Saturday, May 31, 2014

Fountain Blue Publishing

Fountain Blue Publishing (founded 2012) is a rather in enigmatic publisher in terms of who is behind the company. Even the Linked In profile of the Editor in Chief is anonymous. The website is a free Weebly site.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lost in the Amazon

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Amazon's model is based heavily on automation and distributors providing their own listing information.  Their ability to offer such a wide selection or products at very little mark up rests heavily on having a proportionately very small salaried workforce. A fact often lost of reporters covering whatever salacious thing they have found listed there.

However it is becoming increasingly apparent that what Amazon doesn't know might still be able to hurt it.  Such as the widespread listing of drugs that cannot be legally imported into the US without a prescription, and that if improperly used could injured or kill the unfortunate customer.  A customer who may not even know that the product they purchased is prescription strength.

Anyone who makes a purchase from Amazon needs to be aware, this is not a platform that is proactively managed to ensure all of the products available are safe, non-fraudulent, and legal. Of course the specific items mentioned in the stories have now been taken down.  But equivalent products have already been re-listed and are available for purchase.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The dark underbelly of the alpha male myth

Amidst the coverage of a tragic shooting in Santa Barbara, I see how the apparent/alleged shooter was striving to be a "true alpha male".

From the study of animal behavior, heck even from the reading of romance fiction, this statement should make no sense whatsoever.  The alpha male protects the vulnerable. The alpha male acts in the interests of the community.  The alpha male will lay down his life to protect the citizens of his community.  The alpha males asks for no reward, he does this because it is the right thing to do. Communities with mature alpha males have less violence, are more respectful, and create a safe place for mutually respectful courtship and the raising of children.

I, personally, think the entire alpha male myth is anti-diversity and often catoonishly over-blown.  But those who choose to follow it should realize it is a model of masculine selflessness, basically a macho version of sainthood.

It is not killing women because they rejected your sexual advances.

Monday, May 19, 2014

So, Crescent Moon Press

Crescent Moon Press
And I am guessing it is probably not all uphill from here.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

RT still wobbly on Self-Pub

Bless them, they try their best, but the Romantic Times convention is being dinged again on the 'separate but equal' approach to self-published authors. This time for putting them in a separate book signing room with less space per author and at least some people referring to them as 'aspiring authors'.

Predictably, Hugh Howey is not amused. Courtney Milan also discussed this issue.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Angela Gabriel / Prateik Gupta

This literotica story Forever Ink is being is being sold by "Angela Gabriel" on Amazon.  A person who is not the author.  (And apparently against their policy about implied underage as the heroine is described as no more than nineteen)

But it gets better. Or should I say worse.

On the Amazon forums the author posts as Prateik Gupta.  And this same person offering to republish kindle authors with the benefit of some dubious new editing and cover art for a mere 30% of royalties.

These outfits just keep getting more blatant. I wonder how many other authors are in the "club" without ever having been asked? I would predict that many more of these stories are plagiarized. A quick Google shows they appear at Literotica as the work of many different authors.

And that is before I even get to calling your publisher a "teenage club" and using it primarily to release sex writing.

Oh and this book of "N***** jokes".

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Is Amazon picking on Hatchette?

The New York Times is reporting that Amazon has a "secret campaign" against publisher Hatchette.  Specifically that they deliberately inflating the price of Hachette books and delaying their delivery to customers. This includes books by the imprints Grand Central Publishing, Orbit, and Little Brown.

I generally find accustaions of this type unconvincing. But in this case they are being made with people who are very familiar with how publishing works and showing specific evidence of in print books being listed as unavailable and prices being noticeably lower at Barnes and Noble. It is also being presented as researched fact by a well informed journalist.

Amazon has accumulated a great deal of influence and dominant market share.  Would this sort of strong arm tactic to get a better deal with a publisher be enough shift the balance of trust, and therefore ultimately the balance of power?  Or are people not directly involved just going to find reasons not to care and continue with consuming as normal?

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Some featured Open Calls for Submissions

Blasphemy Anthology -- Burning Book Press
"This anthology seeks to explore the transgressive and varied nature of blasphemy, through eroticism. I am looking for stories set across a variety of religions and ethnicities."

Lesbian Novels -- Riptide
"Have you written a novel-length lesbian romance? We want it! Any genre, any setting, any focus."

Retro Romance -- Samhain
"Classic romances from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s can find new life in the digital age with Samhain Publishing®.If you are an author with digital rights to your classic romances, we would love to hear from you."

Vikings -- Cleis Press
"IN VIKINGS’ ARMS will seek stories to satisfy the reader who craves the romantic idea of that hard but questing man while exploring stories set in the Dark Ages. Traditional themes/tropes can be used, but writers are encouraged to create tales that surprise."