Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Deck chairs, the rearranging thereof?

Word at Romance Divas is that Mardi Gras Publishing is closing their young adult and mainstream lines and terminating all contracts in those genres on September 1st.


eRedSage exists! (and it is technically still July)

Sunday, July 29, 2007

A Tour of Selected Newbies with Mistress Emily

Rosa Romance, opened January 2007. They describe their genre as 'Hollywood romance' (TM) [inserted eye-rolling smiley here] with some detours into science fiction and... toddler's T-shirts. Presented as a division of an un-named film studio. The submission page ends with "Thank you for trusting us with your work!" after requiring a signed disclaimer that the author will not hold them responsible for producing work that just happens to bear a close resemblance any submission sent. So trust is indeed required. I am not implying an publisher is going to bother stealing manuscripts but this submission procedure is odd enough to put a few writers off IMHO and seems rather unecessary. No named owners or staff.

Mistress Emily says: Looks like some people associated in some way with TV or movies wanted to publish their own books. I wouldn't suggest other writers rush out and submit to them given their slim to nil profile and no evidence of good sales figures. But if you are in the movie or TV biz and write in that setting it might be worth looking into because new e-presses need a clear niche and they do seem to have one (but are there readers for it?).

That Erotic Pleasure's planned August 1st launch is already a delayed date. The website has many broken links, generic content and unattractive design. No ISBNs assigned to their books. No named owners or staff.

Mistress Emily says: Is that really the best name for a press they could come up with? I see nothing to recommend this press so far, in fact very little information at all. So I guess it is a matter of wait and see.

Modern Fantasies opened January 2007. Nice looking website but Modern Fantasies is presenting itself as a publisher while simultaneously soliciting authors and publishers "interested in print or other negotiation of rights". Maybe the owners are named if they are also the three named authors?

Mistress Emily says: color me confused.


I have been through between one and seven rounds of edits with each of my books. The variation is a little bemusing but not only do editors and publishers vary, so do my manuscripts. I think that going into the edits for your first book can be pretty scary. The process is unfamiliar and this is the first time someone has really messed with your work (that you couldn't just ignore). Then there is the random factor that in e-publishing the expertise of the editors varies immensely.

These days I don't have any problem doing many rounds of edits or making a substantial changes. But there are a few things that do strike me as good signs and bad signs.


1) Seeing the same editor again. Everyone has idiosyncrasies so a familiar editor is easier to work with. It also suggests the publisher is holding onto their staff and makes the whole process more predictable and open to informal negotiation without misunderstandings. If the relationship becomes a positive one that really increases my chances of submitting to that press again... especially if they actually email me personally and ask about future works.

2) The editor is in charge of the process. Many publishers have a second copyeditor, proofreader or (on the other end) senior editor involved in the process. If the main editor is in control and vets copyediting and controls all communication about edits between writer and publisher this will avoid embarrassing contradictions and repetition.

3) The edits are insightful and address more than spelling and grammar. Some writers may turn out a perfect product but I appreciate an editor with an eye for plotholes, inconsistencies and the overall effectiveness of the story.


1) Editors that lack basic skills in spelling and grammar. If the first page makes changes that insert obvious errors like the wrong 'there' I get a sinking feeling.

2) Edits arrive a few days before the release date. Editors are busy, but part time writers often have things going on too. A week, surely, is a reasonable period to be given? This also leaves some time to deal with issues that might come up that deal with the story not just the spelling and punctuation.

3) One thing that really can get on my nerves is if I question an edit and this is seen as being lazy or not respecting the publishers desire to make my work as good as possible. If I question an edit it is because I think that change would make the work worse, not better. I'd like that opinion to be heard and addressed. Sure, I am often wrong but one edit than renders a passage incomprehensible can sour a whole book.

But that's just me. Anyone else have things they love or hate about the editing process?

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Master of my (Internet) Domain?

So as the annual RWA kerfuffle wends on, with the redefinition of 'vanity', I wonder....

Whatever position one takes on the more traditional romance organizations like RWA and RT, does they really warrant the amount of commentary the blogverse provides? What if I simply no longer commented on either, or on the whole issue of people saying rude things on other blogs?

