Thursday, November 29, 2012

I very much doubt that Desiree Holt is the "world's oldest published erotic romance author"

What do you think?  I am sure someone in the biz out there is older than 76.

Market: Swoon Romance

Swoon Romance seems to be a general romance imprint (an endeavor of Month9Books). It seems fairly professional with staff listed by name. Their niche is the novella length.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shadoe Publishing

Honestly, Shadoe has one of the least professional looking publisher websites I have seen in a while:  an annoying popup ad banner on each page and other intrusive ads, "cute" rotating transitions on the graphic and generic book-spines background.

Then there is: "Get the help you need to complete your book with our affordable design, editing, and marketing services, most of which are FREE" and "we do not charge an upfront fee".

Um, most of which? Upfront fee?

Also: "On the cover letter please state your real name and not a published name or pseudo-name"

I think they word they are looking for is 'pseudonym'.

The only named persons associated with the press seem to be Laura McCabe ("Publicist/Agent/Translator") and authors of the books currently available, Q C Masters (1 title) and K'Anne Meinel (8 titles).

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Market: Tempo Romance

Bullitt Publishing has opened a non-erotic romance imprint called Tempo Romance. Print is via Lightning Source and ebooks via Smashwords.  Which makes me cautiously non-optimistic about their prospects.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Can a Black Person do Blackface?

There is a lot of controversy over the casting of Zoe Saldana as ground breaking black singer Nina Simone.

Simone sang very directly about the issues she struck for being dark-skinned and having natural hair.
By contrast Saldana will apparently have her skin darkened with make-up, a rumored nose prosthetic, and wear an afro wig to play the part.

One one hand I can see the problems with casting an actress that needs to wear semi-blackface.  On the other hand I feel just as uneasy with commentators calling Saldana "ethnical ambiguous" as if having a lighter complexion makes her somehow not black enough, and deserving of having her performance boycotted.

Does Saldana look an less like Simone than Daniel Day Lewis/Abraham Lincoln or Nicole Kidman/Virginia Woolf? Or for that matter Sidney Poitier as (light skinned) Justice Thurgood Marshal or Will Smith as Muhammad Ali?  Is it only females who must be cast exactly to type, or is it mostly females who suffer under racially biased beauty norms and so need to see a Nina who is really as dark as Nina.

But then I see that make up job and false nose and... well.  No, that's not good. And Simone's daughter is not happy with the choice.

I don't know....

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fictionwise Closing Date Set

Most Fictionwise customers will now have received an email including the following:

"Fictionwise is in the process of winding down its operations, and (including and will end sales on December 4, 2012. Please note, you will not be able to access your Fictionwise Bookshelf after December 21, 2012."

The writing was on the wall ever since Barnes and Noble acquired Fictionwise.  But I for one am not going to be transferring my book or my custom to Nook.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Silver Smoke

Author Mercy Celeste reports that Silver Publishing is seriously behind in payment of royalties. She includes a copy of a letter from the owner admitting to being in debt to authors.

Other authors have also reported problems.

As per my usual guidelines, missing or seriously delayed royalty payments make a press "not recommended".

See also:
I think this is going to get heated. My opinion, from hard experience, is that once a press fails to pay you because they simply don't have the money, the time for loyalty may be over.

I very much doubt that the answer is to get more authors to join so the press can earn money off their work to pay your arrears.

I do not think it is 'hate' to point out that a publisher has failed to pay royalties as promised. As long as that remains true, I will keep saying it. I also do not think it is disloyal for anyone to openly say something that is clearly true.  Any other claims about this press are, from my point of view, fairly unimportant and I have no opinion about them.

Are Metrosexuals Obsolete?

A researcher by the name of Casanova is studying the term "metrosexual".

It seems she found that white-collar urban men are now all metrosexuals, so the word has become obsolete.

I think she might want to expand her data set.  IMHO "metrosexuality" is still a necessary land-bridge for non-New York socialite, non-gay men who want to be well-groomed.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Amazon Betterizer

Yes, it's all very cute and charming to created neologisms, but I do think a website devoted primarily to selling the written word could come up with a better name for their choice optimising tool.



Your Character as a Wine?

Author Ally Blake teams up with Tyrrell's Wines to produce a wine themed after a character in her latest romance novel.

Says she: "Arabella is fun, fresh, charming and sophisticated, just like a bottle of Arabella Rose."

What beverage would your hero or heroine be?

In the case of my Ballot's Keep series: "Xeras is nice to look at but extremely acerbic and doesn't travel well. Think of a cheap un-oaked chardonnay served very cold."

Friday, November 02, 2012


I was already kind of leery of the name BroadLit for a publisher.  Broad being generally accepted as a derogatory term.

And now we have a logo that is vaguely suggestive of cosmetic surgery, be it a lot of collagen in the lower lip or some serious boob lifting.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

3rd Life

I find the existence of Dolcett fetish kind of unsettling enough.

It edged a little closer to reality as part of 2nd Life role-playing.

And now we have the arrest of a man, a police man no less, who was apparently preparing to act out this fetish in fully real life.