The Outer Alliance

I recently ran across mention of a group called The Outer Alliance, a support and advocacy group for people involved in GLBTQ speculative fiction. Their mission statement is as follows:

As a member of the Outer Alliance, I advocate for queer speculative fiction and those who create, publish and support it, whatever their sexual orientation and gender identity. I make sure this is reflected in my actions and my work.

Pretty basic and definitely something I can get behind, so I joined. I missed their Pride Day, which was on 1 September, but was just in time to see a statement go up Regarding Queer-Unfriendly Markets. The issue specifically concerned the sentiments and opinions of Mr. Jake Freivald, owner of Flash Fiction Online, who’d rejected an advertisement Crossed Genres tried to place (a paid ad, through Project Wonderful) soliciting material for their upcoming LGBTQ issue, on the basis that he didn’t accept “sexually themed ads.” Click the link above to see the ad in question — there’s nothing sexual about it, unless one has an “Eeek, sex, dirty!” response to the term “LGBTQ” itself.

The Outer Alliance wasn’t trying to persuade its members to boycott Mr. Freivald’s site, but was merely presenting the facts. The post opened with:

After much discussion within the Outer Alliance, a consensus has been reached that when our writers or publishers encounter a market that is specifically unwelcoming to queer content, that we ought to make sure our membership is aware of it so that they may decide individually whether or not they wish to try to conduct business with such a market.

I think that works. There’s certainly a clear implication of what the organization thinks, but nobody is going to be tossed out for publishing with FFO.

In this case, the issue is purely one of principle for me, since I neither read nor write flash fiction. I certainly would want to know, though, whether the owners or people otherwise in control of a market I might be considering submitting to hold homophobic (racist, sexist, whatever) views; not only would I prefer to save my time and effort if the content of my stories might get them rejected off the bat, but I’d just as soon not have my name professionally associated with these kinds of people. Mr. Freivald is free to think whatever he likes, and to run his business likewise, but I and other writers and readers are correspondingly free to respond to his views as we please, and to choose to do business with him or not based on our responses.

If this is the sort of info Outer Alliance will be providing, then it’s worth my time to poke around on their site periodically just for that. They’re just getting going, though, and I hope to see a wide variety of news and information of interest coming from them. We’ll see.

If you’re interested, the link at the top is to their blog; becoming an actual member means joining their Google Groups site, which only requires a line or so saying why you want to join.

Angie

Contests and Sales

I remember some discussion a year or so ago about whether entering contests was worthwhile from a sales point of view. I can’t say anything about the general experience, but I now have a data point.

My novelette, “A Spirit of Vengeance” made the finals in the 2009 EPPIEs competition. This isn’t a huge contest; hardly anyone outside of e-publishing has ever heard about it, and even within that area of the business, it gets variable amounts of respect. Note also that my story didn’t win — it only finalled, making it past the first round of judging.

Finalists were announced in early December of 2008, with lists of finalists posted in quite a few places around the net, and published in some newspapers. The winners were announced in early March of 2009.

Looking at my royalty statements, if we take my third quarter sales for 2008 as the baseline, fourth quarter (which includes less than a month of sales post-announcement) was 125% of that, a modest increase. First quarter 2009 sales were 450% of the baseline, and second quarter 2009 sales were just a bit over 200% of the baseline.

It would’ve been interesting to see whether second quarter would’ve been significantly higher if I’d won (aside from the fact that it just would’ve been nice to win 🙂 ) but it’s pretty clear that first quarter of ’09, at least, showed a very significant increase in sales. The story had been up for sale on my publisher’s web site for over a year by that point, and it’d been up on third-party distributor sites for almost as long; the initial flurry of sales for each of those venues is clear in my records, and both had died down before third quarter of ’08.

In my case at least, being an EPPIE finalist did seem to impact my sales, and very nicely too. I have no idea what anyone else experiences, but there seems to be a clear cause-and-effect in my case between making the EPPIE finals and a spike in my sales.

