Seeking sales data on Musa Publishing

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mykl Roventine / photo on flickr
The sales data records are getting a bit stale, so I will be asking you all to please consider sending sales data so I can post some updates.

Right now I am especially interested in sales data relating to Musa Publishing, not limited to erotic romance.  This is some discussion as to whether the complaints some authors have about low sales are representative of what the average author is seeing.

All sales data is only reported as an average for all authors, for data sets of at least five books (usually more).  All data is stored under a codename rather than an author name.

So, if you can please send your info to veinglory at gmail.com. Data relating to any digital or digital first publisher accepted.

1) Name of publisher: _____________
2) Is the book erotic romance?: Y/N
3) How many copies sold in the first month?: __
4) How many copies sold in total to date?: __
5) Has your book been on sale for one year or longer?: Y/N
6) How many copies sold in the first year?: __

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Silver Publishing Circling Drain--confirmed

Thursday, April 10, 2014

So stories are swirling that Silver Publishing has been sold or abandoned by the owner.  It has been the subject for pretty serious complaint by authors for at least two years, and this seems to be yet another turn for the worse.

A.J. Llewellyn writes that sole own Lodewyk Deysel "has fled. He went to South Africa on Monday." This post also includes a pretty thorough documentation of the rise and fall of Deysel and Silver Publishing.

Otherwise the web-verse is still pretty quiet about the whole thing, but it does seem like this is the beginning of the end for Silver.

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ETA: It is now confirmed that Silver Publishing will close on May 1st.

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Cover: Full Moon?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

This cover overlay is... an interesting choice.



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Noble, Entranced and echoes of the fall

Monday, March 31, 2014

When Noble Romance closed the email circulated was:

To our Authors,

Today, I regret to inform you that a decision has been made that Noble Romance Publishing will be exiting the publishing business.

We are not insolvent, we are not going bankrupt, we simply have decided that we no longer wish to be in the business and therefore we will be exiting this business in a professional, orderly fashion.

Over the next 30 days, we will remove all books for sale through all sales channels.

We will continue to send monthly royalty statements out and pay all royalties owed until all payments have been collected. We anticipate that this could be as soon as October, but we do not completely control third party sales.

Once this process is complete, this means that your rights will automatically revert to you per our agreement and if you need a letter confirming this, please email us and we will be happy to provide you one.

We wish to thank all of you who have been good partners with us and we wish everyone nothing but the best.


And then when Entranced Publishing closed the email circulated was:

To our Authors,

Today, I regret to inform you that a decision has been made that Entranced Publishing will be exiting the publishing business.

We are not insolvent, we are not going bankrupt, we simply have decided that we no longer wish to be in the business and therefore we will be exiting this business in a professional, orderly fashion.

Over the next 30 days, we will remove all books for sale through all sales channels.

We will compile finalized statements for all titles and pay all royalties owed once all vendor payments have been collected. We anticipate that this could be as soon as June, but we do not completely control third party sales.

This means that your rights will automatically revert to you per your contracts and at the end of the thirty day period. If after this period you still find your title available, please email me and I will promptly have it removed. If your title has yet to be released, this reversion is immediate.

I wish to thank all of you who have been good partners with us and wish everyone nothing but the best.

Regards,
Bob   


I love the smell of sock-puppets in the morning. (Or is there some other explanation?)

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Roman Payne: much ado about "erotica"

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

On one hand we have Amazon insisting on categorizing a book as erotica based purely on the presence of a nude on the cover. 

On the other we have the authors not just protesting that this would be ab inaccurate genre label that might lead to reader confusion and dissatisfaction.  Which would be an entirely reasonable point to make. No.  He had to rant that being called erotica as an "accusation"--going on to say used loaded words like "convicted" and "condemned"as if simply being identified in the wrong genre category was like being charged with a felony. 

None of which is consistent in any way with the author's statement "I have absolutely nothing against Erotica".  If that were true he would be talking about Amazon's ineptitude or incompetence, not their "accusation".

That aside. (Sigh).  If Amazon wants to block covers from search it needs to have a way of doing this other than calling the books erotica when they are not any such thing. But is that what is happening here at all? 

I mean is seems plausible as even very blurry buttcrack is deemed "non permitted". But when I looked up the bookSales Rank Express show no adult tag on the listing. I see no genre mention at all on the Amazon listing itself although it is technically within the romance/erotica category.  So I guess either they sorted it out or the whole thing is a publicity beat up?

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Forever More Publishing

Monday, March 17, 2014


According to me, and Merriam-Webster, 'forevermore'  is one word. So I must assume that Forever More Publishing is dividing the word for artistic reasons. There website is a little plain.  But FWIW they are seeking romance, erotica and erotic romance specifically, but all other genres of fiction as well. They have open calls for BDSM, BBW and older woman themes. Owner: Marisa Chenery

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Starbuck's Mermaid Erotica

So if you combine monster erotica with a famous trademark, is that infringement, or satire, or... well. I just don't know. 

"My Starbucks Mermaid goes boldly where no man (or woman) has gone before—all the way into the mystical deeps with this seductive siren and her promise of pleasures even more compelling than caffeine."

Edited to add: It seems the cover has been altered to the public domain image of the original Starbucks logo.

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