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Newest Book Is Out Now! Sons of Sin Motorcycle Club!

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Pick up Sons of Sin MC today!

Arizona's never been so hot as in this steamy erotic romance.

Abigail is fresh out of high school and on the road trying to find herself and some independence. Her mom might not ever forgive her for hitchhiking across the US alone, but at least her dad promised to keep the money flowing.

Things were fine until a crazy old lady left her stranded in the middle of the Arizona desert. No one will stop for her, and the unbearably hot day is quickly turning into a frigid night.

Out of the darkness, an unlikely savior arrives. Chuck's not exactly the kind of person you expect to be riding a motorcycle through the desert, but he's handsome and he's kind enough to offer Abigail a ride into Phoenix. She happily takes him up on the offer.

When a rival gang blows up Chuck's bike while Abigail and Chuck are both sleeping, though, a once innocent young woman finds herself thrust into the dangerous world of motorcycle gangs, guns, and drugs. Will she survive long enough for her one night stand with Chuck to turn into something more?

Upcoming and New Releases

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Got a bunch of bundles headed out soon, and quite a few that I have been uploading over the last few days. Check them out:

Coming soon! Whatever He Desires (Billionaires, Maids, Romance and More!)

Coming soon! Whatever He Desires (Billionaires, Maids, Romance and More!)

Coming soon! A Billionaire's Heart (Blackmail, Passion, Maids and More)

Coming soon! A Billionaire's Heart (Blackmail, Passion, Maids and More)

Coming soon! Love Is Messy (Three Stories of Billionaires and the Maids Who Love Them)

Coming soon! Love Is Messy (Three Stories of Billionaires and the Maids Who Love Them)

Coming soon! Big, Beautiful Love (Stories of Chubby Women and the Men Who Love Them)

Coming soon! Big, Beautiful Love (Stories of Chubby Women and the Men Who Love Them)

Coming soon! Romance Worth Billions (Billionaires, Blackmail and Romance)

Coming soon! Romance Worth Billions (Billionaires, Blackmail and Romance)

These are all mix and match bundles, so make sure you don't buy one with stories you already own! Check the blurb before you buy!

Muscle and Gasoline

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I'm working on my first novel. Maybe it won't end up being as long as a normal novel, maybe it'll be shorter than I expect. Still, it will be longer than anything I've written before.

This prospect is actually a little bit scary. I know my writing is much better now than it was two years ago, but still I've never ventured past 15,000 words. Short stories have been something of a crutch for me.

I have over 100 stories out now. I think I can slow down enough to spend this year writing longer works.

My first one is Sons of Sin, a motorcycle club erotic romance. I'm taking a slightly different direction than most people do with their MCs, but I think I like it. Of course there will still be plenty of drugs and guns, death and fighting! But that's not all the story will be about. In the end, it's about love surviving the drama.

When I was younger, I didn't really like big muscular men. As I've gotten older that's changed quite a bit, but still I prefer men on the thinner side. My fiance, Michael Meadows, has been very into weight lifting lately. He's even got me lifting weights! As he gets more muscular, I'm finding my taste in men changing. It's pretty fun!

It also helps that he and his best friend are both into motorcycles. His best friend actually puts them together for a dealership of sorts.

So over the past few days, as I've planned and started writing this MC, I've been pondering men and machines. I've decided, too, that there's nothing sexier than a muscular man that smells a bit like gasoline and whiskey and looks just a little bit beat up.

Anyway, I have a few motorcycle club books in my to-be-read pile right now. I thought I'd share them with you guys!

Cthulhu, Tentacles and Porn

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I've always found that some of the sexiest things are the weird ones. Lately I've been reading some HP Lovecraft, drowning myself in the murky waters of his prose. I admit that I don't read often enough for an author, but I do enjoy Lovecraft.

I've written a few stories about Cthulhu rising and taking a girl as his sexy toy. They may not have been my best stories, but they're some of my favorites. And I'm sure you can all guess that I'm quite fond of some tentacle play in my fiction, since I've also written a few stories about Slenderman and his tentacles.

Still, given that I really do need to read more, and I especially should be reading more erotica, I thought I would poke my head around Amazon and try to find some weird horror and even weirder erotica to read.

So, here you have it! My Lovecraftian To Be Read Pile:

 

Cthulhu's Caresses - Lovecraftian Erotica -

Professor Jillian Miskans has been studying a fragment of an ancient manuscript. Her work on it is so all-consuming that she has even begun to dream of it. A colleague continues to frantically insist that the manuscript is dangerous and that it, and all copies of it, should be destroyed immediately.

Professor Miskans decides to demonstrate to her colleague that the ritual is bunk by performing it. She hopes to dispel her dreams of it at the same time. Little does she know that she is in for a life (and body) changing experience.

