I’m author of the week at All Male Romance and I wanted to link to it, here.
They’ve re-posted something I wrote here on this blog a few weeks ago, about “Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street,” my new Amazon release, and my experiences with self-publishing so far.
I also get into a few of the reasons why I decided to self-publish on Amazon. People seem curious about this whenever an author who has worked with publishers does it. I’ve been as honest as I could get.
What I didn’t mention in the post is how challenging…and how difficult…it’s been. For example, I wanted to release JSoDS last week. I’d been hoping for an early June release. But we’ve been in edits all this time and I didn’t feel comfortable about releasing it until I knew it was ready. In fact, all in all, editing took almost as long as writing the book did.
So if you’re planning to get into self-publishing, be prepared to become a little compulsive for a while. It’s a great experience, and it trains you to look at things differently. I thought I’d edited books before I submitted them to publishers. Trust me, that editing was nothing compared to the editing I’ve done with the Amazon KDP books.
And the first day the book is released I’ll be buying it myself, and downloading it to multiple e-reading devices, including the iPhone, to make sure it looks good when readers purchase it.
I know I’ve posted about AMR before on the blog. But I’m doing this quick post for two reasons: one, I just signed up for an ad with them for “Chase of a Lifetime” and I am shamelssly mentioning it now, and two, because I do think they really are one of the best places to find a list of most m/m romance authors.
It’s one of those web sites, a lot like Elisa Rolle’s review site, where you can tell the people who run it really do love what they do. They love what they read as well. It’s all about books and covers and what’s the latest thing happening.
If you haven’t been there and you are a fan of m/m romance or gay fiction, please take the time to check it out here. It’s simple to navigate and you might wind up there for longer than you’d planned.
The Rainbow Book Fair in Greenwich Village is going to be held this March, on the 24th. A lot of publishers and authors have been preparing. I’ve signed and returned tons of bookplates for loveyoudivine.com, and other authors have been posting and working even harder to make this event something special. I’ve donated free books, and so have other authors, as free give-aways.
I asked Tristan to send me something that I could post for readers and other authors. Here’s her reply:
All Male Romance (allmaleromance.com) is “a small ‘community’ of writers with one thing in common: We love gay romantic fiction.” It is a website “dedicated to bringing readers of m/m romantic fiction together with the authors they love!!” —SPONSOR—
Come visit us at: Table A8, and take home free handouts and a CD!
4th ANNUAL NEW YORK RAINBOW BOOK FAIR
Saturday, March 24, 2012 11am–5:30pm
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center 208 West 13th Street NYC
I’m going to be away a good deal of March. I go to South Beach this time each year, where I work most of the time and spend the rest of the time with my brother and my partner, Tony. But we’re driving down because of the dogs and my schedule isn’t written in granite. So I’m trying to work it out so I’ll be back in time to attend the book fair. There is nothing I love more than walking around through book fair in the Village in the early spring (To be honest, I love this a lot more than hot Florida, but when you’re in a relationship you have make compromises :). Everything in the world changes constantly, but some things always make you feel as if you’ve gone home again. And Greenwich Village in the early spring is one of them.
I love these guys over at All Male Romance. Not just because I’m in their author spotlight of the week and because they posted a huge image of HOT ITALIAN LOVER, but because I’ve watched them work tirelessly to get this web site as good as they can get it. They do it for love, not for money. And there’s never a hidden agenda…other than talking about all male romance.
I wrote about quality last week, well, this web site is what I’d consider top quality information about, literally, All Male Romance.
It’s a great place for readers who love all male romance to check out authors and books. And it’s a great place for authors to display books. I firmly believe that if you’re writing for the digital market and the people who read digital books, you can go to book signings in physical bookstores, you can do author events like readings, and hit every conference in the world…but there’s nothing as effective as online presence from places like all male romance.
Here’s the link to check them out.
And I’d like to send them a huge thanks for giving me the author spotlight. It was a nice, unexpected surprise.
There’s a great new web site up and running, created by Tristan Davis. It focuses on all your favorite m/m authors, and all your favorite m/m books.
Check out the link below and see for yourself. It’s simple to navigate and it’s easy to find any author you’ve read. And, a huge thanks to Tristan Davis who came up with the idea, designed the whole site, and put so much time and effort into getting it up and running.