Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Bad News, Good News?

It should be no news to you that today was called "Black Wednesday" in publishing circles. Many jobs were cut at Simon & Schuster and Thomas Nelson, while the publisher of Houghton Mifflin quit and heads rolled at Harcourt. And then Random House re-organized and cut itself in half.

Meanwhile, three veteran publishing insiders have just started an epub and audio company that is buying over 400 books a year and finally pricing them at a cost that the consumer can afford, and giving the writer more than a third of the revenue.

I think the writing's on the wall. Or I hope that I'm reading it right.

So even though this is my agent blog, I realized that I owe it to you to write about just how incredibly amazing it is to be starting an epublishing company, while every print company around me appears to be imploding.

So, please visit, tell your friends, readers, family and enemies.

And give us your feedback.

It is our pleasure to introduce www.ravenousromance.com - a provocative new online book store for romance enthusiasts! We are publishing a-book-a-day™ , a Ravenous Rendezvous™ short story a day, as well as free online Lovestrology™ horoscopes!

Best-selling and award-winning writers
Ravenous Romance publishes best-selling and award-winning writers and their protégées, along with several talented new voices. We have the hilarious new romance novel by New York Times best-selling author, John Skipp, writing as his alter ego, Gina McQueen, as well as Catherine Hiller's debut, Cybill in Between, which John Updike has called "brave and joyful." You won't want to miss our amazing Fantastica™ paranormal and vampire romance tales. And starting December 14th, there will be a new book and a new short story on the site every day.

Lowest prices and highest quality
These books are a huge bargain - just $.99 for short stories, $4.99 for eBooks, and $12.99 for audio books. You won't find lower prices or higher quality anywhere else on the Web.

Ideal escape: exciting, steamy, & fun
Ravenous Romance audio books are high-quality productions, with top narrators/actors - ideal for taking the stress out of your commute and the boredom out of your workout. Escape the holiday chaos, entertain yourself while wrapping gifts or baking cookies, or just relax in the tub - only $12.99 for hours of pleasure!

You can purchase gift certificates, too! Who doesn't need a little more love in her life?


At Ravenous Romance, the pleasure is ours. Check us out at www.ravenousromance.com.

3 comments:

Ryan Field said...

Good post.

Jill Elaine Hughes said...

I think the site looks great, is easy to navigate, and the covers are gorgeous.

I have heard from some who are still using dialup connectivity that the site doesn't load well for them. Maybe have a non-Flash site available for people with slow connections?

Can't wait to see the sales numbers. Looks like you're getting steady orders.

Cerebral Writer L said...

I'm very excited about Ravenous Romance! I have been telling everyone I know!