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Yesterday

My reasoning behind not posting yesterday's excitement was I didn't want to dilute the Laird roast. Now, though, I can mention that Lethe Press earned six finalist nods at the annual Lambda Literary Awards.

This means a lot to me. That my little press has grown over the last ten years to tie with the more established Bold Strokes Books for most finalists this year is amazing. Having three out of the five finalists in the category of LGBT Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror is an honor that I have strived to achieve... with the help of many talented folk: authors, designers, editors.

I love queer spec fic and part of Lethe's mission is to bring more of it to readers. In 2011, I am hoping that books like The Touch of the Sea and Lee Thomas's The German are as well-received and make the cut next year.

The Wilde Stories series earned another finalist nod, my third as editor. I wish I could release its lesbian counterpart--some years it seems Lethe is too weighted towards gay male releases.

Running Lethe has taken away most of my writing time and energy. Some days that troubles me, but not yesterday and not today.

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kestrell
Mar. 17th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Steve! I am currently grinning in happiness for you! I recently was reading about Rick Bowes upcoming book (which, btw, I am awaiting with much impatience), and I realized that I first got hooked on his stories through your _Wilde Stories_ anthology, and I'm pretty sure that's where I first became aware of Hal Duncan and Lee Thomas, also,so it's definitely been one of my favorite anthos.

Btw, I tried ordering the most recent issue of "Icarus" through the Amazon pay option, but I get a Jaca error, which is probably something to do with my screen reader--is there an alternate way to purchase an electronic issue?

Again, congratulations!
mroctober
Mar. 17th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
For downloading a digital copy, this link should help:

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/Issue/164818
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jimkeller
Mar. 17th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That is, indeed, an accomplishment for a small press.
mroctober
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
joycemocha
Mar. 17th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!

And hey, I think running an award-winning small press is well worth the energy.
mroctober
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) It's exhausting. I don't know how others manage.
changeling72
Mar. 17th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
Well done! Good to hear all the hard work is paying off.
mroctober
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Well "pay" is subjective. I'm certainly not a homogul yet ;)
livia_llewellyn
Mar. 17th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize Lethe had SIX nominations - congrats!
mroctober
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon!
sartorias
Mar. 17th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Huzzah!
mroctober
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
::takes a bow::
relby
Mar. 17th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
W00t!!!! Keep up the good work!
mroctober
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! All good work and somethin' somethin' makes Steve...
sacchig
Mar. 17th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
You're doing a terrific job, and it's great to have that appreciated by your peers.
mroctober
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
And thank you for helping me add some excellent lesbian titles to the list!
rmthunter
Mar. 17th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Steve -- you and Lethe both deserve it.

And I think I owe you an e-mail. Hmm. . . .
mroctober
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Yay, email. Will it be safe for work? ;)
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mroctober
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
::blushes::
alan_yee
Mar. 17th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Good work, Steve! Congratulations to you and the nominated authors!
mroctober
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Alan. You're my target readership.
erastes
Mar. 17th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
You have every reason to be proud, Steve. You have a small, but quality, press. And frankly, not so little any more, either. Six nominations on the short list? That's just... incredible. Well done, give yourself a massive pat on the back.
mroctober
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yikes! I know. Next year, should we nominate Mere Mortals under Romance or Mystery?
horace_hamster
Mar. 17th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, well done! It's not surprising, though. Every Lethe Press book I've read has been uniformly excellent; I have higher expectations of a Lethe book than I do a DAW or Baen book.
mroctober
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Gosh. That is too kind.
markprobst
Mar. 18th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
Congratulations, Steve. What is the record for most (finalist) nominations Lethe has had in a single year? I was totally stoked that my tiny press got its first ever finalist nod this year!
mroctober
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to you as well!

The last two years we had three finalists but no awards. This year, with six, is our best showing yet.
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