Is the latest round of romance organisation wagon-circling or most creative recent use of the word 'fucktard' really something you want to know about? It is obviously grist for the blog, but how important is it really in the process of writing, publishing and marketing erotic romance ebooks?

Friday, July 27, 2007

Do You?

Most e-publishers do not register copyright. In most countries this doesn't matter much as registration of copyright is neither necessary nor advantageous. In the US registration is necessary to sue for monetary damages if your work is plagiarised. For this reason most e-publishers either require or recommend that authors register copyrights

But do you?

a) yes
b) no
c) sometimes
d) copywhat?

For the RWA fix on the vanity defintion, see dearauthor

Thursday, July 26, 2007


I thought now would be a good time to explain why I wanted the acronym EREC. From our friend Wikipedia:

"Erec ends up travelling to a far off town where he meets and falls in love with Enide. Erec defeats Yder and marries his love."

Wuv! Twue wuv!

"Some time later, however, rumors spread that Erec has gone soft and neglected his knightly duties."

...Meaning they did nothing but make out all the time...

"He overhears Enide crying over these rumors, and apparently doubts her love and devotion. He orders her to prepare for a journey, and they set off to parts unknown. He commands her to be silent through the whole ordeal, but she disobeys her obstinate husband several times to warn him of danger."

...What a bossy alpha-dude. Oh well. A woman who can't shut up seems apt for a compulsive blogger... (especially one trying to warn of dangers)

"The couple face and overcome a number of adventures, and Enide's undying love allows Erec to prove himself capable of handling both his marital and public duties."

...a happy ending! Okay, a bit chauvinist, but never mind.

So, it seemed a good choice :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

To stop getting Shelfari spam click here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

So apparently somewhere on the big ass swan hat thread thangs got nasty and Dear Author and Smart Bitches are now doing a cross between a post mortem and a Frankenstein zap. If there is a general point to be made it is something like can-slash-should we be nice to each other. I think most of us know that answer to that. Those who don't are unlikely to have an epiphany soon. (Okay, except for the Jack booby thing, that was just mean and I am repentant). I am starting to wonder if the other approach might be delete comments that are personal insults and moooove right along? After all, people who start histrionics and cat fights generally love to continue them, but get bored and wander off when they stop.

Sunday, July 22, 2007


It looks like Felecia Mills is preparing for us for the imminent appearance of e-Red Sage (planned for this month!) with interviews at The Bradford Bunch and Dear Author -- and she is reportedly "extremely eager to acquire ebooks."

However the submission guidelines for this line are still not posted so I assume people are getting their info offline, making a best guess or submitting according to the print guidelines? Can anyone clue me in? As unlike many new presses Red Sage has an excellent springboard from which to launch an ebook imprint. I would love to be able to print their open call or submission guidelines.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Shelfari My Arse...

Well, we still have the G-rating so far LOL.

Like me you have probably got a lot of unintentional spam about Shelfari. My advice is, don't do it. But if you must, do some research first.

Shelfari advertises themselves as the first book-based social networking site. They aren't.

Shelfari has spamming your gmail contacts as the step right after signing up, making mistaken use of it common. Besides, that's asking people recommend a service they haven't even used yet.

Shelfari makes it easy to import your records from a competitor but impossible to export them back again.

Shelfari uses only Amazon's catalogue when competitors use multiple sites. Quite by coincidence Amazon is a part owner of Shelfari. (Yeah right, expect 'monetising' strategies very soon).

On the plus side they have a pretty 2.0 website, they are sparkling new and have a lot of (largely accidental) cheerleaders. Are we seeing the parallel here? ;)

If you happen to want to be part of a book-based social networking site you should... 1) think about what you want in such a site, 2) discover what sites are out there and 3) pick the best one... if you decide that is Shelfari please keep your finger off the INVITE button!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

An Astoundingly Bad Idea from Twolips reviews

"Beginning August 1st, we will be offering new services at TwoLips Reviews including leasing advertising space in our Under Cover Gallery, our Banner Balustrade and Guaranteed Reviews (with either our standard turnaround time or using our Expedited Review service)! ... For pricing information on our new services, please contact Kerin at Kerin @ TwoLipsReviews.com or simply use the Contact Us feature on our site."

