Ace & Proud Asexual Anthology is LIVE!

After six months of planning and collecting and editing and formatting, we’re pleased to announce that Ace & Proud: An Asexual Anthology is officially live on Amazon and ready for purchase!

Click here to buy the anthology now!

A big thank you to all the wonderful writers who participated in this project. We literally couldn’t have done it without you! And a shout out also to Victoria Beth from the AVEN Project Team, who was kind enough to write a fantastic foreword.

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Ace & Proud coverThis is an anthology of 17 true stories by real people about asexuality — the invisible orientation that everyone’s heard of, but few actually talk about or understand.

Whether you’re a newly-discovered asexual, someone who’s known they’re asexual for years, the friend or family of someone asexual, or someone who’s just intrigued by asexuality in general, you’re sure to find something in this anthology that interests you. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a selection of personal experiences, insights, and anecdotes from asexual writers around the world!

The contents of this book include:

Foreword by Victoria Beth (AVEN Project Team)

“My Self-discovery, Thus Far”—Rebecca Nesor shares her experience as a 21st century asexual teenager, which involves an amusing anecdote about phone shopping and Minecraft.

“A Geeky Love Story”—Suma walks us through the romantic tale of how sie joined a comics group looking for friendship and good times, and ended up falling in love.

“Growing Up”—Phil Dalton offers a series of vignettes stretching over 30 years, from his childhood to the present day, about his attempts to fit into a sexual society.

“Coming Out”—Melissa Keller explains why she has chosen not to come out to her friends and family, and explores the struggles that many asexual people face when coming out.

“Being ‘Normal’ Is Overrated Anyway”—Ren describes how she discovered she wasn’t as “normal” as she’d thought, and how she’s come to embrace her asexuality.

“Finding Grace”—Betty Badinbed reflects on the 20+ years of relationships—brief and lengthy, platonic and romantic, failed and successful—which have helped her hone her gray-ace identity.

“Black Women Can Be Asexual Too”—Gabriella Grange explores her experiences as a black asexual young woman, including a sweet story about a handsome cellist and their shared passion for philosophy.

“Fixing What Isn’t Broken”—Emma Hopwood shares a humorous piece of prose poetry about how tough it is to be asexual in a sexual world.

“I Just Don’t Get It”—Jennifer Dyse offers insight into how hard it is to navigate school and relationships as an asexual, and the dangers that can come from trying too hard to be “normal.”

“An Asexual Teen”—Kaya Brown ruminates on her experiences as an asexual teen, on coming out to her mother, and on dealing with distrust from adults who don’t understand asexuality.

“Dream Guy”—Cionii shares a poem about inner beauty.

“It’s All Asexual To Me”—Jarrah Shub describes how learning about her asexuality early in her teenage years has helped her be more self-assured and happy with who she is.

“When I Grow Up”—Shannon Brown debunks the myth that “everyone wants to have sex,” and describes the various ways she’s come out to her high school friends.

“Just A Small Town Boy”—Cameron explains how growing up in a small town shaped his knowledge of sexuality, and how discovering asexuality has helped him better understand himself.

“Coming Out To Myself: Not A Piece Of Cake”—Ennis discusses her journey, as a young lady with Asperger’s syndrome, toward accepting her aromantic and asexual identity.

“Copper Weddings”—Martin Spangsbro-Pedersen explains why he cast off his gay identity to instead identify as asexual, and describes his experiences as an activist within Denmark’s LGBTQ+ community.

“My Happily Ever After”—Cecily Summers explains how her definition of her own “happily ever after” changed after she identified herself as asexual.

Asexual Anthology — Update!

June has arrived, and the anthology is proceeding along nicely!

We’ve compiled 17 stories from writers around the world, all talking about the authors’ personal experiences with being asexual. The anthology is looking to be around 25k words, and should be available for purchase/download sometime this summer (2015).

If you want to know more about the anthology — or you’re interested in contributing to a future anthology! — email us at purplecakepress@gmail.com. Thanks for reading, and enjoy the warm weather!

