Tips on How Authors Can Work with Local Libraries

Speed_AndreaBy Andrea Speed

At last year’s first inaugural Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, Marlene Harris gave a talk on how to get your books into your local libraries. I am a huge proponent of libraries. I grew up reading books from my school libraries and community libraries, and I still visit my local one once a week. I really wanted to do this.

So I followed Marlene’s advice. I brought a copy of one of my published books into the library, and talked with the head librarian, giving her the copy, and also mentioning that it won a Rainbow Award. Because it did, and it never hurts to mention any awards you’ve won or been nominated for. She had to pass the book on to someone higher up, in charge of book acquisitions, and it took a couple of weeks before I heard anything back.

InfectedPreyBut the news was very good. Not only are there physical copies of some of my books in the system now – and e-copies! – but I was approached about doing a local author event. I am doing that May 4th, and they’ll have some of my books available for check out for people who

The advice works well, and I can’t encourage enough authors to do it. Now I realize that for right now, this only applies to authors who actually have physical copies of their work, but times are changing, and the fact that they added e-copies of my books as well feels like a step in the right direction.

Libraries are fantastic. You can find a whole lot of new readers there, and they just encourage reading in general, which we as authors should always support. Because if no one was reading our stories, why publish them at all?

So if you have a local library and haven’t visited it in ages (or ever), I encourage you to stop by. Who knows, cultivating a good relationship now could pay off in the future.

But above all else, keep writing, and keep reading. And visit GRNW too. You never know what you’ll learn.

UPCOMING EVENT – May 4 – Andrea Speed at the Parkway/Spanaway Library

2:00pm – 3:30pm – 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma 9844

Local author Andrea Speed discusses her popular paranormal fiction series, Infected. She shares what inspired her to become an author, her experiences with the writing and publishing process and her other works of fiction.

Books will be available for checkout, purchase and signing. Visit the site to read more.

Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. She’s the author of the Infected series for Dreamspinner Press, the Josh of the Damned series for Riptide Publishing, and has a bunch of non-series stuff as well. She makes up stuff, just to be an ass. In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution! Visit Andrea’s website.

2013 Wrap-Up and Looking Ahead to GRNW 2014

It’s still January, so that tells us it’s not too late to do a wrap-up post about last year, as well as look ahead to 2014 and how we can further our initiatives and projects to better spread the love about LGBT romance fiction in the Pacific Northwest. 🙂

First, we wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who supported GRNW in 2013! Lots of things happened in our first year, and we’re so happy that you were there to be a part of it!

GRNW 2013 – Activities and Outcomes

GRNW_ButtonAvatar– We held our first Gay Romance Northwest Meet-up on September 14, 2013 at The Seattle Public Library with over 120 attendees, a keynote address, 3 panel discussions, and a hoppin’ book fest at the Hotel Monaco!

It was a FANTASTIC first conference, and thank you to everyone who came out to participate. We know we came out of nowhere last year to celebrate all that is awesome about LGBT romance fiction, so we appreciate everyone who came out to join us. 😀

– We had a huge community of support for the inaugural conference:

10 GRNW Sponsors, including Blind Eye Books, Bold Strokes Books, Dreamspinner Press, Extasy Books, Harmony Ink Press, Less Than Three Press, Riptide Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Storm Moon Press, and Torquere Press!

And 11 GRNW Community Partners, including Gay City Health Project and the Gay City LGBT Library, GeekGirlCon, Hedgebrook, Lambda Literary Foundation, Pride Foundation, Queer Geek, Rainbow Romance Writers, Rose City Romance Writers, The Seattle Lesbian, and University Book Store!

We’re very grateful to all our partners and sponsors who took a chance on supporting a brand new initiative. Thank you for being part of this adventure!

– We had an amazing group of more than 30 LGBT romance authors that joined us for the first year’s event!

