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“Manuscripts containing infidelity, abuse, addiction or other vile, disgusting behavior on the part of the two main characters will be rejected.”

I laughed my tits off when I read this at Black Lyon Publishing (No, I’ve never heard of them either) because, in their other genre guidelines, you’ll see that they use the word ‘offensive’ instead of ‘vile’.

I think they’d originally written the above, then decided that possibly it sounded a little harsh and judgmental, so substituted the words. They just forgot to change the wording within their contemporary guideline.

I much prefer the way they’ve worded it here, it really drives home the point, dontcha think? *g*

Effing hilarious.

I wonder how long it’ll take them before they catch their moderately un-PC language? Hehe…

Thanks to you-know-who-you-are for the link.

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  • Lynn
    January 17
    7:29 pm

    Funnily enough I just ordered one of their books from Amazon on one of those ‘buy X and Y for $8.99!’ offers. I’ll let you know if there’s any vile, disgusting behaviour in it.

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  • Jade James
    January 17
    7:40 pm

    “Manuscripts containing infidelity, abuse, addiction or other vile, disgusting behavior on the part of the two main characters will be rejected.”

    Does that mean that they’ll accept vile, disgusting behavior from other characters in the story? **g**

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  • RobinSlick
    January 17
    7:57 pm

    So let me get this straight. If your character is, say, a troubled alcoholic, that’s vile? So in their minds, alcoholism is not a disease and a matter of choice?

    Idiots.

    Just for that, I’m going to write something truly “vile” and sub it to them so they can spend all night scrubbing themselves under boiling hot water in the shower.

    Nah, I wouldn’t waste my time but it is kind of hard to leave that alone. Glad you called them on it.

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  • Shannon Stacey
    January 17
    9:08 pm

    (No, I’ve never heard of them either)

    I noticed there’s no name named in the “About” page.

    With the e-climate the way it’s been, my number one advice for aspiring e-authors has become: Know the real name of the publisher and the managing/senior editor.

    Sadly, my dream of someday writing a truly vile hero has now been dashed so it’s a moot point anyway.

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  • December/Stacia
    January 17
    11:01 pm

    That’s what I was thinking, Robin. Glad to know people with addictions of any kind are vile and disgusting.

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  • December/Stacia
    January 17
    11:07 pm

    Um, also, am I blind or are there no excerpts of their books anywhere on the site or in the bookstore? They want me to buy a book I’ve never heard of by authors (who may be very good but) I’ve never heard of without even giving me a couple of paragraphs to sample?

    Not good business.

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  • Anonymous
    January 17
    11:15 pm

    By copying and pasting the address they have on their About page I located the same address found here about some company called Bold Strokes Books.

    Info on Bold Strokes found this page:
    http://www.karenafox.com/publishers.htm

    Anony “B”

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  • Barbara Sheridan
    January 18
    5:13 am

    I think there’s a mistake Anony “B”–Bold Strokes publishes
    Bold Strokes Books offers LGBT fiction and non-fiction that is entertaining, informative, provocative, at times transgressive, and always positive and affirming. They publish a full-spectrum of Bold Strokes category genre fiction (55,000 – 130,000 words) including romance, action, adventure, mystery, speculative fiction, and erotica.

    The Black Lyon site says those folks doen’t even want any cussing in their romance in addition to the ban on generally “vile disgusting behavior”

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  • Kaz Augustin
    January 18
    6:02 am

    I did some random rambling and, at Ryshia Kennie’s website (one of their authors), came across this:

    It is perhaps unlikely that a publisher specializing in romance novels would be based in a small Eastern Oregon town. But unlikely or not, that is exactly where Black Lyon Publishing is located. Evidently it is a particularly fitting place to be, because virtually all their books are superior examples of their genre.

    O. Kay. I love the last sentence especially. They’re in East Oregon because their books are superior? Huh? Is there something in the water that produces superior romance publishers? Or superior romance books? I’m not sure. Don’t know much about Eastern Oregon myself. Anyone got the lowdown on this quiet nexus of romance and quality?

    PS The publisher’s name is “Kerry A Jones” who has several books published with Black Lyon! Her photo on the Author page is interesting and suggests a human head and arms mated with a solid timber carver (chair).

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  • Karen Scott
    January 18
    7:47 am

    Her photo on the Author page is interesting and suggests a human head and arms mated with a solid timber carver (chair).

    That sure is a sexy, smoldering shot of her isn’t it? I love the ‘come-to-bed-ness’ of her pose *g*

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  • shilohwalker
    January 18
    2:46 pm

    I’m in trouble. Book I just finished has a heroine who’s a recovering drug addict.

    One you’ve gotten addicted, even if you’re clean 10 years, 20 years… You’re always a recovering addict.

    Addiction can’t be cured. It’s dealt with. Many, many recovering addicts go on to do great things with their lives.

    I wish more people would get that.

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  • Barbara B.
    January 18
    7:21 pm

    “Manuscripts containing infidelity, abuse, addiction or other vile, disgusting behavior on the part of the two main characters will be rejected.”

    Are they writing for children?

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