First of all, I'd like to thank KT Grant for allowing us the honor of the opening post of this year's Lesbian Appreciation Event. At Storm Moon Press, we love our lesbian offerings and the fans that love to read them. At conventions and pride events, our lesbian paperbacks are consistently high sellers (and we're always asked if we have any more!), and we look forward to having even more available in the coming years.
The landscape of QUILTBAG romance and erotic romance is still fairly dominated by gay male selections—more than a few of the small presses in the genre are exclusively male/male, in fact. We are pleased to see the tide beginning to shift as more lesbian, bisexual, and trans* titles are finding their way to publication. To us, this represents a major development in the world of QUILTBAG fiction as well as fiction in general, because it means that these kinds of stories are becoming more acceptable both to read as well as to write.
As we move into 2013, Storm Moon Press is continuing to actively seek lesbian fiction, both as novel and novella manuscripts as well as submissions to our short story anthologies. This year, in addition to anthologies for our non-erotic imprint, Thunder Moon; our young adult imprint, Budding Moon; and general QUILTBAG erotic anthologies, we will be accepting short stories for several lesbian-specific anthologies. I have to give props to our wonderful authors because, when we approached them about what anthology themes they'd like to see, they really came through with some stellar suggestions.
- Burnout – There's nothing like the screech of motorcycle tires burning some serious rubber. In this anthology, we're looking for submissions that center around biker chicks. Femme, butch, mechanics, any and all of the women who love their bikes... and the women who love them.
This is only a small taste of what we're seeking, and that's only for anthologies! We have open lines (calls for 20,000+ word submissions) that we'd love to see lesbian submissions for. Head Games is all about screwing with minds, Gothic Moon is devoted to gothic fiction (our editor, S.L. Armstrong's, favorite genre), On the Edge for extreme BDSM, and Twice Upon a Time for retold fairytales are just some examples. And that doesn't include our non-erotic and young adult calls!
Lesbian fiction is something that we've been hungry for since our inception, and we're proud of what we have to offer so far. But, we always want more, and so do our readers. Lesbian romance, horror, sci-fi, fantasy... we love it all!
Roger Armstrong is the resident Code Monkey for Storm Moon Press. He can be found (occasionally) on Twitter @slutbamwalla.
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