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E-presses

Postby FranW » 28 Mar 2010, 19:51

While most print pubs also take (and use) e-rights, there are also a slew of e-presses that are predominantly (or solely) e-book publishers. Those applicable to lesfic will be listed in this thread.

Comparative listing of erotica e-publishers here: http://www.erecsite.com/PLIST.html
Long list of various e-publishers here: http://www.epicauthors.com/pubcorner.html
Some sales figures are listed here: http://www.erecsite.com/SALES.html
Examine a standard e-book contract here: http://www.epicauthors.com/contract.html
and see the discussion of contracts here: http://www.epicauthors.com/redflags.html
Forumite Lily Hayes has put together a comprehensive spreadsheet with all the e-presses: https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key ... utput=html
And Lily has also got it on her website: http://www.lilyhayes.com/lesfic-publishers/

General list of e-presses (w/ royalty rates)
Artemis Press
Bedazzled Ink
Bristlecone Pine Press
Carina
DLSIG Press (pays 45% on net; 11% for print)
Drollerie Press (closed)
E-lesmag (vanity e-press)
Ellora's Cave (pays 37.5%; 7.5% for print)
GLB Publishers (subsidy press)
Guiltless Pleasure (pays 40% on net for e- and print)
inGroup Press (no info on payment)
JMS Books (pays 50% on net for e- and print)
L-book (pays 40% on net)
Lavender Door (pays $2 per copy sold)
Linden Bay Romance (pays 37% of gross proceeds for e-books, 25% of gross profits for print. I've no idea what this actually works out to.)
Liquid Silver (pays 40% on net)
Logical-Lust (pays 50% on net; for print, 7.5% on cover price)
Loose ID (pays 35% on cover price)
Lyrical Press (pays 40% on cover price)
L M Inc (no info on pay)
Montlake Romance (Amazon; self-publish)
Mundania Press (pays 50% on net; 15% on net for print)
Musa Publishing (pays 50% on net; 15% on cover for print)
Phaze (pays 50% on net; 15% on net for print)
Push Press Books (no info)
Queered Fiction (not yet open)
Ravenous Romance
Red Rose Publishing (pays 40 - 50% on ?)
Samhain (pays 40% on cover price)
Shadowfire Press (pays 40% on net)
The Gay Publishing Company (does not pay)
Torquere Press (pays 25% on cover price; 8% for print books)
Verb Noire
Wild Child Publishing (pays 40% of cover price; 10% on cover price for print )
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Re: E-presses

Postby FranW » 06 Apr 2010, 14:08

Ravenous Romance is now actively seeking lesbian romance novels (50 - 60K words) in a variety of subgenres, preferably novels that re-tell a classic story -- Gone With The Wind, Princess Bride, etc.

http://ravenousromance.blogspot.com/201 ... ction.html
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Re: E-presses

Postby FranW » 22 Jun 2010, 08:47

JMS Books
http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=page_2

A brand new e-press that also puts out novel-length works in print.

Owner: J.M. Snyder
Main Editors: J.M. Snyder, A.D. Haines
Major authors: J.M. Snyder, J.T. Marie
Publishes: Lesbian, gay, transgender
Genres: erotica, romance, YA, fantasy, SF, horror, historical, mystery, general fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
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Re: E-presses

Postby audre » 24 Jun 2010, 14:53

I enjoyed perusing the sites you reference in your 3/28/10 post. I must say I am impressed.
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Re: E-presses

Postby FranW » 10 Oct 2010, 19:23

Sapphire Books ("The Gem in Lesbian Publishing")

http://www.sapphirebooks.com/about_us/about_us.html

Their website is, oddly, set up so you can't copy any of the text. So I'll paraphase:
- New
- E-press/POD
- Lesbian only
- Zero experience in the publishing industry (they state they have worked in the nonprofit sector and that they think this has prepared them to run a publishing house. I don't share their leap of faith...)
- Owned by its sole author
- On "buy books" there is no info on genre or page count/word count on its sole book for sale, and no price given
- "Preview first 2 chapters here" button doesn't link to anything
- Not currently open to submissions

My crystal ball doesn't predict a bright and prosperous future, but my crystal ball has been known to be wrong before.

