Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hmmm seems to be very happy to be teaming up with Blushing Books: "This may be our first eBook publishing venture, but it will not be our last!" The thing is, as far as I can see, Blushing Books is part of ABCD Webmasters (a spanking oriented collection of websites and e-publishers) which is known for delayed payment and non-payment of authors--unless something has changed on that front?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Market: Inkspell

Standard disclaimers apply.  A new epublisher with a focus on romance and fantasy.

Not sure what to make of this nonsense: "We do not publish erotic romance but all heat levels are accepted if it is relevant to the story."

Some people think porn means nasty crap, and erotica means porn--
but assuming erotic romance=erotica=porn=nasty crap is a new.

Pretty covers, though.

Edited to add:
Entangled uses the sentence: "We are not an erotic romance publisher, however we consider all heat levels, so long as the erotic elements are secondary the story." -- which I think is somewhat less derissive as it at least implies what they mean by 'erotic romance' other than 'stuff we don't want'. (Not that I, personally, agree with that definition--but whatever, I may be in the minority there). 

Entangled are saying erotic romance is a romance where sex is part of the primary story, Inkspell by contrast is saying erotic romance is a romance where sex is gratuitously added that is irrelevant to the story.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pardon your what?

Via Olivia Waite:

Raised eyebrows here at a new release from 15 minute fantasies called Pardon my Frottage*. ("a non-consensual fetish where an individual would get sexual arousal and/or satisfaction by rubbing up against other people in public places")

Everyone is welcome to their fantasies, but how many people find strangers rubbing their privates on you while you try to use public transportation sexy? Oh well, to each their own I guess. My fantasy would end with said assailant's willy getting caught in the automatic doors and being left lying, severed, on the platform.

*Given that it is for sale at AllRomanceEbooks I assume there is an romance angle in there somewhere?

What not to do... response to a one star review.

1) Reply on Amazon and call it an "act of sabotage".
2) Use your platform at HuffPo to post a rant
3) Go back to Amazon to continue the over-reaction. <--Now deleted by author

Edited to add:
4) Delete comments on HuffPo that disagree with you

Have you posted a comment that failed to appear after a considerable period of time?  Feel free to post it in a comment here see we can see whether it meets the only accepted deletion reason at HuffPo: "vicious and inflammatory comments."

Monday, December 26, 2011

Wolves on the Open Road

It looks like Harper Collins and Open Road Media are going to have that little argument that has been brewing about whether 'we own it all' contracts from gazonks ago cover ebooks right now. The lucky author that gets to be in the middle of this brouhaha is Jean Craighead George via her children’s book Julie of the Wolves. Open Road, digital liberator, or digital parasite? I guess the courts will decide.

Advance as a Contest Prize

I have already posted here a few times about my opinion that a contest where the only prize is publication, is not a contest.  Even if you "win" an advance on royalties, because that money is not a "prize"--you are going to earn it.  It is no more a prize that a cash advance loan on your salary is a prize.

In my opinion the problem with calling it a contest is that it can bypass the part of your brain that says "do I want to submit my manuscript here" or "is this the best place I could submit to?"  And if you do want to submit to this publisher, you are doing so in a way that maximizes competition and possibly associated delays.

Friday, December 23, 2011


  • The Vatican tried to buy only to find it had already sold.  But their alarm was short-lived, it was reserved and removed from the list of sites before the xxx sites were ever put on the market. Catholicism: 1, Erotica: 0.
  • In other news, erotic art was found in a Vatican bathroom, presumably saved by the fame of the artist, Raphael.  Catholicism: 1, Erotica: 1.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Barely Legal?

I will confess, a view Goodreads in the same why I would view a MacDonalds full of a hundred preteens hopped up on soda and cake.  I don't have that much against it, but I sure as hell am not going in there.

But I did notice this post by Erastes, about her book being added to a list of "M/M Relationships Between Underage or Barely Legal and Adult Characters (defined as under 'a protagonist under the age of 20 and another over 20)"--because of a character who is 17 years old and legal (over 16).

So, legitimate interest--or ephebophile's wet dream?  It seems a pretty normal age for a first sexual relationship to me.

See also:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New Market: Crooked Cat

Crooked Cat is a UK-based e-publisher of multiple genres including romance.

They seem a little too focused on authors (versus readers) IMHO--and act like providing editing, cover art and royalties is somehow an unusual level of performance.

Also the 'who we are' page doesn't say... well, who they are.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Facebook's Contest Rules

I am seeing a lot of contests from both individual authors and publishers that seem to break Facebook's contest rules.  I guess you will get away with it most of the time, but losing your Facebook page could be a major pain in the ass.  So be aware:

If you use Facebook to communicate about or administer a promotion such as a contest you must not:
  • Require "liking" of a facebook page as part of entry
  • Notify winners through Facebook

Realms of Fantasy Closing

Those who had little faith in Damnation Book's ability to successfully run Realms of Fantasy magazine only had to wait a year to be proved correct.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mantitty Deficit?

