Women aren't just destroying science fiction, but other genres too

Looks like someone touched a nerve. The Lightspeed Magazine kickstarter to raise money to publish a special "Women Destroy Science Fiction" issue of all-women contributors has massively exceeded its goals. So now they're doing "Women Destroy Fantasy" and "Women Destroy Horror" issues too. » 2/15/14 4:40pm 2/15/14 4:40pm

Amazon is making it harder to sell Bigfoot porn ebooks

Erotica featuring Sasquatch, minotaurs, aliens, and boar gods may not fit everyone's tastes, but some authors have made a killing selling monster sex ebooks. But some ebook retailers, notably Amazon, have been cracking down on cryptozoological smut, making it harder for writers to sell their books to readers who are… » 12/22/13 2:26pm 12/22/13 2:26pm

Major eBook Publisher Sides With Alleged Pedophile

Thanks to leading eBook self-publishing website Lulu.com, 20-year-old Emily Kwissa was able to share her own account of surviving years of domestic violence and sexual molestation at the hands of her former stepfather — the version that's been doubted and ignored by doctors, lawyers, and other adults throughout her… » 8/19/13 2:25pm 8/19/13 2:25pm

J.K. Rowling Secretly Publishing Under Male Pseudonym

The author of the Harry Potter novels is using her known witchcraft to trick us muggles into not purchasing her latest book. Published under the name "Robert Galbraith", The Cuckoo's Calling is a detective novel about a troubled model who falls to her death — and the wily private dick who wants to get to the bottom of… » 7/15/13 9:30am 7/15/13 9:30am

How Many Awful Euphemisms for ‘Penis’ Can One Magazine Invent?

The answer, according to former Playgirl editor Jessanne Collins in her new e-book How to Be a Playgirl, is a lot, more than there are stars in our galaxy. Basically, anything with a vaguely cylindrical shape can be repurposed as a dick euphemism, although Playgirl newbies were apparently handed a 13-page thesaurus for … » 6/16/13 2:00pm 6/16/13 2:00pm

Handy charts reveal why you've never heard of most female SF authors

Over at Strange Horizons, the editors have done their yearly assessment of the state of gender in genre publishing. The good news is that men and women are published in almost equal numbers. The bad news is that books by men are reviewed far more often. So when women get published, you rarely hear about them. » 4/23/13 6:12pm 4/23/13 6:12pm

Fifty Shades of Making It Rain at Random House: E.L. James Is…

Not only was E.L. James' cult sadomasochistic masterwork Fifty Shades of Grey far and above the bestselling Random House title this year, it single-handedly helped keep Random House parent company Bertelsmann maintain overall group profit levels despite stagnant conditions in its TV, magazine, and music publishing… » 3/26/13 3:50pm 3/26/13 3:50pm

Anna Wintour Just Got A New Job

Anna Wintour just got a new job. The longtime editor is not leaving Vogue, but she is taking on the additional responsibilities (and salary) of a position created just for her: creative director of Condé Nast, which publishes titles from Vogue to Architectural Digest. Wintour says she wants to help those magazines… » 3/13/13 3:00pm 3/13/13 3:00pm

Once-Banned ‘Ancient’ Sex Book by Aristotle Will Be a Hot Auction Item …

A mid-18th-century edition of a much-maligned sexy, sexy sex book that first appeared in 1680 will probably fetch a tidy little sum of money when it goes on sale at the Edinburgh auction house Lyon and Turnbull. That's because, thanks to the squeamish, patriarchal printing authorities clutching their pearls in 18th… » 1/04/13 12:50pm 1/04/13 12:50pm

'New Adult' Fiction Has Tons of Sexy Sex for the Millennial Reader…

You're, let's say, a young adult floating in that hazy 18-25-year-old range where you may or may not be resisting grown-up responsibilities by playing Arkanoid and drinking Pepsi Max in your parents' basement. Maybe you recently embarked on a month-long project to re-read all the Harry Potter books and thereby… » 12/22/12 3:00pm 12/22/12 3:00pm

Christian Bookstores Refuse to Sell Lady Bible Book Because of 'Vagina'

Once upon a time in another land, people wandered the desert, following the commands of their God, dispensed to them through His human mouthpieces. They adhered to strict instructions regarding diet, gender roles, and blind worship. However, as time passed, and certain long-held beliefs broke down, wholesome traditions … » 10/16/12 4:00pm 10/16/12 4:00pm

More People Are Buying Dirty E-Books Than Hardcover Books

Now that avid readers of erotica the world over no longer have to endure the judgment of the MFA degree holders working the registers at Borders, adult fiction e-books are selling like hotcakes, if hotcakes helped people have really intense Sunday-afternoon orgasms. According to a report on publishing sales from 2011,… » 7/18/12 9:15pm 7/18/12 9:15pm