From their website: Harrington Park Press, previously the LGBTQ imprint of The Haworth Press (now part of Routledge/Taylor & Francis) is now re-launched as a specialized academic/scholarly print and ebook publisher devoted to emerging topics in LGBTQ diversity, equality, and inclusivity.
Huh. No idea when that happened, but I found out this morning when the Bill Cohen, Owner/Publisher, requested we connect on LinkedIn. Of course I accepted.
My very first sale was to Haworth/Harrington back in ’07. I’d submitted a short story to their then-acquisitions editor, awesome author and all-round great guy, Greg Herren, and he said the story was too long for his anthology, but would I consider expanding it into a novel for Haworth. I tried, but that particular story wasn’t expandable, so instead I offered him GYM DANDY, which he accepted. We got as far as a “coming soon” placeholder on the Haworth website when Haworth was acquired by Taylor & Francis. They only wanted the non-fiction titles and that left us fictioneers in limbo for a while.
Eventually, I got my rights back and sold the book to MLR Press, and more recently, self-published it. But I met some great people while we were trying to figure out what was going on with our books, including Toronto author Jeffrey Round who was very supportive of my stumbling efforts when I was just starting out.
So, huh. I don’t think I write what Harrington is looking for, but you might. Check ’em out.
GYM DANDY: A gay tale of seduction and denial, humor and sweat.
Mixed signals or glitchy gaydar?
After a first kiss gone horribly wrong, out and outgoing personal trainer Victor Brighton settles for friendship with his handsome new client Douglas Newkirk. But is Doug in denial? Each time the boys get close, something or someone interferes: ex-wives, ex-boyfriends, bitchy bosses, the cable guy.
Victor and Doug’s charming love story is funny and angsty, touching on subjects both serious and humorous. It’s a little erotic and a lot entertaining, featuring clever plot twists, engaging characters, and a happy ending. There’s even a dog!
“GYM DANDY is a delightful read that will make you laugh and smile and believe in romance again.” Greg Herren, author The Scotty Bradley Series
Full-length novel, approx. 250 pages.