What’s in a name and something for nothing. ~ Outside the Margins with Andrew Q Gordon

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Is it romance or non-romance? What do you call a book with a main character who has some ‘power’, but is not a shifter, vampire, or magician? And what about magic in the modern world? Is it urban fantasy? Paranormal? Just speculative fiction?

The name matters because places like Amazon, Goodreads and others will slot your book based on the tags you use. You don’t want your contemporary het romance being promoted primarily to mm sci-fi fans. Or worse, your mm romance in the hands of the Duggars and Mike Huckabee. So how you label your work can have a profound impact on your ability to reach readers. But some times there isn’t a label to match your work.

Lately there has been a wide spread effort to broaden the scope of some LGBTQ tags. In romance and non-romance, there has been an effort to bring our fantasy, romance, horror, historical and other stories to the broader fiction markets. Just because there is a gay or lesbian character, doesn’t mean the fantasy book shouldn’t be pitched to the general fantasy market. Having a transgendered lead doesn’t make the historical story any less appealing to the history buff readers. And why would a bi-sexual main character make the plot of a mystery any less appealing to those who’s main interest is good mystery books?

One theory is, it doesn’t matter, but we’ve walled ourselves off into the MM this or that category and ‘mainstream’ readers don’t venture there because either they don’t know what’s there or they have the wrong idea. Meaning, if they got a chance to ‘read’ the book, they’d see it wasn’t filled with icky, cootey stuff.

Personally I like that approach. I don’t write ‘gay’ books, I write books with gay main characters. Much of what I write is speculative fiction or Sci-Fi/Fantasy (SFF). The pool of people interested in just LGBTQ SFF is very small compared to the overall SFF market. But as other authors have proven, LGBTQ SFF is of interest to a large part of the general SFF market.

In an effort to reach as much of a market as I can for my SFF work, I’ve worked it out with DSP Publications that anyone who signs up for my newsletter can have a free eCopy of The Last Grand Master. I’m not limiting this offer to the LGBTQ world, and it fact I’m doing my best to spread the word to the general SFF market. But there is one thing I will  not forget; my core readers, the people who supported me from the jump, will always be here in the MM world. Which is why I’ve spent a bit of effort making sure everyone knows about the offer.

If you’re interested, here’s the link. For those who already own the book, there are going to be other giveaways in the newsletter going forward—some mine, some from other authors—that will only be available to readers of the newsletter, so I’d encourage everyone to sign up.

Sign Up for Monthly Updates and get a free eCopy of The Last Grand Master:


~Andrew Q Gordon


Title: The Last Grand Master
Author: Andrew Q. Gordon
Publisher: DSP Publications
Publication Date: 02/10/2015
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Genre: Fantasy


In a war that shook the earth, the six gods of Nendor defeated their brother Neldin, god of evil. For three thousand years, Nendor and the Seven Kingdoms have known peace and prosperity and Neldin’s evil was nearly forgotten.

But then Meglar, wizard king of Zargon, unleashes the dark magic of the underworld and creates an army of creatures to carry out his master’s will. One by one, the sovereign realms fall as a new war between the gods threatens to engulf Nendor.

Leading the opposition to Meglar is Grand Master Farrell. Young and untried, Farrell carries a secret that could hold the key to defeating Meglar—or it could destroy the world.

Farrell is joined by Nerti, queen of the unicorns and Miceral, an immortal muchari warrior the Six have chosen as Farrell’s mate. As Farrell and his new allies make plans to counter Neldin’s evil, Meglar forces their hand when he invades a neighboring kingdom. Rushing to help their ally, Farrell and Miceral find themselves in the middle of the battle. Cut off from help, Farrell attempts an untried spell that will either turn the tide or cost he and Miceral their lives.


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About Andrew Q Gordon

Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of eighteen years, their young daughter and dog.  In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.

Follow Andrew:
website: www.andrewqgordon.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/andrewqugordon
Twitter:  @andrewqgordon
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AndrewQGordon
email: andrewqgordon@gmail.com
The Last Grand Master:  (Champion of the Gods – Book 1);
Ashes of Life:
A Closed Door:

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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