Tuesday, November 29, 2011

RIP: Midnight Magic Press

They seem to have vanished. As far as I am aware it opened, um, just last month?

I wonder if Midnight, Twilight etc are particularly unlucky names to give a press, as they seem to go "dark" quicker than most?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Press Release: Queerteen Press

JMS Books LLC is pleased to announce its GLBT Young Adult imprint, Queerteen Press.

Queerteen Press publishes YA titles appealing to queer teens as well as their parents, teachers, and librarians. Books are available in electronic and print formats. A handful of titles are already available through QT Press, with several more scheduled for release in the early part of 2012.

We accept short stories, collections, and novel-length books in all genres of queer, literary, and genre fiction suitable for a young adult audience. This means books whose main characters are between the ages of 12 and 21.

Submission Policy:
  • Electronic unsolicited submissions are accepted at any time.
  • We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions.
  • Submissions should include a QUERY LETTER, full SYNOPSIS, and 2,000 word EXCERPT in RTF format.
  • Submissions are acknowledged within 2 business days.
  • If we like your submission, we will request a copy of the full manuscript for review. Manuscripts must be in electronic format only. The review time is between 1-3 weeks.
Contract terms:
  • Authors earn 50% net royalties on all sales (e-book and paperback) from all distributors.
  • Contracts are for a period of 2 years and auto-renew annually.
  • We require exclusive electronic and print rights, but can negotiate if the story has been published in an anthology or collection.
Full submission guidelines are available on our website at http://www.queerteen-press.com/index.php?main_page=page_2

J.M. Snyder
Queerteen Press
YA Imprint of JMS Books LLC

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Market: Nookie Notes

Nookie Notes (a project by Heather M Klaus) will be seeking M/F romantic erotica (genre erotic but in a strong romance context) first person short stories for a flat payment rate of $25.

It seems like they are going to be set up so members can customize the story to send to their lover. The current copy is heavily gendered in a way that strikes me as overly stereotyped. I am not sure I see a large market for this, but if payment is up front, the writer isn't really risking anything.

Maybe I am over-estimating the sophistication of the target audience"Soccer Mom" (her words, not mine).

Monday, November 21, 2011

Market: Bradley

Bradley Publishing is an all-genre epublisher including erotica and romance. Erotic seems nested under romance so I assume they want erotic romance only.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Can't even give it away....

I thought the cover on this book was bad, but it must be even worse than I thought. I put this on the trade/exchange table at work and after two weeks it is still there, breaking a record previously set by a Harlequin 'secret baby' book.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

No "Romance' in Ebooks?!

In the broader sense, what does the word "romance" mean? Dictionaries group meanings in the general categories of:
  1. Stories of the supernatural and adventure
  2. Something extravagant and fanciful
  3. An emotional attraction belonging to a heroic era, and
  4. A love affair.

So when a designer says only print books have "romance" my first thought is: "Kiss my shiny metal ereader." But more specifically:

  1.  Digital books travel at crazy speed, invisible through the air
  2. You can get ebooks about OMG-anything from Sherlock Holmes investigating a fandom spanker, to a love story between a Finnish photographer and a weird little troll.
  3. The age of the digital frontier is pretty damn cool, and
  4. erotica and romance ebooks are selling like crazy.
And that's romance, baby.  End of.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Possible sign meanings:
  • Alpha men to the right, omegas to the left.
  • Threesomes have their ups and downs
  • MFM is now considered thinking inside the box
  • Or...?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I now love Barnes and Noble...

I no longer miss Borders. At all.  After five years and a great many attempts, I never quite convinced my local Borders to stock any of my books.

So after Borders closed I transferred my weekly trip to the nearest Barnes and Noble.  And what did I find...?

Not only one copy of my latest paperback release, Lover of Ghosts, but four copies.  Having sold all four to supportive members of my writing group I hope they will be restocking soon....

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Now in Pope News

The Pope recently let us all know that: "It is time to make a vigorous effort to stem prostitution, as well as the widespread diffusion of material with erotic or pornographic content, also on the Internet"

I don't know about you lot, but I'll be getting right on that.