Angie

Custom Anthologies

Here’s something different I ran across the other day. AnthologyBuilder is a new twist on POD service where writers offer their reprint stories (and they only take reprints, from paying books or anthologies) to the AnthologyBuilder archive — which also contains public domain stories — and customers can browse through and choose exactly which stories they want to have in their personalized anthology. They can choose up to 350 pages of fiction, give the book their own title and choose cover art, then pay $14.95 and have the book produced and mailed to them. Authors get paid pro rata royalties whenever one of their stories is chosen for an anthology. Their guidelines are here, and their author contract is here.

I have no idea how well this works, what kinds of sales numbers the site has, or whether it’d be a smart use of reprint rights, but it’s an interesting idea so I thought I’d toss it out there for you all to take a look at.

Angie

Anthology Markets

More anthology calls — more holidays, both Halloween and Christmas/etc. I’m including Torquere’s story blitzes even though they’re not technically anthologies, because they’re treated enough like anthologies that it’s close enough IMO. Stories are sold separately, but readers can buy the whole package for a discount, and there’s a single deadline and package promo and all, so there you go.

NOTE: the SHINE anthology deadline has been pushed back to 1 August, so if you were thinking about subbing but didn’t quite make it, you still have some time.

[ETA NOTE2: I’ve been getting a lot of hits on these posts, so if you’ve just wandered in off the internet, hi and welcome. 🙂 I do these posts every month, so click here to make sure you’re seeing the most recent one.]

[And what the heck is a “creative nonfiction short story”? o_O If they want a short memoir or a true narrative or whatever, why didn’t they say so? Needless to say, that one’s not in here.]

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1 August 2009SHINE — Solaris Books

Convincing and optimistic: Imagine that we are the biggest skeptics on the planet, then show us how things can change for the better, and persuade us.

Near-future: from now until 50 years later.

SF: we’re not going to define it. Write what you think is SF, and convince us with the story.

The Gritty:
Length: up to 10k words (not hard, but anything longer than 10k should be mind-blowingly superb).

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1 August 2009Halloween Sip Blitz — Torquere

Sips are our popular short story line, running 3000-8000 words. Every Halloween we put out Sips with a spooky theme, to be sold separately and as a package. We prefer male/male stories for this line, but will consider lesbian or menage stories if they’re exceptional. The deadline for this year’s Halloween Sip Blitz is August 1, 2009, and we ask exclusive electronic rights for one year. Sips are a royalty paying line, and authors earn 35% gross on all Torquere site sales, and 25% on all distributor sales.

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1 August 2009Holiday Single Shot Extravaganza — Torquere

Got a holiday story that needs telling? Think it will be novelette length, from 10000 to 20000 words? If it’s romantic, gay, lesbian or menage, and has a holiday theme, then query us for our Single Shot extravaganza! Please send query by August 1, 2009 to submissions@torquerepress.com. Once your query has been approved, stories are due by October 1, 2009. We ask exclusive electronic rights for one year. Single Shots are a royalty paying line, and authors earn 35% gross on all Torquere site sales, and 25% on all distributor sales.

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1 August 2009Changing Lives, Charity Short Story Blitz — Torquere

The theme is Changing Lives, and proceeds will go to the Matthew Shepherd foundation.

Stories are due August 1, 2009, and will be released in September 2009. Each story should be 3000-8000 words in length, and focus on gay, lesbian or transgendered characters. Priority will be given to stories with strong romantic elements.

What is Changing Lives all about? We want stories about changing minds, about standing up for what you believe in, and about the right to live, and love, as you choose. We’re looking for hope, for positive endings, and of course, love stories.

General submissions guidelines can be found at www.torquerepress.com Please send submissions to submissions @ torquerepress.com with “Changing Minds” in the subject line. Authors agree that all royalties from Charity Sips will be donated to the Matthew Shepherd Foundation, with Torquere matching all donations 100%. Please email Shawn at saclements@torquerepress.com with any questions.

