January 1st, 2009


We're going mainstream!

Running Press to Publish Gay Romance
From the RWA eNotes newsletter, Volume 9, Issue 1
Running Press, an imprint of Perseus Books Group, announced that it will publish gay romance written “by and for straight women.” According to Associate Publisher Craig Herman, the series will be a subgenre within romance and the books will be “erotic” but not “hardcore explicit.” The books will also be shelved in romance, not the erotica section. The first titles in the line, edited by Lisa Clancy, will launch in April 2009. Publishers Weekly, December 15, 2008.

Running Press Enters Historical Romance Field
Publishers Weekly, 12/15/2008
Running Press is getting into the fiction market with what it sees as a unique twist in historical romance--gay fiction written by and for straight women. The idea for the line came from Running president Jon Anderson and is based on what he sees as the growing interest in M/M stories reflected in the success of such projects as Brokeback Mountain and the television series Brothers and Sisters. Anderson has acquired the first titles in the line, which will be edited by Lisa Clancy, associate editorial director. The series will launch in April with Transgressions and False Colors. Two more titles are set for fall 2009.

Running v-p and associate publisher Craig Herman said the series will be positioned as a subgenre within romance and while the books will be “erotic, they will not be hardcover explicit,” Herman explained. Running will promote the line through traditional romance outlets including advertising in Romantic Times and outreach through regional RWA chapters. Noting that the books will be shelved in the romance section rather than the erotica section, Running said the book will be “created to mirror romance novels, not gay erotica.”

From Queertype's newsletter: Running Press is releasing a line of gay historical romances written for straight women. The series will launch in April with Transgressions by Erastes [erastes] and False Colors by Alex Beecroft [alex_beecroft]. Two more titles are set for fall 2009.

Great way to start the new year! Congrats to erastes and alex!

And Alex's "I Do" anthology is pretty much done and should see the light of day shortly.