Also his argument that the "materialistic and hedonistic tendencies" of the Western world is what leads to sexual discrimination is like totally iron-clad.

I often bemoan not living in the kind of austere and puritanical climate that would allow me to blossom as a fully equal member of the human race.

Dude looks like a lady?

Is it just me or is the positioning of the text a little unfortunate? (Crossing the line between mantitty and just titty).

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Nora's New Ebook Covers

 The new Intermix covers aren't bad. 

(They aren't interesting enough to be bad.)


Tuesday, November 08, 2011

QR Markham Plagiarism Recall

Publisher's Weekly is reporting that: "Little, Brown Withdraws 'Assassin of Secrets' from Booksellers Because of Lifted Passages"

It seems to be a proactive approach from the publishers, as of right now, no one online is reporting the source of the "lifted" material in this thriller/spy novel--although HuffPo is looking.

Update: "According to a Little, Brown spokeswoman, Nicole Dewey, "Assassin of Secrets" borrowed from Ian Fleming's James Bond novels and fiction by Robert Ludlum and Christopher McCrary."

Update: Edward Champion spells it all out.

Moongypsy Press closing

Or as they seem to have put it "suspending operations".

Monday, November 07, 2011

War, Damnation and Subaru

Have you seen the Subaru Hockey Mom ad with the Pogues song (If I Should Ever Fall from Grace with God)? IMHO the juxtaposition is very jarring. We could debate the exact meaning but despite the jaunty beat this song is about religion, damnation and fervent Irish nationalism... not cute kids and commuting. I guess in advertising, the words don't matter.

If I should fall from grace with god
Where no doctor can relieve me
If I'm buried 'neath the sod
But the angels won't receive me

Let me go, boys
Let me go, boys
Let me go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry

This land was always ours
Was the proud land of our fathers
It belongs to us and them
Not to any of the others

Let them go, boys
Let them go, boys
Let them go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry

Bury me at sea
Where no murdered ghost can haunt me
If I rock upon the waves
Then no corpse can lie upon me

It's coming up three, boys
Keeps coming up three, boys
Let them go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry

If I should fall from grace with god
Where no doctor can relieve me
If I'm buried 'neath the sod
But the angels won't receive me

Let me go, boys
Let me go, boys
Let me go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry


Cherchez la Tentacles?
Six Degree made an app for erotic manga.  The name of the imprint?


In the age of  'eet's erotica! Is not porn' that might be a little on the nose?

Kind of funny though....

Actually, looking at it, it seems that these people think only heterosexual men buy erotic manga.

And that's just dumb.


Konrath thinks 17.5% royalties on ebooks is terrible, but agreeing to be gagged about the details of your deal with a Non-Disclosure Agreement is okey-dokey. Ain't Amazon Publishing great?

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Umm, problems in 3... 2... 1...

I mentioned before that Writers Coffee House sells ebooks and also posts free fanfic.

Well, seems they sell fanfic too in a lightly filed version.  And rather than being under the radar one such book (Twilight fanfiction also out there as "Master of the Universe") is a 2011 Goodreads Choice Nominee.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Clowns, vitamins and religion?

I guess I never realized that Harlequin had a tag line.

entertain, enrich, inspire (TM)

A bit underwhelming, no?



Wiley is suing 27 “John Does” for seeding (sharing) ebooks from their "For Dummies" line via BitTorrent.  The defendants are identified by I.P. address. Their goal is to identify and settle for a small amount and a promise to never do it again.

Perhaps this "speeding ticket" approach will work better than the old "ton of bricks" strategy?

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Romance is like sex....

...you don't win by getting there first.

I find it interesting that research showing that--on average--women are slower to decide they are in love, or to declare they are in love, than men.

Does this mean they are more practical and less "romantic"?

Or does it mean they wait until they are sure and they mean to be in it for the long run, not just between now and breakfast?

Or do we really have no idea what it means and just use any finding like this as something to hang our gender stereotypes on....