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So… what the hell is going on at Venus Press? (Sorry, I can’t bring myself to link to them, but their address is www.venuspress.com) It seems that every time I go onto a blog, there’s an announcement, stating that the blog/web owner has decided to quit the e-publishing company. Authors and admin staff seem to be leaving Venus in droves.

I happened to go onto Jeya Jensen’s website (one of their more popular authors from what I can gather) to see if she could shed any light on the matter, and I found this announcement on her site:

“I am officially handing in my intention to dissolve ties with Venus Press. I will no longer publish through this entity. The 30 day notice to remove _ALL_ my titles has been sent via registered mail. I wish my fellow authors all best, however I have not managed to reach workable terms with the present administration. I was brought into Venus Press by Marianne LaCroix.

Now that she is no longer on staff, certain promises I was made as an author back in December 2004 are not being fulfilled in the terms and manner we agreed on when I agreed to leave my former publisher, Extasy Books, and move all my titles to Venus Press. In short, I have been deceived and misled. Therefore, I am choosing to end my association as an author with Venus Press and Scarlett Chambers/ aka Deborah Taylor. My books will be returning to Extasy Books as soon as possible. This includes print and e-book versions. Keep checking back for details of the rerelease.”

Curiouser and curiouser. What are the management team doing that’s pissing everybody off? Obviously not managing…

Am I surprised that things are falling apart? Not really. You just need to take a look at the website to see what I mean.

I’m guessing that their stories must have a market, but honestly, who can be satisfied by a book that only has 17 pages in it? That’s right, 17 pages. These particular stories are described as shorts, but you would expect a little more for your $3.98 wouldn’t you?

These types of books just play into the hands of those reviewers who like nothing more than to turn their nose up at authors from small press companies. I can almost hear them throwing the books against the walls from here…

I’m sure that some of the authors must be talented, but why would they want their work to be showcased at Venus Press? As far as I can tell, whoever runs the ship there, isn’t doing such a hot job.

My first impressions of their website wasn’t positive, and I have to say, I’ve had no reason to change my mind since.

The website screams ‘unprofessional’ in every way possible. They have a Yahoo group that has perhaps one post every two weeks, so I’m left wondering where their readers are.

I’m fully expecting to hear that the company has dissolved, in the near future. As far as I can see, the owners seem to have totally mismanaged the company, and will probably be paying for their bad handling of the business, for a while yet…

BTW if anybody wants to sue me for libel, I’ll be more than happy to give them the name of my brief…

So, have any of you ever purchased a book from Venus Press, and if so, what did you think of it?

UPDATE: Check this out, this was also on Jeya Jensen’s website: She sent this to the owners of Venus:

“Dear DL Taylor,I am handing over your contracts to the SFWA’s Writer Beware, along with your email about hiding your identity. I am also sending copies of your contracts to Professor Jim Fisher of the Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Professor Fisher, formerly of the FBI, and the SFWA is committed to an ongoing investigation to shut down fraud publishers and literary agents.

Since your contracts contain errors, including the state you live in and no address, I am sure they will be quite interested to look into this for me. If you look on Amazon, you can find a copy of Professor Fisher’s book, Ten Percent of Nothing.

My name is mentioned several times in the index as one of the investigatory sources Fisher used to bring down several publishers and agents. He might be interested in using this material for his latest book. By the way, author AC Crispin is a good friend of mine and I’m asking her to look into this personally as a rep of Writer Beware. A search will reveal her novels as well.Here are the links for your FYI:

http://www.sfwa.org/beware/http://www.edinboro.edu/cwis/polisci/jimfisher/

I want my books off your website in 30 days or I will be pursuing action through the BBB and other Writer’s organizations and every other legal venue at my disposal. If you think you have nothing to fear, well, you won’t mind a little legal investigation, will you?

Jeya Jenson”

Wow! How gloriously scandalous!!!! (g)

21 Comments »


  • Nicole
    July 2
    12:43 am

    I never got any books from there, mainly because they seemed so unprofessional. And some of those covers look like rip-offs of Liquid Silver ones. Like if you compare J.J. Massa’s covers from VP and LS, they are almost identical. Even if they’re the same artist, I’d expect them to be noticeably different.

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  • Indida
    July 2
    2:13 am

    I bought a couple of books before I noticed how much I was getting for my money. I went there assuming their books fit the standards everywhere else. I was mistaken.

    A 20 to 40 page novella is $5. Anything remotely near the EC standard novel length is $7.

    I liked Jeya Jenson’s Echoes of Angels so much so I was willing to pay $7 for the sequel but that was the only future book I planned to buy from VP.

    There were other authors there that I enjoy like Rachel Carrington, JJ Massa, and Sable Grey but I want the quantity as well as the quality. I don’t like to be left wondering. I want the whole story and I don’t think it can be done in 20 pages.

    I gave them the benefit of the doubt when it came to prices and the design of their site. I figured it was just because they were so new and they would improve. It’s been over 4 months, no improvements.

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  • Anne
    July 2
    3:42 am

    Well at least she’s standing up for herself! Good for her! They must have done something, or not done something, to get her that pissed off and disgusted with them. I’ve never bought anything from them because their prices are outrageous for such short stories. The quality may be there but the price is too steep for someone who’s on a budget like me. I shop for ebooks mainly at Ellora’s because I’m content with the dollar amount that goes with their books.

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  • Desiree Erotique
    July 2
    4:42 am

    Yes, our numbers are growing!
    Give me a call over at my website, Karen- you’ll find my email addy!
    http://www.romanticsurrender.com
    Got a question I’d love to ask 🙂 Thanks hon.

