Awe-Struck Publishing, after being purchased by Mundania Press, has a pretty nice website makeover. I like the color scheme, but I do have to wonder what kind of branding these folks are aiming for with the makeover. When I look at it, I think "historical fiction". I suspect that different people will have different thoughts on the kind of image branding the website is supposed to be projecting, heh. What exactly is Awe-Struck supposed to be? The non-erotic romance imprint of Mundania?
Linden Bay Romance is even more confusing. After being bought by Samhain Publishing, it still looks like... well, it used to be, a publishing house that tries to market a wide genre of stories, just like Samhain Publishing. Come on, guys, not even a makeover? If I have my way and I am Samhain Publishing, I'd make Linden Bay Romance the GLBT imprint. Give Torquere Press some serious competition, and also give non-erotic GLBT stories a place to get published. One of the grumbles I hear about the current Samhain Publishing website is that it is hard to immediately locate MM stories. Yes, I know we have that prominent link in the side menu, but any webmaster can tell you that visitors don't always look at side bars. They look at what they are looking at and yet they want to find what they are looking for right now. Hmm, I wonder what Samhain plans to do with Linden Bay.
I've said it before and I'll say it here: Amber Quill Press had a great idea when they put all their MM and MMF titles in the Amber Allure imprint, available in one section so that fans of that kind of stories can browse and buy without having to wade through icky MF stories. Okay, so Amber Allure is more like an imprint with five authors who put out 20 titles a month and making up 95% of the overall monthly output, but at least their customers are happy. I hear those folks are raking in plenty of dollars from Amber Allure. I wonder why other epublishers who do put out MM romances don't do the same thing.