07-14-18 Cassandra O’Leary

Saturday, May 17, 2014

An Update from Laura Baumbach, MLR Press

Laura Baumbach
Hello Everyone! 

It's been awhile since I've been here so I was excited to get the offer to post again and let
readers know what I have been up to lately.

I'm Laura Baumbach, author and publisher of M/M erotic romance. I have writing m/m romance for 15 years. I've blazed a few trails for the category of romance including creating a co-op marketing group for authors in the m/m category, Manloveromance.com, and founding the first RWA chapter for authors of GLBTQ romance, Rainbow Romance Writers. In recognition of my efforts over the years, ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE named me 'a pioneer of the 'm/m genre' in their Oct. 2010 issue.  

I became a publisher in 2007 with my small press, ManLove Romance Press aka MLR Press, publishing some of the very best established authors and discovering new ones. The press is my way of bring the category of romance I love most to a place of recognition and respect in the romance community.

This year MLR press is sponsoring a number of m/m centric events including UK Meet GLBTQ Fiction event in Nottingham June 6-8. I'll be sponsoring and attending the Gay Romance Northwest Event (GRNW) in September in Seattle and the Gay Literary Retreat (GRL) in Chicago in October this year. There are a lot of advantageous events to attend each year but budget and family life limit my travel. Husband and kids come first before work, especially at my age.
I'm working on a new novel, a romantic suspense, tentatively titled REESE (I’ve included a tentative cover)
and working on the sequel to one of my earlier releases, MEXICAN HEAT, titles Tequila Sunrise. I'm hoping to get a lot of work done over the summer when things slow down a bit. It's unusual for me to work two stories at once so I'll anxious about the results.    

You can see all of my published work at my website 

It needs another update when my web guy has time but you can find lots to keep you busy there.

If you are attending any event I'm at, please stop by and say hello! I'm always interesting meeting people with an interest in our category. 


Diana McCollum said...

You are one busy lady! Do you write full time? The marketing co-op sounds like a fantastic idea. Marketing seems to me one of the hardest things about writing and being self-published. I don't read the genre you write, but wish you much success in sales!

Sarah Raplee said...

It's good to catch up with you, Laura! You are one busy lady. So glad you are finding time to write with all your publishing duties for MLR Press!(Maybe I should quit whining about MY busy schedule...)

You are my role model for giving back to the community that supports you as an author and publisher.

Judith Ashley said...

Laura, we are delighted you could do an Encore Performance with us here at RTG. Do you find your priorities help you keep some balance in your life? Because you are Very Busy and obviously keeping several balls in the air.