I see that poor Red Sage Publishing is getting some ribbing over at the EREC blog. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with that contest. At the very least, it does seem like a way for an author (contestant) to get a little ahead of the slush pile. The prize is nothing too special, but hey, at least these people are not charging contestants entry fees.
But I wonder, though, whether these folks have any grand ace up their sleeves because since the opening of eRedSage.com, I see nothing but hurdles for these folks. First there was a delay in launching, then there were those complains about a very restrictive contract for its epublishing division (or so I recalled reading on some forums), then there was a change in personnel, I believe, at the helm, and on and on.
I don't want to make any hasty assumptions here, but it does seem to me that the good people there don't seem to know how to propel themselves into the big leagues and are trying all kinds of promotional or publicity tricks that have been tried by other epublishing houses before. Maybe these folks need someone with experience in running a successful epublishing company to give them advice, I don't know, but right now I think they're still trying to figure out a workable formula.
Does anyone know how the Secrets anthologies are selling nowadays? If these titles still sell like hot cakes, then that is this company's biggest asset - they can get authors on bookshelves where many epublishers can't and the Secrets anthologies will probably sell more than a typical ebook title. Secrets introduced dead-tree book-reading folks to Angela Knight, MaryJanice Davidson, Julia Templeton, et cetera, so that line, if it's still going as strong as it did a few years ago, is not to be pooh-pooh'ed at.
Red Sage Publishing is doing something right with its Secrets anthologies. I hope they can find an equally workable formula for their eRed Sage division because I have a soft spot for this house for all those Secrets of old and I genuinely wish them all the best with the eRed Sage thing.
PS: Red Sage Publishing folks, if you are reading this, I'm still waiting for the last few Secrets to be available in ebook format. Be a dear and don't make me pay Amazon's expensive shipping fees!