I wrote about this issue a while back over at POD People.

Purging the TBR Pile

I was in one of those fugues where the TV was bad but I couldn't quite be bothered changing the channel. A man was explaining a common problem people have with their stock portfolios (I don't have stocks... I haven't even got a paid off credit card). Which is that when they need money the sell the good stocks and keep the bad ones. After the do this a few times they have no good stocks and all bad ones.

Which brings me to my 'To Be Read' pile. I pull things off it and read them--but I leave more and more on there. There are plenty of good books that I mean to read. But for some reason they just don't grab me. Does anyone else have this problem, a big stagnant TBR pile that needs a little clearing out and freshening up? Time to just let some of them go?

1. Cuffed by Candlelight, anthology -- I have read half of this so it stays. First story was great, second one is dragging but will soon be over and I have hopes for the third.

2. A Clash of Fangs by Roger Hyttinen A gay vampire book I can't get into. Who knew that was possible?

3. Reason to Believe by Jessica Inclan I tried for months to read this book. There is nothing wrong with it, the writing is good, the idea is okay, but every time I pick it up I am struck by the urge to alphabetise my soup cans instead. Go figure.

4. Muse by Leigh Ellwood I will read this at some point. This is not that point.

5. Pulling Strings by Jules Jones This stays. The problem with ebooks is I kind of forget which ones I have. This I can read.

6. Deep Down by Katherine D Jones I'm half way through and what started as a really good romance become a bad spy/CIA type novel where I kinda wished the villain would just shoot them.

7. In the Dark by Rob Graham Hmmm. This stays.

8. Vrolock by Nolene by Patricia Dougan This stays as I am reviewing it but I do not feel enthused.

9. Iridescent Invasion by Sapphire Phelan I've actually read this, yay! I just need to make time to write the review.

10. Master of Obsidian by Jamie Craig This stays

11. Brighid's Quest by PC Cast It opened with 15 pages of backstory, sorry.

12. Vampire in Sensible Shoes by Sasha Flynn Maybe I'll get back to it but it is not officially TBR anymore.

13. SummerWorld by Serdar Yegulalp Reading this now.

Okay, so that has opened up a few spots. Now all I need are some suggestions to help me fill it up again! How are your TBR piles looking? Read anything recently you'd recommend?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

What is Erotic Romance?

Apparently the RWA find it impossible to define. Writers don't seem to agree on a defintion and I really don't think we should get bogged down in this. (Blogged down, maybe)

An erotic romance is a story that is both erotica, and romance. (Not necessarily equally).

It has a love story with a happy ending.

It has sex scenes that aim to sexually arouse the reader.

Oh no, some might say. There must be a literary quality. Really? You think everything out there being reasonably considered erotic romance has pretences to be literature with artistic goals and great over-arching themes? I think not.

Oh no, it must also have a plot line that intrinsically involves sex, not just sex added in. In that case at least two of my books aren't erotic romance, just romance with sex. Do we really need to make that distinction other than to suggest I am some kind of pervert?

Okay, I am some kind of pervert but that is quite beside the point. Erotic romance is both romance and erotica and I see no need to be ashamed of either aspect--or to subordinate or excuse either under veils of artistic necessity and 'the plot made me do it.'

Sure, some people don't like gratuitous sex... and some people clearly seek it out. Some come more from an erotica background, some more from a romance motivation. But if there is one thing we should have learned in the latest kerfuffle it would be this. For each of us, what we like about erotic romance, or why we write it, is not necessarily the whole of the genre. Nor does the genre need protecting from those who are a little less refined or more kinky...

let's keep the definition inclusive?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Old Publishers are like Old Dogs

A: Last year Crone Publishing added errors to books, had all the covers drawn by a five year old and slipped into foul mouthed and paranoid tirades when asked for royalties that were due.

B: So, any news about them lately?

