Monday, February 28, 2011

MARKET MONDAY: Kwela/Sapphire Press

Sapphire Press (the romance imprint for Kwela) published short romances set in South Africa.  Submission requirements are detailed (see here).


Tease Publishing

"...established in June of 2007 by Tonya Nagle, Tabbitha Norris, and Stacee Sierra"

Publisher of "quality womens fiction".

Okay he's cute, but....

I am getting a little sick of seeing him everywhere....

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I can't believe it's not Fabio

I shall call him... Mini-Me
 Fabio has been replaced as the face of 'I Can't Believe it's not Butter.'  General Hospital actor Greg Vaughan was quite literally crowned as his successor.  He lacks a little, um, stature in comparison.

Personally, I'd have stuck with Fabio.  He looks pretty good and he can only be in his early 50's, which is not over the hill in modern terms.

But--and I know many would count this as sacrilege--it might be time to update that haircut.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


    treats! Magazine: Yes, this is clearly different
     from the  usual sort of skinny, shaved, white,
    pseudo-lesbian, objectifying softcore pinup.
     No, wait....
  • Does M/M mean erotic romance?: "A rape fantasy fiction book has made the rounds and started up the controversy of labeling, warnings, and what is romance exactly." [three am]
  • No more romance in Warehouse 13?: "It may be a mistake to remove the romance from Warehouse 13; for one thing my wife will probably stop watching it with me, which always makes a show more difficult to keep up with." [TG]
  • Fans of romance novel One Day complain over movie lead: "The problem is if you cast Hathaway as Emma, think how preposterously good-looking Dexter is going to have to be. All of a sudden the whole thing is a tad unbelievable and insincere." [Mail Online]
  • treats! Magazine Launches with Oscar Week Premiere Issue Event: “I was inspired to create a never-before-seen publication in the U.S—aimed at a sophisticated and creative unisex audience—that artistically captures and celebrates the beauty of women as nature made them, without the demeaning harshness of how other mainstream outlets have portrayed them.” [BusinessWire]

Weekend RoundUp

I find it interesting how many debut authors, especially self-publishing or with small presses, basically describe as being 'like romance fiction but better'.  For example Orton Malborne apparently described her books as an  “improved version of a standard romance”.  Do they not hear how this comes out as a put down to their writing peers?  Also when I went to the publisher to see how the book had improved the genre, I couldn't even find it!

I will admit I just cannot get my head around a manga called The Millionaire's Pregnant Mistress.  I assumed that Harlequin manga would still have stories that are .... manga-like? How many people really want a classic Harlequin story line with manga stylings?  Is that a bit like trying to sell bacon flavored ice-cream? It may be novel, it may even be good--but how many people are really ever going to buy it?

The finalists in the romance category of the Whitney Awards (for mormon/LDS fiction) are Courting Miss Lancaster (Covenant Communications), Cross My Heart (Covenant Communications),  The Legend of Shannonderry (Covenant Communications),  Luck of the Draw (Bonneville), and Meg’s Melody (Cedar Fort).

Message to the blog 'Death by a Thousand Papercuts'.  I wanted to link to one of your book reviews and send you some traffic.  but your blog redirected me after a few seconds to another page with auto-playing sound.  That is totally not cool.  I tried several times and couldn;t even stay on the page long enough to finish reading the review.

Also, while I am at it, to Suite 101: I cut and past a title from one of your pages for the purpose of adding a link to you.  So adding almost 200 words to my attempt to cut and past four words is just obnoxious and hostile.   [/rant]

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Heroes and Heartbreakers

Macmillan has opened Heroes and Heartbreakers: "your new go-to site for all things involving historical and paranormal romance, urban fantasy and more!"

I guess this is meant to be some kind of online community hub with a blog and forums. IMHO, I don't know what it offers that isn't already available from other sites that draw from lots of different publishers.

Monday, February 21, 2011

MARKET MONDAY: Moon Mistress

Moon Mistress: epublisher of dark erotic romance.

"On the whole we are seeking ONLY stories that are 70,000 words or under (give or take a few hundred) and in which the main relationship is male/female."

MARKET MONDAY: Forbidden Fiction

Forbidden Fiction is an erotica publisher seeking transgressive material. They are ostensibly a 'by invitation only' publisher but the invitation includes a request to send them the contact information of other authors "whose writing you think would fit with us."

