Yesterday, I pulled up a review of an older book because I wanted to talk about one of my favorite anthology contributions written by Author Nicole Camden. One of the commenters, Charlene Teglia, asked what other works Camden had penned. Unfortunately, as Rosario, another commenter pointed out, Camden’s anthology contribution was her only published work.
Mrs. Giggles, another Camden fan, noted that she had emailed Camden on an annual basis to see what, if anything was new. I know that I visited Camden’s website in the early days to see what was new and there was nothing in the publishing pipeline despite Camden offering a snippet of work here or there. One can’t help but speculate that her writing simply didn’t fit the genre parameters NY as dictating at the time.
Author and commenter Teglia noted that she, too, had hit a rough patch in writing and had stopped submitting. When questioned about this by Janine, one of my blogging partners, Teglia responded that she got back into the game, in part because she stumbled across Ellora’s Cave. Teglia now has 11 ebooks to her credit, 1 recently print published book from St. Martin’s Press, and a contract for more from Samhain, Ellora’s Cave, and St. Martin’s Press.
It’s no secret that it took a while for New York to catch onto the fact that extra steamy romances are in high demand. As Mrs. Giggles pointed out, Camden’s work was right before the epublishing renaissance and the rise of the stand alone ebook readers. Ellora’s Cave appeared to be the savior of authors like Teglia who has catapulted herself into mainstream with a nice contract from venerated publisher, St. Martin’s Press, publisher of Jennifer Crusie and Janet Evanovich.
It’s not a put down for me to say that epublishers are launching pads for authors. It allows authors to establish an audience with something that might be too outre or less conventional for the print publishers of the day. It’s not to say that the ebook offerings are less strong than the print offerings. One of my favorite e published authors is Anya Bast but I was disappointed in her Berkley offerings. I’ve heard others say that Lora Leigh’s stronger work is her Ellora’s Cave offerings with Elizabeth’s Wolf being considered her best work to date.
I’ll be the first in line to buy Camden’s books if she goes the epublished route and hope that more authors see epublishing as a viable alternative for their work. Romance is less without Camden. It would be less without Teglia. It would be less without a lot of authors for whom epublishers made writing for a living a possibility.