Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Market: Dark Hollows Press

Dark Hollows Press  is seeking erotic romance.

And then there's this....

Joyee Flynn / Flynn Eire's attempt to hit Siren* with a restraining order was unsuccessful.

Flynn is self-publishing books initially offered to Siren but withdrawn when author and publisher were unable to agree on key issues (or so it seems).

Siren is displeased, but I wonder why they did not let this slide--all things considered (including the 93 titles she has written for them).

Full text here.

* Post edited to correct some errors.

Market: Ylva Publishing

Ylva is a publisher predominantly of lesbian fiction including romance and erotica. They accept female authors only. Their submission guidelines are not super-easy to find from their main page (you can find them here).

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Yes, okay...

...your cup size is larger than mine....

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Erotic Copy Editing

I have never seen copy editing as being something genre-specific. But at least one copy editor is advertising their services as an erotica and romance specialist.  I wonder what that would involve.  Knowing how to spell obscure fetishes? Expertise in clarifying who is doing what during an orgy? Or just a guarantee that your editor won't get squicked and quit?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bellebooks acquires ImaJinn

According to Publishers Weekly ImaJinn will now become an imprint of BelleBooks.

ImaJinn was a trail blazing small romance press founded in 1999 by Linda Kichline, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

I'm not sure what's more confusing....

...the dress design or the anatomy.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What M/M would you vote for at AAR?

If you plan to vote for an M/M romance (or already have) for the AAR readers poll--please comment and suggest titles.  If we focus votes on a smaller number of titles this might help them rise.

Feel free to suggest other books that represent diversity in some way.  And of course only every vote for a book you have read and feel deserved nomination. This is about discussing great candidates for nomination, not vote-fixing.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Great Erotic Ebook Panic of 2013

First Amazon, again.  Nothing too surprising about that. (Oct 9, 2013)

Then WH Smith and Kobo. (Oct15, 2013)

Acting as if they somehow did not know what was in their catalog. As if that would even be possible. They want to sell the books, but deny knowing they were selling them.  Hiding behind ambiguous definitions of pornography and lots of plausible deniability. So that they somehow say with a straight face that things that staff members explicitly permitted months or even years ago have now always been forbidden.


See also: 

Apparently I don't have a dirty mind after all

(Because someone else had to point out that this doesn't just look like a pen, but also a menstruating vagina heart.  Of course now that's all I can see.)

Total-E-Bound Rebranding, and a question

Total-E-Bound seems to have decided to ditch the ambiguous name and go with the more direct Totally Bound.  It is more clear what this means but it does make me think of a BDSM niche publisher. Whereas the look is more generic skinny-white-girls-grinning-like-idiots (romance?) with a dominant gold color.

I got distracted by whether this cover gal was wearing a flesh-toned bra or had just lost her nipple in an unfortunate accident.

Then I scrolled up and down to try and find a description of just what Totally Bound does publish, to see if it had changed.  But I couldn't find anything.
I tried "authors", "aspiring authors" and got a page-coming-soon notice.  Help was all about technical problems.  "Browse" looks like all sub-genres of romance, but could also be sub-genres of other genres.

So, can someone remind me.  Are they romance only?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Women are succeeding, so something must be wrong

I found this Forbes article about what is going on with publishing rather amusing.  Especially the section about publishers acquiring previously self-published authors. What is wrong when you look at the list of those authors...?

"First, it’s all women and secondly it’s largely confined to the romance and YA paranormal genres."

Oh, the horror.  Well actually: Oh, the romance, paranormal and YA!  And the author interprets this as: publishers are being faddish and looking for the next 50 Shades.

I would offer another alternative.  These are the areas where self-publishers have raked it in because there is a gap in the market.  Because large publishers have been asleep at the switch and should have been acquiring more women writers and more in these genres, starting almost 20 years ago.  But they never even noticed until the self-publishing technology supplied private entrepreneurs with a real, practical way to fill that need without them.

So the fad they are finally following is a shocking one: give readers (even the wimminfolk) what they actually want. 

 When the lists of authors picked up by publishers were dominated by men (as, outside this route, they still often are) this do not look weird to people.  But suddenly now a gender bias is a problem?

