• Personal,  Publishing

    Writing WLW Fiction as a Bisexual Woman? I’ve Been Rejected

    Back in July 2018, I decided to make a change to my use of language when it came to promoting my books. Up until that time I had begrudgingly been using terms like “lesfic” and “lesbian fiction” to advertise my books, and myself as an author. The thing is, I don’t like using those terms because I don’t feel that they fit. You see, I’m bisexual. I’m not a lesbian. And therefore I’m not a lesbian author. Yes, I write books about women who love women, but it’s not necessarily…

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    WLW FICTION QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS 2019

    Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who filled in the survey and a special thank you to those of your who shared the post regarding the 2019 WLW fiction survey. In the end, we had around 230 forms filled in. While this is less than the 600 replies from last year, that survey managed to hit traction within the mainstream market and therefore got a higher number of replies. With this smaller data set, we can be assured that it is the thoughts of people who actively read…

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    Colleagues in the Author Business

    As a full time self-published author, I work from home and am self-employed. I met someone at the weekend, at an author event, who told me she could never work for herself, she’d get too lonely. She’d miss conversations by the water cooler, talking about what was happening in the business, and the general camaraderie of socialising with her work colleagues. I agreed that it can sometimes be a lonely profession, but I have work colleagues. I gestured around the room at all the other authors manning their tables. “They…

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    South Coast Lesfic Hang Out, a summary

    Where can you find three 2019 GCLS finalists, three Emmas, two Kits, a metric ton of wool in the shape of cute animals, two amazing audiobook narrators, a best-seller of Amazonian proportions (seriously, Kiki Archer IS that tall), and a whole host of fabulous authors all under one roof? Crawley. For those who don’t know, Crawley is the spectacular metropolis next to Gatwick Airport. It has restaurants, shops, hotels, multiplex cinemas, office blocks, and a horticultural society who happen to have a hall to rent to a group of sapphic…

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    Where should readers buy books from to best support their favourite authors?

    As with so many things in the publishing world, the answer to that question is not a straightforward one. I recently received a message from a reader, she told me she loved my books and wanted to buy my latest but she was unsure the best way to go about it. She’d heard that purchasing directly through a publisher website was the best. She’d also heard that Kindle Unlimited was the devil for authors, but she loved reading and was looking into signing up to the subscription service. I wrote…