I have some ridiculously exciting news to share. If you’ve not already seen it on social media, I’ve signed up with Gurt Dog Press to publish my horror novel. I’ll share more details as I can, but I wanted to tell you a little more about Gurt Dog Press and how this all came to be!
About Gurt Dog Press
Gurt Dog Press is a small LGBTQ+ publisher that focuses on speculative fiction. One of the things I liked about them was their commitment to raise queer voices of all kinds. Their expanding line-up of authors and books is exciting, representing a lot of different genres and voices. I’m excited to see how they continue to expand and grow, and am really proud to join in.
A selection of the books published by Gurt Dog Press:
A Pitch In the Dark
I connected with Gurt Dog thanks to the #PitDark pitch session on Twitter. I feel incredibly lucky, as this was my first attempt at participating in something like that. I have three novels built up at this point, ready to find a home. But if I’m honest, the novel they’re publishing wasn’t even one I was actively putting out there. I decided to try it for this event, just in case. I was amazed to find it was the one that most people during the pitch session were responding to.
I was grateful for Gurt Dog’s interest, but when I sent them the full manuscript, I really had no expectations. I have sent too many queries and manuscripts and short stories to agents, publishers, and magazines and gotten too many rejections (it’s the writer’s way of life) to get too excited from the start. But they gave me amazing feedback and asked to sign me up right away.
So, then I took a lot of time to research them as a publisher, ask questions, and even reached out to some of their current authors about their experience. I have to say thank you to L. B. Shimaira for taking the time to talk to me. They really helped me get a sense of what it was like to work with the publisher and painted a very favorable picture.
Much More To Come…
It’s the start of the journey! Don’t worry, much more news to come like the title, what it’s about, the cover… all in good time. But I have to say, this year of all years it feels good to have a win. Thanks for all the well-wishes I’ve already gotten and the support from all my friends who encouraged me and were my beta readers.