Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Brenda Hiatt's Show Me the Money has some updated data.
Brenda Hiatt's Show Me the Money has some updated data.
Sky Vine is the "Science fiction/Fantasy /Paranormal Romance imprint" of start-up Martin Sisters Publishing. I am guessing they are not an e-publisher but it is not entirely clear.
Borders Seeks to Pay $8.3 Million in Bonuses: "For Borders' five highest-level executives, the bonuses would mean extra pay of between 90% and 150% of their base salaries, depending on how quickly the company exits bankruptcy or is sold as a going concern."
Jacqueline Howett is providing another example of how not to respond to a review. (Rule number one being: If in doubt, don't)
Number-crunching time, as US tax deadline approaches. I thought it might be useful to post sales figures for my books. The numbers here are the total sales from when the book first went on sale to the end of the calendar year cited. Which means you can get the per year figures for 2009 and 2010 with a bit of subtracting, if you're so inclined.
|from 1st day on sale until end of||2008||2009||2010|
|Black Leather Rose||774||922||995|
|Buildup 1: Mindscan||1304||1466||1554|
|Buildup 2: Pulling Strings||711||857||918|
|Lord and Master||1510||1839||2057|
|L&M 2: Taking Work Home||648||1020||1201|
|Promises To Keep||1002||1119||1200|
|Spindrift 2: Ship to Shore||419||480||510|
It seems that Snow Creek Romance has quietly ceased to be.
The on-going Dorchester saga has taken another downward turn in the ongoing spiral. It seems that becoming an e-publisher did not solve all their problems. [Gap left for exclamations of shock and surprise]. In fact Brian Keene reports that they are continuing with their fun and games including not paying authors what they are owed, and selling e-books the rights for which have explicitly reverted to the author. A boycott is quite reasonably being cause for, because it is long past time Dorchester tied up the loose ends (as best they can) and shut up shop.
|Who's smiling now?|
Manic Readers is going to be offering their 'Plus Members' ($2.99 a month) a new service...
"Royalty Tracker helps authors track their royalties across all books, publishers, and vendors."
Even with " Encrypted SSL security" I wonder how many authors will want to track this kind of information on a third party webservice?
|I think this is what they|
call an eight pack?
(Actually, two of them)
Mainstream : This Train
Adventure Fiction : A Lever Long Enough
Anthology Non-Fiction/Fiction: Bad-Ass Faeries 3: In All Their Glory
Non Fiction : A Dog Named Slugger
Poetry Category: LK Ellwood for Nuclear Soul
Ariana Metaphysical : Beyond Summer
Historical Romance : Notorious Eliza
Historical Fiction: Sunset On Ramree by Robert Appleton
Historical Erotic Romance: The Haunting of Maggie Grey
Western Romance: Promise Me
Ariana (cover) Mainstream : Next Time I'm Gonna Dance
Spiritual and/or Metaphysical Romance : Cup of Joe
Spiritual and/or Metaphysical Fiction : The Comet's Return: Alma Chronicles
Young Adult Non Fiction/ Fiction : The Cinderella Swap
Ariana (cover art) YA : The Battle for Atlantis
Children's Non Fiction/ Fiction: Island Sting
Western Erotic Romance : Rocky Mountain Haven
Ariana -Western : Queen of Hearts
Contemporary Romance : Be My Baby
Ariana - Contemporary Romance : One More Soldier
Contemporary Erotic Romance : Safe Harbor
Ariana - Contemporary Erotic Romance: Latin Rhythm
Anthology - Romance : Directions of Love
Anthology - Erotica / Erotic Romance : Coming Together: Into the Light
Erotica : Second Chance
Ariana - Erotica : The Soldier's Mate
Mystery - Suspense Fiction : The Pot Thief Who Studied Ptolemy
Mystery, Suspense, and/or Adventure Romance : Breaking Daylight
Ariana - Mystery/Suspense : The Son Who Paid Attention
Friend of ePublishing : All Romance eBooks
Patricia Lucas White Award : Elizabeth Delisi
Science Fiction : Massively Multiplayer
Science Fiction Romance : Girl Gone Nova
Ariana - SciFi/Futuristic Fiction/Romance : End Game
SciFi Erotic Romance : Lord of Thunder
Ariana - SciFi/Futuristic Erotic Romance : A Touch of Lilly
Fantasy / Paranormal Fiction : Frost Moon
Ariana - Fantasy/Paranormal Fiction : Lady Warhawk
Fantasy Romance : The Prince of Val-Feyridge
Paranormal Romance : Da Vinci's Lost Years
Ariana -Fantasy/Paranormal Romance : Daughter of Ashes
Fantasy Erotic Romance : Mad, Bad, and Dangerous
Paranormal Erotic Romance : Desire to Die For
Ariana - Fantasy/Paranormal Erotic Romance: Five Rings
Horror Fiction: The Hollow Book 1 The Ticking
Horror Erotic Romance : The Blue Moon Cafe
Ariana - Horror: Beautiful People
Gay Romance Press
Not currently open to submissions.
Some more all-genre epublishers:
I seem to have misinterpreted Avon Impulse as an ebookstore when it is more like an epublishing imprint--now accepting submissions.
The marketing speak is so rich you can almost smell the manure: "Avon Impulse has grown organically from our existing publishing program. We're always looking for ways to grow our authors in a marketplace rife with new opportunity"
They are seeking "all genres of romance of all lengths, including (but not limited to): historical, paranormal, contemporary, and erotica"... including out friend Steampunk. (I would be willing to bet not including GLBT?)
"If you do not receive a response after three months, that means your story is not right for us at that time." (Classy. I hope they at least have an auto-responder so you know they actually received the submission.)
Avon Launches Avon Impulse Digital-First Imprint--reporting a pay rate of 25% of net.
"The gap between traditional and indie publishing models" seems to be getting rather crowded. Entangled Publishing is another romance epublisher that puts itself somewhere in the grey area between publishing and self-publishing. Exactly where? Well, that's not clear.
My advice to these new hybrid epublishers would be to dial down the rhetoric just a little and explain somewhere what you do and what the author does--and how this differs form the standard 'deliver a manuscript, get 40% of cover' epublishing model we all know and variously love, hate or can live with.
There is no doubt that Hard Shell World Factory, founded in 1996, was one of the pioneers of epublishing. It was acquired by Mundania in 2009. Since that time there have been suggestions that payment are not being made, sometimes going as far back at the first quarter of 2010 for Hard Shell--and also delays with the erotic romance imprint Phaze.
Some of the recent data that has come in from Samhain authors has done something interesting to the chart for sales of books that have been available for at least a year. I would love to know if this is a good average or being affected by some extreme outliers. So I would encourage any and all Samhain authors to send in their data so I have a good representative arithmetic mean.
Google attempted to complete my inquiry about Red Rose Publishing in the following ways: