Shannon Stacey

Ghede, we hardly knew you

Sylvia linked to Ghede Books’ notice this morning.

It is with deep regret that we have to suspend the launch of our Ghede Books imprint.

Due to the current conservative climate, the launching of an erotica site now or in the near future places in jeopardy our ability to retain commercial banking due to strict adult business policies placed by commercial financial institutions.

We’ve invested time and money into this project. Book editing, cover art, marketing and web development. This is as big a disappointment for us as it is for you.

I never had a strong desire to write for them, because Ellora’s Cave fulfills my HEA requirements, but I feel terrible for anybody who made their first sale to Ghede. Heck, any sale, really.

And who knows if it’s PayPal or some other commercial stuffed-shirts, but it’s bad enough Walmart can dictate content. We don’t need everybody with impact on the wallet censoring writers.

So,…do the other erotica publishers keep their money under their mattresses? :razz:

9 comments to “Ghede, we hardly knew you”

  1. Trace
      · February 17th, 2005 at 8:43 am · Link

    Shannon, it is sad that they went under so quickly :(

    Ellora’s Cave is doing really wonderful covers! I saw those ones yesterday. Gorgeous!

  2. kate
      · February 17th, 2005 at 2:36 pm · Link

    I’ve read a couple of ECs lately that I thought were not particularly Romanicti

    I wonder if they’re going to take some of the Ghede titles and just make them appropriate for ECs?

  3. kate
      · February 17th, 2005 at 2:37 pm · Link

    This is pretty, but I miss your coffee cups. And your comment box is WAY LONG!

  4. Shannon
      · February 17th, 2005 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Which browser do you use? The comments box looks okay in Firefox and Explorer (although the menu’s jogged too high in IE, and it’s driving me batty, even though I use Firefox, because I know a lot of people use IE, even though it’s horrible and likes to reinvent margins at will.)

    Anyway. I can’t recreate it (*snort* Like I could fix it if I could.)

    Anybody else?

  5. AngieW
      · February 17th, 2005 at 3:51 pm · Link

    errr…from what I understand, some of those Ghede books would take more than
    just a little reworking to make them EC suitable. I haven’t seen them but consider
    that they were too hard core for even EC’s X rating…

  6. AngieW
      · February 17th, 2005 at 3:52 pm · Link

    yeah, Shan, I’m using IE and the comment box doesn’t work right!

  7. Shannon
      · February 17th, 2005 at 5:16 pm · Link

    Aha! It doesn’t go waaaaaay loooooooong until you start to type in it. Vewy intewesting.

  8. Shannon
      · February 17th, 2005 at 5:17 pm · Link

    And since it doesn’t scroll over there, one has to type blind. Lovely!

  9. Shannon
      · February 17th, 2005 at 5:18 pm · Link

    But it seems okay in Firefox. Okay, I’m off to scour the support board. They’re too busy fielding upgrade bugs to answer questions like this, but maybe it’s in an archive somewhere.

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