Tag 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.

 

Afternoon Tea: Meet the Publishers

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When: 4:00 PM Sunday 19th of April
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $25/$20
Bookings: Click Here
*Please Note that due to catering we must close off bookings on the 13th of April and there will be no tickets at the door.

Publishers, as the world knows, have long lunches, lazily spend time with their feet up reading through amazing books which people send them for free and jealously guard the gates of publishing from amazing aspiring writing talent who have at least one amazing book in them.

Publishers, as anyone in the industry knows, have found that the days of long lunches are over, that it’s harder to get talent noticed in an increasingly crowded marketplace, and wading through the ever growing slush pile in the hope of finding the next gem is both a draining and exhausting prospect. And please don’t mention delicate writer egos.

Following the success of last year’s Meet the Publishers Panel, we’re bringing along more publishers and giving you all a chance to meet, mingle chat and maybe even pitch a story or two over tea, coffee and nibbles on a casual Sunday afternoon. Book your ticket now for this limited entry event or grab a festival pass and come and meet publishers and editors from Clan Destine Press, MidnightSun Publishing, eXtasy Books, Little Raven, Fireborn Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Wayward Ink Press, Stein & Wilde Publishing, Dark Matter Zine and Writing from Below Journal.

Mar 10

Jacob Coates – Publisher

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Jacob Coates, Publisher at Jaffa Books.

A graduate from QUT in Brisbane, Jacob set up Jaffa Books in 2011 to create a Brisbane-based publishing house that provided an alternative option for local writers to the major publishers.
Jacob has been a very keen reader from a very young age, starting off with books like The Famous Five and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He first read The Hobbit aged 8, and has been hooked on fantasy and science fiction ever since.
His favourite authors include Maggie Furey, Jasper Fforde, JRR Tolkien, and JK Rowling.

Jacob will be appearing on the panel Giving Birth – The Art of Getting Published, and at Queering the Text, both on Saturday the 22nd of March. See our program for full details.

Feb 27

Panel: The IKEA of Intercourse – Writing Sex and Erotica

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11:45AM Sunday 23rd of March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring authors Nicolas G. Frank (Wet Pants and Intermittent Relief from Monkey Mind), NM Harris (Walking Shadows, Talbott and Burns)  and Talia Eilon (Managing Editor at Little Raven). Hosted by Karina Quinn (Joint Managing Editor, Writing from Below, La Trobe University).

Writing sex isn’t hard–which is sometimes the problem. Writing good sex guaranteed to get you going hard (literally or metaphorically speaking) is a bit more tricky.

Whether it’s third arm syndrome, body positions requiring three years of training as a contortionist just to get into, or men who somehow manage to cum bucketloads three times a day for five days straight–or not so straight, there are a lot of things that can throw a reader of their stroke.

Whether you’re writing erotica, romantica, queermantica, or just planning on fading to black, there’s a lot to learn from erotic fiction, which demands its writers hold the attention of their audience. After all, when it comes to reading, there’s not much worse than boring sex.

Feb 27

Panel: Giving Birth – The Art of Getting Published

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11:45AM Saturday 22nd March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring Lindy Cameron, owner and publisher at Clan Destine Press), Jacob Coates, owner and publisher at Jaffa Books and Alison Todd, editor at Rooster and Pig and former editor in chief and acquisitions editor at Silver Publishing. Hosted by author Nicolas G. Frank.

Publishing it is said (although they never say by whom) is a lot like childbirth. Inspiration is easy to come by, exciting, fun and just like sex, it’s a bit transient. Work takes time to gestate and form, and while you bask in the warm glow of impending artist-hood, you also run around trying to set up the nursery. Do you have an ABN? Do you even need one? What about professional editing? 

Of course, all analogies can only go so far. To even get to childbirth you have to keep working, refining, redrafting and getting past the gatekeepers of taste known as Acquisition Editors. Of course, some people have no problems getting past the slush pile. Some people know how to write a submissions query. And some are on the other end reaching for the wine glass as they wade through yet another letter about someone’s pride and joy and willing the story they’re about to read to be worth risking money on…

We bring together three of the people on the other side of the slush pile to answer your questions on just what it takes to get published, and what publishing houses are actually looking for.

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.