This Lovecraftian erotic novelette has a word count of 10,500+

Mounting Madness (The Power of Jane Dee) -

Mental patient Jane Dee has a secret. As a descendant of both occultist John Dee and the Yellow King himself, the blood flowing through her veins is dangerous and must be kept hidden. Arthur "Dex" Wakeley, her high priest, lover, and psychologist, has finally found a way to silence the sorcerers keeping the Elder Gods at bay, protecting her from the blood in her veins and ushering in a new destiny...if he is who he says he is.

Cthulhu fans looking for a some heat with their be-tentacled gods...this series of novellas is for you.

Whispers in Darkness: Lovecraftian Erotica -

Strange! Electrifying! Sexy! Eldritch? Explore the new and exciting world of Lovecraft-based erotica in Whispers in Darkness, a new collection from Circlet Press. This cyclopean collection features eight new stories, each filled to the brim with insanity-inducing, orgasm-producing goodness.

Have you always wondered what one of those Cthulhu-cult orgies would look like from the inside? Do you crave intellectual tentacle porn? Have you always felt that the only thing Lovecraft was missing was a really, really good lay now and again? If so, this book was made for you. Don't deny your curiosity! Just beware: what one has seen (and been aroused by) cannot be unseen...

Features stories from Peter Tupper, Angela Caperton, Alex Picchetti, Monique Poirier, Elizabeth Reeve, Bernie Mojzes, Annabeth Leong, and Kannan Feng.

Conqueror Womb: Lusty Tales of Shub-Niggurath -

“From the wells of night to the gulfs of space, ever praise and abundance to the Black Goat of the Woods. Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Goat with a Thousand Young!”

With this prayer in the ‘The Whisperer In Darkness’, Lovecraft introduced the world to the mighty and terrible Shub-Niggurath, the fertility deity of his then-fledgling Cthulhu Mythos. A being of primal lusts, overwhelming fecundity, and soul-blasting horror, the Black Goat is regularly invoked, entreated, and mentioned in furtive whispers within the pages of most Mythos fiction. And yet, for all that she is a cornerstone of the Mythos, readers encounter her rarely.

Now, with ‘Conqueror Womb: Lusty Tales of Shub-Niggurath’, Martian Migraine Press and editors Justine Geoffrey and Scott R Jones bring you 18 pulpy tales of fertility and fear, hot sex and chilling sacrifice! Stories that squelch, tales that both titillate and terrify, from some of the best writers working in Lovecraftian horror and mind-bending erotica today: Wilum H. Pugmire, Molly Tanzer, Don Webb, Christine Morgan, Kenton Hall, Brian M. Sammons, Jacqueline Sweet, Copper Sloane Levy, Annabeth Leong, and Christopher Slatsky, along with fresh new voices.

From nighted glades where frenzied orgiasts work unholy magic to slick urban dungeons of unbridled pleasure; from fertility clinics to fevered dance clubs; from the misty depths of the past to the unthinkable future, join us as we offer praise and abundance! Iä! Shub-Niggurath!

And in case you wanted to check out some of my old Cthulhu porn stories:

Some small changes to the website.

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I'm going through and adding some recent stories to the mix. Here's a few things you'll notice:

A New Bundle Section

Now you'll find bundles under one header. If you're looking to buy multiple stories at once for a discounted price, keep an eye over there. I'm going to be putting together quite a few bundles of various stories over the next few months. Make sure you read the descriptions, though, so you don't accidentally buy a story more than once!

A New Dropdown Bar

The header now has a dropdown bar that will take you to all of the erotica sections. You don't need to go back to the front page anymore! That's also where you'll find the bundles section linked.

Michael Meadows Books

My fiance and cover designer has started his own pen name. His books will be included next to mine on the website. Check out his first offering, Sex Magic and Attempted Murder (Urban Fantasy Romantica). It's a really hot book, seriously! And don't forget to take a look at his blog for design tips among other things.

Blogs Every Romance and Erotica Author Should Read

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Dean Wesley Smith

Dean and his wife, featured below, are two authors who were once traditionally published. They're also early adopters of self-publishing. Dean offers many posts that are helpful to self published authors, such as those detailing his daily workload. He's finished whole novels in less than a month before. I recommend checking out his Think Like a Publisher Series.


Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kris is Dean's wife. Like Dean, she has a lot of posts that self published authors will find helpful. Check out her Business Rusch series for more info.


A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

Konrath has a lot of opinions. Luckily, a lot of them can help your craft and your business.


Selena Kitt's Blog

Want to keep up on the latest Amazon controversies? Or maybe you just want to know what one of the most popular erotica authors is up to. Either way, check out Selena's blog. She's always ready to rant about the most recent attempt by Amazon to censor our work.


Smutwriters

This is a blog run by many self published erotica authors. It has advice for your writing and your business. Definitely don't miss out on this one.


The Passive Voice

A collection of news and views about the publishing and self publishing worlds. The owner, Passive Guy, is definitely on our side.


Writer Beware Blog

I don't want to see you guys get scammed. Avoid shady "publishers" by learning their warning signs, all of which are laid out on this blog.

