Love Gone Wild – Self-publishing success stories and how to get it right.

Thinking or self-publishing and/or want to learn more about it? This session at this year’s conference will provide you with some very beneficial insights.

Amy Andrews, author of over 60 books, will moderate this panel of hugely successful Australian indie authors to discuss a diverse range of issues involving their self-publishing journeys as well as advice and debunking myths.

Come and hear from Clare Connelly, who has published over 42 titles and seen over 500 000 paid downloads, Chris Taylor, who turned down a deal with one of the big 5 has now written 19 romantic suspense books with over 100 000 paid downloads, and Rachel Amphlett, who has sold Italian rights to her indie published debut thriller and has seen six figure downloads of her breakout romantic suspense novel.

These three hugely successful Australian indie authors talk business. Find out what worked, what didn’t and everything in between.

Remember, registrations for Love Gone Wild close on July 15th, so don’t miss out. Register now at: bit.ly/RWA17Events 

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OWL 2 for November. Have you heard about Miss Jones? Understanding character-driven plotting through analysing Bridget Jones’s Diary.

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Have You Heard About Miss Jones? Understanding Character Driven Plotting Through Analysing Bridget Jones’ Diary with Samantha Bond.

You’re probably familiar with the phrase: “the plot thickens”. But exactly what is plot and how, as a writer, do you come up with your own original, compelling plots?

Let’s hand over to the amazing Samantha Bond so she can tell us…

Do you love writing but find that you either:

  1. a) have trouble coming up with ideas for stories, or
  2. b) start stories only to run out of steam part-way through?

I had both of those issues once too.

In fact, the main thing that scared the bejesus out of me when I started my first novel was knowing just what to write. I had the kernel of an idea and a few characters, but how was I going to spin this into 300-400 pages of novel? “Outline it”, I was told. Plot it out so you don’t have to face the terror of the blank page.

Great advice, if you know how to do it.

At that point in my writing career, I didn’t know how to plot or outline, so I invested many hours in learning how plot works. I read and I did courses and I hassled people far more learned than me, and I discovered that there’s so much information on plot that it can be overwhelming and therefore not very useful. But the good news for any of you considering doing my Bridget Jones inspired OWL on plotting, is that I’ve filtered through lots of that information for you. The result is what I believe to be a simple and workable model for understanding and using plot.

Because she’s awesome, I’ve drawn inspiration from iconic chic lit character, Bridget Jones, to demonstrate ideas and explain the concept of character-led plotting. And to demonstrate that character-led plotting works for just about every type of story, not just Rom Com’s, I’ve also used 80s action hunk, Bruce Willis, and his equally iconic character from Die Hard, John McLane, to show it in, ahem, action in action stories.

If you were lucky enough to see Michael Hauge at the RWA convention in August, then some of the theory in this course will be familiar. That’s because this isn’t new information. Information about plotting and how story works has been around forever. But what is different about my course is its practical application. I’m an action gal — I want to know how to USE information, not just read it. And so the focus for this OWL is on getting you to put character-led plotting theories into action to generate your own original plots. All the theory in the world is great, but if you can’t easily apply it, it’s really not that much good to you. So while I’m certainly not claiming to be any Micheal Hauge, I do think this is a good adjunct to his wonderful workshop because it shows you the nuts and bolts of things and how you can get that theory working for you in a practical sense.

Basically, by the end of this OWL, I want you to have an understanding of what plot is, how it functions in fiction, and how you can generate your own plots in your writing. I want you to never fear the blank page again because, once you’ve done this when someone wisely advises you to “outline it”, you’ll know exactly how.

Hope to see you over at my November OWL, Have you heard about Miss Jones? Understanding character-driven plotting through analysing Bridget Jones’s Diary. It’s gonna be a blast with big knickers!

 

Course Dates: 01/11/2016 – 28/11/2016

Cost: RWA Member – $30. Non-RWA Member – $40.

