With the process of publishing and marketing one's book completely on its head as book commerce shifts online, come join a discussion among writers and publishing industry professionals to discuss the future of publishing as it effects LGBT writers and readers.
Terry Wolverton is author of seven books: 'Embers', a novel-in-poems; 'Insurgent Muse: Life and Art at the Woman's Building,' a memoir; The Labrys Reunion and Bailey's Beads, novels; and three collections of poetry: Black Slip, Mystery Bruise and Shadow and Praise. A new novel, Stealing Angel, will be published in 2011. She has also edited fourteen literary anthologies, including Mischief, Caprice, and Other Poetic Strategies. She is the founder of Writers At Work, a creative writing center in Los Angeles, where she teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is a founding member of The Future of Publishing Think Tank.
Nick Nolan's self-published novel Strings Attached won Book of the Year for Gay/Lesbian Fiction from ForeWord Magazine in 2006, spent 40 weeks in the Top 10 in 'Gay Fiction' on Amazon, and after being republished by AmazonEncore recently spent 4 weeks in the #1 position on Amazon for LGBT books. Nolan also self-published Double Bound, which won Book of the Year awards from both ForeWord Magazine and Reader Views. According to Vander Pol's Top Self Publishing Firms, Nolan's two novels are in the top 5% of all self-published books. Nick and his partner, designer Jaime Flores, have been together 23 years.
Bronwyn Mauldin is a writer and social media experimenter based in LA. She's creator of GuerrillaReads, the online video literary magazine. Her work has appeared in CellStories, The Battered Suitcase, Blithe House Quarterly and Clamor magazine. Most recently, Bronwyn published The Streetwise Cycle, which began as a collection of short stories and has grown into a multimedia fiction project -- you can find it at streetwisecycle.com.
Steve Soucy has worked in academic publishing for the last ten years. He's been employed by Pearson, John Wiley & Sons, and is currently with the Political Science publisher, CQ Press (which is based in DC), as an Acquisitions Editor. Steve started Modernist Press in 2008 and published his first book, an edited collection of short fiction by 14 gay male writers, called West Hollywood Stories that same year. Steve's second anthology, Art From Art, will feature 35 writers and will publish on November 2nd, 2010.
Tony Valenzuela, Lambda Literary Executive Director
Sponsored in part by the City of West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board.