THE BOOK IS HAPPENING
It was one of those “wait, whose life is this?” moments. An executive editor from HARPERCOLLINS (yes, that is one of the Big Four Publishers) contacted me and offered me a book deal.
Two weeks later, I had a New York agent negotiating my contract. FOR A BOOK DEAL. (See: “whose life is this” above.) The best part is that it is a book about LGBTQ history for teens. The thing I wish existed in the world but didn’t. Now it will–June 2017. The title is Queer, There, and Everywhere.
My manuscript is due in three weeks. After battling severe morning sickness (oh yeah, by the way, I’m also growing a baby) that kept me from being able to work and spending the first two thirds of the time I had to write trying in vain to nail the teen-friendly voice the publisher was looking for, this is finally going to happen. Six months ago there was nothing. Now there’s a whole book that is getting ready to go out into the world.
I can’t really over-hype how awesome this book is going to be. It’ll tell the stories of some of my favorite queeroes. My personal favorites are the ones most people outside of the quistory world have never heard about: Kristina of Sweden, Albert Cashier, Jose Sarria, Lili Elbe, Glenn Burke. But I think a big draw of this book will be the stories of the queer sides of some famous names like Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, and Eleanor Roosevelt. And then there are those who are big names only within queer history but I hope will rise to greater mainstream prominence: Sylvia Rivera, Bayard Rustin, Alan Turing. Over twenty incredible people will be profiled and instead of technical biographies they will be engaging stories (though still factually correct). I can’t wait until I can share a sample chapter with you to show you what I’m talking about.
When I created the Quist app, the goal was to translate queer history into a language younger people would want to read. Short blurbs like mini blog posts that you could scan on a screen, nothing like a textbook. This book is an extension of the same goal: translating quistory into youth-friendly language. Not youth-friendly in the sense that I skimp on talking about these people’s sexualities, but in the sense that you’d actually read it for fun instead of for school.
We have a year to go before you can hold it in your hands, but there will be updates on how and where to order well before then. Who knows, there may even be a giveaway. This email list and my Twitter and Facebook are the places to stay posted.