Register at:  http://www.romanceaustralia.com/owl/26

The trick is to understand the difference between ‘story’ and ‘plot’. In this workshop, Samantha will demonstrate how plot works through an analysis of arguably the greatest chick-lit novel of all time, Bridget Jones’ Diary. But more than simply analyse, this workshop will arm participants with tools to create their own plots through an understanding of how characters reacting to challenge results in plot. While this course will examine theory, it is a hands-on practical course designed to get you writing.

Samantha Bond is a reformed corporate lawyer, now writer and public servant. Her creative work has been published in numerous national literary journals, anthologies and magazines. She has an Advanced Diploma of Professional Writing winning the award for Highest Overall Achievement for her graduating class, and now teaches in that course. Samantha also writes reviews for the Indaily and Glam Adelaide and between these two publications, has had over 200 reviews published. Samantha does freelance corporate writing work as well as creative writing mentoring and if you’d like her services, she’s contactable through her website www.samanthastaceybond.com). Finally, Samantha is a busy mum of two littlies, is an unapologetic chocolate addict, believes that Buffy would so slay Edward (which perhaps shows her age) and is a writers’ festival groupie.

November OWL 1. Self-Publishing for Beginners with Cathleen Ross

Ever wondered if self-publishing is for you but haven’t quite been able to navigate your way through to make the decision? Cathleen Ross has the answers in one of our two November OWLs

Course Dates: 01/11/2016 – 28/11/2016

Cost: RWA Member – $30. Non-RWA Member – $40.

Register at:  http://www.romanceaustralia.com/owl/25

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Self Publishing Made Easy, coming in November 2016

 My name is Cathleen Ross and I’ve been self publishing since 2011. As a member of RWA for over twenty years, I’ve seen a lot of changes.  When I went to RWA in America in 2010, I saw a lot of known and not so well known writers taking their careers into their own hands and self publishing. They wanted to do things their way and self publishing gave them the chance.

I don’t consider myself particularly technical but I can follow instructions if they’re outlined properly. If you feel the same way then this online course is for you because I’ve got it down to 5 easy steps.

Since 2011, I’ve written and formatted twelve different books/novellas/short stories and one boxed set. And guess what! I’m earning seventy percent royalties on my work priced 2.99 and over on Amazon, which beats anything a publisher can offer. Bear in mind, that once you self publish you become the publisher which means you are responsible for buying a cover, the blurb, marketing and uploading your story. It is doable and fun.

As a pioneer in this country of self publishing, and a trainer with 30 years experience, I’m on a mission to make it possible for you because I think every writer shouldhave this skill. I will answer all your questions and encourage a friendly online classroom where students also chip in and help others. When I’ve run this course in the past, I’ve found some of my students are smarter with covers and writing blurbs than I am but I’m not fussed. The more you jump in there and participate, the more encouragement you’ll get from me so you get the best product possible.

I am what as known as a hybrid author, published with traditional publishers while also self-publishing my own titles.

The advent of commercially viable self-publishing has meant unprecedented  opportunities for authors to get their stories out to the reading public all over the world.

I’m going to show you how to prepare your manuscripts for self-publication and how to use three platforms Smashwords, Draft to Digital and Amazon so you can choose where and when you would like to self publish.

You don’t need to be a graphic designer. You do not have to know any HTML. You do need to invest time and energy in getting your book as good as it can possibly be.

Remember readers love buying ebooks. They don’t care who the publisher is so long as they are good, professionally produced books they love.

Come and learn an essential skill for your future.

Best

Cathleen Ross

 

Subjects to be covered in this four-week OWL

Information on selling platforms: Smashwords, Amazon, itunes etc; Steps involved in uploading a story; Editing; Covers; Formatting; Blurbs – what makes a good blurb, what to put in, what to leave out etc; Marketing / Advertising/ The latest sites/results and numbers; Business Practices, setting up bank accounts, issues with US payments etc; ITIN numbers; Accounting Issues either as individuals / setting up as a group publisher; Links  / info on where to find following services – covers, editing, etc; What makes a good BIO.

