Lesbian Fiction Event

Barbara Vey -- January 2nd, 2012

There are many kinds of romance and to help promote the understanding, KT Grant from Babbling About Books, and More! is hosting a 2 week event.  From Kate:

I welcome you to join me and others for the 2012 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event that starts on Saturday, January 7th and goes until Saturday, January 21st. This event is to promote the Lesbian Fiction/Romance genre where many participants from the Lesbian fiction world, ranging from authors, publishers and bloggers will talk about the Lesbian genre and why they write, publish and read Lesbian literature.

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Why am I doing this? The main reason is as an author of Lesbian romance as KT Grant, I feel Lesbian fiction has a big readership. There has been much discussion recently on whether Lesbian fiction is as popular as Gay (M/M) and Straight fiction. There’s this belief that Lesbian Fiction doesn’t sell well and the authors who write it or not making any money. I put these false rumors to rest by posting my experience as an author of Lesbian romance and showing that Lesbian fiction does sell well and authors are making money. I’m proof of this because out of all my titles that range from M/M to Straight romance I’ve published over the past year and a half, my bestselling books are Lesbian romance. So, why not promote the Lesbian genre and highlight the authors, books and publishers who are part of this world?

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Lesbian fiction may not seem to be a big market, but it’s slowly rising and making waves. I do believe in the next few years it will make its mark, much like M/M fiction/romance has done, and authors of Lesbian fiction will be recognized for their excellence and skill at writing engaging stories. The response for the event has been amazing. I reached out to various industry people, who were excited to take part, and the outpouring of interest is more than I could have ever imagined!

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I hope the 2012 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event will raise awareness in the reading community and promote the authors and their books in a way where readers will open their minds to new types of literature.

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Are you open to all kinds of romance?  Have you read any lesbian fiction?  Are they engaging as stories?

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Bottom Line:  “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” ~ Henry DavidThoreau

Monday Giveaways

From Marilyn Baron Join the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales as we celebrate our 3rd Anniversary with a monthlong blogging party Sunday, January 1 through Tuesday, January 31 with a chance to win daily prizes.

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From Mia Marlowe:  To celebrate the releases of SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER (January 3rd)  and TOUCH OF A THIEF (February 28th), historical romance author Mia Marlowe is giving away a new KINDLE on her website contest!

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From Casablanca AuthorsMia Marlowe is hosting a New Year Blog Bash to celebrate the release of SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER, featuring Shana Galen, Grace Burrowes, Elisabeth Naughton, CH Admirand, ML Buchman, Ashlyn Chase, Linda Wisdom, Sidney Ayers, Stephanie Julian, Amanda Forester, Shona Husk, Terry Spear, Sarah Taney Humphreys, and Samantha Grace. Each author is going to blog for one hour tomorrow, Jan 2nd. There will be a giveaway each hour–free books, gift certificates, ebooks, etc. Visit http://www.casablancaauthors.blogspot.com and leave a comment on each post to enter. Drawings will be held Jan. 4th!

 

From Samhain Publishing: In 2012, Samhain Publishing is branching out with our giveaways. Not only are we continuing to offer them on both Kindle at Amazon and Nook at Barnes and Noble, but we’ve added Sony’s ebookstore to our giveaway platform.

 

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 1/1/2012   1/14/2012           Pricks and Pragmatism            J.L. Merrow

 1/15/2012 1/28/2012           Northern Exposure                  Jayne Rylon and Mari Carr

56 thoughts on “Lesbian Fiction Event

  1. Carol Burnside/Annie Rayburn

    I figured that lesbian fiction was selling better than rumored because I’m seeing more of it available. Publishers won’t buy what they can’t sell. There’s room in the world of romance for all kinds of love and I suspect there’s an audience for almost anything we can dream up.

    Barbara, your FB post caught my eye and I popped over, then saw the PFHT info on our anniversary. Thanks for including our information in the Monday Giveaways. Today’s giveaway is a chocolate themed basket!
    http://PetitFoursAndHotTamales.com/

  2. Marilyn Baron

    Yes, Barbara, thanks for letting your readers know about the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales 3rd anniversary blog party. We’ll be giving away daily prizes throughout January and our bloggers offer Great Voices and Great Choices – a selection of literary styles to satisfy any palate – from sweet inspiration to hot and spicy and everything in between. Find the voice that speaks to you.