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  • Tyler B
    July 2
    6:01 am

    I, too, was a Venus Press author. All my new work will be published through eXtasy Books or Zumaya Publications, depending on the level of eroticism. There is no comparison between these very professional pubs and Venus, sad to say.

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  • Jeya Jenson
    July 2
    6:38 am

    Thank you, all for your support!!! I am rebounding nicely.
    Echoes of Angels and Descent of Demons will come out in paper and e-book from Extasy Books, Indida, and I will see you get a copy of Descent. 🙂

    Thank you again!

    Hugs!

    Jeya Jenson

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  • Shelly
    July 2
    10:10 am

    I’ve bought books from them before, never again. Even their novellas aren’t long by any stretch of the imagination. They should be considered shorts too IMO. I hope they get shut down and soon.

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  • Indida
    July 2
    7:59 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much. I am so pumped!

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  • Kate R
    July 3
    12:38 am

    Ooooooo interesting. Wow.

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  • Jeya Jenson
    July 3
    6:59 am

    LOL, Indida, I am surprised anyone liked Echoes of Angels at all. Seriously, Morgan is my fav character to write for. And, yes, I was pissed to see VP marking our books so high. They were not competitive at all.

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  • Marianne LaCroix
    July 3
    1:55 pm

    JJ Massa hired April from LSB to do her covers at VP, which is the why in that. She wanted that look. As an artist, a style is hard to break.

    I wish I could address the admin stuff in depth, but I will say, I did not agree with how things were being done. After much heated discussion, I decided to end my association with the company. I resigned from admin, website, editing, etc. I later resigned from cover art and writing.

    There are rumors of “sabotage” and my being “fired” which are untrue. I was on vacation and hardly online when the “sabotage” took place. (Whatever the “sabotage” really was, I have no clue.) And I would love to see an email stating I was fired,(Which was supposed to have happened on my vacation as well), esp. after I resigned anyway.

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  • Desiree Erotique
    July 3
    9:27 pm

    Mari,
    you have more integrity in your pinky finger than most do in their entire body. You didn’t sabotage anything!

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  • Jaynie R
    July 4
    1:45 pm

    Hey Dude – wowza – good to see someone else noticed the crap that was going on.

    I got some good news today – I was thinking that after editing for VP nobody would want me, but I just got a Junior Editor position with Triskelion – wahoo.

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  • Alyssa
    July 4
    6:59 pm

    OK, I have a feeling I’m going to be putting my foot in my mouth, but since I’m a little hungry, I’m going to be brave. 🙂

    I just visited VP, and I was surprised it didn’t look worse, judging by the comments. I’ve seen a few other e-press sites that look about as bad, honestly.

    What am I missing about the look? Well, the whole butt logo looks tacky, but other than that?

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  • Dakota Cassidy
    July 4
    7:24 pm

    Karen, darling? My Euro friend, I am going to say this much and NOTHING more…well, not a lot. LOL

    I’m sorry so many were hurt by the dissoulution of Admin at VP. I know little about VP other than a couple of names of authors I’ve seen here and there. Das it, baby. Cuz I’m all about flying low under the controversy radar.

    I do know–it’s been an uncomfy few days for a good friend of mine–and I wouldn’t care if she worked for a BIG ‘OLE NY PUB–the being mean part would still SUCK and it would still make me mad.

    That said–I’m shuttin’ up and wavin’ to ya, cuz you crack me up 🙂

    Dakota 🙂

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  • Karen Scott
    July 4
    11:09 pm

    Nicole, I’m not a huge lover of their covers, I must admit

    Indida, the books are ridiculously expensive, they aren’t competitive whatosever, I’ll stick to EC thanx.

    Anne, this is why small press companies get a bad name.

    Des you did the right thing by quitting!!

    Tyler, I’m still trying to work out what the attraction was in the first place.

    Jeya, you’re better off out of there.

    Shelly, lol, I get really mad too when I’m ripped off!!

    Marianne, sounds like a horrible company to work for

    Kate, isn’t it though!

    Jaynie, congrats on your new editing job, Triskelion are so much better than Venus!!

    Alyssa, I’ve seen worse too, but that’s not a good thing. IMO I think the site sucks.

    Hi Dakota, I take it the person who did the bashing was at Venus then?

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  • anon
    July 5
    10:41 am

    allysa, read the excerpt for belita renn’s goblin king thing

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  • Jeya Jenson
    July 5
    8:44 pm

    I am pleased to announce that my rights were returned to me today by Venus Press. The books will be back for sale shortly. YOu can look for Echoes of Angels and Descent of Demons at Extasy Books in print and e book soon!

    Hugs!

    Jeya

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  • Karen Scott
    July 5
    8:50 pm

    That’s fantastic Jeya!!!

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  • Dakota Cassidy
    July 6
    7:19 am

    Hey, babe–let’s just say this–it was WRONG and I despise any kind of flaming–and so, I spoke my piece, for what it’s worth, because I’m darn tired of the cruelties spewed into cyber space because you believe yourself omnipotent at a keyboard.

    And I’d do the same for anyone else unjustly crucified, but most especially when it’s a good friend of mine.

    Never, never pick on my friends–cuz I pick back 🙂 LOL

    Dakota 🙂

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  • Jeya Jenson
    July 8
    9:30 pm

    New covers are going up on my website as my titles are returning to release soon! Stop by and see! http://www.goth-erotica.com
    Thanks for your support, all!

    Hugs,

    Jeya

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