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Half man, half rug.

Many covers straddle the fine line between "shapeshifter" and "unfortunate skin condition" -- but I would file this one under "not even really trying".

Monday, October 07, 2013

Soltice acquires Alpha Wolf

Solstice Publishing has acquired Alpha Wolf Publishing which will now serve as a Solstice imprint.

In an unrelated questions: do two wrongs make a right?

Sunday, October 06, 2013

G+ comments problem

If you have a Google+ account and a Blogspot blog you might want to check to see whether you have been locked into only allowing G+ comments.

Some people have found this option got enabled without their knowledge, stopping people from commenting using open ID or any other options.

If this happened to you, you can reverse the change by going to Settings > Google+  and unticking "Use Google+ Comments on this blog"

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Market: Crimson Frost Books

Crimson Frost Books seems to be a new erotic romance digital-only press. Patricia Bates and Celeste Brammer, publishers.

Cover Clones

Does anyone know where this art comes from?  It's rather nice.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

New Market: Roane Publishing

Just when I thought that I understood the new definition of "indie" publishing Roane Publishing (new publisher of erotica, fantasy and romance) comes along:

"We are an "indie" eBook publisher of quality erotica, fantasy, and romance .... Roane Publishing provides competitive royalty rates, professional editing, eye-catching covers, and we work closely with readers, reviewers, and bloggers to ensure a strong promotional and marketing presence for all of our releases. We do, however, also expect our authors to contribute to their own marketing and maintain an active online presence. We are an e-publisher, after all."
Some of the usual pink flags:
  • Website aimed at authors
  • No names provided
  • Typos on web page ("Each genre we publish has it's own submission guidelines")

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

A quick way to see if Amazon has ADULT tagged your book

ADULT tagged books do not appear in search.  They are in danger of being de-listed in the latest purge.To see if your books have been tagged go to http://www.salesrankexpress.com/

Tagged books have a red ADULT after their title. If you search for titles including words like "sexy" you will see a mix of tagged and untagged books.  This is also a practical way to see what kinds of book they are tagging and what ones they aren't.  (e.g. self-publishers are being hit pretty hard).

Fenanov / Foter / CC BY

 Of course consistency is hard to find when a vanilla M/F set on a ranch is tagged and a collection of stories about having sex with horses is not.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Rebel Inks says: we don't really want self publishers

My opinion has always been that published versus self-published is a way to describe a book, not an author.  there is nothing at all to stop authors from pursuing both options. Unless of course your publisher invests in your career so thoroughly and successfully that it is only fair to work exclusively with them in return.

Rebel Ink, on the other hand, thinks that "We prefer to work with authors that are interested in developing a professional relationship in lieu of self-publishing.  While self-publishing can be a worthwhile and enriching endeavor, it is our experience that authors do best with both feet firmly planted in one world or the other, not both."

For any author preparing to have that conversation with them I would recommend asking: so, what's in it for me?  Other than the same thing that every other small e-publisher is providing, that is.  Me, personally?  I think authors working in the small press arena are wise to diversify.

In Defense of 3/5

When, exactly, did 3/5 become a bad rating?

In stricty objective terms, three out of five is either above average or neutral.  If you were taking a test it would be a passing grade, if not necessary something to stick to the refridgerator door.

In terms of a book I have always taken it to mean "better than meh" or "I don't regret the time I spent reading this book". I would even go as fair as to suggest that it equates to "good" on a scale of bad, fair, good, very good and excellent. And lets be honest, it is a rare book that exceeds an average rating of 4 on GoodReads.

It may be overly fashionable to blame everything on Amazon, but I do not think that it helps that they not only list 3/5 under "negative reviews" but count them as such against vendors--leading some vendors to beg customers not to post less than 4 or 5 unless they want the company thrown off Amazon and flogged with razor wire into the bargain.

Everyone wants to write not just a good book, but an excellent one.  But at the end of the day shouldn't having written a good book be good enough?

Does "erotic romance" = tattoos?

Because the new releases at GoodReads sure make it look that way!