Erotica vs Erotic-Romance by William Cooper

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Erotica and Erotic Romance are sister genres. Both have a lot in common, though they are very different in a lot of ways. Many new authors and readers of the genre don't really know the differences between them though.

Both genres have a heavy influence on sex and explicit scenes. However, in Erotica, sex should be used to arouse the reader and move the story forward. In Erotic-Romance, sex should be used to move the relationship forward.

Some people believe that sex in Erotic-Romance should only be used if it's specifically moving the relationship or the story forward. It should be important enough that the story wouldn't be complete without those scenes.

In Erotica, you don't have that problem. Erotica is essentially the literary equivalent to porn. Readers buy these books because they want to be aroused. More often than not, they're looking to be aroused by something specific. They're not looking for vanilla "Tab A into Slot B" sex. They want kinky, they want niche. Incest/Psudo-Incest, BDSM, BBW, Teacher/Student, etc. are all going to outsell vanilla erotica, because that's what people want.

In Erotic-Romance, vanilla works. People want to watch two average people fall in love and overcome obstacles together, because that's what they want for their life. That's not to say kinky Erotic-Romance can't work, but it generally doesn't sell as well as a contemporary novel would.

Read William Cooper's Bio here!

Where Do You Advertise and Promote Your Erotica and Romance eBooks?

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Advertising is one of those things that is always on people's minds when they start self publishing. For the most part, erotica sells itself. That doesn't mean, however, that advertising won't help. 

I have no yet found a paid form of advertising that works for me. I've got some interesting plans for 2014 that I will report back on, but for now I say authors should really stick to free forms of erotica marketing and promotion.

Here are some places I know of to advertise:

Reddit

Reddit is a large internet forum of sorts. There are subreddits, which are communities aimed at specific interests. There are a ton of adult-related and erotic subreddits out there, but here are a few to check out for promotions. Remember to read the rules of each subreddit before submitting a post!

  • /r/erotica: This subreddit should only be used to publish the full text of a free story. Links are frowned upon. This is also a good place to read some free erotic stories and get a feel for new kinks and fetishes.
  • /r/selfpublish: Here you can post about your books, but you should never use the "Submit a new link" button. Instead, use the "Submit a new text post" button and tell people about your book and why they should buy it. Your title should include [PROMO] in it, Your promo needs to include more than the book blurb.
  • /r/eroticwriting: This subreddit has fewer rules on promotion. Don't spam them, and you should be fine.
  • /r/freeebooks: You can find the rules for submission here.
  • /r/fivedollarebooks: This is for books that are under five dollars. No affiliate links. They also encourage you to post some information about your book when you submit it.
  • /r/ebookdeals: Include the name, author, price, and format of the ebook. No spam or affiliate links allowed. Please delete your link if the deal is dead
  • /r/freenookbooks: You can promote the books you have free on the Nook here. If you are an author feel free to post a link to your free ebook and a little about yourself and your book. Posting erotica is fine but use the NSFW tag if the cover is explicit.
  • /r/wroteabook: This is for shameless self promotion. Make sure to follow the guidelines listed on the sidebar.
  • /r/efreebies: Just don't use affiliate links and only post free books.
  • /r/digitalfreebies: Good for anything that's digital and free.
  • /r/bookdownloads: They ask that you include the genre in brackets, like [Erotica].
  • /r/kindlefreebies: Freebies on the Kindle. Same rules as for /r/efreebies.

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Remember to follow the rules for self promotion on these forums.

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If you are an erotica author and want to be featured on this blog, you can send an email to midnightclimaxerotica@gmail.com. I don't do solo book promos, but this blog is always open for guest posts.

I Hope Your Holidays are HOT HOT HOT! Get Some Smut to Heat It Up!

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Tis the season to be naughty! 2014 is almost here, but I'm not ready to put away the eggnog yet. This week, I have some hot sales going on and a bunch of new products to show off! And don't forget to give my friends some loving, too.

When you open up your first Christmas card and an Amazon giftcard pops out, keep us in mind! Indie erotica authors are more than eager to help warm these cold nights up.

What's the sexiest thing you hope you'll get as a present? I'm looking forward to some new toys. I specifically asked my dear fiance for this LELO Mona vibrator, in pink of course! Let me know if your naughty wishes were fulfilled by sending an email to midnightclimaxerotica@gmail.com.

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New Releases

This Week's Newsletter: Do you see yourself as the main character in erotica?

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Here's this week's newsletter! If you'd like to receive these in your email every week, and also gain access to free erotic ebooks and exclusive offers, sign up for my mailing list today!

When you read sexy stories, do you insert yourself in place of the main character? Do you rely on the character description the author gives you, or do you skip over it and imagine you're the one being seduced? Do you like to be told how the main character looks, or is that something that can be skipped? Let me know your thoughts by emailing me at midnightclimaxerotica@gmail.com

And keep an eye on my blog for a look into my newest story. It's going to be longer and more romantic than usual, but it's still full of the hot sex you've come to expect from me!

