• Publishing

    Racism in sapphic publishing, it’s time to talk about inclusivity again

    It’s Pride month, COVID-19 is still in circulation, and the Black Lives Matter movement is finally opening many people’s eyes to the racial injustices all around us. Couple this with the fact that GCLS’s cancelled conference is now a virtual one and you have a perfect storm. For those of you who haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about; there’s been a lot of chatter on social media about racism in sapphic publishing. The Lesbrary wrote an article about it, you can check it out here. This social media…

  • Publishing

    The Gatekeepers of Writing and Finding Your Own Way

    As an author, I often get people asking me how to write a book. And I always reply the same thing; it’s different for everyone. This is a hill I will die on. There is no one way to write a book. There’s also no right way to write a book. As with so many things in this world, there are a wide variety of ways to reach your end goal. However, I’m more and more seeing a snobbish few proclaiming a very prescriptive way to write a book. And,…

  • My Writing,  Personal

    How writer’s block finally caught up with me and how I (hopefully) overcame it

    Let me start by saying that I’ve written seventeen novels in under four years. I’m a full-time author with no other source of income so that shouldn’t really be a surprise. Writing is my job. And, like so many other jobs, I do it every single day. Accountants don’t hope to file some corporate accounts, hit the big time, and retire. Tree surgeons don’t expect to fell an enormous diseased oak and then buy a yacht and soak up rays in the costa del somewhere. Neither should authors. Because the…

  • Publishing

    Introducing… Summer Loving a collection of short summer stories from some of the hottest names in f/f fiction right now

    Last September, in between a trip to Sweden and a late-summer cruise, I was feeling particularly summery. It had been a wonderful few months and I didn’t want summer to end, especially as I was painfully aware that October was on the way and that effectively meant the end of bright, warm days in England. I decided to make summer last a little bit longer by working on a project throughout the winter months. I sent a few emails and before long I had eight fantastic WLW authors keen to…

  • Personal,  Publishing

    Sapphic Authors Paying It Forward

    As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I’ve had to make the decision to not travel to the GCLS Conference later in the year. However, in the spirit of community, I wanted to do something with the funds I would have spent on getting to GCLS (airfare, hotels, conference costs). I banded together with my wife Emma Sterner-Radley, and two fantastic independent authors, Claire Highton-Stevenson and Melissa Tereze to create a fund specifically for helping sapphic authors who are struggling because of the current Coronavirus crisis. This morning I…