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10 August 2009Space Opera Anthology — Samhain

Open to M/F, M/M, or multiples thereof, and any sexual heat level. The only rule is the story should be set mainly or entirely in space and the romance must end happily ever after or happy for now.

The anthology will include novellas from 25,000 to 30,000 words in length and will be released individually as ebooks in April 2010.

To submit a manuscript for consideration, please include the full manuscript (of 25,000 to 30,000 words) with a comprehensive 2-5 page synopsis and a cover letter. When you send your manuscript, please be sure to use the naming convention SpaceOpera_Title_MS and SpaceOpera_Title_Synopsis.

Submissions are open until August 10, 2009 and final decision will be made by August 31, 2009. Please send your submission to editor@samhainpublishing.com and include Space Opera Anthology in the subject line.

Questions can be addressed to Sasha Knight sasha@samhainpublishing.com

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12 August 2009Men in Kilts Taste Test — Torquere

Publication date November 2009, subs due 8/12/2009 (Celtic barbarians, modern day commando hotties. Highland fling me, please!)

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15 August 2009Phone Sex Toybox — Torquere

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31 August 2009Queer Gothic Anthology — Queered Fiction

Open call for submissions for a Queer Gothic Anthology to be published by QueeredFiction where genre is queered. Deadline is 31st August 2009. We’re looking for gothic tales of horror and romance. Your submission should be a short story between 3,000 and 10,000 words. We are seeking fiction with positive images of queer characters. We’re not looking for clichés. We do not want reprints. We are seeking first world rights for this anthology which will be published as an eBook and in Print format.

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UNTIL FILLEDMM and Menage Steampunk Antho — Phaze

Call: M/M and Menage Steampunk Anthology, Title TBA
Edited by: Leigh Ellwood
Projected release date: late 2010
Format: eBook (with possible print release)
Publisher: Phaze Books
Payment: $50 for one-time electronic and print rights, plus copies

Hey, all you steampunk enthusiasts, grab your goggles and get to writing! Phaze Books is planning an M/M (and bi-M menage) steampunk collection for eBook publication in 2010. If you have a yen for 19th century history with a touch of good humor and technological innovation (and a whole lot of manlove!), we hope you’ll send us your hottest steampunk erotic romance of 10K – 20K words. If you’re not sure about the genre, check out this Wikipedia entry for steampunk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk) to get an idea of the style of stories we’re looking for. Think H.G. Wells or Wild Wild West, then turn up the steam factor with an incredible M/M or MMF/MMM match-up!

This call is open indefinitely until the spots are filled. Contributors will offer one-time electronic and print rights to their works and receive a one-time payment of $50 and contributors copies (eBook and/or print, if the book goes to print).

To submit to this anthology, please follow the Phaze Books structural guidelines at http://www.phaze.com/submissions.html and attach your RTF submission to Leigh Ellwood, c/o Phaze Books at submissions @ phaze (dot) com. Please use STEAMPUNK ANTHOLOGY is your subject header.

GLBT Bookshelf and Some Press Weirdness

The first publicity campaign is starting for the GLBT Bookshelf; we’ve got a press release out to a few sites, which is pretty cool. Hopefully the site will get a nice wave of people wandering through. (Here’s my main page for anyone who missed it the last time I posted about this. [cough])

The weirdness, though, came just a few minutes ago. Mel Keegan, whose brainchild this project is, e-mailed all of us who’ve signed up on the site about the press release, which says in part:

Frustrated by the infamous “AmazonFail” fiasco of early 2009, in which the online retail giant was suspected of attempting to deny GLBT literature the benefits of its promotional systems, Keegan conceived of an online community in which all such systems were circumvented — replaced by “community promotion” with direct links to authors’ and publishers’ pages.

