There seems to be a lot of negativity around, especially re: epublishers [sic] and small press in general. I would like to invite everyone to post on their blog this Saturday, and post about something they like or love about small or e- publishing. It can be anything so long as it is POSITIVE!
I wasn’t going to bother because I’m on deadline, until I read the NCP announcement letter (you’d think they’d take this page down by now):
No one wants their books labeled as porn and no one wants to be associated with such sites as Ellora’s Cave—even the authors who write for them prefer to remain anonymous.
Rumor has it that Ellora’s Cave is so desperate for ‘romantica’ that they’re asking their authors to add sex scenes to previously written books.
I’m used to EC getting slammed in Blog Land and I’ll ignore it because those people who don’t like EC have their reasons and my disagreeing with them until I’m blue in the face is not going to change their opinions. However, to see a publisher make statements (not opinions, but statements) like the two above make my jaw drop and my blood pressure kick up a notch.
Uh, I write for EC, I’m not ashamed to admit it, and I don’t consider my work to be porn (anyone who disagrees, feel free to do so because I think everyone is entitled to an opinion). I don’t have one pseudonym for my EC releases and another for everything else, which, admittedly, is a single release from Cerridwen Press, an imprint of EC. Nope, everything I write is under Ann Bruce. And if I sign with an NY publisher, I’ll be using the same name because I put just as much mental sweat into a manuscript for EC as I would for any other house.
And, no, I was never asked to add sex scenes to previously written books. However, if EC was “so desperate” for releases, could it be because they couldn’t meet demand? And isn’t demand outweighing supply a good thing? Simple economics, I know.
The announcement letter was written in 2003 and some people said NCP’s attitude must’ve changed, but the letter is still up and hasn’t been updated. I think the attitude and disdain for EC still remains.
Me? I’m happy to be published with them. They don’t have hard and fast rules about word count; they’re willing to take risks with stories that don’t fit into a traditional mold; the covers for my releases are good (Les Byerley rocks!); my editor understands my
juvenile sense of humor–and that is key; and I have to say, in an industry where 500 copies make an e-book a bestseller, sales are very, very respectable.
NCP wants to differentiate itself from EC, and they’ve done a stellar job because, unlike NCP, EC is a place where I would want to see my name.
(Damn, I’m coming across as a cheerleader and I really hate that. Another sin to lay at NCP’s doorstep.)