Monday, April 06, 2015

MARKET: Steam Romance

Steam Romance is a new imprint for erotica, romance, or some combination thereof. One of the types of fiction they are looking for is described as "for men". Their definitions for romance and erotica, respectively, could best be described as... muddled.  I am wondering if this is a bandwagon imprint, looking to cash in on the sexy book trend?

Steam is described as an imprint of Kennebec Publishing.  While steam specifies that authors "pay nothing", Kennebec offers "services" including the offer to "work with your writing, hire ghost writers, or write on your behalf"-- whch does not sound entirely free to me.Only their other imprint "Prepper Press" has actual books listed on the website.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Market: Beau Coup Publishing

Beau Coup is an all-genre romance-focused publisher.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mystic Press Re-Reborn

Mystic Press became Rogue Phoenix and has now morphed into Dark Storm Publications. This seems to be a shell game rather than any actual change.

Friday, March 20, 2015


Small businesses fail all the time, that is just a fact or life. But if it has to happen that is a virtue in doing it with dignity. 

And not, for example, going down in a cloud of recriminations blaming self-publishing authors for "cluttering up search engines" or churning out “unedited slush piles” (while simultaneously saying your downfall is due to Amazon discriminating against small presses [?] )

IMHO whether you make bagels, bangles or books if you cannot outperform a one person producer or the mass of eager amateurs, you are the one doing something wrong--not them.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Storm Moon press "downsizing"

Posted on the Absolute Write forums: "The press has downsized greatly, so apart from a couple ongoing projects that we already have contracted in our queue and our open anthology calls, we are closed to submissions."