This has been an chaotic week in terms of LGBTQ publishing.
First, Less than Three Press is shutting down. You can find the full announcement here.
It seems that the transition will be handled gracefully, and look for your LT3 authors to be jumping on other opportunities. And that’s all good. But there’s no getting around the fact that there’s one less small press getting books in the hands of readers in the LGBTQ romance community.
Second, Dreamspinner Press continues to be a polarizing topic of late. There is definitely hope for the company’s efforts to broaden the distribution channels and revamp the back end processes. However, those efforts have come at the cost of timely royalty payments. For those authors and vendors that are dependent on such payments to pay immediate bills, future growth is not a panacea.
There is no way to know right now what the end result will be. While Dreamspinner may recoup the benefits of their gamble (and I am truly hopeful that this is the case), the organization will need to work on rebuilding the trust of the community in the coming months.
In light of full disclosure, I have one story published by Dreamspinner and another in the pipeline.
Third, Angela James’ role as Editorial Director with Carina Press has been eliminated. I have no insight as to what Harlequin is trying to achieve with their restructuring. But I do know that in recent years Carina Press has made tangible improvements in terms of diversity. I am afraid of the risk to these efforts with their revamped organization
So all in all, it’s a frustrating and disconcerting week in the world of traditional LGBTQ publishing.
Is there good news? Yes, there is. In fact, there is great news. In the parallel universe of self-publishing, Lucy Lennox released an M/M book this week (King Me) that hit the #1 spot for Contemporary Romance. This is ridiculously exciting, and the best part has been seeing the outpouring of support from the community as a whole. So I think I’ll leave us here with that HFN.