Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Boroughs Publishing: Smoke Signals

Boroughs Publishing was established in 2011 and began accepting romance in 2015 under the guidance of editor-in-chief Chris Keesler (previously an editor at Dorchester).  In September of 2017 Keeslar made a very low key exit from that position. Sporadic bad reports from authors have appeared at sites such as Piers Anthony. Even taking into account that no company, no matter how great, avoids getting a few bad reviews, this does seem to building into a mixed--trending bad--picture.

See also
Writers and Authors: Avoid Boroughs Publishing Group! [Jan, 2015]

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Writers.work

Writers.work is the latest company trying to sell access to a website with work for freelance writers.  Their advertising has many hard sell features; an looong animated intro, pop-ups saying other people are signing up, and social media ads to encourage well meaning people to tag every friend who every strung a few words together.  All of this presents freelancing as a way for any semi-literate person to make piles of money.  The disclaimers come late and any mention of the $47 fee comes right at the end. An amount just small enough that writer's with buyers remorse won't waste any more time pursuing a refund.

Freelancing is not different from other writing.  Yog's Law applies: "Money should flow toward the author." 

Friday, May 04, 2018

The Definition of "Cocky"

Faleena Hopkins is a big fan of the word "cocky".  Its a catchy word and looks great on her covers.  But she seems to be under the impression that you can trademark a word that is in the dictionary, and stop other people from using it. 

The goss is that she is sending trademark infringement notices to any other romance author with "cocky" in the title. I doubt she could win that one in court or would gain anything by trying; so I hope these intimidation tactic do not work. 

Erotic romancelandia! Do not cede your right to cockiness of any kind!.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Rebel Ink Press 2011-2018

Rebel Ink Press is closing June 30, 2018.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Ebooks as Ephemera

The Copyright Office is currently in the process of finalizing their rule defining which books are mandatory for a publisher to deposit one copy with the Library of Congress.  This rule, with a few minor exceptions, continues to exclude all electronic-only books from this requirement.

While applying any such requirement to e-books would place a regulatory burden on publishers, the exclusion of e-books is a lingering encoding of the opinion that they are, fundamentally, not "really" books.  The alternative being LOC developing a simple system for electronically submitting and digitally storing all ebooks newly published in the United States. 

The last posting of this rule received all of 15 comments, none of them from representatives of e-publishing, and the current Federal Register Notice has so far received zero comments.  Is electronic publishing asleep at the wheel when it comes to managing our history and our legacy?