Tuesday, April 29, 2014

News

Changeling continues to surprise me
E-first publishers thrive on Joan Hessayon shortlist
"Seven of the 17 titles shortlisted [see below] for the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Joan Hessayon Award for new writers are from e-only or e-first imprints or publishers."

Lambda Literary Foundation announces 2014 award winners
"Commenting on Radclyffe, Freeman stated, “Prolific and multi-faceted, Radclyffe has published more than forty novels" (And should have won a lot more awards by now)


Romance Is a Feminist Genre 
"...Charlotte Bronte, for example, wrote RPF (real person fanfic) about the Duke of Wellington" 

Diesel China Disguises Fashion Campaign As Italian Pornography
"In China, fashion brand Diesel found a way to get customers downloading its latest campaign with great excitement -- by diguising it as pornography" 

The politics of science fiction 
"...the average science fiction or fantasy reader is far more likely to have strong political views and be interested in ideology than the average reader of, say, romance or detective novels" (because... INSERT SELF-AGGRANDIZING ASSUMPTION HERE)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Out of the ashes of Silver Publishing....

...Comes Fireborn Publishing, apparently. Facebook page here.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Red Rose Rancor

...-Wink-... / Foter
Red Rose Publishing has been the subject of author complaints for some time now. 

But things hit a new low when someone representing themselves as Red Rose staff posted comments tot he author discussion group including:

"Vultures, know that term?"

"My mother works for IRS and my father works with the FBI. My husband is a Sherriff..."

While Wendi (the owner) writes: "There will be no request of rights given back for the next 3 to 6 months."

These messages are of course unavailable to authors removed from the publisher list due to their persistence in asking for their royalties and/or tax forms.

Under these circumstances I would suggest that most publishers would benefit more from letting the disaffected authors go than from locking them in.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seeking sales data on Musa Publishing

Mykl Roventine / photo on flickr
The sales data records are getting a bit stale, so I will be asking you all to please consider sending sales data so I can post some updates.

Right now I am especially interested in sales data relating to Musa Publishing, not limited to erotic romance.  This is some discussion as to whether the complaints some authors have about low sales are representative of what the average author is seeing.

All sales data is only reported as an average for all authors, for data sets of at least five books (usually more).  All data is stored under a codename rather than an author name.

So, if you can please send your info to veinglory at gmail.com. Data relating to any digital or digital first publisher accepted.

1) Name of publisher: _____________
2) Is the book erotic romance?: Y/N
3) How many copies sold in the first month?: __
4) How many copies sold in total to date?: __
5) Has your book been on sale for one year or longer?: Y/N
6) How many copies sold in the first year?: __

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Silver Publishing Circling Drain--confirmed

So stories are swirling that Silver Publishing has been sold or abandoned by the owner.  It has been the subject for pretty serious complaint by authors for at least two years, and this seems to be yet another turn for the worse.

A.J. Llewellyn writes that sole own Lodewyk Deysel "has fled. He went to South Africa on Monday." This post also includes a pretty thorough documentation of the rise and fall of Deysel and Silver Publishing.

Otherwise the web-verse is still pretty quiet about the whole thing, but it does seem like this is the beginning of the end for Silver.

See also
ETA: It is now confirmed that Silver Publishing will close on May 1st.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Cover: Full Moon?

This cover overlay is... an interesting choice.