Monday, May 23, 2016

Quoth: Google's AI could "theoretically" write a romance novel of its own

"According to a Google spokesperson, romance novels are particularly helpful to learn colloquial language because they have predictable themes and plotlines, but use colourful and varied vocabulary to convey them."
 --The news that Google's IA is learning conversational language from erotic romance novels.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Smoke at Renaissance Romance

Based on reviews on their Facebook page Renaissance Romance is falling behind on their royalty payments. Their free Wix  website is also less than impressive. File this one under: NOT RECOMMENDED.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Market: Hot Tree

Hot Tree Publishing is seeking romance in all sub-genres.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Author of BDSM Non-Fiction Charged with Crossing a Legal Line

Michael Makai, author of BDSM non-fiction guides, has pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a girl prior to initiating a relationship with her. The relationship, with a 17-year-old, was not itself illegal.  This creates what seems to be an unusual situation where it seems that the written word was criminal despite the end goal itself being legal.

That said, one wonders if it is wise to take BDSM advice from an author that the NY Dailly News reports is a registered sex offender due to a sexual assault conviction in 2001.

RWA Apologizes for 2005 Romance Definition Survey

"The survey ... asked RWA members to vote on whether romance should be redefined as being between one man and one woman. .. The survey, however, sparked a discussion that compelled our LGBT+ members to justify their existence to others and to participate in debates about their humanity and their capacity to love. This incident was a low point from which RWA’s reputation has never recovered ...We apologize for letting our members down and for failing to treat all our members with the respect they deserve."

See the full text here.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Torquere non-payment reports

Venerable M/M epublisher Torquere Press is reportedly bouncing check on one of their prominent authors Sean Michael. These reports are back by former owner of the press, Julia Talbot. It seems unlikely that if this is happening only one author is effected?

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Fireborn Publishing

So, more on Fireborn. Fireborn Publishing seems to be a coop publisher started by some people involved in Silver Publishing, as was. Personally what I am looking for in a publisher is not a "new experiment in publishing" that involves "crowd funding" their "start-up costs" (after being open since 2014). but YMMV.