Several years ago, when I sat down and started to write what would become my first novel, Jericho, my only thought was that I wanted to see if I could do it. I’d spent years reading some wonderful (and a few not-so-wonderful) stories about strong and smart lesbians that were posted for free at The Athenaeum and The Royal Academy of Bards — and it made me wonder if I could tell a story of my own. So I started getting up at 4:30 every morning, and doing my untutored best to give it a shot. When Jericho was completed, I promptly put it into a (very deep) drawer in my desk, and walked away. After months of encouragement and some strong language, a dear friend convinced me to be brave and post it online at the above sites, just to see if people would like it. After only a few days, I was innundated with emails from readers, and had three offers to publish it.
It was all very surreal.
Now, two years and four additional books later, Jericho has officially crossed over to reach a more mainstream market. As a result, Ingram, the company that provides book distribution services for retailers, schools, and libraries worldwide, contacted my publisher and stated that they had a backlog of requests for hardcover editions of not only Jericho and Aftermath, but also Dust and Sidecar.
Still very surreal.
Because in today’s rip-and-read world, it’s extremely rare for any of our lesbian genre titles to appear in hardcover editions. In fact, it’s almost unheard of.
Hardcover editions of Jericho and Aftermath are now available for purchase from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and will soon be available from all of your online and indie bookstores. Similar editions of Dust and Sidecar will follow in a few weeks.
I want to say “thank you” to each and every one of you who have, in your own way, helped to make these books become available to a wider audience—especially to schools and public libraries. We did this together, and I am deeply grateful to you all.