by Raelene Gorlinsky
We had a very busy time at Frankfurt Book Fair, we were swamped with foreign publishers who wanted to talk about the potential market for erotic romance. We saw publishers from markets/countries that in past
had little interest in romance or erotica--eastern Europe, South America,
India. They are still a bit tentative, not sure erotica will work in their
countries, but starting to think about it and look for books to which they can buy translation rights. Some expressed that they may want to start with acquiring rights to romance novels, see how those fly in their countries (yes, in some parts of the world there are few romance books, it's not considered a desired genre). Then, if they can sell romances to their readers, they'd try erotic romance.
The Friday edition
of the Frankfurt Show Daily magazine had an article on the growing popularity of erotica--and a sidebar for us,
"Ellora’s Cave, the wildly popular digital and print erotica and romance
publisher from the United States"!
Representatives from several library distributors came to talk with us. We already make EC ebooks available for library lending through several US distributors, but so far not in other parts of the world. The lady from New Zealand was very eager. I also talked to some audio book companies. And talked to Google about their international expansion of Google Play (their ebook retailing division).
The college students came around on Friday. We had a good time chatting with them, they were so eager to learn about publishing and e-publishing, about the business and marketing aspects, about the varying acceptability around the world of romance and erotica. Several expressed their gratitude that we were so friendly and willing to talk to them--apparently some of the companies and publishers at the Fair brushed off the students, made it clear they wouldn't waste time with them. Not a good attitude--these students are readers/customers themselves, and future employees for our industry.
There was a very strong police presence at
the fair--groups of good-looking, young, buff (female and male) uniformed
officers everywhere. They stopped by our booth a lot to look at the
Cavemen calendar and chuckle. I wasn't able to convince any of them to
actually take a calendar or book. I guess they can't really carry such around
when they are on duty and in uniform. One of them explained to me that they
aren't allowed to take gifts or giveaways of any sort--it could be construed
as an attempted bribe, I suppose.
The new acronym in the publishing industry is
GAMA: Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon. The technology and etailer giants that
now control our publishing world.
We gave away 1000 of our big Bad Girls of Romance bags. They were widely acclaimed as the best bags available at the Fair--huge and sturdy. We saw people everywhere carrying them.