Category Archive: Publishers

Dark Matter Zine

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Dark Matter Zine is a child of pop culture whose family tree began with science fiction and fantasy before expanding to include all the things in papery format as well as on screen, to suit creator, Nalini Hayes’ diverse tastes. DMZ crawled before it could walk but, at nearly five years of age, DMZ is now up and running. DMZ does not pay contributors as the rare donations received don’t cover internet hosting let alone the rest of DMZ’s running costs. Current regular features include reviews, interviews, news, commentaries, art and guest blogs. Site traffic is currently about 800 visits per day, more for special events.

Dark Matter Zine’s creator, Nalini Haynes will be present at our Meet the Publisher’s Afternoon Tea talking all things online, blogging, zines and online zines.

eXtasy Books

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eXtasy Books first opened its doors December 2002. Our imprint, Devine Destinies, started in 2008 to accommodate mainstream, YA and children’s books.

eXtasy has always been and is a devout supporter of e-books and e-readers. There are so many print books destroyed every year, it’s unbelievable. Go Green, is our motto. Save our forests! With so many new e-readers on the market, think about the ease of taking books along when traveling, getting rid of dust collecting books in your house, thereby making more room, being able to read a book on your phone or handheld while going to and from work on a bus or train. Think about the many books you can store on your computer. And think about the books you can hide from nosy relatives or children…

Interested in writing for us? Fantastic! We are open for submissions. Come and join our stable of great writers. Please read our guidelines on our website at http://www.extasybooks.com

We are interested in all genres but right now especially interested in Gay ‘seal’ stories. 

Beany Sparks, eXtasy author and editor will be representing eXtasy Books at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

 

Wayward Ink Publishing

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Wayward Ink Publishing has recently celebrated its first anniversary as an independent publisher that may be small in size, but isn’t afraid to have big dreams. In our first year we have not only published a number of quality titles, but also garnered a reputation for nurturing new talent.

For many years GLBT stories have been overshadowed by their ‘straight’ counterparts and yet they have the same ability to make a person laugh, cry, and gasp with their drama. Our goal is to publish quality GLBT Fiction and GLBT Romance. Currently, most GLBT stories focuses on romance and erotica. We love romance, but recognise not all stories that need to be told include a love element. Action adventures, crime dramas, stories of dystopian futures, don’t always have, or require, a romantic component.

We at Wayward Ink, would like to offer the opportunity for authors to write not only love stories, but also dark, gritty crime novels, tight, tense suspense thrillers, and epic battles led by gay or lesbian generals without the demand to include a romantic subplot in order to become published.

In other words, we want to show the world gay men and women in positive and inspiring roles. We want to see strong gay and lesbian protagonists without always throwing in a gratuitous love interest. We want to encourage authors to write the story they see and feel, not only the ones they think will sell.

Whether it’s a short story, novella, or full-length novel, we’re interested in hearing from authors at all stages of their career, be they aspiring or established. We cover all genres, including Contemporary, Steampunk, Historical, Western, Mystery and Suspense, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal, BDSM, and Kink/Fetish. We love humor and we love angst! We love sexy and a good old ripping yarn!

Good stories stay with readers for life. They become part of their history and help define who they are. Some even change lives. We plan to publish those stories.

Wayward Ink publisher Lily Velden will be attending Queermance this year. She’ll be doing a reading at our Queerbaret on on Saturday and you can meet her at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea on Sunday.

Little Raven – Publishers of Erotic Fiction

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Little Raven Publishing was born in 2011 during an Editing 1 class at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. One by one, budding editors introduced themselves until it was Van Roberts‘s turn. A lifelong erotica fan, she mentioned her vague dream of one day running a publishing house.

Encouraged by the response, an open-mic reading was organised to test the waters. A small group of writers gathered in the band room of the John Curtin Hotel. It was dark and many read their erotic stories by the light of their phones. All that was needed was a name, the answer ─ again ─ came from the classroom.

A classmate presented a seminar and passed around a brochure: Bird life of Victoria. Van flicked through the pages and a name jumped out, Corvus Mellori, otherwise known as Little Raven.

