Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hop Against Homophobia Registration!


An M/M-only blog hop!


Now that we've finally released some gay romances, we (Erica Pike, NJ Nielsen, and K-Lee Klein) have begun to take part in blog hops. They‘re great fun and we‘re very appreciative to be invited along for the ride. One thing we‘ve noticed though is the lack of M/M specific blog hops created for writers and readers of our particular genre. So we thought, why not make one?

K-Lee came up with the clever name: Hop Against Homophobia, and we've decided to use the International Day Against Homophobia, May 17th, as our official hop kickoff date. The hop will run until midnight May 20th.

We hope to get as many authors of gay (M/M) fiction as we can to sign up and show their support. Publishers, sellers and reviewers are welcome to take part as long as your prize is M/M-related.

Here are the author participation requirements:

--- Be an author/publisher/reviewer of M/M fiction.
--- Offer a M/M-related prize (M/M book/ebook, or GLBTQ swag, t-shirt, whatever you can come up with).
--- Provide links of other blog participants to your blog visitors (will be explained in an email, but it'll be as easy as copy-paste).
--- Talk about the International Day Against Homophobia in your May 17th blog entry (as little as just a mention – your choice).
--- Add the colorful Hop Against Homophobia image to your blog/website with a link to the official hop site:

We are discouraging the use of gift cards as prizes. In doing this, we hope to attract readers more specific to our M/M genre and not just readers looking to score a gift card. We want m/m fiction lovers to win our prizes!

We plan to do as much promotion on this as we can and we'd appreciate it if all participants could help by mentioning the hop once in a while. This is OUR (people of the gay fiction genre) hop, and if successful this year, it could turn into a fabulous annual event of M/M love!

What is a blog hop? Take a look at this post.

For authors/publishers/reviewers interested in taking part, specifics will be sent via email once we get closer to the date, so everyone will know what to do. But for now, please sign up and encourage others to do the same :)


97 comments:

  1. you ladies rock!! wonderful idea.....look forward to being a part of it

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  2. I'll sign up myself, and LT3 ^__^

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  3. Thanks guys :) The more the merrier!

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  4. I've never done a blog hop, but if you break me in gently, I'd love to be a part of this one.

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    1. Diana, welcome :) It's really quite easy once you've done it once, but at first ic an look a bit intimidating ^.^ Don't worry, we'll send emails on what to do, reminders and such. I also made a post a couple of days ago with tips: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/2012/02/what-is-blog-hop.html

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  5. Look forward to this! Great idea - I signed up. Cheers JP

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  6. Dude, do we sign them up or can they see the little blue ADD YOUR LIMK BUTTON too?

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    1. Hehe, they can see it too, K-lee, but you can add them if you want :)

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  7. I'd love to join, sign me up.

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    1. Which email address do you want to use and what blog? You can put in the info spaces by pressing the little blue button at the bottom of the names ("Add you link") or I can do it for you - either is fine :)

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  8. Well, Megan already threw LT3 into the ring, but I'll sign myself up as well. ^_^

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    1. Sam - you wanna add your links and the one for LT3 since Miss Megan didn't do it yet. :)

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  9. Excellent idea, ladies. I'm in. :-)

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  10. Wonderful idea! Looking forward to it. I'm all signed up. ^__^

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    1. I believe I also have you on my m/m-list of the ones taking part in Drea's Valentines blog hop :)

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    2. I'm on that too. Remind me when I have to actually post something on it, will you?

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  11. I have a question: I listed my review site to take part of this awesome event however due to that site and a blog site I keep for the characters of my Lethal Obsession series, I don't keep an actual blog for myself. I just don't have the time. But I can give away any of my titles that'll be in print by then. I'd like to promo this on the Lethal Obession blog as well, so do I sign that one up as well to be a part of this?

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    1. It's up to you if you want to sign up both and offer prizes separately or if you just want to sign up one and offer prizes there.

      Anyone is free to promote this event - any promo is much appreciated :) They don't have to sign up to promote.

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    2. Thank you! I'll promo away. May offer a Lethal book on one and another on the other...I'm not sure but I do love this idea. Have a good day.

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  12. My personal blog, Dawn's Reading Nook, would love to participate. :-)

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  13. I've put some invites out and I see they've been successful. It's nice to use my powers for good once and a while. :)

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  14. I'm in! I thought I responded this weekend, but I don't see my comment here. *waves madly* Can you see me?

    Marguerite Labbe

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  15. Thanks for allowing anyone to join in -- I don't have anything but short stories published so far, so I'm not sure what to give away, but I have until May 17 to figure it out! :)

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    1. People love short stories too!