Thank you to all the writers that supported GRNW during our first year and beyond! This event would not have happened without your support, participation, enthusiasm, and your belief that this event should happen!

University Book Store Reading

University Book Store Reading

– We held three reading events at the University Book Store during July and September 2013 that featured 12 GRNW authors, including Ginn Hale, Anne Tenino, Megan Derr, Kade Boehme, and Andrea Speed!

For some authors, this was their first public reading event, and we’re happy to be a part of that experience. A big part of our mission is to continually promote opportunities to connect LGBT romance to the community, encourage more awareness of the genre, and celebrate the writers, readers, publishers, and fans who are pushing queer romance forward. Hosting public reading events is a great way to connect these works to the community at large.

– 12 GRNW authors participated in our first “5 Minutes in Heaven” reading at the 2013 GRNW Meet-Up book fest, including P.D. Singer, Amelia Gormley, Eric Andrews-Katz, Rick R. Reed, and Angela Benedetti!

Books for Lambert House!

Books for Lambert House!

– We hosted two book drives in 2013, gathering 240+ books for Gay City’s LGBT Library and 150+ Young Adult LGBT books for the LGBT youth services organization Lambert House!

Donating LGBT books is an excellent way to help spread awareness. We encourage everyone to look at LGBT community resources in your area that may be in need of new books.

– We launched our GRNW GoodReads group to share news and provide a place where authors, attendees, and fans can meet and chat.

– We did 12 interviews with GRNW 2013 authors, including Nicole Kimberling, Lou Harper, Heidi Belleau, and Devon Rhodes!

– 10 authors participated in our Secret Story event on GoodReads and shared short stories with readers, including stories by Morticia Knight, Pender Mackie, Sasha L. Miller, and Lou Sylvre!

– We held our first Seattle LGBT Romance Reader Group meeting in November at Gay City!

Hosting regional reader meetings were a direct result of the 2013 Meet-Up. Attendees had requested more opportunities to meet other local readers.

– We posted the GRNW keynote address by SPL’s Marlene Harris which shares information about how to work with libraries to expand LGBT library collections: How to get LGBT Romance Books into Libraries

– We were lucky enough to have multiple media mentions about the GRNW Meet-Up and our activities, includes pieces in The Seattle Lesbian, Seattle Gay News, Dear Author, and our own article in Lambda Literary about the conference’s mission: Seattle Conference Spreads the Love about LGBTQ Romance Fiction

– GRNW lead Tracy posted her wrap-up about the 2013 Meet-up: What I learned while running a Gay Romance Conference

– During the month prior to the September conference, the Seattle Public Library added more than 240 LGBT romance ebooks to their collections, including books by most of the authors attending GRNW!

And we got the chance to work with and meet so many wonderful writers and readers who, like us, love LGBT romance fiction!

THANK YOU for joining us and being part of such an amazing year!

Gaylaxy Quest2014 and Beyond!

So, we’re into 2014 and plans are in the making to make GRNW’s second year bigger AND better than our first year.

– We held our first Portland Reader Group meeting on January 11, and boy, was it a blast! Thank you to everyone who came out to join in! There WILL be more Portland meetings in the future!

– We have our next Seattle Reader Group meeting on February 1, again at Gay City! We hope you can join us for more chatting about your favorite books!

MORE AUTHOR EVENTS! We’re planning author reading events throughout the year. Our next two are Rainbow Valentine on Feb. 13 at the University Book Store and Gaylaxy Quest on Feb. 21 at Gay City. Each event will feature four GRNW 2014 authors reading their work!

And that’s just for February! We have more reading events planned for 2014, and our goal is to expand outside of Seattle to host more events across the Pacific Northwest!

Extending our Reach with Partnerships! GRNW is working with community partners, including Gay City and Queer Geek to help host LGBT fiction events throughout the year. We’re really excited to work with the community to better spread awareness of so many authors’ works.

– We started the GRNW blog here on the website to help encourage more dialogue around the genre and offer a platform for authors and readers to share their thoughts.

