Yes as The Green Carnation Prize relaunched at the weekend I was asked to do a piece for The Bookseller (I almost ripped their arms off at the chance) all about publishers and just how proud, or not in some cases, publishers are of their LGBT authors in a piece called ‘Proud to Publish’. So this isn’t a self promotion post, it’s prize promotion post…
As the Green Carnation Prize 2011 geared up for its relaunch on Sunday, it has been a mad whirl of trying to spread the word (and the press release, hint, hint) to anyone and everyone we can. This ended up with a lovely email from Katie Allen at The Bookseller asking if I would like to contribute… erm, of course I would. It also came at an opportune moment last week when I had received a rather negative email, which is better than no response as in the case of three major publishers. They support Savidge Reads, it just seems something like The Green Carnation Prize is a little more, erm, risky maybe?
I like to think I’m a pretty positive person, indeed when it comes to the prize I am rather excitable because I am passionate about it, yet this response from some ‘unnamed’ publishers has rather dampened my spirits. What do you think? Here is the piece in full.
Oh and I will be doing some more both for The Bookseller (on books in general I think) and with a few other bookish sites and the like for The Green Carnation so keep your eyes peeled. Do let me know you thoughts on the subjects raised today though (I have a feeling I am going to get a thrashing for this piece, not sure why, but I bet I do).
If you are wondering just what on earth The Green Carnation Prize is about you can see my thoughts here. If you would like to promote it (yes, please) then feel free to pass the press release onto anyone and everyone else. Oh, a final question… what would you like to know about The Green Carnation Prize as it goes forward, would you like to hear insights from me? Or would you rather just see all that on the site itself? Lots of your thoughts most appreciated.