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.
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 teacher posted 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
Spring has definitely sprung here in Northern California — as well as the foliage. While I don’t suffer from allergies like so many other people do, I did contract a nasty cold, and I am a sniffling, snotty mess. No one — including myself — wants to or should be around me right now. But the flowers are also beginning to bloom, and it reminded me of a pic I saw recently of Naked Man orchids (left). Aren’t they great?
Last week there were two posts on the site: the first one was by Josh Lanyon called Please Don’t Feed the Monsters, and Windy City Inspiration by Rick R. Reed. If you haven’t seen these articles they’re both linked.
This week Josephine Myles has written a post called In Defence of Dirty Books which will be live on Thursday April 25. I’m sure you can’t wait to read it.:)
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!
This week there will be two posts – one by Josh Lanyon called Please Don’t Feed the Monster and the other is a provocative post by Rick R. Reed which shall be nameless. I’m sure you can’t wait to read them.
On the news front, the National Hockey League (NHL) and its Players’ Association (NHLPA) joined forces and announced on Thursday that they were partnering with the You Can Play Project, an organization aimed at eliminating homophobia in athletics. The NHL became the first major league sports organization to do so and maybe this will lead the way for other major league franchises. The You Can Play Project was started by Patrick Burke, a scout with the Philadelphia Flyers and the son of former NHL general manager with the Toronto Maple Leafs Brian Burke, in March of 2012, in memory of his younger brother Brendan a former minor league hockey player from Toronto who was killed in an accident in 2010 three years after coming out to his family.
Here’s the full article if you wish to read it.
Every year when this contest rolls around authors and their fans scramble to make it to the Finals, just like the annual US College Basketball Tournament. This year M/M readers have a stake in the outcome of the contest because fans voted in Abigail Roux’s Stars & Stripes which proceeded to knock out Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Storm in the second round of the Elite Eight by a huge margin to advance to the Final Four. If you feel that Stars & Stripes deserves to move on you should vote. Remember, it gets tougher the higher the book advances and it would be great if an M/M romance were to advance to the Finals.
Here’s the schedule for the voting:
April 6, midnight to noon CST (Central Standard Time)
A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare v. Stars & Stripes by Abigail Roux
Please check the time zone.
Good luck and may the best book advance. Here’s the link with all the information
Last Sunday Aunt Lynn did an admirable job while I was away and Muggs looked delightful.
This week I’m profiling author Marquesate who lives in Scotland and writes military romances. You may remember her Special Forces epic co-written with Vashtan a few years ago – I think it ended up as 1 million words !!! I hope you will log on on Wednesday, April 3 to read her profile and ask her any questions. Remember, with author profiles I don’t ask the questions, you do.
Hey kids, Aunt Lynn here filling in for Wave as she tries to unpack her new place that doesn’t yet have Internet access. Poor Wave! She should be back online sometime in the next day or two if all goes well.
Instead of some smexxy (human) guys this week, I thought I’d use my own smexxy guy, Muggs, as the cover boy. Isn’t he handsome? Poor Muggs, he got his nads snipped last week and the empty sac swelled to the size of oranges!
The ebook categories and winners with which M/M readers are most familiar are:
Contemporary Romance: Winner – Rick R. Reed for Caregiver
Science Fiction Romance: Winner – L.A. Witt for Static
Suspense/Thriller: Winner – KevaD for Whistle Pass
Short Story: Winner – Vivien Dean for Tis The Season
Congratulations Rick, Lori, Vivien and KevaD.
To celebrate Caregiver’s EPIC eBook Award win, Dreamspinner Press is offering it for a limited time at 30% off. They are also offering deep discounts on Rick’s other Dreamspinner titles.
For the full list of winners you can go to Epic’s website.
Hey folks. Aunt Lynn here with a quick note to say that we were down earlier this morning due to a server power failure on the part of our host. Everything should be up and running okay now.
Also, just letting you know that while the site overall is shit tons better in performance than it was previous to the other, prettier theme (design), we are still experiencing a little slowness and a few brownouts. In the next month, Christian and I will be looking at this to try and make more fixes. Thanks, as always, for your patience with us.
On Friday authors Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock are writing about their first er… date. I hope you enjoy it.
Today, in celebration of St. Paddy’s Day, Dreamspinner Press has a 25% off sale on all ebooks and in-stock print books, so get out those credit cards.
Reviews on the weekend: See The Light by Cassandra Carr reviewed by Jeayci; Bite Your Tongue by E.A. Clarke reviewed by Val Kovalin; The Whore of New Slum by T.A. Chase reviewed by Shy; Vanity Fierce by Graeme Aitken reviewed by Cryselle; Toughskins by William Masswa reviewed by Sirius; Blood Red Butterfly by Josh Lanyon which I reviewed; Mannies Inc. by Sean Michael reviewed by Sammy; and Iron Eyes by Vivien Dean reviewed by Raine. If you haven’t seen these reviews this is your opportunity to check them out.