GRNW 2016 Registration Now Open! (And it’s Free!)

GRNW_ButtonAvatar2016Registration for the 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up that will held at the Seattle Central Library on September 24, 2016 is now open!

And what’s the big change this year? Registration is free!

What do you mean “free”? We mean it costs zero dollars!

Whoa!!!! Yeah, we know!!!

Wait…does this mean I should still register if it’s free? Yes! You need to register. Even if it’s free, we still have limited seating at the Seattle Public Library and will have an attendee cap.

Okay. I have to register still even if it’s free. Got it. But what’s the schedule? Who’s attending?

Great questions! We’ll be announcing panels and attending authors later this month, but for your planning purposes, here is the general schedule.

GRNW 2016 Schedule – September 24, 2016

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Registration, Attendee Meet & Greet, and free swag (Microsoft Auditorium)

Come grab your seat and your nametag/swag bag, and like in previous years, we’ll have some free books out for grabs. (First come, first serve.)

12:00pm – 6:00pm – GRNW 2016 Bookfest (4th Floor, Room 1)

Throughout the conference, the bookfest will be open, including a table hosted by the Portland bookstore Another Read Through that will be selling books by attending authors. Come check it out!

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Opening Plenary Session (Microsoft Auditorium)

Opening session and Keynote for GRNW 2016

2:00pm – 3:00pm – GRNW 2016 Panels (1st Floor and 4th Floor)

Join one of the concurrent panels that will talk about a range of topics related to writing and reading LGBTQ romance fiction.

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Character Type Love Match! (Microsoft Auditorium)

Now back for it’s third year! Join the popular GRNW game Character Type Love Match where everyone has a vote on which character types will move forward to form the ultimate “couple” for GRNW 2016. Who will win??? You decide!

2015 Winning Couple: Mage x Cyborg
2014 Winning Couple: Soldier x Tattoo Artist

4:00pm – 6:00pm – Author Signings at Book Fest (4th Floor, Room 1)

Meet GRNW 2016 Attending Authors, buy books, grab some free swag, and chat with readers.

Will there be other GRNW events that weekend?

Yes! We will have two other events that weekend:

Friday, September 23: 7pm – 9:30pm
(Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104)

Come join for a free reading event at Seattle’s Hugo House that will feature GRNW 2016 attending authors.

Saturday, September 24: 6pm – Midnight: GRNW 2016 After Party
(Venue TBD)

After the conference festivities, come join the GRNW 2016 after-party, hosted by the podcast The Hopeless Romantic! (Food and drink will be available for purchase.)

Sweet! Looking forward to it! We are too! We’ll update soon about the panel schedule and attending authors, but until then, grab your seat! (It’s freeeeeeeeeeee!)

2016 Panel Submissions Now Open! Help Create the Program for GRNW 2016!

2015Panel_1The 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up conference will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Seattle Public Library, and the big news this year is that the conference will be FREE to attend!

Submit a Panel for GRNW 2016!

For our fourth annual conference, and like last year, we are opening up panel submissions! We would love for authors and attendees to help co-create the programming for 2016.

  • Do you have a great idea for a panel?
  • Do you know others who could speak on that topic?
  • Do you share our interest in promoting voices from across the LGBTQ romance writing spectrum?

Then check out our 2016 Panel Submission Guidelines for info on what we’re looking for in a panel and how to apply!

Setting up a conference is actually pretty easy! What’s difficult is setting up the foundation for interesting and thoughtful discussions on LGBTQ romance, and we’d appreciate YOUR help!

Together, we can celebrate the awesomeness of LGBTQ romance and the many writers and readers who love it!

Due Date: Panel submissions are due by Sunday, June 26, 2016. Read the panel submission guidelines.

GRNW 2015 – What to expect and where to go??

Library_outsideWow! We are two days away from the third annual Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up at the Seattle Public Library on September 26!

We want to provide some up-front info for attendees wondering about the event, especially if it’s their first time. Below is some frequently asked questions (and also please feel free to share your own questions in the comments!)