Check out the covers below for some new stories by myself and my friends. Will you be picking any of them up for your holiday reading?

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Managing Multiple Pen Names and Translated Books: An Interview with Elessar Books

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Hi there, Carla. Thanks for letting me interview you! Elessar Books currently has 3 pen names under it. Can you talk a little bit about each pen name and what sort of books each one publishes?

Hi, Dalia. Thank you for letting me be part of this amazing project.

Well, Elessar Books is my publishing company and I have big plans for it. My goal is to publish as many authors, writing many different genres, as I can but currently it publishes only my own indie work. As you said it, I write under three pen names:

Liz Gavin – this was my first pen name. I planned to use it for ‘soft’ erotica stories but so far I’ve managed to publish only one trilogy. In the beginning, my second pen name reached much better sales and I kind of abandoned this first one. Liz Gavin’s sales have improved and now I’m planning on publishing more titles under this pen name or maybe merge this pen name and my second one.

S. N. Kunt – this pen name came up as a joke, really. I wanted to write more hardcore stories and thought this name would suit them better than Liz Gavin. As I mentioned earlier, now I’m considering merging the titles I’ve written under this pen name with those I wrote under Liz Gavin. I’m not sure yet. We’ll see.

C. C. MacArthur – this is the pen name under which I plan to write romance novels. I’m still working on my first title - Samhain Fire. I started it as a Halloween story but it has evolved into something bigger. I’ve published a first installment on Halloween and hope to finish it before the end of the year. Currently, the story has over 40k words and I’m nowhere near finishing it. On the other hand, it’s been a great experience because I’m dealing with a long story plot, development of characters, historical setting – it’s been a blast.


C. C. MacArthur's Amazon page states that you like mythology, ancient civilizations and paranormal stories. Do these topics factor into a lot of your work?

Yes, they do. Even my erotica titles had a touch of paranormal in the form of a very kinky ghost featuring in most of them. I’ve always been interested in paranormal stories, History and comparing religions. Although I haven’t taken a course on these subjects, I’ve read many books on different religions and faiths, such as: the Protestant reform, the History of the Catholic church, early Christians, Buddhism, Judaism, the Vedas, Ancient Mythology, you name it. But, by far, my favorite subject has been the Celts and their traditions. I think it’s only natural these topics appear in my writing somehow.

What's something new you've learned about writing erotica or self publishing?

Well, the first time I sat down to write anything I was amazed to discover the words came out in English rather than Portuguese, which is my first language. But I guess that happened because I’ve read much more books in English than in Portuguese and because I have a better command of the English language. Nevertheless, it surprised me.

The second thing I discovered about writing was – it is way more difficult than I thought it would be. I never thought it would be easy but I was surprised to find out how hard it is to put into words all the images that live inside my head. At least, to write them in a way people would understand and be curious about them. I still struggle with some scenes but I know I’m learning and evolving with each new story.

As for self-publishing, I’d say I was really surprised at my reaction to the first ‘refund unit’ I got on the Amazon report. (self-deprecating laughs) I really took it personally. Now, I don’t even remember which title was returned but I felt it like a blow to my stomach. It felt like I was been rejected, not my story. And it stayed with me for some days.

Then, I finally remembered something you said once. I’m sorry I don’t remember if you wrote it on an email or if it’s on the ‘How to self-publish’ book. I guess it’s on the book. You said that once we publish a story it’s literally out of our hands. We cannot control what a person reads into it or how they understand it. The thought gave me reassurance and restored my confidence.

I also found out the importance of promoting your books for free. Every time I offered my titles for free I’ve got really good feedback in the form of spikes on the sales of other titles from the same author. People who read a story and like it will tend to at least look up other titles by the same author and if they seem interesting enough they just might buy them.

It’s a pity Amazon doesn’t allow us to offer a title for free unless it’s an exclusive story and even so we can do it for 5 days only. I made a mistake and set the price of a title on Smashwords for U$ 0.99 instead of U$ 2.99. After a week or so, Amazon ‘corrected’ the price of this title under their ‘Price-match’ policy. That’s how I found out I could offer another title for free on Smashwords (because you are free to do that without any problem). I’ve changed the price of ‘Powerless’ by S. N. Kunt to U$ 0.00 and Amazon just had to follow the example. Now this title is free on their site, too. It has been downloaded almost 1,500 times since they’ve changed the price earlier this week.

What is your favorite thing about writing erotica?

Release. And it’s funny because it’s the same feeling I have when I read it.

I remember my second grade teacher once advised my mother to buy me a diary and encourage me to write on it as often as I could. She did that because I was disturbing her class with my habit of talking to my colleagues once I finished whatever task she had assigned to us. (I tended to finish them before my friends. Yeah, I’m a nerd that way.) Anyway, she told my mom I had a very active imagination and that kind of outlet would do me some good. I managed to write on the diary for a couple of weeks before giving up because, quite frankly, there was nothing that interesting going on in my life back then.

