Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Oh Noes!

Juli Slatterly, who is totally a psychologist (specifically a "Christian psychologist", whatever the hell that means) says romance books are as addictive for women as porn is for men. Which probably means erotic romance is like a viscous speedball and we are all pushers.

Apparently romance fiction makes women disappointed that their real husband is not, in fact, a vampire Highlander from Mars with a twelve inch member. As a result they run off to Vegas and start selling themselves on street corners to pay for their Harlequin habit. Or even, God-literally-forbid, not getting married at all.

Or so reports Kimberly Sayer Giles from "Bountiful Utah". So, no agenda there then.

Not a Market

You know, I have to draw the line somewhere.  Urban Fantasy Publishing is not a market, it's barely a blog. On top of that they are seeking to publish fanfiction.  Genius. Not that they seem to be seeking submissions anyway.  I am guessing this is a one person publisher.

Monday, May 30, 2011


Would you submit a complete manuscript to an unnamed new romance publisher advertising on Craigslist? I mean, what could go wrong?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Making Your Bed: Sharpe and Random House exclude Agent for Epublishing Deal.

Agents who also act as epublishers might find this story instructive.  Random House was interested in epublishing Tom Sharpe's backlist.  Did they contact his agent-slash-epublisher Sonya Land?  Like hell they did. She is essentially competition for this function, not a facilitator. They went straight to the author and struck a deal.

Protests by the president of Association of Authors Agents and Land herself strike me as frankly naive. When the agents stops acting soley in the interests of the client, and develops their own interests as a publisher, the old rules and courtesies go out the window.   By making a grab for the 50% cut of a publisher you put at risk your 15% cut as an agent and risk being left out in he cold. Boo-fracking-hoo.

Keep in mind that Land did not involve Random House when grabbing the digital rights to the Catherine Cookson's books (that they release in print), and releasing them under her own 'Peach Publishing' imprint. (And in my opinion if you compare Peach Publishing's digital work with Random House's the latter does a far better job).  Land also mentioned Sharpe as another author she might do the same with.

Sharpe, it seems, had other ideas.Good for him, I say.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

All Romance Ebooks Sales

"We are offering a 50% Rebate on all purchase made via Paypal or Credit Card between 12:01 am on 5/28/11 and 11:59 pm on 5/30/11 (US/Central) ... The Retail Price of all of the works on the site remain the same as previously set by the publisher. Customers will be paying full price and your commissions will be paid off of that full price as usual. The cost of the promotion is being carried by all romance."

Edited to add, apparently the rebate is in store credit only.  This could be clearer in the announcement IMHO.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Market: Soul Mate Publishing

Soul Mate Publishing is a romance publisher that will open in October 2011.

"We are actively seeking authors who can tell an exciting story and aren’t afraid to venture into new territory. We encourage novels that are original and blur the genre lines."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Furry Soda

These aren't new ads but I only just came across them. More from Orangina's furry campaign.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Market: Melodrama Publishing

Melodrama Publishing accepts a range of genres including erotic fiction and relationship drama. Going by the covers (which are very nice) I am thinking they have a focus on African American heroines.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Love and Pillows

Body pillows are basically double-long pillows. And your can get a range of rather explicit manga pillowcases for them. Some men apparently get rather, um, attached to them--up to and including marriage.

The options for male pillows are limited... and a bit more overt. I think I detect a gap in the market. No, wait, you can already get a male 'hug' pillow that comes with, um, an attachment.

Rule 34 strikes again.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Market: Black Opal Books

Black Opal Books seems to be yet another romance epublisher. They also seem to have in house reviewers, which strikes me as seriously dodgy. But then, these days conflict of interest is the name of the game....

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Market: Razor's Edge Press

Razor's Edge Press is seeking: "Contemporary Single Session short stories, including Dark Desires, Cougar Seduction, Capture Fantasy, Vampires, Werewolves, Shifters, and BDSM." They specialize in short stories.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Deep, what, where now...?

I do kind of like romance about chefs. It's a voyeuristic thing because I don't cook. But then I don't do ninja acrobatics or woo werewolves either, and that doesn't stop me wanting to read about it.

I have to say, however, that I am totally confused as to what is being acheived by the fully-clothed evening beach yoga on the cover... and where her other leg is?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Market: First Run

First Run is an all-genre press specifically seeking: "full length Romance and Erotic Romance Novels, Graphic Novels, and Science Fiction. Gay and lesbian novels are welcomed."

Their imprint for explicit erotica is MC Publications.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Art imtates Life imitates Art

Did you know that someone had actually written the books mentioned in the TV series "Castle"?  You know the one where the author trails around after a policewoman ostensibly to research his "Nikki Heat" novels?  Yes, they actual got someone to write the name-checked books: Heat Wave and Naked Heat. So who do you think actually wrote them? Stephen Cannell? Tom Straw? James Patterson? Michael Connelly?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Erotica Market: Chimera Books

UK-based Chimera Books specializes in: "...submissive damsels in distress being pursued and seduced by dominant men and women, our intriguing plots interwoven with domination and submission, corporal punishment, spanking, BDSM, fetish themes, bondage, and many other genres of classic erotic fiction."

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cover Hmmm

So... that's a totally generic pirate, then. Well, of course.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Immortal Sheikhs

I must admit that two romance tropes I had not expected to see combined would be vampires and sheihks.  Something about blazing desert suns and pallid sun-phobes.  Has anyone read these?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Um... what?

Here's a novel gift idea... the chain-mail condom.

