Queens has never held a book festival to celebrate its local authors and artists, and I would say an inaugural event is long overdue.
I usually keep my academic hat on a separate peg from my author hat, but I thought this recent article, published in the journal Social Work with Groups, might be of interest to some of my readers.
Lots of readers and publishing industry players say they crave books about LGBT characters who happen to be gay, but how do you market those books? If there’s no major romance storyline or coming out storyline, how will fans of LGBT fiction know it’s a story about LGBT people from the back cover blurb?
A colleague shared an article that especially propelled me to write this. It was a list of tips for allies and spoke to the importance of sharing sadness, outrage, love, and solidarity on social media, because when you don’t, those affected see that too.
Flame-con 2 is coming up this summer (August 20th and 21st), and I am excited to be teaming up with three fantastic authors at an exhibitor table.