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How’s it going? We’re in end-of-the-school year mode over here as well as in prep mode for my sister’s wedding at the beginning of June! I’ve been busy writing for my local newspaper as well as the progressive local news site I’ve been working on.

Some exciting news! I was interviewed by Caitlin Tan for Inside Appalachia, an NPR podcast which airs on West Virginia Public Radio! This was such a dream come true for me, as I grew up listening to WVPR! You can hear the segment here!

Annnnd I got selected to be a mentee for the inaugural #kisspitch, a program that matches new romance authors with established ones! I’m so thrilled to be working with Jen Deluca, author of the Well Met series, to improve my ska romance, Pick It Up! Jen saw promise in my mansucript and we’ll work together on revisions! This is such a huge honor and many alum of similar programs go on to great things! Thank you, Jen, for taking me and my work on!

Reading-wise, I’m finishing up Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder and am getting into the middle of Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay. I also picked up the graphic novel, Daytripper,by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, which is really great so far. What have you been reading lately?

Thanks as always for your support!

Hi friend!
How’s it going? I hope you’re doing well.My kiddos are in school for the last day before spring break, so it seemed like a good time to reach out. 

Things are getting busier here, which feels weird after two years of taking it relatively easy. We are headed up to Lake Arrowhead for a few days over break, I’ll be in Palm Springs for a weekend in April for my sister’s bachelorette party, we’re going to Legoland in May, my sister’s wedding is in June, and we’re going to West Virginia for a couple weeks in July. I’m tired just writing all of that, haha.

The West Virginia trip is exciting! I’ll be reading and signing books at A New Chapter Books in Lewisburg on my birthday, July 30! I really hope some of you all can come say hi!

Speaking of books, I finished the rom-com and am querying it—a process that is both exciting and frustrating. There are big changes happening in publishing right now, with lots of editors stepping down because of poor treatment. Agents are frustrated because it means they don’t have a lot of people to submit to, and thus authors are frustrated because they’re getting more rejections. Long story, short…big publishing houses are making plenty of money. It needs to go to all the people who make books happen.

I’m still writing for the local paper here, but I’ve also started a new site, Redlands.town.news, where I can share some more unapologetically progressive hyper-local news. I hope you’ll subscribe if you’re local.

What have you been reading lately? My favorite recent reads are People You Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry, The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke, the upcoming The Chasm by Jacqui Castle, and the Fifth Season by NK Jemison.Let me know how you are, what you’re up to, and what you’ve been reading! Oh! And if you’ve been meaning to leave a review of On Home on Amazon and Goodreads, this is your reminder. ;)

Thank you!!
Becca


Hi friend!
I can’t believe it’s been five months since On Home came out…and almost four since I’ve emailed you. Oops.I continue to get touching feedback from people who are reading the book, and believe me—it means more than you know! I have loved hearing from each and every one of you. But also know, I am totally not judging if you haven’t started it yet. It is a wild world we’re living in.If you HAVE read the novel, and have a few moments, it would mean so much if you’d leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. It really helps the book and me seem legit and helps it get seen by more people. The review doesn’t even have to be good, though I hope it is, haha. I’ll even send you a sweet enamel pin for your efforts!Speaking of Amazon…screw Amazon. But also, On Home is available as an Audible original audiobook there, which feels pretty amazing. I know this makes it accessible to a lot more people, and I LOVE audiobooks, so hearing my words read by the awesome narrator Erin Spencer is an honor. But also…screw Amazon. If you have yet to purchase the book, or want to get a gift copy, please do so at Bookshop.orgor your local indie bookstore, but if you want the audiobook, yeah…check it out.I’ve been working on all kinds of stuff lately! I got a gig as a stringer for my local paper, and have gotten to cover some cool stuff! I wrote this article on Medium about pregnancy tests and rapid covid tests. I turned in the manuscript for my WVU Press book on the West Virginia punk scene. And I put up the cut prologue for On Home on Kindle Vella. I’ve also been writing a second draft of a romcom that I’m hoping to be ready to query soon!Aside from writing, I’ve been reading a lot, as usual, watching Pen15, listening to Mal Blum, and trying to avoid Omicron. I hope you’re all doing well. Let me know. Becca

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 12 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 mike mittelwerk tunnel b w M.Z. Urlocker · Author · added 12 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

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