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Hello, readers!

How are you enjoying On Home?! I’ve been blown away by the amazing response and I appreciate every single message, selfie, and review! Please keep them coming!

I would love to have you join me for one or all of the following events:

This Thursday, September 23 at 6pm EST ONLINE: Queer Appalachian Parents, Sex Work, and the End of the World. Join rural authors Alison Stine, winner of the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award, and Becca Spence Dobias to discuss their new books, Trashlands and On HomeTrashlands is a strip club at the edge of an apocalyptic junkyard where a mother works to earn enough to rescue her son. In On Home, three generations of Appalachian mothers, including one who works as a cam girl, struggle with the weight of the past and the small town they call home. What can rural America—past, present, and near-future, teach us about queerness and the volatile world we find ourselves in today? Stine and Spence Dobias will ask each other these questions and more. Register for free here.

October 6, 6-8pm EST ONLINE: Join Beausoleil Book’s Manager, Alexis and I to talk about the writing process, On Home, and representation of the queer community in literature and pop culture. The $5 ticket supports this incredible inclusive bookstore in Lafayette, Louisiana, or there’s an option to get a ticket for free by purchasing a book from them! Register here. 

October 7, 7pm PST IN PERSON at NEW Riverside Main Library Community Room. Join me for a National Novel Writing Event Workshop. I wrote the first draft of On Home during NaNoWriMo in November 2012. In this workshop, I’ll share the journey from that draft to a published novel, provide tips and tricks for “winning” NaNoWriMo, and answer questions. Come prepared to write, as parts of the workshop will be participatory. Signed books will also be available to purchase.

Thank you so much for your continued support!!
Becca

IT’S PUB DAY!!!!!Almost nine years after I started the first draft, over three years since I crowdfunded it…

I will forever be grateful to those of you who helped me get here. Thank you a million times.Thank you!I had an amazing launch event at the wonderful bookstore, The Frugal Frigate, on Sunday. Thank you to those who were able to come out! I signed books, read a passage from On Home, and answered a couple questions about the book. Afterward, a few of us had dinner and book cake on the patio of a Thai restaurant. It was joyful and fun and perfect.

I want to celebrate with all of you, though. Please join me today at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST at a virtual event celebrating the culmination of this long journey. Click here to join, and if prompted, enter the code WVA. While supplies last, I’ll be sending sticker to anyone who joins, and there will also be a drawing for a special prize.SPEAKING OF PRIZES! You can win an On Home candle, enamel pin, and sticker by HELPING MAKE ON HOME A SUCCESS! Any time between now and September 7, order a copy, recommend it to your library, or LEAVE A REVIEWto be entered! Reviews are SOOO important, especially in a book’s first days out, to get it noticed! You can write anything—even just “Loved it." It all helps!tl/dr: PLEASE GO WRITE A REVIEW TODAY! Goodreads, Amazon! Please review!After you review, fill out this form and I’ll send you a sticker and put your name in the drawing! Find all the other links you might need here!Again, thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I am so, so grateful.Becca

15204906402622072075528 Bonnie Yelverton · Reader · added about 2 months ago
I’m so delighted to get to read your book finally! We’ve now moved from Fontana to Maine )I was also homesick for "back East!" Congratulations!
Zack badge color 2 Z.Z. Traver · Author · added 2 months ago
Congrats!  This is a huge milestone. I’m looking forward to reading it.

Surprise! If you pre-ordered through Inkshares, check your email! You should get your ebook TODAY!

Holy crap! You can start reading! Hard copies should still be shipped out August 31.

I’m so nervous and excited and so happy for you to finally be able to read this story!

Sending this early also means you have three weeks to read as much as you can and write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, or wherever! It doesn’t have to be long, or even good. It can just say "I loved it" or "It’s lame." But the more early reviews I have, the better the book will do! If you write a review, fill out this form and I’ll send you an awesome sticker for your help!

Thank you so much for all of your support!! I hope you enjoy On Home!!!!

Hi! It’s just over a month away from launch! Eeeeeeeeee!

Inkshares has asked me to remind you all to update your addresses so that your books go to the right place. To do so, log into your Inkshares account and click on the little profile bubble on the top right side of the screen. There, you should see an option for "shipping address." Contact Inkshares support if you need any help!

I’m so excited that you’ll have books in hand soon!!! Thank you!

Hi friends!


Holy crap, y’all! I can officially say my first novel is coming out next month! So surreal and amazing. I cannot thank you enough for helping me get here.

I’ve been documenting the book launch process on YouTube, and if you don’t feel like watching the whole journey, you should at least watch me opening my box of print ARCs. Advanced Reader Copies go out to indie bookstores, reviewers, etc. to help build some excitement for the book. I didn’t cry, but I did get a little sappy, haha.

I’ve got a launch party planned for August 29 at the Frugal Frigate, an amazing indie bookstore here and I’ll be doing an Inlandia NaNoWriMo workshop and reading on October 7 for Riverside Arts Walk. Also planning some events for Chop Suey Bookstore in Richmond and Burdock Book Collective in Birmingham. If you can’t get to any of these, I’ll be doing some virtual events—one with Mesha Maren, author of Sugar Run and the upcoming Perpetual West, for Charis Books on September 3 and one with Alison Stine, author of Road Out of Winter and the upcoming Trashlands, for The Bureau of General Services-Queer Division on September 23 so mark your calendars! Mesha and Alison are both amazing queer Appalachian authors and I am so thrilled to get to speak with them! I’m also thinking of doing a virtual celebration on my actual launch day, August 24, so we can all say hi and maybe raise a glass together. Let me know if you’d be up for something like this!

Aside from book launch stuff, I’ve been working on my punk book, waiting patiently for the kiddos to be able to get their vaccines, and reading a ton. We’re trying to stay cool in the heat and not think about the fact that the world is handling global warming the same way it’s been handling covid and we’re probably all doomed. Anyway! Good thoughts! Books! Readings! Summer!

Thank you for everything,
Becca

Hi friends!
I hope you’re following my weekly book launch videos over on YouTube! If you are, most of this will be familiar to you!

I reviewed the final proofread, which was pretty stressful. I’m glad it’s done, but it’s also pretty terrifying, knowing it’s finalized. The full cover spread is really amazing and I’m so excited for you to see it soon!

If you ordered 3 or more copies, but did so in separate orders, please let me know ASAP so I can make sure your name is on the Super Readers list in the back of the book. The list I have through the site only tells me the folks who ordered the 3 pack.

I’ve been busy reading, writing, playing banjo, and slowly inching out into the new world. Hope you’re all taking good care!

Becca


Userphoto1 original Manuel Carrillo III · Reader · added 6 months ago
So close!!!
Hi friend!
Wow, I am exhausted. There were over 3000 changes suggested by the copy editor, everything from hyphens to historical accuracy checks. I got through them in four days. She then looked over the questions I had and answered them. I got through those 300ish issues in a day.

So now the manuscript is with the typesetter, who will make it look pretty and provide us with a galley, a rough copy of the book, the digital copy of which will go to authors for blurb (the nice comments authors say about other authors’ work) and to reviewers for advanced reviews!

I’m still making weekly videos about this process, my fears, and lots of excited gushing. Check them out and subscribe to my YouTube channel! 

For Camp NaNoWriMo in April, I completed a first draft of a romantic comedy about Jewish kids in a ska band. Between that and the copy edits I’m burnt out on fiction and taking a break from it for awhile. I’ll focus instead on my WV punk book, which I’ve realized needs more of a narrative thread to tie it together.

I hope you are doing well and I hope you’re vaccinated or will be soon!

All good things,Becca

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