An Interview with Jim Brown of LL-Publications and Logical-Lust

Jolie du Pre, editor of Swing!, interviews Jim Brown of LL-Publications and Logical-Lust.

 

What came first LL-Publications or Logical-Lust? What is the difference between the two and why did you desire to start a publishing company?

Logical-Lust came first, actually. It was started as a personal writing website to begin with which also showed writing from other authors I knew at that time. You yourself had an article on there a while back, Jolie, if you recall. During that time I heard a lot of voices complaining about the lack of support and communication from publishers, and a general ill-feeling about how authors were treated. Obviously not all publishers are that bad but I kept thinking to myself that I could do a better job. After all, shouldn’t it be better when you work with the author on their projects?

LL-Publications came about when we decided to open ourselves up to more genres. The set-up now is that LL-Publications is the parent publishing company covering a wide variety of genres, with Logical-Lust Publications the romance and erotica imprint?

You met Zetta when you were members of the Erotica Readers and Writers Association. Now you’re married, living together in Scotland and you’re business partners. Do each of you do separate jobs for your publishing company or is it a collaboration? Who else is involved in the managing end of your publishing company?

Zetta does a lot of the editorial work for LL-Publications, while I stick to the more technical and marketing side of things. She also keeps ME up to date with my to-do-list! Rachel McIntyre is the editor of Logical-Lust. So far it’s just us three. But we could use another reliable, experienced editor or two to help.

You have some interesting covers over at LL-Publications and Logical-Lust. I love the cover for Swing! Who are your cover artists and what can you tell us about them?

We love our covers. We’re very fortunate to have an excellent working relationship with Helen Madden of Pixel Arcana. Helen is a truly gifted and creative graphics goddess. She has done all our covers bar the very first one. Her ability to be diverse in her work is a revelation. Just look at the variety of cover work on our books and you’ll see for yourself.

Years ago your publishing company had a slow start but now it is full speed ahead. Besides the exciting swinging anthology that I’m editing and putting together, what other works can you tell us about over at LL-Publications and Logical-Lust? I notice that you have an incredible line-up in the coming months. For example, the prolific and highly acclaimed M. Christian is joining your ranks, as well as the award winning Darrel Bain and the best-selling romance author Laura Parker.

Don’t forget Brenna Lyons, and of course that promotion queen, Jolie du Pre LOL. Yes, we have been able to attract some excellent writers recently and we look to attract a lot more too. Also don’t forget that we encourage talented new authors to spread their wings with us. Our newest release, Ordinary World is a debut book by Tony McGuin. It’s no ordinary book, and will have you both grimacing and grinning at the same time. Truly delicious satire! Also, debut author Ben Larken has received rave reviews for his horror thriller, Pit Stop and Zetta’s own book Messalina: Devourer of Men has also received 5-star reviews. This is a testament to our desire to produce high-quality books. In November we will be launching on Fictionwise with about 25-30 ebook titles, most of which will be brand new releases by the likes of M.Christian, Brenna Lyons, Laura Parker, Darrell Bain, Sage Vivant, and so on. We’re hard at work, as you can imagine!

Are you actively seeking submissions from authors? What are you looking for when it comes to submissions?

I can sum that up in one word – QUALITY. Although we’re putting together a multitude of titles in November to meet the criteria required by Fictionwise, we’re not a publisher who will release dozens of titles every month. We like to think we have a keen eye for what a reader really wants. We like creativity and originality, as you’ll see from our current titles. As for the story itself, it should be engaging with well-defined plot and characters, something that makes you want to keep turning pages. We’re interested in anything (except children/young adult or religious) from short story to novel.

What can readers expect from LL-Publications and Logical-Lust in the future?

Projects in hand at the moment are: the exceptional Swing!; a rather stunning collection of speculative erotica by Helen Madden, entitled Future Perfect ; a very enthralling sci-fi fantasy, A Human Reaction by debut author, John Ashley; and some highly emotive erotica by Amber Hipple in her own collection, Bittersweet.

