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Apr 09

Tagtastic!

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It’s taken a while, but every single bio for our authors, artists, editors, photographers, advocates, performers, comedians, publishers, book cover designers and…well… everyone should now be up on the website. We had a few issues with tags and categories meaning some authors and editors weren’t showing up in the right menus (or at all) or weren’t all in the same tag groups, so we’ve spent some time getting that right. Hopefully everything’s been caught, but if not, please let us know so we can investigate and fix things!

It’s a week and a half to Queermance, and the Anthology is about to be finalised. Things have been a bit tight on that front on account of us extending the submission deadline so expect it to be first cab off the ranks for 2016. There’s also been a lot of change in the festival this year with new technical systems needing to be broken in and well…okay, reasons.

Still, we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved and hope you all come along and have a great time. We’re closing off festival pass and Afternoon Tea ticket sales on Sunday the 12th, so you only have four days to get in on those–so if you want to meet our amazing authors or get some tips directly from our publishers, get your ticket now.

And in case you’re wondering what’s going to happen at our Queerbaret, check out the RMIT Occasional Choral Society performing Life is Better in the Country at last year’s event.

Afternoon Tea: Meet the Publishers

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When: 4:00 PM Sunday 19th of April
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $25/$20
Bookings: Click Here
*Please Note that due to catering we must close off bookings on the 13th of April and there will be no tickets at the door.

Publishers, as the world knows, have long lunches, lazily spend time with their feet up reading through amazing books which people send them for free and jealously guard the gates of publishing from amazing aspiring writing talent who have at least one amazing book in them.

Publishers, as anyone in the industry knows, have found that the days of long lunches are over, that it’s harder to get talent noticed in an increasingly crowded marketplace, and wading through the ever growing slush pile in the hope of finding the next gem is both a draining and exhausting prospect. And please don’t mention delicate writer egos.

Following the success of last year’s Meet the Publishers Panel, we’re bringing along more publishers and giving you all a chance to meet, mingle chat and maybe even pitch a story or two over tea, coffee and nibbles on a casual Sunday afternoon. Book your ticket now for this limited entry event or grab a festival pass and come and meet publishers and editors from Clan Destine Press, MidnightSun Publishing, eXtasy Books, Little Raven, Fireborn Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Wayward Ink Press, Stein & Wilde Publishing, Dark Matter Zine and Writing from Below Journal.

Workshop: Non-Boring Collaborative Writing with Hazel Edwards

When: 2:30 PM Sunday 19th of April
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $30 General Admission, $50 Collaborator Double Pass (2 people)
Bookings: Click Here

Although arguably better known for There’s A Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, Hazel Edwards rates f2m: the boy within as one of her most important works. Co-written with Ryan Kennedy, a man she’s known since he presented as a nine year old girl, Hazel knows a thing or two about collaborative writing, and has graciously agreed to run a very special workshop on non-boring collaborative writing.

If you are currently planning a collaborative work, Hazel suggests coming along together to get the most out of this workshop.

About the Presenter:
An avid reader (who read under the bedclothes and in the bath), as a young girl, Hazel Edwards wrote her first novel in grade six, a mystery about adventurous children stuck in a mine. This passion for writing and character development continued and after working as a secondary school teacher, at twenty-seven, Hazel published her first novel, ‘General Store’, a book based on life in a rural town.

Since then Hazel has written critically acclaimed childrens and young adult fiction, was awarded the Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowship in 2001, and in 2013 was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to literature.

A is for Asexual: Queer Identities

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When: 12:00 PM Sunday 19th April
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $20/$15
Bookings: Click Here

A is for Asexual. B is for Bi. I is for Intersex. T is for Trans. When talking about Queer fiction it’s very easy to get stuck on fiction about gay men, or fiction about lesbians. Queermance itself was the brainchild of two authors of gay fiction, and sometimes it’s worth reminding ourselves that there are other letters and colours out there in the alphabet soup or quilted bag. Join your Sunday Host Beck Mitchell, Asexual Awareness Advocate and avid reader Hespa, Amanda Marx, Anna Solding and Hazel Edwards OAM as they talk about writing as and about some of the queer identities that are even harder to find in queer fiction. Where are the opportunities, what are the common misunderstandings and how can you be a supportive ally?

Australian Voices

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When: 10:30AM Sunday 19th of April
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $20/$15
Bookings: Click Here

Australia. Kangaroos. Uluru. Koalas. Drop bears. All of the top ten most venomous snakes in the world. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Mention the name and a hundred thousand associations pop up. But let’s add an ‘n’. Australian. Let’s add a few more words. Writing. Queer. Now what are you thinking? Queer Australians? Queers in Australia? What does Queer Australian writing look like anyway? What does it read like? Should it be anything other than what it is?

