Q: Who are you?
A: This person. Pronouns: she/her.
Q: Can I send you an ARC for review?
A: Sorry, but no; this isn’t a review site. Plus, it’s run by a single person whose TBR is already full at all times. If there’s an ARC I do want to read, I’ll find it/ask for it! (Publishers are welcome/encouraged to send catalogs.)
Q: So then how do I use you to promote my book?
A: You submit a pitch for the site. Then you can say whatever you like about your book!
Q: How do I submit a pitch for the site?
A: Check out the LGBTQ Reads Blogging Policies for information on what you can submit and how. Please do not e-mail me just saying, “I would like to write a guest post.” I don’t answer those.
Q: How do I tell you a book I think should be on one of your lists?
A: If I know you? However you’d normally rec a book to me. If I don’t? You don’t. This isn’t a masterlist site; it’s a site of curated recommendations. If I can’t speak to a book on this site, I want to easily be able to point to the trusted friend who can. There are a billion lists of LGBTQIAP+ books on the internet that aren’t curated; make sure it’s on those! And, of course, you can always leave comments on relevant posts.
Q: Okay, but what about [insert book title here]?
A: If you love it, promote it! If you don’t see it here, it means I don’t feel I can recommend it for one reason or another. Sometimes that just means neither I nor anyone I know represented by the book has read it yet! And sometimes that means I feel it throws one marginalized community under the bus for another, and sometimes that means I think it’s straight-up bad representation, or know it’s widely considered to be by the represented group. Of course, much is subjective, but please respect my choice not to cover something here.
Q: What does it mean if a book on one of the pages isn’t linked?
A: That my slow ass hasn’t gotten to it yet. This site is a perpetual work-in-progress; I promise, it isn’t a statement on the book’s rep or anything like that. I’m just busy a lot and I can only pay for an assistant when donations to the site come in or people shop via the Amazon affiliate links.
Q: What do I do if I think you’re recommending a book with harmful representation?
A: Feel free to email me; I’d really prefer people not use social media for this. I don’t usually respond to these e-mails, but I do take action unless I’ve read the book and feel very differently from you, or your feelings are based on an advanced read and I know changes will be made before publication. (Obviously, if the book still has the same problems once it’s published, that’s a different story.)
Even if I ultimately don’t remove the book from the site, please know that it does help me modulate who I recommend it to. It’s an unfortunate situation in LGBTQIAP+ literature that with pickings as slim as they are, sometimes books that do largely unrepresented rep well and far more widely represented rep poorly have to stay on the table, but it is something I take into account when I make recommendations.
Of course, I encourage all readers with triggers or any other concerns to seek out reviews prior to reading, which is a large part of why I link every book to Goodreads. I am simply not equipped to list trigger or content warnings for every title.
Q: Why just LGBTQ? What about the other letters?
A: Books featuring characters anywhere on the queer and/or trans spectra (including but not limited to Queer, Questioning, Undefined, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual, Pansexual, Asexual, Demisexual, Intersex, Genderfluid, Genderqueer, Agender, Bigender, Demigender, Two-Spirit, and/or Non-Binary) are all welcome and will be represented here, but in an effort to make sure people actually remember the name of the site, I went with LGBTQ. (Also, “Reading Rainbow” was taken.) And yes, I could’ve used QUILTBAG, which is more inclusive and similarly memorable, but I got really tired of hearing how much people hate that term when I used it on my personal blog.
That said, you will see different acronyms/word choices used throughout the blog, and that is with intent, paying mind to the content of that post or list. (For example, if you see a post with “same-sex” in the title rather than some amalgamation of letters, it means there is no trans representation on that list, or LGBTQ and not LGBTQA, you can assume there is no ace rep.)
Q: Why did you create this site when other ones like YA Pride exist?
A: Mostly because there’s a lot outside of YA I wanted to promote and discuss as well. I read and love New Adult and Romance and wanted a place to talk about those too, since most LGBT sites for those categories are about 95% cis m/m and maybe 5% everyone else. I also strongly want to encourage the growth of LGBTQ MG and promote the awesome Transgender Picture Books I’ve been seeing lately, among other things. But YA is my first love (and the category I know best and read most) and I’ll always want to talk about that too.
Q: What do you most want to see in contributions to the site?
A: I would love to see more promotion of underrepresented titles in each category. So, I don’t really want a list of five m/m Romance recs all featuring cis white men and authored by women, for example, but would absolutely love recs for trans Romance. (You can see a great example of guest post of recommendations here.) I love to host cover reveals for f/f novels. If you run a queer-book-centric feature on social media (think Queer Girl Cafe or Gay YA Book Club), I’d love you to talk about it. If you’re not sure whether what you want to pitch works for the site, just e-mail me and ask!
Didn’t see your question answered here? Email me at LGBTQReads@gmail.com.