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Ravenous Romance™ Around the Globe

We’re always very proud to be able to book a feature for one of our clients with a major news outlet, so you can imagine how happy we and the Ravenous Romance team were last Wednesday when we snagged a nice feature in Sunday’s London Times.  Little did we know that once the story hit the wires it would be picked up by news outlets in all four corners of the planet!  So the upside:  great press!  The downside: they got a few details wrong and unfortunately most of the details have been spread far and wide. 

Below are links to some of the stories.  Before that however, a few of the facts our friend at the Times got wrong – corrected:

  • John Updike is not backing Ravenous Romance in any way, he wrote a quote about author Catherine Hiller which they have used for her book cover
  • Ravenous Romance is not offering 500 word direct to phone stories.  They are offering full-length novels (50,000 words) and short stories (5,000 words), both of which can be downloaded and read on an iPhone, Blackberry or any other smartphone as well as directly on the computer
  • Holly Schmidt finds the books and stories very much to her taste.  In fact she loves the content Ravenous Romance offers to readers.  She also did marry her high-school sweetheart and remains very happily married to him to this day.

And now the links:

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Ravenous Romance™ Goes Live

Digital romance publisher launches with a wide range of top-quality, multi-format content at low prices at http://www.RavenousRomance.com

[Boston, MA, December 1, 2008] Ravenous Romance™ has launched online at http://www.RavenousRomance.com <http://www.RavenousRomance.com> with content from both bestselling and award-winning authors and emerging talents. Products are available in both ebook and audiobook format in 12 different categories, including both modern and historical fiction, suspense, paranormal, gay/lesbian/bisexual, and new age, among others. 


An imprint of Literary Partners Group, Inc., Ravenous Romance™ offers readers engaging and colorful stories with strong plots and character development, but peppered with steamy love scenes.
 
Our goal is to be a destination site for romance readers,” said co-founder Allan Penn.  “Like other epublishers, we offer a host of downloadable books, but we also reach beyond the items for sale with things like our free daily horoscopes and our pre-launch TwittErotica contest, which drew entries from all over the world.  In the coming weeks, users will find author blogs, contests and more as we continue to grow and develop the site. The months ahead will be full of additions and we’re excited to roll them out to readers.
 
Penn pointed out several key areas in which the company differs from competitors:

  • They are the only epublisher to offer content in audiobook format.
  • They will release a new novel-length book a day.
  • They will also release a daily “Ravenous Rendezvous” short story, a new one of which, will go online at 12 p.m. every day (and will adjust for the reader’s local time zone).
  • Low prices:  $.99 for short stories, $4.99 for full-length eBooks, and $12.99 for audiobooks
  • To date, they’ve signed more than 125 best-selling, award-winning, and emerging writers to more than 140 books, including John Updike’s protégée Catherine Hiller (Updike has provided a quote for her cover), best-selling horror writer John Skipp (writing as Gina McQueen), Rachel Kramer Bussel, and Cecilia Tan.   


In order to ensure the most accessible cross-platform range of compatibility, ebooks and short stories are available in a choice of .pdf, .prc and .epub formats, which allows them to be read on the Amazon Kindle, the Sony Reader, the iPhone, Blackberry, Palm Treo, or any type of smart phone or PDA.  They can also be opened on the reader’s desktop or laptop computer.  Audiobooks download in .mp3 format and can be listened to on an MP3 player, smartphone with MP3 capability, Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, or computer.

Romance is the most popular genre in modern literature, generating $1.37 billion in net sales annually and accounting for 26.4% of all books sold. Demographically, 56% of romance readers are under age 44, and 74% have college degrees.  Overall, these women are computer-literate and comfortable with new technologies.  They are also voracious consumers, having read an average of nine romance novels each in 2006.  Digital content offers a way for women to keep their reading interests discreet, portable, and affordable.
 
NOTE: The site has launched with two weeks worth of content in order to offer a wide selection to readers during the very early days of operation.  New content will be added daily beginning December 14, 2008.

For more information please contact Dalyn A. Miller at 617-504-6869 or via email at Dalyn@DalynMillerPR.com

Visit Ravenous Romance™ online at http://www.RavenousRomance.com <http://www.RavenousRomance.com> .

About Literary Partners Group, Inc. and Ravenous Romance™

Literary Partners Group, Inc. is a partnership among three creative industry executives. Holly Schmidt is a publishing executive with 15 years of experience in editorial, marketing, and sales.  She joined forces with award-winning photographer Allan Penn to launch book packager Hollan Publishing, Inc. in 2006.  Lori Perkins is a New York City literary agent with over 20 years of experience and an impressive stable of authors.

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Romance is the most popular genre in modern literature

Did you know that…

…romance is the most popular genre in modern literature generating $1.37 billion in net sales annually?

…romance novels account for 26.4% of all books sold?