I guess I’m going through a similar phase right now. Since I have nothing that awesome going on in my sex life right now I find it absolutely delightful to write about other people’s sex lives. Do you know what I mean?


A few of the Elessar Books titles have Portuguese translations. Are these selling well for you? Are there any kinks you think are better suited for Portuguese audiences than others?
I managed to translate only two stories so far and I only sold 10 units and 47 people have downloaded them for free. But I remember that selling the first titles in English also took some time so I guess it’s early to say if they are selling well or not.

As for the kinks, I wouldn’t know how to measure them for the same reasons I mentioned above. Sorry! But I can tell you both stories involve BDSM scenes.


Do your erotica reading habits factor into your writing?

Absolutely. They influence me so much that I’ve stopped reading erotica for fear of plagiarizing someone else’s story without even noticing it. I hope this phase ends up soon. (laughs) I’m dying to read your recent work.

Let me give you two concrete examples. I wrote a lot about BDSM and my best-selling stories are about lesbian first times although I’ve never had a D/s relationship and I’m definitely not lesbian. All the information I had to be able to create anything remotely believable in these stories came from the books I’ve read over the years.

Do you have any goals for your writing for the new year?

I do hope to make more time in my crazy schedule to write. It’s important to publish as often as possible but also because I am having such a great time doing this.

My short-term goal is to finish Samhain Fire because it is a very dear story to me and keep writing short erotica stories at the same time.

My long-term plan is to go back to another novel I had started about a fallen angel and finish it. I have already created the main plot and I have a very clear idea of where I’m going to go with that story but when I started writing it I discovered that the mechanics of my plot and the way I chose to tell my story would take longer than I had imagined. Since I had just started writing and was eager to publish something I stopped working on that novel and started writing short erotica tales. They started selling, I got carried away with the idea of selling my stories and as one thing led to another I stopped writing about my beautiful fallen angel. (laughs)  

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

There are a few thousand things but I don’t want to kill your readers of sheer boredom so I’ll just wrap it up by thanking you again for giving us, indie authors, a spot on your beautiful blog. You are a very generous person for sharing your space like that with us in such a difficult and competitive market as self-publishing can be.

Pen names or multiple personality disorder?

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Hi, my name is Carla Capelo. I’m a teacher of ESL (English as a Second Language) in Brazil. Since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed about being a writer but never had the courage to try my hand on it. There were so many stories inside me willing to come out. So, I turned to the next best thing: reading books. As many as I could. As often as I could. Sometimes, more than one at the same time. I became an avid reader and, except for western stories, I’d say I read pretty much anything that falls into my hands. That’s how I got to know this awesome writer, Dalia Daudelin. And thanks to her and her ‘How to really self-publish erotica’ my childhood dream came through. Now, I’m a writer.

And my very first task as an erotica writer was to come up with a pen name. You know, to hide my true identity from the world. After all, I didn’t want my close friends and family to know what kind of dirty fantasies I had, right? Well, finding the pen names was much easier than I thought and in no time I had come up with three: Liz Gavin, S. N. Kunt and C. C. MacArthur. I won’t bore you guys with the details about how and why I picked these specific pen names but believe me when I say there’s a reason for each one of them. But this reason makes sense only to me. I even gave each of them a biography which I published on Amazon’s Author Page. If you are curious about them, please, click on the author’s name to check the page but open it in a new window so you don’t leave my friend Dalia’s beautiful blog, ok? So, Liz Gavin lives in New Orleans, likes to read erotica stories and writes about paranormal and erotica short stories. S. N. Kunt is a vibrant and curious novel writer who has decided to write kinkier stuff but we don’t know where she/he lives. Finally, C. C. MacArthur is a bookish woman who is starting a career as a writer.

After I created the pen names I started writing the stories. Liz Gavin writes soft erotica short stories, S. N. Kunt writes hot, kinky erotica short stories and C. C. MacArthur writes romance novels. Can you see my problem here? I started thinking about these pen names as if they were independent from me. I even use third person singular to describe each writing style. Now I did that on purpose but in the beginning it caught me by surprise. Each new text I started under one of these names felt like a whole different person was in command. It was even a bit scary. I wonder if I’ve created a monster (three, to be more precise) just like my dearest Victor Frankenstein did in one of my all-time favorite stories. Or if I have multiple personality disorder (also known as Dissociative Identity Disorder). Either way, I would be in big trouble, huh?

On the other hand, I find it helps my creative process to keep this distinction. I want their styles to be different and thinking each pen name is a different person, coming up with different backgrounds and interests for them has helped me create different language styles and different perspectives for each one.

But I have to confess that sometimes I worry I might just be getting a little mad. So, I’d like to ask you guys, especially the writers who might be reading this post, have you ever been through something like this? Has your pen name gotten a life of its own? Do you feel like it might come after you like the Creature in Mary Shelley’s classic?

Kobo's at it again. This time, they're censoring transgender romance stories.

