April Newsletter

Call for Submissions

Indivisible We Stand – Women’s Voices Raised in Protest is an anthology of tales from the front lines of the ongoing battle for equal rights for all women around the world. Raise your voice and send us your story to inspire other women today and in the future to take up the fight. And most importantly, to keep the truth alive.


New Releases

April

DogChurch_lg

Dog Church by Gail Gilmore

(GusGus Press) Does saving a life always mean preserving it, or does it sometimes mean letting go? When Gail Gilmore’s beloved dog Chispa is diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, her first instinct is to fight for Chispa’s life; to do everything possible to bring the symptoms of this neurologically debilitating condition under control.

wherethetimegoes_lg

Where the Time Goes by Gale Walden

(GusGus Press) In Where The Time Goes Walden considers the yada, yada of romance, her mother’s beginning Alzheimers, the ghost of a dog digging up her bone. Things are ordinary until they aren’t–antique post office boxes are time travel machines, Jack-in-the-Box fast food machines talk back to people, and the end-of-the-world weather blows simulacrum through prairies and deserts. This poet takes you on a road trip under skies flirting with transgression.

GoodPeople_lg

Good People by E.J. Runyon

(GusGus Press) Bernie is a battered wife, escaping her husband Carlos for the summer. Meg is a writer and pre-op transsexual, dealing with father issues, and sharing her place with Baby, another woman on the edge. Relations come in all kinds of configurations–what we accept from some, what we must refuse from others, and how we recognize those who earn the right to be called family.

May

dungeness_lg

Dungeness by Karen Polinsky

Protagonist and narrator Millie Langlie (daughter of a S’Klallam maiden and a Norwegian mariner) is an adventurous girl with a curious mind. Journeying from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Townsend and back again, Millie discovers how knowledge of the past can teach us to love, forgive, and forge a new path.

Ghosters_lg

Ghosters by Diana Corbitt

When twelve-year-old Theresa Martinez’s mom dies, money problems force her family to move into her dead grandmother’s creepy old mansion. Immediately, strange things start to happen. The powdered sugar she’s been searching the kitchen for suddenly falls out of a cupboard. Closed curtains are mysteriously open—all fun stuff for Theresa’s new ghost-obsessed friend Kerry. They soon discover that ghosts are just tip of the stunning mysteries the old house holds.

LadyProfessor-temp_lg

The Lady Professor by Robert L. Switzer

Emma Hanson, a poor farm girl born in 1900, has exceptional scholastic ability and a deep fascination with the natural world. Despite fighting her way through poverty, her family’s indifference, and prejudices against women attaining an education, she attends college. Under the tutorage of the college’s only female professor, Emma conducts her first research with dung beetles and micro-organisms and knows she’s found her calling.

AlwaysAnOrphan_lg

Always an Orphan by Shelby Adams Lloyd

“I was an orphan then, I am an orphan now, and I will always be an orphan.” Always an Orphan is a loving memoir of a unique childhood where family, to this day, are the orphans Shelby grew up with, and home is the orphanage she looks back upon with pride and love.


Bedazzled Ink in the News

andreasimon2 esfirisalive_lg

Andrea Simon’s Esfir Is Alive is a finalist for Foreword INDIES Book Award in the Young Adult Fiction category. The winners will be announced on June 24th.


Et cetera

Tina Sears enjoyed interacting with readers at a signing of The River’s Edge at the Barnes & Noble in Springfield, Virginia.

Tina-marchsigning

Tina also had a great time doing a book signing at the Red Dragon Brewery in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where you could purchase a beer and a book and get a free hot dog in an event called A Book, A Beer & A Bite!

RedDragon1 RedDragon2

Andrea Simon got to join a book club in Montclair, New Jersey for their discussion of Esfir Is Alive.

book club montclair

Katherine Hetzel was happy to see a display of StarMark in Waterstones in anticipation of her signing next week.

katherine-waterstones1


April Events

PaganHeaven_sm

Ruth Rouff will be reading from Pagan Heaven (GusGus Press) her collection of poetry and short stories at the Barnes & Noble in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on April 8th as a part of the Local Author Meet & Greet from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

wherethetimegoes_sm

Gale Renee Walden will be doing a reading from her latest book of poetry, Where the Time Goes (GusGus Press) at The Book Cellar in Chicago on April 8th at 6:00 p.m.

dispatcheslesbianamerica_sm

Join Bedazzled Ink at Books Inc. in Alameda, California on April 9th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a special event featuring several contributors to the collection Dispatches from Lesbian America. Readers will include: Joan Annsfire, Terry Baum, Xequina Maria Berber, Giovanna Capone, Elana Dykewomon, Pippa Fleming, Lois Rita Helmbold, Bev Jo, Lenn Keller, Arielle Nye McKee, Francesca Roccaforte, Lilith Rogers, Barbara Ruth,and Cheela “Rome” Smith.

