Today Governing Ana is proud to host Staci Taylor of Lazy Day Publishing for “Monday Morning Fika*”! On select Mondays, we will sit down with a ttwd author or figure of the community to chat about topics such as books, love, electronic readers, and even biting! Please welcome Staci!
*”Fika” is a Swedish term for enjoying coffee, tea, and sweets over conversation with friends. It is a sacred tradition in many families, friends, and even workplaces, and it offers a chance to chat informally on a number of topics. While “Fika” may refer specifically to the coffee, in practice it refers to the moment of community. In this hectic world, it is nice to take a moment to stop, pause, and savor time getting to know a little more about each other.
For those of you who are regulars, you may recognize Lazy Day as a supporter of Spank or Treat. I am proud to be a Lazy Day author and have signed two books (so far!) with them. The Way Home (aka “Kat Book 1”) will be published in March 2013, and Simple Gifts (aka “the classical music DD story with Carene and Leila”) will be published in April 2013. We have already chatted with three Lazy Day authors (Sue Lyndon, Alta Hensley and Armineh Ohanian), and today we get to hear from Staci Taylor herself. Please pull up a chair and join us.
Hello, Staci! Thank you for joining us for Fika today! Staci, please tell us about Lazy Day. How did you come up with the idea? How did you choose the name? What was your vision from the beginning for your company?
My business partner, Mark McConnell, and I have always been entrepreneurs. We own several businesses and were always looking for a great business idea. We came up with LazyDay Publishing because we thought the digital book was a fairly new concept that was gaining a huge amount of steam (back in 2010). We saw the potential there. Not only that, it seemed creative, fun and a great way to spend our day. Who doesn’t like to read for a living? 🙂
Our vision has always been about partnering with the author. They write the book, we publish the book. A 50/50 partnership. We saw that some publishers were only giving a 7% royalty to the authors and we didn’t feel that was the model we wanted to follow. So we offer 50%. We partner with our authors and work with them on every single part of the publishing process. We respect that the book is the author’s baby and we hold that with the highest respect. So far, it has been a great way of doing business.
The name came from the idea that there is nothing better than a lazy day with a good book. Plus, our goal is to retire someday and only have lazy days reading a good book that WE published.
Can you give us an overview of the types of books that you sell? How many books have you published so far, and how often do you release a new one? Do you ever sell print books, or is it e-books only?
We publish books in all genres (romance, erotica, mystery, thrillers, fantasy, sci-fi, young adult, gay/lesbian, memoirs, etc). We tend to be heavy on the romance and erotic romance, but open to all types of writing. We have published about 60 books so far. We publish an average of 4 books a month. All of our books are e-books and on occasion we will do print on demand, but our focus is the digital book.
How did you get into publishing spanking fiction?
When we were looking for our 25 Founding Authors to launch our business with, we came across Alta Hensley. Traditional Love was one of the original books we opened our doors with. She introduced us to Domestic Discipline, and at first we were really nervous as to how it would be received. We were pleasantly surprised when it became our number 1 best seller. Since then, we have brought on authors like Jade Cary, Liz Borino (M/M), Sue Lyndon and now you (F/F). We hope to continue to sign more authors who write in this spicy and fun genre. There are some amazing spanking authors out there that we would love to get our hands on. We also know there are some hidden gems just waiting for us to find and make them shine. We hope to continue publishing spanking fiction for years to come.
Have you had any difficulties or negative responses to publishing spanking books?
We haven’t, as a publisher. I know some of our spanking authors have gotten some negative reviews or feedback. But I think they also get a lot of positive comments to counter that. We wouldn’t care if we did. We stand behind the beliefs, the desires and the lifestyle.
Do you have any personal interest in spanking or spanking fiction? If yes, do you mind telling us in what ways? If no, does that make it difficult for you to work with those types of books?
I find that, if written correctly, spanking fiction can be very sensual and erotic. I really enjoy seeing how intimate those scenes can be. I also appreciate that it’s a genre that is very different than others. It really is its own category. Spanking fiction pushes the boundaries, which makes it very fun to be a part of.
Are there types of spanking fiction that you would not be willing to publish? If so, what kinds?
We won’t publish incest or rape. So if we feel the spanking fiction involves either, it isn’t the right book for us. We also won’t publish a spanking fiction that doesn’t ring true. Now, that Domestic Discipline Contemporary Romance is making its own niche, we are seeing some writers that clearly don’t get it, and haven’t done their research. We want all our spanking fiction to be authentic.
One of the main concerns with publishing books that don’t fit neatly into certain pre-approved genres is the conventional wisdom that those books “won’t sell”. How do you feel about this philosophy? Are you ever concerned about taking a book that you think is good but may not have a ready-made reader market?
Well, obviously we want all of our books to sell. But a perfect example would be Alta Hensley’s book. If we didn’t take a chance on a genre that we knew nothing about, we wouldn’t have had such a huge hit on our hands. Not all our books sell like we thought they would, and in some cases books we were worried about, blow us away in sales. We want a good story that pulls a reader in…regardless of the genre. We aren’t afraid to take a chance on a well told story.
Is diversity in fiction important to you? Do you look for a variety of books to publish, or do you choose solely on the quality of writing?
Quality of writing is number one. BUT we are always looking for diversity. We want to represent all sexualities, race, ideas, beliefs, and lifestyles. In our short two years of business, I feel we have done a pretty good job at that.
Your books are sold in epub files. If someone is a Kindle or Nook user and buys a Lazy Day book, will there be any problem in reading the file?
Not a problem at all. That is where most people read their e-books from.
Do you offer any technical support if someone has trouble downloading a file or purchasing a book?
Absolutely! We respond to every e-mail.
What does the membership option mean on your site? Do people need to sign up as a member in order to purchase Lazy Day books?
Being a member just makes it easy for you to come back and order more books. You do not have to be a member to buy a book. But we require it for you to take advantage of coupons and discounts.
Thanks for having me today! Great questions. If anyone is interested in submitting to us, send a synopsis and your manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org