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Yesterday, I reported that the ebook retailer Kobo had declined yet another transgender erotic romance.  This time it was my anthology My Mistress' Thighs: Erotic Transgender Fiction and Poetry. 

Kobo never gives me a reason for declining my work (they don't even send me an email to inform me the way Amazon does), but it's hard not to notice that every one of the five ebooks Kobo has declined included "transgender" in the metadata.

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Kobo censored FIVE ebooks when I included the keywords "Transgender" and "Erotic Romance" in the metadata.  When I uploaded a similar story from the same series, but DID NOT include "Transgender" and "Erotic Romance" in the metadata, it was made available for sale with no issues.

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Kobo seems like they're doing their damnedest to make the world hate them. If you're not happy with this, I suggest you email them and tell them.

The trans* community is attacked and reviled often enough without being censored by large companies like Kobo, too. It seems they're not only interested in censoring erotica, but also anything that might offend someone.

You can email Kobo at writinglife@kobo.com and tell them you don't like their censorship of trans* romance stories. You should also tweet Mark Lefebvre, director of self publishing at Kobo, at @MarkLeslie.

Accidental Porn Star is now live on Amazon!

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Would you take sexy photos or be spanked for money?

An online ad spurs sexy Jenna to consider modelling for money. Her money situation is dire and she doesn't want to get kicked out of her apartment. What lengths would you go to in order to stay off the streets?

The ad didn't tell her the whole story, though. When the sexy man she's posing with starts smacking her bum, Jenna has to make a choice: Will she break her contract, or will she let herself be spanked and seduced for money?

In this smutty, steamy story, you will find:

  • Spanking
  • BDSM
  • Exhibitionism
  • Sex on camera

Writing Routines and BBW: An Interview with Larissa Coltrane.

Author Interviews, Larissa ColtraneAdmin

Hello Larissa! Thanks for letting me interview you. I noticed you like to write BBW erotica. Would you say that BBW is a good kink to include in your stories? What works and what doesn't work for that kink?

Thank you Dalia for having me here! The pleasure is all mine! :)

I believe it is easier for many readers to connect with the character in the story if the protagonist is a regular every day person...and BBW kink emphases that trait. 

What works? As Larry David would say - whatever works...But there are some 'rules'... Fellow author Mia Harris made good point saying that sometimes in BBW stories, authors write something along the line: BBW is a "real woman" just because she is overweight...that's a big no-no, there is no such thing as a 'real woman'. People also don't want to read about characters who are insulting them by mentioning how fat they are...and you might be surprised how often you can read that. 

What is your routine while writing? Do you have any rituals that you regularly use?

Besides vast amount of coffee and cigarettes - no. My only ritual is keeping the doors closed so I can concentrate on the story without being interrupted. It is such a pleasure to be literately sucked in the imaginary world and simply 'download' the story.  Maybe I should mention here that even if I don't have time , or am having a bad day, I at least force myself to decide what I will be writing. Then I can write 500 words here and there, during the break or while I cook...the worst thing is when I spend 3 days without even deciding what I will write next.

You regularly use Twitter. Do you ever interact with your fans? Does Twitter lead to any sales in your opinion?

I used Buffer app to track the reach of my tweets and I can say that I did't get some kind of an amazing response. I do it to cover all corners and I think it's responsible for few sales but nothing outstanding... 

I talk with my fans via email mostly, they often have special account for the "erotic" purposes since some of them what to cover their identity. 

What is some advice you'd give to new erotica authors?

How many times you have heard this: write, write, write? 100, 200? 

Well I have to say that three times more: write write write. And when you can't write then you should read: 'The War of Art' by Steven Pressfield or 'Writing for Emotional Impact' by Karl Iglesias just to name few...


Have you discussed with family or friends what you write? What is their reaction, or what do you suspect their reaction would be?

Yes...well, most of them see it as something very cool. And that's nice, but generally speaking they don't see another fact - it is also a job. If you want to do it professionally, you can't just sit and say x banged y. Needless to say that a professional author also has to have a good overview on all aspcts of business. 


Have you been effected by the recent controversy where Amazon and Kobo have taken down taboo books? What have you been doing to recover from it or avoid it altogether?

No, I didn't write PI and my stories are pretty much 'vanilla'. But seeing fellow authors having their entire catalogs banned is making me really sad...on another hand, there was an outburst of low quality erotica books and Amazon had to do something about that. Still I don't know why there is no adult filter like on Smashwords... little George could search for 'daddy' without seeing tittle like "Daddy Smashed My Pussy"


Would you suggest to others to bundle their stories the way that you do?

Absolutely. Respect your reader. If he likes you and he wants to buy as much stories from you as possible, then you should make it easy for him to do so. Also, bundle buyers and single buyers have different things they look for when buying. 

I like to have bundles for my own reading pleasures when I want to read one type of stories the entire week before going to bed, without searching through the internet for the perfect new piece. I'm sure some of the readers are the same. 


Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Once more, thank you for having me and thank you for your interest! I honestly appreciate that!