 

Cathleen Ross thinks self-publishing is akin to the invention of the printing press. Ahead of the wave, she started self-publishing in 2011 and has watched her income from writing grow. She believes this medium should be available to all writers. Cathleen is also published with Harlequin, Escape publishing and Random House.  Four of her titles, both indie and conventionally published, have hit the Amazon best-seller lists this year. Cathleen has the Smashwords document down to five easy steps that go to Premium status. She is a qualified teacher (BA Dip.Ed and Grad. Dip Communications Management) and a published author/editor. She has taught for RWA (Australia), The Society of Women Authors, RWA (USA) and run a number of online workshops. Please see www.cathleenross.com for a list her of publications.

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Q&A with Dr Debra Holland

Today we are chatting with Dr Debra Holland, Ph.D is a popular psychotherapist, consultant, and speaker on the topics of communication skills, relationships, stress and trauma, and dealing with difficult people. Her book, THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO GRIEF AND GRIEVING, by Alpha Books, will be out in November.

Debra is also our presenter for our first online seminar ‘Understanding Men’. The course commences Mon 2nd May 2011 and finishes Fri 3rd June 2011. Bookings close Fri 22nd April 2011.

You can sign up for Debra’s workshop on the RWAus Website

Hi Debra, welcome to the RWAus blog and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions.

1. Debra , you first presented your workshop ‘Understanding Men’ at the 2001 National Romance Writers of America conference. What is different about the workshop 10 years on?

There’s a big difference from a one-hour workshop and a five-week class that has three lectures a week. (I’m giving the workshop again this year at Romance Writers of America’s national conference in New York.)

Also, there’s been a lot of research out on the male and female brain since then. I update the workshop every time I come across new material.

2. What’s the biggest difference between your online workshop and the one you present at the conference?

I can only present a fraction of the material at a workshop. Plus, I need a lot of time at the end of a workshop because people usually have a lot of questions or something they want to share.

3. Debra, what is it about men that we women find hardest to understand?

Men really do have a different brain from us. If we know how we are different, and how that makes men think and behave, women will be able to improve their relationships as well as write more realistic male characters.

4. Do you think your course will help writers better understand the alpha male character?

Yes, although we don’t go into that a lot. There’s some brain stuff that will help and a section about the difference between an Alpha and an Abuser.

5. Debra, you write fiction yourself, do you think your training in psychology has helped you better understand your characters?

I hope so. But it’s not real conscious. I’ve been a psychotherapist for 20 years, so it’s pretty engrained. The conscious part is more what I’ve learned about the craft from classes, books, articles/blogs, and critiques.

6. What is it you look for in your heroes when writing?

I don’t know that I look for anything in particular. The men often seem to come to me. (Although, I’m looking forward to writing the third book in my paranormal because the hero is the villain from the first book.) I once heard Mary Balogh give a lecture on turning villains to heroes in subsequent books. Not an easy task. 🙂

7. What is the biggest misconception women have of men?

Women think men have the same brain as they do. Just one example is when a man is focused on something, for example television, the computer, or reading the newspaper, he’s virtually deaf to other things. It’s why you have to raise your voice to get his attention. If you know this, you don’t take it personally. When you don’t have this information, you can think he’s ignoring you.

8. You have another workshop you teach called ‘A Writer’s Life: Coping With Stress’. Do you think writers let the stress of day to day writing weigh them down?

You’re interviewing someone who JUST finished a book with a difficult deadline. I was approached to write a nonfiction book on grief and grieving for Alpha Books, and had a 5-month deadline. Believe me, I had a couple of meltdowns, during the process. The stress of learning to write THEIR way in a short period of time was tough. Plus, I was interviewing people with very painful stories—that was intense. I had to use stress reduction techniques and work hard to practice motivational and positive thinking.

