UPDATED 12:22AM EST // With the process of publishing and marketing one’s book completely on its head as book commerce shifts online, authors and publishing industry professionals gather in West Hollywood to discuss the future of publishing as it effects LGBT writers and readers. Watch Part 1 of the Discussion Here. More clips will be posted throughout the day.

Thanks to all of you who came out last week for a terrific discussion about the future of queer publishing.  We are especially grateful to our panelists Bronwyn Mauldin, Nick Nolan, Terry Wolverton and Steve Soucy. (Read their bios here.)  It was a pleasure moderating the discussion with such an expert group involved.

We’d also like to thank our generous co-sponsor, the City of West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board for making us part of their Pride Month events.

Note: We apologize that the video starts about 2 minutes into the discussion.



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9 Responses to “[Video] Future of Queer Publishing: A Panel Discussion”

  1. Eddie 7 July 2010 at 2:04 AM #

    Out of all of all of the postings I’ve read on this website, this one is the most enlightening. Before watching the videos of the discussion, I had the most warped view of the LGBT literary industry. Now I have a clear understanding of what I need, and what I don’t need to become a successful writer for our community.


  2. nicola 7 July 2010 at 5:53 PM #

    Tony, I wish I could have been there. Great job! Excellent info from all panelists.


  3. Tony Valenzuela 8 July 2010 at 4:19 PM #

    Thanks Eddie and Nicola. I’m glad you enjoyed watching the video. There was a real hunger for the information from the audience. I’m very motivated to continue to sponsor more community discussions through LLF!


  4. nicola 9 July 2010 at 1:00 AM #

    I think a tweetchat would be good. Rope in some agents, editors, and publishers as well as writers…


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  6. Jeffrey Round 9 July 2010 at 12:15 PM #

    Thanks to all. A really inspiring gab session. Whatever the future may hold, this is the real word on the street for queer publishing today.

    Jeffrey Round, author of The Bradford Fairfax Murder Mysteries


  7. Steve Berman 9 July 2010 at 11:53 PM #

    An interesting panel. I wonder how apt some of this issues are for books that require the massive distribution and networking of the major publishers and bookstores – such as YA. I moderated the YA panel at Saints & Sinners and it is clear that queer YA books published by small presses who are not primarily children’s publishers suffer in comparison – they are not stocked in Teen sections and are often not reviewed by the trade and librarian periodicals. Spec fic, too, I wonder. How does a book like Vellum or Spaceman Blues compare in sales to a small press fantasy novel? I’ve never met a gay author of (non-erotic) spec fic at a sci-fi conference that wasn’t tied to a large house — is that because such events are off their radar? Or how they define themselves and their readership? Many questions come to mind.


  8. Perry Brass 10 July 2010 at 4:52 PM #

    I found this discussion painful to sit through. Terry Wolverston confuses the self-absorption and emotional flatness of this period with “democratizing writing”—”the audience no longer wants to be passive and just accept the work.” The real problem is that the audience does not want to be incredibly moved by something that is outside of itself, that is outside of American Idol. Also, despite all the “democratizing” b.s. we still get back to the necessity of being back in bed with big-ticket publishers, agents, etc. Like that is still the goal of publishing, whether it is self-publishing, indie-small press, or not. There is infinitely more “product” out there now than there was 20 years when I first started publishing, and they are selling in infinitely smaller amounts, despite some very muscular techno-hustling around them. In other words, Twitter, FaceBook, etc. are not selling books, and the people whose profession it is to sell them are dying as well.


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