Periodically here at FinePrint, we go through and scrub our marvelous - and usually comprehensive - list of publishers/editors by category. The past few days I've been going through those categories in which I'm most interested: SF/F, YA, Comics, Paranormal Romance, Pop Culture and LGBT. And guess what? Either there aren't very many LGBT publishers out there, or our database is woefully lacking. I suspect it may be the latter, simply because there wasn't anyone here actively seeking out manuscripts in that category before I got here.
And I know for a fact that there are dozens - if not hundreds - of great little LGBT presses out there.
Now I'll be the first to admit: we agents generally prefer to try to submit to those publishers who pay an advance to authors. After all, we pay our rent and eat based upon the commission we get on those advances. Royalties are always nice but it's tough to wait eighteen to twenty-four months to see any income from a manuscript sale, for both author and agent. And a lot of the smaller LGBT presses simply don't pay advances.
Sometimes it's just the right fit for a book. So don't believe that all agents discount the small LGBT presses.
So if you own, work for, or are published by a great LGBT press that you think more people need to know about, please feel free to email me directly and give me the 411 on your publisher. (And don't be shy about pimping your press in the comments field!)