Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Boroughs Publishing: Smoke Signals

Boroughs Publishing was established in 2011 and began accepting romance in 2015 under the guidance of editor-in-chief Chris Keesler (previously an editor at Dorchester).  In September of 2017 Keeslar made a very low key exit from that position. Sporadic bad reports from authors have appeared at sites such as Piers Anthony. Even taking into account that no company, no matter how great, avoids getting a few bad reviews, this does seem to building into a mixed--trending bad--picture.

See also
Writers and Authors: Avoid Boroughs Publishing Group! [Jan, 2015]

Saturday, May 05, 2018


Writers.work is the latest company trying to sell access to a website with work for freelance writers.  Their advertising has many hard sell features; an looong animated intro, pop-ups saying other people are signing up, and social media ads to encourage well meaning people to tag every friend who every strung a few words together.  All of this presents freelancing as a way for any semi-literate person to make piles of money.  The disclaimers come late and any mention of the $47 fee comes right at the end. An amount just small enough that writer's with buyers remorse won't waste any more time pursuing a refund.

Freelancing is not different from other writing.  Yog's Law applies: "Money should flow toward the author." 

Friday, May 04, 2018

The Definition of "Cocky"

Faleena Hopkins is a big fan of the word "cocky".  Its a catchy word and looks great on her covers.  But she seems to be under the impression that you can trademark a word that is in the dictionary, and stop other people from using it.

The goss is that she is sending trademark infringement notices to any other romance author with "cocky" in the title. I doubt she could win that one in court or would gain anything by trying; so I hope these intimidation tactic do not work.

Erotic romancelandia! Do not cede your right to cockiness of any kind!.