A brief history of Ladylit

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

New Release: Close Enough (High Rise Novella Four) by Harper Bliss

Close EnoughToday we’re releasing Close Enough by Harper Bliss the fourth and last instalment in the High Rise series.

Here’s the blurb
Scarred by the cruel break-up with her former girlfriend, Nat has difficulty committing to Isabella. Isabella is not interested in a casual relationship, but she finds it hard to let Nat go. Will Nat and Isabella find the common ground to overcome the vast differences between their personalities and lifestyle?

And here are the FREE download links (until Sunday 31 March)
Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon DE / Amazon CA / Amazon FR / Amazon ES / Amazon IT

You could read Close Enough as a standalone title, but we would recommend reading the previous novellas beforehand. To refresh your memory, we’ve made Fool for Love (High Rise Novella One) and Undisclosed Desires (High Rise Novella Two) free as well for the next two days.

Here are the download links (until Friday 29 March)

Fool for Love (High Rise Novella One)
Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon DE / Amazon CA / Amazon FR / Amazon IT / Amazon ES

Undisclosed Desires (High Rise Novella Two)
Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon DE / Amazon CA / Amazon FR / Amazon IT / Amazon ES

This marks the final episode of this sexy series set in Hong Kong. Early April we will publish all four of them bundled together as e-book and paperback. Enjoy!

High Rise Novella Two: Undisclosed Desires

Undisclosed Desires The second book in Harper Bliss’s High Rise series, Undisclosed Desires, is out today and it’s free until Sunday.

Here’s the blurb
Nat, a successful American writer who came to Hong Kong following the love of her life, chases every girl she can after a brutal break-up. Her neighbour Isabella, who has shied away from relationships since her divorce five years earlier, finds herself compelled to help. They strike up an unlikely friendship and are soon faced with a growing desire for each other. But can their differences in age, aspirations and lifestyle be overcome?

And here are the free download links (until Sunday):
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon DE
Amazon CA

2012 has been really great for Ladylit. Since our foundation in May we have released sixteen titles, many of which made it into the top 20 on Amazon’s lesbian best sellers list. The first planned publications for 2013 are the remaining two High Rise novellas and a print version of all of them combined. We are very excited about the new year and very grateful to everyone who supported us so far. To share the joy, here’s a list of planned promotions during the next two weeks.

– 19-23 December: Undisclosed Desires is free on Amazon
– 25-27 December: Summer Heat is free on Amazon
– 28-30 December: Younger Than Yesterday is free on Amazon
– 24-27 December: Fool for Love will only be $0.99 on Amazon

Dirty Pleasure is always free on Amazon
Wetter is always free on Amazon and elsewhere
New Girl is always free from these retailers
All of Me is always free from these retailers

Enjoy, thank you and we wish you wonderful holidays!

LadyLit’s Ten

Endless SummerNo, we’re not celebrating our tenth anniversary just yet, not even our ten month anniversary for that matter, but we are throwing a LadyLit book giveaway to celebrate our tenth release. Today we published Endless Summer by Harper Bliss, which combines the well-received Cat-and-Rose novelettes Summer Heat and Younger Than Yesterday.

As this is a festive occasion, we’re going to keep the contest simple. The first five people who comment on this blog post, get to choose one title from our catalogue (e-books only). Make sure to leave your e-mail address when you comment (you will be prompted for it but it won’t be visible), so we can send you your title of choice in your preferred format.

You can check out all LadyLit books here. Two of them (Wetter and Dirty Pleasure) are free, so I wouldn’t pick those. Happy commenting and thank you to everyone who has bought one of our books since we started LadyLit.

All About Harper

Summer Heat Harper Bliss writes naughty stories. Now we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk business. Harper is the reason why we’re having a summer of erotica at LadyLit*. She keeps churning out the dirty stories and, in fact, her latest e-book Summer Heat was just released on Wednesday. (If you haven’t done so yet, pick up your free copy before Sunday when the free promotion ends.)

Summer Heat tells the story of Cat, who, after being dumped by her girlfriend right before their holiday, decides to join her parents on their annual trip to Tuscany. Prepared for two weeks of sun-drenched melancholy, she finds much more than nostalgia in the house where she used to spend her summers as a child.