Spectrum_sm

Metal Yaniv will be reading from and discussing Spectrum for an Untouchable (GusGus Press) as a part of a reading series at Days LA, 1709 N Kenmore Ave, Los Angeles, California on April 9th and on April 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

StarMark_sm

Katherine Hetzel will be signing copies of StarMark (Dragonfeather Books) at Waterstones in Loughborough Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England on April 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Persistent Girls

As we near the end of International Women’s Month we’re sending out a reminder that a woman first has to be a persistent girl to become a strong, independent woman.

Bedazzled Ink’s persistent girls are passionate about sports, science, and investigating the unknown. They face down adversity and forge their own destiny. They are resourceful and self-reliant. They are persistent and face down every challenge that blocks their way.

For 9 to 12 year olds:

Ghosters_lg TheMermaidGirl_lg Kingstone_lg
StarMark_lg dragondrool_lg LiveLoveLacrosse_lg
sideout_lg basesloaded_lg topofthekey_lg

For 12 and up:

afteratime_lg esfirisalive_lg inkeishasshadow_lg
TheRiversEdge_lg SparrowintheWind_lg TheUrnCarrier_lg

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

March Newsletter

Call for Submissions

Indivisible We Stand – Women’s Voices Raised in Protest is an anthology of tales from the front lines of the ongoing battle for equal rights for all women around the world. Raise your voice and send us your story to inspire other women today and in the future to take up the fight. And most importantly, to keep the truth alive.


New Releases

February

Dispatches_lg

Dispatches from Lesbian America

(Bink Books) A collection of more than forty works of short fiction and memoir from contemporary writers, some newly emerging and some well-known. Unique in recent lesbian anthologies, these thoughtful stories address themes meaningful to us in the modern world.

March

thethirdlaw_lg

The Third Law by Jordan Falconer

(Mindancer Press) Newton’s Third Law – “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Another exciting tale from Jordan Falconer.

April

DogChurch_lg

Dog Church by Gail Gilmore

(GusGus Press) Does saving a life always mean preserving it, or does it sometimes mean letting go? When Gail Gilmore’s beloved dog Chispa is diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, her first instinct is to fight for Chispa’s life; to do everything possible to bring the symptoms of this neurologically debilitating condition under control.

wherethetimegoes_lg

Where the Time Goes by Gale Walden

(GusGus Press) In Where The Time Goes Walden considers the yada, yada of romance, her mother’s beginning Alzheimers, the ghost of a dog digging up her bone. Things are ordinary until they aren’t–antique post office boxes are time travel machines, Jack-in-the-Box fast food machines talk back to people, and the end-of-the-world weather blows simulacrum through prairies and deserts. This poet takes you on a road trip under skies flirting with transgression.

GoodPeople_lg

Good People by E.J. Runyon

(GusGus Press) Bernie is a battered wife, escaping her husband Carlos for the summer. Meg is a writer and pre-op transsexual, dealing with father issues, and sharing her place with Baby, another woman on the edge. Relations come in all kinds of configurations–what we accept from some, what we must refuse from others, and how we recognize those who earn the right to be called family.


Bedazzled Ink in the News

kcbs

Bedazzled Ink had been selected as one of the 10 Finalists for the KCBS Small Business Contest open to San Francisco Bay Area businesses and we got to spend an interesting and entertaining evening at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco. Each finalist had to do a 90-second elevator pitch and then answer questions from the 3 judges for $10,000. No ten businesses could have been more different from each other and the judges had a difficult job deciding. In the end, another much deserving business won, but the whole experience was well worth it. We did not leave completely empty handed. All the finalists received a really nice all-in-one business quality Canon printer.

DCIM100SPORT

Sparrow in the Wind by S. Rose received the Florida Book Award’s Silver Medal in General Fiction.

andreasimon2

Andrea Simon’s Esfir Is Alive has reviews in the February 2017 issue of Historical Novel Review, Esra Magazine, and The Tribune Star (Terre Haute, Indiana).

Tina Bio Photo

Tina Sears, author of The River’s Edge was the Local Author Spotlight in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star.

Giovanna, Berkeley 2012 (1)

The anthology Dispatches From Lesbian America got a shout out in Book Riot’s “7 Small Press Books to Read in February.”

meitalyaniv-sm

Meital Yaniv, author of Spectrum for an Untouchable, was interviewed by Haili Jones Graff at Bitch Media in the article “Full Spectrum: Artist Meital Yaniv on Carving a Path Out of Trauma.”


