Friday, February 22, 2013

GayRomLit: some more equal than others?

There has been some mutterings about how the GRL retreat is being ticketed.  Essentially there are dedicated blocks of tickets. First the invited authors, then whichever authors get the rest of the author tickets on a first come basis, and also then the readers.

I am not sure how this lines up with the author tickets for author being divided thusly: "70 Featured Authors with established careers and 30 Supporting Authors who are building their fanbase." Because, like a good many authors, I wouldn't see myself as being in either category.

The "fan-designated bestsellers in the genre" were chosen by a poll, because that always works out so well and never leads to hard feeling (cough). Also many of last years attendee report not being aware of the poll.

If you don't get an author spot and attend as a reader, promotion is banned. Official authors will be paying a fair bit for that opportunity after all.

Plenty of non-superstar m/m authors and some other previous and potential attendees are feeling a bit miffed, or at least concerned, at being implicitly shoveled into what reads like the "disposable" category.

Cat Grant - AJ Rose - Less Than Three Press - Kate Aaron - Lisa (reader/reviewer) - Erin St Clair -

I recognize that running a convention is a difficult and thankless task.  But the way this policy was phrased and released was pretty much guaranteed to ruffle feathers. I mean I know authors can be sensitive, but if you piss off this many with one press release... well, something went wrong.

Perhaps the issue is that GRL needs to stop being called an author retreat, given that the main motivation now seems to be the promotion to readers?

To be balanced, some alternative views: Marie Sexton - Jessewave - Lauraadriana - Barb  -

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Time for an Update

I just noticed that I last updated the sales data for erotic romance e-publishers in April 2012.  How sad is that? But in order to do ye big update, I need new data!

So I am asking, indeed begging, you all to send in your sales figures. You should answer the questions for each title, complete data is not required. I will take whatever you have! Please help!

1) Name of publisher: _____________ (including self-publishing)

2) Is the book erotic romance?: Y/N

3) How many copies sold in the first month?: __

4) How many copies sold in total to date?: __

5) Has your book been on sale for one year or longer?: Y/N

6) How many copies sold in the first year?: __

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

More on Chasing Roses

It seems that new romance e-publisher Chasing Roses is an imprint of Enslow publishing, a niche children's non-fiction publisher.  There is nothing obviously problematic with Enslow, or even with their new imprint  Speeding Star (literature for boys). But romance seems about outside their usual territory. Possibly this is another publisher who thinks romance e-publishing is an easy way to make extra cash.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Market: Diabolic Muse

Diabolic Muse is seeking novels on specific erotic themes (e.g. fetishes) for serialization.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Jessica Blair

You may remember my skepticism over the clain that Desiree Holt, at 76, is the oldest erotic romance writer.  Well, so far I have not found one older. 

But in the general romance category there is Jessica Blair (most recent release in 2013). Jessica Blair is the pen name of 89-year-old Bill Spence, author of over 20 romance novels as well as 36 westerns.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Kearby, ABB

Mike Kearby seems to be the most recent author to join the Hall of Shame for throwing a shit fit over a bad review.

I get approaches from blog tour companies from time to time.  This sort of scenario is one reason I have never jumped on board.