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Far from the World We KnowHarper Bliss’s brand new standalone novel Far from the World We Know is out now. Early reviews have been very positive. Here’s what readers are saying about Harper’s new book:

“This story was complex, realistic and beautifully written.”

“This was definitely a book I had to keep reading, just to see how it would all turn out.”

“I love the way Harper developed the characters so that you feel like you know them personally.”

“Women-loving-women and their love and trust issues are beautifully written with full character development and depth of emotion.”

“Harper’s writing is as accomplished as ever and the story, though oft-times grim and shocking is also tender and up-lifting. Much recommended (as are all Harper’s writings) and worth every star.”

Here’s the synopsis:
How far must you run to escape the past?
Laura Baker has just moved to the small Texas town of Nelson for a life of solitude and recovery after a traumatic event that has scarred her irreversibly. But her chosen isolation is difficult to maintain after she meets Tess Douglas, the charming editor of the town paper.

Tess is determined to break down the walls Laura has built up around herself. As their friendship develops, so do their feelings for each other. Will Tess be able to get past Laura’s defences? And will Laura allow herself to love, and live, again?

If you love heartfelt lesbian romance, don’t miss this emotionally gripping read!

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A hot topic in indie publishing is Amazon’s KDP Select program and the frequent changes to it.

For people who don’t know what KDP Select is, here is the short explanation: books enrolled in KDP Select are available to download for free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, but Amazon requires them to be exclusive to Amazon, and therefore not be available on the other eBook retailers, such as Apple or Kobo. Every enrolment is for a period of 3 months after which the author can choose to stay in KDP Select or pull the book out and go wide.

The program has many vocal supporters and detractors. In this post I will try to explain how we at Ladylit feel about it and our future plans with it.

We have participated in KDP Select with many books since pretty much the start of KU, when authors got paid a fixed amount for every borrow where a reader read more than 10% of the book. This was quite beneficial to us, as at the time we mostly had shorter stories and the payout for a borrow on those was about the same as for a sale. When Amazon changed their payout scheme to a per-page-read last year, this was not the case anymore, but this was also the time when we started to publish more novel-length books. And as these were longer, the payout for a completed read in KU was higher than it was before, closer to what we make on a sale. So we continued putting new full-length titles in KDP Select.

Amazon has always been our biggest source of sales, and the potential sales on other platforms definitely did not weigh up against the extra income from borrows and the added visibility being in KDP Select gave us. Amazon does make books that are in KDP easier to find for consumers, so it’s not just a matter of whether the income from borrows will be more than what the book could sell on other platforms. Amazon is a search engine and visibility is key to any book’s success, so if Amazon shows your book to more people, you’ll sell more copies.

However, we are very aware that with Amazon being such a big portion of our income, we are at their mercy in a way. If all of a sudden they decided to lower the royalty rate they pay authors, we would definitely suffer. We realise that if we want to be successful in the long term, we have to build an audience on the other platforms as well, especially on Apple and Kobo as they have such a global reach. Which is why we have started taking some titles out of KDP Select and offering them for sale widely on other platforms.

OIAL_NEW_180x288The first major one went wide at the end of March, Once in a Lifetime by Harper Bliss. This book came out about a year ago and is still a steady earner for us, but the amount it earned monthly from borrows through KU was not that significant anymore. Not enough to compromise our livelihood if we were to lose it. And because it has been out for a while and still sells enough copies every month, it does have some visibility on Amazon. So we decided to take the plunge. It has only been wide for a couple of weeks so we can’t say yet whether the sales on other platforms will make up for what we’re no longer earning through KU. However we know there is an audience for our books on other platforms as we’re asked regularly by readers when certain books will be available to them on Apple or Kobo. So this is just the first step to building that audience. We have a list of other books that will also be going wide in the next couple of months.

Our current policy regarding new titles, and what we plan to keep doing for the foreseeable future, is to enrol them in KDP Select when they come out, for at least one or two cycles (so three or six months). We have seen with the last couple of titles that this gives the book a lot of visibility, gets it more reviews early on and makes the book attractive to Amazon. After these first three or six months, we plan on taking the books out of KDP Select and go wide with them, hopefully gaining new readers on the other platforms with every book.

We’ll have to wait and see to know if this plan works out the way we want, but we are confident that going wider than we currently are is the way forward to ensure our long-term career in this business.

Caroline

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Spring is the season for new beginnings and so I have decided to dip my toe in the writing pond. Mind you, nothing like a book yet—I’ll leave that to my prolific wife—but a weekly blog.

Harper (Bliss, my partner in business and life and everything really) and I have recently started a weekly podcast Harper Bliss & Her Mrs. on The Lesbian Talk Show where we answer questions about publishing and writing lesbian fiction. This sparked the thought of starting a parallel blog where I could answer questions we don’t have time for on the podcast, share some of my thoughts on running a lesfic publishing business, and generally write about our experiences and plans in the current publishing industry.

