Korean translation rights, IndyReads Author Talk, Unquiet Spirits, Escape Pod Reprint, From the Waste Land Signed Copies
It’s 2023! I had a pleasant hiatus from social media over the festive season, during which I reinhabitated my body—going for walks, playing sport, sitting in a pool and watching kids play, reading books, eating delicious food. I’ve been pondering the nature of love, parenthood, personhood, bodies, time, our mortal limitations, immortality, puzzles, things we can know and things we can’t. I wonder if some of it will make its way into my writing.
You may have already noticed that I’m much less active on Twitter nowadays. You can find me lurking more frequently over on Instagram, sharing stuff I’m reading and doing. I’m on Mastodon but I’m not very active there yet. As always, the best place to hear about important updates is this newsletter—I hope to keep it more active this year.
Lots of news to share this month!
Every Version of You sells Korean Translation Rights
The digital ink has dried, so I can officially share that we’ve sold Korean translation rights for Every Version of You to South Korean publisher, Korean Studies Information Co (KSI).
I was so surprised and honoured when KSI reached out with an offer to translate my book, especially for a readership as vibrant and modern as South Korea. I’m so excited to see Every Version of You transformed into a new language!
You can read the announcement here and the Books + Publishing Rights Round-Up here.
IndyReads Author Talk
As some of you may know, Every Version of You was recently chosen as the IndyReads Summer Book Club Read.
As a finale to the Book Club, I’ll be chatting online with State Library of NSW Openbook magazine editor and author Phillipa McGuinness. I’ll also be answering questions from the audience!
You can register for the webinar here. Would love to see you there!
Unquiet Spirits is out in February - pre-order now
Honestly, I’m still pinching myself that I’m part of this project. Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror features twenty-one essays interweaving spirits and myth with reflections on otherness, duty, identity, and power. It includes my little diaspora essay about Christian mythology and evangelical churches in the late 20th Century Chinese Australian community.
Lovely reviews are already flowing in. You can pre-order here.
From the Waste Land: Signed Copies coming together
Over the festive season, my fellow authors and I have been signing over a hundred bookplates for From the Waste Land. This anthology of speculative fiction inspired by T.S. Eliot’s poem, The Waste Land, will be available in paperback, e-book, and a limited edition signed hardcover.
Within, you’ll find ‘Death By Water’, my scifi horror love story about a bionic archaeologist investigating a failed mission on the remote planet Orpheus.
Currently, shipping fees to Australia from the UK-based publisher are quite high; we’re looking at ways to make it more feasible to get a copy downunder.
Escape Pod will be reprinting (and re-podcasting!) of one of my favourite short stories!
Delighted to share that 'He Leaps for the Stars, He Leaps for the Stars', originally published in Clarkesworld, is slated to appear on Escape Pod (a dream publication!) in February!
This story features a 22nd century K-pop star on Enceladus, yearning, duplication, duplicity, predestination, and an epic dance concert. It's one of my personal faves, and I've heard from a number of readers that they love it too.
I can't wait to hear it narrated in a new voice.
That’s all for January. I hope to see a few of you at the IndyReads Summer Book Club in-conversation…feel free to come with questions about Every Version of You!
Otherwise, I’ll be back next month with more news. In the meantime, I hope that your pasta is al dente, your noodles slurpy, your chocolate dark and soulless, your vinegar well aged, your dumplings maliciously juicy and scalding, and your tapioca pearls perfect in their QQ-ness.
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That sign off made me smile more and more with each line 🤣. Congratulations on the short stories and Korean rights!