There’s another mention of “AmazonFail” later on as well. But Mel mentioned that one of the sites to which the press release was submitted, PR.com, would only run the story if the mentions of “AmazonFail” were removed. o_O Umm, excuse me? None of the other sites minded the mention at all; “AmazonFail” was big news a couple of months ago and mention of it will only bring more traffic. So one has to wonder whether Amazon might not own a chunk of PR.com, and be trying to squelch mentions in the news of their more embarassing moments. Only speculation of course, but it’s definitely suspicious.

Angie

LGBT Bookshelf Wiki

Well, I haven’t been doing much writing over the last few days, but I have a chunk of a wiki now. (And I know a lot more HTML than I did a week ago.)

In response to April’s Amazonfail, Mel Keegan started the GLBT Bookshelf, a community for writers, publishers, artists, editors, reviewers and readers of GLBT fiction based on a wiki. It’s a communal project, and as soon as it’s a bit more fleshed out, we’ll start advertising to draw more traffic. Members are encourage to post buy-links to their fiction, and the idea is to be a central location where readers can come to find and buy GLBT books. You know, in case Amazon or anyone else eventually comes up with a way of actually getting away with turning us all invisible to the readers and customers.

It’s a pretty cool project. The home page ishere and my main author’s page is here. I have a page for each of my stories, with summaries, good-size excerpts, buy-links, and links to my free stories. I’m on the writer’s list and my stories are on the alphabetical book list and on my publisher’s page. I still need to link each story up to the relevant category (genre, theme, etc.) pages, but my brain started frying in code about six hours ago so I’ll finish up later.

This is a neat idea and it’s something any group of writers could do. If you’re a writer I urge you to come over and poke around, even if you don’t write GLBT. One of the primary benefits of this project, even assuming none of the major retailers ever tries to erase us again, is that we can do group marketing; with even one or two hundred people you can do a lot of high-quality advertising for just a buck or two per person. With more people you can start looking at advertising that’s usually available only to the medium to large publishers. Any group of writers from any genre or non-fiction subject area could benefit from this sort of set-up.

Angie

Anthology Markets

More upcoming anthology deadlines. Just a few this time, but you can tell Halloween’s coming. 🙂 All romance and erotica this month, except for the first one.

Remember to follow the links for full requirements and submission info.

This is the third time I’ve done this and I’ve decided to keep on, since these pages get a nice number of hits. I’ve backed up a bit on the date; since I start listing with the first of the following month, the 10th should be a good posting date, leaving three weeks or so to write a short story if something catches your eye. And since I’ll run the list through the 1st of the month after that, something with a deadline of the 1st will have shown up the previous month anyway, so that should work out.

Note that I’m not trying to be comprehensive here. I keep a file of info on anthologies I’m personally interested in maybe thinking about submitting to, and decided to post them here. So this is just what caught my attention; there’s a lot more out there. Notes either in comments or e-mail about upcoming anthologies are welcome (including from the editors or publishers of said anthos) but I’ll only add it to my list if it’s something that I personally would at least think about subbing to. Although if you want to post a note in comments, I won’t delete it so long as it’s a call for an open, paying anthology. (Paying in money, even if only a little, not just trib copies.)

Questions or suggestions are always welcome.

[ETA NOTE: I’ve been getting a lot of hits on these posts, so if you’ve just wandered in off the internet, hi and welcome. 🙂 I do these posts every month, so click here to make sure you’re seeing the most recent one.]

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1 July 2009SHINE — Solaris Books

Convincing and optimistic: Imagine that we are the biggest skeptics on the planet, then show us how things can change for the better, and persuade us.

Near-future: from now until 50 years later.

SF: we’re not going to define it. Write what you think is SF, and convince us with the story.

The Gritty:
Length: up to 10k words (not hard, but anything longer than 10k should be mind-blowingly superb).

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1 July 2009I Put a Spell on You — a BBA Menage Anthology — Torquere

Love spells? Magic in the air? You bet. All it takes is two boys, one girl and a magical romance, and you have the perfect story for I Put a Spell on You. We’re looking for m/m/f romance and erotic romance with strong characters and great stories.