Repeat after me: the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. A new publisher is a mystery, but an old one is too--unless you do your research.

Bear in mind that one or two complaints are likely to be down to the author. And amicable debates about minor things like house style, website design and so on are actually a good sign. In terms of utter silence, rule one (see yesterday) still applies. The worst publishers may release books contingent on a gag order or keep unhappy authors silent with the help of a pack of AULs (authors of unquestioning loyalty).

First check out Preditors and Editors, Piers Anthony's website and forums such as Absolute Write and ERWF. Look for sales figures at Show Me the Money and EREC.

There are two types of publisher that will get a lot of positive hype, very good ones and very new ones with a fresh crowd of cheerleaders. The main difference is that good publishers get specific praise from their authors (include some of the old hacks), and favorable mentions from readers who are not authors.

But the only way to be sure is to make a few specific enquiries direct in private to the publisher and/or some of their authors. If you approach an author you have some connection to, share a forum or write in the same genre for example, they will almost always give you the real deal, although you may need to read between the lines a little. Do try and be aware of which authors also have a direct interest in the press--often under a different name.

Defensive or aggressive replies are instructive, unpleasant admittedly but it is better to be snarled at before signing any contracts than have things go sour afterwards. If you spend months or years writing a book a few days of market research is a good investment.

All this cynical talk about dogs may make me sound like a bitch ;) -- but a little caution helps authors find epublishers they will love as much as I love mine!

Monday, July 16, 2007

New Presses are Like New Puppies

Several times over the last few months I have seen exchanges like these.

A: Have you heard anything bad about Nouvelle publishing?
B: They have been open for seven minutes and don’t disclose who is running the place.
A: So they are all right then?

Repeat after me: Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence. New presses simply haven’t had time to be bad yet. It is easy to assume a new epress will soon become the next Ellora’s Cave or Liquid Silver Books—but the odds are they will actually be the next casualty in the dead market’s list leaving a legacy of acrimony as the surviving staff and writers scuttle in all directions seeking the shelter of other houses. Or, if I am less cynical, they will join the ranks of the fifty or more less scintillating epublishers offering single or double figure sales.

New publishers can be fine if you are after someone keen or who has an approach genuinely lacking in any of the established publishers—and your expectations are in step with what novice houses can be expected to achieve. Most ebooks make most of their money in the first few months--and ebook readers generally shop by publisher. Selling to a new press pretty much guarantees that your book will release before any readership has built up.

How do you know an older publisher is any better? 1) If they have books released that are high quality, well edited and well presented. 2) Available reports suggest not just good sales but report figures and Googling produces readers chatting about their books not just authors and fluff reviewers. 3) A publisher that has already been open for at least two years has a much better chance of stilling being open in two more years.

New presses a good bet if they are run by people who are highly qualified and have successful, directly relevant experience (they have a pedigree), and they apt to repay your leap of faith with long term investment in your career (they are loyal). But I must note—most epublishers treat new and old authors pretty much the same so you could get the same deal without any down side by jumping on the bandwagon later (it's called 'cupboard love').

Am I discriminating against new press? Yes, I am. The simple fact is that a press that had been around a while tends to leave some evidence as to its conduct—good or bad. A new press is like a new puppy, cute and frisky, but more often than not destined to make a few ‘mistakes’. Your book doesn’t need to be one of them.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Toxic Blogging

I was reading the editor's letter in Jane magazine which brushed against the issue of toxic blogging and concluded:

"So, I propose we get away from these hateful comments and toxic blogging and just enjoy the summer ... Come fall, everyone will be so chilled out that hopefully they'll think twice before calling someone a 'fucktard'."

Of course what makes this ironic is that Jane magazine has now folded. (But I like Flight of the Concords).

Writers are often told to be 'professional' online. Professional, in this context, seems to mean Harlequin-wants-you-for-a-sunbeam, with impeccable spelling and grammar to boot. Maybe they are right but the person I am online is more or less the person I have. I don't say negative things to amuse and draw in readers. I try, as a rule, not to say negative things about individuals but I will (as you may notice) very occasionally dis influential organisations.

