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Don Weise’s Views; Victoria TX Kicks Gay Dancers Out

Don Weise’s Views 

Don Weise is a publisher/editor who has been working in LGBTI publishing for over twenty years. I’ve worked with him in the past, and he edited my novel, Fangsters, with Riverdaleavebooks.com. I met him a while back when he was senior editor at Alyson Publications when Alyson bought the rights to An Officer and His Gentleman. I have never worked with a more gentle editor than Don. I know gentle might sound like an odd word to use, but it’s the best way to describe my experience with him. He’s also a very interesting man and through a series of e-mail exchanges I’ve learned a good deal about more than one topic. Huff Po recently did a great interview with Don where he talks about LGBT publishing, the changes we’ve seen, and what changes still might happen.

DW…I think that with publishing at the big houses becoming so blockbuster-oriented, it leaves little room for midlist titles which is what most LGBT books are. Relatively few will sell over twenty thousand copies. However, that leaves the field open for small presses, gay and otherwise, to bring out more LGBT literature. The readers are definitely there.

I recently had a conversation with an author and we were both saying the same thing. And both of us have done indie publishing, but we both still prefer working with small presses.

You can read the entire interview in full, here.

Victoria, TX Kicks Gay Dancers Out

In a Texas town I’ve never heard of…Victoria…a gay couple dancing together was allegedly kicked out of a “straight” nightclub.

A dance club for heterosexuals (yes, they exist!) in Victoria, Texas is being slammed this week after ousting a gay couple for dancing together during a country music song. The director of operations at Cactus Canyon claims he was trying to “maintain the peace,” though we’re pretty sure he was just jealous of the couple’s superior dance skills.
Full story here: http://www.queerty.com/straight-texas-club-boots-gay-couple-for-violating-same-sex-dancing-ban-20131226/#ixzz2odKG1om1

The owner of the club has since apologized and claims it was all a misunderstanding. ACLU of Texas has offered to assist the couple.

One of the reasons I set my Glendora Hill series in Texas Hill Country is because I know a lot of gay people who live there and I’ve never once heard them complain of discrimination…at least not any more than in any state in the US. Trust me, I have plenty of Pennsylvania discrimination stories from first hand experience. So I think this is an isolated incident, and one that could have happened anywhere in the US. It’s important to point those things out so people don’t misinterpret things.

You can read more here.

Riverdaleavebooks.com Sale

Riverdaleavebooks Sale

I wanted to post about this separately today because sales like these don’t happen all that often. And if you’re not out pushing and shoving the crowds (like me) in stores this weekend you might be interested in stocking up on a few books at a discounted price. It’s also a simple web site to navigate just to check out for future reference. One of the owners is Don Weise who used to be senior editor at Alyson Books, long time LGBT publisher. There’s an interesting selection. The link is below.

From my Inbox:

Riverdale, New York – November 27, 2013 – Riverdale Avenue Books, the innovative hybrid publisher will offer 25% off of ebook titles starting at midnight on Black Friday. Shoppers will be able to purchase their holiday gifts and on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Riverdale Avenue Books.

Deals will start after midnight on Black Friday and will last for 24 hours. This offer will apply to books priced over $2.99. Books included in the deal are the Amazon best sellers, In Bed with Gore Vidal and 50 Shades of Gay, and the critically acclaimed Spank Me, Mr. Darcy.

Riverdale Avenue Books publishes ebooks under five imprints: Riverdale Pop, pop culture titles; Riverdale/Magnus Books, a joint venture with award-winning publisher Magnus Books, LGBT titles; Riverdale HSF, a horror, science fiction and fantasy line; Riverdale Truth, an erotic memoir line; and Riverdale Desire, an erotica and erotic romance imprint.

“If you ever wanted to check out our books, this is a great opportunity,” said RAB Publisher Lori Perkins. “And everyone loves a gifted ebook! It’s a great way to give a ’stocking stuffer’ miles away.”

