Sunday, March 12, 2017

Alas, poor Samhain. I knew Her, Horatio,

The "revised contract" to revert rights before the contractual six month delay are going out in sporadically.  Mine turned up today.  And, as others have noted, it is a unnecessarily curly and complex addendum, but given that I am not in the habit of suing people without a lot more cause--I signed it.

After a few rounds of the hokey pokey Samhain Publishing is now truly, more or less, no more. They entered like a fresh breeze and left in a fart of confusion and recriminations.

"Imperious Caesar, dead and turn'd to clay, Might stop a hole to keep the wind away. O, that that earth, which kept the world in awe, Should patch a wall to expel the winter flaw!"

Monday, January 02, 2017

eXtasy Steps into ARE's Shoes

In an exercise of questionable judgement, and even worse timing, Tina Haveman of eXtasy Books is launching an e-book retailing site called Sea to Sky Books.  So far it seems to be populated entirely by self-publishing authors.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

No Relation to Justin B-IE-ber, obviously


All Romance Ebooks Closing

So, e-tailer All Romance Ebooks (2006-2016) is closing.  With the explicit intent, per emails sent this morning, of not paying publishers and authors what they are owed (offering 10c on the dollar).Their ad space was sold out through 2017 and I doubt purchasers will be seeing refunds.  Customers have four days to download their purchased books before the site goes down. Those left holding 'ebucks' can no longer use them for purchases.

I leave you with this irony from their Facebook page:


Sunday, December 25, 2016

More Smoke from the Cave

It seems that Fifth Third Banks is pursuing Tina Engler of Ellora's cave to reclaim a motor vehicle after agreed payments were not made.

Monday, December 12, 2016

The "new" era of erotic romance e-books is now almost 20 years old.  And yet in many ways things seems to remain the same.  People seem to think that they can start an e-publisher that targets the same genre, the same audience, with the same message, open for submissions, and start raking in the money.

There was some element of truth this this hope in 2006.  Although for every press that did well for even a year or two, four or five crashed and burned.  And in 2016 the chances of any significant degree of success are slim to nil.  This is a time when the approach pioneered by Ellora's Cave, Samhain, Amber Quill, and Torquere are not even working for them, so why would the exact same strategy work for an inexperienced start-up?

Take, for example, newbie Raven's Seduction Press.en’s, and watch us reach for the stars.

"Raven’s Seduction Press is not your typical publisher. We strive to bring you only the very best of all things romance, and erotica oriented. We are run by authors, and publishers who’ve been in the business for years. We’re taking romance and erotica to the next level, and showing that we can make anything classy. Make sure you follow our authors, and watch us reach for the stars"

So that's a claim with nothing to support it.  The same ol' genre focus. A claim that the unnamed people behind the press are experienced.  Another unsupported claim with an implication that most erotic romance is not "classy".  And a cliche.  All presented on a free Weebly site with Amazon rankings suggestive of very few sales. And selling books of the type, and with the kind of packaging, that have been sold by e-publisher for decades, with backlists a mile deep easily accessible to any reader.

For the established presses we are already in a situation of innovate or die.  So new presses following the same path are just going to walk straight off a cliff.

Torquere

Torquere Press is reportedly closing. This announcement seems to have been made directly to authors and is not currently reflected in their online presence.

So far there has been very little reaction. However once there has been an extended period of non-payment or under-payment of authors, there is rarely a way back to normal operations.  Hopefully there will be an orderly return of rights to authors.