May 8 2008
In my view, it is clear that today there is less and less visible publishing of gay and lesbian books. Carroll & Graf, Alyson and Harrington Park Press-’in recent years the most energetic publishers of gay/lesbian fiction and nonfiction-’have all either failed, drastically reduced their list of GLBT titles, or have been undergoing serial management/ownership changes. As for what most folks would consider the mainstream publishing houses, they are publishing far less of what could credibly be labeled ‘gay or lesbian books’ than they were 10 years ago.
I don’t know if e publishing is picking up the slack here or not. Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander by Ann Herendeen is a great GLBT book that was originally self published and then bought by Harper and repackaged beautifully.