I know I sound like a broken record, but I just don't have the time to keep this blog going on a regular basis. School is whipping my butt this quarter and I'm so stressed out. That's what I get for taking accounting with a medical math calculations class. Numbers up the wazooo! I'll say it right now, anyone who is an accountant, thank god you do it because I would slit my throat if that were my job. So tedious. Ugh.
On to other things....
I saw on GLBT promo blog that there is a new press, Phoenix Rising Press dedicated to offering and publishing lesbian romance/fiction. From their Author's section:
Phoenix Rising Press represents a new paradigm in lesbian publishing--a philosophical shift that is designed not to supplant, but to complement traditional publishing models. Phoenix Rising Press works with well-established, seasoned authors who are looking for maximum creative freedom and ownership of their work.
Well, it's nice that there is another publisher dedicated to offering lesbian romance and fiction. There are certainly not enough of those types of publishers. However, I probably won't be buying from them.
I can see charging $14 plus for a paper/trade book. That is pretty much the standard for lesbian fiction from any press. And since they don't do large print runs, it's going to cost. But there is no way in hell I will spend $11 plus for an ebook. An ebook that again is slapped with DRM. No. Just No. I can't share it, or resell it, or give it away. I can't even read it actually except on my computer since my reader doesn't read their three formats.
It's unfortunate. This genre gets so little attention since it seems to be such a small population who read it. But charging so much for an ebook doesn't help. It's been the major deterrent in me buying Bold Strokes books, a publisher that already has an established group of well-known and excellent authors. Why would I try out a new author on Phoenix with an $11 charge? So, sorry Phoenix Rising Press, I won't be buying from you. Especially since there are lots of other epubs willing to put out lesbian and f/f ebooks DRM free and at a decent price.
Speaking of which... I know most readers of this blog read Dear Author. Jane has started a new site called lostbooksales.com . It was set up for people to write why they didn't buy a book. I think it's a great idea. Maybe if publishers get to see exactly why people don't buy books, they will change their stance on how books are offered and the price of them. I don't think it will really change anything, however, it's a central place for readers to bitch, which at least gives us a voice and feels good frankly :-). More info here.
And now for some pimping:
Paisley Smith has a book coming out on NOV. 16th. I'm really looking forward to reading it!
by Paisley Smith