Monday, March 31, 2014

Noble, Entranced and echoes of the fall

When Noble Romance closed the email circulated was:

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.


And then when Entranced Publishing closed the email circulated was:

To our Authors,

Today, I regret to inform you that a decision has been made that Entranced 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 compile finalized statements for all titles and pay all royalties owed once all vendor payments have been collected. We anticipate that this could be as soon as June, but we do not completely control third party sales.

This means that your rights will automatically revert to you per your contracts and at the end of the thirty day period. If after this period you still find your title available, please email me and I will promptly have it removed. If your title has yet to be released, this reversion is immediate.

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

Regards,
Bob   


I love the smell of sock-puppets in the morning. (Or is there some other explanation?)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Roman Payne: much ado about "erotica"

On one hand we have Amazon insisting on categorizing a book as erotica based purely on the presence of a nude on the cover. 

On the other we have the authors not just protesting that this would be ab inaccurate genre label that might lead to reader confusion and dissatisfaction.  Which would be an entirely reasonable point to make. No.  He had to rant that being called erotica as an "accusation"--going on to say used loaded words like "convicted" and "condemned"as if simply being identified in the wrong genre category was like being charged with a felony. 

None of which is consistent in any way with the author's statement "I have absolutely nothing against Erotica".  If that were true he would be talking about Amazon's ineptitude or incompetence, not their "accusation".

That aside. (Sigh).  If Amazon wants to block covers from search it needs to have a way of doing this other than calling the books erotica when they are not any such thing. But is that what is happening here at all? 

I mean is seems plausible as even very blurry buttcrack is deemed "non permitted". But when I looked up the bookSales Rank Express show no adult tag on the listing. I see no genre mention at all on the Amazon listing itself although it is technically within the romance/erotica category.  So I guess either they sorted it out or the whole thing is a publicity beat up?

See:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Forever More Publishing


According to me, and Merriam-Webster, 'forevermore'  is one word. So I must assume that Forever More Publishing is dividing the word for artistic reasons. There website is a little plain.  But FWIW they are seeking romance, erotica and erotic romance specifically, but all other genres of fiction as well. They have open calls for BDSM, BBW and older woman themes. Owner: Marisa Chenery

Starbuck's Mermaid Erotica

So if you combine monster erotica with a famous trademark, is that infringement, or satire, or... well. I just don't know. 

"My Starbucks Mermaid goes boldly where no man (or woman) has gone before—all the way into the mystical deeps with this seductive siren and her promise of pleasures even more compelling than caffeine."

Edited to add: It seems the cover has been altered to the public domain image of the original Starbucks logo.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

You May Also Like....

Barnes and Noble is going old school with their 'also bought'  algorithm.

Does it really make sense to add this sort of thing to a receipt--at which pointed I am really done with shopping.

Am I meant to save it for next time?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Off topic post: Really, Amazon?

Amazon did not approve my review below.  It is indeed a non-complying review--but reporting the problem directly had no effect.  Apparently openly buying fraudulent reviews is fine, posting protest reviews about them is not.

1.0 out of 5 stars Paying 10 dollars for review, March 13, 2014



I saw an ad on Craiglist for this exact product offering people 10 dollars to post pre-written reviews ("you will be given a review to post"). So, take that into account when reading the other reviews.

http://imgur.com/y9vDlTd

Monday, March 10, 2014

Luminosity Publishing

The latest erotic romance epublisher is Luminosity Publishing

My interest waned considerably at "Alternative lifestyle romance. Gay Lesbian Love." I thought we might finally be at the point where publishers that accept and sell GLBT romance knew not to refer to homosexuality as a lifestyle.

Other than that they seem to have the usual requirements other than specifying that submitted manuscripts should be "free from grammatical errors".

They are based in London but I could find no information about the founders.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Press Releases drive me crazy

Do you know what I want from a press release? The answers to these questions as quickly as possible:
1) What is this thing you are telling me about?
2) Why should anyone care?

