Hi all! Like we've addressed before-the market is always a changing thing for yaoi, and manga in general. There are some things that will never fly with mass market, and those kinds of things probably won't see licensing day. Yes, we've had books rejected. (It isn't important which, and we're not going to say, so please don't ask.) In the early days-when yaoi was super new to the market-it was tough just to get it onto the shelves. Especially because a lot of yaoi doesn't have media tie-ins, (like animes or games), which is what retailers like. So every book has to be sold based on it's merit, essentially. And to differentiate different titles to buyers who don't know manga, or even yaoi itself, is a big job-and one we've embraced for the sake of bringing the books you all want to see to the US market.
At this point-we don't look back. We're in the business of making books, which is something we are honest about, and in order to stay in the business of making books, they have to sell. Especially in an economic climate like right now. Buyers will change, restrictions on things will change, and we'll change accordingly. We know this has been a big point of interest for you all~but opening up topic after topic on the same thing isn't going to change the initial answers.