Just in case your are completely insane it comes (so to speak) with the warning: "his is strictly a novelty item, and is NOT intended to be worn or used like a normal condom! It will not prevent pregnancy or the transmission of STDs, and will most likely cause injury to one or both parties involved."

My question would be, what would the message be, if you gave this to your significant other?

(Or, perhaps, a steampunk vibrator)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Cookson eBooks

It seems that Catherine Cookson's estate is directly releasing many of her books on Kindle.

One thing is very apparent.  Whoever did this doesn't think cover design is important.

Or, even more worryingly, they thinks that this (in a range of putrid colors) is a good cover design.

see also:
Catherine Cookson's estate set to infuriate publishing houses by releasing 100 cut-price e-books

From an Interview with Daniel Clowes

Speakeasy: “Mr. Wonderful” is the name of a Matt Dillon movie, a boatload of romance novels, a “Fleetwood Mac” album, a musical about Sammy Davis, Jr. and it’s the title of a gay erotic romance novel by author Stormy Glenn. Which one influenced you?

Clowes: “Stormy Glenn” was my only influence....

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards Winners: Romance and Erotice Categories

Gold: Time of the Otter, by Cora Holmes (Legend Books)
Silver: Trauma Alert: A First Responders Novel, by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes Books)
Bronze: 1932, by Karen M. Cox (Meryton Press)

Orgasmic Erotica for Women, Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Cleis Press)
Silver: Freak Parade, by Marilyn Jaye Lewis (Self Published)
Bronze: Surprise: An Erotic Fiction Anthology, Edited by Tinder James (Racy Pages)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bud Ad

Budweiser Beer seems to have mastered the art of having it both ways, so to speak.  They have some of the most objectifying ads with nubile women, but are frequent sponsors for pride events. Now they have made an ad that may be about a gay couple, or not. Have it as you will.

Monday, May 09, 2011

What's going on here?

A site called ABCebooks seems to be selling ebooks below their normal price--and at least one author reports that they were selling her books without permission.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Excuse me whilst I hide under my bed

Agents are becoming epublishers, etailers are becoming publishers, cats are chasing dogs and the world is turning upside down.

And now some publishers (Simon and Schuster, Penguin Group and Hachette Books) are in cahoots with AOL to create a book etailer called Bookish--presumably to take on the Amazon Goliath.

Well, I guess one solution to some groups exposing themselves to a conflict of interest is every-damn-body else doing the same.  Evens the playing field, right?

p.s. In other industries (e.g. agriculture) vertical integration generally leads to producers getting paid less--but they would be a source of competition for Amazon... so, well, I don't know....

See also:

Thursday, May 05, 2011


"Amazon has instructed at least one publisher to remove its yaoi books from the Kindle store, while allowing considerably more explicit male-female titles to remain."

See also:

Interview with Borders CEO Mike Edwards

IMHO, this interview is of made of FAIL:

"....our publishers are going to make or break our ability to transform this company at the end of the day... It’s been a little disappointing"

'Your' publishers? You mean the ones who books you sold, and then never paid for? I imagine they are also a little disappointed in you....

"...the e-book effect is far more destructive than pricing...I was surprised to see it move that fast"

That is, ebooks are 'destructive' if you didn't see them coming and suck at selling them.

Re: bonuses for executives: "We’re trying to do everything we can to stabilize the talent we have in the company, give them some hope and incentive and some upside for committing to a very turbulent environment"

How about using that money to pay down the debt to publishers?  That might make them feel a little more co-operative?

Frankly, the attitude put forward by this interview moves me from being cautiously optimistic to rather pessimistic about Borders prospects for pulling through.

Once again...

...attendees of the Romantic Times convention are returning home to find fraudulent activity on their credit cards. Some of you may recall that this also happened in 2009.

SeaStorm Press

I am genuinely unsure about what SeaStorm Press is, but I don't think it's a press.

They purport to "...help unpublished and published authors establish and manage their own e-publishing efforts (selling) and social media platforms (promoting) as a synergistic approach to finding readers and generating income faster than traditional publishing."

Whatever that means.

Amazon Becomes Romance ePublisher

Montlake Romance, the latest romance epublisher on the block, is wholly owned by Amazon. They plan to expand into other genres over time. The debut book for Montlake is Connie Brockway's 'The Other Guy's Bride'. (Cue the usual media derision about genre-romance).

See also:

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


ABC declares: "J Crew at Center of Gay Economics With Openly Gay Model".

By 'openly gay', they mean discretely captioned as having a boyfriend,

by 'model', they mean J Crew employee,

and by 'center of gay economics' they mean wearing some khakis.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Razzle Dazzle

There is a new stock site targeting the romance ebook market: Razzle Dazzle Stock. Like most small sites the stock lacks variety in the models, costuming and staging--but otherwise is pretty good quality.

Monday, May 02, 2011

English-Language Tokyopop/Blu closing

The USA office of manga producer Tokyopop is closing, including the Blu imprint. This will leave many M/M manga stranded mid-series and greatly reduce the availability of English-Language shonen ai. Even Tokyopop's writers and artists seem to have been taken by surprise by the closing and unsure of its full implications for their rights and outstanding contracts.

See also:
TOKYOPOP, Blu, and the Rise of Boys' Love Manga
TokyoPop Announces Facebook Contest for "Pre-Garage Sale" in L.A.


Via That Can Be My Next Tweet, which predicted that my next Tweet would be:

"Book Awards Go Heterophobic Epublisher Firedrake's Weyr has no answer that MM Kerfuffke: Unofficial EPIC?"

Um.  Okay.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Shelf Swag

I wonder how swag like bookmarks end up on a chain store book shelf?

The store staff?

The author with staff permission?