I know I can be a bit scathing about cover models with mantitty that verges on a C-cup. 

But I am not sure that a complete absence of titty (and tan, and an apostrophe) is any kind of improvement.

Parker Dawdles on Reversion

Marcia Colette is reporting that Parker Publishing hasn't managed to pull her out-of-print book from channels in a timely manner.  Naughty.


When it comes to "The Zharmae Publishing Press" (holy redundancy, Batman) I am going to steal a joke from Old Hack at the cooler: "...its chief editor has worked with signing chimpanzees which some might consider a good start" 

They list romance and erotica at the end of the list of genres they will consider, but I see no evidence--as yet--that they have experience publishing these genres. (You will need to highlight the submission guidelines to read them as they are posted in black text on a dark green background)

Watch that space, I guess.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Gay

As I head off to my work Xmas party I would just like to wish everyone here a happy whatever-you-may-or-may-not-be-celebrating season.

Somehow I doubt the party will be like the one on this book cover, but I live in hope.

While I am away you might like to swing by Laura B Writer who was kind enough to do a blog critique of this blog!

[Picture via Fringepop]

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Can you spot the deliberate mistake?

...I think ["]Soul Mate Publishing["] encompasses the type of books we’re trying to sell, romances where the hero and heroine belong together.

...We publish every genre of romance except YA.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Entangled Editors

So, Entangled has had a lot of good press. They have a new managing editor in "Former Harlequin Editor Alethea Spiridon-Hopson" and an editorial director formerly of Bloomsbury -- with much press release ado about both. But how are they selling?  There is a lot of glitter, but how much gold? Because if these people are all they are cracked up to be, they can't be cheap?

Eugene Gets in the Christmas Spirit

From my in-box:

Dear Pro-family American,
The Radical Homosexuals infiltrating the United States Congress have a plan:
Indoctrinate an entire generation of American children with pro-homosexual propaganda and eliminate traditional values from American society.
Even better! The great American tradition of bigotry is in serious need of elimination.
Their ultimate dream is to create a new America based on sexual promiscuity in which the values you and I cherish are long forgotten.
Now I am confused.  I thought we were talking about homosexuality.  Not that I have anything against sexual promiscuity either, but one issue at a time, okay?
I hate to admit it, but if they pass the deceptively named "Student Non-Discrimination Act," (H.R. 998 & S. 555) that's exactly what they'll do.
So the deceptively named Student non-Discrimination Act will teach students to not discriminate against homosexuals?
Better named the "Homosexual Classrooms Act," its chief advocate in Congress is Rep. Jared Polis, himself an open homosexual and radical activist.
...Elected democratically by his electorate.
And it's dangerously close to becoming the law of the land.
H.R. 998 already has 150 co-sponsors in the House!
And S. 555 already has 34 co-sponsors in the Senate!
My heart just grew three sizes.
That's why I need you to act quickly -- right away -- to protect our nation's youth.
I have prepared the official "Protect Our Children's Innocence" Petition to Congress for you to sign.
So, that's not deceptively named at all....

[clipped for length and histrionics]

The Homosexual Lobby knows that if the public knew the truth about their radical agenda, they'll have no hope of success. 
I beg to differ.
And their dangerously close to ramming their perversity into law.
Said the hooker to the magistrate (*they're).

[clipped for repetition and more histrionics]

That's why I need your generous contribution. In addition to your signed "Protect Our Children's Innocence" Petition, will you contribute $250, $100, $50 or even just $35 right away.
Gee, how much does innocence cost (and where can I get some?)

[More clipping, because I am getting bored]

History classes will document the "civil rights" struggle against the "oppressive" pro-family establishment.
Wow.  I mean... wow.  I got nothing.  I don't even know what to say to this except they I am glad I am not in your "family".

[Clippy, clippy]

Traditional values will be squashed and demonized as old fashioned or out of date, or even as bigotry.
Yes, because why would opposition to "civil rights" (in scare quotes) be seen as bigotry?

[More repitition, more requests for money]

Thank you so much for all you have done.
You are so welcome.


Eugene Delgaudio
Public Advocate of the U.S.

[More requests for money]

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

M/M with pussy on the cover

I almost always adore Dreamspinner covers, but this one... not so much. Is it just that the M/M and LOLcat demographics are perfectly aligned and so it doesn't really matter if your cover has mantitty or fuzzy kitty?

A bra too far?

I am generally a fan of model Andrej Pejic, a male who often models fashion for women.  But I do think Queerty's "so what" response to the controversy around his push up bra ads is glossing over a few points.

A man can wear dress, earrings, panties and so forth and look damn good doing it.  But Andrej does not have any discernible breasts whatsoever for the bra to "push up" (it is meant to be a 'remodeling' bra, not a padded one).  So a little bemusement is understandable.