Unable to let the characters go, Harper decided to write the story again, only this time, from the point of view of Rose, Cat’s cougar love interest. (Hm, perhaps we should have called the book Cats & Cougars.) This second story doesn’t have a definite release date yet, but it does already have a cover (and a title). Ta-dah!

Younger Than Yesterday

We’re aiming for publication in the second week of September. We’ll also be putting them together in a special edition e-book, alongside another short story featuring the two characters. (She really can’t get enough of them.)

Harper’s stories all feature lesbian lovers and quite a few explicit sex scenes. There’s an encounter with a high-end escort in Hired Help, a threesome in The Honeymoon, a teacher crush in Learning Curve and all of that bundled together in A Hotter State. You can also read some of her stories for free on her website if you want to know what you’re letting yourself in for. (And there are PDF previews available of all her e-books here.)

Harper Bliss Books

Over the weekend Harper is participating in the Follow the Rainbow Book Reviews Blog Hop and you can win a free copy of A Hotter State. She also likes to blog about all the things that inspire her on her website.

So far for our introduction to our resident erotica writer Harper Bliss. She has some hot stuff out there already, and we’ll be seeing regular releases of her new books throughout the year. Enjoy.

* We have other, less saucy projects in the works. By the end of the year we should have a new Lee Harlem Robinson novella out. And in 2013 we’ll publish a brand new LGBT novel set in Hong Kong.

Summertime Promo Extravaganza

In need of an extremely well-priced beach read? You’re in luck because LadyLit specialises in beach reads and this week we’re lowering ALL our e-book prices to a crazy $0.99. Yes, that’s the price in USD, and yes that’s less than 8HKD or about 0.80EUR. Hey, this is a promotion after all. This means that for an entire week none of our books will be priced higher than $0.99 and of course there are the freebies. Let’s break it down.

FREE
Learning Curve by Harper Bliss

Blurb
Ada’s company relocated her to Berlin, provided that she’d take an intensive course in German. It proves to be a steep learning curve, until her teacher Giselle implements some alternative educational methods.

Available from
Amazon US
Amazon UK
This title will only be free until 29 July 2012 Standard Pacific Time, after that it will also be available for $0.99

Wetter Wetter by Harper Bliss

Blurb
Rachel has had a crush on her spin instructor Toni for months. One late night visit to the locker room steam cabin transforms her fantasies into hot, steaming reality.

Available from
Smashwords
iTunes
Kobo
All Romance
Rainbow eBooks
Barnes & Noble

Dirty Pleasure Dirty Pleasure by Lee Harlem Robinson

Blurb
During a decadent weekend in Hong Kong, Lee and her best friend Charlie encounter a slew of interesting characters. One of them is Stevie, a girl who ignites a spark in Lee. Can Stevie restore Lee’s hope that Hong Kong is not totally void of lesbians?

Available from
Amazon US
Smashwords
iTunes
Kobo
Barnes & Noble
Rainbow eBooks

$0.99 (*) (UNTIL 4 AUGUST 2012)
(*) In some countries (like Hong Kong) Amazon adds VAT and Whispernet costs so the price may not be displayed as $0.99.
Come and GoCome and Go by Lee Harlem Robinson

Blurb
Lee Harlem Robinson is used to getting all the girls, until she arrives in Hong Kong. Faced with a severe shortage of dateable lesbians, it takes Lee months to find romance and surrender to her first summer of love in 100% humidity. Her affair with posh banker Stella doesn’t last into autumn and she’s left scouring happy hour with her single gay friends again.
She’s on the brink of a melt-down when she meets Nikki, a leather-clad lawyer-cum-photographer. Can they defy the odds and find love in a harsh and loose city like Hong Kong?

Available from
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Smashwords (with this coupon code SS99V)
Kobo
Rainbow eBooks

The HoneymoonThe Honeymoon by Harper Bliss

Blurb
A sizzling novelette featuring a couple of newlyweds honeymooning in Phuket. When they encounter a mysterious Asian woman in their beach side resort, they decide to give each other a very special wedding gift.

Available from
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Smashwords (with this coupon code TS32G)
Kobo
Rainbow eBooks
All Romance

Hired Help Hired Help by Harper Bliss

Blurb
Olivia’s girlfriend walked out on her months ago and she’s desperate for some action. Her best friend recommends some hired help.

Available from
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Smashwords (with this coupon code QR83D)
Kobo
Rainbow eBooks
All Romance

Enjoy!

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