Can I buy tickets online still? Yes. You can purchase a conference pass for $25 at Brown Paper Tickets.

For all tickets purchased before Friday at 9am, we’ll have a name tag printed for you at registration. Tickets purchased after that, we will have a blank name tag to fill in.

Heads-up: Online sales end Friday morning. Brown Paper Ticket sales end at 9am on Friday. You can purchase a pass after that at the Hugo House events on Friday night. (At the Old Growth table) or you can purchase at the registration desk on Saturday morning.

Can I buy a ticket at registration? Yes, you can purchase a ticket for $25 at registration. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted.

When does the library open? For GRNW attendees, you can enter the library at starting at 9am. The library does not officially open until 10am, but since we have to start at 9am for registration, attendees can come in early.

What is the dress code? Seattle is suuuuuuuuper casual, so it’s wear what you want. Most of the conference is in the Seattle Public Library, which is also a pretty casual place.

Are there activities before Saturday? Yes! As listed in our program schedule, we have a couple free reading events the night before on Friday, September 25.

  • 6:30pm – Doors open at Hugo House (1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122)
  • 7pm – 8:30pm: #LoveWins Reading and Q&A at Hugo House with Edmond Manning, Alex Powell, Radclyffe, Anne Tenino, and Yolanda Wallace.
  • 8:45 – 10pm: 5 Minutes in Heaven reading at Hugo House with authors Vicktor Alexander, Ralph Josiah Bardsley, Heidi Belleau, Austin Chant, Ethan Day, R.G. Emanuelle, Daisy Harris, Andi Marquette, Rick R. Reed, and  Karelia Stetz-Waters, and MC-ed by local author Evan J. Peterson.

We hope you can join us for these Friday events! They are a great way to kick-off the weekend and to begin meeting attendees.

What times do things start on Saturday?

It depends on what you’re planning on doing:

Registration: This is from 9am – 10am, and is the best time to come, grab your name tag, swag bag, and look over the free book table to grab what you want. (First come, first serve at the free book table.)

Conference Programming: This will run from 10am – 3:15pm, with an break between 1-2pm. Come back to the auditorium around 1:50pm to see how the free book table has been refreshed. 😀

Reader Meet-Up: This will run from 3:15 – 4pm, so after the formal conference programming. This is a fun meet-up to play some games and chat with readers, and also it gives the authors time to set-up their spots at the book fest. For those who remember last year, YES, we will be playing Character Type Love Match. 😀

Book Festival: 4pm – 6pm at the Hotel Monaco (across the street from the library at 1101 4th Ave. The festival is downstairs in the Paris Ballroom.

The festival is FREE to enter, so come and enjoy!

1st Bus going to After Party: 5:30pm in front of the Hotel Monaco

2nd Bus going to the After Party: 6:15pm in front of the Hotel Monaco

After Party: 6:30pm – 9:00pm – Neighbours Night Club (1509 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122) Come celebrate Banned! Books in Drag, a free multi-performer drag performance, hosted by The Seattle Public Library. It will be a wonderful celebration of drag and literature!

Bus back to Hotel Monaco: 9:15pm

After-After Party: 10am – Midnight (Trace Bar, 1112 4th Ave, Seattle, WA, across the street from the Hotel Monaco.) Come relax and enjoy a low-key time to chat over the day.

What should I expect at the free book festival after the conference?

The book fest will feature:

  • 50 LGBTQ romance authors to meet and chat with (See author list)
  • Both the authors and the publishers Bold Strokes Books, Dreamspinner Press, and Wilde City Press will be selling books.
  • Loads of free author swag!
  • Free appetizers
  • A cash bar (For real- it’s cash only.)

What can I expect at the After Party and the After-After Party?

Both the after party at Neighbours and the After-After Party at Trace will be a very casual setting. Neighbours is open to the public (although 21+), so there will be more than GRNW attendees there to enjoy the Banned! Books in Drag programming. Trace is the bar in the W Hotel, and will overall be very chill and relaxed.