    I’m open to reading all kinds of romance as long as it’s a good read because that’s what it’s all about.

  3. Maxine

    Hi Barbara, I agree. There are many love stories that are not traditional, but tell about a good love, and I think they sell. And I enjoy the HEA without a hook at the end!
    Thanks for mentioning the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales 3rd anniversary and the give aways!

  4. Paul Harris

    Thanks for the heads up. Maybe just me, but I’m noticing an increase in more gay men interested in reading lesbian romances as well.

    Paul Harris
    Author, “Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina”

  5. Dianna Love

    Barbara – One of the things we love about you is that you constantly broaden the world of books for all of us. Thanks for having such a positive and inclusive blog for all readers. And Good luck to you, KT, with your event. I’m with the others here who believe there is plenty of room in this world for all kinds of love. [*waving* at the Petit Four & Hot Tamales Girls]

  6. Christine T.

    Katherine V. Forrest wrote a classic lesbian romance in 1983 called “Curious Wine” that was reprinted in 2011. She also wrote 8 books featuring lesbian police detective Kate Delafield that are worth checking out if you can find them.

  7. Susan

    Barbara,

    Thanks for the shout out about Petit Four and Hot Tamales. You’re a great friend to us and it is appreciated. Even better than that, you believe in reading.

  8. Mia Marlowe

    I haven’t read any lesbian fiction, but a broader definition of love is on my heart. One of my sister-in-laws just lost her partner of 25 years and I grieve for her loss. Love is not limited.

  9. Heather Bennett

    Posting some love for KT Grant and Barbara Vey. KT writes romance that gives insight into non-traditional fictional romance in many forms, and I’m happy to see this event on Barbara’s blog.

    @Mia–that is so sad. E-love to your SIL.

    Heather Bennett
    Decadent Publishing

  10. Anna

    I don’t know where these rumors come from that Lesbian (Romance) fiction doesn’t sell. Of course it does. Ruth Gogoll is a Lesbian writer and publisher for over 15 years now and everybody can see that all her books sell well. Everybody knows “Taxi To Paris”. ;) You want to know more? Then go to http://www.elles-books.com

    In March, 2012 there will be a “Lesbian Literary Award” by elles books (exclusively for Lesbian Romance novels). Stay tuned to learn more about the award!

    The readers on http://www.elles-books.com will decide who wins the “el!es Lesbian Literary Award”, so anybody’s got a chance. :)

  11. Danika @ The Lesbrary

    People say that lesbian fiction doesn’t sell, but I’ve got more than I could read in my lifetime and authors and publishers keep sending me more, so that even with a team of reviewers there are still more waiting to be reviewed! If lesbian books don’t sell, then it sure is a mystery how there are so many! (And look at Sarah Waters and Jeanette Winterson for proof that lesbian books can too sell to a huge audience.)

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  13. Carol Hoenig, Publishing Consultant

    I’m wondering if you would be able to let your readers know about this literary
    award? Here is the info:

    6th LESBIAN LITERARY AWARD
    Win a publishing deal with édition el!es, the best lesbian publishing house in the
    world!
    Have you written a 60,000-75,000 word novel with a happy ending∗ about a lesbian couple falling in love, and would like to see it published?
    Well, then, take part in the 6th LESBIAN LITERARY AWARD!
    The LESBIAN LITERARY AWARD has been available only to German speaking writers for the last 5 years and this is the first time English speaking writers can participate.

    The annual LESBIAN LITERARY AWARD is exclusively dedicated to lesbian romance novels. If you want to participate, please send your lesbian romance novel (no other genre eligible), your biography and a synopsis of your book, including how
    the story concludes by the 31st of March, 2012, as an attachment to
    award@elles-books.com

    The first two to three chapters, along with the synopsis, will be published at
    http://www.elles-books.com during the month of April where readers will be asked to
    vote for their favorite. Yes, the readers will decide which of the books will win and
    be published next year by el!es as both a printed and Kindle version at no cost to
    the winner. The winner will be announced during the first week of May 2012.
    We look forward to your entries.

    ∗ If you are not sure how a happy ending is written in a lesbian novel, read some books already published by el!es.
    May we suggest “A Walk in the Rain” by Alison Barnard or “Taxi to Paris” by Ruth Gogoll?

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