I think that Jane magazine may have missed the difference between pandering to negativity and commenting on the world as it is like a real person with real opinions--the difference between negativity and honesty is intent. And okay, I feel myself drifting more towards venting than informing in recent posts and I will need to keep an eye on that....

In the mean time, if you are in the US watch Flight of the Concords they rock. Well, not literally, of course. But they certainly do cheer me up.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


The Red Sage e-book imprint site has reportedly been up intermittently but is down now. If you manage to see it, please let me know!

Two Lips reviews is reportedly offering guaranteed and expedited reviews, for a price. Can anyone confirm?

Edited to add: a-ha, thanks Dionne. See here. "Red Sage is known as The Leader in Erotic Romance fiction". U-huh. I'm not touching that. (Holy erratic capitalization, Batman)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Attempting a List of Dropped Publishers

Re: publishers no long qualifying for "official publisher participation" at RWA cons [proxy recognition]. If you have news, please share.

* Ellora's Cave (from Jane, Dearauthor.com, unofficial, and I am only guessing what this terse message means?--also see here)

* Samhain (from Angela, Samhain, posted here unofficial in that it is not confirmed by RWA)

* June Editor Paula Juran suggests that St. Martin's would not qualify.

There are various rumours about the 'vanity' definition and whether it will be applied as literally described. The $1000 advance requirement, however, seems firm. Quite coincidentally ebooks tend to earn only through royalties. Of course I would like to hear whether this is affecting formerly recognised print presses that pay lower advances than this.

Here, for reference, is the list of recognised publishers:

Avalon Books
Avon Books
Baker Book House
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Barbour Publishing, Inc. & Heartsong Pocket Books
BelleBooks [?]
Bethany House
Brilliance Audio
Broadman & Holman
Cook Communications Ministries
Crossings Book Club
Dorchester Publishing
Ellora's Cave [?]
Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books)
Granite Publishing
Harlequin Enterprises
HarperCollins/HarperCollins Children's Books
Harvest House
Hodder Headline Publishing Group
Howard Publishing
Hyperion Books for Children
Kensington Publishing Corp.
Kregel Publications
Llewellyn Worldwide
Loose Id, LLC
Loveland Press
Medallion Press
Multnomah Publishers (Random House)
New American Library (NAL)
Premium Press America
Red Sage Publishing
Samhain Publishing [?]
Severn House
Sourcebooks, Inc.
St. Martin's Press [?]
Thomas Nelson
Triskelion Publishing
Tyndale House Publishers
Virgin Books Ltd.

p.s. on the issue of: "After extensive discussion, the Board decided not to add an erotic romance category to the contests due in part to the inherently indefinable nature of erotic romance."

It's a romance with sex scenes. Love + HEA + fornication. Now was that so hard?

This post at AbsoulteWrite is gold.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Changes at Cacoethes

"What are Cacoethes Publishing House’s contract terms? Please note that a full contract will be supplied for review upon acceptance of a story. However, royalties are 40% for digital releases and 35% for print books. The length of grant of publishing rights is the full term of your given contract. This includes digital, print, audio, translation, and secondary/subsidiary rights. Royalty payments are quarterly."

So, from wanting more rights than they could possibly use for the length of the copy right to wanting them for no specified standard term. Because, um, that's obviously more kosher.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Intrepid Epress

I saw their post looking for submissions on June 21st, now they are gone. 21 days must be a record even on the scale of epublisher lifespans?

Re: RWA's recent decision

In 1851 a great women's rights advocate called Sojourner Truth said the following:

...they talk about this thing in the head ... [intellect] ... What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

For too long the debate has been mired in the issue whether epublishing is 'as good as' print publishing. You know what, I'd guess that on average it sure isn't--if you define 'good' as mainly an issue of money. I guess the average ebook by a reputable press earns much less than half the amount of the average book from a reputable print press.

But that isn't the point. Ebook writers are writers, our checks cash the same as anyone else's. Epublishers are real publishers, some good and some bad like in any industry. Back in March I said "I give the RWA their due, but the fears of ebook authors that being "aligned definitionally" may be an experience akin to defenestration is not entirely irrational given RWA's history." And lo, it has come to pass.

