Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I am less than contrite

"Producing or using pornography is a mortal sin that needs to be confessed in order for the person to receive God's forgiveness."
-- draft copy of "Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bing news section spelling issues....

Spangaloo Publishing

If you choose to publish with Spangaloo you pay for the editing, but the cover art is free.  Dare I say, however, that you get what you pay for?

Monday, November 09, 2015

Signs of Desperation from the Cave

I see Ellora's Cave is "now accepting new genres!" Specifically: comedy, new adult, nonfiction, thriller/horror (this is the same thing now?) and sci fi/ alternate reality.

Why are they suddenly an all genre publisher now? Maybe because the number and quality of romance and erotica authors willing to submit work to them has finally dropped too low to maintain a profitable output in their "trademark" genre?

After Dark App

I was thinking about Wattpad's erotic-romance focused reading app, After Dark, today.

It does make me wonder.  At what point does a vibrant cross-platform writing community become an e-publisher whose authors don't get paid?

Saturday, November 07, 2015


I get the feeling I could probably post a new erotic romance market every day, or at least every second day. As of yesterday you can add a new imprint from Tule Publishing to the list.

Their marketing and semantic so far look very same-y (a.k.a. "I want to make money from chick porn"). But seeking to start with a stable of just five authors is a break from the usual high volume model.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

No updates from the Airport Because...

The Louisiana Online Age Certification Law, What Exactly Does it Apply to?!

A recent law change in the state of Louisiana requires website with sexual material to install age verifying software. Several online magazine and publishers are challenging the requirement.  The Garden District Bookshop says that the law unfairly requires affirmative age verification of everyone entering heir website, just because a small number of the products they sell are erotic.

The law maker replies that only true pornography, "not a romance novel", is targeted and the store most likely does not sell anything of that type.

Of course laws and layers don't work according to intent, they are enforced in the courts according to the literal meaning of their words alone.  Which in this case means that the requirement apples to anyone "that publishes material harmful to minors on the Internet" including "Descriptions or depictions of illicit sex or sexual immorality " specifically:

"...the depiction, display , description, exhibition, or representation of any of the following: Ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual, simulated, or animated, whether between human beings, animals, or an animal and a human being. Masturbation, excretory functions, or exhibition, actual, simulated, or animated, of the genitals, pubic hair, anus, vulva, or female breast nipples. Sadomasochistic abuse, meaning actual, simulated, or animated, flagellation or torture by or upon a person who is nude or clad in undergarments or in a costume which reveals the pubic hair, anus, vulva, genitals, or female breast nipples, or the condition of being fettered, bound, or otherwise physically restrained, on the part of one so clothed. Actual, simulated, or animated, touching , caressing, or fondling of, or other similar physical contact with, a pubic area, anus, female breast nipple, covered or exposed, whether alone or between human, animals, or a human and an animal, of the same or opposite sex , in an act of apparent sexual stimulation or gratification. Actual, simulated, or animated, stimulation of the human genital organs by any device whether or not the device is designed, manufactured, and marketed for that purpose ... "

If Rep. Timothy Burns thinks none of any of that ever happens in a romance novel, he sure didn't do his research.

Me, I was confused by the first line and it went downhill from there.  Given that "illicit" means "activities that are not considered morally acceptable" this whole things is about moral unacceptable sex, without at any point specifying what standard of morals, based on what code of morality, this ostensibly secular law is enforcing on the good citizens of Louisiana.

Red Moon Romance

Red Moon Romance is an imprint of World Weaver Press focusing on romance. (FacebookTwitter).  The rhetoric is rather heavy on women having the right to ready sexy stuff if they want to, as if this is somehow in doubt.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

No Sex Please, We're Egyptian.

In Egypt Ahmed Nagy and his editor are up on charges for publishing an except from his erotic novel in the literary section of a newspaper. An act which prosecutors claim constituted: "using his mind and pen to violate public decency and good morals, inciting promiscuity."  Part of the problem seems to stem from the prosecutors weak grasp of the concept of 'fiction'. They are treating the excerpt as if it is an article reporting actual events.

On the run up to US Thanksgiving, one is reminded that there is something worse than not being taken seriously as a writer--and that is being taken altogether too seriously by a rather paranoid regime.