Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Ravenous Romance: not quite every day?

Ravenous Romance publicised themselves as releasing "a-book-a-day" (TM). 

Seriously, TM--but anyway....

From what I can see, however there have been a lot of days without books?  Like from 5/25 to 6/01?  Or am I missing something? I don't see books from these dates on their site or twitter.

Hmmm.

7 comments:

mantasticfiction said...

Yeah, when I saw the book a day on their website I thought a NEW book each day. I have since discovered that they spotlight a different book each day regardless of when it was originally published. I've seen one from 2008 one day and 2010 the next. Doesn't seem to have any rhyme or reason.

Emily Veinglory: said...

I think it is logical to assume the mean a new book. After all, any publisher can feature an existing book each day....

mantasticfiction said...

Yeah, I agree. I guess they hope to attract new readers to older releases ... which is good, but it is definitely misleading.

Anonymous said...

Yeah... Ravenous leaves a lot to be desired in many ways. Many of the books are poorly written and edited. You need only to look at the free exerpts to see that.

Anonymous said...

"today'" book is from 5/15

Anonymous said...

I think they intended it to be a new book a everyday when they opened but that has fallen to the wayside.
As some one who writes for RR, I have to say RR leaves alot to be desired.
They are always looking for the next gimmick and never spending much time of the writing.
If your book is not one of their novelties, for example Gay Amish Romance or Gay re-tellings of famous movies, you are left out in the cold.
There are myraids of things I could write about RR here, but I don't want anyone to assume it is sour grapes.

Anonymous said...

They're averaging about one new release a week, which is actually a reasonable rate for a small, newish publisher. I've got mixed feelings about it, because if they'd started out planning to release one book a week, I'd have thought they were being reasonable, and I'd have had one less reservation about their business plan. But to releae one a week while advertising a book a day, as if that meant something, makes no sense. Plus, as far as I can tell, there's no set release schedule, so readers have a reason to check the site on a given day.

Also, have you noticed that while they're still pushing the audiobooks, and that was one of their big PR pushes in the beginning, one of the things that would set them apart -- hardly any of the books have audio versions? Not even the topsellers (except perhaps some early ones).

Similarly, they seem to have essentially given up on short stories (another feature intended to set them apart from other epublishers), recycling the same handful, over and over ad nauseum.

So, they've changed almost everything about their business, without changing the website or the marketing.