Stories are due July 1, 2009 for release in October 2009. Word count between 3000-8000 words, with a payment of $50.00, as well as a contributor copy in both electronic and paperback format. Since this is a direct to print anthology, we’re asking exclusive electronic and paperback rights for 5 years. Please send a synopsis, author bio and your story to submissions@torquerepress.com with Spell in the subject line.

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1 July 2009The Care and Feeding of Demons — Torquere

Demon romance! Demon hunter romance! Urban fantasy, kick-butt antiheroes. This one was requested by Torquere’s authors, who asked and received! All demons, all the time! Stories should be gay male, and should be romance or erotic romance with a hopeful or happy ending.

Stories are due July 1, 2009 for release in October 2009. Word count between 3000-8000 words, with a payment of $35.00, as well as a contributor copy in electronic format. We’re asking exclusive electronic 2 years. Please send a synopsis, author bio and your story to submissions@torquerepress.com with Demons Anthology in the subject line.

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15 July 2009Scared Stiff Taste Test — Torquere

Publication date October 2009, subs due 7/15/2009 (Sexy spooks? Ghosts with something extra to stick to you? Heck yes!)

Taste Tests are mini-anthologies consisting of three or more stories ranging from 3000-7000 words each for a total of 10000-20000 words. Monthly themes are posted on the Taste Test submission page, along with deadlines and links to our general submission guidelines. Authors may submit a single story to any open theme, or submit a set of stories as single author collection, suggesting their own theme. Single-author collections will be published concurrently with a regularly scheduled monthly title.

Please send all submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com care of Lorna Hinson with Taste Test (theme title) in the subject line. This line pays our standard royalty rates, split equally among all authors (co-written stories receive a single payment divided between the co-authors). Please follow our general guidelines for formatting and cover letter information. If you have questions about the suitability of any story or need clarification on our guidelines, please email Lorna at ldoone@torquerepress.com

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15 July 2009Costumes Toybox — Torquere

Toy Boxes are small collections of three to four stories ranging from 3000-7000 words each for a total of 10000-20000 words. We’ll post themes that we’d like to see, and authors can submit one story or a whole collection. Entire collections must center around a single toy box item.

M/M stories are preferred.

Our standard submission requirements apply as far as formatting and cover letters. Please send all submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com care of M. Rode.

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UNTIL FILLEDMM and Menage Steampunk Antho — Phaze

Call: M/M and Menage Steampunk Anthology, Title TBA
Edited by: Leigh Ellwood
Projected release date: late 2010
Format: eBook (with possible print release)
Publisher: Phaze Books
Payment: $50 for one-time electronic and print rights, plus copies

Hey, all you steampunk enthusiasts, grab your goggles and get to writing! Phaze Books is planning an M/M (and bi-M menage) steampunk collection for eBook publication in 2010. If you have a yen for 19th century history with a touch of good humor and technological innovation (and a whole lot of manlove!), we hope you’ll send us your hottest steampunk erotic romance of 10K – 20K words. If you’re not sure about the genre, check out this Wikipedia entry for steampunk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk) to get an idea of the style of stories we’re looking for. Think H.G. Wells or Wild Wild West, then turn up the steam factor with an incredible M/M or MMF/MMM match-up!

This call is open indefinitely until the spots are filled. Contributors will offer one-time electronic and print rights to their works and receive a one-time payment of $50 and contributors copies (eBook and/or print, if the book goes to print).

To submit to this anthology, please follow the Phaze Books structural guidelines at http://www.phaze.com/submissions.html and attach your RTF submission to Leigh Ellwood, c/o Phaze Books at submissions @ phaze (dot) com. Please use STEAMPUNK ANTHOLOGY is your subject header.

[ETA: Closed to comments to prevent a spamstorm.]

Anthology Markets

More anthology markets from my list. Note that sometimes you have to scroll down a bit after clicking the links, if the publisher puts all their anthology info on one page.

