Firstly, let me reassure a particular slice of zealous fans of that site that this is not a rebuttal to Jane's review of Jamaica Layne's story on Dear Author. No, darlings, Mrs Giggles is not being a jellus haterz of the Beautiful Ja(y)nes and Sarah SB again. It's the weekend and a time for positive thinking, after all.
What I'm curious is once again how any discussion of Ravenous Press mentions the fact that they put out a story a day and how this is a sign that they have no quality control. Now, I like Samhain, but I think I should use them as an example first since many of those slinging this particular type of poo at Ravenous Press also write for Samhain. Samhain Publishing put out 6 stories a week, sometimes more if they have a Saturday schedule. That means 6 stories a week, just one story short of Ravenous Press' seven stories a week schedule. Ellora's Cave put out 8 stories a week, which actually makes their yearly output far higher than Ravenous' seven stories a week plan. I'm on Ravenous Press' mailing list so I know that many of these 365 stories are shorts or novellas, so it's not like they are churning out 365 mega-novels a year.
So, to those Ellora's Cave and Samhain authors and/or fans calling Ravenous Press on this so-called crappy schedule, what exactly is the problem again with Ravenous' output schedule? Perhaps some behind-the-scenes information, like maybe Ravenous Press has only a handful of editors forced to edit hundreds of stories a week under torture, will shed some light on this matter.
I'm not being facetious here - I'm serious. I really want to know what makes Ravenous Press a crappy publishing house. Their 365 stories a year output is not very different from Ellora's Cave's or Samhain's. Are they not paying their authors? Are they forcing their authors to pay for print? Okay, so Jamaica Layne's stories don't strike many people's fancy. But how about other stories? Are they riddled with typographical and grammatical mistakes? I'm really curious as to why this publisher is so terrible.
Yes, I know they made some ridiculous claims during their pre-opening days. I chalked that up to ridiculous hype typical of press releases. I know many people are exasperated by Jamaica Layne's online personality - and I confess I roll up my eyes at some of her posts now and then - and the fact that she is an editor there makes it easy to assume that Jamaica Layne is the start and end of all things Ravenous Press. We also have some controversy over Lori Perkins being an agent and a shareholder of Ravenous Press, but so far I don't hear any horror stories stemming from her involvement with Ravenous Press.
So what is it again that has Ravenous Press being listed as an "OMG AVOID!!!!!" publishing house again? Have they even proven themselves to be good or bad yet? They are still new, aren't they? What I am seeing here is people with issues over Jamaica Layne and/or Ravenous Press' pre-release "We are better than you!" hype coming out to play every time Ravenous Press gets mentioned, and that's pretty petty to me. If you think I am wrong and Ravenous Press are genuinely run by the spawns of devil out to ruin civilization and you are not just hung up over Lori Perkins and/or Jamaica Layne and/or the whole Porn vs Erotica debate, please, enlighten me. I seriously want to know your reasons.