Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Tour of the Newbies

As usual there are new romance publishers opening all the time.  Here is a thumbnail guide to my impressions about some of 2016's new arrivals.

City Owl Press: "City Owl Press is a cutting edge indie publishing company, bringing the world of romance and speculative fiction to discerning readers."  A well-presented start up, but with a less than clear attitude to erotic content. Probably a matter of" wait and see.

Fifth Ink Publishing"Though Fifth Ink Publishing is an indie publishing company dedicated to our authors and their success as well as bringing our readers quality and entertaining reads in print and digital formats worldwide." Their use of publishing terminology is a tad dodgy. Five imprints and four books so far, three of which are poetry.  Offer "self-publishing services".  Pass.

Ink Monster: "We’re Publishers of New Adult Romance Books in the genres of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal and Urban Fantasy."  Looks more like a self-publishing team than a publisher seeking submissions. Which is a bit of a pity as they are the most promising one of the bunch.

Paper Lion Press: "I want edgy stuff. I want stuff that pushes boundaries, that calls privilege into question, that makes my skin crawl a bit when I read it." Not seeking fiction as such, but a quirky list of non-fiction that includes erotic memoirs and queer romance. Nothing in particular to recommend them yet, but they are carving out an interesting sort of niche.

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