The seem to be another cause of a confusing hybrid model that includes a free web serial with a 'buy now' option for the full novel, as well as a fee-charging members only website.  So a customer can read the serial daily fee, buy the book, or buy a membership that gives access to all the books.

The member website also intended to allow/host fanfiction based on the books which is an... unusual idea.  And they seem to see their main competition for material as being self-publishing, not other publishers.  ("We know that many authors can self-publish, but the time you spend designing the book format and cover, selling the book and all the technical aspects can take valuable time away from your writing.")

I have to say that if this works it will be fresh, innovative and kind of exciting.  If it doesn't it will be a hot mess.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Audiolark's New Contract

Audiolark recently posted on their blog: Self-Publish and Still Have it All.  As best as I can understand, what this means is that they are not going to use Kindle for their ebooks, but the author can use the finished ebook, cover, blurb etc and self-publish it on Kindle. 

This is framed as a gift to the author, which I suppose it is.  However I suspect there is another reason perhaps relating to Amazons pricing structure for Kindle editions and requirement for matched pricing in all other sales channels?

When I submitted to Audiolark they were an audiobook publisher.  Now they seem to produce audiobook, ebooks, offer fee-based audiobooks and editing services and, of all things, help students write college application essays.  Now they are phrasing their passing of the Kindle channel to the authors as a form of self-publishing--rather than just a retraction of the rights taken and expansion of the rights given to the author--probably for reasons of mutual benefit (if they are a canny business, I would certainly hope so).

Warning: I am probably going to sound like a bitch now.  But how about an publisher just being a publisher?  Agents want to be publishers, publishers want to be bookstores, bookstores are going broke.  Whatever happened to a company doing one thing, or at least one thing per website, and doing it well?

Friday, February 18, 2011

News: Borders Bounces Checks

The bad news continues with some Borders employees reporting that their paychecks are bouncing. This includes recently laid off workers who need every dollar they can get.  Borders acknowledges the error and states that "Borders sincerely apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused and will reimburse any banking fees incurred as a result."  However employees who were fired, some without notice and with immediate effect, might be forgiven for believing it only when they see it.  With Borders phone line failing to cope with demand, employees and former employees experiencing troubles with their checks may find the best and most up to date information at the LiveJournal account: IWorkat Borders.

If at first you don't succeed...

According to this article about the River City Romance Writers Chapter of Romance Writers of America:  "PRO means you have a completed manuscript and sent it to at least one editor/agent/publisher and it has been rejected." If you have completed and submitted a manuscript, and it is accepted, you presumably remain an amateur.

Assuming this was a typo I looked up the definition, but no, it was quite correct.  "PRO was created to serve RWA members who are pursuing publication, but are still waiting for "the call" from a publisher."  As opposed to PAN (Published Authors Network).

But what on earth is PRO meant to stand for?  Please Renew with our Organization? Politely Remain Outside?

Even More From (the Late) Barbara Cartland

Barbara Cartland wrote an estimated 700 published books, and her son has discovered that she also possessed 160 completed but unpublished manuscripts.    They will now be made available monthly as the "The Pink Collection".

Now that's an estate that keeps on giving!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Etailing Dream

So, yet another epublisher has gotten into the etailing business.  Extasy Books has aquired Trapezium eBooks. Have you ever heard of Trapezium Books before?  No, me neither.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Xcite Consolidates Retail Sites

And the latest epublisher to morph into a web-store is... Xcite., will launch on March 1st. Xcite are, themselves, an erotica publisher, but apparently see more potential in casting a wider net as a retailer of both "romance and erotica".


MARKET MONDAY: Beachwalk Press

"Beachwalk Press is accepting submissions of all subgenres of romance. We are only accepting works with a rating of “sensual” or higher. We are not accepting “sweet” romances. We are accepting manuscripts of no less than 15,000 words and no more than 75,000 words."

Opening in "Summer" 2011.

MARKET MONDAY: Black Label Books

Open for the first time today, Black Label Books is "A small e-publisher of short stories and novellas" (1,500-20,000 wds) run by Julie Fletcher and Julia Temlyn.  They accept submissions in most genres including romance and erotica, with one open call in the area of horror.

Bulletin: Changes at Harlequin Nocturne

Harlequin Nocturne Bites is becoming Nocturne Cravings with new length and content guidelines..

