Pubfest 2021

Registration is required for each session. Please register for each session you want to attend below. All times are Eastern Daylight Time.

LGBTQ fiction publisher Bold Strokes Books ( is hosting a one-day webinar, PubFest, live for your viewing pleasure. The event will be held on Saturday June 26, 2021.

Are you a first time author looking for the best way to publish in today’s publishing world? A seasoned writer interested in expanding your audience and/or exploring new ways to hone your craft? Or only just beginning to make your dream of writing that special story a reality? When faced with so many choices, how do you decide what fits you best? Bold Strokes Books, with an international audience, worldwide distribution channels, multi-faceted marketing plans, and editors with decades of experience, is a great choice for new and established authors. Please join us for BSB PubFest to learn more about us, all we offer, and how we can help you bring your stories to readers around the world.

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Saturday June 26, 2021

1.30 PM — Behind the Scenes at BSB

Welcome to the world of book publishing! Take a peek behind the scenes and discover just who we are, what we do, and the entire publishing process from a book idea to a bestseller.

Panelists: Cindy Cresap, Sandy Lowe, Radclyffe, Carsen Taite, Toni Whittaker


2:30 PM — All About Editing

Just how does editing work? How long does it take? Will your editor love your book as much as you do, and what happens if you disagree? Join our editors for a discussion on what editing is all about and why it’s not nearly as scary as you might think.

Moderator: Sandy Lowe
Panelists: Ashley Tillman, Shelley Thrasher, Victoria Villansenor, Barbara Ann Wright


3:30 PM — BSB Grow: Story Structure

Did you know BSB has an in-house education program, BSB Grow? We offer free workshops on everything from character building, to snappy dialogue, to how to claim your royalties on your tax return. Enjoy a taste of BSB Grow with a workshop on story structure.

Panelists: Radclyffe


4:30 PM — From FanFic to Fame

Who doesn’t love their favorite movies and TV adapted to fiction with a queer twist? From Xena, to The Devil Wears Prada, to The X-Files, so many of our authors got their start writing fan fiction. Join them as they discuss their journey from fanfic to fame.

Moderator: Radclyffe
Panelists: Gun Brooke, Meghan O’Brien, Amanda Radley, Ali Vali


5.30 PM — Why BSB?

Authors have a lot of options in todays publishing marketplace and it’s not always easy to decide the best fit for you. Join us for a discussion of how and why our authors made their choice to publish with us (and how you can too!).

Moderator: Nell Stark
Panelists: Melissa Brayden, Erin Dutton, Morgan Lee Miller, Anne Shade, Nance Sparks


6.30 PM — Pitch it Forward

Pitching a book to a publisher can be nerve-wracking! What should you include? What questions should you ask? Is your book a good fit? Join our publishing team and authors as they demonstrate how to pitch your novel, the feedback you’ll receive, and the questions you might ask. Then sign up to pitch your next book to us.

Publishing Team: Sandy Lowe, Radclyffe, Victoria Villasenor
Authors: Jane Walsh, Sander Santiago, Nance Sparks, ‘Nathan Burgoine