Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Plagiarized Love

It seems that the latest prolific plagiarist to be uncovered is Cristiane "Cris" Serruya (#CopyPasteCris).  

Courtney Milan has posted a thorough explanation.  Other authors have now found their work in Serruya's books including Courtney Milan, Victoria Alexander, Bella Andre, Christa Caldwell, Loretta Chase, Kresley Cole, Tessa Dare, Lynne Graham, Abby Green, Lisa Kleypas, Karen Marie Moning, Trish Morey, Alys Murray, and Nora Roberts.

Ethics aside, in a digitally connected world this shit won't work for very long, so why even bother?

Cris is claiming "Fiverr ghostwriters running amok" as her defense.  To a largely skeptical response because, well shit, who wouldn't copyscape or otherwise check ghostwritten work these days? (And if this is true she submitted ghostwritten work to the RITAs.)

Monday, February 18, 2019

REVIEW Badlands by Morgan Brice (Darkwind Press)

There is a lot about BADLANDS that will be very familiar to any reader of m/m romance and/or psychic crime fiction. I was not overly hopeful when the first two chapters were taken up by our heroes wandering around and providing exposition about their tragic pasts.

These backstories were vital to the romance but it felt like I was jumping into the second book in a series because so much had gone on before the book started and so little actually happened in the first two chapters.

Fortunately the relationship and the murder mystery took of with a hiss and a roar (and quite a lot of angst) from chapter three on.  The story was enjoyable but hung on half a dozen TSTL moments shared equally between both characters.

If you want an angsty m/m romance blended with an 80s style psychic-helps-cop serial killer plot, this is the book for you.  It feels like a set up for a series but I am not sure it has the momentum to support one unless the author has some some major plot twists held in reserve.

7/10

MARKET Sapphire Book Publishing

Sapphire Book Publishing (2010-- )
Genre: Lesbian non-fiction and fiction including romance

Sapphire published lesbian fiction in all genres including romance.  Submissions are only accepted during open submission periods which can be checked here.

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

"Ghostwriting"

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