Friday, October 31, 2008
I have been resisting increasing the scope of EREC. But I have recently been thinking that it would not be too difficult to include non-erotic romance ebooks from the publishers listed here, and other similar epublishers.
I could use some opinions on a key point. That is:
1) Should all books from a publisher be counted together, that is I would simply add the relatively small number of non-erotic romance publishers to the PLIST or to a separate "sweet-P" list, but count all books from the same press in together producing a single sales-figure score.
Or, 2) should non-erotic romance books be counted separately--so if a press does both the books in each category would be kept separate and it would have two sales figure, one for hot and one for not-hot releases.
Frankly it would be considerably easier to keep all the books from a publisher together and it would be easier to reach the 5 book threshold for reporting sales figures. However it must be admitted that erotic fiction is likely to sell better, and so summed figures would probably under-esitimate the performance of presses that cover both sub-genres. But then again, many books are a little hard to designate erotic or not but are in the steamy but not-explicit middle ground and would be hard to put one way or the other.
In any case, I need some input. And if any of you have ebooks sales data for non-erotic stories 20,000 words and over--I will start collecting it now and figure out exactly how to handle it once I get some responses here. (First month and total sales, first year sales if you have it to veinglory [at] gmail.com)