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January 15th, 2009

11:47 AM

MM stuff and eShopping blues

Firstly, sorry for the awkward cut-and-pasted links, but for some reason the linking function is not working right at the moment.

Emily Veinglory has an interesting blog entry about how FF stories, erotic or otherwise, may actually be selling better than you may think - it may be an issue of books being shelved in a genre not accurately indicative of their nature. See it here:


Next, Teddypig points out to those people claiming that only women read MM romances that JL Langley, who is a woman, sees her book being the biggest seller in a gay bookstore. Read all about it here:

http://www.teddypig.com/2009/01/notes-from-a-gay-bookstore/ .

What do you call an author who writes gay romances?

"Gay romance author" often gives the impression that the author is gay, when most of the time the author in question is a straight woman. Not exactly an accurate phrase, that. "Author of gay romances" is a better, but that's a lot of words to type !

"MM romance author" seems like a better choice, but it can also lead to unfortunate jokes related to melting in one's hand. Plus, it may encourage others to go, "I'm an MFM author. So you're a D/s MmFff author? Nice to meet you! Have you met my friend? She writes D/s MMmFFffff rp, intr, bi, tor, violence, MC, beast, and mpreg romances!" and we don't want that, do we?

I don't like the new design of Loose-Id. It was hard enough in the past to make out the author's name on a cover, and now it's harder because the covers are now smaller. Whose smart idea it is, anyway, to sell a book without advertising the author's name?

I also tried buying something from Ravenous Romance for the first time and hey, they have redesigned their site. The old site was pretty, but it was so hard to locate anything! Now they have explanations for their various imprints. Unfortunately, I still find it hard to locate anything that isn't featured on the front page. Some titles are repeated over several categories. The author listing is split in categories from A to Z so I have to click on every alphabet to see the handful of authors listed under an alphabet. On top of that, the site is loading really slowly for me. What I was looking for was simple: an anthology so that I can get a general idea of what the publisher is offering and the quality of the editing. But ultimately, it's too much to click on so many links and wait just to find what I am looking for!

4 comment(s).

Posted by Teddypig:

I just mix and match Gay Romance and M/M Romance at will. It keeps em guessing.
January 15th, 2009 @ 1:45 PM

Posted by Fae:

I say I'm a homoerotic romance author. Slash is to fanficcy imo, and M/M only sounds right when typed, not when spoken. So in person hen someone asks what I write it's 'Homoerotic romance."
January 16th, 2009 @ 7:01 AM

Posted by Fae:

But it *is* a word people understand immediately without exposure to the genre. The average non-m/m reading person will not know what slash means or m/m. Gay romance they understand but I don't like the sound of it. I guess to each their own. :)
January 16th, 2009 @ 8:16 AM

Posted by Fae:

That is to say that when the woman at the Lane Bryant store asked me what I wrote, I can guarantee had I answered 'slash' she would have given me a blank stare. I answered homoerotic romance and she went O_O "Ohhhhh!" Instant understanding. Makes my life easier. :)
January 16th, 2009 @ 8:19 AM