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Sage Sweetwater, firebrand lesbian novelist
I am working with my publisher on formatting the interior of my next lesbian pulp fiction novel issued, FROM THE CONVENT TO THE RAWHIDE: THE SAGA OF SADIE CADE AND VI MONTANA. Choosing fonts is exciting! And those cool paragraph break symbols. I am thinking horseshoes or something western. This is why I love producing my own novels. I get to choose the look of the novel and choose my own royalties. Thank you AuthorHouse for being a top-notch publish-on-demand publisher. I highly recommend AuthorHouse! My debut lesbian pulp fiction novel THE BUCKSKIN SKIRT OAR TRAVELER is doing well. It has been from the top 20 most popular lesbian fiction to the top 50 at buy.com. It fluctuates back and forth, as there are so many lesbian novels competing.
I have submitted the manuscript and novel cover shot by Verna Bice. I will be having a conference meeting with my design team in about four weeks. I am pushing for a Feburary 2006 release date. I want to thank my lovely editor, Ms. Leslie Bolton for her valued services. Thank you, Leslie.
"It's time to get back to the size of the dime store novel..." (Sage Sweetwater).
In the 40s, 50s, and 60s, the purpose of dime store novels were to lure working-class audiences. They were distributed at newsstands, dry goods stores, drug stores, and bus depots.
Dime store novels typified Wild West stories, urban outlaws, detective stories, working-girl chronicles, and romances.
When you pair dime store novels with lesbian pulp fiction of that same era, both having lurid cover illustrations, Sage Sweetwater novels have a recurring formula that fits the size of the dime store novel she applies to modern-day lesbian fiction set in more positive times.
Unlike the yesteryear lesbian pulp fiction, imagery is not directed in the bedroom in Sage Sweetwater novels. Sage Sweetwater taps into the cultural pulse and weaves lesbian fiction from social, political, environmental, and religious themes with carefully chosen uncensored lesbian sex scenes hot enough that no more than a few are needed.
There have been films based on lesbian pulps as well as dime store western novels by Louis L'Amour.
The most well-known vintage lesbian pulp fiction writers are Ann Bannon and Vin Packer. In their time, publishers insisted on moral endings to punish lesbian sexuality and at the same time, exploited it. Lesbian characters did not fare well in these novels and normally had to suffer downfalls to make up for being lesbian, a biased form of social punishment because lesbianism had no place in society. An example of this on a vintage lesbian novel cover reads "What unholy bonds held two beautiful actresses in a drama that had no part for male actors? NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED! A BRILLIANT NOVEL ABOUT THE LOVE SOCIETY RECOGNIZES BUT CANNOT FORGIVE!"
Many of the lesbian pulp novels were written by men to stimulate other men. Lesbian characters were "saved by a man" and turned straight, ended up in institutions, became alcoholics, or committed suicide. Lesbianism could not be condoned in the pulp fiction novels in this era because it violated postal obscenity codes.
Lesbian pulp fiction novels of yesteryear are hot collectibles with the cover art bringing thousands of dollars.
Always with positive endings, Sage Sweetwater novels are based on a much deeper level than the dime store novels or yesteryear lesbian pulp fiction novels. This can be said because we live in a different time and place.
Sage Sweetwater novels are a lesbian encyclopedia to the contribution of the lesbian world. She strongly urges any woman to buy her books.