Yesterday, in a poorly thought-out attempt to renew interest in this blog, I decided to tweet links to all the posts in my “Erotica That Sucks” series. What I didn’t stop to think was how a steady stream of “Erotica that Sucks” tweets would come across to people unfamiliar with the posts.
Not surprisingly, more than one person thought it was some sort of diatribe against erotica. Worse, not content with reaching my own following, I appended all the tweets with several retweet group hashtags, most notably the Erotic Author Retweet Group. Anthony Quill, who runs the EARTG (which you really should be following) finally called me out on it early this morning.
So, after apologizing to Anthony (and I apologize to anyone else who was annoyed or offended by it), I set about considering what might need to be changed. “Erotica that Sucks” was one of those things that you do simply because you’ve been doing it a while and have just stopped thinking about it. I realize now it sends a message I didn’t really intend. Those of you who have been reading the series know (I hope) that my intent was just to offer writing advice.
I’ve decided to rename the series to something more positive, and have retitled/edited all the posts accordingly. I can’t, unfortunately, change the URLs without breaking all sorts of links across the blog; I may fix that at a later date when I have more time.
I intend to continue the series, but we will be concentrating on things that suck in a good way going forward.
There are times you just need to take your own damn advice.
The first five novels I’m going to release about just about ready to go. All five are in Amazon, approved, and live. They’re also in Smashwords, with two still waiting final approval. Once everything is ready for prime time, I’ll open the gates.
In the mean time, if you’re wondering what’s taking so long, well, it’s because of shit like what you see in the header image. Still getting the hang of this stuff.
Okay, as of a few minutes ago, the final versions of Immaculate Deception, Vector, The Needle and the Dungeon, The Teaser, and Faith, Hope & Charity have been uploaded to Amazon. As soon as they’re through the review process, I’m going to look into releasing them from pre-order status this week. The Hunt is still not quite done (I still need to write the final, climactic, sex scene), but I’ll release that as soon as it’s ready. We’re almost there.
I blogged yesterday about why I am relying on professional graphic designers to create covers for my novels when I could probably create passable covers on my own, for free. The reason is that with stuff like this, you tend to get what you pay for.
Earlier today, I updated the teaser for The Needle and the Dungeon with the cover that was just created for it by Deranged Doctor Design. If you didn’t notice it below or never read the earlier post, go scroll down now and check it out.
This is something I could never, ever, have created on my own. Not even close. It’s striking, eye-catching, and memorable. I wrote the damn book, and it still makes me want to click through and read it.
When I commissioned this cover, I had some vague ideas about floating some woman’s face over something futuristic. You can see that this came out more or less in that vein, but what I envisioned was nothing like this, and what I would have created would have come out hollow and pedestrian compared to the cover I got.
That’s what a good graphic designer can do for you: take your ideas and give them real life, take them beyond what you wanted and expected. If you expect readers to pay money for your books, you need to show them you’re taking yourself seriously. You aren’t doing that by grabbing a throwaway stock image, slapping some text on it, and calling it a day.