Kindly tell readers who you are and your role at Ellora’s Cave. My name is Raelene Gorlinsky and I started working for EC as a freelance editor in March 2003. In February 2004, I moved to Ohio (company location) to take on the role of Managing Editor. A year later I became Publisher. I have always continued to edit some books for EC in addition to my other tasks.
Q: How did Ellora’s Cave begin? EC launched in November 2000. The first ebook was The Empress’ New Clothes by Jaid Black, the pen name of EC founder Tina Engler. That is still one of our bestselling books. Tina started the company because she wanted to read and write romances that did not “close the bedroom door”. The major New York publishers had told her women did not want to read about sex and would not buy romances containing sex scenes—she didn’t believe it, and went on to prove them wrong. Five years later, those big publishers started their own erotic lines after seeing how wildly successful EC was with the genre.
Q: What types of books can a reader find on your site? EC sells erotic romance (Romantica®), erotica fiction (Exotika®) and some non-erotic romance. The stories are in all categories: contemporary, historical, futuristic, paranormal, fantasy, BDSM, new adult, multicultural, and so on.
Q: Are they available anywhere else? EC books are available not only at our webstore (most times, the least expensive cost), but at all major ebook sites, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, All Romance eBooks. They are available to libraries through OverDrive.
Q: How do you select the books you publish? We want great storytelling, excellent writing, compelling characters and hot sex that will thrill our readers and capture their imagination. The books must meet our guidelines, and *not* contain the elements we list as taboo (pedophilia, incest, necrophilia, bestiality, etc). Our Author Information brochure contains info about the company, what we are looking for, and how to submit to us. It is available for download at www.ellorascave.com/write-for us?.
We also do special submission calls each year, to solicit stories on specific themes. The two open calls at the moment are Women With Whips (Fem Dommes) with a submission deadline of August 1, 2015. And Windswept Women (gothic romance), submission deadline December 1, 2015. You can see the descriptions for those at www.ellorascave.com/write-for-us/.
Q: Any exciting plans for Ellora’s Cave you’d like to share? We’re very excited to be expanding into additional library services and into subscription services during 2015.
We will also be putting out more ebook bundles this year—grouping a number of books into one “boxed set” at an attractive price.
Q: Is Ellora’s Cave active at any social media sites? You can find EC online at:
Our webstore: www.ellorascave.com
Pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/ellorascave/
EC Reader/Author chat loop: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ellorascavechat/
EC Blush (non-erotic) Reader/Author chat loop: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EC_Blush_chat/