Frolicking elsewhere

Dear Viewers

RTL will be taking a hiatus this year.  We (mainly E) is taking time for personal projects [E – fishing anyone?]. We invite you all to reread the stories we’ve compiled over the years and perhaps look to submitting your own next. Do try and drop the authors a note to encourage them to keep on writing.

Kind regards.


4Play: Read These Lips, Volume Four – now available

4Play: Read These Lips, Volume Four

In 4Play, once again Read These Lips presents stories and poetry to whet your appetite and feed your mind. The brilliant Janis Spehr shares a glimpse of rural Australia life you hadn’t expected. Feast on the charismatic poetry of Natasha Carthew, the bittersweet denial in Joan Annsfire’s ‘trip’, and the soulful passion from Robinet Christian. Amy McDonald pens a spicy other-worldly tale that could happen. See the world unfolding through young eyes in stories by R.G. Emanuelle and J.E. Knowles. Read on to Jessica Mason McFadden’s take on loving a woman and partake of a breakfast chat with a twist from Rachel Green, before ending on a lover’s serenade by Tamara Klinger.

This collection is brought to you through the generosity of our featured writers and the creative team at

4Play is for fun, for life, and for you.

Available as a free ebook from

Open for business

Time for this editor to put her pens in her pocket, fish out the moleskin notebook and check out interesting writers for Read These Lips, Volume 3.

Our new submissions guidelines are up.


Adobe Reader Problems

It seems that some folks are having troubles installing Adobe Reader’s newest upgrade to version 9.

It appears that there can be a conflict depending on the operating system you are using:  Windows 98, XP (with Service Pak 2 or 3), Vista, MAC, Linux etc.

The Adobe 9 download page allows you to choose the appropriate operating system.

I have also heard that your browser may confuse Adobe 9 as well…..If, for instance, you are using Firefox, Safari or Opera.   I dont know if this is so but will keep an eye peeled for information.  (How the heck did the phrase “keep an eye peeled” come about?!)

Foxit Software also offers a Free PDF reader.  Some of you may find you like it better than Adobe Reader.

My suggestion is to stay with version 8.1 for now.  🙂

Please let us know if you hear of any more difficulties or solutions.

Cheers, Ann

Publishers List

Over on our site, we’ve conducted extensive research to collate two great resources for writers and readers. One is a list of lesbian-attentive publishers ( and the other is a Bibliography of lesbian anthologies, poetry, and literary collections with a strong lesbian bent (

Renee is the guru who keeps the Bibliography updated and she’s written about the process in her post.

The Publishers list is, we think, an innovative concept where we as a publisher are providing links to other publishers. Not just one or two, but 70 publishers. We’ve found these publishers to be conscious and encouraging of lesbian content in all its forms. To compile that list, we reviewed and trimmed off publishers that were GLBT friendly in name but not in practice, or presses that appeared restrictive of the kind of female content they would allow. Our aim is for writers to consider the wide world of publishers they can access.

[Edited to add]
FYI, a few publishers on the list are not linked or are no longer in
business. Naiad, A&M, and Haworth, are three who have ceased being
active, but we felt they were so influential to the history and development of
lesbianlit that they deserved to be mentioned.

We welcome additions and comments about the list.



Getting Wet: Tales of Lesbian Seduction

I knew that would get your attention. If I’d written “RTL Bibliography Updated,” most of you would have ignored this post, right?

That sexy title is only one of the many titles in our Bibliography of Lesbian and Lesbian-Friendly Anthologies of Short Fiction on the RTL site. After the recent update, the list has grown to about 175 entries.

Not all of them are erotica titles, of course. In fact, the scope of the “Bib” is very broad. Our ambition is to record as many anthologies of short stories and poems by and about lesbians and queer-identified women as we can find, both in print and out of print, including those in languages other than English.

Why are we doing this? It just seemed appropriate, since Read These Lips itself is an ongoing lesbian anthologies project with an international bent. Not to mention that some of us on the RTL team are Virgos and therefore obsessively driven to make lists and to organize chaos.

By definition, an anthology is a collection by multiple authors—of lesbian stories, in this case. We couldn’t decide on the cut-off, though. Would a collection by five authors be included in our Bibliography? Sure, why not? Then what about a book by only three? Well, okay, I guess. And so on. We finally decided to include any book of lesbian stories by more than one author. We had to draw the line somewhere, so we don’t include single-author collections.

Since the Bibliography’s purpose is to gather together lesbian stories and poems, the “Lesbian-Friendly” and “Poetry” sections do have some anthologies in which other kinds of stories and poems are included. Leaving these collections out would mean missing many fine lesbian works.

Some of you will probably have noticed that the Bib is not arranged in traditional bibliography format; that is, not by name but by title. The martinet in charge of the duct tape convinced me that browsing by titles would be more fun. After initially balking at this blasphemy, I had to agree. It would be kind of boring to come upon editor after editor’s name with a list of all their titles underneath. This way they’re mixed in with the rest, to be found serendipitously. If you do want to find quickly all the books in the Bib from your favourite editor, you can still do that by simply using the find-on-page search. Eventually, if the Bib becomes too long and unwieldy for browsing, we may reorganize it.

Just an explanation about the link after each entry. When a book is in print, there’s a link to the publisher for more information. When the book is out of print, there’s a link to the WorldCat union catalogue if it includes that title; this catalogue will tell you which of thousands of libraries around the world have the book. There may also be online bookstores, both new and antiquarian, where you can buy it, but we don’t link those.

I hope you enjoy browsing through our Bibliography. Comments and title suggestions are always welcome.

Thanks to our webmaster, Anni, for making the Bib look so good.

Renée (Bibliographer & Copy Editor)


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