Where do I pick up my swag bag? You can pick it up at registration.

I hear there will be free books at the conference? Yep! We have loads of free books that you can just grab and take with you. Enjoy!

Is there still a book drive for Gay City going on? Yep! We are also gathering book donations for the Gay City LGBTQ library. Every book donated will get a raffle ticket, and a chance to win some prizes! Books can be donated at the Gay City table at the conference and book festival.

Where can I park? The Seattle Library has parking all day for $8, but it ends at 7pm. Downtown also has some nearby lots. Street parking becomes free after 8pm.

What other questions could we answer? Let us know! 😀

GRNW 2015 News – New LGBTQ Romance Titles in the Seattle Public Library

Library_outsideAs we gear up for GRNW 2015 later this week on Sept. 26, we’re excited to share some great news from the Seattle Public Library!

Since GRNW started in 2013, we’ve worked with SPL to help increase their collection of LGBTQ romance titles, and in 2013 and 2014, thanks to all of SPL’s wonderful efforts, the library’s collection increased by over 400 titles.

And this year, ahead of the conference, we’re delighted to share that SPL has added over 100 more LGBTQ romance and LGBTQ genre fiction titles to their collection, including works by:

Dani Alexander, Vicktor Alexander, Tamara Allen, Astrid Amara, Heidi Belleau, Sarah Black, Sam Burke, Mary Calmes, KJ Charles, LC Chase, Charlie Cochet, Karenna Colcroft, Megan Derr, Charley Descoteaux, Grace R. Duncan, RG Emanuelle, Kim Fielding, Lauren Gallagher, Amelia Gormley, Alexis Hall, Dena Hankins, Kaje Harper, Lou Harper, Daisy Harris, Lane Hayes, David Holly, Jae, SE Jakes, Amber Kell, Carol Lynne, Josh Lanyon, Edmond Manning, Kate McLachlan, Christopher Hawthorne Moss, MJ O’Shea, E.E. Ottoman, J.K. Pendragon, Alex Powell, Jordan Castillo Price, Mark Probst, Radclyffe, Rick R. Reed, Devon Rhodes and TA Chase, Michael Rupured, KZ Snow, Andrea Speed, Karelia Stetz-Waters, Ariel Tachna, Anne Tenino, Yolanda Wallace, Sheri Lewis Wohl,

And for those trying to read titles by more GRNW 2015 authors, we were delighted to see these authors also part of the collection!

Jove Belle, Dev Bentham, Ginn Hale, J. Tullos Hennig, Heather Rose Jones, Nicole Kimberling, Morticia Knight, Jill Malone, and Andi Marquette.

Reader access to books is a big part of GRNW’s core mission, and increasing library collections is a great way to increase the community’s ability to find and read these wonderful books!

Interested in working with your local library?

To learn more about how to work with libraries, whether you are a reader, publisher, or writer please see:

Gay City LGBT Library Book Drive at GRNW 2015

MCWLibSpeaking of access, we’re thrilled to work with the Seattle nonprofit Gay City for the third year to raise awareness and encourage book donations for the Gay City LGBT Library Book Drive!

At the GRNW 2015 conference on 9/26, Gay City will have a table and will be welcoming LGBT book donations. For every book donated, the donor will receive a raffle ticket and have a chance to win some cool prizes, including an Amazon Fire!

All LGBT book donations will be greatly appreciated, and thank you to everyone who has given to the Gay City Library and allowed it to be one of the most robust free resources on LGBT romance in Seattle!

Happy Reading! 😀

Announcing GRNW 2015 Panels and other news!


GRNW just announced the 2015 panels for this year’s Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up at the Seattle Public Library on Sept. 26, including panels on publishing, kink (and maybe having a publishing kink?), the changing dynamics in lesbian romance, elevating underrepresented characters, hearing harrowing research stories, and more!

We have an amazing crew of panelists sharing their thoughts and expertise and this year. We hope you will come join us!

See the full 2015 Programming Schedule and 2015 Panel Descriptions.

