Monday, September 29, 2014

In case you have been living under a rock....

Ellora's Cave Sues "Dear Author" and Its Creator, Alleging Defamation

Just when I thought it could not get any more crazy...  Which given EC's history was pretty naive of me.

Even this little blog gets a nasty lawyer letter every year or so, but I have been able to assume they were empty threats because pursuing this kind of suit is not, as far as I can see, any kind of rational thing to do.  I guess we will just have to see what happens next.

I do think this is the point at which Ellora's Cave's ultimate demise became inevitable.

For more see Twitter hashtag #notchilled

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ellora's Cave Compendium

For those of you following along:

[Aug 19]
[Aug 20]
[Aug 21]
  • PublishersLunch:  Acknowledging Big Drop in Amazon Sales, Ellora's Cave Cuts Staff, Expenses
[Aug 22]
  • PublishersLunch: Ellora’s Cave Cuts Staff, Blames Big Amazon Sales Drop  
[Aug 25]
[Sept 10]
  • Christina Mandara: Ellora’s Cave Book Sales down by 75% due to new Amazon Algorithms 
[Sept 14]
[Sept 15]

Market: Strange Flesh

Strange Flesh is a publisher of lesbian erotic fiction.  Unlike many lesbian presses they seem to treat lesbian, f/f/ and femslash as synonyms. The editor-in-chief is Teresa Wymore.

Monday, September 08, 2014

New: Entertwine Publishing

On their Facebook page Enterwtine publishing states: "Help Indie Authors make their dreams come true." Which makes me assume they are not a full publisher but some kind of self-publishing assistance company, or something? Honestly, I wish people would be clearer about what their companies actually do.

I spotted three typos on their index page which were fairly minor, but then I am a terrible proofreader so there may be more. Their website is offered via a free service.  There seems to be pretty heavy overlap between staff and authors suggesting a self-publishing co-op, but they are soliciting outside submissions. 

Overall, there is not much to suggest this would be a good place to send your manuscript.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Forever Romance Publishing Group

Forever Romance continues to be a bit of and odd duck.  
  • Either they did not know about the much larger 'Forever' imprint of Grand Central Publishing, or they did not care about the similarity.
  • And then there is Craiglist add asking for a resume and romance fiction writing sample. Not an actual manuscript and... who out there has an author resume? I know I don't, but perhaps I missed a memo somewhere along the line. And their 'no manuscript, no problem' attitude is not just for their series but also general submissions.
  • They have yet to splash out and buy their own website domain or hosting. Or a logo. Or... anything.
  • "...we treat all our staff and writers like family"
No books yet and I am not holding my breath.  IMHO there is a different between an erotic romance publisher and a generic content producer treating 'erotic romance' like an SEO cash grab opportunity.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Cleis enters the erotic romance fray

Venerable GLBT/sexuality press Cleis launched an erotic romance imprint Tempted Romance earlier this year.  Normally seeing another press jump on the band wagon makes me roll my eyes a bit, but Cleis has always struck me as a quality press with a clear scope and a lot of integrity.  Yes I do have one short story in a Cleis anthology but that is more a side effect of being impressed by their output than a biasing factor.

When I go to their Tempted site I see a refreshing lack of red, pink, and tacky symbolism (hearts, lips, heaving bosoms in corsets etc). In fact the simple branding fits easily into the greater Cleis website. And their opening line up includes familiar names such as Delilah Devlin and  Mitzi Szereto. They started off a line up of five professionally edited anthologies.

What I like about this erotic romance imprint that sets is apart is that erotic romance is a logical area for them to expand into, the branding is clean and professional, the books are a type they have a proven record with, and their editors are top professionals.  I feel this is a great cook trying a new recipe, not th3 more common scenatio a greedy amateur offering me mystery meat.

See Also
 Cleis Launches Erotic Romance Imprint