Van is driven by a love for original, strong, quality erotica. This desire has led to events such as Saucy (erotica and Va Va Boombah Fat Burlesque), The Good Bits (erotic readings), The Fitzroy Frolic (erotic walking tour) and Velvet Tongue Australia (feature performers and open-mic erotica); the Ravening writing workshops; the anthologies Little Raven One, Little Raven Two, Little Raven Three, A Storytelling of Ravens: The Best of Little Raven Publishing 2011 – 2014, Exchanges; zines and smaller collections; podcasts, videos and guest bloggers. With the help of generous supporters, collaborators, staff, mentors and volunteers ─ Little Raven continues to expand.

Managing Editor Talia Eilon will be representing Little Raven at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea. She is also hosting our Hot and Spicy Queer Erotica panel.

Fireborn Publishing

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Fireborn Publishing is a new experiment in publishing.

First… Take a team of industry professionals, who have worked for multiple indie presses. Make the department heads partners in the business. Give them autonomy, within the limits of their budgets, the ability to set the standard for the high quality they’ve wanted to see in the products we offer. Support each other fully and discuss all major concerns, no less than monthly. Moreover, offer the staff a small percentage of net sales, in addition to a modest salary, to make them active partners in the success of the business. Success means investing in the business first and raises for the staff secondary.

Then… Agree to be as responsive as we can be to concerns of staff, readers, and authors. Whether owner-staff ultimately decide the idea proposed is workable or unworkable, every suggestion will be given due consideration.

Finally… Build the business with the long-term aim of cooperative community as part of the matrix.

Our Mission Statement… We intend to be the best publisher we can be. We will deal fairly with our authors and our readers, be responsive, and offer the best product we can, at reasonable prices. Fireborn Publishing is a staff-owned business with a cooperative mindset. The collective owners will put the authors first, the growth of the company and reader relationship second, and ourselves last.

Submissions are open!

  • Royalty rate: 40% for new-to-us authors, 50% for authors with 3 or more works with us
  • Length of contract: two years with automatic renewal

What do we take?:
Romantic and/or tragic love stories, romance, and erotic works

  • All pairings (MM, MF, FF, and ménage. Sorry, no MF genre fiction at this time)
  • All subgenres
  • Lengths from 5000 words and up

Author handbooks available at this link: http://www.firebornpublishing.com/Authors.html

Submissions page (and guidelines): http://www.firebornpublishing.com/Submissions.html

Sample contract available at this link: http://www.firebornpublishing.com/AuthorContractSAMPLE40.pdfhttp://www.firebornpublishing.com/AuthorContractSAMPLE40.pdf

As a bonus, we’ve invited authors submitting to us to give us their free reads to post and spotlight. It’s a good way for readers to get to know our authors and their work without financial risk. Remember that these are not technically Fireborn books, but we encourage our authors to build their audience however we can, and that includes helping them distribute their free reads, when we can.

Website:          www.firebornpublishing.com
Store:               www.firebornpublishing.com/store
Blog:               firebornpublishing.blogspot.com

Fireborn Publishing editor Alison Todd will be attending Queermance and you can meet her and talk all things Fireborn at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

Stein & Wilde Publishing

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Stein & Wilde (www.steinandwilde.com) is a collective more than a company. We are a group of editors and writers with a passion for queer literature. We have come together to add our own flavour to the rich global culture of LGBT writing. Stein & Wilde publishes a handful of eBook titles each year by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex writers from around the world, but with an emphasis on Australian writers, stories and settings. S&W showcases emerging, developing and established writers as a means of bringing LGBT readers and writers together in mutually enriching ways.

Publisher Dr Stephen Abblitt will attending Queermance representing both Writing from Below and Stein and Wilde Publishing at our Meet the Authors Afternoon Tea.

