Thursday, March 14, 2019

F+W Media (incl. Reader Digest) Files for Bankruptcy

After a failed attempt to move their focus from subscription publications to online retailing, F + W ended up in debt.  The profitable publications in their stable will be sold off, but many of the smaller ones might be coming to an end.

Some indication of why they can't effectively modernize can be seen on their website where their products are divided by gender where Men "explore, build and collect" while Women are "creatives and artists".  FFS.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Excessica closed to Submissions

I missed this announcement when it first came out, but Excessica is closed to submissions for the foreseeable future.  See this thread for more information.

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.