February is LGBTQ+ History Month (in the UK). Last week, we looked at when to set your LGBTQ+ book, this week we’ll consider language through time.
February is LGBTQ+ History Month (in the UK), and so I thought I’d take the opportunity to think about when to set your LGBTQ+ book and the differences that time makes to LGBTQ+ fiction.
Garrick Jones is a prolific writer. From Australia he writes books packed with gay history: from Victorian London to 1950s Sydney. I have been privileged to work with Garrick on some of his latest works and I count myself lucky to be among the first people to read a new Garrick Jones book.
Okay, so I am very behind the times with this one! I know! This story has been one of the go-to gay YA books for some time and I have only just got round to reading it …
Not really a genre in its own right, what exactly is LGBTQ+ fiction? Does any book that features LGBTQ+ characters automatically make it a queer book? I’d argue not.
Anyone can be an editor. Anyone can be a proofreader. That’s why you need to check carefully to see if your chosen editor or proofreader has undertaken training.
It’s a new year so, of course, it’s time for the obligatory new year’s resolutions blog post. The past year has been fraught with difficulties, as we continue to navigate our way through lockdowns, restrictions and working from home (oh, wait, I do that anyway!).
We tell stories for many different reasons: to entertain our readers; to tell them something new about themselves; to record history in an accessible way. Why should LGBTQ+ stories be different? Why do they need telling?
Do you have to identify as LGBTQ+ to write stories? Can you tell an authentic tale without experience? In this blog post, we will look at who can tell stories, how we can do it authentically and how you can ensure you do no harm to the LGBTQ+ community.