2014WinterCoverV2_small-231x300– The #2 issue of Old Growth Northwest’s literary journal POPLORISH includes five of the short stories from the GRNW GoodReads group’s 2013 Secret Story event. The whole issue is free to download.

– In January 2014, we started the first GRNW GoodReads Round Robin story project with 11 authors participating! Already, part 1 and part 2 have been posted!

GRNW_ButtonAvatarGRNW Meet-Up 2014!

And of course, we’re gearing up for the big event on September 20, 2014. Plans are still in development to make it even more awesome, but here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming:

– We have over 50 authors signed up to attend!

– We’ll be back at the wonderful Seattle Public Library in the middle of downtown Seattle in their Microsoft Auditorium. (Seats 275)

– The main conference will again be during the afternoon and will feature panel discussions with authors and publishers and a keynote address, along with Q&As with the audience.

– In the morning, we’ll be hosting workshops for writers, a special “Readers Rumpus” meet-up for readers, and author pitch sessions with attending publishers.

– After the conference, we’ll be back at the Hotel Monaco across the street from the library for the Happy Hour book fest where attendees can meet with authors and get books signed. (And free swag!)

MCWLib– We’ll be working again with Gay City on another book drive during the conference for the Gay City LGBT Library. (So save up your book donations! There will be prizes for donors!)

– And we’ll be hosting an after party that will feature more fun times and special readings!

– We already have a wonderful group of GRNW Sponsors on board for 2014, including Blind Eye Books, Bold Strokes Books, Decadent Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Extasy Books, Harmony Ink Press, Less Than Three Press, Loose Id, MLR Press, Riptide Publishing, and Samhain Publishing! (Let us know if you would like to come on board to help support GRNW 2014!)

– We have a fantastic team of GRNW Community Partners on board for 2014, including Gay City and the Gay City LGBT Library, Lambda Literary, Pride Foundation, Queer Geek, Rainbow Romance Writers, Rose City Romance Writers, and The Seattle Lesbian! (Let us know if you would like to join us as a Community Partner!)

September 20, 2014 will be a BUSY day, but we think it will be amazing, and we hope you can join us in sunny Seattle on that Saturday!

For those wondering about tickets, registration will open up in Spring 2014. Tickets to GRNW 2013 were $25 (and just $15 for the early bird rate!) Tickets to the 2014 conference will be around the same price, and yes, the tickets will include entrance to all the events.

And like in 2013, GRNW 2014 is a volunteer-run initiative. All funds raised, whether through tickets, ads, or sponsorships, go directly to funding the conference and related GRNW activities.

It’s going to be a great year! We hope you will join us in all these festivities and be a part of the celebration around LGBT romance fiction!

To 2014 and beyond!

What I Learned While Running a Gay Romance Conference

By Tracy Timmons-Gray, GRNW Coordinator

This is a re-posting of an essay Tracy wrote for the genre blog Reviews by Jesswave that was published on October 15, 2013.

On September 14, 2013, more than 120 attendees joined the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up at the Seattle Central Public Library, the first conference on LGBT romance fiction in the Pacific Northwest. The event was hosted by the Seattle nonprofit Old Growth Northwest, which focuses on fostering community and building resources for authors around the Pacific Northwest. I served as the event coordinator for GRNW (on a volunteer basis. GRNW is entirely volunteer-run. For the record, I’m speaking here as myself, and not for Old Growth.)

The conference itself was a one-day event–an afternoon with three panel discussions with authors, editors, publishers, and cover artists that talked about topics like writing gay romance, what publishers are looking for, and diversity (or lack thereof) in LGBT romance. Following the conference, we went across the street to the Hotel Monaco where attendees could meet with authors and readers, buy books, have books signed, and listen to short readings.

GRNW 2013 Attending Authors

GRNW 2013 Attending Authors

We call GRNW 2013 a success overall, especially for our first year.

