Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Would you read erotica by text message?


Erotica is typically described as 'one-handed reading'.  That rather suggests you would be reading it long enough to get to the... um, happy ending.  It strikes me that erotic sent by text would fall short in terms of either length or continuity. 

"TingleMedia sends the tidbits to its readers, helping them steal a few discreet moments of pleasure in the midst of their busy days ... Tinglemedia.com was born out of Scarlett’s desire to help women regain their sensuality."

I am not sure reading a racy text over the office coffee break every day is reclaiming an awful lot of territory.  That said, they appear to be a paying market.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Red flags ahoy.... from their "Author Agreement"

"If Author subsequently signs a publishing contract with any publisher after their Content has been published on the Tingle Media website, Author shall pay Tingle Media 15% of any Payments Author receives from such content for the first 2 years of any such contract."

And, a mention that sums are paid only via paypal (ick!) and that they can have any money the author owes them subtracted from them.

"Rate Schedule" not autolinked, though one of the last paragraphs says the author receives 40% on sales to TingleMedia.com members.

Too many red flags, and if they want breaks every 300 words, then it's another "stroke fiction" market.

Emily Veinglory: said...

Thanks for finding that, sounds pretty bad.

scarlett james said...

This is Scarlett of TingleMedia.

Thank you for your thoughts about the site. You state that you think the stories are to be lacking in continuity and "anonymous" suggests that the site appears to be "stroke fiction." This is absolutely not the intent. These are short stories that are broken up into pieces delivered each day. Not that each day is a single entity. The idea is to help women keep their minds active, not that they should achieve...satisfaction from a single tidbit.

If you sign up to be a member, you can try out one of the free stories and see for yourself.

I would love to hear more about why you think these are "red flags". I can tell you the thinking behind some of this. I'm particularly confused by the "ick" regarding PayPal payments.

Yes, the payment rate to the author is currently 40% of each sale. This means each time a customer selects your story to read.

Regarding the payments owed to TingleMedia, this is simply a protection clause that would be standard in most financial arrangements. There is not a case where we charge the authors anything for posting stories to the site or anything like that.

We are attempting to create a place where authors can easily publish some works that other large publishers may not be willing to "take a chance on" or doesn't fit within other lines.

Emily Veinglory: said...

Hello Scarlett

I personally have no trouble with stroke fiction, that is what good erotica is. And paypal works fine for me but some authors have different preferences.

But this is a huge red flag if it is at all accurate: "If Author subsequently signs a publishing contract with any publisher after their Content has been published on the Tingle Media website, Author shall pay Tingle Media 15% of any Payments Author receives from such content for the first 2 years of any such contract."

I would never sign this and would never recommend that another author sign it. As far as I am aware this is an unheard or and in my opinion egregious rights grab. An author sells one time, presumably exclusive publishing rights for a period of time. When a story reverts to the authors it reverts, full stop.

scarlett james said...

Hello Emily,
Ah...I see the disconnect here. Tingle Media is not purchasing the stories that are posted to the site. The Author retains all rights to the content they post on Tingle Media. This Author Agreement only asks for the rights to digital distribution. The Author may choose at any time to publish this same work elsewhere.

With regard to the 15%, the thinking behind this was a means to protect our investment, of sorts. We are providing a marketplace without traditional purchased rights to the content and taking on the cost and responsibility of marketing, etc. It is possible that a large publisher could simply skim our site for successful authors and then create contracts that would prevent those selected authors from continuing to post content on Tingle Media.

We have not heard these concerns from our current authors. It sounds like this could be a significant concern. We are a small, bootstrapped start-up with a goal of helping women regain a sensual balance in life while at the same time trying to create a compelling marketplace for authors. If this clause in the Author Agreement is contentious, we can certainly consider removing it or revising in a meaningful way. Authors are important partners and feedback from you is important.

Help us make this work for you. Thank you for the conversation. Please share any more thoughts you have that might help us all be successful.

xo
Scarlett

scarlett james said...

Hello Emily,
Ah...I see the disconnect here. Tingle Media is not purchasing the stories that are posted to the site. The Author retains all rights to the content they post on Tingle Media. This Author Agreement only asks for the rights to digital distribution. The Author may choose at any time to publish this same work elsewhere.

With regard to the 15%, the thinking behind this was a means to protect our investment, of sorts. We are providing a marketplace without traditional purchased rights to the content and taking on the cost and responsibility of marketing, etc. It is possible that a large publisher could simply skim our site for successful authors and then create contracts that would prevent those selected authors from continuing to post content on Tingle Media.

We have not heard these concerns from our current authors. It sounds like this could be a significant concern. We are a small, bootstrapped start-up with a goal of helping women regain a sensual balance in life while at the same time trying to create a compelling marketplace for authors. If this clause in the Author Agreement is contentious, we can certainly consider removing it or revising in a meaningful way. Authors are important partners and feedback from you is important.

Help us make this work for you. Thank you for the conversation. Please share any more thoughts you have that might help us all be successful.

xo
Scarlett

scarlett james said...

I did not see a response to my comments here. But I thought I would let you know that the clause that you had concerns about has been removed from the author agreement.