Dreamspinner Press is an international full-service publisher of gay romance based in the United States of America. We publish stories from 3,500 words and up in several genre categories and eBook formats, as well as audiobooks and translations in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Turkish and Hungarian. Novels of 60,000 words+ are published simultaneously in paperback. In seven years, Dreamspinner has built a catalog of more than 1,000 titles written by more than 500 authors from six continents. The press now operates three imprints: Dreamspinner Press, specializing in gay romance; Harmony Ink Press, devoted to LGBTQ+ Teen and New Adult fiction; and DSP Publications, a boutique publisher of specialty genre fiction. Dreamspinnerpress.com has almost 30,000 registered users.
The company released its first book, an anthology of novellas called Size Matters: Short Stories Long Enough to Satisfy, in May 2007. We believe in growing in small sustainable steps and attribute our success to careful planning and a commitment to quality. Our business plan is not to be everything for everybody, but to consistently produce quality gay romance diverse enough to be entertaining. We do our best to provide every customer and every author the best experience possible.
The press’s approach to submissions selection is to balance growth and demand with choosing the quality stories we think a varied audience will appreciate. This philosophy has guided our decision in creating imprints, launching a translations division, and offering an audiobook format. Dreamspinner Press is a full-service publisher. We provide cover art, full editing, and marketing for every title we contract. Authors do not pay for our services. Once we accept a manuscript, it is put through a 16- to 20-week editing process that will involve more than four editors. We provide specialized content editing for historicals and other genres. All cover art is unique to the book and designed by an artist based on the author’s input.
Our distribution includes all online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Audible, All Romance eBooks, OmniLit, Sony, Diesel Books), more than fifty independent bookstores that we supply directly, and distribution to all physical bookstores through Baker & Taylor in North America, Gardners Books in the UK, Ingram in Europe, and Bulldog Books in Australia. Our eBooks are created in four formats: mobi (Kindle), epub (Nook, iBooks, Kobo), pdf, and html (the format used by almost all adaptive devices for the blind or people with disabilities). In addition to all the formats available on our website, the books are sold through all major retailers and digital distributors worldwide. Titles are released simultaneously in all locations (processing times vary by site). All novels are contracted and released simultaneously in print as well as in eBook.
We employ full-time personnel who market and promote new releases and Dreamspinner Press in general, and support authors in their promotions for their publication. We have a review coordinator who handles the submission and processing of reviews to more than 100 review sites and publicizes positive reviews through our website, Facebook, Twitter, our blog, and our newsletter. We have a social media coordinator who handles interaction, interviews, and virtual book release days on Facebook, Twitter, our blog and Goodreads. Our Art Department produces unique and new ads each month for our standing advertisements in Library Journal, School Library Journal, 26 websites, and various other season-based advertising. We also promote in program books at over 50 conventions worldwide each year. As a company, we attend BookExpo America (as the only LGBTQ+ press that has attended BEA in the past three years), the Frankfurt Buchmesse (the largest book fair in the world), the American Library Association annual and mid-year meetings, the Romantic Times RT Booklovers Convention, and the GayRomLit convention. We promote and offer all our titles at these events, and we also support our authors in these venues with radio and TV interviews and book signings.
Dreamspinner titles and authors have been recognized in a variety of venues, both within and outside the LGBT community. Award winners include: The Companion by Lloyd A. Meeker, 2015 Lambda Literary Award finalist in Gay Romance; Pukawiss the Outcast by Jay Jordan Hawke and This Is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleet, 2015 Lambda Literary Award finalists in LGBT Young Adult; Into This River I Drown by TJ Klune, 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance; The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari by Sarah Black, 2014 Lambda Literary Award finalist in Gay Mystery; Play Me, I’m Yours by Sarah Madison (Harmony Ink Press), 2014 Lambda Literary Award finalist in Gay Romance; Xylophone by K.Z. Snow, 2014 EPIC eBook Award winner for Best Contemporary Fiction; When One Door Opens by J.D. Ruskin, 2014 EPIC eBook Awards winner for Best Contemporary Romance; Whistle Pass by KevaD, 2013 EPIC eBook Awards winner for Best Suspense/Thriller; Caregiver by Rick R. Reed, 2013 EPIC eBooks Awards winner for Best Contemporary Romance; GreenWode by J Tullos Hennig, 2013 Rainbow Award winner for Best LGBT Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Sci-fi/Futuristic, 2013 Rainbow Award winner for Best LGBT Debut novel, 2013 Rainbow Award winner for Best LGBT novel; Dex in Blue by Amy Lane and Raining Men by Rick R. Reed, tied for 2013 Rainbow Awards for Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction; Racing the Sun by Amy Lane, 2013 Rainbow Awards winner for Best Gay Contemporary Romance; Brute by Kim Fielding, 2013 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Fantasy; Under the Rushes by Amy Lane, 2013 Rainbow Award winner for Best Gay Sci-Fi/Futuristic; The Nothingness of Ben by Brad Boney, 2013 Lambda Literary finalist for Gay Romance; Infected: Freefall by Andrea Speed, 2012 Rainbow Award winner for Best Gay Paranormal/Horror; Sidecar by Amy Lane, 2012 Rainbow Award winner for Best Gay Contemporary Romance.
In addition to publishing, Dreamspinner Press supports the LGBT 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.
We are a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and Association of American Publishers Inc.
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