PA, Projects

Acquisition: “Vicky Romeo plus Joolz” by Ely Percy

Dear Creatures,

The start of June, Pride Month 2018, brings you good tidings!

We’re very pleased to announce that in February 2019 we will be publishing Ely Percy’s debut novel “Vicky Romeo plus Joolz”.

Welcome into the fold Ely! We are excited to work on this novel with you and to share it with the world.

A little more about the story:

Enter Vicky Romeo: lover, actor, dreamer, bull-shitter and procrastinator. Vicky is a barista by day, and an after-hours Lothario who haunts Glasgow’s lesbian scene by night. She fantasises about being a performer like her heroes Sinatra and De Niro, but wastes time boozing with her friends and chasing skirt with her ever-faithful sidekick, Minty, a dry-humoured and often surly barmaid who pulls pints in Sandra Dee’s.

Enter Julie Turner AKA Joolz AKA Juliet: sexy, sassy, sarcastic, and a dancer with Jessica Rabbit looks to boot.

Sparks fly for Vicky when she picks the feisty femme’s lipstick off the bar floor, and despite warnings from Minty that Joolz is ‘not a real lesbian’, Vicky decides to pursue her love interest with unrelenting gusto.

Set in 2001, Vicky Romeo plus Joolz is a romp through Glasgow’s gay ghetto, narrated from the point of view of a young, working-class and incurably romantic butch-about-town.

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You can read a short extract of the novel in Fearless Femme’s June “Pride” issue.


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Ely Percy is a Scottish fiction writer, a memoirist and an epistolarian.

Their first work Cracked: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury (JKP, 2002) took the form of both a creative and an academic text; they graduated with distinction from Glasgow University’s Mphil in Creative Writing in 2004, and since then their work has appeared in many reputable literary journals such as The Edinburgh Review, The Scotsman Orange, New Writing Scotland and Causeway. Ely has also contributed to both volumes of F, M or Other: Quarrels with the Gender Binary.

Over the last fifteen years, Percy has facilitated countless writing workshops for various minority groups. They’ve been writer-in-residence in a prison, edited a lesbian publication and worked as a community librarian in an LGBT centre. They are currently writer-in-residence at Cradle vegan cafe.

You can follow Ely on Twitter and their blog.

Projects, Team

Kick-Starting #QueerQuarrels

A lot has happened since Knight Errant Press was established in March last year. We have been slowly growing, improving and figuring things out.

Of course, the biggest project that took up most of our time and focus was F, M or Other: Quarrels with the Gender Binary. Ever since we opened our submissions, we have been trying to be a constant presence in your timeline with various updates and our most recent, and the biggest so far, has been the launch of our Kickstarter campaign.

The Anticipation

If you’ve ever planned a big project, then you might know that there is a lot of anticipation that builds up over the course of making preparations and putting things in place. The excitement, mixed with a good dose of stress, kept us on our toes the entire time. Tackling one thing (and sometimes more) at a time made it seem as if the end goal was miles away.

The team got together one day to work on blads which were to be distributed during our launch. Blads, while strange sounding, is a very straightforward concept, it serves as a sample or a taster of an upcoming book.

We mused over the right pieces and parts to include, stared intensely at a screen trying to judge whether the cover’s font should be a point smaller or bigger and tweaked all the little details while consuming large quantities of tea and snacks. I, personally, also got distracted by Rhi’s adorable cats and had to indulge in some cuddles.

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Working on the blads at our Edinburgh base (basically, taking Rhiannon’s spare room hostage).

 

A lot of us are very familiar with being stressed out over intense work. What is harder to describe is what you feel once everything you have been working on is suddenly out there, for everyone to see and scrutinise. Suddenly the thing you have poured all your energy into isn’t yours anymore, you put it out there and wait for the reaction.

The Event

Knight Errant Press hit two significant milestones at once. On the 8th of February we organised our first ever spoken word event and launched our Kickstarter campaign.

We were caught off guard by how quickly it sold out (thank you so much for that!) so expectations were already in place. We arrived early on the day to prepare as best as we could and while we were trying our hardest to be completely cool beans, we were decidedly not. The nerves definitely made themselves known, but once I was standing in the ‘green room’ (i.e the one room in the bookshop that was sort of blocked by a plant for privacy) surrounded by the team and all the authors who have so generously agreed to give us their time and performances, I felt like I was floating from joy.

Seeing our contributors together in one room, nervous, but excited and so supportive of each other was an amazing experience. Hearing them preform and utterly captivate the audience with their words made my ears tingle from all the happiness I was feeling.

There is something really special about the moment when a creator connects with an audience, that moment when their words manage to shake something up and I couldn’t be more grateful to be able to be a part of that.

I was so happy that I must have been grinning like a fool the entire time, sorry not sorry.

We have received an incredible amount of love and support for our work and the project. It is incredible to see that there is so many of you out there who want to hear these stories and believe in their importance. Every time we get a donation to our campaign or someone tweets about it, we get the warm fuzzies that fuel us to keep on working.

So thank you, again, for all the support we have received. Thank you for sticking by us, we cannot wait to share even more with you soon.

Your friendly neighbourhood Marketing Assistant,

Lenka

The Team
L to R: Lenka, Nathaniel and Rhiannon – chill beans!