You can still reserve your seat for GRNW!

Tickets are selling, but there are still seats left for this year’s conference. Come join us for the only conference in the Pacific Northwest that highlights the awesomeness of LGBT romance fiction!

Grab your pass from Brown Paper Tickets!

It’s going to get HOT on September 25!

GRNW is hosting TWO, yes, TWO public reading events on Friday, September 25, on the eve of the conference, at the illustrious Seattle literary hub Hugo House.

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#LoveWins: Celebrating LGBTQ Love Stories

7pm – 8:30pm – Hugo House (1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122)

For our first event, come join us for a special reading with five GRNW 2015 authors—Edmond Manning, Alex Powell, Radclyffe, Anne Tenino, and Yolanda Wallace! Doors open at 6:30pm, and this event is free! (And there’s a bar!)

Join on Facebook!

5 Minutes in Heaven: Fast and Flirty LGBTQ Love Stories to Ignite Your Night!

8:45pm – 10:00pm – Hugo House (1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122)

Gird up your loins, my lovelies, because on Friday night, September 25, queer romance writers from across the country are coming (ahem) together to serve up the sauciest sauce that ever did sauce a plate, a bed, a shower, or that rickety hammock in the backyard that bravely attempted to meet your sex swing dreams. From the lava-hot erotic to the sweetly romantic—this is a night to celebrate the gaiety of boys and girls in love with other boys, girls, and those that happily proclaim “up yours” to the gender binary and transcend to new levels of love. Grab a glass of your favorite *cocktail* from the bar, pull up a chair, adjust what needs adjusting, and strap in to whatever (or whoever) has straps. It’s going to be a bumpy night!

Join on Facebook!


GRNW BookFest – Bigger and Better and still FREE!

Once again, GRNW is taking over the Hotel Monaco after the conference for the GRNW 2015 Book Fest, featuring 50 LGBTQ romance authors, tons of swag, free apps, a tasty cash bar, tables with lots of books and freebies from your favorite publishers Bold Strokes Books, Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, and Riptide Publishing!

We hope you can join us at the main event at the Seattle Public Library on September 26, but just in case that’s not in the cards, come join us that evening, 4pm – 6pm, at the Hotel Monaco for the book fest. It will be a blast!

Join the Book Fest on Facebook!

The 2015 Gay City Library Book Drive is Back in Action!

MCWLibFor the past two years, GRNW attendees have generously donated over 400 LGBT books to the nonprofit Gay City LGBT Library, and we’re once again hosting the GRNW book drive to continue to add LGBTQ romance books to the library and the greater Seattle community.

Donate a Book and Get a Chance to Win!

For every book donated during the event, you will get a raffle ticket and chance to win some prizes, including an Amazon Kindle! Raffle prizes will be handed out during the GRNW Reader Meet-Up, held on Sept. 26 from 3:15pm – 4pm at the Seattle Public Library.

GRNW 2015 Authors

GRNW 2015 Authors will be available for meetings fans and answering questions during the Book Fest. 2015 Attending Authors include:

  • Vicktor Alexander
  • Astrid Amara
  • Ralph Josiah Bardsley
  • Laura Baumbach
  • Jove Belle
  • Heidi Belleau
  • Dev Bentham
  • Sarah Brady
  • Shannon Brady
  • James Brock
  • Tonie Chacon
  • L.C. Chase
  • Ethan Day
  • Charley Descoteaux
  • Grace R. Duncan
  • Cjane Elliot
  • R.G. Emanuelle
  • Kim Fielding
  • Amelia C. Gormley
  • Ginn Hale
  • Lane Hayes
  • Lou Harper
  • Daisy Harris
  • J. Tullos Hennig
  • David Holly
  • Laylah Hunter
  • Heather Rose Jones
  • Amber Kell
  • Nicole Kimberling
  • Morticia Knight
  • Sandy Lowe
  • Carol Lynne
  • Jill Malone
  • Edmond Manning
  • Andi Marquette
  • Kate McLachlan
  • Annette Mori
  • Christopher Moss
  • M.J. O’Shea
  • JK Pendragon
  • Alex Powell
  • Jordan Castillo Price
  • Radclyffe
  • Michele Rakes
  • Rick R. Reed
  • Devon Rhodes
  • Andrea Speed
  • Karelia Stetz-Waters
  • Anne Tenino
  • Joseph Lance Tonlet
  • Yolanda Wallace
  • Sheri Lewis Wohl

Visit our 2015 Authors page to read more about who is attending.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in just a few weeks!

