Friday, April 29, 2011
This blog is now Kindle syndicated. Quite why anyone would pay good money to read it, I don't know. But far be it from me to stop them.
It has been suggested that larger publisher may start adopting royalties schedules where authors who sell higher volumes get larger roaylties (called "escalators")
I am not sure exact;y why they would do this , and do it for ebooks but not print? Reasoning does not seem to be provided in the article.
But given that many large presses have trouble keeping an accurate accounting even with a flat royalty, imagine how they could screw up payments based on an escalating royalty.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
DearAuthor report "In developing news, Red Sage is being sued for non payment or underpayment of royalties in small claims court in Florida by author Koko Brown. There is no official comment from either parties."
From Heroes and Heartbreakers.
"HeroesandHeartbreakers.com welcomes submissions of original short romance stories in all subgenres ... We are particularly interested in stories between 6,000 and 15,000 words ... We pay $1,000 against a 25% royalty."
Macmillan Launches Crime and Mystery Web Site CriminalElement.com
- Stone Gate Ink: "StoneGate Ink is a full service publishing house specializing in up and coming authors, electronic format books and out of print publishing."
- Crossed Genres: "Crossed Genres Publications is currently OPEN for submissions of completed speculative fiction novels to publish in print and ebook formats."
- Pfoxmoor Publishing: "...we bring you the very best in Young Adult romance, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, contemporary, and cross-over fiction...."
Ankara Press wants romance writers: "The stories should have African settings, storylines and characters. They should also portray women in a positive light."
Ankara Press Calls for Submission: "Purse-size romance novella: The novels should be 40,000 – 45,000 words long (they should not exceed this word limit) and should be divided into about 10-15 chapters."
Contact Chinelo Onwualu at: AnkaraSubmissions at gmail.com for submission guidelines.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Godrej and Boyce, the India-based manufacturer of new typewriters has officially stopped production. Once they sell through their stock it will become effectively impossible to buy a brand new manual typewriter.
Swintec in the United States still makes typewriters--however they do not seem to carry a fully manual model. Interestingly Swintec makes a see through typewriter for use by prison inmates (I assume so thet cannot steal parts of hide things in it without being detected?)
Godrej and Boyce to shut down World’s last typewriter factory
- Online hoax romance at heart of lawsuit: "About seven months later, Bonhomme's friends uncovered the creepy truth. James, his young son and about 20 other friends and family members Bonhomme had been communicating with for months were characters allegedly created by a woman in Chicago's west suburbs."
- Porn? No, romance is the real risk: "A bigger mystery to me is not women watching porn, nor powerful men who are secretly submissive but why, in a country packed to the gunnels with intelligent, literate, stroppy femmes, romantic fiction is such a big seller."
- World Of Warcraft Facilitates Romance: "For the following two months, Langman, 27, and Bentley, 24, rendezvoused in Azeroth, until finally one day they made a decision to meet in Santa Barbara instead."
- Wills and Kate inspire $1.99 bodice-rippers: ...Harlequin and Avon Impulse — corralled authors to quickly write short stories that, for $1.99 per mouse click, might steam up an office PC at lunch time or tickle a bedroom fancy
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Penguin Launches Book Country, An Online Community for Genre Fiction
Monday, April 25, 2011
Jilly Cooper apparently said: 'When you get older you suddenly realise you don't have long left. You've got to get going. I've always thought I'm going to live forever, and I'm not.' 'I'd like to write a good book, a proper good book.'
So what about it 'yall? Do you think you might get to a more advanced age and decide you've been wasting your time writing books that are not 'proper'?
Terence Blacker: We need more sex from our authors, not less
Meg Langhorne gives romance novel covers a back-to-nature twist
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Folks, it's time to switch to LibreOffice
There seem to be some issues with Lachesis Press.
"...they’ve had some real difficulties dealing with distributors here in the U.S." [Joe McKinney]
"Lachesis was recently bought by a Ms. Louise Clark. Apparently, there is some unhappiness about a buy out clause among the authors." [Louise Bohmer]
"Poor contract. Not recommended." [Preditors & Editors]
Saturday, April 23, 2011
- Judging an eBook Publisher by the Covers: "Blah, blah, blahbitty, blah. Look. I’ve got a family. They’re all I can handle. I don’t need to be nurtured (that’s my mom’s job). A publisher’s job is to acquire the best books possible, and edit and sell those books to the reading public."