1- The event went great, with only a few hitches (e.g. like us at registration forgetting to give out swag bags for the first 60 attendees. It was a hilarious scramble as conference volunteers ran up to pass out bags to the audience members.)

2- Due to writers, publishers, and attendees’ generous donations, both before and during the conference, we gathered more than 240 LGBT books in our book drive for the Gay City LGBT Library, a nonprofit library in Seattle that’s open to the public.

3- As seen in Marlene Harris’ earlier posting about working with libraries, during the month prior to the conference, the Seattle Public Library purchased 240 LGBT romance ebooks for the library collection, including books by most of the attending authors. We were very proud that SPL took such great and immediate measures to expand their collections.

(It’s just coincidence that the number of Gay City book drive donations matched the number of SPL additions, although we’re very happy that in total almost 500 LGBT books were added to the Seattle community this summer.)

GRNW Panel: Megan Derr, Astrid Amara, Stormy Glenn, Daisy Harris, Ethan Stone, and Anne Tenino

GRNW Panel: Megan Derr, Astrid Amara, Stormy Glenn, Daisy Harris, Ethan Stone, and Anne Tenino

Thinking Ahead to GRNW 2014

We got a lot of positive feedback as well as wonderful suggestions from attendees for next year (and yes, there is a next year—GRNW 2014 will be back at the Seattle Central Public Library on Sept. 13, 2014.)

After running this event, I learned a lot of things. If I had to step back in time to talk with April 2013 Tracy, which is when this event idea was born, these are some of the things that I would share:

Writers, Sponsors, and Partners will get on board

Lou Harper, Nicole Kimberling, and Devon Rhodes

GRNW authors Lou Harper, Nicole Kimberling, and Devon Rhodes

Prior to this event, we did not have connections with any of the authors, sponsors, or partners. All connections were made in those five months. The hardest thing was to reach out and ask them to join. (It’s kind of scary—asking a stranger if they’d like to believe in your idea.) But everyone was so positive and enthusiastic to be a part of this, even though we were not a known entity or part of the industry.

So, I say this to anyone who is interested in doing something similar—push past your fear of asking. Some will say no, and some will ignore you, but most of the people you will talk to are wonderful, caring, creative, and positive people, and they will be a joy to work with.

Partnerships are valuable, even if they can’t support you financially

GRNW authors Heidi Belleau, Kade Boehme, Ginn Hale, Rick R. Reed, and Andrea Speed

GRNW authors Heidi Belleau, Kade Boehme, Ginn Hale, Rick R. Reed, and Andrea Speed

GRNW and Old Growth Northwest worked with 11 community partners on this event, from the geeky convention GeekGirlCon to the prestigious Lambda Literary to two RWA chapters, the Rainbow Romance Writers and the Rose City Romance Writers. These kinds of partnerships are great for outreach, building connections, building awareness, and tying your fiction event more into the community.

There are so many great reasons to spread the love of LGBT romance fiction, and connecting your event to local LGBT, arts, and writing nonprofits is a great way to extend your reach and build awareness of the genre.

Independent bookstores vs. independent presses

GRNW_Panel_1_AudienceOne of our partners was an independent bookstore which handled all the ordering and bookselling for the event. The bookstore was wonderful to work with, but we definitely ran into conflicts, and it’s one of those, “it’s no one’s fault” kind of issues. Both independent publishers and bookstores have policies in place, and they don’t always work together. For example, some presses don’t allow returns. Book stores will only buy books that can be returned. Both sides are in a financial standing where one can’t overcompensate for the other without losing money.

This isn’t the fault of the independent press. They’re putting themselves out there and taking a big risk by being independent. Nor is it the fault of the store. As we can see by the dwindling numbers of brick-and-mortar bookstores, they can’t afford to take on financial risks either.

