Monday, September 14, 2009
Small presses often fine tune which genres they focus on. They can expand, specialise, spin off imprints, and many other options. But there are classy ways to do this, and crappy ways to do this.
According to Ellen Ashe Absolute XPress (http://absolute-x-press.com/) has opted for "crappy". That is they have stopped listing romance genre books on their website, yet not released the authors from their contracts. Apparently the authors of romance books are meant to be happy with third party vendor distribution only, and a publisher who won't deign to have their work on their main website.
p.s. In similarly classy move Lulu has dropped non-Lulu service providers from their listings. You can still find them if you search for their specific name, but otherwise they have vanished.