So yes, if you won’t work at balancing the stress, mentally and physically, you can become weighed down.

I usually practice and teach martial arts, which I gave up for the 5 months because I needed the writing time. But I made sure to workout 3 to 5 days a week, no matter what. Exercise increases the blood flow to your brain and helps with concentration, which is important for writing. Plus, it’s a great way to de-stress. I also was careful to eat healthy, although I didn’t deny myself peanut M&Ms when necessary. 🙂 Affirmations, prayers, mini-meditations, support from my writer friends who understood the stress, as well as support from my friends and family all helped me get through it.

9. What are you working on now?

I’m taking a big breath of relief and enjoying READING because I had to give it up (mostly) during my deadline. However, I’m planning to self-publish some of my books on Kindle and Smashwords. Since I write more traditional books, when the market is for sexy, my agent hasn’t been able to sell them. So, I’m self-publishing all of them. My first book, Wild Montana Sky, a historical Western, won the RWA (America) Golden Heart. It’s the start of a series. The other series is paranormal. The first book, Sower of Dreams, was a GH finalist. I’m having the covers designed right now.

I also have the first book in a space opera series that I need to polish and give to my agent, Jessica Faust. I’m going to see if I can sell that one to New York.

I have two more chapters of a nonfiction book on boundary setting with difficult people to finish. I’m going to self-publish that. Then there’s my short ebook to help managers when an employee suddenly dies that I need to finish and self-publish.

I think those projects are going to keep me busy for the next few months.

10. Is there anything you would like to add?

I like to think of this class as a two for one class. As I mentioned above, you’ll hopefully learn some things that can help you understand the men in your lives. And it’s not just for women. After the last class I taught, one of the male students told me he used the information to help a friend who was having marital difficulties.

I give a few homework assignments, but they are short and optional.

I ask that the students watch Pride and Prejudice—the version where Colin Firth is Darcy, and Shall We Dance—the version with Richard Gere.

Debra, thank you for chatting with me today. I know as one of the many who have signed up for the seminar I’m looking forward to your workshop.

You’re welcome. I think we’ll have fun. 🙂

Carina Press: Editor Angela James answers your questions

Today we welcome Angela James, Editor of Carina Press to the RWAus blog to answer your questions.

1. Have you chosen all the books for the launch of Carina Press or are you still looking for more?

Not at all, as of today (December 17th) we’ve actually only acquired three authors, for a total of six titles, and though we do have half a dozen more slated for acquisition, we’re still searching for additional launch month titles.

2. Will the cover price be different for different lengths of books?  ie. will shorter works be sold for less?

Yes. We haven’t set our final prices yet, but they will be competitive within the digital market and based on word count.

3. How many submissions did Carina Press get?

In the first two weeks of opening to submissions, we had nearly 300 manuscripts submitted!

4. How long will the wait time be on submissions?

Wait time is currently 8 to 12 weeks. To start, we’re taking just about every bit of this because we announced we were open to submissions the same day I started the job! And so, I had no editors hired yet to read submissions. Now that I have 8 editors hired, with 2 more to come, submissions are getting read very quickly.

5. And when will you be coming Down Under again?

Oh, I loved every minute of my trip to Australia, you have no idea how much I’d like to come back. And maybe make it to Sydney this time! Truly, the Australia RWA members and everyone I met while wandering around Brisbane and Melbourne were fantastic and I just had a lovely time discovering the food, the culture and the sites. I’d come back next month if I could! But sadly, I have no immediate plans for visiting. Some day…

6. What format will the books take? Is it true there will be no DRM, in which case, how does this affect piracy and posting of author’s works on torrent and file sharing sites?

Books will be available in ePub and PDF formats for sure, we haven’t decided on the other formats quite yet.