We plan on continuing to work with bookstores and holding bookstore author events. (This year we held three store reading events that featured 12 GRNW authors.) It’s part of our mission to keep working with bookstores and libraries to highlight authors, because LGBT romance authors should be spotlighted at public author events just as other genre authors are.

But our goal for next year is to continually look for new ways to make the process easier—for stores, for presses, for authors, and for readers. Because even though the majority of the market is ebook-driven, there is still real joy in being able to flip through these books at a store. Our goal is to see how we can make that even easier.

You will run into bigotry, prejudice, and elitism

Focus on the good parts and all the positive people that you’re working with. So when someone tells you that they don’t serve “those kinds of customers” or tells you derisively that they don’t “read those kinds of books,” you can respond professionally back to them. It will happen, because not everyone is at the table with LGBT, romance, or LGBT romance.

Just smile and tell them that there will always be a spot at the table for them when they want it.

What more can be done – GRNW Call to Action

GRNW_ButtonAvatarOne of the main points we made at the conference was that there are so many little things that readers and writers can do to help boost awareness of the genre, and part of our purpose was to live by example and show how one can engage to make things happen, whether you’re  a reader or a writer.

These things include:

Requesting your library to purchase LGBT romance books

– If your library has books already, borrowing them. (That’s one of the best ways to show a library that there’s demand.)

Donating books to community LGBT libraries. A lot of cities have them, whether they are a formal library or at a community center. Donating books is a great way to spread the love.

Working with book stores, libraries, and related nonprofits to host author events. (This is especially easy in urban areas where you can gather multiple authors for one event.)

Attend local LGBT romance events in your area. (Getting attendees at events is how more events happen. Nothing shuts down an initiative faster than a visible lack of interest.)

Participate in conventions and events—whether it’s the genre flagship event of GayRomLit, this spring’s RainbowCon, this summer’s UK Meet 2014, the LGBTQ track at RT 2014, next fall’s GRNW 2014 or Yaoicon 2014, or organizing an event or panel with your local RWA chapter, nothing stops silence more than going out there and publicly celebrating.

Celebrate. Celebrate lots and lots. Because whether you’re a writer or a reader, you’re worth it, and so are these books.

One of the last points we ended GRNW was this:

We don’t need to wait for mainstream publishers to tell us that these books are valuable.

We can do that ourselves.

With all these little ways, we can announce with our actions about the books that we love and the authors that we admire.

Request. Borrow. Lend. Buy. Donate. Review. Recommend. Attend.

Read. Write.



We’ll be right there doing the same. We’d love for you to join us.

Tracy Timmons-Gray has a background in nonprofit project management, development, and communications, and is an avid LGBTQ romance reader.

How to Get LGBT Romance Books into Libraries

by Marlene Harris

MarleneHarrisThis post is an edited version of the Keynote Address that Marlene gave at the 2013 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up on September 13, 2014 at the Seattle Central Public Library.

My name is Marlene Harris and I’m a biblioholic. I’m addicted to reading. I read for fun and I read a LOT. While my first loves are science fiction and fantasy, I also read just about every kind of romance, including gay romance.

But I am also a professional book-pusher. That’s right, I’m a librarian. My current position is at The Seattle Public Library, but for the record, I am not speaking or writing officially on behalf of that library.

I’m here to talk about how readers can work with their libraries to get what they want to read on the shelves, both physical and “virtual”.

In order to get your book into the library’s collection, you have to navigate your way through the library’s methods for getting material into its collection. In other words, what are the rules for navigating past the gatekeepers?

I’m going to get specific about things you can do to get books you want to read into your local library and/or books you’ve written into libraries. Before I do this, I want to make one very big caveat.

“All politics is local”.

Public libraries are creatures of local politics. They are governed by locally elected or appointed boards and are funded by local tax dollars. Therefore, to paraphrase the gentleman who said the original phrase (Tip O’Neill, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives), “All Libraries is local.”

