Meet the delegates: JL Merrow

Today we have the lovely Jamie Merrow, fellow Meet organiser and Chief Publisher Wrangler. And Jamie, I think I might be able to make your Meet wish come true! 😉

JLMerrow0021)      Tell us about yourself in 100 words or fewer.

I grew up on an island (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/) and spent most of my childhood flitting between the beach and the local library, which had a museum filled with the remains of local dinosaurs on the upstairs floor.  Despite all that reading, I came to writing somewhat late in life, nervously making my first foray into fiction in 2007. Oddly, I don’t think I’ve ever written anything about dinosaurs *starts plotting m/m remake of One Million Years BC with guys in furry Speedos*.

2)      Tell us something about you that might come as a surprise!

I jived for Cambridge University. There’s nothing like energetic Latin American dancing for keeping the weight off. Unfortunately, I’ve done nothing like energetic Latin American dancing for years….

3)      What do you like most about the LGBTQ genre?

The people, which probably sounds corny and clichéd, but is absolutely true!

4)      What are you most looking forward to about UK Meet?

Apart from the Meet itself: revisiting Manchester’s fabulous gay village. The guys at Taurus were all so welcoming when Jo Myles and I scoped it out last year, and the Richmond Tea Rooms is a venue straight out of Alice in Wonderland. 

5)      If you had one wish which would come true at UK Meet, what would that be?

To see Charlie Cochrane blowing Nigel Owens’s whistle Jo Myles modelling her handmade corset! 😉

~~~~~~
Jamie’s email: jl.merrow@gmail.com
Website: http://jlmerrow.com
Blog: http://jl-merrow.livejournal.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jl.merrow
Twitter: @jlmerrow

Advertisements

Introducing the sponsors: Dreamspinner Press

To continue our series of regular blog posts introducing our marvellous sponsors, here’s our Chief Sponsor Wrangler, Jamie Merrow.

ds-logo-web3_0

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:

DSP-2x3Dreamspinner 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.

***

JLMerrow002JL Merrow

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: jl.merrow@gmail.com
Website: http://jlmerrow.com
Blog: http://jl-merrow.livejournal.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jl.merrow
Twitter: @jlmerrow

Introducing the sponsors: Less Than Three Press

To kick off a series of regular blog posts introducing our marvellous sponsors, here’s our Chief Sponsor Wrangler, Jamie Merrow.

LT3 banner

I’m delighted to introduce one of the sponsors of the 2013 UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet, Less Than Three Press.  Of course, attendees of the 2012 Meet will be familiar with LT3 already, as this is their second year of involvement with UK Meet.

I first encountered LT3 when I was looking for a home for a lesbian fairy tale I’d written (LT3 publish gay, lesbian and trans* romance). At the time I thought LT3 somewhat unusual in that, as well as standalone ebooks, they publish serial fiction. Since then I’ve noticed serialisation has become increasingly popular.

Here’s what LT3 say about themselves:

LT3logoLess Than Three Press is a strong presence in the GLBTQ romance community. Together with a network of highly talented editors, artists, and writers, LT3 provides quality fiction, priding itself on stories that put substance first.

LT3 can be found wherever romance writers linger, advertising across the internet and at various conventions. The company is committed to professional integrity, offering strong editorial support to its talented writers, and excellent customer service.

Always looking for ways to please its readership, LT3 is constantly looking for new ways to reach out and offer quality fiction, from traditional print to digital, with plans to expand into interactive novels and other media formats.

LT3 is a labor of love between three women who wanted to write and publish books, but wanted to do it their way—with other people who love what they do, for people who love to read great romance, with high-quality, well-edited stories that are also affordable, engaging, and always come with that famous happy end.

And just in case there are any of you wondering, as I did, where the name came from, here it is:

The ‘less than’ symbol followed by the number ‘3’ (as in <3) is the text emote for a heart.

As LT3 say, what better symbol for a publisher of romance?

JL Merrow

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: jl.merrow@gmail.com
Website: http://jlmerrow.com
Blog: http://jl-merrow.livejournal.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jl.merrow
Twitter: @jlmerrow