Today I was planning on writing a post saying ‘Yay! It’s #biweek and to celebrate Beaten Track Publishing is offering a 50% discount on all the books with a bisexual MCs’ but guess what? The Beaten Track Shop has been spammed and is now offline.
I’m not gonna speculate on why someone (or several someones) thought it a good idea to crash a small publishing house’s shop but the fact is someone did. When the shop will be up again I don’t know, Debbie McGowan is working on it.
But, let’s not let this ruin the fun. It’s #BiWeek – Bisexual Awareness Week. Are you unsure about what bisexual means? I’m gonna steal Debbie’s definition because I think she managed to point out why we need a bi visibility day in her explanation:
In case clarification is needed, the definition of ‘bisexual’ at work here is this:
an identity marker that refers to the capacity to be attracted to people of more than one gender. It doesn’t require someone to have had relationships with more than one gender, and if someone identifies as bisexual, it is not up for question or discussion.
On a day-to-day basis, this causes lots of difficulties for bisexual people because their current relationship status is used as snapshot evidence to argue that they’re really gay (if it’s a same-gender relationship) or really straight (in an other-gender relationship).
They’re really bisexual, and the greatest form of awareness we can show is to simply accept that fact when it is given to us. We are far less likely question a person’s gayness or straightness, but in all cases, we don’t have that right. It’s none of our business.
So, to celebrate, Beaten Track is, as mentioned, offering a 50% discount on the books with positive portrayals of bisexual main characters and since the BTP shop is closed I’m directing you to Smashwords. Head over to Beaten Track Publishing for information about the books and to get discount codes that work on Smashwords.
You can also enter our giveaway where you’re able to win three ‘bi-books’ of your choice and a 10 dollars Amazon voucher.