Another (big) ebook retailer

Google has been slowly pushing its ebook marketplace for a couple of years now, but it’s finally decided to have an Aust site. Um, why bother? I already get my books from other countries. However, these are E-books,  a concept most Australians readers  still aren’t enamoured with. Seems we likes ’em physical and we have the bookstores to prove it. We’re also big online buyers. So despite the large price hike to get books here, there’s a middle virtual market for “higher than overseas but lower than bookstore priced books”. Depending on what you’re looking for, one can still head overseas or buy local, albeit a local online store.



November 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Can’t wait for this one

When I wrote about the highly enjoyable film, Caramel, I wished at least half the world could watch it. Years later, I still fondly recall the film. Nadine Labaki, the producer and actor in Caramel, has released another film called Where Do We Go Now? that recently won the people’s choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2011. I can’t wait to watch it.

September 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

A mag for those in arms way

Brilliant and brave. OUTService a magazine by and for gay millitary servicers (of the US). While I’m quite anti-arms anything, I hope this magazine  arrives wherever it needs to be.

September 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

Take 5: Read These Lips, Volume Five – now available

We’re delighted to be here in our fifth year, with a new and stunningly beautiful volume of Read These Lips. As with previous volumes, we will travel through all kinds of stories from lesbians with a point of view. We will discover and rediscover ways in which women connect—through identity, through pleasure or through shared experience—as we continue to relay lesbian experiences through our own literature.

We feel lucky to be able to receive and present more lesbian stories each year and with such variety. In Take 5, we welcome the entertaining and thought-provoking writings of Adrienne Fleming, Angel Propps, Deborah La Garbanza, Doreen Perrine, Elaine Burnes, Gill McKnight, Ina Bak, Joan Annsfire, J.E. Knowles, Lee Lynch, Natasha Carthew, Rachel Green, R.G. Emanuelle and Vanessa Stewart.

The gorgeous paintings in this volume invite you to take a moment to enjoy women and literature, together. The team at RTL wish you good reading.

Take 5 is available as a free e-book from

August 30, 2011 at 12:56 am Leave a comment

Wintering with your favourite lesbian

It’s winter here, sweeties, just in case you were wondering. As I write this, very cold winds and frosty fingers are nipping the south east of Australia and tonight, metro Sydney is getting a taste of it.

So what does a politically conscious lesbian do in winter? Well, get set for a month of celebrations coz July in Sydney has a Lesbian herstory programme that we haven’t seen the likes of in a long time.

Check out the Lesbian Weekender from 8-10 July at

June 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm Leave a comment

Coming in August

The RTL is busy working on another great bunch of quality stories and poetry coming up for you in the next volume of Read These Lips. Some of our favourite contributors return, accompanied by writers we’re pleased to feature for the first time. We love that RTL has enabled us to open the world to lesbian writings and we feel really lucky when writers approach us to share their stories.

Stay tune to pick up Take 5 in August.

June 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm Leave a comment

Call for subs: Dormitory Heat: Hot Lesbian Tales of Campus Lust

Sorry for the long silence but life has been busy and I’ve been too lazy. Anyways, here’s a book to look forward to.

Dormitory Heat: Hot Lesbian Tales of Campus Lust
Edited by Therese Szymanski

Submission deadline: July 1, 2011 (to be published in 2012)

Ah, to be young, hot, and hopelessly in lust while surrounded by nubile babes at one of the many great institutions of higher learning that help to mold the future leaders of this country.

Therese Szymanski is seeking hot stories about women on campus—horny sorority sisters, feisty women’s studies students, queer drama dykes, we want them all:
• From the sexy new sorority sister being initiated into the ways of her newfound sisterhood…

• To the wide-eyed freshman theatre major learning all about trust exercises in her freshman acting lab…

• The sexy geek learning all about extra credit in her latest women’s studies class…

• The feisty track star getting hot and sweaty in the locker room with her teammates…

• The beautiful Japanese student exploring women’s culture in the states…

• And more—your imagination’s the limit! I want them all, so long as they’re hot stories my readers will want to read one-handed in the bathtub, bring ‘em on!

Use your imagination and your very best words to craft hot stories with great ideas, real characters and interesting situations while leaving your reader hot, wet and wanting more. Put your all into it, but as you’re bringing onyou’re your best sleaze, remember that story reigns supreme—humor and twist endings are fun, but the stories must also be hot and sexy. Bring on your very best and realize that typos, punctuation, grammar, odd/incorrect POVs, and other things DO count against you.


1) Stories should be between 2,000 and 7,000 words in length.

2) Please submit a typed, double-spaced hard copy in at least 12-point type with one-inch margins. Preferably in a nice, readable serif font like Times New Roman. Documents should be formatted with US standards of 8½”x11” paper, etc.

3) Characterization, plot, and story are key. (Really. I want a good, hot story, with a believable plot and real characters!) but punctuation, grammar and POV are important.

4) Stories must be erotic, lesbian and on topic.

5) Name, address, phone number, word count, and email address should all appear on the first page. (If accepted, final manuscript must be submitted electronically.)

6) Include a 50-word bio with your submission.

7) Only previously unpublished stories—or stories that have appeared on the Internet (and can be pulled)—will be considered. (Please include information on where and when the story was posted in your cover letter.)

8) Please include a brief cover letter with your submission.

9) Only three submissions per person please.

10) Include an SASE with sufficient postage to return the manuscript if you would like it returned, or, if manuscript is disposable, please state so in your cover letter.

11) Handy hint: If you don’t necessarily need/want the manuscript back, but would like to know if you’ve been rejected, please include a #10 SASE (that is, Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) so we can let you know if we’re unable to use your story with a simple form letter (no feedback can be given).

12) Email Reese at dormitoryheat at with any questions.

Contributors will be paid upon publication and will receive two copies of the anthology. No final decisions about stories to be included in this anthology will be made before 1/1/2012.

Send all manuscripts to:

Therese Szymanski
3571 Far West Blvd. #122
Austin, TX 78731

Please do not send manuscripts in any way that requires a signature upon delivery. If you enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard with your story, Szymanski will be happy to drop it in the mail upon receipt.

Therese (Reese) Szymanski, the bestselling, award-winning author and playwright of nine mystery/thrillers, four novellas, six controversial plays and several dozen short stories, essays, articles, columns, reviews and feature stories, is a marketing guru whose every fiction-editing turn has been shortlisted for or won an award. She’s edited Back to Basics: A Butch/Femme Anthology, Call of the Dark: Erotic Lesbian Tales of the Supernatural, A Perfect Valentine: Erotic Valentine’s Day Lesbian Love, Wild Nights: Mostly True Stories of Women Loving Women and Fantasy: Untrue Stories of Lesbian Passion. You can find out more about Reese and her work at

Link to

June 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

Older Posts Newer Posts

Evecho’s newsy bits

News, updates and links from the lesbian and publishing ‘verse that interest me, my current projects, keeping up with authors and sharing musings on middle-class life, gourmet adventures and comparisons between East/West perspectives. My opinions will likely be linearly logical and gayly bent, as they tend to be.