It’s a beautiful day even if it’s pouring with rain. As I told Rick Reed when I emailed him this morning, I feel like I’m in Seattle where I’m told it rains almost every day-he assured me that’s a rumour spread by people who live in the east.
Moving on ….
Rick Reed is writing a very provocative article on Barebacking in M/M Romance .. or the lack thereof. This should make for some very interesting discussions. Ican’t wait for the feathers to fly!!! Watch for his post on Thursday, June 20.
If you have any recommendations that you would like to add to the published list, please email me with the subject line Self Publishing Resources at jessewave [at] gmail [dot] com by June 19, 2013. If you have already sent me your recs. there is no need to write again.
Title and Link: The Door into Spring
Author: Missy Welsh
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Publisher URL: Loose id
Amazon Buy Link:
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Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Fling (short story) 3800 words (approximately) /16 PDF pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Review Summary: A wonderful finale to My Summer of Wes
G’day everyone. For some of you it’s already evening.
Today’s post will be short as we don’t have any essays this week. On Friday I posted my article on Self Publishing: Authors Doin’ It For Themselves which included an excellent essay from Jay Bell about what not to do and how to avoid mistakes. I hope those of you who are contemplating self publishing took note of all the comments and the list of resources.
The following reviews were posted on the weekend: Trill to me Sweetlyby Charlie Richards reviewed by Zen Harley; Bound by Guiltby Sandra Bard reviewed by Sirius; Flexibility by Maja Rose reviewed by Orion; and Bane of Bostonby J.P. Barnaby reviewed by Sammy.
I intended to write this article last September but life got in the way.
Before I start this essay I want to make something very clear – this is not a post to bash epublishers. They do a good job most of the time and the majority of their writers are very happy with the service they receive (although there are a few issues about which the authors have expressed dissatisfaction and those include: reversion of rights, timely and accurate royalty payments, as well as the percentage of royalties paid). To further complicate the relationship between publishers and their authors, when a few publishers went belly-up over the past couple of years due to financial problems and/or piss-poor management this gave epublishers in general a black eye, as it took a long time for the authors to become disentangled from their contracts and get their rights back.
After reading all the stories about high school couples who were forced to make the choice to go to their prom without their significant others, or not go at all as they couldn’t take their BF, I was really touched when Tj sent me this article about Dylan Meehan and Brad Taylor which was in NewNowNext.
A classmate entered their picture in a contest at Carmel High School in Upstate New York, and Brad and Dylan were voted “Cutest Couple.” The friend said it was the first time in the school’s history that a same sex couple was able to run for this category; the best part is that they won.
This is such a sweet, uplifting story that I couldn’t wait to share it.
Last night, among all the glitz and glamour, pomp and ceremony of the 25th Lambda Literary Awards was one award that really pleased me, and that was this one – the winner of the Gay Romance category. Congratulations Jay!
You can find a full list of all the finalists and winners in the different categories here.
When J.A. Rock emailed me to ask whether this site could be part of a blog tour about the Loose id wedding collection called I Do – Unless I Don’t,I indicated that we didn’t do blog tours but if she wanted to write a post about gay weddings, that would be great. So, not being one who is easily daunted, she said she was up to the challenge and here’s the result which I’m sure you’ll enjoy as much as I did. The Loose id collection will be released starting tomorrow.
When I asked if I could guest and Wave suggested writing a post about weddings in m/m romance, I said sure, because it behooves me to commit to things before I think about what they actually entail. This way I never get tripped up by my own limitations. It’s like cramming a bunch of food into my stomach before my body has time to realize it’s full.
The problem is I’ve never read an m/m romance about a wedding. Or any romance about a wedding. Part of that could be that I read almost exclusively BDSM romance, and books like My Best Friend’s Collaring Ceremony and Always a Witness to a Slave Contract, Never a Slave haven’t been written yet (Next project. Check.). But also, weddings don’t particularly interest me.
Maybe that’s not totally true, because I did write a wedding book, and it was wildly fun. It got me thinking about what does interest me about weddings—namely, the backdrop they can provide for mayhem, as well as what the institution of marriage says about people, society, and the way we define and redefine our relationships and values.
Last week I wrote about my joint post with Jay Bell on self publishing here.
At the time I asked for recommended resources from those authors who had tried the murky waters of self publishing. So far I received a few recommendations, mostly for cover art, but I need more recs for editing and formatting. Your recommendations for translation services would also be helpful (English to other languages) since most of us do business globally, including book sales.
I would appreciate it if you could forward your information to jessewave [at] gmail [dot] com by the latest Wednesday, June 5. Remember, you’re doing this for your fellow authors. Thanks guys.
Hello you great looking people. Gotcha!! I was talking to the people on the street.
This week should be quite busy. Today there’s a post about the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up in Seattle, Washington – September 14. All of the pertinent information re how and where to register, who’s attending, location etc can be found here.
Tomorrow A.J. Rock will be live on the site. She has posted an article on gay weddings, a topic that about which, admittedly, she has very little knowledge. Watch for her post which I think is very funny as well as being informative.
When I was approached by Tracy Timmons-Gray about showcasing on this site the gay romance authors’ meet-up in Seattle, Washington I was happy to do so. Here’s Tracy’s post:
For those in the U.S. Northwest region, we’re happy to announce an upcoming M/M event to be held in sunny Seattle this September! To date, more than 25 writers have signed up to talk about the M/M romance genre and publishing, and if you’re in the area (or if you’re up for some traveling), we’d LOVE to have you be a part of it!
Join us on Saturday, September 14 at the Seattle Central Library for the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up!
A few months ago we set up a Readers’ Forum as recommended by you. I hope you have been enjoying the suggestions of other readers and authors and are spending your hard earned money on even more books.
Because of a number of issues I didn’t post this column in April and May so I decided to try an experiment and make it quarterly instead of monthly. If that makes the number of recs. unwieldy I shall switch back to monthly in the fall – or maybe my lapse will turn out to be a good thing. I’m looking forward to reading your book recommendations and I know that other readers can’t wait to find out about your undiscovered treasures. Remember, this is your place to spout off about books you love or hate
The previous recommendations can be accessed through the search function by using the words “readers forum …. and the month”.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in my post on author salaries, I’m writing another essay, this time on self publishing. The post will be co-authored by Jay Bell who has a lot of experience in this area, and we will try to cover pertinent ground on self pubbing for those of you who want this information.
If you tried self publishing you are already aware that publishing your own book is extremely hard work, especially the first time around when you’re basically a start-up business in addition to being a writer. Finding the time to write becomes extremely difficult when you have to track down resources to make your literary work of art look professional. To provide some help to make the transition from writer to writer/publisher a little easier we would like to include a list of resources in the essay, and this is where those of who have gone down this path before come in.
This week we have a new post by Nicole Kimberling where she emphasizes the importance of verbs. Trust me, it’s not dull but it will save many authors from writing dull stories. Check it out on Thursday, May 30.
In a couple of weeks I will be writing a joint post with Jay Bell on self publishing or Authors Doin’ It ForThemselves. Sounds catchy doesn’t it? In order to make this post meaningful for authors considering self publishing, I will need help from those of you who have already dangled your feet into these murky waters. Watch out for my post later today asking for a list of recommended resources.