- Laurell K Hamilton Winning Friends & Influencing People…: "Laurell K. Hamilton’s moderators are getting as paranoid as the bint herself"
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Royalty Statements: "Right now, some—and I must emphasize some, not all—traditional publishing houses are significantly underreporting e-book sales. In some cases these sales are off by a factor of 10 or more."
As noted by TeddyPig. Christine Phoenix's 'I Will Follow You' seems to include quite a lot of J.L. Langley's 'With Love'.
Links: Royalties, Royal Awesome, Royally Cool Moms, and Royal Smackdown
Friday, April 22, 2011
"Welcome to The Corner Club Press. We're dedicated to bringing you high-quality fiction and poetry..."
The creation of The Corner Club Press is actually an impulsive endeavor of ours. "
That doesn't really inspire confidence.
"The Corner Club Press is an on-line non-profit magazine distributed as a free PDF download. We publish every two months"
So, a market for poetry and short stories--excluding erotica.
As of now, we offer cash for the best poem/short story in each issue. Keep in mind pay rate is subject to change. Pay rate is $50 as of now. ONLY one best poem and one best short story in each issue--Editor's 'Best Of.'"
In my experience the only thing that gets you in more trouble than not paying at all, is paying token amounts and/or only paying some contributors.
"Editing Services ... Amber Forbes is now offering editing/tutoring services for academic papers and first fifty page critiques of novels. Please see AmberSkyeF for more information regarding pricing of these services"
Not a great idea to advertise paid editing on your 'publisher' page.
"Want to donate to us? Click on the 'buy now' button to donate a minimum of 2 dollars that will go to our advertising funds."
We are going to pay for you to advertise your magazine because...?
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I went to Amazon and searched for "kindlerotica" and nothing came up. It seems a little odd to name the book after the kindle and announce it before it is actually available on that platform? Anyway, I tracked it down at Smashwords.
The first story struck me as quite old fashioned. A first person disclosure of a girl being awakened from prim to wanton. The next few have a similar style but are at least stand alone stories for a somewhat reserved (lawyer, 'nice guy', middle-aged virgin, neglected girlfriend) guy or gal meeting someone different who expands their sexual horizons. The stories get better and more diverse as the collection goes and for a free book it is pretty good quality. I would guess that most of the stories were written a few decades ago. The erotic scenes are frequent but not long enough to be what you could call a stroke book.
Ultimately I wonder if the book is exactly the promotional item they intend. I got: pretty good quality, hot enough but not scorching. But I also got, some formatting issues with stray spaces and lines, not very modern, BBW-positive but a bit male POV (e.g. straight girls having lesbian dalliances, no gay guys). A bit of a mixed bag really. I doubt it will incline me to buy their merchandise, but perhaps I am not really their target demographic?
General Electric Sponsors Free eBook
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
ACROSS ALL PUBLISHERS
Average erotic romance ebook sales as of Apr 17, 2011
First month: 286 copies
Total to date for books out one year or less: 401 copies
First year: 807 copies
Total to date for books available for more than one year: 1229 copies
Total books on record: 264
Averages are based on at least 5 in print books by at least 3 different authors.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Falcons find high-flying (Harlequin) romance
"Gay Agenda" blog Queerty has closed its doors. Their farewell message is: "After more than five years of serving the LGBT community with news and entertainment, Queerty has come to a close. The decision to shutter the site was not an easy one to make, and it is with great pain that we say goodbye to our loyal readership. From all of Queerty's writers and contributors, from our first unto our last day, thank you for spending some time with us"
If you are, or want to be, a guest blogger here--I have some ad spots available at the bottom of the blog. If you have ever guest blogged or otherwise helped out, just send me a square graphic that is at least 265 pixels wide and a link (to veinglory at gmail.com) and I will post it on a rotating basis. If you would like to be a guest blogger, send in your post--anything considered. I will be looking for material for May as I will be on vacation and mostly off the computer during that month.
"Welcome to Walk on the Wild Side Books, a collection of sexy fiction by authors well-established in print now exploring the adventurous world of independent digital publishing with equally adventurous forays into erotica and erotic romance."