Et cetera

Ruth Rouff did a signing and reading from Pagan Heaven (GusGus Press) at Coffee Works Too in Voorhees Township, New Jersey.

RuthRouffreading

Phyllis Carito read from Worn Masks (GusGus Press) at Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, New York.

Caritosigning

Andrea Simon had a great time reading from and talking about Esfir is Alive at the Scholastic Book Fair at the Leonia Middle School in Leonia, New Jersey. “I was so heartened that such young children are relating to Esfir’s story and asking questions about writing, the Holocaust, if it could happen in today’s world, about Esfir as a character, etc.,” Andrea said of the experience.

Andrea-Leonia1Andrea-Leonia2Andrea-Leonia3

The Frank Bette Center in Alameda, California was bursting at the seams for the book launch of the anthology Dispatches From Lesbian America. Twelve authors and two friends of authors read their stories to a very appreciative audience.

FBC-1FBC-2FBC-3

cat mac author of under the influence (GusGus Press) did a reading and signing at the Barnes & Noble, Dana Park and Changing Hands Bookstore in Mesa, Arizona. The event at Changing Hands included a performance by “cat and the mac” (cat mac and Kat O’Malley) sing and Playing accordion, guitar, and cajon.

2-10-17 Cat Mac photo


March Events

Andrea Simon will be reading from Esfir Is Alive and giving a presentation at Scholastic Book Fair at the Leonia Middle School in Leonia, New Jersey on March 1st.

Join Tina Sears for a book signing! Buy a Book and a Beer and get a free chili dog, Sunday March 12th from 12-2 pm at the Red Dragon Brewery, 1419 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA. If you already have The River’s Edge, come for her award-winning Cincinnati Chili and pair it with great craft beer.

Nina Packebush, author of Girls Like Me (November 2017), will be reading from the anthology Rad Families: A Celebration (PM Press, 2016) at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle on Match 11th. Socializing begins in the Readings Room at 6:30 and the reading starts at 7:00.

Tina Sears will be signing copies of The River’s Edge at the Barnes & Noble in Springfield, Virginia (Loisdale Center, 6646 Loisdale Road) on March 25th from noon to 2:00.

Indivisible We Stand

blogbanner

The January 30th issue of Publisher’s Weekly has an editorial entitled “Standing Up to President Trump.” PW’s editor, Jim Milliot wrote: “At a time when Trump and his highest aides seem all too willing to embrace ‘alternative facts’ and to undermine Americans’ confidence in our most fundamental institutions, book publishing’s mission—to provide Americans with credible, vital information, and to tell the stories that reflect the diversity that is the strength of our nation—is invaluable.”

We feel our mission, our dedication to literary fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books that celebrate the unique and under-represented voices of women, is more important than ever. As a publisher devoted to works by women, it is our duty to do what we can to ensure the voices of women are not only heard, but preserved for future generations. When we were watching millions of women marching in protest throughout the world, we saw millions of stories of sacrifice, courage, and conviction.

We saw the power that comes from women standing up for their rights. We were reminded of the fights waged in previous generations as Angela Davis and Gloria Steinem spoke, and we saw a new generation of women determined to fight for the rights they have and to keep fighting for equal rights. We knew we had to capture the stories of these women to inspire other women today and in the future to take up the fight. And most importantly, to keep the truth alive.

We are collecting stories for an anthology from women who have a personal tale of protest, of an act of resistance, or of something proactive to help the fight for woman rights. Or who have a great story about a known or unknown women’s rights hero. Or who are just plain angry right now and want their voice to be heard.

Indivisible We Stand – Women’s Voices Raised in Protest is an anthology of tales from the front lines of the ongoing battle for equal rights for all women around the world. Raise your voice and send us your story–you know, the one you often think about and tell; the story that turned you into a warrior for women’s rights.

And keep on marching!

womensmarch_012117gn6_lead_0
 

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Our Uphill Battle

Dear Book Lover and Bink friends,

Bedazzled Ink is a medium-sized publishing company with a mission. Founded in 2004, we are dedicated to literary fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books that celebrate the unique and under-represented voices of women and books about women. We’re interested in fiction with female protagonists and nonfiction from a female perspective that appeals to all readers. In other words, we publish books that are equal in acceptance to books by male writers.

And we’re facing a tough uphill battle.

Some facts . . .