For this first post I’ll start with a little history. Five and a half years ago I was transferred from Belgium to Hong Kong by my then employer. Having no job of her own, Harper started writing, something she had always wanted to do. Her work seemed to appeal to people so we set up a company through which to sell her stories. That was the birth of Ladylit Publishing in June 2012.

I was still working full-time but was helping Harper out in bits and pieces with some editing and covers. Over the next couple of years Harper’s output and popularity kept growing, so much so that we started entertaining the idea of having Ladylit be our full-time business in a few years. As a teenager who always had her nose stuck in a book, my dream job was working at a publisher, reading for a living and deciding what would get published. And now that seemed like a real possibility.

When my situation changed at work two years ago, and I was faced with the choice of keeping on at the same company but going back to Belgium, or staying in Hong Kong and quitting my job, Harper and I decided it was the right time to take the plunge and try to make Ladylit a successful business that could support us both.

Now, two years later, we are finally at that stage, where we are confident that we can support ourselves with Ladylit on a monthly basis. It took hard work, a steep learning curve, a lot of trial and error and it will continue to do so if we want to maintain and grow the business. But we are both excited and motivated and full of ambitious plans for the future. Which is what I will endeavour to write about.

I hope you will enjoy reading along and feel free to leave questions and comments below.

Caroline

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From Top To BottomSince its release last week, this anthology chock full of sizzling hot lesbian BDSM stories has already reached #1 in Lesbian Erotica on Amazon US and #2 in the UK AND has garnered a slew of 5-star reviews.

We are, of course, very happy with this and we hope you’ll enjoy this book, which collects stories by experienced and new authors alike.

Here’s the synopsis:
Brace yourself, because there will be pain—but of the oh, so pleasurable kind. There will be begging and there will be bruises, but all leading to an obliterating climax. The fifteen lesbian stories of dominance and submission contained within the pages of From Top To Bottom will make you flinch like the characters do, will make you squirm and want to turn the pages faster and faster. You will find first-time players and long-term couples. A plethora of paddles and the occasional flogger—and a great number of sore backsides. Be warned.

With stories from experienced writers at the top of their game and thrilling new talents alike, all of them exploring power dynamics from top to bottom, this collection is kinky, daring and, at times, deliciously violent. Read at your own risk.

Caution: This title contains graphic language and rough lesbian sex and is suitable for adults only.

Table of Contents
Chasing the Dragon by S.E. Hill
Dance for Me by Janelle Reston
Serious Swimmer by J. Belle Lamb
Call for Submission by Elna Holst
Tell Me by Robyn Nyx
Taking the Lead by Lauren Jade
The Antisocial Sister by Lucy Felthouse
One Hundred Strokes by Sinclair Sexsmith
The Encounter by Eden Darry
Secretly Submissive by Brooke Winters
Inside by Leandra Vane
Vegas Mistress by Samantha Luce
Hit The Top by Robin Watergrove
Not Yet by Harper Bliss
Latin Lessons by Lise MacTague

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Seasons of LoveWe’re kicking off 2016 with a brand new novel from Harper Bliss. Seasons of Love follows 51-year-old London-based solicitor Alice McAllister as her world is turned up-side down by her best friend’s daughter.

To celebrate the launch of this book, we’re doing a special promotion. If you buy Seasons of Love (from the retailer of your choice – see links below) before 20 January 2016, you will get all four of Harper Bliss’s High Rise novellas for free AND a super-exclusive preview of the long-awaited Season Three of French Kissing.

Here’s how to claim you free gifts:
1. Buy Seasons of Love at the retailer of your choice (see links below)
2. Find the fourth word of Chapter 9
3. Go to this webpage: http://www.harperbliss.com/freegifts/
4. The password to get in is the word you found in Chapter 9. Type it in the box (small letters, no caps!)
5. Download your free books!

That’s it!

Here’s the blurb for Seasons of Love:
Is age really just a number?
Alice McAllister is a successful solicitor who likes a quiet, disciplined life. But when her business partner Miranda forces her to take a vacation at her holiday home in Portugal, the presence of Miranda’s daughter Joy turns Alice’s world up-side down.

Despite their age difference, Alice and Joy embark on a fiery holiday romance… until they have to return home to London.

Will Alice be able to forget about Joy and what she has awakened in her? And how can she face Joy’s mother without guilt after such a passionate summer fling? Find out in this brand new sultry novel by the chart-topping author of Release the Stars, Once in a Lifetime and At the Water’s Edge.

And you get it from these retailers:
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Enjoy Seasons of Love AND your free gifts!

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Release the StarsOur final release of 2015 is here and… it’s a bestseller already! Harper Bliss’ brand new novel Release the Stars is riding high in the Amazon Lesbian Fiction charts across the world and we couldn’t think of a better way to end our year.