There will be no DRM on files, but this doesn’t haven’t any affect on piracy. Pirates are technically savvy people and DRM is not a deterrent to piracy as is evidenced by the sheer number of titles available to pirate, that were sold only with DRM on them. Those who pirate know how to strip DRM within a minute’s work if they want to upload it to the sites so DRM doesn’t stop piracy. At Carina, we believe that DRM does, however, stop customers from making legitimate purchases and also accessing their content. DRM is a barrier for many people, who find it confusing, frustrating and a reason not to buy.

7. Will they be available at legitimate ebook seller sites or only through Carina Press?

Carina Press titles will be available through third-party distributors as well. Essentially, we want to be where readers are!

8. Are there any plans to traditionally print bestselling stories at a later date?

The future is full of possibilities!

9. Will the royalties be similar to other epublishers (i.e. 35-40%)

Royalties will be 30% of cover price from direct Carina sales and 15% of cover price from third-party retailers. There is no option clause in the contract and we request a term of seven years.

10. Are you concentrating on any particular content? And what won’t you be publishing?

We’ll be focusing on romance and all its subgenres, but will also be publishing a variety of fiction genres such as fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, mystery, thrillers, women’s fiction and more.

Right now, the only two things I can say we won’t be publishing is poetry and young adult.

Thank you, Angela, for taking time out to answer our questions.We wish you lots of success with Carina Press, and perhaps we’ll see some of our members chosen as Carina Press authors. For more information about Carina Press, visit their website.

Answering Your Questions: Samhain Publishing’s Lucia Carr

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RWAustralia Blog welcomes Lucia Carr into the interview seat today. You asked the questions and now we have the answers. Samhain Publishing has quite a few RWAustralia members writing for them. If you’re interested in finding out what our members write for Samhain I’ll post links to the authors Samhain sites at the end of this interview.

Hi Lucia and welcome to the RWAustralia Blog, do you want to tell as a bit about yourself and your role at Samhain Publishing?

INTRO:   Hey, my name is Lucia Carr (pronounced lu-sha) and I am the Public Relations Director for Samhain Publishing. My job includes heading up the Samhain Public Relations team, which is comprised of marketing, advertising, and public events such as panels and other speaking engagements.  I have been with Samhain for 2 months and really enjoy working in the publishing world! After working in PR for several years in the non-profit sector, this changeover has been both exciting and fascinating for me. I live in the deep south in Macon, Georgia (90 miles south of Atlanta) and can sound very Southern!

Q. Lucia, would you like to tell us a little about Samhain Publishing?

A: Hmm… Just a little? The name Samhain—the Celtic New Year—signifies a new beginning, a rebirth. Samhain is also the Irish word for November and this publishing company was launched in November 2005. We are the second largest ePublisher specializing in romantic fiction and erotic romance novels. As a fast-growing digital publisher, Samhain is leading the way in defining what readers consume in the ever-popular genre of romantic fiction.  Primarily a digital publisher, Samhain also publishes print versions for books that are 50,000+ words long.  Samhain is ranked #8 in the top 10 Publishers selling on Amazon and consistently ranks in the top 10 on BGI (Borders Group, Inc.). The printed books are available at Borders, Barnes and Noble, Chapters, as well as other chains and independent bookstores.  Currently, the company releases, on average, 25 eBook titles and 14 print titles per month. To see the complete catalog of books, please go to the Samhain website.

Q: What genre is Samhain looking for in submissions and heat levels?

A: Samhain is now open to general submissions of all genres of romance and erotica, from historical to contemporary, paranormal to fantasy, futuristic to time travel and sci-fi to suspense. As well, we will look at fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction with strong romance elements. We are open to all heat levels, from sweet to red-hot and erotica. Please refer to our Submissions page, for more details.

Q: Do they have any special projects?

A: Yes – I am excited about two special projects we have going on right now…

1. Angels and Demons Anthology — Samhain is seeking submissions for their Spring 2010 Angels-and-Demons-themed anthology. Stories can be of any genre or heat level, but all submissions must feature either an angel or demon theme (or both!) as integral to the story. Submissions should be 20,000 to 30,000 words in length. Chosen manuscripts will be published as separate eBooks under their individual titles in Spring 2010 and will be combined as one print title for a Winter 2010 print release. Submissions are open until November 1st.