  • Women buy two thirds of books sold but reviews are centered on male authors and critics.
  • In the average publishing house, women account for about 30% of the writers.
  • An agent asked a woman author if she could turn her 50/50 male/female cast to 75% male.
  • While women read books regardless of the author’s gender, men tend to read books only by male authors.
  • Three-fourths of the reviews by major review publications are for books by men.
  • Amazon lumps all women authors in “women’s fiction” regardless of what kind of book it is.
  • Amazon’s marketing keeps female writers from finding their core audience “not to mention from entering the larger more influential playing field.” (New York Times)
  • A woman writer gets points if they include the “male” world in their work and lose points if they don’t. (New York Times)
  • No Pulitzer Prize winner from 2000-2014 was written wholly from the point of view of a female.
  • Only two National Book Award winners from 2000-2014 were written wholly from the point of view of a female.
  • Women authors use initials or male pseudonyms to gain credibility in the publishing industry.
  • Many female authors say the way their books are packaged encourages readers and reviewers to take them less seriously.

Woman authors who write outside acceptable “women’s” genres are forced into inappropriate boxes by their agents and publishers and are incorrectly marketed by booksellers. Women authors have a greater chance of being overlooked by reviewers.

We don’t think that the male writing style and voice is superior to the female style and voice or that women should emulate it. Each are equal in quality and validity of content. The only way we can fight this inequality of acceptance is to be in the industry’s face as much as possible. Or as Meg Wolizter wrote more eloquently in the New York Times:

“But some of the most acclaimed female novelists have written unapologetically and authoritatively about women. And the environment needs to be receptive to that authority, recognizing and celebrating it in order for it to catch. It seems no coincidence that some of the most esteemed women writing today—Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing, Marilynne Robinson—came to prominence at an unusual moment in time when the women’s movement could be felt everywhere.”

It’s time to step up and reassert that women’s voices are equal and have a right to be heard, now more than ever. Bedazzled Ink is in the unique position to give women their voice through the written word. Authors from all over the world are recognizing what our mission is about and are sending us amazing work that transcends the idea of “women’s fiction” and tells of the world through the female perspective in strong individual voices.

We are accepting these books, but we need to ensure that we’ll have the means to give them the full attention required to fight through the publishing industry’s biases to reach their largest possible audience. We’re starting this fight with the books we are publishing in 2017. Unfortunately, our mission to validate the voices and the stories of women takes funding beyond the modest means of an independent publisher.

We hate to think inside the box and tend to kick boxes and anything resembling boxes out of our way, so we created the Angels for Books Campaign. This campaign reaches out to those who would love to have the opportunity to support the voices of women authors and to help publishers create a literary battering ram against the walls of bias that currently exist in the publishing industry.

We hope you’ll spend some time and look at our Angels for Books Campaign and add your support to our mission to make women’s literary voices heard and respected.

We also have an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign if you just want to support us with a smaller donation.

Claudia Wilde
Publisher

January Newsletter

We are continuing our mission to celebrate the unique and under-represented voices of women with an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. We need to meet our goal of $2000 to keep the campaign going after the January 28th deadline. Let’s make 2017 a great year for literature by and about women!

New Releases

January

dispatcheslesbianamerica_lg

Dispatches from Lesbian America

(Bink Books) A collection of more than forty works of short fiction and memoir from contemporary writers, some newly emerging and some well-known. Unique in recent lesbian anthologies, these thoughtful stories address themes meaningful to us in the modern world.

thethirdlaw_lg

The Third Law by Jordan Falconer

(Mindancer Press) Newton’s Third Law – “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Another exciting tale from Jordan Falconer.


Bedazzled Ink in the News

andreasimon2

Andrea Simon’s Esfir Is Alive has a review in the December issue of Hadassah Magazine and on Teenreads.com.

DCIM100SPORT

S. Rose’s Sparrow in the Wind has a review on Koobugs.

tinasears

Tina’s Sears’ The River’s Edge has a new review on YABooksCentral.com.


Et cetera

Katherine Hetzel, author of StarMark and the upcoming Kingstone, visited her old school, Limehurst Academy (Loughborough, UK) and talked about her experience as a writer and conducted a creative writing workshop.

hetzel-limehurst3hetzel-limehurst2hetzel-limehurst1


Tina Sears is enjoying her bookstore appearances.

tinabookstore 2


January Events

TheRiversEdge_sm

Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg, Virginia will be hosting a book reading and signing of Tina’s Sears’ The River’s Edge from 1:00-3:00 on January 7th. On January 14th, Tina will be reading and signing the Salem Church Branch Library in Fredericksburg at 1:00 to 3:00 pm. To complete her January library crawl, Tina will be at Porter Branch Library in Stafford, Virginia on January 28th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

WornMasks_sm

Phyllis Carito will be interviewed and reading from Worn Masks (GusGus Press) at the Chatham Bookstore, Chatham NY at 5:00 pm on January 14th.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save