And if you have a question, ask away! 😀

GRNW 2014 Authors Celebrate Queer Romance Month

QRM_Badge-2-300x300From October 1 – October 31, over 120 authors and readers came together to celebrate a new blog project, Queer Romance Month.

Throughout the entire month, contributors shared 3-4 essays posted daily that celebrated the many facets of queer romance fiction, and the many layers of being queer, of being an ally, of loving romance stories, and highlighting this rising supply of romance stories that represent and celebrate LGBTQIA lives and relationships.

Please go and enjoy the many wonderful and heartfelt posts and stories that share so much about love and desire, about sadness and loneliness, about separation and rejection, and about resilience and realization, hope and triumph.

(Not to mention some hilarious and fantastic posts about writing, about slash fanfiction, and about what it felt like to first discover the existence of queer romance books and their Happily Ever Afters for queer characters.)

Among the many amazing contributors, you will find posts by GRNW 2014 authors as well. Please find them listed below, but please also enjoy the Bounty that is the QRM library. It is reading not to be missed.

GRNW 2014 Authors Writing for QRM 2014

Title Hell by Astrid Amara

“So trying to find a title that’s catchy (UnderWere) , memorable (The Anus of Caesar), but not disturbing (The Anus of Caesar), captures the story (Disenchanted Angel Seeks Revenge on God), but doesn’t reveal the end (Balls No More) is a real challenge.”

Mambo Italiano and My First happy Ending by Heidi Belleau

“Mambo Italiano was my very first queer rom com. My very first queer love story. My very first queer happy ending.”

Shimmer by L.C Chase

“I don’t know how long we stood like that, gazes locked, bodies frozen, with five feet of marbled tile between us. He was the one who decided it had been long enough though.”

Love Is Love Everywhere, Everywhen, Everyhow by Kim Fielding

“Love is love, right? It’s one of the mottos of Queer Romance Month, and it’s a concept that I—and all the other authors featured this month—recognize as a basic tenet of our work. But I want to add three more words to the motto: everywhere, everywhen, everyhow.”

Well now what? by Rhys Ford

“I’d want someone—gay, straight, purple or polka-dotted—to be able to carry themselves through life without having to fight for the right to love or to live.”

9 stories and 10 links by Ginn Hale

“But we writers aren’t the only ones exploring expanding the definitions of romance. Numerous amazing creators are writing, illustrating and producing, (often completely at their own expense) brilliant web comics. And I’d like to share a few that stand out for me.”

What Organizing a Gay Wedding Taught Me About Being a Romance Writer by Nicole Kimberling

“For a lot of readers, venturing through any of the doors marked L, G, B, or T is going to be as confusing as the bride-free wedding was for my previous client. Even readers of G might never try and see what’s behind the door marked T. Does that make them bad people? Not at all. It just means they haven’t found the book that can translate the experience into terms they understand or are able to feel comfortable engaging.”

Why We Need Trans Romance by E.E. Ottoman

“I refuse to believe that I will always be alone, that being trans has doomed me to isolation and unhappiness. I refuse to raise another generation of trans children who believe that is true, that they are fundamentally unlovable because they are trans. Who live without ever seeing people like them portrayed as being in a happy, healthy relationship. Who never get to see themselves as the heroes of a story about love and being loved.”

Components of Gay Romance by Jordan Castillo Price

“I may not consider myself to be a romance writer. But whether the love interest in my stories functions as a contrast to the main character, or a liability, or an ally, I find the relationship subplot to be a critical component of the work I’ve written so far.”