Join Sunday Hostess with the Mostess Beck Mitchell, Toni Griffin, M Sereno, NM Harris and Renae Kaye as they give their take on what it means to write Australia.

 

Afternoon Tea: Meet the Authors

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When: Saturday 18th April, 5:15 PM
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $25/$20
Bookings: Click Here
*Please Note that due to catering we must close off bookings on the 13th of April and there will be no tickets at the door.

Come join us for coffee, tea and fingerfoods as you mingle with our attending authors in a casual event with no expectations. Asking for books to be signed is encouraged too. Seriously. While away the afternoon talking with Hazel Edwards about the plural of hippopotamus over cake, chat dramatically to Kevin Klehr, talk all things crime with Nigel Bartlett, or chat about fantasy kingdoms with C. S. Pacat, this is a chance to interact with your favourite authors out of your seats and then come see them do readings at our Queerbaret and Author Showcase Events.

Please see our attending authors to see who you could meet.

Across the Genres

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When: Saturday 18th of April, 4:00 PM
Where: The Mercure on Therry
Tickets: $20/$15
Bookings: Click Here

It’s been said that there’s two types of fiction–fiction you like, and fiction you don’t. The rest is just a way to organise bookshelves in stores. On the other hand, sometimes you want to know if you’re opening a book to robots, magic, spaceships, werewolves, a detective story or any of a number of genres that are being printed. Want cowboys? Okay. Kick ass lesbian crime fighters, we’ve got that covered too. The story of a young man finding he was born in the wrong body, yeah.

Come join Nigel Bartlett, Kevin Klehr, Beany Sparks and Lindy Cameron, author and publisher at Clan Destine Press as they talk all things across all the genres. Or you know, as many as we can fit in an hour and a half.

Mar 08

More Events? Sure

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So if you’ve been paying attention to our program page, you’ll have noticed we’ve been switching around panels, as well as playing with times as we try to organise the best possible line up of events for you. We’re very excited that were able to bring back both of last year’s stand out evening events–the Queermance Anthology Launch and the Queerbaret, but we’re also very pleased to be bringing you an Author Showcase of some of the biggest local and interstate authors at Queermance 2015, including a very special international guest. Who is it? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see!

We’re also bringing you a fifth panel, which we weren’t expecting, and we’re going to be celebrating some of the amazing art that we use to support our stories, whether that’s digital art, painted media, or amazing photography. We’ll be bringing you a selection of the amazing work in our community soon, and there may be the chance to walk away with a print or two.

Given our late morning start, we’ll be providing two meals rather than three — lunch and afternoon tea–and turning the afternoon teas into social events where you’ll be able to come and meet the Queermance Authors and an even bigger range of publishers than we had last year. We’ve currently confirmed Clan Destine Press, Dreamspinner Press, MidnightSun Publishing, Firebrand Publishing and EXtasy Books and we’re in discussion with a few other publishers about having a presence at Queermance this year.

And no, we’re not increasing our ticket price. So if you’d like to get a festival pass, day pass, or book yourself in to just the Meet the Authors or Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea, book in before we sell out. We’ll be releasing single session tickets to our panels and workshops shortly, so stay tuned for more info.

Sep 18

Very limited $100 Queermance 2015 tickets available

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Today, Queermance passed 100 likes on Facebook. A whole 100 likes in less than six months! It’s an amazing amount of love for a tiny (if growing) festival like ours and in celebration we’ve put up five tickets special $100 tickets up for purchase for Queermance 2015 (April 17-19). To get your hands on one of these special discounted tickets, go to Trybookings and select a Special 100 ticket. Then use the promotional code ‘onehundred’ to take $70 off the ticket price. So thank you again to everyone for your support, see you in April and stay tuned for exciting program updates coming very soon!

 

 

 

Mar 18

Jules Wilkinson – Author

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Jules Wilkinson writes everything from essays on pop culture to fanfic, stand-up comedy and perverted porn. Jules’ stand-up comedy has confused, and occasionally amused, audiences at festivals around Australia including the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Midsumma  and Mardi Gras. A fangirl to her core, Jules is the administrator of the Supernatural Wiki which documents everything about the TV series Supernatural and its fandom.

Jules will be hosting our Saturday Writing What You Aren’t panel, and performing at reading at the Sunday Queerbaret.

