Romance First Publishing
An author I've posted about a few times before, Steph L. Danielson, has a nice small start up that I like a lot. I've read several titles and I've enjoyed them all. And I don't see any spamming or overly aggressive marketing/promotion that's usually a huge turn-off to most people who are serious readers. And in a day and age when more than half the publishing related things we see online are questionable at best, it's refreshing to see something honest and real where you know the people running things really care about what they are doing...and they are doing it because they love it.
Romance First recently moved to google blogger and I think it's not only a smart move, but also a move that makes things easier for authors and readers. When it comes to start ups of anything I think as a businessperson first and foremost. And keeping overhead cost down at all times is the first serious lesson any good businessperson learns...if they want to stay in business for any length of time. I've owned several successful small businesses not publishing related and they've always done well and I think that's partly because I put practical reasons first all the time and didn't focus on vanity or ego. In this case, with anything publishing related, vanity web sites look great but how cost-effective are they when it comes to making a profit? So far, from what I've seen, the more money a publisher saves on overhead costs the more money they save for the readers by keeping book prices down. That's how good businesspeople think. And I even know agents who have changed their web sites to save money.
The new google blogger site for Romance First is not only pragmatic, but also extremely user-friendly. You don't have to figure out what to do or where to go for any length of time, and everything you'll need to know is right there in a plain and simple format. It's also pretty and has been well-designed, which isn't easy to do. It has a romance feel to it and that's something that always attracts me in the very beginning at a glance.
I don't want to turn this into a web site review, so here's a link to Romance First Publishing where you can check things out for yourselves. You'll notice a few familiar names on the author list, and I've read several of them and I've enjoyed their works, too. I also think RFP will be posting regular blog posts for authors and readers, which seem publishing related. Here's an excerpt from one on rejection:
One of the worst words ever, for any writer is to see REJECTED.
know a single author out there that hasn't been rejected at least once. It's
heartbreaking, how could they do this to you? It takes a toll, believe me. But
it is definitely not the end of the line.
So how do you pick yourself up
and dust yourself off after such a blow?
1. It is not a personal
They have seen your words and your story, but they do not know you.
It is not an attack on your person or your psyche.
We've all been THERE.
True Blood Gay Sex Scene
Stephen Moyer, who plays Bill Compton on True Blood, recently did an interview with Huff Po. Among other projects he's doing he talks about the ultimate sex scene for True Blood. This is the final season of the series and I think viewers will love what Moyer considers his dream scene with Alex Skarsgard.
Do you have your own twisted fantasy about what you hope to happen?Alex (Skarsgard) and I have been pushing for an Eric-Bill love scene for a long time, but they always said no. But our dream would be for my football team, West Ham United, to play his Swedish team, and would end up in some match-up that Bill and Eric happen to be able to get to.
I don't know what's so twisted about that. I've been doing private love scenes with men all my life and I don't consider any of them twisted. In fact, considering what some straight people I know do in bed, what I've done is nothing. But that's how the media portrays gays sometimes...twisted...and we've learned to live with it. I'm sure Moyer wasn't thinking along the lines of twisted when he answered the question. If anything, I think Moyer is more in touch with his viewers than his producers. In any event, my DVR will be set all season.
You can read the entire interview here. Moyer sounds like a sweet man. If there is a love scene with Skarsgard and Moyer, I want Moyer to be more submissive.
But knowing Hollywood, they'll probably add Sookie to the scene, which I would imagine would make it a twisted scene.