By effectively defining epublishers as vanity presses RWA shows clearly that they are not about protecting writers' interests and being fair, they are about attacking the kinds of publishing they deem innately inferior. My response? I mean to keep my little half measure full, so my opinion of RWA can be summarised in one and a half inelegant words.


(There goes the blog's G rating, I guess)
"Commencing with RWA's 2008 National Conference, for official publisher participation, a romance publisher must verify to RWA that it: (1) is not a Subsidy Publisher or Vanity Publisher; (2) has been releasing romance novels via national distribution for no fewer than three years, with no fewer than two full-length romance novels or novel-length romance anthologies published in each of three
consecutive years; (3) provides per book advances of at least $1,000 for all books; and (4) pays all authors participating in an anthology an advance of at least $500."

"3. The Board updated the definition of Subsidy Publisher or Vanity Publisher to: âEURoeany publisher that publishes books in which the author participates in the cost of production or distribution in any manner, including publisher assessment of a fee or other costs for editing and/or distribution.âEUR This definition includes publishers who withhold or seek full or partial payment of reimbursement of publication or distribution costs before paying royalties, including payment of paper, printing, binding, production, sales or marketing costs; publishers whose authors exclusively promote and/or sell their own books; publishers whose primary means of offering books for sale is through a publisher-generated Web site; publishers whose list is comprised of 50% or more of its books written by authors who are principals in the publishing company; and publishers whose business model and methods of publishing are primarily directed toward sales to the author, his/her relatives and associates."

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

In case anyone missed this:

Racism In Publishing, How Does It Affect You?

Are you an African American author who’s been published for at least one year? If so Karen Scott wants to hear from you.

She’s conducting a survey based on the racism within the publishing industry, and whether or not it’s as prevalent as some believe. She’s looking for black or African American authors who have been published for at least one year.

She would like to know about your specific experiences within the industry thus far. She wants to know how AA authors feel about the current shelving policies, and niche marketing. She wants to know who you feel is to blame for the problems that you face. She also wants your suggestions on how things can be improved upon.

In all, there are twenty questions in the survey, and all that she asks is that people be as honest as possible. Confidentiality is assured if requested, but for the findings to yield more weight, she would request that she be granted permission to directly quote from the answers given by the authors.

She’s hoping to poll at least 100 AA authors, in an effort to ensure that a fair representation is achieved.

If enough authors agree to partcipate, (and depending on the findings) the results may well be sent to representatives within media and press. No promises that Oprah will hear about it, but all efforts will be made to get the message out.

If there are AA authors out there interested in participating in this poll, please e-mail Karen at hairylemony @ gmail. com (without the spaces) with the subject header ‘Please send me the survey'.

The deadline for the survey to be completed and returned to Karen is March 1st 2007
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p.s. RWA has a redesigned website--it doesn't work too well on my 1280 wide screen but otherswise kinda nice in a girly way :)

Also, more signs of problems at Margi Gras are apparent in this thread at Romance Divas. Mardi Gras' Teresa offered to send me some info a few weeks back but it hasn't turned up so far.

Saturday, July 07, 2007


It has been reported that influential historical romance writer Kathleen E Woodiwiss passed away recently.

Please note this warning about Books Unbound E-Publishing.

Friday, July 06, 2007

So, um, good luck with that then.

From Double Dragon e-books:

We are eagerly searching for EROTIC LITERATURE which will meet the submission guidelines of our sister company, Carnal Desires Publishing.

Carnal Desires Publishing is a new Double Dragon Publishing company that will aggressively market your title. While being primarily an eBook publishing house, plans are in place to release in the mass market format, titles that reach a certain level of gross sales within the eBook market and have the potential to go further.

It is our goal to make Carnal Desires Publishing a multi-million dollar venture within the next 5 years! If you have an erotic story that you would like published, please consider visiting www.carnaldesirespublishing.com to view her submission guidelines. Our Grand Opening is scheduled for October 2007, but we will start reviewing submissions on September 1st 2007.

