Vera Nazarian

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Vera Nazarian (born 1966[1] in Moscow, Soviet Union) is an Armenian-Russian (by ethnicity) American writer of fantasy, science fiction and other "wonder fiction" including mythpunk, an artist, and the publisher of Norilana Books. She is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and the author of ten novels, including Dreams of the Compass Rose, a "collage" novel structured as a series of related and interlinked stories similar in arabesque flavor to The One Thousand and One Nights, Lords of Rainbow, a standalone epic fantasy about a world without color, the Cobweb Bride trilogy, and The Atlantis Grail books.

Crowdfunding controversy[edit]

In 2014 controversy erupted when she started an Indiegogo campaign[2] to raise money for her authors; although the campaign was canceled after three days. As a result of "personal misfortunes", she had stopped paying royalties to the authors publishing books with Norilana Books, and hoped to raise enough money to pay what she owed them through the crowdfunding campaign. This generated discussion and criticism questioning to which extent small businesses should use Indiegogo or other similar crowdfunding sites to pay off business debt, and also resulted in criticism against her handling of the matter.[3] A similar fundraiser was carried out successfully in 2008 for the same reasons, which resulted in donations of $19,000 to cover the debt she owed her authors, as well as to support herself.[4]

Selected works[edit]




Miscellaneous in book form[edit]

  • Hell Week at Grant-Williams High (two-novella omnibus), "YA Angst" an imprint of Norilana Books, January 19, 2011.[5]
  • The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration , "Spirit", an imprint of Norilana Books, October 2010.[5]
  • Vampires are from Venus, Werewolves are from Mars: A Comprehensive Guide to Attracting Supernatural Love, "Curiosities", an imprint of Norilana Books, December 2012.[5]

Short stories[edit]

Non-fiction articles[edit]

  • "Home Improvement in Magic Land," pop culture essay appearing in the BenBella Books SmartPop Series anthology Totally Charmed: Demons, Whitelighters and the Power of Three based on the TV show Charmed, edited by Jennifer Crusie, November 2005.
  • "Publicity and Self-Promotion Nouveau: Doing It With Class," article on publicity and self-promotion for writers, appearing in Speculations Issue Forty-Six, edited by Susan Fry, April 2002.


  1. ^ "Bio". Vera Nazarian. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Norilana Books Authors Get Royalties". Indiegogo. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  3. ^ Campbell, Anita (18 March 2014). "Should a Small Business Use Indiegogo to Pay Business Debts?". Small Business Trends. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  4. ^ Morris, Tracy (10 December 2008). "Authors, Fans Rally Around Sci-Fi Publisher". Firefox News. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Books". Vera Nazarian. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Bibliography". Vera Nazarian. Retrieved 11 August 2011.

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