24 November 2009
I have to ask it. What do you think of the new RWA black eye brewing over not allowing Jane from Dear Author to remain an associate member?
For those who've missed it...and I don't usually read DA, but this one caught my eye. National sent an e-mail to Jane Little at DA, stating that her "general" membership would not be continued (she's not a general member...she's an associate member), since she has no intentions of writing. She never did, which was why she was an associate member, to begin with. They further stated that, while they would typically extend an invitation to become an associate member (what she actually is), since she's been critical of RWA on her blog and fosters the #romfail, she obviously supports neither RWA nor romance authors. Therefore, she is not welcome to be an associate member.
This has many connotations that interest me.
If you're critical of RWA, you don't support them? The RWChange list and movement belies that fact. People who don't believe RWA has value aren't wasting their time suggesting how it can be improved. Why would they bother? Member or not, a lot of people want RWA to change with the times and improve. There's something wrong with that?
And secondarily... I'm not the biggest supporter of DA. I don't appreciate #romfail. But, 99% of the time, I'd have to say DA MEANS well, in its attempts to cover industry news. Are they perfect? Far from. But they do support the industry, though they also tear down individuals. Saying any one of the Janes/Jaynes doesn't support the romance industry is rather ridiculous.
VERIEL'S TALES II: LOSING REGANA- Century after century, Jörg searches for Regana, finds her, and loses her again.
HEA-atypical, VIOLENCE-high, LANGUAGE-moderate, SEX- erotic
Cover art created by Kendra Egert
Feirce Ilona- She's a human Warrior in her own right, hunted by an army of her enemies. She's of his blood but far removed, but despite his best intentions not to lay claim to her as his mate, Ilona has other thoughts on the matter.
HEA-no, VIOLENCE-high, LANGUAGE-moderate, SEX-lightly erotic
FAIR CAITRINA- Once upon a time, Veriel turned a woman he loved to save her life. What was life like for the Fair Caitrina?
HEA-no, VIOLENCE-high, LANGUAGE-moderate, SEX-erotic
SWEET JACQUINE- She was left behind, at the mercy of the Warriors after Caitrina went beast. The reality of what Jörg der Schmeidt was left her open to nearly any possibility, but could she trust the rough men who told tales of the demons that would now pursue her?
HEA-yes, VIOLENCE-low, LANGUAGE-moderate, SEX-lightly sensual
REMEMBER ME- In "Fair Caitrina," you were introduced to Jörg and his quest to safeguard his mate. In "Remember Me," Jörg has another chance at that goal. Yzabeau de Cambion is as bold as any of Regana's souls, but Jörg has made an awful musing that the Stone decides to take him up on. What if Regana's newest soul came to him with full knowledge of him sexually and nothing more? Could she survive the madness such a situation would drive her to? When Jörg saves Yzabeau from a brutal attack by her brother's enemies, he finds himself caught in a firestorm of passion with Regana's newest soul. Taking her in that condition is wrong, and he knows it, but Jörg has never been able to boast self-control where Regana is concerned.
HEA-no, VIOLENCE-graphic, LANGUAGE-moderate, SEX-lightly erotic
FREEDOM- The original epilogue to CROSSBEARER TURNED... See what happens to Veriel at his death.
HEA-atypical, VIOLENCE-moderate, LANGUAGE-moderate, SEX-none
EPIC's e-Book Award Finalist 2010!
MATCHMAKER'S MISERY- Eve wants a man who is seen by Keen nobility as unsuitable as a mate for a re-bred. Pilar is pursued by a man who wants position -- until he meets her. After her near-brush with death at her first mating, Eve doesn't ever want a man in her life. Will these three women find what they really need in life?
HEA-yes, VIOLENCE-moderate, LANGUAGE-moderate, SEX-erotic
To purchase MATCHMAKER'S MISERY from Phaze...in e-book or print...
CLAIMING A LADY- From my Night Warriors series... In Crossbearer turned, I talked about the first cursed lords taking their mates, but I didn't go into detail on them. In fact, aside from Gawen talking about how crazy he was for Bavin, the only comment I made about it was: "The other warriors were called forth one by one and chose their mates with no interference from another. Predictably, all announced that they were content to wait for the joining to take their chosen wives into their homes. By the sixth, they stood hand in hand with their mates: Gawen with Bavin, Ditrich with Anabilia, Cunczel with Lela, Ger with Ingela, Wil with Evfemia, and Olbrecht with Lenne. Regana had been right on every match. [snip] Six amulets appeared in unison. Six men placed them lovingly over the heads of their chosen women, gave their blessings, and sealed the match. Some sealed it passionately, some in a chaste exchange. The one who worried Gawen was the one who sealed no one to himself that night."