Authors of erotic romance : we will welcome your submissions on September 1, 2007!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Not going to Nationals? Don't worry...Romance Divas is doing the next best thing!

Romance Divas announces the first annual "Not Going to Nationals Cyber Conference" from July 11-15, righton the forum. Best of all, it's FREE!

Just register for Romance Divas--membership is free, you just need to sign up! www.romancedivas.com if you have trouble with registration email night.diva.maria (at) gmail (dot) com

There will be workshops, Q&As, and giveaways each day. All you have to do is participate!!!!


July 11:
Workshop: PC Cast and Kristin Cast (topic TBA)PCCast.net
Q&A: Erotic romance with Portia da Costa and Madelynne Ellis PortiaDaCosta.com

July 12:
Workshop: Book Signing 101: Tips to Help Make your Signing a Success by Jackie Kessler JackieKessler.com
Q&A: Legal Issues for Writers by Amanda Brice AmandaBrice.com

July 13:
Workshop: What to Expect After You Sign the Contract by Marley Gibson MarleyGibson.com
Q&A: TBA (either with an agent from the Larsen-Pomada Agency or a panel on multi-cultural romance)

July 14:
Workshop: Sasha White (topic TBA) http://www.sashawhite.net/
Q&A: How To Write Both YA and Adult Romance by Berta Platas BertaPlatas.com

July 15:
Workshop: Trim That Fatty Writing! by Rhonda Stapleton RhondaStapleton.net>
Q&A: TBA (either with an agent from the Larsen-Pomada Agency or a panel on multi-cultural romance)

We also have loads of great giveaways, including books, critiques, coaching, and more!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

File under yet another e-publisher with a unpronounceable Celtic name.... ;)

Cacoethes Publishing

Please note: "The length of grant of publishing rights is the full term of copyright. This includes digital, print, audio, translation, and secondary/subsidiary rights."

This is non-standard. Long term of rights, asking for rights that it is not clear they can exploit--a grab. The suggestion that they can pay 35% royalties on print books strikes me as implausible.

That's just my take on it so far. if you know more, please share.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Making Time to Read

I know we all have limited time, and time you spend doing anything else is time you don't spend writing. But all the same, I think it's good to keep reading. It reminds you why writing is such a wonderful art, helps you keep in touch with what is being published and is a damn good way to relax.

When I was a student I would get up early just to have a cup of coffee and read a few chapters. Now I slip it in at lunchtime and during the after work dog walk. I probably only fit in a few chapters on the average day but it's enough to get through a book every week or so.

Are you getting your reading done, and if so when do you fit it in?

Sunday, July 01, 2007

[Contest] Desdmona's Sixties Erotic Stories

Desdmona is running another contest and, as always, there are no fees and the prize money is really good. Entries are due July 15th. For the full scoop including rules, visit Desdmona.com. Here are the basics:

It’s the Sixties, and the times, they are a-changing.

It’s the decade that brought us the Beatles, Vietnam, the first walk on the Moon, and LSD. Birth control pill use becomes wide-spread, enabling millions of women to participate more actively outside the home. It is the Summer of Love and Woodstock; war protests, the Civil Rights movement and the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, Malcom X, Martin Luther King, and Che Guevara.

The wind of change is blowing through the world, and we want you write about it.

We want your original, erotic stories about the Sixties. Set it any time between 1960 and 1969, keep the word count under 3500 words, and make it super-sexy, man.

Desdmona’s 2007 Sixties Erotica Contest is an erotic short story contest. Stories must be 3500 words or less. There is no entry fee. Only one story is allowed per author. Stories must be received by Sunday, July 15, 2007. Prizes will be awarded to the judges’ three favorite stories:

First prize: $500
Second prize: $250
Third prize: $125

Honorable mention prizes of $40 will be awarded at the discretion of desdmona.com and the judges.

Winners will be picked by our judges and will be based on quality of writing, erotic appeal, originality, and adherence to contest theme. Please, be imaginative! The winning stories and honorable mentions will be displayed on desdmona.com on Wednesday, August 1, 2007.