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Dorchester is offering for sale not only their stable of true romance magazines but the associated "data base of 400,000 past and present subscriber's names, mailing addresses and emails." Given that the readers of these magazines are in a desirable gender and age demographic for marketers, I suspect they can expect to see some junk mail and spam in the future. Also they are shopping around a digital archive of all of the stories published in these magazines over almost a century. I have to wonder, do they really hold all the rights they are offering for sale here?
- Customized book side tables--better not change your mind about any of those books....
- Mind Of Man: Don’t Judge Me By The Book I’m Reading: it's all a little irritatingly coy and highly hetero-gendered IMHO.
- Dear New York Times: A Game of Thrones Is Not Just for Boys: quite.
- Sweet Valley Twins Are Back, and, Like Readers, Fully Adult: dull then, dull now.
Friday, April 15, 2011
God help me if the year 2000 is already retro.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) has a redesigned website that is more modern but also has a bad attack of the blands. It seems to be something of a trend.
Monday, April 11, 2011
The Bookseller reports that: "Literary agents are privately discussing removing a clause preventing them from acting as publishers in the UK Association of Authors' Agents constitution."
I gotta admit that I am old fashioned. Just because something is happening more and more often does not necessarily make it a good thing.
A conflict of interest is a conflict of interest.
Friday, April 08, 2011
Here are are couple of things I don't need to blog about because someone else did it first, and probably better.
Amber Swann seems to be an epublisher with an inter-racial focus run by Mercedes Keyes and Lawrence James
I don't see anything about outside submissions so I am going to assume this is a self-publishing brand.
The website is really busy and the Poser zombies kind of scare me. But maybe that's just me.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
- Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version
- Gay sex references and swear words included in new version of novel 'From Here to Eternity'
- Books: Genghis Khan dentists win oddest title
- An online author
- Harlequin Celebrates Royal Weddings, Digital-Style
- Publishers cast doubt on Borders' restructuring plan
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
It has been noticed, on the Kindle boards and elsewhere, that Barnes and Noble's book rankings have suddenly changed. It seems to embarrass them that erotica often appears near the top of the sales rankings. So it appears that erotic fiction near the top of the rankings has been handicapped to drop it lower down. As usual with this sort of thing, the changes were made without warning, explanation or any kind of public acknowledgement.
Monday, April 04, 2011
- The Long, Slow Goodbye. (Or the meltdown resignation): It is what it says in the title, I'll give her that.
- Final Goodbye: The Death of Romance In Modern Times: A suicide note from 'romance'?
- Dread Central Joins Boycott of Dorchester Publishing: The ongoing saga of an undead publisher
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Jessica Verday reports that she was asked to change her M/M story to M/F for inclusion in the Running Press/Constable&Robinson anthology Wicked Pretty Things. This choice is apparently down to editor Trisha Telep.
No, actually deciding to exclude gay stories or demand they be changed to het to be included isn't just an oopsie. So I think the decision of Stacia Kane, Andrew Smith, Seanan McGuire and many others to withdraw their submissions from this and other anthologies is entirely appropriate.
I also hope that Running Press takes a firmer position in favor of diversity and that these anthologies eventually do get created with diverse stories in them in their original form. But Running Press and Telep need to put out a bit more in the way of prominent and assertive messaging to make that happen, before this whole thing snowballs.
Telep's response (which current exists only as a comment) should be acknowledged as a first step in making that happen: "I sincerely regret the sequence of events which has led to Jessica Verday’s story ‘Flesh Which Is Not Flesh’ being excluded from the forthcoming anthology Wicked Pretty Things. This has been the result of a misunderstanding on my part which is entirely regrettable. Along with publishers Constable & Robinson Ltd, who commissioned the anthology, and Running Press, who are due to co-publish the book in the United States, I fully support LGBTQ issues. I apologise wholeheartedly for any offence that I have caused and offer the assurance that I would not in future reject any story on the grounds that it included a gay (or any LGBTQ) relationship."
However, the publisher responses seem rather ... equivocal.
Running Press continues to kind of miss the point by blaming the author and the social media and remaining silent on the role played by their appointed editor. Generally these things only work if you start with a more convincing mea culpa rather than skipping with distinct haste to the you-a culpa.
Here is a good summary post.
April 6 update: Running Press is still digging that hole deeper with back-channel communications.