2. Red Hot Fairy Tales Anthology — Samhain is looking for your super-hot take on the fairy tales we grew up with. The stories can be of any genre, M/M, M/F, F/F and multiples thereof, but there must be a Happily Ever After. The new, yet-to-be titled Summer 2010 anthology will include novellas from 20,000 to 25,000 words in length and will be released individually as eBooks in August 2010 and in print in Spring 2011. Submissions are open until February 1, 2010.

Submissions for both should be submitted to editor@samhainpublishing.com. For more specific details you can go to our Submission Page.

Q: What length submission has the best chance of publication?

A: The preferred word count is 60,000 or longer, but we are quite happy to publish shorter works with words counts of no less than 12,000 and no more than 120,000. We will consider manuscripts up to 130,000 words, but only on the understanding that the book will have to be edited down to 120,000 or less before publication.

Q: What is the best marketing tool authors can use?

A: Actually, the best marketing tool for the author to use is drum rollthemselves! Think about it—readers would rather talk or communicate via a blog, or at a book signing to the author instead of their editor or publisher. Authors are their own best cheerleader. Of course, readers’ reviews are an excellent tool as well. With technological advances truly the sky is the limit in promoting your own book through the high-tech tools now available.

Q: Once you accept a submission, what is your time frame to publication?

A: The time frame depends on several variables, including the editing schedule, the author’s schedule and the company’s publication schedule. Our average turnaround for publication is 9 months. This is considerably shorter than the average turnaround of 18 months for New York and Canadian publication companies. (I couldn’t resist this comparison!).

Q: I’d like to know about the demographic – who’s reading online and are people downloading the books or just reading them online?

A: Okay, but first we need to talk about the phrase reading online.  People don’t actually read books online. Instead, they purchase the book online. Then the purchased book is downloaded to their personal computer/ laptop or handheld reading device, such as an iPhone, Kindle e-reader, Sony Reader, etc. I think this is probably a common misconception among those who aren’t familiar with digital books.

To give you an idea of how easy it is to learn how to use an e-book (electronic book), allow me to share my own personal story. True Confession here (Confessions are good for the soul – I’m Catholic and can get away with saying that :). I had never even seen an e-reader before coming on board with Samhain! Yet, miraculously I was using Bookeen’s e-reader, Cybook, within 2 days. I love the e-book concept. Since I’m an avid reader, the idea of having several books (my own personal library) all stored on one device is both amazing and very convenient. Just visualize this scenario—you’re at the airport and have a two hours delay (what a surprise!). In the past, upon finishing your book, you would have to go through all the trouble of finding and buying another book to read from the airport bookstore. What a hassle that can be, not to mention expensive and cumbersome to carry both around.  Now, with e-readers, you can just select another book that has already been purchased and downloaded to your e-reader library, waiting for you to open and enjoy. 

You would be amazed at the diversity of readers who are found ordering books (digital and print) online now. Our readers range from 18-year-old females to little old ladies (my mother will kill me for using that expression!) We are also seeing a high number of male readers now ordering from Samhain. The combined factors of instant gratification (“I want it now!”), convenience and anonymity have pushed the online sales of books considerably higher in the past few years.

Q: Can the publisher monitor the hits a particular book has, so they know what sells?

A: Yes, the online hits can be individually monitored for every book published through Samhain.

Q: What is Samhain’s relationship with the reader?

A: At Samhain we always welcome and encourage our readers’ feedback. Our goal is to meet and exceed our readers’ desires and expectations.  Our books provide entertainment, an escape from reality, stress relief (I like to call it cheap therapy, but don’t tell my therapist I said that!)  Romance is all about fantasy, so it is an outlet for your imagination and creativity!

Q: What is your bestseller and which genre is it?

