2013 – Week 32 and What Would it Take?

11 Aug

Hello and welcome to newsletter #32.

It’s been a busy week… Finished round one of editing on two manuscripts – both epic fantasy – and I’m a couple of days away from finishing round two on the Christmas novel. Also done two short betas… well, one beta read and a manuscript evaluation-cum-pointing in the right direction.

Done some reading – do I hear a faint cheer? – and you’ll be able to read the review tomorrow, with a bit of luck. I’ve got a good half dozen novels lined up for reading and reviewing and then I hope to be able to settle into a more humane pace of work for the cold months.

I have a new edit starting September 16th, and since I worked non-stop since August last year, I’m thinking of taking a holiday of sorts – maybe just keep off social media – for a week just before then. I’ll be around… just chillin’…

polar bears chilling


And to give you something to think about, I’m going to throw a quick little poll at you. Anonymous, of course, as usual, so you can tick the box you like with no fear of repercussions – no cookies from me, guys, just chocolate cake! (Who doesn’t like a well-meaning food-fight?)

What brought it on? Well, an article. What else? This week I tripped over this one: Erotic romance author turned down Amazon publishing deal. And it got me thinking.

The above article is about successful self-published author of romantic erotica, Aubrey Rose, who refused a contract from Amazon, saying she would earn more keeping the status quo. Besides spirit, the woman obviously has brains and enough business sense to work it all out – I, for one, admire her.

Her story stirred up memories of other contracts I’ve held in my hands and the pros and cons I had to weigh up, myself, a few years back… well, five books and a few anthologies/e-zines ago.

So, what would you do? Would you sign or would you change nothing? Could a nice shiny contract tempt you away from self-publishing?

Please do not be afraid to vote and comment. I’ve set up the poll so it leaves no cookies, for complete anonymity  I’d love to hear from you.


Posted by on August 11, 2013 in News, Sunday Feature


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2 responses to “2013 – Week 32 and What Would it Take?

  1. Carrie Rubin

    August 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I still can’t figure out how you do everything you do, Ella. I’m busy enough with only ONE project. You’re my literary world hero! 🙂

    • ellamedler

      August 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Aw, shucks! Thank you, Carrie. You’re making me blush… again!

      I like all this ‘literary’ lark. That’s why I try to pack so much of it in. 🙂


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