Alis Franklin

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Alis Franklin is a thirtysomething Australian author of queer urban fantasy. She likes cooking, video games, Norse mythology, and feathered dinosaurs. She’s never seen a live drop bear, but stays away from tall trees, just in case.

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Alis Franklin Yes! STURM UND DRANG (which I suspect will get renamed prior to publication, but that's the title on the MS I submitted) is the sequel to Liesmith.

It'…more
Yes! STURM UND DRANG (which I suspect will get renamed prior to publication, but that's the title on the MS I submitted) is the sequel to Liesmith.

It's set a few months after, but otherwise picks up with Lain, Sigmund, Em, and Wayne (as well as Munin, Hel, Lain's car, and a whole bunch of new characters... including a dragon!) more-or-less where we left off.(less)
Alis Franklin The tl;dr answer is "not at this time, no."

The longer answer (with emphasis on "longer" because this is an issue I have Srs Feels about) is that, when…more
The tl;dr answer is "not at this time, no."

The longer answer (with emphasis on "longer" because this is an issue I have Srs Feels about) is that, when I was considering publishing offers for Liesmith, there were options for print which I didn't pursue, choosing instead to stick with digital-only.

The rationale is, firstly, that print urban fantasy in general can be a hard sell at the moment, particularly for debut authors, which is due to a complex quagmire of bookstore shelving issues, particularly along the "urban fantasy vs. paranormal romance" split. Liesmith isn't, I don't think, quite "romance-y" enough to fit on the PR shelf (read: potential disappointment for PR readers who think they're getting something with more kissing and less hitting) and yet it's probably too romance-y for the straight-up fantasy shelf (ditto, in reverse).

So there's that.

The second issue is the fact that, yes, the romance in the book is a queer one. This is one of those things that shouldn't be a consideration but, in reality, it sadly is, and one of the side effects is that things like in-store placement and treatment of books with GSRM characters and themes can sometimes be... not the best.

Printing a book is a risk for both publishers and authors, because of Reasons about how bookstores operate, and basically there are a bunch of commercial and discoverability trade-offs in here that meant that, in the end, I decided to go digital-only for Liesmith's debut. Because even if publishers were prepared to support the book in print (which they were), whether or not bookstores would was an unknown. Bad print sales are kind of Instant Death for a book series and, dammit, I have some sequels in me yet! Hence going digital only was a "safer" bet.

Which is a bunch of inside baseball, but I guess what it boils down to is that a paperback edition of Liesmith depends on in-physical-store market demand for not just this book, but other books like it.

In other words: go buy more books with queer protagonists! And buy them, wherever possible, from local physical stores (most of which also have websites that sell ebooks, I will note!). If they're not stocked, request them from the counter; even if they're from small-press publishers bookstores don't "usually" sell (in most cases the store will still be able to get you a copy).

There is, I think, growing demand for diversity in books in general, and GSRM books in particular. But... that message might take a little while to trickle down to the shelves of your local bookstore. Until that happens, Liesmith will stay digital.

But... we'll see.(less)
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“Where's the elevator?" Mike asked, sheathing his weapon. Tallow felt a little better telling Mike there wasn't an elevator and watching his face. But then Mike picked up the dolly, boxes and all, with one hand, took the kit bag from Sophie with the other, and started jogging up the stairs with"Third floor, right?"

"There," said Scarly, "goes a man who has names for all his muscles."

"I was just thinking that," Tallow said. "Serious gym rat."

"No, I mean he's named all his muscles. That's a man who calls one of his muscles Steve.”
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“The two guys who ran the place, always in Williamsburg hipster uniforms of short-sleeved shirts and neatly trimmed beards that looked stuck on with spirit gum, paid, as ever, no attention to anything but the food and the money. Tallow imagined that every night they counted their money and prided themselves on having not made eye contact with anything human.”
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“You’re at the age where the rush of the job has passed and the grind of the job is taken in stride, and this is the time when you’re wondering if it wouldn’t be so bad if you just stopped giving much of a shit and rolled along doing as little as possible.”
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