A Few Recent Happenings--veinglory

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Graphics, not 'Graphic'
I like Diana Lawrence's idea of providing comic style excerpts as teasers for her book. I do, however, think they fail a little in the execution and would not describe them as a "Graphic Excerpt".

And why do they give ebooks a capital B every time?
Springer has released their report on the use of academic ebooks. Ebooks the End User Perspective (pdf). The information is interesting but the bureaucratic jargon gave me a headache, e.g.: "Most users were aware of eBooks and had accessed them at least once. Respondents also overwhelmingly said that eBooks are useful and that they would like to incorporate eBooks into their information experience more frequently."

I'd actually find it more interesting if he offered to treat me like a 'man'
Craiglists offers it is (not) hard to resist: "COME OUT TO SOUTHAMPTON....LET ME WINE DINE AND ROMANCE YOU....BE SMART FIT AND THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX......I'LL TREAT YOU LIKE A WOMAN.......SEND A PIC...THANKS"

Unless you are a in a celibate order, of course....
A post at the Wild Rose Press blog responses to the apparently frequent question about the difference between inspy and sweet romance. I am used to the conflation of gay and erotic romance but it never even occurred to me that there would be confusion between not having sex and believing in God....

File Under 'News to Me'
"Since epublishers expect their authors to assume responsibility for marketing and promoting their own books, this is an area with very specific challenges." From the blog of BooksWeLove which combines some good advice with at least four statements I would consider factually incorrect. Oh and their list of "reputable, well-established eBook publishers" referenced in this blog post (posted today) includes New Concepts. But more importantly they also give ebooks the big B--seriously, is there a reason for that?

p.s. on closer examination the Esquire e-ink cover is even less impressive.

2 comments:

Mary Caelsto 3:30 AM  

Wonderful collection of links. Thanks so much for gathering this information. Makes it handy for busy authors. So, I wonder what that forum would think of my pagan inspirational romance coming out in November. It's even mildly sensual. :) Oh dear.... LOL!!!!

Diana Laurence 7:15 AM  

Hi Emily,

Thanks for the mention of my little comic. It's true that it's not "graphic" in that other sense of the word, meaning "explicit." I may be wrong, but I think most of the demographic that enjoys erotic romance would actually be turned off by visuals of the explicit scenes in my stories. I do recognize though that some people find the comic searching for "graphic excerpt" meaning "I wanna read some dirty passages"! LOL That's really an unintended consequence....

FYI, CC Rogers and I are currently working on an 8-page orginal comic based in the same world as my vampire romance "Bloodchained." I hope we are both improving with practice at working with the graphic novel format.

Thanks again!

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