Tuesday, March 04, 2008
NEW PRESS: Blade--veinglory
"Blade Publishing Ltd. is now accepting submissions for all genres."
Genres list on the nav bar include: GENRE: action adventure, contemporary, fantasy/sci fi, gay/lesbian, historical, inspirational, mainstream, menage, mystery/suspense, non-fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy, & ROMANCE: contemporary, fantasy, gay/lesbian, historical, inspirational, interracial, paranormal, comedy, sci-fi, suspense, timetravel, western.
As to why that particular collection of genres, I couldn't guess. I assume they are suggesting which sort of books they are expecting to see submitted, in the absence of submission guidelines on that front? Mostly romance. But menage as a category of genre but not romance, western as a category of romance but not genre?
As for the following quote, e-publishing sure has changed. The small press world. Offset print small presses used to average about six title, per year.
"While it is important for the author to help market him/herself, we feel that by publishing too many books each week we are taking away from our ability to market each one of our authors and their books as best we can so we may only publish six books the entire month."
The website looks nice but they have opened with no book and a forum with two posts (when I checked) and two of the main tabs leading to empty pages. It seems to me that the presses that hit the ground running and rose to the top tended to open with books, reader-ready.
That said, it is run by named people who are easy to check out. Best of luck to everyone at Blade.
p.s. Karen Scott notes a striking resemblance between their webpage and Samhain's.