Monday, February 11, 2019

Market: Caleo Press

Indie Co-op publisher Snowy Wings is opening an romance imprint: Caleo Press. The launch is meant to be in January but I can't seem to find a website for the yet.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


To be perfectly honest it blows my mind that people are offering romance novel ghostwriting work for  $1 per 1000 words--with a requirement for popular themes and conventional plot structure.  Even in the current market a good writer would do better going straight onto Amazon.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Proposed Copyright Rule

A rule is being proposed for small works such as blog posts and social media posts.  As follows:

The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to create a new group registration option for certain types of literary works. To qualify for this option, each work must contain at least 100 but no more than 17,500 words. The works must be created by the same individual, and that individual must be named as the copyright claimant for each work. The works must all be published online within a three-calendar-month period. If these requirements have been met, the applicant may submit up to 50 works with one application and one filing fee. The applicant must complete the online application designated for a “literary work” and upload a digital copy of each work. The Office will examine each work to determine if it contains a sufficient amount of creative authorship, and if the Office registers the claim, the registration will cover each work as a separate work of authorship. The Office invites comment on this proposal.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Review: JILTED by Lilah Suzanne (Interlude Press)

Objectively speaking, JILTED should be the kind of story I would enjoy.  A romance that starts with a bolting bride and is full of quirky queer characters.  If I described what happens in the book it would sound like a mash up of “Being Alexander: a Novel”, “The Bone People”, and the movie “Addicted to Love”, all of which I enjoyed.

Unfortunately, I found the actual prose strangely dispassionate.  The narrative is  omniscient for pages at a time, and when we see into Carter’s head he is always thinking and feeling basically the same things.  The humor, wit, and angst never seem to be quite sharp enough to pierce the overall impression of “meh”.

My rating reflects that there is nothing objectively less-than-competent about the book, but I simply cannot say that I really enjoyed reading it.

Review copy courtesy of NetGalley, 4/10

Fiery Seas Publishing Closed

Reliable sources report that Fiery Seas (2014-2018) ceased trading as of yesterday.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Market: Interlude Press

Interlude Press (2014--) (Imprint: Duet Books)

Genre: "LGBTQ general and romantic fiction."

[12/3/2018]  Seeking  --(Adult Fiction) Novels of 60,000-to-90,000 words in the following genres: contemporary, historical, romantic comedy, mystery/suspense, and romantic fiction. --contemporary, fantasy, and science fiction Young Adult novels of 60,000-to-80,000 words. Interlude Press --Short stories for anthology: Low-to-no angst, feel-good short stories for an upcoming YA anthology. Show us your best charming, quirky stories of teen friendship and/or romance of 7,500-to-15,000 words.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Louisiana DoC Banned Book Game

Here's a game for not quite all the family.  How many books have you read that are not permitted by the Louisiana Department of Corrections (books and booklets section starts on page 9)?

My score is 8

A Game of Thrones (George R R Martin), Bitten (Susie Bright), Death Note (Tsugumi Ohba), Dragon Masters Guide (Dungeons and Dragons), Ghost World (Daniel Clowes), Preacher (Ennis & Dillon), Story of O (Pauline Reage), Tarot for Beginners (P Scott Hollander)

Who can beat my score?  It's a long list so it shouldn't be difficult.  All those smutty stories and most of my strikes are comic books!