To continue our series of regular blog posts introducing our marvellous sponsors, here’s our Chief Sponsor Wrangler, Jamie Merrow.
I’m delighted to introduce another of our sponsors, Dreamspinner Press, who’ve been with UK Meet since 2012. I’ve always had a soft spot for Dreamspinner Press, who were one of the first m/m publishers I ever plucked up the courage to submit to, way back in 2009. They had a call out for an anthology to be called Sindustry, and I loved the theme so much I sent them two stories. It seems I wasn’t the only one taken by the idea – the anthology eventually ran to two volumes (which was lucky for me, seeing as I could have a story in each) and is still in print today. 🙂
Since then, DSP have continued to send out imaginative anthology calls—recent themes have included older lovers, superheroes, and bad sex—and to be willing to take a chance on unknown authors. Here’s what they say about themselves:
Dreamspinner Press is an independent publisher specializing in gay romantic fiction with print, eBook, and audiobook releases, and titles translated in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Hungarian. We publish everything from short stories to full-length novels and multi-novel series in genres including contemporary, historical, mystery and suspense, science fiction, fantasy and paranormal, BDSM/kink, steampunk, transgender, Western, and humor, along with our own Bittersweet Dreams, Timeless Dreams, and Itineris lines. In March 2012 we also launched a GLBT young adult imprint, Harmony Ink Press.
Founded in January 2007, Dreamspinner Press released its first title in May of that same year. Over the intervening years, production has increased to at least eight titles a week. Currently Dreamspinner has more than 550 authors from six continents and 1,700 titles published or contracted. Its website has over 20,000 registered users, and readers can receive information about new releases through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, various Yahoo! groups, and the Dreamspinner Press blog and monthly newsletter.
In addition to publishing, Dreamspinner Press supports the GLBT community through sponsorship of events such as the Rainbow Book Fair in New York and a number of local Pride festivals. Dreamspinner has contributed a portion of profits from its titles to organizations such as the Family Equity Council, COLAGE, It Gets Better Project, Service Members Legal Defense Network, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City, Lambda Legal, Mass Equality, and the Trevor Project.
JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour.
Jamie’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org