Saturday, February 12, 2011


  • A porn channel for women blossoms: "Dusk, the Dutch TV channel ... claims to be the first in Europe providing non-stop pornography and erotica targeted at a female audience."
  • What women want: Gay male romance novels: "Regardless of the genre’s literary pretensions and its growing appeal with readers, m/m romantic fiction has yet to clear a big hurdle: getting onto Wal-Mart shelves." 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Borders Bankruptcy Imminent

"Borders Group Inc. is in the final stages of preparing a bankruptcy filing after failing to persuade publishers and others to go along with a plan to refinance the troubled bookstore chain's debt ... Borders Group Inc. may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as early as Monday or Tuesday"

"Entertainment retailer Borders said it fully intended to stay in business, despite widespread reports that it may be preparing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing."
[RetailWeek, Feb 11]

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Samhain Ebook Hits Mainstream Bestseller Lists

"My digital only release of Colters’ Daughter hit the USA Today bestseller list AND it also hit the NYT ebook bestseller list."

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Who's Next?

So I have finally transferred and checked the Publisher List.  Now it is time to update it.  Boy, there must be twenty or more new erotic romance epublishers to add. Any suggestions as to which ones I should do first? Like, which ones are good markets--and which ones are so bad I need to post a warning?

Monday, February 07, 2011


MARKET MONDAY: Rebel Ink Press

Rebel Ink Press (Facebook)

"We are currently accepting all genres of Romance and prefer stories that feature happily-ever-after endings." (As opposed to those romances where everyone dies at the end, I suppose...)

"Commission on e-book sales is 30%. Please keep in mind that commission is based off the actual amount that Rebel Ink Press receives and not the listed price." (a.k.a. "net"?)

"Rebel Ink Press is currently accepting US Authors. At this time, we are not accepting authors from any other countries." (Because...?)

See also:

MARKET MONDAY: Romance at Heart Publication

Romance at Heart Publications

"Romance At Heart Publications is open to most genres of both romantic and erotic women's fiction."

"Publisher: Rose Brungard ... Editor-in-Chief: Debbie Herald"


File sharing site, Astatalk, was down for several days and has reappeared with the following message:

"Dear Astatalkers,
posting of Fiction related releases (downloads) is strictly forbidden because in most cases it turns to the problems for copyright owners.

Everyone who creates fiction related release/request will be banned.

Thank you for understanding"

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Are we being Punked?

Untreed Reads, Lyrical Press, Phaze, Mundania, Loose Id, Samhain and Circlet Press are all looking for steampunk.  Personally I am a fan, but I still have to wonder.  A while back it was all tarot and rune themes, but did they sell very well? Are all the 'punk calls another case of themes that appeal to editors, but may not be so popular with actual readers? Will steampunk be popular enough for all of these anthologies, lines and new acquisitions to sell well?


Borders is starting to look really shaky. In a world were a share price of $1 is a bottom line to be taken seriously, Borders shares are hovering down around 40c.

Red Rose Publishing is on the 'not recommended' list--and continues to live down to its reputation.  They are reported to: charge a termination fee contrary to what is specified in the contract, and to retain author royalties to pay for this fee. [see AW]

Friday, February 04, 2011


  • An Open Letter to My Local Bookseller : Frankly I agree.  I have decided to free up mental and wallet space and just pay more for my books.  So how do I stop wasting time talking about loyalty cards.  Would it help if I made a badge saying "do not ask me about your loyalty program".
  • Edited to add: I missed that this story is from 2001: Sex Author Has a Bright Idea: Erotica maven Susue Bright is self-publishing.  But the spin is dizzying.  "Bright is only one of three bestselling authors, along with Stephen King and marketing guru Seth Godin, to publish an e-book on the Web completely on their own." Really?
  • Ready to Star in Your Own Same-Sex Vampire Romance Novel?: Even 'Book By You' has discovered M/M.  When will major print publishers and chain stores?

Thursday, February 03, 2011

MARKET: Choc Lit Publishing

Choc Lit is a UK-based press "specialising in quality women’s fiction with romantic content, where the writing clearly develops the hero’s point of view." They are currently seeking historical and paranormal romance.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Purple Sword

Purple Sword Productions specialises in romance and romance with speculattive fiction elements. They are invitation-only, no queries or submissions accepted.