A: Blackmailed by Annmarie McKenna is our current top seller. It is a contemporary romance, with erotic content.

Q: Can an author make any money from this – what’s the deal?

A: Yes, authors can definitely make money. In the traditional publishing world, the percentage of authors who write full time without another income is only about 5%. I would hazard a guess that it is close to the same in the small press e-world.

Q: When are e-publishers are going to pay as much as non-e publishers? Do you think that will ever happen, given market trends and the current publisher/book seller price wars?

A: Now, I thought you weren’t going to ask any trick questions! There are several different ways of looking at this. First, per sale, Samhain already pays more than traditional publishers who average 5-20% of e-cover price, while we pay 30-40%. Print title rates are about equal. Some of our titles far exceed the income traditional publishers would’ve paid and others fall far below. The more popular genres—erotic romance, paranormal romance—sell better than straight contemporary. Our strength lies in the fact that we take a risk and publish books that are considered different, books that cross genres, while traditional publishers don’t know how to market them.

Q: What is Samhain’s relationship with the author like – how does that work?

A: We are very author-friendly and have an open-door policy, encouraging an exchange of ideas from all sides. We respect the work that goes into being creative.

Q: What are the benefits of e-publishing over print?

A: Specifically for Samhain, there are several benefits of e-publishing over print. These include monthly pay, generous royalty rates, an ever-expanding print program, and open lines of communication, marketing workshops and cover input.

Q: I have just finished writing a story for the erotica eBook market, andnow that I’ve also just finished a margarita and am brave enough to ask this questionI would love to know specifically what terms we can use in our stories. I read recently not to use anatomical words. But, I am running out of ideas to describe her entrance. Can’t I just use the real V word?

A: The terminology comes from the character. A librarian would be more likely to use vagina (and yes, they can use it) while people from other walks of life might use different terminology. We will accept anything that is in character and doesn’t jar the reader from the story.

Q: I’m interested in the whole future of e-publishing. I don’t think that Samhain sells eBooks with the Digital Rights Management (DRM) system, but it seems to me that publishers who continue to use it (like HMB) make the whole future of e-publishing a very marginal proposition. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have bought an eBook only to find I have to jump through a multitude of hoops if I need to transfer it to another computer. DRM means that you don’t really own the book to do with as you will. Does Samhain see that DRM affects the take up of e-reading and therefore affects e-publishers who don’t use it?

A: The public and a large percentage of the publishing world view DRM as the last bastion of lawfulness in a wild-west world of the Internet, and it simply isn’t. The bottom line is this—technology is rapidly evolving and it will become more user-friendly. As for transferring from computer to computer, when you buy a print book, you have one, not one for every room in the house. So if you leave it in the living room and you’re upstairs, you’re out of luck unless you go get it. The benefit of non-DRM eBooks is you can have the book on several devices and move it from PC to PC as you upgrade. However, some people seem to expect that buying an eBook should give them the right to make as many copies as they would like, sending them to friends or uploading them to public file-sharing sites, however that is copyright infringement. The same as if I were to buy a print book and copy it on my scanner. Like any other kind of software, you buy a license to use the software for its intended purpose and that’s it.

Romance Writers’ Australia Samhain Publishing Authors:

Cathryn Brunet

Jess Dee

Kelly Ethan

Alexis Fleming

Sami Lee

Shelley Munro

Caitlyn Nicholas

Anne Whitfield

Interesting Statistics Re: Romance Fiction:

In the first three months of 2009, Nielsen Bookscan tracked a 2.4 percent rise in romance sales compared with a slight decline in sales of general adult fiction for the same period. While sales of adult fiction overall were basically flat last year, according to Nielsen Bookscan, which tracks about 70 percent of retail sales, the romance category was up 7 percent after holding fairly steady for the previous four years.

“Samhain Publishing is All About the Story”

Thank you to Lucia for taking the time to answer our questions and a big thank you to the members who posted the questions for this interview. I hope you find the information helpful.

Sandie

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