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January 21st, 2008

8:40 PM

Red Sage Publishing, what are you doing?

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!
2 comment(s).

Posted by veinglory:

I still see dozen of Secrets in any Borders I go into.

But my thought on a 'contest' where all you get is published is that it causes a spike in submissions and would make it harder for a newbie through more competition. In any case its a matter fo choosing the right epub and submitting, not paying attention to gimmicks and promotions.

p.s. I like Secret and Red Sage. But I think their 'we are the best' promo is getting a bit off-putting for me as a reader.
January 22nd, 2008 @ 12:19 AM

Posted by kirsten saell:

I would have to second Emily. I had better luck making an impression with Samhain in their regular slushpile once they reopened general submissions than I did entering their "Best First Line" contest. Once the word "contest" comes into it, the competition would be more, not less, and I'm guessing, due to sheer numbers, each individual submission would be receiving less thorough scrutiny.

I'm not criticizing them for running this thing, or implying as some have done that it's a way to trap an author into "agreeing" to a contract before seeing it. I just don't think it gives anyone a real advantage over the regular submissions process.

Never read a Secret or Red Sage book. I live a three hour drive through unpopulated country from the nearest bookstore. So I'm right there with you, Mrs. G. Bring em on in ebook format so I can actually try one out.
January 23rd, 2008 @ 6:33 AM