So, if you follow me on facebook or twitter, you’ll know by now that I’m officially publishing my first novel with Bold Strokes Books. I’m beyond thrilled by the whole thing. Really. I get butterflies when I think of it. Still.
First and foremost, Bold Strokes is one of the top LGBTQ publishers out there. They put out an impressive diversity of titles every year, and they are always among the finalists and winners for LGBTQ literary awards. They were my top choice publisher, the first (and only) one i submitted to, and they picked me. For the girl who was never picked first for the team, it’s affirming on lots of levels.
Bold Strokes as also extremely committed to their writers. I’d gathered as much based on the BSB authors I follow, but I’ve now experienced it firsthand. There is so much support–editorial, professional, personal–I already feel like my writing is being taken to the next level.
Of course, that doesn’t mean my editor has brandished a magic wand and made my manuscript ready for print. There’s a lot of work to do. I have moments of feeling overwhelmed by it, but those moments usually come after a long stretch of hours at my day job. Mostly, I feel excited and appreciative for constructive feedback and looming deadlines. I work well with deadlines.
I’d like to ramble some more, but I have a hot date with my red pen. I do, after all, have a deadline.