Ask for What You Want

If you are a reader and want more gay romance in your library, every library has a request mechanism for the library to purchase a book. For this method to work, some points to note:

  • You have to be a user of that library.
  • If your library is in a budget crunch, there may be a limit on how many books they order per month. (Also requests may work better on January 15 than December 15, as libraries have budget cycles)
  • Be kind to whoever has to handle the back-end of this process and fill the form out as completely as possible.
  • If you want an ebook, even if the form doesn’t say you can ask for one, as long as the library has ebooks, you can still ask.

By asking for what you want, you are demonstrating that there is demand in the community. If no one asks, then the library does not know that their users will check out gay romances.

Also, because gay romances are not published by big name publishers, they are not heavily reviewed by the review sources that libraries use. Requesting a specific title is a big up-vote that the library should buy it, even without a review.

One warning for any author that is thinking about getting their spouse and/or parent and/or child to request their book; please don’t trick us. We’re librarians and we do research.Does the amount of sex in a book matter?

Does the amount of sex in a book matter?

I’ve been asked whether the amount or graphic-ness of the sex matters in whether or not gay romance, or any romance, will be purchased for a library collection.

This is an “All Libraries is Local” answer. Sex hasn’t mattered at the libraries I’ve worked at (and that just reads wrong when I write it) but I’ve worked for most of my career in either big cities or college towns, and they tend to skew liberal. If you live in a community where your local library doesn’t carry het erotica, they’re not going to buy any gay erotica either. On the other hand, if the het romances get extremely steamy, then it’s reasonable to ask them to purchase equally steamy gay romances.

Getting Reviewed Matters

Besides patron requests, how do libraries decide what to buy? And how can you as an author get a library to buy your book?

The best thing is to get your book reviewed by one of the major review magazines.

  • The review magazines that libraries use are Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist.
  • If you write YA, there is also an offshoot of Library Journal, School Library Journal.
  • For romance specifically, RT Book Reviews is relevant, and middle-sized and bigger public libraries subscribe and use it.
  • Library Journal also reviews e-original romances, including LGBTQ romances, in their online Xpress Reviews every week.

And Kirkus and PW will let authors buy reviews, but it’s expensive. (And even if you buy a review with Kirkus, there is no guarantee that it will be a good review. Kirkus is notoriously snarky!)

As a recommendation, Library Journal Xpress Reviews is always looking for more ebook-only or digital first publishers to work with. (Full disclosure, I’m one of their reviewers.)

Work with Libraries

Librarians hand-sell books they love, just like local bookstores.

For authors, you can approach your library about doing an event there. Libraries do author events, and have many of the same types of author-related programming that bookstores do.

If you do an author event at your local library the library will also stock your books for circulation. No matter what they have to do to get them. If you are the event, people will be curious about your work and want to check your work out.

Also, many libraries will either allow an author to sell their books after an author event or partner with a local bookstore to sell the author’s books.

You promote your library event; you promote the library. The library promotes your event; it promotes the library and you. Everybody wins.

Donating Books

Ask your local library if they accept donations. Many libraries are thrilled to have local authors donate copies of their books. My experience is that the smaller the library is, the more likely this method is to work.

Whatever you do, don’t drop donated books through the book drop and expect them to magically appear in the collection. Also don’t drop them at the circulation desk. (Yes, I’ve seen both things happen.)

Let’s talk about ebooks.

When a library buys a print book it buys a book. Just like you. We own the book; we can do what we want with it. Including sell it or give it away later.

Ebooks are not like print books. Nobody owns their ebooks. It’s software and it’s a license. The licensor, meaning the publisher, controls the terms of the license.

Also the technology for handling the Digital Rights Management is a pain in the patootie for everyone. There are very few companies who deal in the niche market of managing the DRM for ebook library checkouts. The big name is Overdrive, but 3M (yes the Scotch Tape people) have also jumped into the game.