Writing from Below

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Writing from Below is a peer-reviewed open-access interdisciplinary gender, sexuality and diversity studies journal, published by La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia). We provide a forum for new research on gender and sexuality and the array of intersecting issues that shape their social expression. We invite submissions from as broad a range of disciplines as possible, in any publishable medium, and work that cannot be easily placed elsewhere. We welcome both traditional academic research as well as less conventional creative forms of research, and all things between, and specifically encourage scholarly experimentation. The journal provides a particular venue for the work of postgraduate students and early career researchers.

Editor Dr Stephen Abblitt will attending Queermance representing both Writing from Below and Stein and Wilde Publishing at our Meet the Authors Afternoon Tea.

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MidnightSun Publishing

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MidnightSun Publishing has grown out of a disenchantment with the established publishing houses in Australia. We know there are plenty of fabulous manuscripts about unusual topics floating around, but publishing new and unknown writers poses a big risk. MidnightSun is prepared to take that risk. We want our readers to be entertained. We want to challenge, excite, enrage and overwhelm. Therefore, we publish books in any genre that have touched us in some way.

Publisher Anna Solding, author of The Hum of Concrete will be representing MidnightSun Publishing at Queermance this year. You can find her at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea, our Queer Identities panel and at our Sunday night Author Showcase.

 

Dreamspinner Press

 

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The story behind Dreamspinner starts in summer 2006. Elizabeth North officiated her brother-in-law’s wedding to the man of his dreams. Later that weekend she happened upon her brother-in-law reading a Harlequin romance while lounging next to the pool. When Elizabeth asked about it his reply was simple: “They don’t write romances for people like me.” He’d been through the struggles and dark times, and emerged on the other side to live happily ever after. He wanted to read those stories. While visiting a group of close friends she made an offhand comment that someone should start a publishing company that specialized in gay romantic fiction, focusing on treating the authors well and producing quality books. That group of friends stayed up most of the night and the result was Dreamspinner Press.

Dreamspinner Press is an international full-service publisher of gay romance based in the United States of America. We publish stories from 3,500 words and up in several genre categories and eBook formats, as well as audiobooks and translations in four major world languages. Novels of 60,000+ words are published simultaneously in paperback. In seven years, Dreamspinner has built a catalog of well over than 2,000 titles written by more than 500 authors from six continents. The Press now operates three imprints: Dreamspinner Press, specializing in gay romance; Harmony Ink Press, devoted to LGBTQ+ Teen and New Adult fiction; and DSP Publications, a boutique publisher of specialty genre fiction. Dreamspinnerpress.com has almost 30,000 registered users.

Our business plan is not to be everything for everyone, but to consistently produce quality gay romance diverse enough to be entertaining. We do our best to provide every customer and every author the best experience possible.

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Both of our founders, Matthew Lang and Isabelle Rowan are published with them. Dreamspinner Author Renae Kaye will also be appearing on our Australian Voices Panel. If you’d like to know more about publishing with Dreamspinner Press, or its Harmony Ink Young Adult imprint, please chat to Isabelle Rowan at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea.

You can view the full range of Dreamspinner’s books on their website.

Clan Destine Press

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Clan Destine Press is all about genre.

Genre fiction in its myriad and wondrous forms: crime, mystery, historical fiction, thrillers, adventure, speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, steampunk, and ah-ha! – which is any combination of the aforementioned – or Adults and Young Adults.

We publish inventive, clever and original works of page-turning genre fiction; riveting cross-genre stories; and books that are heroic, questy, feral, dark, funny, spine-tingly, fast-paced, serious, silly and sensible.

Our authors are Australian and Clan Destine Press novels are gay, straight, queer, ancient, contemporary, gothic, retro, post-apocalyptic, earthbound and/or galactic.

We dabble in the non-fiction world of true crime, but we specialise in genre fiction which – for some strange reason – means we also love fictional (& factional) cats, dogs, alpacas, cosmic toucans and Sawtoothed Bunnies.

We aim to publish new and exciting, plot-driven, boundary-pushing fiction with fully-fledged characters and a strong sense of place.

It is the prime objective of Clan Destine Press to uncover, foster and promote new Australian genre writers and to provide a home where already-published authors can move in and play in new worlds.

Visit Clan Destine here.