Friday, August 22, 2008
Ravenous Romance Redux/Chronology--veinglory
December, 2006: Hollan, described as a "Massachusetts-based packager" does a deal to release romantic lifestyle books in partnership with Sterling Publishing.
August, 2007: "Schmidt and Penn left Quayside Publishing Group to launch Hollan—specifically, folks at Quayside say the pair are not only taking way too much credit for creating Quiver, that house's line of sex books, they also took some book ideas when they left. Schmidt says her former employers are just "bitter,..."
September 2007: Hollan Publishing, owned by Holly Schmidt and Allan Penn, found an imprint called Ravenous for 'sex books'.
July 2008: Allan Penn, Holly Schmidt and Lori Perkins are all listed as representing the L. Perkins Agency at the RWA Conference.
August 3: Author Dana Fredsti reports on Twitter-- "Met Holly & Lori from Ravenous Romance at the RWI Conference yesterday too!"
August 4: Dana Fredski has a novel proposal accepted based on a short story.
August 10: Agent Lori Perkins writes: "...two of my clients are starting an epublishing venture and they are buying so much of my clients' work ... I'm also going to be editing ... for them."
August 12/13: Jill Elaine Hughes/Jamaica Layne shares the following about Ravenous Romance "I believe the titles [Hollan] has put out that qualify for “blockbuster” status are : The Cosmo Kama Sutra..." / "...a print partnership with Simon & Schuster"
Note: Cosmo Kama Sutra is published by Barnes & Noble's publishing arm Sterling Publishing (imprint: Hearst Books). Although many of Hollan's more successful books are under the Sterling Publishing/Hollan Publishing imprint I see no way Hollan can claim CKS as one of their books. Examples of sales by the more popular Sterling/Ravenous books are:
HIM + HER: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE--Furey Tseverin
Bookscan: Year to Date - 2,917, total - 3,355
Ingram: sales this year - 48. Last year - 6.
Amazon sales rank: #712,052
HOW TO LOVE ME: THE LOVERS' BOOK--Davis Ali
Bookscan: Year to date - 10,717, total - 17,337
Ingram: sales this year - 175. Last year - 57.
Amazon sales rank: #76,449
August 14: Jill Elaine Hughes/Jamaica Layne announces a four book deal with Ravenous Romance. Previously publishing history: Virgin Cheek and New Concepts Publishing.
August 17: Publisher's Lunch lists a sale by Holly Schmidt, presumably as an agent, at Hollan: "Susan Davies's AFTER I'M GONE, a guided journal for readers to fill out to express their innermost thoughts, secrets, and wishes to friends and family, creating a legacy that will live on after they die, to Lauren Marino at Gotham, by Holly Schmidt at Hollan Publishing (World)."
August 20: Now Hughes lists six sales to Ravenous Romance, most on proposal.
ETA-->August 22: Fredsti now mentions a four book deal with Ravenous, and sending three further proposals.
December 1: Planned opening of ebook imprint Ravenous Romance
So depending on how you read it, Schmidt and Penn are Perkin's clients, or colleagues. Perkins either works for Ravenous Romance or represents them to authors, or represents her authors to them. Or perhaps all of the above.
So that clears that up.