…demographically, 56% of romance readers are under age 44, and 74% have college degrees?

…romance readers are also voracious consumers, having read an average of nine romance novels each in 2006?

….ebook sales increased 87% in June 2008 over the same time the previous year?

Overall, romance novel readers are young, savvy, well-educated, computer-literate and comfortable with new technologies.

We are so thrilled to be on board with the launch of Ravenous Romance™!

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News Release: Ravenous Romance™

Literary Partners Group, Inc. Forms to

Launch Ravenous Romance™

Erotic romance publisher to provide high-quality, affordable content online

[Boston, MA, September 3, 2008] – Hollan Publishing, Inc. principals Holly Schmidt and Allan Penn have joined forces with literary agent Lori Perkins to form Literary Partners Group, Inc., which has announced the launch of Ravenous Romance™, an online publishing company.  Ravenous Romance™ will publish daily novel-length erotic romances, as well as lunchtime “Hot Fling™” short stories in e-book and downloadable MP3 format.  The company will offer content online at www.RavenousRomance.com beginning December 1, 2008.
 
Recognizing the shrinking margins and increasing obsolescence of print publishing in today’s market, LPG has leveraged their combined expertise and experience in the growing erotica and romance categories, and is taking them to the rapidly-expanding digital market. E-books and audiobooks are two of the strongest growth areas in publishing, as readers have begun to embrace the convenience of downloading material to smart phones, iPods, PDAs, personal computers, and various new-to-market electronic readers such as the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Reader.
 
Ravenous Romance™ will offer erotic romance – stories with strong plots and character development, but with steamy sex scenes and explicit descriptions of sexual encounters.  The stories will feature strong, passionate heroines and plots that express a broad range of fantasies.  Ravenous Romance™ will be a destination site for women, with erotica that celebrates female sexuality, and strong Web 2.0 community-building features.
 
We’re not the first in this arena, but we have a competitive advantage due to our unique experience and our ability to price and market our product aggressively, without the channel conflict that characterizes the large trade publishers’ forays into e-books,” says publisher and co-founder Holly Schmidt, who also points out that none of their competitors offer both audiobooks and e-books, nor do they offer new material with the frequency that Ravenous Romance™ will.  “We will succeed by producing exceptionally high-quality erotic fiction by award-winning writers and their protégées, and offering it to our readers at an extremely competitive price point. In today’s market, consumers want quality content at an affordable price, with a visually-appealing and user-friendly retail interface.  That is what Ravenous Romance™ will deliver.

Romance is the most popular genre in modern literature, generating $1.37 billion in net sales annually and accounting for 26.4% of all books sold. Demographically, 56% of romance readers are under age 44, and 74% have college degrees. Overall, these women are computer-literate and comfortable with new technologies.  They are also voracious consumers, having read an average of nine romance novels each in 2006.  Digital content offers a way for women to keep their interest in erotic romance discreet, portable, and affordable.  Schmidt points out that e-publishing is also an eco-friendly alternative to the environmentally damaging nature of traditional mass market publishing. With thousands of new romance titles printed, warehoused, and shipped each year in the U.S. alone, the environmental impact is significant.

Visit Ravenous Romance™ online at www.RavenousRomance.com , where you can download a free Hot Fling™ and register to win an iPod Touch.

For more information or to request an interview with Literary Partners Group, please contact Dalyn A. Miller at 617-504-6869 or via email at Dalyn@DalynMillerPR.com.

About Literary Partners Group, Inc.

Holly Schmidt is a publishing executive with 15 years of experience in editorial, marketing, and sales.  She joined forces with award-winning photographer Allan Penn to launch book packager Hollan Publishing, Inc. in 2006.  Hollan creates innovative, visual non-fiction books, including those in the love and relationships category.  Lori Perkins is an agent with over 20 years of experience selling erotica and an impressive stable of authors.

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Ravenous Romance

Our client base has never been dull, but this Fall it’s about to get a bit more risque. DMPR has recently signed on to promote Ravenous Romance™, an online publisher of e-book romance novels.

Ravenous Romance™ will publish daily novel-length erotic romances, as well as lunchtime “Hot Fling™” short stories in e-book and downloadable MP3 format. The company will offer content online at http://www.RavenousRomance.com beginning December 1, 2008.

Ravenous Romance™ will offer erotic romance–stories with strong plots and character development, but with steamy sex scenes and explicit descriptions of sexual encounters. The stories will feature strong, passionate heroines and plots that express a broad range of fantasies. Ravenous Romance™ will be a destination site for women, with a female-empowerment approach to erotica that celebrates female sexuality, and strong Web 2.0 community-building features.

At DMPR we’re passionate promoters of all of our clients’ lifestlye categories: food, politics, books, and more. This Fall we’ll be getting passionate about passion.

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