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    2. Welcome B. I only have one pubbed release of 30,000 words and 2 shorts out this week so there's totally nothing wrong w shorts. You could even offer more than one if that works for you. :)
      K-lee

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  16. Sign me up :) I love to hop for a good cause :)

    Jo

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    1. Done :) Thanks so much for taking part!

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  17. Just signed up. Great idea! Keep me posted on what I need to do and when and I'll do it.

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    1. Thanks Rick! We'll send out reminders and info on what to do when the date nears :)

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    2. \o/ Yay! You made it, Rick. Welcome.
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  18. Sounds great! Just signed up. Please keep me posted on what needs to be done. This is the second blog hop I've signed up for but haven't done the first one yet so I've no idea what needs to happen. Looking forward to it, though!

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    1. It's gets easier after the first time. I was more than a little nervous for my first one. We'll send out reminders and instructional emails, don't worry :)

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    2. Greetings, Johnny, and welcome. I hope you've been working on your double-bagging skills for GRL. I expect more than last year. *smooches*

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  19. I'd like to participate...but not sure how to sign up. Er...help?

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    1. Looks like you figured it out just fine, C.
      Welcome.
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    2. Signed you up, Cherie :)

      For those who can't see the tiny little ninja sign-up button, it's the blue one saying "Add your link" beneath all the purple names. It's hard to see if you don't know where to look.

      If you'd rather we sign you up, give us your email and the blog you'd like signed up :) We don't mind adding it for you.

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  20. I signed up :) Keep me posted. I'll give away one each of Exposure and The Crush, both are e-books only.

    And this is a great idea!!!

    ~ Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth. The more we get the better. We'll send out emails once in a while (it won't get spammy - promise!).

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  21. I don't know if my original comment went through or not, but . . . I'm curious about the red X after my name. Did I do something wrong? (Just in case there's a typo in my email addy -- I was in a hurry -- here it is again: kzsnowflake@gmail.com.)

    Great idea, by the way!

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    1. Yessss! You were very, very bad and for your penance you need to write more Adin and Jackson books now!
      Lol - sorry. I couldn't resist. i think it just means you're the one who added it and you're the one that can change it. I added William Neale's and when I look at the page it has a red X beside his name but none beside yours. So I think you're okay - and thanks so much for joining. :)
      K-lee

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    2. Lol, K-lee ^.^

      Yup, it just means you have the power to delete it. You're not the first to freak out about the evil red X!

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  22. K-lee, a Jackson and Adin novel is currently under submission. Fingers crossed!

    Well nuts, Erica, here I thought maybe I was being marked as the woman of questionable morals I've always aspired to be. :-)

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  23. I'm in! Set it up on my blog and everything, lol. I've never done this before. I'm still pretty new :) but I've seen the image on other blogs and followed it here. I'm really excited!

    ~Michelle

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    1. Welcome Michelle! We're happy to have you and we'll make this as painless as possible ^.^ So glad to see that people are noticing the hop image!

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  24. I am in and have done a blog post to tell all my lovely readers about it and I have my give-away prize sorted :) Cant wait this will be my first blog hop.

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    1. Fantastic, Kerry :) This will be a blast ^.^

      I don't see your blog up there, though. What's the number? Holler if you need help, okay? :)

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    2. I signed you up, just in case and added you to the blog roll. Nr. 138 :)

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  25. This sounds like a lot of fun! I've entered all 5 of my sites. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, AJ. That's awesome. :)

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    2. Fantastic, AJ ^.^ Just popped by to say that the Blackraven Erotic Café link is faulty. Could you please re-list it and delete the old one?

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  26. This is so wonderful! I am so glad that I came to know about this. It is amazing that you guys are doing this for awareness - it is about time that kids (and their parents) know that mocking someone and teasing someone is NOT ok - even a little bit. You just don't know when your teasing (no matter how small) would be the last straw.

    Thanks again!

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    1. Glad you found us!

      I think awareness is increasing from one year to the next, but we still need all we can get. This will be a yearly event and we intent to make a bigger splash each time :) We're already amazed and proud that so many people have signed up.

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  27. If we want to show our support but don't have a m/m specific blog, can we add your button with a link to this site?

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    1. Absolutely Angel :) We appreciate all coverage and linkage very much. I'll add a blogroll for supporters.

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  28. Awesome, will add get up asap! Do you need the link or does it come up when you click my name?

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    1. I already blogrolled you ^.^ I've seen your blog before, your scrapping is amazing. The one you did for Matt and Brad is beautiful.

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    2. Ok, thank you so much! I added the button and I will put up a post about it too. I think it's great what you guys are doing. Thanks for letting me be a part of it!

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  29. I'm in! It's my first blog hop so be gentle!