Release the Stars is a highly romantic story set in Hollywood, featuring broken-hearted Charlie Cross and mega-sexy TV show host Ava Castaneda. When their paths cross the road to never-ending happiness is not exactly paved with gold, and to find out if, how and when Charlie and Ava do finally make it… you’ll have to read the book. 😉

Here’s the blurb for Release the Stars:

Can love be measured in percentages?
After her girlfriend leaves her for a man, broken-hearted novelist Charlie Cross moves from New York to Los Angeles to work on a TV show based on her books. Charlie vows to never date any woman who isn’t a hundred percent certain of being a lesbian. But when she is seduced by gorgeous bisexual cooking show host Ava Castaneda, whom she’s had a celebrity crush on for ages, Charlie is forced to review her belief in percentages because true love could very well be on the line.

Release the Stars is a contemporary lesbian romance novel set in the glitzy world of Hollywood.

And it’s available from:
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Enjoy & Happy Holidays!

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Christmass Kisses
At Ladylit HQ, we can hardly believe it’s almost Christmas, but yet again another year has flown by. Our penultimate release this year is, of course, a Christmas anthology! Five of our favorite authors have come together to share some frisky Christmas cheer and the result is Christmas Kisses: Five Merry Tales of Lesbian Lust. These stories will warm you up in this cold season (or get you even hotter if you’re in the southern hemisphere).
Happy holidays!

Here’s the blurb
’Tis the season to be… frisky. The Ladylit Fab Five have come together once more for a sizzling seasonal mini-anthology. Decorating the tree or working the holiday shift, at a family party or avoiding the shopping crowds, the ladies in these stories find reason to get merry in any circumstance.

Caution: This title contains graphic language and christmassy lesbian sex and is suitable for adults only.

Table of Contents
The Girl in the Purple Shirt by Cheyenne Blue
Not Christmas Shopping by Lucy Felthouse
White Wings and Fairy Lights by Laila Blake
In December by Erzabet Bishop
Commanding Officer by Harper Bliss

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Cheyenne Blue is giving away two paperback copies of her anthology ‘First: Sensual Lesbian Stories of New Beginnings’. Click the widget below to enter the giveaway. More info on the giveaway here >> Good luck!

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AnabasisDid you ever wish that Lord of the Rings had more women? And specifically more lesbians?
Here at Ladylit we are very happy to be able to grant you your wish with our latest release Anabasis by newcomer Mak Long. This is our first foray into the fantasy genre and we are proud to go on this adventure with this beautifully written story that will take you on an exciting journey through an old world with human warrior Basti and elf ranger Irhal.
Another reason for pride is that Mak Long is from our home Hong Kong, so that warrants a double celebration on this Thanksgiving day!

 
 

Here’s the blurb

Two warriors on a journey of conflict and passion

Ancient beyond memory, the lands of the Middle Sea are the dying embers of a glorious culture that once spanned the Five Directions—and beyond. Now cruel and decadent, the fractious city-republics of the Commonwealth cling to the last remnants of former magnificence.

Through this scarred world comes Basti, a gunslinger, a soldier, and a mercenary from the icebound North seeking to make the perilous journey through hostile territory, only to discover that desire and love can burn bright even in the shattered wasteland. Joined in her travels by Irhal, a huntress and daughter of the forest and of the Fae, the headlong collision between two alien ways of life births conflict, passion, and the promise of renewal.

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Al FrescoAs summer has ended and autumn has begun, here in Hong Kong we can finally venture out from the safe haven of air-conditioned shopping malls to enjoy some drastically less humid and cooler days. The weather is at its most pleasant right now, and perfect for all kinds of outdoor activities: hiking, barbecues, picnics… even some open air frolicking.
And this is the theme of our latest mini-anthology, which features the talented likes of Tamsin Flowers, Katya Harris, Annabeth Leong, Allison Wonderland and Harper Bliss. Incidentally these authors were also part of our pre-summer Summer Love anthology, so it’s quite fitting that they are now helping us keep hold of that summer feeling for a little longer with these five outdoorsy tales of lesbian lust.

 

Blurb
There is something truly titillating about getting frisky in the open air. Ladylit’s latest themed mini-anthology lets you experience this excitement as it takes you from Trieste’s Botanical Gardens to the Ocala National Forest in Florida, from a carnival to an outdoor wedding. You’ll meet a couple on a canoe adventure, a professor and her student having a secret encounter after class, and two rivalling opera divas. Temperatures will rise both outside and in when going through this steaming collection of outdoorsy tales of lesbian lust.

Caution: This title contains graphic language and outdoor lesbian sex and is suitable for adults only.
Table of Contents
Act Two by Tamsin Flowers
Canoe by Annabeth Leong
Lesbozo and the Clown by Allison Wonderland
Tryst by Katya Harris
Stepping Stone by Harper Bliss

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