Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Cave Woman

This is me! Wheeee! I'm a Cavewoman! Dig my mammoth-hide bikini!

Ahem. Got a bit over-excited there, though for good reason. I have now signed my first contract with Ellora's Cave! YES!!

It's only for a 10K short story, so it's not quite time to gold-plate my bathtaps, but I certainly will be writing more for them in future. What can I say about Ellora's Cave? Well, I can tell you that their editors work weekends: I sent in the story on a Friday at 5pm, and had an offer to publish by Sunday teatime. They appear to be named after an amazing archaeological site. They already publish fellow smutwriters Sommer Marsden, Portia Da Costa and Charlotte Stein.

They are primarily an e-publisher, selling through Kindle, Sony and their own website - though most of their books go to print eventually. A big e-publisher: they shift 50,000 e-books a month, all in erotica and erotic romance. (My rowing story, In Appreciation of their Cox, is appearing in the non-romance section.)

Oh yeah: and they let you write fantasy and supernatural and science fiction to your heart's content.

I fall on my knees before the Sacred Mammoth of Good Luck and give thanks.


Craig Sorensen said...

That's freaking awesome, Janine!


Liz said...

Fantastic news, big congrats :D

Janine Ashbless said...

I am so excited!!

Fulani said...

That's very cool - congratulations!

The only thing I would mention, as a slight downer, is that Ellora's Cave stuff is extremely common on Pirate Bay (I know this because I did some research on filesharing for another purpose). Hopefully there are still plenty of paying readers around, though!

Nikki Magennis said...

oh that's so cool, Janine! very happy for you. congrats x

Nikki Magennis said...

also, those caves look amazing. I never realised they were an actual place. how fabulous!

(one handed typing, sorry no caps. and it's because of a baby not anything fun ... )

Jeremy Edwards said...

Big, prehistoric-mammal-size congratulations, Cave Woman!!

And re. the picture: I wouldn't last half a day in caveperson society; but from this safe distance, permit me to grunt with primal enthusiasm.

Janine Ashbless said...

Thanks everybody!
I like pirates. But not if they are ripping off my work :-(

And I'm glad to see that your Black Lace one-handed typing skills have other uses too, Nikki!

Jeremy, it's wonderful that we have these authentic historic images from the era, isn't it? I also find myself impressed by the standard of personal grooming in paleolithic society!

Charlotte Stein aka The Mighty Viper said...

Am so thrilled for you! Well, you know I'm thrilled for you. I told you they'd snap you up, and it looks like they really, really snapped!

And yeah, their editors seem to work all hours of the week, day and night. But I've noticed that in general, in epublishing. It's a hard working business, and they love their authors!

Lucy Felthouse said...

Congratulations Janine! I can't wait to read it, it sounds fab.

My Kindle will have arrived by then so you can be one of my first purchases! Yay!

Justine Elyot said...

How brilliant! I'm so delighted for you (also news to me about it being a real place).

Madelynne Ellis said...

Congrats Janine, that's totally awesome news.

Janine Ashbless said...

Charlotte, Lucy, Justine, Madelyne - You're all lovely! Thank you!
And what can I say ... except I was only following in Charlotte's footsteps :-D

Wintersinger said...

Congratulations Janine! :)

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for EC - they helped pave the way for my transition from romance novel reader to erotica fanatic. My life would definitely be a lot less pervier with out them.

Squeep! I can't wait to read the end results!


Janine Ashbless said...

Squeeeee too, Winter!

they helped pave the way for my transition from romance novel reader to erotica fanatic

What higher praise can there be, eh?