Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

A Decade Of Words

Ten years ago, a new Nottingham author got in touch to say she'd like to do a reading/signing at Waterstones; could we help her make it happen? A decade later, we're still doing those author readings/signings. It grew from that one weeknight that had been shifted at the last minute and included three authors, to… Continue reading A Decade Of Words

Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

Women in Uniform by Justine Saracen

Julie Tizard, appearing in her own USAF flight suit and I, wearing a replica of a Soviet air force lieutenant, recently presented at the Women in Aviation conference in Reno. As a retired air force colonel, Julie was in her element, while I myself was a bit intimidated by all the aviation women talking shop… Continue reading Women in Uniform by Justine Saracen

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Books and Beer Goggles

I go to a lot of festivals. I sit at tables full of books and chat with people who are browsing. I explain what LGBTQ means to folks who have no clue (always interesting to watch their reactions. Some try to put the book down as quickly as possible without seeming rude, others say, "Oh,… Continue reading Books and Beer Goggles

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Amy Dunne: LGBTQ Books Made Me Realise I Wasn’t Alone.

Never underestimate the power a book can have on you... I’m sat downstairs in the very early hours of the morning, with two sleeping cats and a snoring puppy for company. Why am I awake at such a Godforsaken hour? Well, I believe the upcoming BSB UK book event is to blame. A potent mixture… Continue reading Amy Dunne: LGBTQ Books Made Me Realise I Wasn’t Alone.

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Pitch it to Me

When you work in publishing, you throw terms around like confetti, just expecting folks to know what they mean. POV, ms, fancy-tagger, white space, etc. You kind of just figure a writer will know what you're talking about. But that's not always true. How can you possibly know what I mean when I tell you… Continue reading Pitch it to Me