The Book Smugglers Present 2018: All The Announcements

HAPPY SMUGGLIVUS, EVERYONE! Today is our official blogoversary – we are TEN years old today.

We’ve had a multitude of incredible guest authors, bloggers, and publishers over the course of the month talking about their favorite moments of the past year. We’ve recounted our top 10 books of 2017, and have reflected on the past year–and the past ten years–of our existence as bloggers. Today, we are thrilled to look forward to 2018–and make some exciting announcements!

A New Look Is Coming

We’re in redesign mode once again–a brand new look is coming for The Book Smugglers website–one that will help us showcase the awesomeness of our brand new regular contributors and columnists. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for our brand new look!

Announcing: Regular Columnists!

We have THREE awesome new regular monthly columnists to debut starting this month on The Book Smugglers! Presenting our 2018 columnists: A.C. Wise, Charles Payseur, and Foz Meadows.

A.C. Wise writes “Women to Read”

Women to Read is a monthly column highlighting female authors of speculative fiction and recommending a starting place for their work.

A.C. Wise is an author whose fiction has appeared in publications such as Clarkesworld, The Dark, and, among other places. She has two collections published with Lethe press, and a novella forthcoming from Broken Eye Books in spring 2018. She’s been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and a winner of the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. In addition to her fiction, she also contributes a monthly review column to Apex Magazine. Find her online at and on twitter as @ac_wise.

Charles Payseur writes “X Marks the Story”

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks the Story.

Charles Payseur is an avid reader, writer, and reviewer of all things speculative. His fiction and poetry have appeared at Strange Horizons, Lightspeed Magazine, The Book Smugglers, and many more. He runs Quick Sip Reviews and can be found drunkenly reviewing Goosebumps on his Patreon. You can find him gushing about short fiction (and occasionally his cats) on Twitter as @ClowderofTwo.

Foz Meadows writes “Trash & Treasure”

Trash & Treasure is a miscellany of monthly opinions on SFF, fandom and general geekness.

Foz Meadows is a genderqueer author, blogger, reviewer, poet and two-time Hugo nominee for Best Fan Writer. Her most recent novels, An Accident of Stars and A Tyranny of Queens, are available from Angry Robot Books. She currently lives in Brisbane.

And stay tuned – we will have contributors throughout the year too!

A Book Event in NYC

We will be kicking off 2018 properly with a bookstore event in Brooklyn with some of our authors and artists! More information to come–but if you’re local, stay tuned because we will posting an invitation and details very soon.

“Awakenings” Season of Short Stories

Our next season of short stories is coming! We have a ton of awesome submissions to sort through–our short lists and annual State of the Union meeting are coming. We cannot wait to select the final shorts we will be including in this year’s batch.

JY Yang Serialized Short Stories

Photo: Nicholas Lee © 2017

Speaking of short stories, as part of our Kickstarter campaign, we reached a stretch goal–brand new serialized short fiction from J.Y. Yang. We absolutely cannot wait to share these stories–a secondary-world fantasy about a romance between two gods, set in an occupied city where being a god is illegal. It’s beautiful, challenging, queer, slightly experimental, and 100% awesome.

A New Series from Susan Jane Bigelow

We are DELIGHTED to announce that we are publishing three novels from Susan Jane Bigelow next year–we’re bringing back to print (and electronic formats) her phenomenal Grayline Sisters series, and have the immense honor of publishing the series’ third and final novel. HUZZAH!

The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine Faris King

Speaking of novels–we have one other surprise for early next year. The Ninety-Ninth Bride was one of the first season of short stories we published back in 2014–this year, we are happy to announce that the unparalleled Catherine Faris King has expanded her short story into a YA novel!

The Novella Initiative, Year 2

And closing out our goals for 2018 are the next books in our Novella Initiative. We have 4 new novellas from 4 talented authors all signed up and ready to roll this year–exact authors, titles, and dates to come. Let’s just say… if you’re a fan of some of our past novellas and stories, you’ll find plenty to love in 2018.

So that is it! Our 2018, wrapped up in a nutshell. ONWARD, 2018!


And with that, we declare Smugglivus officially complete!


  • Ju Transcendancing
    January 7, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Woot! What an amazing line up you have!

  • D Franklin
    January 7, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Out of interest, will A. C. still be doing her Enbies To Read and Queers To Read occasional instalments among her Women To Read for you?

  • tanita
    January 8, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    YAY, exciting new content! I’ve not run into the work of Charles Payseur, but am familiar with Foz Meadows and am a HUGE fan of A.C. Wise from her work on I appreciate the work you’ve put in to deepen the scope of writers and voices we discover in specfic!

  • Estara Swanberg
    January 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Congratulations on the anniversary and best of success with all your new endeavors. Booksmugglers, go!!!

  • Zey
    January 11, 2018 at 9:57 am

    The 99th Bride was one of my favourites! Can’t wait to see how it will be as a novel. 😮

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