In a recent poll with several Facebook groups, I asked readers of gay romance novels and their authors, which firms they deemed as the top MM Romance (stands for man-on-man romance) publishers.
The Polling Group
This was certainly not a scientific analysis. Over 150 people from the following groups participated:
- M/M Romance with 7,557 members
- M/M Romance & LGBT Giveaways with 3,075 members
- Fans of MM Fiction at 2,306
- LGBTTQ Fiction: Passionate About Plot with 831 members
Gay Romance Novels and their Top 5 Publishers
The results are as follows:
- Dreamspinner Press – 44%
- Riptide Publishing – 15%
- Samhain Press – 9%
- Loose ID – 7%
- Pride Publishing – 6%
Other notables were Torquere Press, LoveLight, MLR, Extasy, and various small firms.
But, the independent author—freelance, self-published—can’t be ruled out either.
Indie Publishers of Gay Romance Novels and LGBT Books May Be the Biggest Publisher of Them All
When asked how important the non-self-published publisher (Dreamspinner, Riptide etc.) is when selecting an MM Romance book to purchase, an overwhelming 68% said the publisher was low in importance when selecting a book to read.
Many people said they didn’t care who published the book as long as the quality was good.
“It doesn’t really matter to me if the book is self-published or not. However, if I buy a book that was self-published and found too many mistakes, I am not likely to purchase from that author again.”
“I am only concerned with the story and the quality of the writing.”
“It’s important only insofar as, when I see a publishing house I know produces books I enjoy, I’m more willing to take a risk.”
“Whether it’s by a big or small publishing house or self-published, I don’t care…as long as it’s good.”
“My book budget is VERY small so when I am looking for a book to buy/read I tend to go to the “bigger” publishers because they have a bigger/better selection and I am more likely to find a book by an author I like that is inexpensive, even if it is an older book…”
“The only reason I pay attention to [the] publishing house is because it impacts the availability of a book at my local library [and bookstore].”
“If the blurb draws me, the reviews are pretty good and my friends recommend it, it doesn’t matter if it’s traditionally published or self-published.”
The statements above could pertain to any genre.
60% of all Kindle eBook sales are from “non-traditionally” published books, according to a September 2015 report from the publishing organization AuthorEarnings.
What do you think about the importance of a publisher when purchasing the books you read? Type your comments below.