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Giveaways (not taking place here)

The editor, Harrison Demchick, of The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns (a recommended read by Robin aka Janet) and The Understory written by Elizabeth Leiknes, wrote us to let us know about a giveaway the publishing house is running to celebrate the release of The Understory.

Basically, it’s like this. As long as we get 100 entries, we’ll be giving away to a lucky winner:

1.) The Understory
2.) The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns

. . . and two more eBooks of the winner’s choosing.

And the more people who enter after that, the more winners we’ll choose!

All the rules, and the entry form, are at

Harrison Demchick writes the best review queries I’ve ever read. I would never be able to say no to him.  In any event, Robin really thinks the world of Elizabeth Leiknes’ writing and if you want to support a small press, this is the way to do it.


Speaking of small presses, get a load of this authorial meltdown:

I am not a small press. I am an author with 18 titles for sale. That is more titles that some big publishing houses. I have advertising currently running in Locus, Publishers Weekly, Fantasy and Sci Fi, and Revolver magazines. I have blog advertising across the entire blog-o-sphere. I am not a small press or even self published. M. R. Mathias’ books are PUBLISHED by Michael Robb Mathias Jr. and should be treated no differently that any big named publishers title. WHY? Because I do my job as a publisher too. Please quit sending my posts into the self published/small press thread. My titles are neither. I have 92k twitter followers @DahgMahn and 10 titles in their genre bestselling list. There is nothing self pubbed, or small, about books written by M. R. Mathias. Thank you, M.R.Mathias’ publisher, Michael Robb Mathias Jr.

Personal Note: go read the entire post. It is thoroughly entertaining.


Just one today (because I’m super busy. I promise more later this week)

  • Witchful Thinking by H.P. Mallory * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. library addict
    May 21, 2012 @ 12:14:22

    Watermarking is the type of DRM in the HP books downloaded from Pottermore?

    Why oh why won’t they understand that DRM does nothing to deter piracy and only hinders readers who want to pay for books?

  2. Shiloh Walker
    May 21, 2012 @ 13:16:38

    The great literary genius that is M. R. Mathias is thoroughly entertaining is his typos, his poor grammar, and his constant harping on the fact that readers don’t really care about sentence structure.

    oh, really…?


  3. Mireya
    May 21, 2012 @ 13:25:54

    DRM light… but I still will not fully own the ebook that I buy… they truly still don’t “get it”…

  4. Angela
    May 21, 2012 @ 13:42:46

    I got a huge laugh out of the fact that M.R. Mathias couldn’t decide if he was the author or the “publisher” in his response. And I’m still turning the “big” publishing houses with less than 18 books to their name over in my mind in amazement…

  5. Edward
    May 21, 2012 @ 13:44:46

    @Mireya: I hear you. It’s like “nicotine free cigarettes”.

  6. De
    May 21, 2012 @ 17:06:37

    I’m curious about this first part of the URL:

    Was that an accident or are we missing some wacky news?

  7. Jane
    May 21, 2012 @ 17:12:42

    @De: I’ll post about it tomorrow but you can read about it over at the Smart Bitches blog today. I put in a piece about the Story Siren’s plagiarism but then I decided I did not want to give her more traffic because I am totally disgusted with her behavior.

  8. Jules
    May 21, 2012 @ 17:18:57

    Oh! I wish I had a bag of popcorn reading that author’s meltdown. Just his responses alone are enough to lead me to believe that he is not, as self proclaimed, the next Tolkien.

  9. ms bookjunkie
    May 21, 2012 @ 17:19:31

    If the dude objects to being called a small press or self-published, why don’t we just agree to call him vanity published? I mean, with the way he keeps repeating his name in his endeavors (author name/publisher name), it certainly fits.

  10. Lou
    May 21, 2012 @ 18:19:12

    This is the same author who got upset a few weeks ago with Diana Gabaldon. She turned down his Twitter request to write a blurb for one of his books and badgering ensued. She finally had to tell him to back off. It seems like this attitude is pretty common for him.

  11. Author On Vacation
    May 21, 2012 @ 20:19:28

    @Shiloh Walker:

    The great literary genius that is M. R. Mathias is thoroughly entertaining is his typos, his poor grammar, and his constant harping on the fact that readers don’t really care about sentence structure.

    I’ve read much worse in books I paid for.

  12. Ann Somerville
    May 22, 2012 @ 01:36:23

    After reading the ‘faction’, I think what we have here is a failure to communicate.

    There are *two* people surnamed ‘Mathias’: one who is forenamed ‘Michael Robb’ (and who is, further more, a ‘Jr’, evidencing the existence of yet *another* Michael Robb Mathias, proving this is an incredibly common name), and another who is forenamed ‘M. R.’. What those initials stand for, we can’t possibly know and should refrain from guessing to prevent an infringement of Mr Mathias’s privacy.

    What is certain is that Michael Robb Mathias *Jr* is “an author with 18 titles for sale”, and though he is not a small press (which is understandable, as Corporations are People but not Small Presses), he is the *publisher* of M. R. Mathias.

    Now M. R. Mathias is also an author of 18 books (and a publisher), but he is obviously not to be confused with Michael Robb Mathias because M. R. Mathias is not a ‘Jr’, and does not publish his own books. Michael Robb Mathias *Jr* publishes M.R. Mathias’s books.

    These poor souls, united by an unfortunate coincidence of nomenclature, have been cruelly and *viciously* slandered (or even libelled) and Everyone owes them an apology. Now.

    Or else Michael Robb Mathias’s lawyer, M.Robb Mathias, will come after you and make you removed this heinous story from the Google.

  13. SAO
    May 22, 2012 @ 02:56:58

    So, what is “heavyweight” DRM? Because “Does not get in the way of users’ expected interactions with the content. Works seamlessly in the absence of a network connection” strike me as basics for any DRM with a goal other than convincing readers to abandon their Kindles or explore the wonders of Bit Torrents.

  14. Ann Somerville
    May 22, 2012 @ 03:08:36

    “So, what is “heavyweight” DRM?”

    If you try to break it, a bosomy, hirsute woman wearing boxing gloves jumps through the computer screen and rips yer bloody arms off :)

  15. Estara Swanberg
    May 23, 2012 @ 12:13:09

    @Ann Somerville: *grin* This.

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