For non-erotic markets, check out Destination: Future and SHINE, both SF. Also note that Love Wide Open is themed around helping family and friends understand GLBT friends and relatives, and erotica would probably be missing the point 🙂 so that one qualifies too.

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1 June 2009Back in the Saddle — Torquere

Cowboy stories are so popular with Torquere that we had to bring them back in the tradition of Under this Cowboy’s Hat or Cowboy Up! Old west, rodeo, contemporary, or foreign, you name it, we want our cowboys! Stories should be gay male, romantic, and feature happy endings.

Stories are due June 1, 2009 for release in September 2009. Word count of 8000 or more words, with a payment of $75.00, as well as a contributor copy in both electronic and paperback format. Since this is a direct to print anthology, we’re asking exclusive electronic and paperback rights for 5 years. Please send a synopsis, author bio and your story to submissions@torquerepress.com with Back in the Saddle in the subject line.

10 June 2009Over the Moon paranormal anthology — Total-E-Bound

* 15K to 20K word count per short story/novella
* Paranormal – Werewolves, MF or MFM only
* Heat Rating: Burning/Melting (see our book rating info)

The Submission deadline is June 10th 2009 for release in November 2009. Submit the full story plus synopsis. When submitting, please enter “Paranormal Submission” in the email subject line.

15 June 2009Prince Albert Toybox — Torquere

17 June 2009Chain Male Taste Test — Torquere

Publication date September 2009, submissions due 6/17/2009 (Knights on white horses. Squires in chains! Saracens who want to show Europeans how to bathe, among other things. Bring on the knight.)

30 June 2009Destination: Future — Hadley Rille Books

SF, hard SF, alien worlds, space operas, alien encounter beyond Earth, exploration and quest stories. No alternative or historical fiction, steampunk, fantasy or horror. 3-6K words.

30 June 2009Love Wide Open

All submissions should focus on helping people, especially parents, accept the orientation and sexual identity of their gay, lesbian, bisexual, gender variant or questioning children. Extreme negativity is discouraged. Degradation of any group of people, whether defined by religion, sexuality, age, ethnicity, etc., will not be tolerated. Disagreement with the beliefs and creeds of any religion or ideology must be addressed respectfully.

1 July 2009SHINE — Solaris Books

Convincing and optimistic: Imagine that we are the biggest skeptics on the planet, then show us how things can change for the better, and persuade us.

Near-future: from now until 50 years later.

SF: we’re not going to define it. Write what you think is SF, and convince us with the story.

The Gritty:
Length: up to 10k words (not hard, but anything longer than 10k should be mind-blowingly superb).

1 July 2009I Put a Spell on You Menage Anthology — Torquere’s Bareback Angels imprint

Love spells? Magic in the air? You bet. All it takes is two boys, one girl and a magical romance, and you have the perfect story for I Put a Spell on You. We’re looking for m/m/f romance and erotic romance with strong characters and great stories.

Stories are due July 1, 2009 for release in October 2009. Word count between 3000-8000 words, with a payment of $50.00, as well as a contributor copy in both electronic and paperback format. Since this is a direct to print anthology, we’re asking exclusive electronic and paperback rights for 5 years. Please send a synopsis, author bio and your story to submissions@torquerepress.com with Spell in the subject line.

1 July 2009The Care and Feeding of Demons — Torquere

Demon romance! Demon hunter romance! Urban fantasy, kick-butt antiheroes. This one was requested by Torquere’s authors, who asked and received! All demons, all the time! Stories should be gay male, and should be romance or erotic romance with a hopeful or happy ending.

Stories are due July 1, 2009 for release in October 2009. Word count between 3000-8000 words, with a payment of $35.00, as well as a contributor copy in electronic format. We’re asking exclusive electronic 2 years. Please send a synopsis, author bio and your story to submissions@torquerepress.com with Demons Anthology in the subject line.

You DO Want Me to Buy Your Books, Right?

