I know last week I said I was going to address the software problem but as I wrote it up, I realized I had said the same thing before. Basically, DRM is awful and suppressing the adoption of ebooks. Moving on, I have two questions for the readership that arose during the reading of two press releases from new epress publishers. I’ll address the first one today and that is, do you readers want to know about every epress I get a press release for?
Recently a new epublisher broke onto the scene with a blogpost from Lori Perkins. Ms. Perkins, an agent who sold Jenna Jameson’s porn star memoir for six figures, announced
of my clients are starting an epublishing venture and they are buying so much of my clients’ work. It’s an erotic romance ebook publisher that’s buying short stories and novels, but the novels have to be 50,000 words (that’s 200 pages), so I’m editing back a ton of these titles to fit.
I wondered whether Ms. Perkins was working as an editor and had a financial interest in the epress as well as agenting. In response to my blog post, an author, Jill Elaine Hughes, came forward to announce that Ms. Perkins was her agent and that Ms. Hughes was selling previously unsaleable work to this new epress. (Hughes disputes this statement, asserting her unsaleable work is not going to this new epress other than one work.)
In the comments, Ms. Hughes declared that her new epress publisher was going to blow the competition out of the water.
As of August 25, 2008, there are over 60 epresses in business according to Emily Veinglory’s site. Both press releases actually scare me rather than entice me. One site referred to themselves as equal opportunity smut peddlers; the other press release indicated that it would be releasing a full length novel a day.
I am leery of new publishers these days. I don’t want to point people in the wrong direction, but I don’t want to keep information that others would be interested in knowing about. I am not inclined to promote publishers that I feel are taking advantage of the erotic romance label knowing full well that they are going to be publishing erotica or porn dressed up as erotica.
So what’s the consensus here. Do you want to know about all the new and shiny when it comes to epresses?