Did you know that May 20th will mark the 5th anniversary of the founding of the I Heart Lesfic website? My goal was to create a space that was inclusive and supportive for authors and readers of sapphic fiction. I had no idea back then how far we would come!
Now, I have to admit something. Change scares me, so my first announcement is kinda frightening, but I absolutely believe it’s the right thing to do because my biggest goal with the website, and in life, remains being inclusive and supportive.
Our genre has many beautiful people, not just lesbian characters. Please understand, there is nothing wrong with the word lesbian. It’s how I personally identify. And five years ago, the word “Lesfic” was all the rage, which is why I chose it. But I’m passionate about being inclusive, especially when so many hateful laws are being drafted targeting the LGBTQIA+ community.
This is why I Heart Lesfic will be changing to I Heart SapphFic. It’s a mashup of the words “sapphic” and “fiction”, and I think it does a great job relating what we’re all about.
The website will continue to welcome all sapphic books, meaning books about characters who identify as lesbian, queer, bisexual, pansexual, homoromantic asexual or demisexual, sapphic trans women, sapphic nonbinary people, or other identities on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.
Soon we’ll have a fancy new website, and we hope you’ll love it. But rest assured, we’ll still have the same passion for supporting our amazing community.
And, this leads me to the next exciting piece of news. As a way to kick off our rebranding, as well as to celebrate our 5th anniversary in style, we’ve spearheaded a project we’ve dubbed the I Heart SapphFic Pride Collection, featuring eight books by some of the most popular authors in sapphic fiction today. Each book involves a Pride theme and all the books will go up on preorder the first week of May and be released on June 1.
Want to know which authors are involved? Each day, starting on April 23rd and ending on April 30th, we’ll reveal one author, along with their book’s title, cover and a short blurb.
We hope you’re as excited as we are about the new developments at I Heart SapphFic. Here’s to a successful future and many more happy years of sapphic reading!