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Re: E-presses

Postby FranW » 06 Jan 2011, 07:05

L M Inc: http://www.lmwrites.com/

Looks to be a new lesbian e-press. Very little info on the website, which was set up in May 2010. No info on the owner/staff. However, the site is registered to "Teryn Melissa Williams", and the major author with books at LM is Teryn, so I think it's safe to assume that this is Yet Another Self Publisher Trying To Masquerade As A Commercial Press.

They don't state what format the books are sold in, but I'm assuming they're e books rather than print books. Prices are $10 - $15. Given the lack of info about what one is buying (print? Ebook? PDF? Kindle? Page count? Any description of the book at all?) and the lack of distribution (sold only through the website as far as I can tell), I would guess that sales are limited to the authors' friends and relations. Pretty much like you'd get with a vanity press.

They don't pay anthology contributors at all. They use language (e.g. "make your vision a reality to share with the world") that you see on all the scam/vanity press sites, and they make the author pay to register the copyright. They only accept US resident authors. They don't say they charge the authors anything, but I wouldn't be surprised if they do.

I'm trying to be charitable and assume that this is a Well Meaning But Clueless rather than Deliberate Scammer publisher, but either way, I'd recommend avoiding them.
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Re: E-presses

Postby ElaineB » 06 Jan 2011, 08:41

I thought it odd that you couldn't get any description of the books. Clicking on the covers only showed the covers. Then BUY! Yeah, don't think so.
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Re: E-presses

Postby FranW » 07 Jan 2011, 11:27

Push Press: http://pushpressbooks.wordpress.com/abo ... ce-novels/

A new e-press for LGBT romance and mystery novels. No info about owners, editors, formats, payment, distribution....nada.
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Re: E-presses

Postby deej » 07 Jan 2011, 11:47

So I'm guessing we shouldn't all rush our manuscripts to them. rofl
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Re: E-presses

Postby FranW » 07 Jan 2011, 12:49

I can't tell if Push Press Books is the same as the Push Press that's associated with Heliopolis (see: http://suncityprojects.blogspot.com/p/bookstore.html) though the latter appears to be an art/poetry press (?). A google search on Push Press Books turns up nil. So my guess is that within two years it'll join Boudica, Bootlace, Antitype, Alpha World, Galiah, and all the other clueless, slightly scammy, never got off the ground publishers in the GLBT world.

In other news, Samhain is launching a horror line. Cool!
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Re: E-presses

Postby FranW » 07 May 2011, 08:09

inGroup Press

inGroup Press publishes books with LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) characters and themes. We'd love to see your work, as long as it contains elements appropriate to our brand.

Currently Seeking:

#1 – LGBT YA/teen novels, dark and emotional to quirky and hilarious. Books with supernatural aspects are especially welcome. If—like us—you think "Twilight" is painfully heterosexual, and you've done your own take on gay teens and werewolves, then you should be sending us your polished manuscript.

#2 – Erotica novels and novellas for our Symbiont Books imprint. We are also in search of erotica writers willing to author books in a new, innovative collection from inGroup Press. For more information, send us an email with "Symbiont Books – (Your Name)" in the subject line. Include your publishing history and sample work, which could be a few chapters or a short story you're exceptionally proud of.

#3 – Compelling LGBT non-fiction.

Please Note: If you have a book that doesn’t fall into the categories listed in our "Currently Seeking" section, you're still welcome to submit! inGroup Press has eclectic tastes, and welcomes many genres.

http://ingrouppress.com/submissions.html

They're new (website first set up in Oct 2009). They've got half a dozen titles out, but they're limited to a few e-book formats; no print.

No mention at all of who the owners/editors/staff are or what their experience/backgrounds are. The website is registered via a proxy, so no info available there either to find out who owns the press. No mention of min/max word counts. No mention of advances or royalty rates.

Proceed at your own risk.
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Re: E-presses

Postby FranW » 07 May 2011, 11:27

Just in case there weren't enough romance e-presses out there already, Amazon has leaped into the pond. They've announced their new venture, Montlake Romance, which appears to be their fourth (?) ebook imprint. No word on how, where, when, why, whether or not it's self-publishing, whether or not they'll accept submissions or only solicit certain authors, or, really, any other info. They're launching with a new book from a NYT best-selling romance author.

More (not much more!) info here:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... z1Lc2pjgvA
http://money.msn.com/business-news/arti ... D=13564466
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zht ... highlight=
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000677371
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Re: E-presses

Postby PaulaO » 07 May 2011, 11:56

It is an imprint of Amazon Publishing which is a vanity/self-publisher, as far as I can tell.

Here's a funny article about it: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2384982,00.asp

Amazon's publishing unit gently undid the ties protecting the firm, ripe bosoms of its fourth publishing imprint on Thursday, claiming its trembling prize with strong, calloused hands.


Here's a longer article from WSJ
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2384982,00.asp

(...)
In 2009, Amazon launched its first imprint, AmazonEncore, with Cayla Kluver's self-published young-adult fantasy novel "Legacy." Its AmazonEncore business takes potentially hot digital titles, often self published, edits them and distributes them digitally and via print retailers. Its Kindle Direct Publishing is one of the world's largest repositories for self-published digital works.


It's second imprint was AmazonCrossing in May 2010.
http://mashable.com/2010/05/19/amazoncrossing/

And the 3rd was called "The Domino Project".
http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2010/ ... g-imprint/

AHA! Finally, something on Amazon Publishing! They make it hard to find.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000664761
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Re: E-presses

Postby FranW » 21 May 2011, 09:17

Lyrical Press is an epress that publishes romance/erotica, and they've put out a call specifically for GLBT books:
Call for Submissions: LGBT Romance
Lyrical Press is seeking gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender stories that are lightyears outside the proverbial box. Dark and stormy nights full of deep and steamy romance. Sleek and edgy sci-fi with savvy, sexy characters. Suave swashbucklers who capture more than ships—they capture hearts.

Lyrical Press is accepting all forms of LGBT, with a focus on romance and erotica. If you’ve got a story that’ll steam up the windows and steal the reader’s heart, we’d love to hear from you.

Sensuality level: All – with a focus on romance/erotica

Length: 30,000 – 80,000 words

Key Characteristic: Central romance must be LGBT.

Deadline: None

Please follow Lyrical Press’ guidelines found here: http://www.lyricalpress.com/submissions when submitting. Send submissions to carinbrumal@lyricalpress.com

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/sho ... p?t=214205

I don't track the e-presses very closely, so I don't know how they rate relative to each other, but the owner of Lyrical has been posting sales figures on Absolute Write, and they look pretty impressive to me -- their 2010 releases sold 600 - 9000 copies per title (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthr ... 91&page=16).

GLBT sales may (probably will) be on the lower end, but anyhow, if someone has a lesbian erotic romance novel -- particularly with BDSM -- looking for a home, this e-press may be a good place to start.

Editing to add: Their covers look pretty nice, too!
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Re: E-presses

Postby Baker » 25 May 2011, 07:59

FranW wrote:Editing to add: Their covers look pretty nice, too!

lol Always an important criterion.
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