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  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022 12:00 PM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Thank you for joining us for the Rapid Fire Reading at Nowescon 44 

    Here is a list of the readers and their work:

    For bios on all the readers, please view the BU norwescon flier 2022-fullpage.pdf

    Thank you everyone who attended in person or virtually. And a huge "Thank You" to Norwescon and their programming volunteers who have made Broad Universe welcome for more than 10 years. 

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022 12:05 PM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Join us at Nowescon 44 from 8-9:30 pm Saturday, April 16 for a fun, fast-paced reading featuring several authors.

    The convention is offering a free virtual membership and the Rapid Fire Reading will be among the panels streamed. 

    The authors reading are: K.G. AndersonCarole Berg/Cate Glass, Rebecca A. Demarest, Jude-Marie GreenDebora Godfrey and Marta Murvosh.

    For those new to Rapid Fire Readings, each author will have about 10 minutes to read a selection. 

    More details at https://broaduniverse.org/event-4563098


  • Sunday, March 13, 2022 11:15 AM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Broad News: 


    The Firma Twins and the Flute of Enchantment by D. H. Timpko is among 20 books selected for 2021 Gertrude Warner Book Awards in Middle Grade Fiction's short listThe Gertrude Warner Book Awards recognize emerging talent and outstanding works in middle-grade fiction. Finalists and winners will be announced in late June. 

    Timpko's novel is the second in her Firma Twins Adventure series, and she hopes The Firma Twins and the Flute of Enchantment will be selected as one of the award's SF/F & Paranormal Middle Grade finalists.

    Finalists will be announced June 25, 2022 at the Chanticleer Authors ConferenceThe Gertrude Warner Book Awards is a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards (The CIBAs).

    Timpko has been a Broad for more than 12 years. 

    Interested in hearing more about The Firma Twins and the Flute of Enchantment? Read KIRKUS REVIEWS:

    "In this middle-grade adventure, a half-alien twin ends up surrounded by bloodthirsty creatures while searching for a powerful artifact. . . . Adults who have attended SF conventions will recognize the broad parody presented by the plot, as Timpko details author readings and dealers’ rooms. . . . This endearingly strange tale with entertaining SF elements highlights the value of different viewpoints."

  • Monday, January 17, 2022 4:14 PM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    The Broad Universe Motherboard supports our volunteers by prioritizing their safety. We want to keep our supporters as safe as we can during these times.

    For the next 3 to 6 months, the decision whether to host dealer room tables at conferences will be determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the state of the pandemic, the location, size, and setup of the conference, and the number of Broads available to staff the table in addition to any other mitigating factors.

    We hope that by the spring, we can resume offering dealer's room tables for conventions, and we encourage Broads who are interested in managing these tables or who have questions about this decision to reach out to us via the President or the Motherboard

    Broad Universe requires Rapid Fire Reading participants to wear masks over their nose and mouths even while reading as required by the Pandemic Masking Policy Participants must also follow any additional requirements set out by the conference. This is vital if we are to continue to be a part of these conferences during the ongoing pandemic. 

    The Motherboard

    Broad Universe

  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022 8:36 PM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Missing Arisia?

    Then join Broad Universe for a Not-Arisia-RFR at the time the convention would have occurred!

    The Motherboard hopes this virtual event on Friday, Jan. 14 at 7pm ET will help soothe those missing the annual convention, which was canceled for 2022.

    For those new to Rapid Fire Readings, each author will have about 8 minutes to read a selection. Don't miss the chance to discover your next favorite author!

    Registration is required! Visit our Calendar and the event listing to sign up.

    Featuring authors: LJ CohenRandee DawnMarianna MartinAnne NydamDianna SanchezKathy Sullivan, and Jo Weston.

  • Thursday, January 06, 2022 5:31 PM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Our new website is live, and if you're a Broad, you're likely wondering how to get into Broad-only content. 

    Here's the directions

    • Select the head-and-shoulders icon in the upper right corner. 
    • The icon will change to pale blue after logging in and then you can access Broads-only content. 
    • Set up your password. We're sorry we couldn't keep the old passwords. They were known only to you. You can even reuse your old one.
    • On the Login page, select Forgot password
    • Enter the email that you use with Broad Universe. 
    • A password will be emailed to you. 
    • You should receive a password quickly. If you don’t check your SPAM folder. If a password hasn't arrived in an hour, then email the TreasurerSome of you have used two or three emails with us, so please send the best email to receive Broad Universe information. 
    • Once you get your password, login using your email.
    • Start exploring!   

    The new site offers profile and privacy settings you control! Your profile appears in the public Directory so that readers and SF/F/H fans can learn about your work.

