Independent publishing is a lonely business.
After five days of compiling lists of book bloggers, checking their sites to see if they are friendly toward indie erotica, and pitching ARCs to those who are accepting books for review, I feel as though even my email has been shadow banned.
I’m accustomed to non-engagement on anti-social media, but e-mail too?
Perhaps this is the way of things now with everyone being so busy. I guess it’s also possible bloggers are nervous of a writer who, for all intents and purposes, appears he could be one step away from being porn screenwriter in L.A. Maybe it’s the introverted reader cliche at work. And what has become of the four ladies who were so encouraging and begging for more, six months ago, after reading a few pages of the early manuscripts? Even they are non-responsive. Have they forgotten me already? Are they listening to toxic gossip?
Keep looking for positives.
- As of today, two of eighty plus book blogs sent an automated email response so I guess that disproves my gmail conspiracy theory.
- One ARC reviewer said some lovely things in a DM right when I needed it most to keep plowing ahead.
- 114 ARCs have been downloaded already; hopefully by reviewers.
- Four people are following this blog now. I don’t know how they found it when I have completely abandoned all SEO efforts. Hey there! 😀
- I finally got around to writing a synopsis—only because a book blog demanded it. “Better late than never.”, I suppose. It’s a rare thing when I really like something I write, but I impressed myself with this one.
The series was designed for women to safely explore what it might be like to be a bad girl who lives out her sexual fantasies. Each novelette length story is published separately so readers can select the fantasy they most want to dive into without being forced to commit to stories which may not interest them. Each tale begins with love letters which introduce the characters and create a setting. By writing in the first person, it is hoped the reader will feel less like a voyeur and more like the main character, creating a more immersive reading experience. To further this cause, character names were avoided as were in-depth descriptions of physique, leaving it to the reader’s imagination to create their perfect lover in their mind. Dialog tags were used sparingly to keep a feeling of intimacy. I call this inclusive erotica, and I hope readers will enjoy it as much as I did writing it.