Looking for books or book reviews?

Lamba Literary Foundation: devoted to GLBT writing -- includes LBR the monthly book report.

Wavelengths Online: a review journal for science fiction, fantasy, and horror of special interest to GLBT.

Books to Watch Out For: Lots of book reviews in three monthly e-Newsletters (one each for: women, lesbians, gay men).

ForeWord Magazine: bi-monthly review journal covering independently published books, including "Spanish language/bilingual books, audio books, POD books, and e-books from independent publishers and university presses".

USABookNews: free monthly e-zine which reviews books from independent publishers. Covers a wide variety of genres/topics, not just GLBT or spec fic.

RomanticSF contains links to review sites as well as general websites with romantic spec fic themes.

Book Pleasures book reviews and author interviews. Covers the complete spectrum of genres and topics, but the link is to the fantasy index.

Midwest Book Review publishes several monthly publications. Can read reviews online.

The L Life lots of links of interest to lesbians, including book reviews.

Just About Write -- Very informative lesbian-friendly site.

GLBT Fantasy Fiction Resources  Also covers Sci Fi. Interviews, reviews, reading lists.

Mary Ann Mohanraj’s list of spec fic over the years with glbt content. 

Lambda Sci-F have a book discussion group, a recommended reading list and an archive of reviews (this last hasn't been updated for a long time).



Professional writers' associations

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA): Link is to membership requirements.

Romance Writers of America (RWA): They have three different types of membership. You don't have to be published to join.

Mystery Writers of America (MWA): More than one type of membership. The link is to membership requirements.

International Thriller Writers (ITW): Five different categories of membership. You don't have to be published, but some of their fees can get rather steep.

Horror Writers Association (HWA): You don't have to be a published pro to join.

Erotic Authors Association (EAA): That is, authors of erotic fiction, rather than erotic authors. (Although, of course, they're not mutually exclusive.)  Free membership, but need a publishing cred.


Awards for Writing

Awards for GLBT speculative fiction:

The James Tiptree, Jr. award: Annual award chosen by a panel of five judges for gender-bending speculative fiction published in the previous year. Any reader or publisher can nominate a work of fiction. The criteria are “science fiction and fantasy that 'explores and expands gender.'”  Winners receive a cash prize and a trip to the annual ceremony. (Warning: the website might make your corneas hurt.) Nominate.

The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards  Annual awards for Best Novel, Best Short Fiction and Best Other Work released in North America the previous year.  Nominations for 2006 are now open; both members and non-members of Gaylactic can nominate works. The criteria are “works in science fiction, fantasy and horror which include positive explorations of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered characters, themes, or issues.” Nominate.

Golden Crown Literary Society Annual awards for lesbian fiction in various genres: Mystery/Thriller/Adventure; Spec Fic; Romance; and Debut Author. Irreverently known as the Golden CLit Awards or the Goldies.


Genre awards which requires some kind of membership:

Hugo Awards Awards for the best science fiction novel, novella, novelette, and short story of the year; presented at the annual World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). World Science Fiction Society members submit nominations and elect the winners.

Nebula Awards Awards for the best novel, novella, novelette, short story, and grand master; presented at the annual SFWA convention. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America members submit nominations and elect the winners. The oscars of spec fic. Lucid description of how they work.

The RITA award  Category romance awards (historical, contemporary, suspense, etc) sponsored by Romance Writers of America.  Both members and non-member can submit their novels (Nov 30 deadline), but novels must be published by a RWA-eligible publisher. The Golden Heart contest is for the unpublished manuscripts of writers who have not yet sold to an RWA-recognized publisher.

List of lots of awards:

AwardWeb: Collections of Literary Award Information Lots of links to all sorts of awards: SF, fantasy, horror, literary, mystery, children's: including regional and around the world. Check it out if you fancy your chances. You never know.



Book Costs and Publishing Info

For anyone thinking about going with a vanity press, you might want to check out how much books actually cost to print. The answer might surprise you.

Essay on publishing costs: Do You Make More Than Your Publisher? 


Spec Fic Groups, Cons, & Misc

Locus magazine list of spec fic cons.

 Gaylaxian Science Fiction Society


GLBT Search Engines



NZ bookshops that carry NZ authors and/or lesbian fiction

The Women's Bookshop: 105 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland. Also online ordering available. NZ Independent Bookshop of the Year 2005

Fishpond: online store

Madras Cafe Bookshop: 165 Madras Street, Christchurch. Also online ordering available.

Whitcoulls. Naturally. What wouldn't they stock?