    • To update your profile (and please do, regularly!), log in, then click on the head-and-shoulders icon. 
    • Your name is followed by View profile | Change password | Log out
    • View profile takes you to My Profile where you can update or change information. Here you can:
      • See what the public sees by selecting My directory profile.
      • Add the cover art for 2 books along with titles and buy links. 
      • Add your pronouns 
      • There are several other options on the My Profile to explore, including:
      • Member photo albums, a great place for artists to post their work
      • Privacy, where you can select how much you want to share with the public and other Broads. For professionals looking for more freelance gigs, having your contact info public might be helpful. 
    • Don't forget to save changes when you're done! 

    After you login in, checkout the Welcome Broads page. Contact the Motherboard with any questions.

  • Saturday, January 01, 2022 10:42 AM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Please pardon the digital dust for a few days

    While we don’t anticipate any lengthy or major disruptions, we’re about to move our website to a new web host, change our email provider, and make other large backstage technical changes.

    So for the next couple days, if the site is down, or your email inquiry seems to have temporarily fallen through a wormhole—there’s no cause for alarm, and we’ll be back online and fully operational before you know it.

    Thanks for your patience through any hiccups, and we hope you’ll love the new site.

    Warm regards,

    The Motherboard

  • Monday, October 18, 2021 11:21 AM | Deleted user

    The Motherboard is getting ready to migrate to a new web platform. 

    As part of preparing for this change, we need to ensure that our database of Broads is up-to-date. That way when we move everyone's account to the new database, we know we have accurate contact information.      

    You can help us by logging into your Broad Universe account and updating your contact information and names. Please ensure your main email, your names (pen names, the name you use in face-to-face interactions,) websites, etc. are all up-to-date. We don't share your information EVER.

    To double check your profile, log in and then click on For Supporters. Select Manage Your Profile from the dropdown menu. Then click on  Edit your account information. Update any missing or incorrect information and save.

    Please log in and update your information by July 15! Questions? Want to help? Just email officers(at)broaduniverse(dot)org.

  • Monday, October 18, 2021 11:19 AM | Deleted user

    From Gloria Oliver comes a new cozy historical mystery series - The Daiyu Wu Mysteries.

    Book 1 - Black Jade - is now available for ebook pre-order and live for the trade paperback.

    Could an old-fashioned ballgown be used to commit murder?

    Daiyu Wu is aware that fear of the Yellow Terror has made her nationality a rare breed in the Lone Star State. Being Chinese and blind makes her doubly unique in 1930 Dallas. Despite these impediments, anyone who dismisses her for either fact does so at their peril.

    One day, at her family-owned laundry business, Dai detects the scent of burned garlic. With the help of her companion, Jacques, the source is soon discovered. It is a green ballgown. The gown has money pinned inside it to pay for the cleaning, but oddly, it came with no address label to identify its owner. Her extensive knowledge leads Dai to believe someone has committed murder using arsenic. The perpetrator is trying to use White Laundry to hide the evidence. But no mention of foul play turns up in the newspapers, and there's not enough proof to convince the police there's been a crime.

    Her curiosity and intellect stimulated like never before; Dai ignores the possible consequences and sets out to solve the mystery with the help of her canine companion, Prince Razor, and her confidant, Jacques Haskins. It's either that or let the killer get away with it — assuming a spoiled popinjay, his jealous self-appointed girlfriend, and Dai's overprotective parents don't get in her way.

    Sample chapters and more info at: https://www.gloriaoliver.com/daiyu-wu-mysteries/black-jade-a-daiyu-wu-mystery/

    Available at your favorite retailers.


  • Monday, October 18, 2021 11:18 AM | Deleted user

    At its second quarter meeting, the Motherboard voted to pause Broad Universe's NetGalley program for at least 6 months because of the increased costs to subsidize the program. We will reevaluate the decision at our October meeting.

    Broad Universe’s NetGalley program began in 2014 to make the review service affordable for small presses and indie authors. (The regular cost starts at $450.) Our program never made money, but initially the difference between the cost of the service and the fees we received was nominal. 

    In 2020, Broad Universe experienced a steep drop in the number of titles scheduled, and despite a 2-for-1 deal offered during the summer of the pandemic, interest has not returned.

    In December, we reduced the number of books featured each month from 10 to 5 and hoped that 2021 would bring a resurgence of interest. Unfortunately, we often had only one book scheduled each month.

    The NetGalley program has routinely accounted for almost half of Broad Universe's annual expenses but this benefit was used by a fraction of Broads. Without corresponding income from the program, the cost created an unsustainable situation and led to the Motherboard’s decision to put our NetGalley on hiatus.

    To help us determine the level of interest in bringing back this service, we ask authors and publisher who would like to schedule a book on NetGalley in late 2021 and early 2022 to Contact Us. Please provide details about the number of books, release dates and the number of months the titles would be listed.

    The Motherboard would like to thank all Broads who volunteered for NetGalley team between 2014 and 2021. These volunteers worked every month for years to promote, schedule, invoice, check files, and send data to authors and publishers. The Motherboard is deeply grateful for their time and efforts. We could not have offered this service without this amazing group of volunteers.

    -- Broad Universe Motherboard


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