This is a long weekend in Canada and that’s the reason why this post later than usual.
Hurray for Spring and great weather which makes me want to drink alcohol (I don’t really need an excuse)
To our authors: Last week I wrote an article about author royalties Writing is a Great Career but how much does it pay? There were over 125 comments on the post and more than 1300 hits, I assume mostly from authors. However, while it’s nice to know that you found the post and the comments interesting, and a lot of you said it gave you a perspective of how much to expect in future royalty payments, only about 110 authors completed the survey. Since the number of M/M authors is at least 1000, this is disappointing. I was hoping that a lot more of you would have done so because you’re doing this for your fellow authors and yourself. As with any survey, without really good empirical data the information is inconclusive and not very credible — the larger the numbers of respondents the more reliable the results. Thanks to those of you who have completed the survey, and if you haven’t I’m sure your fellow authors would appreciate it if you did so.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. This is probably the only day you get feted, starting with breakfast in bed. Enjoy the pampering while it lasts.
On Friday I posted an article about author salaries. The name of the post is Writing is a Great Career, but how much does it pay? This post is very important because for the first time M/M authors get a sense of what to expect in terms of royalties, and how they compare to others in this genre. However, although there have been over 1,000 hits so far on the post, less than 100 of you have filled in your information, which is not even 10% of those who viewed the post, if I assume that about 50% of the people who checked out the statistics are authors. If you haven’t seen the article or haven’t filled in your information here’s the link. I would appreciate it if as many authors as possible, novice and experienced, completed the survey so that there is a large enough sample group. Thanks guys. The post will be up for a while to ensure that we capture as much information as possible. Your comments are also welcome.
Many romance readers seem to think that a writing career is something that is not only glamorous but a way to make pots of money quickly in their spare time and, if they’re very lucky, they can parlay writing into a full time career. However, only the most successful authors can afford to write full time and there are not that many of those rare beings in this genre, so it’s important to know what you can expect to make as a writer before you jump in.
And the dreams don’t stop. Readers also have visions of their books turning into movie scripts like one very famous (or infamous) writer who recently did just that! They figure they can write in their pyjamas and not have to commute to work, as the commute would be from their bedroom to the den/office, after they catch up with the morning shows and drink their second cappuccino or latte. Doesn’t that sound idyllic? However the truth may not be the picture I just painted because writing is hard work if you do it right and produce quality work, as any experienced author will tell you. So this post is an attempt to find out if there’s any money to be made from all that hard work, and if so, how much.
Happy spring and a return to sunshine. I hope everyone is doing great! I had a wonderful l-o-n-g weekend in New York, the mecca for shopping and Broadway shows.
What’s on the agenda for this week? Lots of reviews and new books donated by publishers and authors that you can bid on and hope to win.
Also, I’m writing a post (that includes a survey) which will be live on Friday, May 10, about whether there’s any money to be made as a romance writer, and how much. This is an anonymous survey so I hope that our authors will respond in large numbers and provide some tangible information. M/M romance has been around for over 10 years and, other than epublishers, no one seems to have any authentic data about how much writers make. Many readers aspire to be authors because it seems like such a glamorous career, but is it really? Can you make enough money to support yourself if you decide to become an author full time in today’s economy? I hope that this survey will be helpful to current authors in this genre as well as help those aspiring authors who need the facts before they jump into the fray and quit their day jobs. .
Tj sent me this letter before I left for New York over a week ago and I apologise for the delay in posting it. This letter shows that even very young children are aware of the impact of marriage equality. A teacherposted the essay to Reddit, saying, “One of my 4th grade students chose gay marriage as his topic for a persuasive essay. This is the result. More sense than some adults.” The letter also appeared in Towelroad
Dirty books shouldn’t need defending, should they? However, there’s a certain kind of book I’ve noticed that gets badmouthed everywhere it goes. It’s treated like an uninvited guest who turns up at a formal party looking like a streetwalker, then proceeds to get drunk, foul-mouthed and does a lewd dance on the table top, flashing her skimpy undies. Everyone considers her an embarrassment, but you can guarantee most of them are secretly enjoying the show.
What books am I talking about? I’m talking romantic porn. You know the sort of book: the one where the plot is the thinnest excuse for hanging together a series of sex scenes. Romance readers feel cheated because there’s little in the way of a romantic arc: just two unfeasibly hot men (or whatever gender combination you like) shagging like rabbits at every opportunity. Erotica addicts get annoyed because it isn’t edgy or literary enough, and there’s too much lovey-dovey snuggling for their tastes.
Title and Link: Bad Attitude
Author:: K.A. Mitchell
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Publisher URL: Samhain Publishing Amazon Buy Link Publisher Buy Link
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novel/265 PDF pages
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Review Summary: Another wonderful book in this series, with two MCs who set each other on fire.
In light of the Boston Marathon bombing and the explosion in West Texas, both of which took many lives I thought I would post this piece from MSN which TJ sent to cheer me up. Now we’ll all enjoy these pictures:
New Zealand MP Maurice Williamson delivered a wonderful speech called “Rainbow across my electorate” about gay marriage in which he debunks his detractors’ fears about what approving same sex marriage would do to the fabric of society :
I hope you enjoy his speech which is one for the ages.
There’s a new sheriff er…press in town - Wilde City - and it’s launching today, April 17. You know some of the players who own Wilde City and maybe even love them, sometimes. But love ‘em or not, most important they’re here! And I’m looking forward to the books that will be released by Wilde City.
Here’s an article about the new press which introduces some of the players:
I so want to begin this story with the line: “We built this City… We built this City on cock and balls!” But that would just be crass. Uncouth. Lewd. Well, perhaps it would be to those fancy-pants people in the posh penthouse apartments on Filthy Rich Avenue overlooking Sensual Park… but not for me. No sir, I’m kicking around in Hell’s Bells Kitchen where I grew up, being of Irish heritage and all. In fact, I just passed Patrick Darcy, the bad boy of this neighborhood… you’ll meet him soon enough! And he’ll give you a top of the morning you won’t soon forget!