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    1. Don't worry about a thing :) You're not the only one who's doing this for the first time, but once you see how easy it is you'll be joining other hops in no time ^.^ We'll leave easy instructions in good time before the hop :)

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  30. I registered my name and it posted before I could add my email address (damned iPad)

    So here it is gooseone@hotmail.co.uk

    jessielansdel.wordpress.com

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    1. Hehe, I'll take care of it. Thanks for letting me know :)

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  31. Hi - I've signed up for the blog hop and I've just written a promotional for it incorporated with my weekly blog challenge.

    http://sassyspeaks.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/the-boy-friend-for-blogophilia-6-5/

    I think the idea of the blog hop is fantastic!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sassy. What name did you to sign up with? Just making sure it went okay since I can't see a Sassy Speaks on the list ;)

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  32. #163 Sue k.

    will do another one for May 17 this just a promotional

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    1. Okay, phew, wondered if the linky thing was acting up again.

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  33. Thank you Erika for letting me know about this hop! I'm def. going to participate, and I love the message it conveys! :) Viki

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  34. #199, woo! :) Signed up, although this is the first blog hop I've done. But it's all very exciting. :D

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    1. Yay! Welcome ^.^ Only one more and we'll have reached our goal (though more are welcome, of course).

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  35. Okay, I'm signed up! This is a great idea. Do I need to give any more information (besides what the little blue button asks for)? Thanks!

    Lou Sylvre

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    1. Thanks for signing up, Lou ^.^ We don't need any more info, but we'll send YOU info once the date draws near ;)

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  36. So... are you actually doing something for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia or are you just using it to market yourselves and your fiction?

    Because having looked over the post and the comments, I've seen nothing on actually discussing the problems facing the LGBT community.

    So, again, are you doing something aside from having people post a link button on their blogs?

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    1. I replied to this, but deleted it because we're making an official post about this. It will most likely be up tomorrow.

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  37. well I'm glad I peeked in today. I was wondering if I missed the e mail but obviously not sent yet. I, too, was outraged at your comment about the contest. I am not a gnere writer but I do m/m stories and poetry due to involvement in the local aids committee. My blog for the 17th will be a short story about the issues gay youth face. Thank you so much for doing this
    Sue K #162

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    1. You were outraged at my comment? What comment? *Confused*

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  38. "That said, I was outraged when a chapter in the Romance Writers of America excluded m/m romances from one of their contests because it felt "icky" to the judges. It was a big part in us wanting to make this hop big and make a loud splash. I'm not a m..." sorry about the confusion... not at you but at your comment about the contest

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  39. I have a question. What if you're a graphic artist that does M/M graphics can I post also? I'm planning on making graphic/graphics against homophobia for everyone that stops by. :)

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    1. Hi AJ :)

      Yes, you're welcome to take part. I see you do book covers, that makes you a part of the m/m writing community :)

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  40. Just signed up - but where can we get the full list of participants to post?

    Thanks!

    Warmly,
    Lisabet

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  41. Never mind - I found the full list on the home page of the blog. But it might be better to either move the list closer to the top of the page, or include a reference to it in the text so readers know to scroll down.

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    1. Hi Lisabet :) Thanks for signing up. A separate blog post will be posted within the next couple of days where the list of bloggers will be posted.

      As for "getting the list" (in order to post it on your site, presumably, as is customary with a link list like this), we'd prefer it if you just make a link to this site, since we want to measure traffic for future comparison.

      Erica ^.^

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  42. Great initiative! If there's still time, I'd love to participate, being both a writer of m/m fiction and a lesbian. (I publish as R.A.Padmos and S.Dora)
    If participation is closed, then I wish everyone lots of fun and success!
    And I will mention HOP against homophobia on both my blogs, regardless.

    R.A.Padmos
    S.Dora

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    1. Sign-up is still open. We'd be happy to have you ^.^

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  43. Just signed up on behalf of the Press itself and alerted two more of our authors to the Hop as well; wish we'd known about it sooner, but 'better late than never' as the saying goes!

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    1. Thanks so much for signing up :)

      We've been trying to advertise this on the web, but you can never reach everyone. I was so (happily) surprised to see ten new sign-ups when I woke up this morning. This will be an annual event, on May 17th each year, so mark your calendar for next year ^.^ I'm just glad you found us in time.

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  44. Too late to sign up? I already have a blog tour scheduled for the 17th but I will still post something as well and Tweet, FB, etc...

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  45. Only JUST heard about this and jumped in late =/ How do I get the code to have the list of other participating blogs? Thanks!

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  46. Hi Elizabeth - you just have to add the logo to your post and the link to this blog. There were just too many names to code. Just link here http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.ca/

    Thanks for joining.
    K-lee

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