Lesbian Romance — Becoming Visible with a Little Help from our (M/M) Friends by Radclyffe

“While we who write LGBTQ romance may have different audiences, we have a common theme, and what unites us is far more significant than what separates us.”

It’s All About Me by Anne Tenino

“Most of those people who’re freaking out, telling LGBTQ people that they’re going to burn in hell? They aren’t doing it to save you. They’re doing it because they’re afraid of being punished for not saying anything.”

Why Queer Romance Matters by LA Witt

“I would have given my right arm for some believable, realistic queer characters when I was a teenager. Maybe then I would have seen myself and learned that there’s nothing wrong with me. I might’ve even learned what in the world ‘bisexual’ meant before I realized it also meant ‘me’.”

And GRNW lead Tracy contributed an essay prior to QRM’s launch:

Working in your Community to get the Word Out about Queer Romance by Tracy Timmons-Gray

“You may think that building community awareness around queer romance fiction is limited to gaining social media followers or GoodReads friends, but there are actually a lot of ways to build awareness within your *real life* community as well, and in ways that can have a big impact for other local readers and writers.”

Thank you to the organizers and contributors to the Queer Romance Month project.

With still so much celebration to do, where will QRM go next? We look forward to finding out! 😀

And please share with us YOUR favorite(s) QRM posts, and what they meant to you!

GRNW 2014 Secret Stories – Guess the Author!

QuestionMarkAs we gear up for the Sept. 20 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up 2014 at the Seattle Public Library, we thought it would be fun to do another Secret Story Event in our GRNW GoodReads group! (Similar to our 2013 event.)

What is a Secret Story Event?

Popular especially in fanfiction communities, Secret Story Events are about posting a story first but not listing the author.

This is a fun way to go in “cold’ into a story without any preconceived notions of style or previous works. Then later we unveil the authors, and you can see how close your guess was! (And maybe even discover a new author who you hadn’t read before.)

2014 GRNW Secret Stories

We have six awesome secret stories to share this year, all contributed by GRNW 2014 Attending Authors!

Names will be revealed Thursday, Sept. 18! But can you guess before then who has written each story???

Batkyn Brinks by Anonymous

After his arrest for charges of “indecent” behavior, Lord Hindstone is brought before the judge for a ruling. What happens when this judge is an old friend who knows what really happened? (3,700 words, historical, explicit content.)

The Darkling’s Kiss by Anonymous

An unpredictable thief and a wizard on a mission. What will happen when these opposites meet? (4,700 words, fantasy, explicit content)

Floating in Space by Anonymous

“Have you ever been naked in vacuum?” She is naked and I already want her so badly that my breathing hitches. (1,200 words, sci-fi, explicit content)

Sailing the Seas of Stars by Anonymous

Ahoy, there! Is that…? It is! Space pirates! (979 words, sci-fi)

Three Goats by Anonymous

One lonely troll has his hands full watching over two rambunctious young goats. And then there’s the rumor that their older brother is returning home… (2,800 words, fantasy)

Three Wishes by Anonymous

A soldier at war finds a genie who will grant him three wishes. What will he choose for love? (5,900 words, fantasy)

Guess the author!

Can you guess which GRNW 2014 author wrote what? And feel free to share your thoughts, comments, and guesses! All will be revealed on Sept. 18!

GRNW 2014 Writer Sessions, Reader Meet-Up, and Pitching to Publishers

GRNW_panel_3_barWe’re excited to announce the schedule for the writer sessions that will be held on the morning of GRNW 2014 in Seattle on September 20!

Six 45-minute discussion sessions will be held on the 4th floor of the Seattle Public Library from 10:15am – 12:00pm

it’s an AWESOME line-up of discussion exploring different topics related to queer romance writing, from working with libraries to world-building to how to market your work.

Check out a quick view of what’s going on below, and see the full description for all the morning writer discussion sessions, including panelists and topic descriptions.