So he does seem an odd choice of model unless the main goal is simply to be controversial and get lots of viral coverage?  In which case I guess "so what" is the best response after all.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cheyenne Publishing

Not an e-publisher, but still interesting:


"Cheyenne Publishing is an independent publisher of quality LGBT novels and anthologies, specializing in historical fiction. Our adult fiction is culled from the best writers in gay historical fiction today including Alex Beecroft, Erastes, and Lee Rowan."

All the better to see you with...

This post is going to be a largely a "hear, hear" to Remittance Girl on her post "Women are Visual".  Whether or not you agree with the post (I didn't agree with her characterization of women who like gay porn), I think it is certainly worth reading.

I did like the attention drawn to the point:"...if 80 percent of all buyers of erotic fiction are women, why is it that all the book covers feature sexy* naked women instead of sexy men" A trend that I think is less pronounced in epublishing?

*Skinny, white, boobtastic

Sunday, December 11, 2011

First Year

Updates have got as far as average sales in the first year:

Across all publishers--845 copies
Samhain--2320 copies
Ellora's Cave-1023 copies
Liquid Silver--801 copies
Loose Id--600 copies
Changeling--263 copies
Cobblestone--227 copies
Torquere--223 copies
Freya's Bower--56 copies

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Carina's New Contract

So it seems that Carina's contract going forward will be 40/50% of net receipts (distributed versus own site). This is presented as an increase and who knows, maybe it is. With net it is hard to tell. (That's kind of the problem).

Net is presented as excluding "trade discounts, commissions and any applicable taxes and duties."  So, presumably if they put your book on sale, royalties are cut. As to which exact commissions, taxes and duties etc this might apply to, I am not sure. (Actually, I have no idea at all). but I can see that it is a bit more complicated than excluding only the e-tailer's cut.

Net will apply to sales from the Carina/Harlequin  website because: "a third party assists with the operation of the web site, collecting its fee before remitting proceeds to Carina Press".  So, the author is picking up the tab for Carina's online store, at least to some extent?

I would be very interested to see what this means to the royalties for a book moving to the new net rate. Not just now, but in the future when they might decide to have a sale or contract with a more expensive web site operator. Or deduct sales tax, or whatever else the contract might allow.

The other change is that books will revert soon, with <250 units sold instead of <50. Which strikes me as a pretty good idea in a world where authors have other ways to exploit manuscripts when they have burned out in conventional channels.

Authors already under contract can decide whether to accept either or both changes to existing contracts. It will be boilerplate for future acquisitions.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Average First Month/Quarter Sales byPublisher

Updated to show years:
Updated again because I can't count.

Remosa, without Remorse

1) Reading fees suck.  They indicate a publisher trying to make money off authors, not by selling books to readers.
2) Disguising your reading fee as a contest entry fee doesn't make it suck any less.

("2. Remosa Publishing have first right of refusal for publication of any and all competition entries. Entries should not be submitted to other publishing companies until 60 days following the close of the competition.")

No Comment

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Bad Sex, Bad Sex Awards, and Bad Bad Sex Awards

The Bad Sex in Fiction Awards are meant to chastise "the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel".

The things is, I think they often seriously miss the point.  In the modern novel sex is often meant to be crude, perfunctory, pointless, awkward and even downright weird.  Not every book is clearly chaste or outright erotic.  There is a lot of territory in between--just like in life.

A gross/humorous modern retelling of Oedipus is obviously going to include sex, and also pretty obviously something other than sublime sex. It may not be a horrendously successful book, but that applies to the book as a whole, not just the sex parts.

So in terms of the awards goals to point out sex scenes that are "redundant" and "discourage" them:
  • 1) Removing the sex scenes would in no way improve the book, but in fact render it completely pointless as sex with one's mother is rather central to the plot of Oedipus Rex, and
  • 2) Guterson did not sound very discouraged when he responded to his win with the statement: "Oedipus practically invented bad sex, so I'm not in the least bit surprised."

The whole thing reminds me of that pointless award for books with silly titles which often ends up erroneously targeting books with completely accurate titles about topics that are really not as silly as they might seem.

Just because the judges don't know of (or care about) the immense scientific value of nude mice in the battle against cancer, or the fact that marmalade has an interesting history, does not make the titles of books on these subjects "odd".

See also:
When “bad” awards miss the point

Market: Good Mourning

One on hand, Megan Hansen's new (e?)publisher Good Mourning has one of the least professional websites I have seen in a long time. It opens with a pink and purple free blog and the top title "Good news fangirls, Spock was in gay porn!" 

On the other hand I like their 'damn the categories' approach to sexuality. I also think their planned anthology of love stories featuring characters in wheelchairs is the sort of thing larger epublishers should have been doing years ago.

But back on the first hand: it is a press run by one person who already has a job, a side career as an illustrator, and no apparent publishing experience.

Monday, December 05, 2011

More Cover Deja Vu...