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06 May 2008 @ 01:58 am
Featured in OUT Magazine  
Phyllida is listed in the no. 1 (top) position in OUT Magazine's June/July issue "Hot List: Literature" feature on "Summer Reads."

My hero, Andrew (a total top), would be proud.
 
 
 
-Larry-: me on Dec 1 2005lordlnyc on May 6th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
WOW! Congratulations Ann!
ann_amalieann_amalie on May 7th, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
Thanks, Larry!
The Funnel: snape for me!funnel101 on May 6th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
I am totally loving the book so far. :D
ann_amalieann_amalie on May 7th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
Thank you for letting me know that!

It's so good to hear.
lilyjaderoselilyjaderose on May 12th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
good for you! you should let the folks at http://www.afterellen.com know about your success and what the novel is about and your orientation, etc etc.

visibility is everything my dear.
ann_amalieann_amalie on May 12th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
visibility is everything my dear
Thanks for your excellent advice and good wishes.

It's hard to find the right balance between admirable visibility and obnoxious self-promotion. I keep getting it wrong.

I also wonder if it's possible for me to gain attention for the book while promoting myself only as the author of the book, nothing else. That is, can I get people to recognize the book for its own good qualities, regardless of the orientation, sex, skin color, age or fashion sense (or lack of it) of the author?

Probably not...but that's my ideal.
lilyjaderoselilyjaderose on May 12th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Re: visibility is everything my dear
i think you would be quite surprised at how the rainbow family would support you. you should never shy away from your sexual orientation. i understand about not wanting to make that a focal point. but, there are very few examples of positive representation of bi or gay & lesbian relationships and culture out there. so don't forget that the rainbow nation is part of your target audience. i would definately put a word in to afterellen.com they may even want to interview you, or feature your book. you never know!
ann_amalieann_amalie on May 13th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
Re: visibility is everything my dear
Yes, the rainbow community has been very supportive (those parts of it don't think bisexuals are just "confused" gays and lesbians). They've actually been a big part of my audience, along with people who know me from work, my neighborhood, friends, etc.

It's probably not possible for a new author, or only the most gifted, exceptional ones, but I keep wanting to break out beyond the enchanted circle and find an audience that likes the book for the quality of the writing, not because of what they know, or think they know, about me.

But I would never want to "shy away" from my sexual orientation or in any way offend people who have welcomed and accepted my book. I don't want to sound rude or dismissive. It's just a dream that most writers have--to be known by their writing, nothing else.
lilyjaderose: bisexuallilyjaderose on May 16th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
i made a reccomended your book and you can view that recomendation here:

http://www.afterellen.com/node/4738
ann_amalieann_amalie on May 16th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I will pass this on to the person who works on publicity for me at HarperCollins. They will be happy to see this, too.