Writing and Book News and Views for 11/24/2013

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Designing Covers and Branding for Series Stories

Cover Design, Michael MeadowsAdmin
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The importance of creating a specific brand for your stories cannot be understated. Trying to create a consistent look among not only a series but your entire catalog helps readers to conceive of you not only as a content provider, but as a professional. You aren’t just a name, floating on the breeze, you’re that girl who they know from other stories you did—not just because your story was so overwhelmingly good that it stands out in their memory, but because it looks familiar.

However, this is double, triple, a hundred times true in the case of a series of stories, where you ideally want people to immediately know that the stories are related, while not having to name them The Fishmonger’s Wares through The Fishmonger’s Wares 9. Are you always going to have 8 more clever titles? No. But you want people to immediately recognize the connection, on an unconscious level. It builds a relationship between the reader and your titles as they read.

I’m sorry to belabor the point, but imagine for a moment if you were dating a man, and he had a secret sign that only the two of you knew. You know for a fact it’s him—only every time you meet, he’s completely different. Tall, short, fat, thin, muscular, a waif: he’s everything and you can never tell by looking, only by the sign he gives you without fail. That relationship wouldn’t work. You need to have that emotional response when you see them, of “Oh, there’s my baby.”

So now that I’ve explained myself thrice over, there are a few ways we can go about this. In my opinion, all of them are pretty useful, and it’s going to be a stylistic decision what you choose to do. I would recommend, personally, that you choose one and stick with it. This gets back to creating a brand for your overall catalog, of always trying to make consistent choices. It’s not absolutely necessary that you do so, and if you have multiple pen-names then obviously this advice only applies within a single pen name.

Similar Layout

A common way to set up a cover to look consistent over multiple stories is to use a standard layout, with only a few very small things changed. This is very common in the professional world; the most direct example would be most lines from Harlequin: American Romance, Intrigue, Kiss, Desire, Romance, Nocturne, Romantic Suspense, Special Edition, Historical, Harlequin Presents, Love Inspired, and Heartsong Presents are all remarkably consistent. The only exceptions are Historical, which has 4 different fonts they use for covers depending on the time period, and Heartsong Presents, which has 2.

Think about how much easier that is, from a design standpoint. You just change the text, which is already sized appropriately and placed for you, and the background image, and that’s it. The problems with this should be fairly immediately obvious for independent authors: The images aren’t all going to have the exact focal point you need to be able to say that a specific area of space is verboten. If you want to select your images and crop them specifically to make this work, I happen to think this is the best way. But it hasn’t been an option for our catalog yet.

One day, though…

Similar Images

There are multiple levels of using similar images. Consider, for example, Fifty Shades. They use three very different images, but they’re all similar in many ways as well. There’s always a gray backdrop. The items themselves are always silver or gray. There’s only one item per cover. It’s placed mostly on the left side of the cover. Simple things like that.

On the other hand, the other day as part of our community outreach efforts Dalia and I were writing questions for Alex Dawson (link to our interview)—you may notice my influence on some of the questions—and I was really effected by her use of multiple photos from the same shoot to do series covers. In many ways I wouldn’t change my style too drastically, but her covers show a discipline that our designs sometimes lack, and I really respect that. I would absolutely like to implement some of those ideas in our own library. Her series are all very consistent because she uses photos from the same shoot every time. Here’s a few links to see what I mean:

Passionate Neighbor BUNDLE (Cheerleader Billionaire BDSM Erotica)

Passionate Neighbor BUNDLE (Cheerleader Billionaire BDSM Erotica)

Passionate Neighbor Bundle (1, 2, 3)

You can really tell, when looking at the covers, that they go together. It’s a similar effect to the one that Vintage used on the Fifty Shades covers, without having to hire your own photographer.

Lastly, if none of the above realistic options based on the stock you’ve purchased, you have one last thing to fall back on:

Same Font, Similar Title

This is usually where we have to go, most of the time. Similar titles and consistent fonts create cohesion that is not as strong as a powerful visual cohesion, but it is better than nothing. For some more recent work with this style, consider our Busty Babe’s Business Bundle (1, 2, 3).

None of the cover’s stock is really similar at all, but the font is the same (in fact I adore that font because it doesn’t really carry any connotations per-se, and you’ll notice immediately that it’s on probably a quarter of our covers) and the titles are all strongly alliterative. This was a bit silly, but intentional to create consistency. (I picked the names!)

Even though I’d rather we had one of the first two systems in place, I should point out that this is a better way of creating consistency than not creating any consistency at all.

