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Foot in Mouth Disease Affecting Fantasy Sector

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There appears to be a viral illness passing through the fantasy sector. Signs of the dreaded Foot in Mouth Disease are evident at two popular online blog stops. Oh Noes! There is Ms. Guran who decided to take the new Harlequin Paranormal blog to task for a) posting under a first name and no last name and b) for being banal about vampires.

This is the same Guran, editor of Juno publishing (whom we have reviewed here both favorably and unfavorably), who said this and this. It appears Guran is suffering chronic FiMD.

Another FiMD case is found at author Holly Lisle’s blog. Ms. Lisle is exploring the viability of a magazine and in her initial post declared that she wasn’t interested in publishing “porn” in a statement about epublishing. This was republished on Karen Scott’s blog and Ms. Lisle defended herself on the basis of being misunderstood (this inability to communicate her message clearly despite being a professional writer must be frustrating).

To further clarify her words, she wrote this today:

I’d think it would be obvious to anyone with a brain that ANY writer who is writing both adult and YA fantasy under her own name is not going to be even remotely interested in including anything that could be categorized as porn, or romantica, in a magazine she’s ALSO putting out under her own name.

Was I insulting porn? Romantica? No.

I was noting that porn/romantica is the ONE type of fiction that you can sell on the internet and know it will go. The stuff sells, and sells very well, and where there’s one big market for it, there’s certainly another. And some of it is very well written. I’m simply not interested, even a little bit, in being that market.

Yes, when money was a nightmare a couple of years ago, I bought a handful of Ellora’s Cave’s offerings with the idea of cooking up a pseudonym and doing a few of them, just to bring in the extra bucks. Some I thought were funny as hell, a few were pretty hot, some I didn’t care for, but in the end, no matter how much money I might have made doing them, I figure you only get so much time-’and so many books to write-’before you die. You better make sure every one you do is one you want to claim.

From this I draw the following conclusions:

  • Holly Lisle thinks porn and romantica are interchangeable
  • She thinks that authors who write for Ellora’s Cave are embarrassed to have that same name attached to other adult novels. (this is probably true for some and not true for others)
  • That writing for EC is something that you only do when you don’t have anything better to claim.
  • Writing romantica is super easy. It can probably be done by the lolcats but they have better things to do. (having read alot of bad romantica, I am guessing that its really not that easy).

Again, I could be misunderstanding her. I’ve been accused of that before. What is the treatment for FiMD? Can we prevent its spread across genre lines (actually there is plenty of FiMD in the romance genre too)? More lolcat pictures perhaps?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

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