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I'm going to start a Patreon: <<First Name>>, help me vote on rewards!

After mulling this over for over a year, I have decided to start a Patreon.

If you're unfamiliar with Patreon, it's a service that allows patrons to support the work of artists and creators via a subscription model, and artists/creators offer rewards in return. I eschewed starting one because I didn't quite require the support at the time, but now, that is no longer the case.

Working 20 hours a week while attending grad school in a foreign country means running two homes--one in my country of abode, one in my country of origin. That barely leaves me enough time to write the work that I need to, especially stories under contract, which I must tell outside of the confines of my MFA program. To that end, to finish my current novel and all that comes after it, means that I must cut down on work hours and make up that money somehow. A Patreon could help me achieve that.

I'll likely be going live sometime this month or next. Ahead of that, I've put together the rewards I'd like to offer patrons. But I need your help, to let me know which rewards work best (especially if you're a probable patron; you never know!) Here they are. Don't forget to respond to the poll right below!

POLL: Assume you were going to be a patron. Which of the six tiers appeal to you and would you be most likely to back?
Ibeji Èṣù Ọbàtálá Ògún Erinlẹ̀ Ọ̀ṣun


If there are any tier rewards that are particularly interesting to you, don't forget to reply to this email and tell me why! I'd appreciate it loads!

BEHIND-THE-SCENES

Son of the Soil: A Synopsis!

If you're a new subscriber, then it behooves me to point you in the direction of my last newsletter, where I announced, for the first time anywhere, details of my current work-in-progress, titled Son of the Soil. Soon, hopefully very soon, there will be more news on this book/these books. But for today, I offer more deets and a synopsis! Take a peek:

SON OF THE SOIL (BOOK #1 OF THE IBORWORKER SERIES)

Danso, a brainy but disillusioned novitiate scholar, is betrothed to a councilhand’s daughter and destined for Bassa’s elite, despite being a mixed-race shashi—half-Bassai and half of an extinct island tribe. Although his place in society is nearly made, he longs for something beyond the stifling obligations of family and state. A way out presents itself when Lilong, a skin-changing warrior-assassin, shows up wounded in his barn. She comes from Namge—which, according to Bassa lore, doesn’t exist--and neither should the mythical magic of ibor she wields. But the biggest questions her arrival raises are what really happened to Danso’s mother, and what became of her “extinct” tribe?

By aiding Lilong, Danso chooses to become an enemy of the state and leave Bassa behind—at a time when the nation is working to seal its borders—to find the answers he seeks. As they journey further out of Bassa, Danso learns about histories long suppressed, and Lilong introduces him to ibor, the precious mineral used to fuel magic.


Exciting, right? Hit me up with how it makes you feel! (Just hit reply to this email).

UPCOMING/PAST APPEARANCES

The Writing Excuses Cruise + #DavidMogo at Antigone Bookstore

  • Writing Excuses: Mid-month in September, I'll be spending a week-and-a-half at the Writing Excuses Cruise. We'll be sailing, workshopping, retreating and basically having loads of writerly fun with folks like Cory Doctorow, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Dan Wells, and other cool folk. We'll be sailing through Texas, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica and back. Follow me on Instagram, where I'll be posting photos!
     
  • Suyi Davies Okungbowa @ Antigone Bookstore, Tucson: Post-cruise, I will be reading from #DavidMogo at Antigone Bookstore (411 N 4th Ave) on Friday September 27 from 6 – 7:30PM. Come through if you're in Tucson!
     
  • Just concluded: This past month, I was at Armadillocon in Texas and had a reading at Malvern Books. Here's one photo from the reading below. You can find more on Instagram!

COOL STUFF + RECENTLY PUBLISHED

Issa hot ting out there!

  • Some Equines Have Lines: If you follow me, you'll know that I turned 30 on Tuesday the 27th. For such a milestone day, I shared a slice of myself with the world in a deeply personal essay. You can read the full post/essay here.
     
  • BlackNerdProblems reviewed David Mogo, Godhunter and says of it: " Okungbowa approaches the novel with a casualness of language that belies how immaculately it is put together. It takes a specific kind of talent to make the narrative feel this easy." Read the full thing here.
     
  • MONTHLY PICK: It's 106F/41C degrees in Tucson these days, and everyday I'm incensed--pardon the pun--that the Amazon is burning and so much of it is for selfish reasons. This piece in WIRED puts much of it into perspective for those interested.

Stay hydrated folks, and see you after the cruise! Ọkhionwiẹ!

- Suyi.

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