Today, I’m excited to share some awesome news. After two years of research and writing, and another two years of editing, revising, and revisiting, I have finally published my first book!
FROM A WHISPER TO A RIOT: THE GAY WRITERS WHO CRAFTED AN AMERICAN LITERARY TRADITION is an academic text that covers gay American literature from 1903-1968, a period often ignored or overlooked. It is the culmination of four years’ work, and I have decided to move ahead with publishing it independently. Why? Well, there are a few reasons.
First, academic publishing is brutal and, for my particular situation, not entirely necessary. I have been publishing other small pieces and feel satisfied with that avenue for creative work. This book, though, is the blood, sweat, and tears of years of graduate study and, ultimately, a dissertation and defense. I did send proposals and chapters to a few different academic publications, and while some of the responses I received were reasonable, even helpful, they helped me see that, what I really want to do is get this out into the public as I have envisioned it. I do not want to break the book into smaller articles. I do not want to market it for a particular course. I do not need wrestle with a University Press and its gate-keepers
This book is mine, and I want it to be available for others, as is. I believe I see something in it that some publishers are missing, which is that it is more than just a literary analysis and more than just a cultural history. It is both. These two pieces work together. The varied chapters work together. And I hope that any reader who decides to give a try will, in the end, see how all of it developed together, too.
So, I’m pleased to be in this position. The book is available in both print and e-book versions, via Amazon (and elsewhere, soon, I hope!). Even though it is an academic text, I think it’s pretty accessible. If you’re interested in American literature, history, and LGBT Studies, I think you’ll like this one. Or I hope so, anyway.