Accountability

I want my art to do more for the people, causes, and country that I care about. And as much as I earnestly believe in the power of any art to shape the world – I also know that direct action is also required.  Protest, dialogue, education – and donation.  We’re 10 days in and a lot of righteous war chests are going to need our coin to battle all this goddamn evil.

Effective immediately, I pledge to donate all of my 2017 royalties from my novel Asteroid Made of Dragons to the following:

I believe in the rule of law, I believe in the duty of the Fourth Estate. I believe in organizations that shield the defenseless. I believe in women AND health care AND allowing them to easily be in the same room without oversight. I do not believe that His Excellency’s administration will serve or protect the common good, so all of us need to pick up the slack as best we can. And arm the defenders of decency and justice.

Whatever royalties I receive on AMOD this year I’m going to evenly divide between these four groups. Like most authors I receive royalties once every quarter, I’ll post here when I get the next one in April. Now, I ain’t no Stephen King – these aren’t going to be big numbers even as I start to really flog the book in the next few months. But ‘what a person can do, a person ought to do’ as Antigone said.

If you are a supporter of His Excellency and his administration and goals – and this means you won’t buy my book or anything else I ever write – that is perfectly acceptable to me.

It doesn’t matter where you buy the book, the royalties will still come to me and get funneled to these organizations I want to support. Paperback, ebook, doesn’t matter.

AsteroidMadeOfDragons-finalfront cover hi-res jpegPurchase direct from my publisher. (Paperback and all ebook formats, DRM free.)

Purchase from my favorite independent bookstore: Avid Bookshop. (Or YOUR favorite independent bookstore!!!)

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2 thoughts on “Accountability

  1. Gina Faranda

    Derek, just finished reading Asteroid… Amazing talent. A woman king, without fanfare. As it should be, or should have been. You do fine work. I just recommended it to my local book store–East City Book Shop in DC. Speaking of our nation’s fine capital, if you’re in our neck of the woods for protests (they pop up literally every day–women’s march, home rule, anti-travel ban, pro-planned parenthood… the drums call us into the streets, I am so not kidding) you will always have a place to stay with my family! We have a whole spare floor just a block from the Supreme Court. Seriously, look us up.

    1. Ahh! Thank you so much, Gina. My partner’s been the one doing most of the live protesting in our family – my job is to keep her fed and rested and take care of the dogs – she was up at the Women’s March! She didn’t mention the drums – probably drowned out by all the glorious, angry humanity.

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