In addition, several of our authors (M. Christian, Darrell Bain, and Ben Larken) have as-yet-unnamed projects in discussion with us, which we really look forward to working on.

Looking further ahead, we aim to be an increasingly higher profile publisher by attracting names and quality. You’ll be seeing a lot more of LL-Publications and Logical-Lust Publications!

7 Responses to “An Interview with Jim Brown of LL-Publications and Logical-Lust”

  1. Great interview! Then again, Jim is always so well-spoken.

    Can’t wait for my first Logical Lust story to come out on Nov 1. What Jim didn’t mention is that I’ve actually offered a whole series of stories from my Kielan world to LL, not just this first one! It’s a spin-off from one of my most popular and awarded series (Kegin), so fans of Kegin won’t want to miss these…especially since the Kielan and Keen will be meeting up in book 6 of Kegin…and the Keen may eventually show up on Kielan, in future books from that side of the coin.

    Brenna

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy scedule to come talk with us. One quick question. Are there any submission calls coming up from LL that we authors should be aware of?

  3. I am an author writing under a different name and don’t want to divulge my name at present. But I am looking for an excellent publisher to submit my work to. The interview was good. In fact, my ears perked with interest a couple of times.

    The only problem that could possibly hold me from pressing the “send” button is the appearance of the Logical Lust website. I realize that everyone has a different idea of what is artsy and what is not…but it simply does not appeal to me, visually. I’m looking around at the various websites and some nowadays look really chic. I’m not trying to offend anyone, but this is just one person’s honest opinion.

    Thank you very much,
    Kenna

  4. swingantho Says:

    Hi Kenna,

    I’ve worked with a number of publishers both print and e-book. While I agree that the look of the website is extremely important, I have learned not to “judge a book by its cover.” For example, I was an author with a now defunct e-book publisher, Ocean’s Mist Press. Noemi, the owner, had a beautiful, well designed website. However, Ocean’s Mist Press ended up becoming one of the most inept e-book publishers of all time.

    Jim’s website may not be the most polished (at least right now) but when it comes to the CONTENT of LL-Publications and Logical-Lust, he has an eye for quality. That’s what I’m looking for in an e-book publisher.

    For my first anthology, Iridescence: Sensuous Shades of Lesbian Erotica, published by Alyson Books, I rejected all stories that did not meet my standards. As a result, Iridescence received nothing but rave reviews, across the board, from websites like the Erotica Readers and Writers Association to print publications like the nationally and internationally known Curve Magazine. I’m proud to say that thousands of copies of Iridescence have been sold.

    My commitment to quality will be the same for Swing!

    I am proud to be a member of LL-Publications and Logical-Lust.

    Jolie du Pre

  5. Jolie!

    Great interview! But then again, I’m biased ;-D

    I’m also happy that you’ve enjoyed your experience with Logical-Lust and I can’t WAIT to read SWING!

  6. Hi Kenna,

    Thanks for your comments about the site. As the owner I am ALWAYS very keen to hear what people have to say about the site(s), whether positive or negative. And you’re right, it’s often about personal opinion. Our website(s) are functional rather than for show – we leave that to the what counts, the books. However, if anyone has constructive comment to make I’d love to hear it so with that in mind I’d be very happy to hear from you privately. You can use the editor(at)ll-publications.com, as can anyone.

    Jim Brown
    Owner/Founder
    LL-Publications http://www.ll-publications.com
    Logical-Lust Publications http://www.logical-lust.com

  7. Hi Moondancerdrake,

    We have ongoing requirements for anything from short stories to novels, of all genres. You can find our current submissions guidelines on the website(s). Anything specific (like the recent call for Swing!) will also appear there. Any questions, just let us know!

    Jim Brown
    Owner/Founder
    LL-Publications http://www.ll-publications.com
    Logical-Lust Publications http://www.logical-lust.com

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