10:15am – 11:00am: Writing Discussions Series 1

  • Ask a Librarian!
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Marketing and Author Persona
  • The Wonders of World-Building!

11:10am – 11:55am: Writing Discussions Series 2

  • Writing Diversity – What to look for and what to ask?
  • All the Things you wanted to ask an Editor (but were afraid to ask)
  • The Mystery Panel! Writing Mysteries and Suspense

View the full descriptions for these sessions.

But that’s not the only programming for the morning! (We’re going to busy!)

10:30am – 12:00pm: GRNW Reader Meet-Up!

Join us in the Microsoft Auditorium on the 1st floor of the Seattle Public Library for a rollicking meet-up as readers gather to gab about their favorite books and authors. This meet-up will include time for meeting new people, LOTS of giveaways and free books, games, and more!

(You won’t forget the awesomeness that will be the Character Type Love Match! Who will be the top couple to win???? Come find out!)

10:30am – 12:00pm: Pitch Sessions with Publishers

Have a story to pitch? Come pitch at GRNW! We are hosting seven publishers who are accepting appointments to hear pitches from authors. Publishers participating are: Bold Strokes Books, Decadent Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, Harmony Ink Press, Less Than Three Press, and MLR Press.

Please visit the GRNW Pitch Sessions page for more info and to make an appointment. (Appointments are required to participate in the pitch sessions.)

Time slots are still available for pitch sessions! Come grab yours now. 😀

And there’s more???

That’s right! GRNW is a full day of activities, and you won’t want to miss the afternoon programming. Come visit the 2014 Programming page to get the lowdown!

Registration for Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up 2014 is Open!

GRNW_ButtonAvatarRegistration for the second annual Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up is now open at Brown Paper Tickets! You can now reserve your seat for the 2014 Meet-Up that will be held at the Seattle Public Library on Sept. 20, 2014!

Reserve your GRNW 2014 spot now!

Come join more than readers, fans, publishers, and more 50 LGBTQ romance writers for this one day event, the only conference in the Pacific Northwest that celebrates the rising genre of LGBTQ romance fiction!

Check our conference page for more details about the day’s proceedings.

And here is a list of the GRNW 2014 Attending Authors! Please visit our authors page for more info.

GRNW 2014 Attending Authors are:

  • Astrid Amara
  • Talya Andor
  • Eric Andrews-Katz
  • Cate Ashwood
  • David-Matthew Barnes
  • Laura Baumbach
  • Jove Belle
  • Heidi Belleau
  • Angela Benedetti
  • Kade Boehme
  • L.C. Chase
  • Diana Copland
  • Adrianna Dane
  • DP Denman
  • Megan Derr
  • Kim Fielding
  • LE Franks
  • Stormy Glenn
  • Amelia C. Gormley
  • Cat Grant
  • Ginn Hale
  • Dena Hankins
  • Daisy Harris
  • David Holly
  • Laylah Hunter
  • Amber Kell
  • Nicole Kimberling
  • Morticia Knight
  • Lori L. Lake
  • Emma Lanner
  • Pearl Love
  • Kate MacLachlan
  • Belinda McBride
  • Sasha L. Miller
  • M.J. O’Shea
  • E.E. Ottoman
  • Samuel Jarius Pettit
  • Jordan Castillo Price
  • Radclyffe
  • Rick R. Reed
  • Devon Rhodes
  • Charlie Richards
  • Jeffrey Ricker
  • EJ Russell
  • Tara Spears
  • Andrea Speed
  • Draven St. James
  • Ethan Stone
  • Lou Sylvre
  • Anne Tenino
  • Karis Walsh
  • Sheri Lewis Wohl


And a big THANK YOU to our 2014 Sponsors–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!

And a big THANK YOU to our 2014 Community Partners–Gay City, Gay City LGBT Library, Lambda Literary Foundation, Pride Foundation, Rainbow Romance Writers, Rose City Romance Writers and The Seattle Lesbian!

Come join us at Seattle Public Library on September 20, 2014 for this momentous second conference! We look forward to sharing the love of these wonderful books with you! 😀