Back in June of this year, I created a blog post titled The Top 153 Lesfic Writers Alive (and Still Writing) Today. My motives were pure. Yes, I write lesfic myself but I’ve been an avid reader of it for years and I was getting frustrated in my online searches for new stuff. I still read paperbacks but, because Kindle software can be loaded on just about anything electronic and I have it loaded on everything now, I read a lot of eBooks from Amazon. If you don’t know this, then let me be the first to tell you that Amazon is the queen of the personal search experience but it isn’t always a good thing.
Amazon looks at all of your previous search history and, when you start typing into their search bar, it makes suggestions to you based on that history; YOUR HISTORY. Two different users, logged into their own accounts and using the same search terms will see completely different things.
As an author, I’m constantly looking for resources on all sorts of crazy stuff to research things for my fiction novels so I don’t come off sounding like an idiot. That leads Amazon to invite me to look at things that really aren’t relevant to my searches for some new fiction to read. Too, not every author I run across in Facebook groups or that I find on Goodreads or elsewhere via social media sells ebooks or sells on Amazon. I wanted a place that I could go where I could find lesfic authors and only lesfic authors where I could link directly to their websites or to another profile (like Goodreads) that potentially listed all of the places where their books are available. No such website or list existed then. It does now.
I started to create a list with links to the top 50 lesfic authors I wanted to follow. That became 100, then 150 and, tired and wanting to post it online for others to see and use, I stopped at 153. I linked to my original blog post in a few lesfic Facebook groups and it went totally viral. The post got thousands of visitors. Readers made suggestions and so did the less shy authors among us who weren’t on the list. I kept updating the post with new names and new links as they were suggested to me.
When the post ballooned to well over 200 names, and approached 300 (as of this writing, there are 288 active authors on the list and another 10 that are no longer with us), I knew I couldn’t keep just adding to it and I knew we – all of us – needed something more permanent than a post that gave readers – and potential gift givers – more information. This page was born: Lesfic Author List. ‘The list’ now has a permanent home on my site.
It’s not a stagnant list. New names are added as often as I run across them or someone forwards them to me. I’ve also started adding notations for everyone who writes books other than lesfic romance. Most everyone on the list writes romance too but so many of them write about characters that reflect us in many other genres (mystery, paranormal, sci-fi…), myself included.
I’m publicizing the list again because I know there are authors out there that should be on it. If you don’t see your name, contact me via this site or through Facebook. We’re coming up on the time of year when people give gifts and the time beyond that when people curl up inside and spend hours reading. It’s a place to go to find links to old favorites and to discover some – or many – new ones too.