Sunday, August 25, 2013

More About Iconic

More details about the alleged behavior of Iconic Press (the press that registers author copyrights under its own name) can be found in the blog posts of Amy Metz.

Other delightful features of this press are described include paying no royalties for the first 250 sales in each format, and claiming to hire editors that did not appear to actually exist.

Erotic Superheroes

In his book "Erotic Lives of the Superheroes" author Marco Mancassola depicts an aging gay Batman alongside various other super-heroes.  The twin themes are aging and sex. Reviews have been mixed with some critiques suggesting that the author did not seem to know much about the iconic characters he is pastiching.

I can't help but wonder where trademarks come into this. I suppose there must be some kind of parody or literary merit defense. I vaguely recall a Susie Bright anthology that had a Batman story.  But most presses take the safer route of using only original superheros, not those belonging to Marvel or DC.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Vanilla Heart Smoke

S R Claridge has posted a detailed blog entry questioning the conduct of Vanilla Heart Publishing.

Cedar Fort backs out of contract with gay author

I will start by saying that I have bought multiple books from Cedar Fort, specifically gluten-free and flexitarian cookbooks. I know Cedar Fort is a Mormon/Latter Day Saints press and am completely indifferent to that fact.  At that risk of falling into that "some of my best friends" cliche, I grew up near a Mormon Tabernacle and have always always been in communities that include LDS-followers. I simply have no strong views about that approach to religion, one way or the other.What I do have strong views about it a press cancelling a book contract because they they could not get a gay author to agree to putting a censored bio in the book.

Woven is a YA fantasy novel, and Cedar Fort never at any point said they had a policy of discrimination towards authors, and the acquiring editor apparently knew one of the authors was gay. But when both authors wanted similar "significant other" statements in their bios the shit hit the proverbial fan. Complete with an allegedly very unpleasant phone call where the editor referenced the infamous "gay agenda".

So the upshot is Cedar Fort wants to use work written by gay people, on the conditions they never acknowledge their home life, even when their co-author is encouraged to include a comment about his wife and kids in his bio. I get that they want to sell to LDS readers and an openly gay author might be an issue.  But where do they get off just assuming he will get in the closet just to meet their marketing needs?

IMHO as a religiously affiliated press you either stick to faith books written by people of that faith, or you join the secular word.  This is not an area where you can try to split the difference and ask people to hide things that make some of your retailers uncomfortable.

Noble Romance closes

Recived by authors via email:

"To our Authors,
Today, I regret to inform you that a decision has been made that Noble Romance Publishing will be exiting the publishing business.

We are not insolvent, we are not going bankrupt, we simply have decided that we no longer wish to be in the business and therefore we will be exiting this business in a professional, orderly fashion.

Over the next 30 days, we will remove all books for sale through all sales channels.

We will continue to send monthly royalty statements out and pay all royalties owed until all payments have been collected. We anticipate that this could be as soon as October, but we do not completely control third party sales.

Once this process is complete, this means that your rights will automatically revert to you per our agreement and if you need a letter confirming this, please email us and we will be happy to provide you one.

We wish to thank all of you who have been good partners with us and we wish everyone nothing but the best."

Monday, August 19, 2013

I come not to praise romance, but to bury it...

Barkaw / Foter / CC BY-ND
That seems to be the questionably inspiring aim of Good Mourning Publishing.

They trumpet the end of traditional romance stories.  So if Good Mourning supports "the best and most unique love stories that cover the spectrum of sexualities and cultures indiscriminately" one can only assume traditional romance is (in their estimation) bad, derivative and bigoted.

How true that is depends, I suppose, on which publishers you feel make up traditional romance.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Copyright registration by the publisher

It is pretty widely considered that publishers should cover the cost of copyright registration, but most e-publishers tend to leave this up to the author.  A recent situation with Iconic Press provides at least one, albeit highly unusual, example of why you might not want your publisher to register copyright.

That is Jano Donnachaidh who did register the copyright for some of the books accepted by Iconic Publishing... to himself.  And in the cases that I have seen--these are not work for hire contracts, just standard publishing contracts.  They give no basis for the press to hold the copyright for these works by authors including C N Howard, Tricia Drammeh, Wayne Zurl and Conor P Dempsey.

See Also:
Aug 9: This Latest Publishing Disaster
Aug 21: Publisher Alert: Iconic Publishing / Jonquil Press / Red Lizard Press

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Nocturnal Press Publications

Nocturnal Press Publications seems to be open to most genres including romance.  They list royalties as being 50% of cover.  Not sure what that means for distribution. 

Founded and run by Shane Almond.  I am not sure of the value of a "mentoring" approach when the founder has one self-published book currently pulled from sale as it needs re-editing.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Market: Mobile Love Stories

Mobile Love Stories is seeking stories of under 2000 words. Pay rate unspecified.

Query letters must be in pdf format.  Which is kinda weird.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

TouchPoint Press

TouchPoint Press is apparently another agent-turned-publisher* seeking manuscripts in multiple genres (hashtag innovative)  (hashtag bandwagon).

* Sheri Williams / Red Writing Hood Ink

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Crave

Crave, an imprint of Polis Books, is seeking romance and erotica.  Polis was founded by Jason Pinter.

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Friday, August 02, 2013

Beate Uhse logo

Beat Uhse make sex toys and other sex-related products for a user-base that leans female (around 60%) and will probably go more in that direction over time.

Cut to Beate Uhse execs:

We need to make our logo appeal more to wimmin folk

Okay, so pink and cursive then?

Genius. And add some hearts too!

We totally understand women!

I know, right?


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