Hi all, today we are chatting with the new owners of Torquere Press. They were kind enough to answer some questions for us.
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1. Torquere Press was the first all GLBT publisher, is this correct?
Absolutely! In 2003 there was nowhere to send manuscripts that were GLBT to have published in the ebook world. It was still considered taboo. So Torquere Press was started as a labor of love between to authors and a core group of authors published the first five books. In 2010, I, Kristi Boulware, came onboard as the General Manager and Submissions Editor. During this time the original authors Shawn and Lorna decided they wanted to retire and focus on their real passion. Writing! So in January 2015 ownership was transferred to myself and my fiancee Joanna.
2. How does Torquere Press set itself apart from other publishers?
Aside from being the oldest GLBT publisher in the industry. We consistently open new genres for our authors and readers. Torquere has a core “family” group of editors that word closely with their authors. We go above and beyond to form a close relationship with each of our authors to ensure they know they are truly part of the Torquere family. We have someone available and accessible at all hours to our authors and customers.
3. What's the latest trend in the GLBT romance subgenre?
We are seeing more and more desire for transsexual stories as well as other areas of the GLBTQ areas. Our industry changes day by day, which is why we ask our readers regularly what they would like to see published from us.
4. With audibooks being a hot trend, will you branch into that area of publishing?
We are actually already doing some audio books. We currently have two audio books out (Daddy, Daddy and Me by Sean Michael and Herc’s Mercs: The Bigger They Com by Ari McKay). We have one from Kiernan Kelly in production about about twelve more out there waiting on narrators to pick them up. It is a very exciting new opportunity for Torquere and we know our readers are excited about the process!
5. You have a fairly new YA division called Prizm, how has the demand for YA books changed over the last few years?
Our young adult/new adult division Prizm actually opened in 2007. We did a complete revamp on it about two years ago and it is building momentum by leaps and bounds. We have every genre in Prizm and also have mainstream non GLBT characters in our calls for submissions.
6. What does the future hold for Torquere?
Torquere has nothing but bright things ahead. We are growing by leaps and bounds, contracting new authors weekly and have had to bring on a number of editors/proofers to handle the load of new books coming out. We have added a huge number of new marketing tools for our authors as well. We are extremely excited for the future of Torquere Press and what we have coming for our readers!