Friday, January 31, 2014

Open Call: Ardent Books

"ArdentBooks, a royalty paying house, is proud to publish the finest in quality erotica novels.  We're actively accepting submissions from aspiring and established authors in a wide range of erotica and erotic subgenres.  Stories must have a clearly recognizable hook from the start, appeal to our wide female audience and capture the male mind as well. 

Accepted Erotica Subgenres include: Contemporary, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Historical, Romance,Ménage,BDSM."

See also:

Monday, January 27, 2014

WTF Cedar Fort

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For many years all I knew about Cedar Fort Publishing is that they are LDS (Mormon) owned and they make really good cook books. I mean, cook books that cook-book-hating people like me find useful.  I literally own all of three cook books, the one I learned to use as a kid and two from Cedar Fort.

But lately they have been acting, well, fucking weird.

First we had the 'drop an author just before publishing because he won't obfuscate his gayness'.  Something that might have alerted the PR brigade that the need to keep a closer eye on things.

Now they have been soliciting submissions for Nano writers, and however they are doing it, they are doing it wrong.  How can I say that? Because they are freaking people out. Even of they are just thinking outside the box and looking for fresh talent, this is apparently not the way to do it.

It seems to me that they are two steps into 'how to completely destroy your good reputation in three easy steps'.

Friday, January 24, 2014

More Disney Mermaids

I am not sure the world needs more mermaid stories, let alone ones from Disney Publishing.  But I have to say there is something about this cover that really appeals to me, and it is relatively cliche free.

But reading the press release about "companion content opportunities" leaves me feeling a bit queasy. The Waterfire Saga is not a book series, it is a "franchise".

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Steven Zacharius and Laura Kaye on Self-Publishing

If you have some time put aside, the comments are interesting.  Not so much on points of fact as where we are as regards the rather unnecessary trade/indie schism.

December 16: Self-Publishing: The Myth and the Reality (Steven Zacharius)
December 18: Response to "Self-Publishing: The Myth and the Reality" (Laura Kaye)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Dear Telegraph Headline Writer

Sharks really just want to hug you, with their teeth  Mila Zinkova /
Re: "Writing about sex: The last thing you'd expect from this mother of five who knits"

One thing you can assume about most mothers is that they know the basics of coitus, and are thus equipped to write about it.  Nor, in my experience, is knitting highly correlated with celebacy or illiteracy.

So can we please retire some of these tired stereotypes and write a headline that does not imply that people who write about sex are weirdos who should not be allowed within 100 meters of infants, or that everyone who takes part in handcrafts is a frigid and unimaginative spinster?

Nor is the writer Geraldine O’Hara really doing very much to undermine these stereotypes by harping on about them.  It is a bit like opening a documentary saying sharks are the misunderstood poets of the sea and then spending the next 90 minutes loving depicting thrashing limbs, snapping teeth and ketchup in the water.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Fisking Spam

I am not normally a fan of unsolicited editing, but in this case it seems warranted:

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Dear [Name Redacted],
My site is not about any of the topics you have listed. If I were to even consider a guest post it would need to be on the topic of my blog, display a basic level of competence with the written word, and link to a directly relevant and high quality website.  Also, as per Google update, we know that back links that are not organic in appearance are penalized and do more harm than good to pagerank.
Seriously, the days of just getting an back link you can are long gone. People who placed links of this type in my comments section are now emailing me and asking me to delete them.  To which my answer is: Ha ha ha ha ha ha.  No.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Kensington Acquires Lyrical

CD Brennan has posted a press release reporting that Lyrical Press is now an imprint of Kensington.

"Kensington Publishing Corp., one of the foremost commercial independent publishing houses in the United States, announced today that it has acquired the eBook publishing company Lyrical Press. Beginning in January 2014, Lyrical Press will operate under its current name as a digital-first imprint at Kensington Publishing."

It sounds to me like Renee Rocco of Lyrical Press has made a clever strategic choice here and it is a ringing endorsement of the quality of Lyrical's releases.

Edited to add: Official Kensington announcement.