Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mamba's ~ Wild World of Books

Welcome to Amara's Place!


We're very excited to have you join us for our first ever visit to Mamba's Wild World of Books. In our travels  through this vast and exciting wilderness, the Wild Mamba 


... er, who am I? Why, I am your fearless hostess with the mostess. I will be spending the day safely tucked away here at Amara's Place, while my trusty assistant, the fearless Wild Mamba, will shlep through the depths of the most fearsome wilderness left in all of Cyberlandia today. Yes, yes, you've guessed it. we'll--

*Mamba hackles* 



Er, that is, Mamba will be trekking through the vast swamps and endless quagmires in the world of epublishing. Today we'd like to have you tag along for an excursion into the Greatly Wild and Swampity Swamp where the fabled publishing houses hereafter know as Silver Publishing, Less Than Three Press, and Riptide Publishing have risen up on their own little islands. In order to adequately prepare yourselves, we ask that you take a few moments to visit our educational adjunct over at YouTubeU. You need only watch the first six minutes or so of the training video, though you are welcome (and encouraged) to watch the entire showing at the time most convenient for you.

Realio, Trulio Educational Video.

No. 
*petulant frown*
You can't go on the trip unless you watch the required portion of the training video.

*Mamba hackles* They can so... 

Er, that is... you are encouraged to supplement your enjoyment and understanding of the tour by availing yourself of the appropriate--

Oh, hell, if you watch a few minutes of the video it makes the whole rest of the interview funnier, okay?
Sheesh.

*Dotn't you hackle at me this time, Mamba. You know I'm right*  

*hmph* fine. *sighs* I suppose you are right...

1)Can you tell us what sort of critters(authors to write-books-readers to read) you think your hammock...er pub house attracts, and why?

Like many hammocks, Silver Publishing attracts a large range of animals, from those that write MF to MM, FF, and all manner of ménage. The books range from bunnies that rate one flame (for violence instead of sexual content) to bucks that rate three to jaguars and bears that rate in the 4-5 range. Somehow, we even snuck in a few oddities for the everglades, like wolverines that write dark fantasy and horror books. Our range is so wide, in fact, that we have done a little landfill action to create a land bridge across the wetlands and attach our hammock to a smaller one to allow our animals to spread their wings and to introduce them to new animals. This new hammock is called SILVER STREAM, and will include more mainstream animals like ducks and feral cats, as well as straight-genre star-nosed moles, alligators, and bioluminescent types to add an edge to the mix. We expect the new hammock to be home to a ton of adolescent animals that would not fare well on the main hammock.


2) Do you think you have a lot of armadillo's? (Readers with strict preferences for certain types of books, ie. very sweet with most sex off screen, gritty BDSM, traditional boy meets boy or girl or wolf or whatever and falls in love--->HEA; Writers with a preference to write in certain tropes or heat levels)


A few, of course. Some of our armadillos prefer, for instance, longer books or shorter works only, which prompted us to include a guide to our many critters and their works which includes separation specifically by length of work. Many of them prefer a HFN or HEA ending, so we use content advisories when a particular work is bittersweet, and the main hammock doesn’t take tragic stories. The new hammock may allow for that, but again...we will have content advisories for it. It seems we have more animal watchers that prefer MM or MMM ménage than other types of works, but we do keep a fair number of MF, MFM, and FF animals happy on the hammock.

3)How do you see our ecosystem interacting?

Each hammock is unique. It’s not so much that we’re competing for resources as we are filling niches that fall between what other hammocks offer. Our hammock is an inviting place for critters who want a higher than average return on the food chain, who don’t like a ton of fences in their way, and who like being able to rearrange the environment a bit for their comfort. Our animal watchers like the comfort coding we add for them, the perks of visiting again and again, and the range of animal life we offer. Our hammock is especially responsive to the needs of both the critters that live here and the animal watchers that visit us.


4) How the heck did you end up out here in the everglades anyway?

Like many hammocks, we wanted to create a special place that wasn’t quite like the hammocks we cut our teeth in. We had a vision, a mission of a hammock that was both critter-friendly and animal watcher friendly, and we set out to make that happen.


5)What's the one thing our noisy Wild Mamba didn't ask that you're just burning to tell us about your hammock... er pub house?

In addition to our landfill action, Silver Publishing has been gaining ground naturally and at a stunning rate. We’re now home to well over 200 separate critters, all making art on the landscape that makes us unique. In fact, the number of works is increasing rapidly. We went from releasing a few new works a week in late 2010 to four per week in 2011 and now eight per week in 2012. That is ONLY the English-language ebook works. In addition, we release audio books, print titles, translations, and special collections. In March alone, we handled 88 releases in total. In 2012, the main hammock plans to increase to releasing 12 works of EL ebooks per week, plus the extras...as well as starting the Silver Stream hammock at another four releases per week.



At Less Than Three Press's Hammock
1)Can you tell us what sort of critters(authors to write-books-readers to read) you think your hammock...er pub house attracts, and why?

Small and fluffy creatures mostly :3 We're a very small hammock, low to the ground, which I think makes us easier to approach. There's also not as much groaning and grunting and howling, so critters inclined to be quiet or in a quiet mood like to venture over to hang out with us for a bit.