It is time to see the stories of the six lords besides Pauwel (the one who sealed no one to himself that night), starting with Gawen and Bavin.
17 November 2009
#A Dash of Expectation: Poems of the Classroom
#Coming Together: Pondering the Indelible
Children’s and Young Adult (Non Fiction/ Fiction)
#A Talent for Quiet
#Dead End Street
#Parris Island: A Woman’s Memoir
Anthology Fiction and Contributors
#The Meruk: Episodes I-V
#Vampires, Zombies, Ghosts and Other Things
Contributors: Connie Neil, John Hornor Jacobs, Heather S. Ingemar, Jason Bickerstaff, Nick Santa Rosa, Tim Mulcahy, Joely Sue Burkhart, Quinn Zukas Belhorn, Glynn Custred, Kathryn Magendie, Olga Zilberbourg, Skadi meic Beorh, Eric R. Lowther, and, Berrien C. Henderson,
Anthology Romance and Contributors
#Men of Moonstone
Anthology Erotic Romance/ Erotica and Contributors
#Bittersweet: Stories of Tainted Erotica
#Coming Together: Against the Odds
#On the Good Ship Caligula
#Ravished by the Pirates
Fantasy and/or Paranormal Fiction
#By Darkness Hid
#Mudflat Toy Boy
#The Dragons of Hazlett
#When Lightning Flashed
#Out of the Darkness
#Scars on the Face of God: The Devil’s Bible
Mystery and/or Suspense Fiction
#Second Time Around
#The Pot Thief
#The Y Factor
Spiritual and/or Metaphysical Fiction and Romance
#When Women Were Warriors (Book 1)
#Cross Country Chaos
#Movin’ Up With J.J.
#The Truth About Fairy Tales
#Venus in Blue Jeans
#VGL Male Seeks Same
#More Than a Wife
#Paging Miss Galloway
#Shadows of a Southern Moon
#The Substitute Bride
Mystery, Suspense, and/or Adventure Romance
#Cast A Pale Shadow
#Do You Hear What I Hear? Book 1, Hoofbeats and Heartstrings
#Out of Her Dreams
#The Ghost Downstairs
#They Call Me Death
Science Fiction Romance
#Lady of the Stars
Western Romance and Erotic Romance
Contemporary Erotic Romance
#The Reluctant Dom
#Tigers and Devils
Fantasy Erotic Romance
#The Real Mother Goose
Historical Erotic Romance
#Command the Wind
Horror Erotic Romance
#Angels of the Deep
Mystery, Suspense, and/or Adventure Erotic Romance
#Do You Trust Me
#The Pleasure of Sin
Paranormal Erotic Romance
#Being Familiar With A Witch
#October: Trick of Silver
#Warriors At Heart
Science Fiction Erotic Romance
#Pandora Project: Runaway Star
#The Sarran Plague
14 November 2009
Just got the word. I finaled three books this year, from three different publishers, in EPIC's e-book contest. The letters are going out to finalists, but I don't know how early or late in the process mine was, though. That means we'll probably see the full list early this coming week, I'd guess.
Matchmaker's Misery (Kegin series) from Phaze in E-2 (Fantasy Erotic Romance)
Time Currents (Kielan series, a Kegin spin-off world) from Logical-Lust in E-2 (Fantasy Erotic Romance)...my first time finaling two in the same category
Three Wishes (Urban Grimms) from Under The Moon in E-6 (Paranormal Erotic Romance)
Make that FOUR, not three. I'm also in Coming Together: Against the Odds, and that finaled in Erotic Romance/Erotica Anthology!
13 November 2009
11 November 2009
Let me preface this by saying that my husband is a Vet. He spent more than 13 years in the Navy, and I was a Navy wife for all that time. He's highly decorated, including a commendation that specifically recognizes him for saving the sub he was stationed on at the time. Every man on that sub owes my husband his life and knows it.
I also worked for the Navy and for the Air Force, as a civilian. Our children were Navy brats. Our family has nothing but respect for the military, and we deplore people who disrespect military members, because they don't agree with the war being fought. I don't agree with the war either, but it's not the military grunts' fault. Both sides of the family are full of people currently in or formerly in the military...in all four major branches and even a guy from the Coast Guard in the mix.
