Sunday, March 30, 2008
The April 1 update is up. The highlights are:
* updates to the first month sales figures including the addition of rather widely hyped Wild Rose press with a figure at the low end (average first month sales, 17 books, based on 18 books).
* Based on recent behavior, including apparently now selling Ellen Ashe's work against her wishes, on sale, New Concepts is now on the 'not recommended' lists along with ABCD Webmasters and LA Media. The primary reason that I cited on PLIST is their recent admission that they do not provide substantive editing.
* Closures include Dark Eden, vanishings counted as closures include Silk's Vault and Shadowrose.
If I missed anything or you can see any inaccuracies or oversights please let me know. I am also looking for a volunteer willing to go through the list and find which of these publishers offer print versions and under what terms. Anyone have a little time to donate to EREC? (Note: anyone who helps out EREC gets a cover spot for at least 6 months, on the main page or blog)
In the next update I will be providing the 'EREC Recommends' List based on sales (an aggregated rating of first month and total sales) and a happy-omoter rating of 90% or more. Please do keep sending me your happy-ometer ratings. Are you satisfied with your epublisher or not? (Note: all I am looking for from authors is a simple yes or no answer, the figures reported are the percentage of authors who say yes). Early reports suggest many epresses have 100% satisfaction ratings, but some unexpected ratings for major epresses (e.g. under 50%) are also coming in. Email veinglory at gmail.com.
Edited to add the monthly data without Ellora's Cave. The thickness of the line indicates how much data I have for each press with thicker lines showing more books contribute to that average.