~Purple Cake Press

Asexual Anthology — Submission Deadline Extended to April 1

Due to the high amount of interest in my Asexual Anthology project, I’ve decided to extend the deadline for story submissions to April 1. So if you’re interested in submitting a story for the anthology, please email it to purplecakepress@gmail.com by April 1, 2015.

What the project is about:

This project will feature true stories from asexuals around the world. It will be similar in concept to Chicken Soup for the Soul (no affiliation!) — real people telling real stories, sharing their experiences and sending a supportive, positive message about asexuality.

So, you can write about anything relating to your asexual experience, such as:

  • Your first asexual relationship (or your first sexual relationship as an asexual)
  • How you discovered you were asexual
  • How asexuality has shaped your life
  • What being asexual means to you
  • How you deal with being asexual in a sexual world
  • Anything else you think might be interesting!

It can be a story of romance, a story of aromance, a story of personal success, or just a random, quirky snapshot into your life as an asexual. This is supposed to be an uplifting book — intriguing, hopefully entertaining, and above all helping to spread awareness of the asexual community.

Your stories do not need to be 100% perfect, error-free, and all-around brilliant pieces of literature. We have an experienced editor working on the project who can take care of the grammar and punctuation for you. And don’t worry — we’ll run the edited version of your story by you before it goes to print!

This anthology will be self-published. As such, we cannot offer any payment to authors for submitted stories. What we can offer is a free print copy of the book when it goes live on Amazon, access to the ebook (which you can send to friends/family), as well as a bio section in the book where you can introduce yourself. We truly wish we could give hundreds of dollars in return for your amazing stories, but unfortunately that’s just not possible right now. Hopefully the chance to share your story with the world, as well as the promise of seeing your name and story in print in a professionally edited and designed book, will be enough temptation!

 If you’re interested in this project,  or have any questions, please contact us at

purplecakepress@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

Additional notes:

  • Story length = 500 – 5,000 words
  • Story rights = Non-exclusive (meaning you can publish the story somewhere else if you want)
  • Story language = English
  • Method of publication = Self-published by Purple Cake Press via Amazon & Createspace
  • Pen names acceptable? = Yes!
  • Deadline = April 1, 2015

For more information about asexuality, visit:

http://www.asexuality.org/en/

Call for submissions — Asexuality Anthology

Purple Cake Press is currently accepting submissions for an Asexual Anthology.

This project will feature true stories from asexuals around the world. It will be similar in concept to Chicken Soup for the Soul (no affiliation!) — real people telling real stories, sharing their experiences and sending a supportive, positive message about asexuality.

So, you can write about anything relating to your asexual experience, such as:

  • Your first asexual relationship (or your first sexual relationship as an asexual)
  • How you discovered you were asexual
  • How asexuality has shaped your life
  • What being asexual means to you
  • How you deal with being asexual in a sexual world
  • Anything else you think might be interesting!

It can be a story of romance, a story of aromance, a story of personal success, or just a random, quirky snapshot into your life as an asexual. This is supposed to be an uplifting book — intriguing, hopefully entertaining, and above all helping to spread awareness of the asexual community.

Your stories do not need to be 100% perfect, error-free, and all-around brilliant pieces of literature. We have an experienced editor working on the project who can take care of the grammar and punctuation for you. And don’t worry — we’ll run the edited version of your story by you before it goes to print!

This anthology will be self-published. As such, we cannot offer any payment to authors for submitted stories. What we can offer is a free print copy of the book when it goes live on Amazon, access to the ebook (which you can send to friends/family), as well as a bio section in the book where you can introduce yourself. We truly wish we could give hundreds of dollars in return for your amazing stories, but unfortunately that’s just not possible right now. Hopefully the chance to share your story with the world, as well as the promise of seeing your name and story in print in a professionally edited and designed book, will be enough temptation!

 If you’re interested in this project,  or have any questions, please contact us at purplecakepress@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

Additional notes:

  • Story length = 500 – 5,000 words
  • Story rights = Non-exclusive (meaning you can publish the story somewhere else if you want)
  • Story language = English
  • Method of publication = Self-published by Purple Cake Press via Amazon & Createspace
  • Pen names acceptable? = Yes!
  • Deadline = March 2015

For more information about asexuality, visit:

http://www.asexuality.org/en/