But being former military gives us a rather unique perspective on the subject of Veteran's Day and Memorial Day. My daughter summed up that perspective rather nicely in history class the other day, and her teacher had to break up a rather unruly group of high school kids who felt her opinion is "unpatriotic" and "disrespectful." IOW, they took it upon themselves to be offended FOR people like us.
So read her comment and explain to me why anyone in their right minds would find this either unpatriotic or disrespectful...
"People in the military deserve respect all the time, when they are in and when they aren't. It's an insult to designate a single day or two during the year to remember and respect the military members. We have people in a war now. Know how they're treated? Like crap. When my father was in the Navy, he was treated like crap. If you want to respect military members, start with the ones in the military who are being treated bad. (Disregard her poor grammar.) Don't tell me to spend one day a year respecting someone who fought and died fifty years ago."
I'm proud of her. This is an incredibly ADULT take on the subject, IMO. She's not saying to disrespect someone who fought and died fifty years ago, but she rightfully feels the people in the military now should be treated better.
Once upon a time in e-publishing, there were the indies. Well, they still exist, and they rock. These people came in and did it right. They turn on a dime, adapting to the freshest voices and subgenres of work available, work that scares the marketing folks in NY to death and back. They offered no advances but much higher royalty rates than the conglomerates did. They created the markets, and the structure rose around it...distribution channels, resellers, buzz, sales, acceptance... Once upon a time...an industry that has passed 15 years, in comparison to print publishing, which has been around since Gutenberg.
The NY conglomerates made several stabs into the market. The first was abysmal. The second looked promising. They even used indie-e as their test market and adopted their versions of what they thought was working in indie, but that's not what I'm talking about today. It's the new revolution out of NY that I'm talking about.
So what is this new revolution? A true clone of the indie-es being carried out by a NY conglomerate publisher. AT LAST! I've been saying they need to do this for years.
What's the deal with Harlequin's Carina Press? It's fixing everything NY conglomerates have done wrong in the past. They've eliminated DRM, which a lot of readers will avoid like the plague. They've eliminated advances, which indie-e authors have long said are not necessary with a higher royalty rate and good distribution (both of which Carina claims). According to some sources, Carina will be offering 30% of net, which is the lower end of the indie-e sliding scale of royalties.
They're branching out into almost all manner of commercial fiction and not limiting themselves to one subset of romance, sensual romance, or erotic romance. They'll be taking everything from straight-genre horror and science fiction through romance of all heat levels and types to erotica for women. The line seems to be drawn at non-fiction, poetry, and YA. Keeping YA and erotic work separate is a good idea, so I'm not complaining, though they may later branch out into a sister line that handles YA, as many indie-es have branched out to include disparate genres in sister lines.
In addition, they've signed on Angela James. She's one of the biggest names in indie-e erotic romance editing. She was with Ellora's Cave, then with Samhain. Both, as you probably know, are wildly successful. the woman knows her stuff, and with Angela on board, chances are, she'll be offering her input into NOT messing with what works in indie-e (another mistake the NY conglomerates often make). I'm hoping she'll be signing on the fresh voices and subgenres, going as edgy as indie-e allows, and turning on a dime. It seems Harlequin wishes to push those limits with Carina, and as such, I'm hopeful that is the literal truth this time and not the lip service we've seen on the subject before.
It's new territory for the NY conglomerates. It probably scares the marketing guys to death, but it is a huge step forward for the industry that has been a long time coming. It's the first big shot in the arm the industry has had in a while, and it comes at a time when the market is exploding with new choices in handheld reading devices.
Kudos to Harlequin on this bold initiative, and kudos to Angela James for being part of it!
New updates from Carina press's blog (11/12).
Their lower limit is 15K, and they will take long books. They will also take series.
They are looking closely at authors who engage in digital/online marketing. So, the more you have going, the better.
There's no boilerplate contract to look at, at this time. Apparently, the legal eagles are still working with it, and they expect negotiations. Looks like they will be asking for print rights, though there are no plans (CURRENTLY, they stress) for print.
They are looking at cover artists. Send a resume and link to work to pr(at)carinapress.com
The 30% royalty rate on site sales will be regardless of any promotions they run...good news. I'm waiting to hear about third party sales. I would assume net on those, but I'll see how they word the response before saying that's a given.
They are hiring copy editors soon. There is a test for editors. If you're interested in taking the test, send a letter of interest that includes your experience to angela_james(at)carinapress.com
This is still looking really good.