January 2011 update: currently closed to submissions.
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Re: E-presses

Postby FranW » 19 Oct 2010, 15:32

Update on Carina Press: They've got some of their titles included in what is essentially the Harlequin Romance Book Club:
Starting in February 2011, some of the Carina Press romantic suspense and mystery titles will be going to print via the Harlequin Direct to Customer (DTC) program. Reader Service, as it known to customers, sends a monthly shipment of 3-4 books to readers who have signed up for the service. As a result certain Carina Press titles will be printed by the DTC team and included in a monthly 2011 shipment.

We’ve also partnered with Audible.com to release audio versions of Carina Press titles. To date, Audible has chosen approximately forty 2010 titles they feel are appropriate for their venue

http://carinapress.com/blog/2010/10/our ... -and-news/

So now we know why they insist on all rights even though they are for all intents and purposes an e-press only. This could be very good for those lucky authors whose books are chosen.
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Re: E-presses

Postby FranW » 22 Oct 2010, 07:03

Saffron imprint of Embrace Books (Thanks to Sandra for the market tip!)

Quality lesbian fiction, including short romance and erotica.

These stories engage the reader within a world of female-female relationships, in a range of romantic, erotic, historical, paranormal, crime, thriller and suspense fiction.

From significant commercial fiction to hot, irreverent erotica, Embrace Books provides a brand-new British home for powerful lesbian writing with a global outlook.

http://embracebooks.co.uk/saffron/


They're a brand new e-press (UK), but the founders run Salt Publishing, which looks to be a well established and respectable British poetry-focused small press.
http://www.saltpublishing.com/

However, earlier this year Salt was teetering on involvency, which is why they're moving to e-books:
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/12307 ... -left.html

The romance editor for Embrace, Jane Holland, is a well known poet and novelist whose work was published with Salt Publishing. I can't find anything about her having a romance editing background, other than her mum having been a big name writer in the genre, but in an interview (http://theliteraryproject.blogspot.com/ ... lland.html) she said she loves to read romance, particularly bubbly Heyeresque romance, and is actively soliciting paranormal and lesbian romance. She seems to be open to most genres.

They've also got a F/SF imprint, which is NOT romance.

More info on this thread on another forum, where the editor has been answering questions: http://www.sffchronicles.co.uk/forum/52 ... ere-3.html

I've got a good feeling about this one.... I've done a bit more research on the web, and the words from the wise are that it'd be a good idea to submit your mss elsewhere. And between the questionable finances, and the odds against someone whose expertise is poetry and literary fiction will successfully make the leap to editing commercial romance, and the fact that no e-press (as far as I know) has successfully marketed any genre but erotica, yeah, I'm inclined to agree.

There's a thread on AW here: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/sho ... p?t=194679

UDPATE Aug 2011: The editor, Jane Holland, last month stepped down from Embrace Books for unspecified reasons. She's announced it here: http://rawlightblog.blogspot.com/2011/0 ... books.html though there's no mention of it on either the Salt or Embrace websites. The Embrace website itself at embrace.co.uk seems to have deteriorated, though it does note they are now closed to submissions; the main Embrace link now directs to the Salt website. There's little mention of the Saffron line. I think this is a dead/dying market.
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Re: E-presses

Postby Sacchi » 22 Oct 2010, 09:27

Jane Holland has written erotica, for me, in fact, but I don't know that she's edited it. I don't know about romance.
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Re: E-presses

Postby FranW » 23 Oct 2010, 08:25

As always, it's a gamble to be the guinea pig, so probably best to wait a year and see if they've managed to get off the ground. They've got some industry background, which puts them miles above most of the competition, but as we've seen in the past (remember Quartet Press) in the end a press lives and dies by its finances.
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Re: E-presses

Postby FranW » 23 Oct 2010, 08:33

Another new e-press: Etopia Press.

http://etopiapressblog.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/ http://www.etopia-press.net/Submissions.php

On the plus side, they've already signed authors who have an established track record of publication and (therefore, presumably) a readership, so initial sales should be brisk. The owner/editor as a track record in editing and creating cover art for some respectable e-presses. Also, they say:
We happily and proudly accept and encourage LGBT works in all the above traditional, non-traditional, general, and literary categories.

And they say:
Right now, we’re especially looking for shorter works—short stories and novellas, especially darker-themed shorts (fantasy/sf/horror).

Both of which, of course, put a gleam into my beady little eyes.

On the minus side, however, is the fact that they're looking for all genres. I don't know of any successful small press that doesn't specialise in something or another.

So -- yeah, worth keeping an eye on.
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