About Riverdale Avenue Books
Riverdale Avenue Books publishes e-books and print books under seven imprints: Riverdale Pop, a pop culture imprint; Riverdale/Magnus an award-winning publisher of LGBT titles; RAB HSF, a horror, science fiction and fantasy line; RAB Truth an erotic memoir line; RAB Desire an erotica and erotic romance imprint; and RAB Sports and RAB Gaming featuring sports and gaming titles. Visit us at www.RiverdaleAveBooks.com or call us at 212-279-6418.

Lori Perkins, Riverdaleavebooks Article; Drag Queen Protests Russia



Lori Perkins, Riverdaleavebooks Article

Someone sent me a link today with a very nice article about Riverdaleavebooks.com, and information about the owners, Lori Perkins and Don Weise. I’ve worked with both before as editors. I’ve learned a great deal by working with them both and I never take that for granted. In fact, the main reason I wrote “Fangsters Clan of the Jersey Boys,” was because it was with Riverdaleavebooks.

It’s a nice article, with a photo of Perkins. They don’t mention this, but she’s a very nice person. And Don is adorable.

 Ms. Perkins, who has lived in Riverdale for two decades, said she snatched up space in 5676 Riverdale Ave. because it once housed Baen Books, a science fiction, fantasy and horror publishing company, and she sought to continue to use the office as a place for publishing.

After noticing that several publishing companies she admired were named after the streets in their addresses, Ms. Perkins and Mr. Weise decided to name their company Riverdale Avenue Books.
 
As a side note, I’ve been to Riverdale, NY and it’s one of NY’s best kept secrets. You’re only miles from downtown Manhattan and yet it’s very historical and relaxed from what I recall. (Haven’t been there in a while.)

Drag Queen Protests Russia

I’m not even sure if it’s PC to refer to a female impersonator anymore as a drag queen, which is why I don’t write the phrase in books, and never use it. However, since it’s in Huff Po I figure it must be okay to use here, and especially within the context of this very serious article. A Berlin based drag queen has literally sewn his mouth shut in protest against what Russia is doing to gays. The magnitude of this act, not to mention how this entire ordeal in Russia has sparked outrage, is now a global issue.

In wake of Russia’s recent anti-gay legislation and violence against LGBT individuals, activists have united in their own forms of protest on an international scale.
 
These range in magnitude from gay bars boycotting the sale of Stoli Vodka to large-scale protests of individuals coming together in the streets.

Breakout stated to Die Welt newspaper (and translated by PinkNews) that the widespread violence throughout Russia has impacted him profoundly and emotionally. “The pain I felt inside when I had to see in the media what is happening in Russia was greater than the physical pain of the needle,” he said. “My partner held the camera while I did it. But he couldn’t look.”

While watching TV news last night, I saw a clip of gay men pouring Stoli vodka down the drain in a Center City Philadelphia gay bar in protest. I’ve also received e-mails from both gay and straight people telling me to boycott anything Russian produced in protest (hit them in the money belt with the gay dollar, which is not something to ignore). And when I posted about this article written by Johnny Weir about how he thinks we should support the Olympics based on his own self-serving needs, I don’t think I’ve been that angry in a long time. In fact, I think sewing his mouth shut would be way to extreme and violent, but I wouldn’t mind seeing someone put a big piece of duct tape over his mouth.

I had to re-read that paragraph a few times just be certain I wasn’t missing something. I hope his ass doesn’t wind up in prison. Way to go, Johnny boy. It’s always best to put yourself first, be self-serving, and forget about the majority of innocent LGBT people suffering through the physical and mental injustices of Russia’s stance on LGBT rights…or lack thereof.

In any event, you can read more here. There is also a photo list of anti-gay celebrities, including Kirk Cameron from the old 1980’s sitcom fame…a show I can’t recall at this moment.  Of course the comment thread with the article is dismal.