Mar 18

Workshop: Sex Toys with D.VICE

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2:00 PM Sunday 23rd of March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Some people store them under the bed. Some people have a special drawer. Others have a designated toybox. Others don’t know how half of the objects above are used. This workshop is for all those writers who are interested in seeing what’s out there in the world of sex toys! We will look at a wide range of sex toys available, from buttplugs, to vibrators, from strap-ons to nipple clamps.

Toy expert Louise Bourchier will explain how the various toys work, who commonly uses the different types of toys and how to maximise both fun and safety when using them (or writing about using them!). There will also be samples to look at. Possibly handle.

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Mar 10

Panel: Writing What You Aren’t

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10:30 AM Saturday 22rd of March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring authors Susan Beck (Weekend at Lennox), NM Harris (Walking Shadows, Talbott and Burns) and Isabelle Rowan (A Note in the Margin). Hosted by Jules Wilkinson (Squee! the Book).

One of the first things you’re told is to write what you know. Of course, if this is the writer’s maxim, one has to ask if one needs to be a sorcerer to write about sorcery, a vampire to write about vampires, or even a gay man to write about gay men.

It’s been an open secret that a large portion of queer fiction–especially male/male fiction–is written by women. Often heterosexual women. A lot of the readers are straight women as well, and there’s even been a book written on the subject.

So how do you write about someone when there’s literally no way to walk any distance in their shoes at all? How do you write about a community you aren’t part of and who can take offence if you don’t get the details right? We ask three of our favourite female authors just that–and for any research tips which might be useful regardless of what you’re writing.

Mar 09

Panel: The ABCs of Social Interaction – Writing Relationships

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10:30AM Sunday 23rd of March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring authors Nicole Field (Gothic), Matthew Lang (The Secret of Talmor Manor), and Lindy Cameron (Thicker than Water, Publisher at Clan Destine Press). Hosted by Lisa-Skye. 

We all have relationships. Some are good, some aren’t. Some last for years, some last hours. Describing even one of them fully would easily take more than the eighty to ninety thousand words of your average novel. So what bits do you put in? How do make it compelling? And do you really need to explain to straight people that gender roles aren’t part of a same sex relationship?

We bring you authors who have first hand experience of types of relationships they write about, and written stories that speak to the communities that are featured in their work. Sometimes they write romance. Sometimes they write crime. Sometimes is speculative fiction. But all the time, it’s the crafting of moments–a touch, a conversation, a look–that progress a relationship through the pages of a novel, often while something else entirely is going on.

Whether they’re explicitly sexual or not, or even if you’re writing a friendship rather than a romance, balancing characters and their connections is crucial to any story. Situations come and go, and more often than not the conclusion to a story is assumed to be know. The telling of the journey is what matters, and what makes each journey different are the people that undertake it–the people you create in the realms of your imagination.

Mar 02

Judging a Book by its Cover Art

2:00PM Satruday 23rd of March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Presentation by Scarlett Rugers of the Award Winning The Scarlett Rugers Book Design Agency.

Whether you’re a published author or aspiring writer, you’re going to come up against book covers eventually. You may be filling out a brief for your publisher’s cover art, or you might be trying to direct a cover artist. Do you want skin, do you not? Do you have images superimposed over a landscape? What exactly does your font say about your story?

As much as everyone says ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’, people do. That’s the entire reason we have the saying in the first place. This unmissable presentation will give you an insight into the most frequently made cover art mistakes, how to create impact in cover design, and what exactly your your font choices say about your book–and you.

Feb 27

Panel: The IKEA of Intercourse – Writing Sex and Erotica

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11:45AM Sunday 23rd of March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring authors Nicolas G. Frank (Wet Pants and Intermittent Relief from Monkey Mind), NM Harris (Walking Shadows, Talbott and Burns)  and Talia Eilon (Managing Editor at Little Raven). Hosted by Karina Quinn (Joint Managing Editor, Writing from Below, La Trobe University).

Writing sex isn’t hard–which is sometimes the problem. Writing good sex guaranteed to get you going hard (literally or metaphorically speaking) is a bit more tricky.

Whether it’s third arm syndrome, body positions requiring three years of training as a contortionist just to get into, or men who somehow manage to cum bucketloads three times a day for five days straight–or not so straight, there are a lot of things that can throw a reader of their stroke.

Whether you’re writing erotica, romantica, queermantica, or just planning on fading to black, there’s a lot to learn from erotic fiction, which demands its writers hold the attention of their audience. After all, when it comes to reading, there’s not much worse than boring sex.