So for a library to get your ebook, we have to know about it, and it has to be available to us through the supplier or suppliers that the library uses for ebooks.

For most libraries, that’s still Overdrive. Overdrive deals with publishers rather than with individual authors as a general rule. That being said, there are certainly publishers listed in Overdrive who are really just the publishers of a single author’s work.

In Conclusion and Real Life Examples

LGBTQ romance belongs in libraries.

If you are a reader and want more LGBTQ romance in your library, suggest titles.

For authors, we really do need to see where you’ve been reviewed.

If you are an author, working with your local library can give you more exposure.

GRNW_ButtonAvatarI will bring up one local example. The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up was held at the Seattle Public Library’s Central Library on September 14, (And GRNW asked if I would give a keynote to attendees about how they can interact with libraries to help expand LGBT collections.) In the month prior to the conference, the Seattle Public Library purchased 240 new ebook titles of LGBTQ romance, including titles by most of the authors attending the conference.

From the library perspective, what was great to see was that almost all those titles went out in circulation immediately, and some titles developed hold lists. (As I write this some titles still have hold lists, I’m on hold for a few things myself!) The immediate circulation plus hold queues exhibited demand to the library system, which means the library will purchase more titles.

This is something that libraries do. We (libraries in general) like to meet the demands of our users, and when we see that there is a demonstrated demand, we’ll keep meeting it.

Your library wants to give you what you want. You are our customers, our patrons, our users. You know what’s hot in the genre that you love and what’s not.

Help us do better.

Marlene Harris is the Technical Services Manager at The Seattle Public Library. This posting is an edited version of her keynote address that she gave on September 14, 2013 at the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up. You can read more of Marlene’s writings at her blog.

This post was originally published on the genre blog Reviews by Jesswave on October 4, 2013.


Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2013 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up!

SAVE THE DATE! Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up 2014 will be held on SEPTEMBER 20, 2014. We hope you can join us!

More than 120 attendees joined Old Growth Northwest on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Seattle Central Public Library for Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up 2013, the first conference in the Pacific Northwest to focus on the rising genre of LGBTQ romance fiction. The conference featured discussions and panels with LGBTQ Romance authors, publishers, editors, and cover artists from around the region as well as Q&As with the audience. Following the conference, there was a post-event “happy hour” book festival at the Hotel Monaco for author signings, author readings, giveaways, and more mingling and chatting.

Read the GRNW 3013 Keynote: How to Get LGBT Romance Books into Libraries by Marlene Harris (Reviews by Jesswave, 10/4/13)

Read the GRNW 2013 Wrap-Up and Call to Action: What I Learned While Running A Gay Romance Conference (Reviews by Jesswave, 10/15/13)

Visit Programming to see more photos from GRNW 2013!

To get a sneak peek at who is attending GRNW 2014, please visit our GoodReads Group!

Visit our Events page for info about upcoming meetings, readings, and events.

Stay tuned for more updates from the 2013 conference, including conference videos!

GRNW_AuthorsThe authors involved in GRNW 2013!

Schedule of GRNW Events for September 14, 2013

Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up
(Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 4th Ave.)

Registration: 12pm-1pm, Microsoft Auditorium
Panel Discussions: 1pm-5pm, Microsoft Auditorium

View the full Programming Schedule.

Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up “Happy Hour”
(Hotel Monaco, 1101 4th Ave.)

Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Paris Ballroom
Author Signings and Meet & Greet: 5:30pm-6:30pm, Paris Ballroom
Author Readings: 6:30pm-7:30pm, Paris Ballroom

Select titles were available for sale during the Meet-Up and Happy Hour courtesy of the University Book Store.

Registration and Admission

Registration for the GRNW 2013 was $25 and admission included both the GRNW Meet-Up at the Seattle Central Library and the Happy Hour book fest at the Hotel Monaco.

Stay tuned for our announcement for GRNW 2014 registration, coming Spring 2014!

To learn more about GRNW 2013 authors, click here.