Monthly Archives: February 2012
With everything stirred up in the erotica section of the digital bookstore this week, I thought it was time to make things clear.
The Plume is a continuing series, but one that will be finite. You could think of it as a serialized novel featuring a number of ongoing characters. This series of linked novellas is marketed as Erotica because each novella doesn’t necessarily end with the characters having a Happily Ever After or even a Happy For Now. (That’s an HEA or a HFN.) The series in its entirety, though, will be Erotic Romance – in fact, it will be four or five erotic romances told within the same series. The individual stories (or the emotional journeys of the individual characters) overlap and are entwined, but will be resolved happily by the end of the series. I need to label each novella as Erotica, though, so readers know not to expect that HEA in each story.
In contrast, the novellas in the other series on my desk are all Erotic Romances. The protagonist in each novella find an HEA or an HFN by the end of the novella, so those novellas will be marketed as Erotic Romance. (I want to have all three novellas completed, because there are entwining story elements, before publishing this series. Just FYI.)
I hope that makes sense to you.
If you read erotica, you have probably heard that there are distribution changes in the works. Paypal will not let their services be used for the sale of what they deem to be obscene materials, and many online vendors are trying to ensure that their book list meets Paypal’s new terms of service.
My stories don’t fall into any of the categories of erotica affected by this change, but the discussions from different vendors have offered interesting views into their perspectives. It seems clear to me now that All Romance eBooks is more interested in distributing erotic romance than erotica. This explains why sales of my Plume series have been pretty slow there. That’s fine – people have the right to focus their business as they see fit. I have removed the Plume series from sale at ARe, but when I publish an erotic romance, I’ll list it there. The Plume series remains for sale at other outlets.
The first novella in the Plume series, SUBMISSION, will be free on Amazon for five days this week.
Wednesday February 8 through Sunday February 12, you’ll be able to grab a free copy, right HERE.
Here’s the cover for the First Anthology of the Plume.
This volume includes the first three novellas of the Plume – SUBMISSION, SURRENDER and SEDUCTION. It’ll be available in both a digital and a print (POD) edition. This is the front cover only – the back has thumbnails of the three covers of the included novellas and their summaries.
Since SUBMISSION is part of that promo at Amazon, the anthology will be available digitally at Amazon first. The print edition is not affected by the promotion, according to Amazon, so the print edition will be available as soon as I sign off on the proof. Soon!
Isn’t it pretty?
A little update for you. I’ve enrolled SUBMISSION into a program at Amazon, and this means a couple of things:
• SUBMISSION can be borrowed by Amazon Prime members, like a library book.
• SUBMISSION will be available exclusively at Amazon for three months. That’s one of the terms of the deal, so it will return to wider distribution in May. For the moment, I’ve removed the buy links from the Plume page for SUBMISSION.
• SUBMISSION will be available for free for five days at some point during that three month period. I’d like to make that happen in February. I will give you the dates once it’s arranged, so you can share the link with your friends.
• It is possible that I will not be able to publish the First Plume Anthology until after this promotion is completed. I’ve asked Amazon about the exclusivity condition – because SUBMISSION is included in that anthology – and am waiting to hear back from them. I’ll guess that the print edition will have to wait until May and the distribution of the digital anthology to other vendors will have to wait until May. Maybe the digital anthology can be offered on Amazon. We’ll see what they say. All the components of the anthology are already available individually so this isn’t a huge concession.
• DECEPTION will be published on schedule in March and distributed to Amazon as well as other digital vendors.
The cover for the anthology, btw, is just gorgeous. I’ll post it here when it’s done, even if you can’t grab a copy of your own until May.