Awesome chance to donate books plus news n’ stuff

Hey, kids! So I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, which means I also joined Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT chapter of RWA, and got a great tip for donating LGBTQIA paperbacks to the greater Cleveland LGBTQ Center. They’re looking for most genres, but they’d sure like some young adult LGBTQIA titles, too.

I contacted the person arranging this (she’s a member of the Center’s communications committee) and she said they’re getting lots of M/M titles, but they sure would like more F/F, bi, and trans.

Here are the details:


Thank you for offering to donate paperback books to The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland!

Needed items:
Young Adult
New Adult

…featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters!

The Center has many classic novels of the past and quite a lot of nonfiction as well, but they’ll probably be happy to accept any gently-used book donations as well.

If you are out of the USA, but use CreateSpace or another U.S.-based printer, feel free to ship direct from that printer to save on postage. If you plan to enter the country for a convention later in the year, feel free to ship them as well.

OTHER: If you are a US citizen and need a letter from The Center for tax purposes regarding your donation, I will need a signed letter from you included in your package that contains your legal name and address. You can put it in a sealed envelope that I will not open but will give to The Center’s representative. I have no guarantee that they will honor such requests, but they are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Website of the Center is HERE.

Drop Women and Words a line at the CONTACT page (it works — for realz) and we will put you in touch with Missy Welsh, the person coordinating this. She’ll give you the mailing address, which is stashed in the Bat Cave, and BOOM you can donate and share the luv.  <–NOTE! SEE HOW TO DONATE BELOW, AT UPDATE.

UPDATE, June 9, 2015. If you’d like to donate, you’ll need to coordinate with the LGBT Center directly. Use the address at the bottom of their website to do that. CLICK HERE.


The Golden Crown Literary Society conference (affectionately known as GCLS) is comin’ up, folks. It kicks off July 22 in New Orleans, this year and word on the street is Rita Mae Brown will be in attendance and Dorothy Allison will be speaking. This is a Lake Pontchartrain of awesome, friends. We hope to see you there.

Info about the conference is HERE. Have a look at the finalists for the Goldie awards HERE and check the schedule HERE.

This is a great conference, filled with primarily lesfic writers and readers, informative workshops and panels, and a whole lot of fun. Plus NOLA. Hello. Need I say more?

And Women and Words is all about sharing the LUV, so we’re selling Women and Words T-shirts. Proceeds benefit GCLS. GET YOURS NOW. Here’s how.

Lambda Literary Foundation Awards Gala is happening June 1, 2015 in New York City. This year’s fiesta honors John Waters and Rita Mae Brown and Kate Clinton is the MC while Toshi Reagon is performing. Here’s the list of finalists.

And writers, don’t forget these calls for submissions!

Bywater Press Prize for Fiction (the winning novel manuscript gets published; deadline is June 30, 2015).

Order Up: A Menu of Lesbian Romance and Erotica, deadline August 1, 2015 (full disclosure: R.G. Emanuelle and Andi Marquette are the editors of this volume; Ylva Publishing).

From Top to Bottom: Lesbian Erotica Stories of Dominance and Submission, deadline September 1, 2015 (Harper Bliss, ed., Ladylit Press).

Through the Hourglass: Lesbian Historical Romance (working title), deadline May 31, 2015 (Sacchi Green and Patty Henderson, eds, Liz McMullen Show Publications).

Best Lesbian Erotica 2016, deadline June 1, 2015 (Sacchi Green, ed., Cleis Press).

Tales of the Grimoire (Halloween anthology, Ylva), deadline May 31, 2015 (Astrid Ohletz and Gill McKnight, eds.).

Ylva Holiday Anthology, deadline July 15, 2015.



  1. Thanks for sharing this! I’ve sent an email regarding donating books. I’ll look forward to hearing back from someone.


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