2) Do you think you have a lot of armadillo's? (Readers with strict preferences for certain types of books, ie. very sweet with most sex off screen, gritty BDSM, traditional boy meets boy or girl or wolf or whatever and falls in love--->HEA; Writers with a preference to write in certain tropes or heat levels)

I think we do have our fair share of armadillos. 

They come over to our section for the lighter treats. We're well known for sweet, for silly, for happy. Definitely not everybody's flavor, but there is a healthy population of fluffy armadillos looking for precisely the treats we can offer.

3)How do you see our ecosystem interacting?

I think ecosystems by their nature depend on a good mix of competition and cooperation. Lately, I think the balance has tipped a bit too much, and competition is turning into outright bickering that accomplishes nothing. But I think everything will calm down again and we can all go back to hammock hopping and having a good time. There is never a lack of critters eager to share and enjoy all the different treats the island has to offer.

4) How the heck did you end up out here in the everglades anyway?

It's a very distracting place. Also a very easy place to get lost. But we're pretty happy being lost out here, enough we decide to hang our own hammock and declare the place home :)

5)What's the one thing our noisy Wild Mamba didn't ask that you're just burning to tell us about your hammock... er pub house?

We might be a quiet hammock, but we're not boring and we never want to get that way. We love new things, and we always want to know when we should shake things up.



Unless we're kicking back in the hammock with a margarita. If you spills the margaritas, you're getting fed to the gators.





1)Can you tell us what sort of critters(authors to write-books-readers to read) you think your hammock...er pub house attracts, and why?

Our hammock – that’s Riptide Publishing – has very recently risen from the swamp, so we’re all shiny and new and not actually on many maps yet. I guess you have to be a bit of a local to know we’re there, and we don’t have many big trees yet – but awesome flowers and high grass and nice warm pools and beaches. In short, we can accommodate all kinds of animals; reptiles, literary fiction writers, genre writers, small nocturnal predators, gay romance, a whole bunch of insects, then trans and bi fiction writers, majestic birds and soon lesbian fiction writers, once we’ve concluded our market research.

2) Do you think you have a lot of armadillo's? (Readers with strict preferences for certain types of books, ie. very sweet with most sex off screen, gritty BDSM, traditional boy meets boy or girl or wolf or whatever and falls in love--->HEA; Writers with a preference to write in certain tropes or heat levels)

Actually, we really like diversity. There seems to be a perception that Riptide is all about the dark stuff (less hammock and more deep sea darkness with WEIRD TOOTHY ANGLER FISH), but in all honesty, we have a really diverse offering; lots of humour, some literary fiction, then classical romances, a dash of YA, then bi fiction, and trans* and genderqueer fiction. We think your usual armadillo is a lot more adventurous than is shown on TV.

3)How do you see our ecosystem interacting?

I think there is a lot of wide open space for many more hammocks and everybody can do their own thing, from the old hands to the new start-ups. Armadillos and authors can definitely pick and choose depending on what kind of terms and atmosphere they want. There’s no restriction and really no competition – the genre is growing and everybody is doing their own thing and what they are doing best. If anything, I think there will be more self-publishers soon.

4) How the heck did you end up out here in the everglades anyway?

What, this is not Ohio anymore?


5)What's the one thing our noisy Wild Mamba didn't ask that you're just burning to tell us about your hammock... er pub house?

Lesbian fiction. We’re going to branch out next year (I’m already reading for those) and we’re definitely wanting to see more of lesbian and bi and trans* fiction in addition to gay (or m/m) fiction. If it’s a good story, we want to see it. Also, we might look a bit scary on the outside – since you need an invitation to enter the hammock, but we’re a whole lot less scary in reality. Really.

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*whistling and lounging back in comfy desk chair watching the Wild Mamba conclude the program with a near miss with a hungry cougar on the prowl... er, no, a realio, trulio wild cat. No, really.*

*Mamba wipes mud from her face, glares at the hostess with the mostess* I'm out here schlepping and trekking with cougars while you're lounging in a comfy chair? *mumbles* I want a friggin' comfy chair... 

Hey, be sure to join us again next month when we visit more of the the fascinating and dangerous terrain still to be discovered in Mamba's Wild World of Books.

11 comments:

  1. The only thing I can think about now is sleep... I wonder if there's somewhere in my yard I can hang a hammock...

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    1. Hammocks are very handy things to have. In every sense.

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    2. Maybe when he comes to visit, Dad can find a spot for me... till then, guess I'll just have to make do with my papasan.

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  2. Very funny, but still very informative post about the different pub houses. Their answers made me laugh but I feel like I know a lot more about them all now. Although I strangely have the urge to buy a pet armadillo now...

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    1. I know what you mean about the urge to adopt an armadillo. Cute little buggers.

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    2. I could probably find y'all a carcass. You could get it stuffed. :D That way you wouldn't have to worry about food & stuff.

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    3. Our Hostess with the Mostess rocked it didn't she?

      And she didn't even have to fight cougars...

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    4. *blinks*

      Somehow I think a carcass would lose the cuteness factor somewhere...

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  3. Baby armadillos are sooooo cute. And yes, we used to own a hammock, and it was fab. You should see cats trying to get on them though.

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    1. Dogs are pretty funny trying to get OUT of hammocks after they've been lifted in....

      Not that I've ever done such a thing. Ever.

      *blinks innocently*

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