Okay, so Fictionwise is having a half-off sale and I’m running around filling my cart. There’s this writer I’ve liked before, I read the first book of a series (sort of a psychic-urban-fantasy sort of thing) and it was good, so I look up her name to see if the next book in the series is there. Well, they’ve got number three, but not number two (or even number one) and I’m not about to skip number two because I’m uptight that way.

I see that she’s got another series going, though, another urban-fantasyish setting only this one’s about vampires. I read some of the plot descriptions and they sound pretty cool. Okay, I want to try the first one and see how I like them. Except… there’s no indication on Fictionwise as to what order you should read them in. :/ And in fact, there seem to be two series here (Fictionwise lists them in the SeriesName: BookTitle format and there are definitely two series names) but descriptions from both series mention the same character so… I guess they’re linked? I can tell which series comes first, since Fictionwise tells you what year a story was published in and the second series is 2009, but all the first series books were published (or maybe just hit Fictionwise?) in 2008, so no help there.

I fire up the Google-fu and find the author has a couple of web sites and an LJ. One of the web sites has all the books for the first series (the one I’ve got number one of) in the proper order, but doesn’t even mention the other series. (Either one.) Nothing helpful on the other web site. I check the LJ and… nothing helpful there either. I mean, there are probably individual posts to the journal as each book comes out (I would hope so, anyway) but I’m not about to go paging back through this writer’s journal by hand. The logical thing with a journal is to have some obvious place — like a pinned entry which is always on top, or a listing or link in the journal’s profile — where a reader with money in hand can find things like buy links and lists of what order to read series books in. No luck.

Now there might well be some other web site farther down the Google page with a list of the books in the series I’m interested in, in reading order. I’ve checked the writer’s sites, though, and I don’t think I should have to go wading through fan pages to find basic information. I’m assuming the writer wants me to buy her books and I don’t think it’s too much to ask for her to give me reading-order lists on her web site or journal or whatever, where I can find them without going on a web-wide Easter egg hunt.

And not to pick on this one person — I’ve had similar problems with other writers, both e-published and folks whose books are on the shelves at bookstores, where I’m standing there with my credit card in my pocket and there’s nothing on covers of series books to tell me which order to read them in. At least with a paper book I have in my hand in a bookstore, I can flip through and find the copyright page (which usually gives month as well as year) or maybe a reading-order list somewhere in the front- or backmatter. Although I’ve run into lists of an author’s other books before which were not in reading order, so that can be a trap.

And then there’s the question of aggravation level, diminishing patience, and my willingness to overcome same; it’s probably not going to fall out the author’s way unless they’re just that high on my Favorite Writers List. Take Jim Butcher, to name one person whose books inexplicably say “Book One [or whatever number] of the Dresden Files” until they hit book six or so, and then just say they’re “A” book of the series. [headdesk] The Dresden Files really rock, so I’m willing to grit my teeth and mutter imprecations about Butcher’s publisher for changing the series line at the bottom of the cover, while I stand there in the bookstore juggling five or six of his books, trying to get them into copyright order so I know which one to read next. If you’re much lower on my Favorite Writers List than Jim Butcher, though, I’m much more likely to just give up on your series and move on to the next writer.

Right now, I have money. I want to give it to this writer. (Well, all right, a chunk to the writer, a chunk to her publisher and a chunk to Fictionwise, but still.) These are e-books, we’re doing this online, she has two web sites and an LJ. Is it that hard to post a list somewhere telling me which book to buy first? :/

Sorry. Moving on to the next writer.

Angie

Bestseller Numbers

Lynn Viehl, who hit the NYT mass market bestseller list last year for the first time, shares her royalty statement, talks about the hard numbers of advance, royalty, sales and reserves, and discusses what was and wasn’t done to make those bestselling numbers happen. I’ve never seen anyone do this before, so thanks to Lynn for being so open and sharing this stuff with the community.

Check it out — there’s some interesting info there.

Angie