What a year it has been. And, none of it would have happened, if I continued to listened to the voice of doubt. Self-doubt and pessimism plague me on a consistent basis. However, after I published my novel, a number of miracles happened. I was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. I had the opportunity to read at the Carl Bean House, the West Hollywood Library (with other Lambda finalists), and the Playa Vista Library. My crowning achievement was winning the Lambda at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York on June 6th.
The awards celebrated excellence in LGBT literature and 28 years of groundbreaking literary achievement. Back in March, when the finalists were announced the Lambda Literary Foundation revealed that over 933 submissions were received from major publishing houses, independent presses, and on-demand services from around the world.
The recognition has given the book greater visibility and presence. I will be forever grateful to the Lambda Literary Foundation for that.
The book can be purchased at Amazon or CreateSpace or Kindle or Barnes and Noble.
- The Damaged Good, G. Winston James
- Redbone Press (LGBT Black publishing house based in Washington, D.C)
- Cleis Press (Largest LGBT small indie press)
- Strebor (Author Zane’s imprint with Simon & Schuster)
- Alyson Books (Largest LGBT commercial press)
- Vintage Entity Press (Small chapbook press with an impressive collection of Black gay and lesbian authors)
- Tugson Press (Very small Black and Gay publisher found by Leo Shelton)
PUBLISHERS RECOMMENDED BY LAMBDA LITERARY FOUNDATION
- Pulse (based out of New York, through GMAD, a black urban magazine)
- Bleu (based out of New York, a black urban magazine)
- Swerv (based out of DC, a black urban magazine)
- SGL Weekly (a one man team based out of LA, a black urban magazine)
- Curve (a mainstream lesbian magazine with celebrity interviews, news, politics, pop culture, style, travel, social issues and entertainment)
- Callaloo (a non-gay-specific literary and cultural journal of the African Diaspora based at Texas A&M)
- David (mainstream Atlanta-based print magazine)
- Gay Chicago Magazine (an online-based mainstream magazine)
- Mary: A Literary Quarterly (a literary magazine published quarterly that showcases queer/gay writings of artistic merit started by Black-nerd cutie William Johnson)
- HotSpots Magazine (Florida’s largest gay publication covering news and events in South Florida)
- Ambiente Magazine (The first & only LGBT publication offered in English, Spanish & Portuguese, produced bi-monthly, offered free of charge, and distributed digitally around the globe to thousands of our readers)
- Windy City Times (a Chicago-based print newspaper)
- Cave Canem (non gay-specific but gay friendly Black poetry retreat at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and workshops in NYC)
- Fire and Ink (Devoted to increasing the understanding, visibility and awareness of the works of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender writers of African descent and heritage normally held in October)
- Atlanta Queer Literary Festival (an all-encompassing literary festival held in June)
- Saints and Sinners (an all-encompassing New Orleans literary festival)
Check out the companion piece to this article All Things Black, Art-sy and Gay: Resources for Black LGBT Artists featuring film festivals, bookstores, networking organizations, and additional websites.
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