Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Call for stories for the First Annual SantaCon Anthology


Everyone knows about SantaCon, the annual celebration, in which people dressed in Santa Claus costumes or as other Christmas characters, parade in hundreds of cities around the world every December.  The most famous SantaCon is the one held in New York City, where up to 200,000 people dressed as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Elves and Reindeers take over Manhattan.


In addition to a glorious day of absurd celebration through the streets of major cities, SantaCon also raises funds for charity. It brings together people who would never have met otherwise, has saved lives, made marriages (and probably caused a few divorces too).


Riverdale Avenue Books has partnered with SantaCon to put together an anthology of the most creative stories that could conceivably take place during or around SantaCon – romances, mysteries, horror (Krampus anyone?), even science fiction, time travel, literary fiction, you name it.  The SantaCon setting is a tinderbox for creative inspiration.  Light that match!


We will be publishing the anthology, in hardcover, trade paperback and ebooks the day after Thanksgiving, and it will available in book stores and online wherever books are sold.


We are looking for short stories of 2,000 to 5,000 words in all genres and categories.  Authors will be paid a $10 fee, and receive a copy of each edition of the book.


Other revenue derived from the sale of the book will be provided to SantaCon, which will donate proceeds to the charity of their choice.


If you would like to send us your stories, please send them to, or david@riverdaleavebooks with the subject “SantaCon 2024.” After which, we will send you confirmation that we received your submission. If you do not receive a confirmation from either of those three emails, you may follow up with an email requesting confirmation.


Submissions will be open from now until August  15st. After August 30h, we will begin sending out acceptance or rejection emails for your submitted short stories. Please, do not follow up on whether your story has been accepted.


Riverdale Avenue Books is an award winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry.  We publish e-books and print books under 15 imprints: Afraid, a horror imprint; The Binge Watchers Guides examining TV and film; Circlet, the latest incarnation of the classic sci-fi and fantasy erotica imprint; Desire, an erotica/erotic romance imprint; Magnus, the award-winning nonfiction imprint of LGBTQ titles; Magnus Lit, our LGBTQ fiction imprint; Pop featuring pop culture titles; Quest, a science fiction fantasy line; Truth, an erotic memoir line; Dagger, a mystery thriller imprint; Sports and Gaming featuring sports and gaming titles; Verve featuring lifestyle titles; Hera, featuring both the true and fictional lives and loves of women aged 35 and up and 120 Days, a reprint imprint for LGB classics. Started in 2012 by industry veteran Lori Perkins, visit us at


Thursday, July 11, 2024

                A much-needed book that only becomes more necessary by the day, Wilchins' BAD INK presents an unflinching, clear-eyed analysis of the Times’ role in reversing the course of trans rights."

— Herron Walker, W Magazine


 “I can’t stop reading this book! BAD INK is the clearest, most coherent dissection of the Times’ decision to trade journalistic integrity for clicks at the expense of trans kids. Every mainstream reporter should read this book.” 

Kate Sosin, The 19th News


             “The Times' crusade against transgender youth will go down as one of the journalism scandals of our age. But we don't have to wait for history's verdict—thanks to the timely, essential work of Riki Wilchins’s BAD INK.”  

               Evan Urquhart, Assigned Media


Bad Ink by award-winning trans author/activist Riki Wilchins is being published by Riverdale Avenue Books. Bad Ink is the definitive inside story of how and why the newspaper of record suddenly became the nation’s leading voice for attacking transgender kids.


Wilchins documents out how—beginning in 2015 just as A. G. Sulzberger was taking the reins of Publisher—the Times shifted from its historic support for transgender rights to suddenly embark on what Popula’s Tom Scocca called “a plain old-fashioned newspaper crusade” that consumed nearly 70,000 words in dozens of articles—many splashed across its front pages.


The Times relentlessly attacked trans teens’ right to transition, to medical care, to sports participation—even the idea they actually were trans. But as Bad Ink shows, all this wasn’t based on new studies or fresh reporting, but on pseudoscience and disinformation manufactured by Christian nationalist hate groups just as they and their MAGA allies in state legislatures were introducing over 1,000 bills criminalizing nearly every aspect of trans kids’ lives. 


Bad Ink makes the case that this was all apparently part of Sulzberger’s plan to remake the liberal rag for the digital age by appealing to a fast-growing right-wing readership.


And unfortunately, it worked.


Review copies at  Reviewers/academics free copies by emailing

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Magnus Imprint Publishes College Jocks and Frat House Bros

After his self-published collection of gay erotic short stories Frat Boys and Dorm Rooms made Amazon’s audio bestseller list, Matthew Cooper has teamed up with award-winning LGBTQ Imprint Magnus Lit to release his second collection of hot tales of university life, College Jocks and Frat House Bros: Gay Erotic Stories from University Life.

Cooper explained how glad he is to be releasing this new collection into the world. “As we conclude our celebration of another Pride Month, I think about what it means to be gay in the world today. We continue our fight for our political and social rights, safety, and acceptance. And here I am in my tiny apartment in Wilton Manors, Florida, a hub of gay culture and society, writing steamy, sex-fueled stories. And that's what my stories are meant to be. A celebration. A celebration of gay sexuality. Unapologetically erotic. Proudly sexual. Enjoy.”


College. A time to figure out who you really are. Get out of your parents’ house and experience the world on your own. A time to try new things, experiment, and have the time of your life. Sure, there are the books and the classes and all those late nights studying in your dorm room. But the true college experience is about growing, learning, and discovering yourself—and what your body can do.


The young men in these stories are eager, willing, horny, and ready for anything. From frat parties, community showers, dorm rooms, come back to the best four years of your life and read stories of hook-ups, new love, sexual awakening, and erotic connections.


Who was it for you? The student athlete, the quiet nerd, the partying frat boy? They’re all here in College Jocks and Frat House Bros. And you’re invited to the all-night rager. Meet Josh, who has a parking lot run-in with a hot sexy stranger. Peek in on Issac, the dorm roommate who doesn’t lock the door and doesn’t mind if you watch. Bump into your R.A. just when you need a place to crash. There are frat parties to attend, community showers to cruise, and cramped dorm rooms to hunker down in. Just make sure the door is locked – unless you don’t mind being caught.


The book is available as an ebook, audiobook, trade paperback and hardcover wherever books are sold.