Torquere & Prism Press - Behind the Scenes
This month Krisi Boulware answers questions about Torquere Press, a publisher specializing in LGBT books. She also shares details on Prizm Books, their YA books for all readers as well as some for young LGBT.
When did Torquere Press open, and is there special meaning behind the name?
Torquere Press was founded September 2003. The name was based on the French word torque meaning “twisted” which at the time GLBT books were still the taboo in the publishing industry. So we wanted something that to us meant we were willing to publish for the GLBT community.
Torquere’s website talks about books for the LGBT community and has a lot of genres. Are all the books LGBT, or have you expanded to include mainstream books, also?
Torquere currently publishes GLBT in all genres; we do have an imprint Prizm Books which publishes mainstream stories which are listed on the Torquere website as well.
What is your bestselling genre? What do you think is the reason this genre sells so well?
Currently our bestselling genre is M/M paranormal romance. Paranormal/supernatural characters are very hot right now. With all the new sci-fi fantasy romance it is our second highest selling genre.
Torquere Press experienced a change in ownership in 2014. How does/will this affect the books Torquere publishes?
January 2015 the ownership changed to myself and Joanna. I have been the General Manager of Torquere since 2010 so there was no major change to the running of the business. We are making changes to improve our marketing and we are opening up to some different areas in genres such as trans, mystery and horror.
Prizm Books was established for the Young Adult and New Adult market for LGBT readers. There is also a Mainstream category for young readers. Does this category cover books that are not LGBT?
Yes Prizm books publishes Young adult, Edgy Young Adult and New Adult of all genres for LGBT and mainstream characters.
Are their particular genres you are seeking for either Torquere Press or Prizm Books right now?
We would love to see more submission in our new categories such as Trans, Mystery and Horror. We are also excited about our monthly anthology calls on Torquere Press. In May we will have Volume 1 of Mythologically Torqued Anthology coming out.
What are the future goals for both publishing houses?
Is to take over the world an appropriate answer? LOL We will continue to publish and grow throughout the publishing industry. We have moved from a vanity press to a small press and will eventually become a large publishing press. Our goal is of course growth and our new marketing strategies as well as a partnership will Pride Promotions who is doing blog tours for our new releases.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Torquere Press/Prizm Books is here and very healthy. We are currently booked on our production calendar through early Summer 2015 and excited for everything to come. We are attending conventions in 2015 such as Austin Author Affair, Author’s After Dark, Reading Until Dawn Con so come see us!
Check out the great Torquere/Prism books http://www.torquerepress.com
and Prism books: http://www.prizmbooks.com or http://shop.prizmbooks.com
Columnist Lizzie T. Leaf: Award winning author, Lizzie T. Leaf started life in Kansas, sprung to adulthood in North Carolina, and currently shivers through the winters in Colorado.
Since discovering the fun of writing paranormal, she plays with creating vampires, faeries and other immortals. When she needs a touch of reality, her Contemporary Erotic Romances come into play. Her most recent release is Nordic Heat, available at http://amzn.to/1owng5k
If she’s not creating mischief for paranormal beings, or getting under the covers with her erotic heroes, she can be found exploring the other genres she wants to write. She is a member of RWA and has served as President for the Heart of Denver Romance Writers and VP of Programs.
Lizzie loves to read, spend time with her family and travel with her best friend husband.