Publisher Profile: Behind the Scenes with Total-E-Bound

by | March 27, 2012 | General | 1 comment

By Heidi Blakey Who is Total-E-Bound Publishing?We are an erotic romance eBook publisher based in Lincoln, England.We have been trading since July 2007 and have grown rapidly in that time. We publish a variety of genres and formats and have authors and readers from all around the world. We have approximately 250 authors, release six eBooks per week (312 per year), eight print titles per month and six audio books per month. The staff at TEB love what they do and we are always striving to provide a better service. Here are a couple of pictures from a Ladies’ Night we did last year that raised money for charity.

Total-E-Bound Publishing’s team are passionate about all that’s newest and naughtiest in the world of erotic romance. Working with some of the hottest erotic romance authors in the world – both well-loved big names and exciting, new voices – we bring you a full half-dozen smoking-hot titles every week.Indulge yourself with our lush covers and the clever characters and passionate plots our world-beating authors create.Whether you prefer a slow burn at the sizzling end of our heat range or want to push your boundaries with our scandalous taboo line, Total-E-Bound can fulfill your desires.Do you want to read hot historicals or salacious sci-fi? Do you want to play on Team Vampire or Team Werewolf? We have everything from boy-meets-girl to boy-meets-boy, threesomes, foursomes and moreseomes!Each year we invite our authors to explore different thrilling themes in our anthologies and collections.This year we kicked off Valentine’s Day with a bang, with Heart Attack, our collection of pulse-pounding thrillers. In a world of undercover cops, private eyes and bad guys, can love win out over the darker side of human nature?When spring has sprung, why not try something a little different with our exciting new takes on sexy, spine-tingling horror stories in our April anthology Scared Stiff? Get your thrills and your chills in one passionate package.As the weather heats up, so do our stories, as our May anthology All Together Now explores ménage and multiple-partner stories, with our heroes and heroines overcoming insurmountable obstacles to be together.And to celebrate sixty years of royal rule, look out for Stiff Upper Lip, a series of stories that show that famous British reserve is all an act. Exploring iconic English settings from tea at the Ritz to crime and punishment at the Old Bailey or journalistic hijinks on Fleet Street, we’ll be bringing you the best of British.Our sizzling summer anthology Bodices and Boudoirs will explore past passions with a sultry summer setting. Regency rakes, knights in shining armour, Victorian gents, raunchy Romans…these stories are hot in both senses of the word.To help fight off the chill in September, our Switch anthology is packed with playful takes on the word ‘switch’. With spanking stories and romantic role reversals, this set of stories is all about flexibility.Halloween brings us haunting tales of restless spirits and lost loves. Curl up with soulful stories about sensual spectres and the return of lost lovers from the past in Haunted by You.Finally, as a Christmas treat, explore the darker side of fairyland. Get chills reading sexy stories about the winter fae of the Unseelie Court and their wicked ways in Oberon’s Court. Then follow the path to fairyland into 2013, with our companion piece Titania’s Court, where we’ll show you the sexy summer fae and the magic and mayhem that happen when fairyland is hot.That is just a peek at what is to come from our fabulous authors over the next year.We are constantly striving to improve the experience for our readers and authors and celebrating the New Year in style, we launched a fresh new look for the website on Valentine’s Day. Check it out here are confident that the new look will provide better functionality and make browsing and purchasing more enjoyable and overall enhance the customer and author experience.The first phase included a total re-design of the site providing a cleaner, more stylish and contemporary look.Improved functionality and navigation on the website makes it easier for readers and authors to have a more enjoyable experience. We introduced a fabulous banner at the top of the homepage to highlight offers and promotions. We have improved visibility of products, enabling customers to see relevant book information and making the buying experience quicker and easier.Later on this year we will also have a TEB app, so you can keep up to date with all things TEB at the click of a button!We also have phases two and three planned, but let’s keep some of it in the bag for the time being. We can come back later and tell you more!If you are a new TEB reader or someone who fancies giving our books a try we have a free books page where you can read a selection of stories in a variety of genres from a selection of our authors.Our customers can also download straight to a kindle device from their VIP account on our site, as well as downloading to the nook, iPad and iPhone – or any other eReader.A final piece of news to tell you about (for now) is our new print solution. As much as we adore eBooks we still like to hold our books from time to time and we know you do to! We now have a worldwide shipping print solution for our customers to benefit from. Whether you’re in Australia, UK, USA, or Europe, we can ship directly to your door.We are very excited about 2012 and hope you will be too! If you haven’t given TEB a try before now, check out the website and you might find something to tickle your fancy.And if you write erotic romance – the steamier the better! – visit our Author Information page to find out how you can become part of our team.You can find out more about us, our books and our authors at Publishing – the hottest books from the coolest publisher.

Lisabet Sarai

Sex and writing. I think I've always been fascinated by both. Freud was right. I definitely remember feelings that I now recognize as sexual, long before I reached puberty. I was horny before I knew what that meant. My teens and twenties I spent in a hormone-induced haze, perpetually "in love" with someone (sometimes more than one someone). I still recall the moment of enlightenment, in high school, when I realized that I could say "yes" to sexual exploration, even though society told me to say no. Despite being a shy egghead with world-class myopia who thought she was fat, I had managed to accumulate a pretty wide range of sexual experience by the time I got married. And I'm happy to report that, thanks to my husband's open mind and naughty imagination, my sexual adventures didn't end at that point! Meanwhile, I was born writing. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, though according to family apocrypha, I was talking at six months. Certainly, I started writing as soon as I learned how to form the letters. I penned my first poem when I was seven. While I was in elementary school I wrote more poetry, stories, at least two plays (one about the Beatles and one about the Goldwater-Johnson presidential contest, believe it or not), and a survival manual for Martians (really). I continued to write my way through high school, college, and grad school, mostly angst-ridden poems about love and desire, although I also remember working on a ghost story/romance novel (wish I could find that now). I've written song lyrics, meeting minutes, marketing copy, software manuals, research reports, a cookbook, a self-help book, and a five hundred page dissertation. For years, I wrote erotic stories and kinky fantasies for myself and for lovers' entertainment. I never considered trying to publish my work until I picked up a copy of Portia da Costa's Black Lace classic Gemini Heat while sojourning in Istanbul. My first reaction was "Wow!". It was possibly the most arousing thing I'd ever read, intelligent, articulate, diverse and wonderfully transgressive. My second reaction was, "I'll bet I could write a book like that." I wrote the first three chapters of Raw Silk and submitted a proposal to Black Lace, almost on a lark. I was astonished when they accepted it. The book was published in April 1999, and all at once, I was an official erotic author. A lot has changed since my Black Lace days. But I still get a thrill from writing erotica. It's a never-ending challenge, trying to capture the emotional complexities of a sexual encounter. I'm far less interested in what happens to my characters' bodies than in what goes on in their heads.

1 Comment

  1. Lisabet Sarai

    Hi, Heidi! Welcome to the ERWA blog. I hope that you'll find both readers and new authors through your appearance here.

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