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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.

Feb 09

Jaffa Books

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Jaffa Books is a Brisbane-based publisher and retailer of all things fiction.

Set up by author JFR Coates as an outlet for local authors, Jaffa Books is by no means limited to writers from Queensland, or indeed of any particular genre. While speculative fiction is our preference, we’ve published a wide variety of genres from romance to crime to thriller, and many in between. All that really matters to us is the quality of the writing, and the intrigue of the plot. Novels, novellas, short fiction, and poetry are all accepted, just check up on our website for the latest submission details as well as proposed short fiction anthologies.

We’re always on the lookout for the next exciting new talent, but will always welcome the more experienced authors looking for somewhere to publish their next book.

You can keep up to date with everything Jaffa Books on Twitter (@jaffabooks) and Facebook (/Jaffabooks).

Feb 05

Judging a Book by its Cover

Scarlett Rugers of Scarlett Rugers Book Design Agency

We’re pleased to announce that Scarlett Rugers Book Designer extraordinaire, will be presenting our special Saturday afternoon session: Judging a Book by its Cover. Scarlett has works with independent authors, self publishers, traditional publishing presses, and with book selling behemoth Amazon. She is passionate about good book cover design and has won a number of awards for her style and dedication to her clients.

Scarlett will be on hand to explain everything from cover images to fonts, how to fill out that cover image brief if you’re lucky enough to get asked, and what’s the best thing to ask for if you’re organising it all yourself.

We’d tell you more, but that would spoil the surprise, so head over to trybookings and grab your Queermance ticket today!

Judging a Book by it’s Cover Art
2PM, Saturday 22nd of March
The Mercure on Therry
43 Therry Street, Melbourne

Scarlett Rugers: Book Designer

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Scarlett Rugers is a professional book cover designer, from Melbourne Australia. She’s worked with both self-published authors and traditional publishing houses, dedicating her time to make authors feel like best sellers.

Her goal is to help change the stigma of self-publishing and show it’s a professional field of high quality. She does this by designing beautiful book covers and working together with authors to produce the best book they can, and to encourage development of their skills in writing and publishing.

She has also been writing since 1998, and has published 1001 First Lines. You can find her here:

http://booksat.scarlettrugers.com

T: @thebookdesignr

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Scarlett will be hosting our A Picture’s Worth Art panel.

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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.