K. A. Cook is creating Queer books and essays
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I’m K. A. Cook / S. K. Een, and I’m a genderless, non-binary, mentally-ill indie author. I write weekly long-form personal essays about queerness, gender, mental illness, heroes and representation at Queer Without Gender. I write non-binary queer genre fiction: the short fiction collection Crooked Words, the steampunk-ish series The Stillwater Files and the paranormal Port Carmila stories. I have been published in issues of Platform magazine and the It’s all about the writing anthology, and I edited and produced Platform, Up Close and Personal and VULJ. I'm currently editing a full-length non-binary and trans fantasy novel, Something They Call Glory , and I'd love to see this published in the next couple of years.

One day I would like to start my own e-press specialising in non-romance queer, trans and non-binary genre fiction, not to mention a non-binary e-zine, but I need financial security and time in which to create.

The majority of my work is available for free because I don’t want anything to get in the way of non-binary and trans queers accessing works about heroes just like us. As a broke writer who often can’t afford to buy what few books about non-binary trans folk exist, and surely can’t find genre novels about non-binary characters at the local library, I am forced to read books about cishets or cis queers as a result. This isn't good enough. Why shouldn't I be a hero in a fantasy novel?

Unfortunately, I have to pay the rent. I have to do things that are far less interesting than writing about non-binary queer people being bad-arse heroes just to keep a roof above my head and vegetables on my plate. I barely have enough money to look after myself, never mind start an e-press that’s all about promoting and providing representation for people in desperate want of heroes. I don’t have the time to devote to the next Stillwater Files book or finish the edits on Whatever Great-Aunty Lizzie Says if I have to do other things in order to buy food and pay my psychologist.

I need your help. I want enough of an income to spend at least part of my week writing instead of standing behind a cash register. I would like to be able to pay for web hosting and professional editors and cover designers to make my words that much better. I would like to pay for my top surgery by doing something I love. I would like to get my publishing house up and running, and I would like to keep on offering the majority of my works as free reads so that nothing stands between a non-binary reader and representation.

I want to live my dream. Can you help me?
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Exclusive, Patreon-only monthly posts where I review, critique, praise and analyse the queer fiction I read - the good and the bad. This is all about the nitty-gritty technique of writing and reading, queer-style. It will be educational and hilarious! (Comes with gratitude and good feeling!)
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Digital access to everything I self-publish in as many formats as I can manage. Exclusive access to deleted scenes, vignettes, drafts and notes on the creation process for all my works. Take a look at how I work and why – and get all my self-published works, free and paid, while you’re at it. (Comes with gratitude, good feeling and Patreon-only monthly posts!)
I’m K. A. Cook / S. K. Een, and I’m a genderless, non-binary, mentally-ill indie author. I write weekly long-form personal essays about queerness, gender, mental illness, heroes and representation at Queer Without Gender. I write non-binary queer genre fiction: the short fiction collection Crooked Words, the steampunk-ish series The Stillwater Files and the paranormal Port Carmila stories. I have been published in issues of Platform magazine and the It’s all about the writing anthology, and I edited and produced Platform, Up Close and Personal and VULJ. I'm currently editing a full-length non-binary and trans fantasy novel, Something They Call Glory , and I'd love to see this published in the next couple of years.

One day I would like to start my own e-press specialising in non-romance queer, trans and non-binary genre fiction, not to mention a non-binary e-zine, but I need financial security and time in which to create.

The majority of my work is available for free because I don’t want anything to get in the way of non-binary and trans queers accessing works about heroes just like us. As a broke writer who often can’t afford to buy what few books about non-binary trans folk exist, and surely can’t find genre novels about non-binary characters at the local library, I am forced to read books about cishets or cis queers as a result. This isn't good enough. Why shouldn't I be a hero in a fantasy novel?

Unfortunately, I have to pay the rent. I have to do things that are far less interesting than writing about non-binary queer people being bad-arse heroes just to keep a roof above my head and vegetables on my plate. I barely have enough money to look after myself, never mind start an e-press that’s all about promoting and providing representation for people in desperate want of heroes. I don’t have the time to devote to the next Stillwater Files book or finish the edits on Whatever Great-Aunty Lizzie Says if I have to do other things in order to buy food and pay my psychologist.

I need your help. I want enough of an income to spend at least part of my week writing instead of standing behind a cash register. I would like to be able to pay for web hosting and professional editors and cover designers to make my words that much better. I would like to pay for my top surgery by doing something I love. I would like to get my publishing house up and running, and I would like to keep on offering the majority of my works as free reads so that nothing stands between a non-binary reader and representation.

I want to live my dream. Can you help me?

Recent posts by K. A. Cook

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Pledge $1 or more per month
Unending gratitude and the knowledge that you’re doing something awesome to help a writer and the quest for non-binary representation. Go you!
Pledge $2 or more per month
Exclusive, Patreon-only monthly posts where I review, critique, praise and analyse the queer fiction I read - the good and the bad. This is all about the nitty-gritty technique of writing and reading, queer-style. It will be educational and hilarious! (Comes with gratitude and good feeling!)
Pledge $5 or more per month
Digital access to everything I self-publish in as many formats as I can manage. Exclusive access to deleted scenes, vignettes, drafts and notes on the creation process for all my works. Take a look at how I work and why – and get all my self-published works, free and paid, while you’re at it. (Comes with gratitude, good feeling and Patreon-only monthly posts!)