Jenna on GRL 2017

Hello, everyone! I attended my first ever  Gay Romance Lit Retreat and it was amazing!

What GRL is not:

  • A place to make tons of money selling your books
  • A place to pitch publishers
  • A place to learn about the craft of writing through panels, workshops, and discussions

So, what is GRL?

  • A giant slumber party with all the friends you never knew you had
  • A place to meet authors you’ve never heard of and buy their books
  • A grand game of “get every author to sign their books.”
  • A wild party.

There are three levels of attendees at GRL: featured author, supporting author, and attendee. The spots for authors are limited and there’s a publishing requirement for both. (Featured authors must have 3 books currently published and available for sale, supporting authors need 1.) A lot of newer authors (like myself) go as attendees but there are also a lot of attendees who are readers, and that’s what the focus of this event is on. It’s not a place to shine a spotlight on famous authors but rather a place for readers to connect with authors and fellow readers over the books that they love. read more

Happy Gay Romance Literature Retreat Weekend!

GRL (Gay Romance Lit Retreat) is going on in Kansas City, MO this week and while I couldn’t make it, I know a lot of awesome people who are going to be there. I really wish I could be there to enjoy the fun, but since I can’t, I’d like to live vicariously through all of you. So, tell me, what authors are you excited to meet this weekend and/or what are your favorite books that you’ve picked up while there? (And for those of us playing along at home, who do you wish you could meet and what are your favorite books by said author?) read more