Feb 27

Panel: Giving Birth – The Art of Getting Published

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11:45AM Saturday 22nd March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring Lindy Cameron, owner and publisher at Clan Destine Press), Jacob Coates, owner and publisher at Jaffa Books and Alison Todd, editor at Rooster and Pig and former editor in chief and acquisitions editor at Silver Publishing. Hosted by author Nicolas G. Frank.

Publishing it is said (although they never say by whom) is a lot like childbirth. Inspiration is easy to come by, exciting, fun and just like sex, it’s a bit transient. Work takes time to gestate and form, and while you bask in the warm glow of impending artist-hood, you also run around trying to set up the nursery. Do you have an ABN? Do you even need one? What about professional editing? 

Of course, all analogies can only go so far. To even get to childbirth you have to keep working, refining, redrafting and getting past the gatekeepers of taste known as Acquisition Editors. Of course, some people have no problems getting past the slush pile. Some people know how to write a submissions query. And some are on the other end reaching for the wine glass as they wade through yet another letter about someone’s pride and joy and willing the story they’re about to read to be worth risking money on…

We bring together three of the people on the other side of the slush pile to answer your questions on just what it takes to get published, and what publishing houses are actually looking for.

Feb 26

Sunday Event: Free Books!

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We’re less than four weeks away from rolling out Queermance and we’re very proud to provide information on one of our premium events: Blind Book Dates. Previously given the code name Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String, this event put s queer spin on something already being done by readers throughout the world. A number of fantastic queer books will be wrapped up in plain paper, and a few key words will be written on the packaging.

Conference attendees will be able to pick up one book–or more than one book if we have extras–and it’s yours to keep at no additional charge. Please read and enjoy–and you’ll probably find yourself with something you’d never have picked up normally.

All books are being donated by authors and publishers, so if you do like what you read, we do encourage you to support your local queer bookstore, and support the writers who paint word pictures for you to lose yourself in.

If you’re an author or publisher and would like to donate a book or two, please send them to:

Queermance Blind Book Dates
PO Box 121,
Bittern, VIC
Australia, 3918

Please also include a brief note about the author and a few key words you think best describe the work. We will accept ebooks for this event, but all major formats must be included (.mobi, .epub and .pdf) on a USB that should be posted to the same address.

Don’t have a ticket to Queermance yet? Book yours today!

Feb 11

Conference rooms available at the Mercure on Therry

 

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The Mercure on Therry has kindly agreed to provide a discounted room rate to Queermance 2014 conference guests.

Friday 22st March: $195 including breakfast (regular rate $211)

Saturday 23nd March: $195 including breakfast (regular rate $241)

Thursday 21th/Monday 24th: $145 including breakfast (regular rate $181)

To get access to the rates,book your Queermance conference tickets and then call or email the Mercure directly and tell them you need to make a booking for Queermance 2014. The room rates are guaranteed through to the end of February, after that it may not be available. You can call the Mercure on 03 9637 6610 or email them at sales@mecuretherrystreet.com.au

We’ve got a number of announcements coming soon with event details and new events, so check back for regular updates and get your ticket today before they all sell out!

Feb 09

Jaffa Books

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Jaffa Books is a Brisbane-based publisher and retailer of all things fiction.

Set up by author JFR Coates as an outlet for local authors, Jaffa Books is by no means limited to writers from Queensland, or indeed of any particular genre. While speculative fiction is our preference, we’ve published a wide variety of genres from romance to crime to thriller, and many in between. All that really matters to us is the quality of the writing, and the intrigue of the plot. Novels, novellas, short fiction, and poetry are all accepted, just check up on our website for the latest submission details as well as proposed short fiction anthologies.

We’re always on the lookout for the next exciting new talent, but will always welcome the more experienced authors looking for somewhere to publish their next book.

You can keep up to date with everything Jaffa Books on Twitter (@jaffabooks) and Facebook (/Jaffabooks).

Feb 05

Judging a Book by its Cover

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We’re pleased to announce that Scarlett Rugers Book Designer extraordinaire, will be presenting our special Saturday afternoon session: Judging a Book by its Cover. Scarlett has works with independent authors, self publishers, traditional publishing presses, and with book selling behemoth Amazon. She is passionate about good book cover design and has won a number of awards for her style and dedication to her clients.

Scarlett will be on hand to explain everything from cover images to fonts, how to fill out that cover image brief if you’re lucky enough to get asked, and what’s the best thing to ask for if you’re organising it all yourself.

We’d tell you more, but that would spoil the surprise, so head over to trybookings and grab your Queermance ticket today!

Judging a Book by it’s Cover Art
2PM, Saturday 22nd of March
The Mercure on Therry
43 Therry Street, Melbourne

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