Guest: Ariel Tachina, Social Networking Coordinator

Dreamspinner Press is a small, independent publishing house out of Frisco, Texas, specializing in gay romance in a wide variety of genres. Whether you like contemporary or historical, fantasy or science-fiction, suspense or ménage, we’ve got it for you.

Dreamspinner opened their doors three years ago, with our first anthology, Size Matters: Short Stories Long Enough to Satisfy, coming out in May of 2007. Since that time, we’ve grown by leaps and bounds so that now, we’re publishing two print novels, two eBook novellas, and at least one short story a week, with authors from around the world, from every continent except Antarctica!

I was fortunate to get in on the ground floor.

In December of 2006, I saw a call for submissions requesting novella-length stories for publication in an anthology by a newly formed press. Having dreamed of being published and having watched several people in my circle of authors make the leap to professional writing, I decided this was my chance. Fortunately for me, Elizabeth North, owner of the company, agreed and bought Healing in His Wings, my contribution to that anthology. Since then, I’ve had ten novels, an additional four novellas, and about a dozen short stories published with Dreamspinner.

The joy of this isn’t just in the publication itself but in getting to work with far and away the best publishing house in the gay romance market. Yes, I know, I’m biased. Not only do I write for Dreamspinner, but I also work for them as Social Networking Coordinator. But I do those things because they’re such a great company to work with.

Dreamspinner believes in its authors and their writing, making sure books are distributed for review to a wide variety of sites, and making them available for purchase through a network of eBook and print book outlets. We publish all novels in paperback immediately rather than making authors wait to see if the book sells well enough before putting it in print. We have an open submissions policy, accepting unsolicited manuscripts at any time, even from first-time authors. In fact, nearly 40% of Dreamspinner’s 170 authors got their break with us.

In their efforts in customer service, Dreamspinner’s new web site, http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com, offers subscribers a permanent bookshelf so that all their purchases are recorded and stay available to them. If your computer crashes or your e-reader is stolen, no problem. Go back to the site, log in, and download them all again. Change e-readers? No problem. Download your purchases in the new format.

Dreamspinner also does quite a bit of activism work in its support of the LGBT community. We have donated to the Open Door AIDS clinic’s fundraiser in Chicago for the last two years, helped sponsor the Rainbow Book fair in New York this year, donated to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York city, and have given donations to Lambda Legal, Mass Equality, USA Cares and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. We also have an upcoming donation for a LGBT center supporting non-traditional families to coincide with the Father’s Day release of Her Two Dads in June.

You can follow Dreamspinner through a variety of outlets.

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamspinner-Press/334648605250
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/dsp_mm_romance
Via email: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dreamspinnerpress/
On our blog : http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/blog/
And of course, on our website: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/

Thank you, Romancing the Book, for having me today. And if anyone has questions, don’t forget that we’ll draw a winner from all comments for a $5 gift certificate for Dreamspinner’s website. That way, you can choose your own prize! The contest will end on Sunday, April 18.

Ariel