it as such will make it impossible for many graduate students to continue their education. (And personally, I know I won’t be writing much if I’m worrying about how I’m going to make up for a sudden tripling of my taxes.) Of course, writers and grad students aren’t the only ones who lose, here. Everybody loses with this bill, except big business and billionaires.
So here’s my humble bid: if you care about the poor, the middle class, education, small businesses, self-employed artists (like authors), or just not making the rich richer at everyone else’s expense, call your reps! The Senate starts voting on this bill tomorrow, and the louder we are, the better chance we have of being heard. If you want to learn a little more about why this bill is awful click here. If you’re in the D. C. area and you want to take part in protests this week, click here. I’ll be around so if you see me, come commiserate.
As some of you may have noticed, the website looks a little different today. To be perfectly honest, I’ve been a little frustrated with my host service recently, and I’m doing my best to get something better up and running before release and increased traffic. Thank you for bearing with me as I tweak things!
Now that the dissertation is turned in, I can start doing fun things again. Today that mostly consisted of raiding bookshops and record stores, but later this month I’ll be joining some other lit freaks for Books Show Off 5 at the Waterstones on Tottenham Court Road. If you want to have some wine, hang out in a bookshop, and listen to me and a few other people talk about books and publishing in a (hopefully) entertaining way, book a ticket soon because these events sell out fast!