And do you know what I don't want from a press release? Here are some examples from the recent press release on Mills and Boon's new announcement that they are (very belatedly) releasing an app you can find and buy their books from:
1) Suggesting you are an ebook pioneer when.... ha ha ha ha, no.  Getting to party and doing some good stuff, yes--but rather late in the day when the risk had gone down considerably.
2) Suggesting that they are innovative online (ditto).
2) Acting like a book buying app that makes recommendations based on book content is in any way unique or new (albeit still a good idea).
3) Buzzwords. If this is about a website call it a website, if it is about an app call it a app. Better yet, tell me what the damn thing will actually do for me as a reader.

"digital future ... innovative, direct-to-consumer web platform ...genre based entertainment ... vibrant and constantly evolving ... destination ...  integration of unique ... digital DNA ... floating feedback tab (God I hate those things) ... brand platform ... synonymous with passion ... digitally tap ... online experience ... driving more engagement ... user experience ... compelling visual experience ... fully integrated ...  internal business systems .... flexibility to react ... Shifting brand perceptions .... the experience strategy ... create a destination ... shares their experiences .. the experience ... embrace the key focus of discover ... increase brand and content ... engagement with ... omnipresent shopping experience."

Blah blah blah experience blah blah blah branding blah blah destination blah blah blah-fucking-blah.

Dear Mills and Boon, please  tell me what this thing is and what it does in plain language.  I do not give even the tiniest of damns about your brand development or inane quotes from your jargon-obsessed consultants who still seem to think that social networking is a nifty recent invention we may not have heard of yet.

I do not come to you to "experience" your "brand"--
talk
to
me
about
books.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Tule Publishing

Tule Publishing is a digital publisher that seems to have opened late last year. Their website is pretty, but very short on information. They say to research their imprints before submitting but I am not sure what these imprints are?  Based on their current line up they seem to have a romance focus, especially American/Western romances--and based on this post Tule was started by author Jane Porter.

Okay, so, about Ellora's Cave....

Orangeya
From where I sit, Ellora's Cave seems to be having the longest, slowest meltdown in the history of e-publishing.  Quite a few people have turned up to bury Caesar over the last few years, but Caesar refuses to lie down.

That said, over the last few months things do seem to reached a new low with staff cuts and turnover, and problems with timely royalty payments. In terms of the blogosphere things remain rather quiet, perhaps because this is "second verse same as the first"?

If you have any information or insight on just what the hell is going on with Ellora's Cave, please do share.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Green Mountain gets Coff-blocked: Keurig and DRM

A nice hot cup of "screw you" from Keurig--angela n./Foter
I have never been a fan of digital rights management software.  Being an early adopter of ebooks, this kind of tech is the reason why I have lost many ebooks over the years because they are linked to obsolete tech, stuck in obsolete formats, or require the input of a password that I have long since forgotten.

But I never expected that DRM would start to invade even the non-digital world.

Enter Keurig's application for a patent for a coffee machine that will refuse to work with genetic "pods" of ground coffee. That's right.  Keurig is DRMing coffee pods.  Thus propping up yet another irrational market like computer printers that sell below cost so they can screw you over the price of proprietary ink cartridges.

Coincidentally I was looking at replacing my hard-to-clean Keurig with a plain old drip filter by Mr Coffee (they have one that makes "lattes").  And I think this has just sealed the deal.

Big Bang Press

Big Bang Press is a UK press formed to publish the original novels of fanfiction writers.  Other than that is it a typical case of inexperience, rhetoric and crowd-sourcing.  They already have their own fandom wank post which made a mention by Wired seem almost inevitable.

Those who understand the tolerated-rather-than-legal status of a lot of fan-fic are worried about their use of fan-fic as Kickstarter rewards. Other than that the usual new press nonsense is in play including the delusion that what they are doing is new and radically different, the mission to give writers a "chance", and choosing a name some other press is already using.

Much ado, I think, about a doomed enterprise.  But I suppose they might surprise me. In my experience the direct crossover of readership from free fan-fic to professional non-fan novels is surprisingly small. That is why most former fan-fic writers just get on with submitting to whatever publisher is most appropriate for their original manuscripts.