Writing and Book News and Views for 11/20/2013

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  • HarperCollins UK boss tells publishers: take storytelling back from digital rivals
    Now three months after returning to HarperCollins to become its chief executive, Redmayne will deliver a brisk message at an industry conference on Thursday, warning publishers against letting digital rivals steal their role – storytelling.
  • The Importance of Your Book Cover: Achieving the Right Fit
    One of the best things about working independently with NOOK is that I can change the packaging and positioning of my books at the drop of a hat. I can test things out with readers to see what sorts of covers and book descriptions work better than others.
  • What’s the Key to Solving the Book Discoverability Problem?
    If you’ve been paying attention to publishing news, chances are you’ve heard the term “book discovery” thrown about a great deal. Unfortunately that’s not because it’s the latest trend, but because it’s broken. The number of books available on the market has skyrocketed, and for readers it’s getting harder every day to sift through the “noise” and find the books that they’re interested in reading. We need a new solution for book discovery, one that takes into account the way that we used to find books in bookstores.
  • Top 8 Reasons Why Blogs Fail
    In the recent past, there have been several successful blogs and some unsuccessful ones. When it comes to the failure of a blog, several reasons can be attributed to it! You can share several things and share your views through the tool called blogging. Regardless of whether you are a writer, web designer, web developer or online marketer, you should know the reasons for the failure of your blog and analyze ways and means by which you can avoid mistakes.
  • Adult Magazine: The New Female Erotica
    Made for women, the newly launched Adult magazine explores sexually explicit literature and photography—and asks, is it possible for porn to be fashionable and artistic?
  • BA decides against industry initiative on offensive e-books
    The Booksellers Association has decided not to create an industry initiative around pornographic e-books in the wake of last month’s e-book scandal, placing the onus for tackling the problem back on e-book aggregators.
  • How Well-Planned Content Can Get You Better Marketing Results
    As a web content writer, you face the dilemma of what kind of content to write. The truth is, not every piece of content will fit into your marketing strategy. There are several types of content, and they will each play a different role in your strategy.  In this article I’ll  show you how content created with a specific purpose will perform.
  • Still Conflicted about Amazon
    As a publishing professional, it hasn’t been quite so easy. In the beginning Amazon was a terrific customer for publishers and authors. Over the years the company has evolved into a ruthless competitor—while still being our primary customer.
  • Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing: #7… To Sell You Must Write What Is Hot

    The Myth:

    “To sell either to editors or readers, you must write what is hot.”

    This myth stops thousands and thousands of book sales and destroys careers.

    And it’s just stupid, even though the myth seems to have a logical base in publishing.

  • Cracking Amazon's Algorithm? The Kindle Gold Rush That Never Happened
    Now anyone can write a book and have it published online in less than 24-hours. This is akin to the creation of blogging as a content delivery mechanism. Because everyone had the means to more easily create and distribute content online, content of course skyrocketed. Both should be considered a good thing.

  • 12 Tips for Marketing and Sales Success: Tip 3 – Know Where Your Audience Shops
    There are numerous ways to distribute your book, and it takes some trial and error to find the right distribution channels. Every book is different, but we wanted to see if there was a pattern in where authors sold their books.

  • Nearly Half of Parents Plan on Buying E-Reading Devices for Kids This Holiday Season
    E-reading devices and the digital books to fuel them will be popular gifts this holiday season, an October 2013 study by PlayCollective with Digital Book World reveals. Almost 46% of parents plan to purchase a new device for their child to read ebooks, up six percentage points from last year. Over half (57%) of these parents intend for the device to belong primarily to their child. And, good news for publishers, nearly three-quarters of parents plan on buying ebooks for their children this holiday season, more than last year.

  • But What About Readers and Reviewers?
    There's a discussion over at Jessewave's that evolved into a thread with wider interest to fiction writers in general, so I brought one of my comments (and a bit of what I responded to) back here. Rick Reed wrote the original post, talking about women in m/m romances, and of course the conversation strayed over to the question of m/f sex in m/m books. For those of you who aren't into romance, or aren't into m/m, there's a fairly sturdy divide between readers who are willing to follow a character's story wherever it leads, and readers who, in their own words, don't want anyone getting "girl cooties" in their m/m romance. You can probably tell what side of the debate I'm on. [cough]

  • How to build backlinks if your website is not sexy
    If your business is in an industry that's not 'sexy', you might think that it is impossible to get backlinks to your website. Of course, it is much easier to get backlinks if there are a lot of blogs about your topic. With the right ideas, however, you can get backlinks to your website even if your business or product is rather boring.

  • Weighing up the virtues of long novels
    I blame Proust, or at least last week's tributes to his massive achievement. But after waxing lyrical over the pleasures of a novel big enough to contain the world, I was brought up short by Aristotle's bold assertion in the Poetics that when it comes to writing, bigger is better.

  • Should Readers Be Able to Modify Book Content?
    A company in Utah is developing an app that will selectively edit what the reader of an ebook sees, removing from their sight words or descriptions of actions deemed unacceptable.

  • New Report Shows That Teens and College Students Don’t Like Expensive eBooks
    There’s a new survey report out this week that supports the unsurprising conclusion that teens and 20-somethings are more price sensitive than your average adult consumer.

Success is Truly a Mystery for Authors: An Interview With Sage L. Morgan

Author Interviews, Sage L MorganAdmin

Thanks for letting me interview you! I've been looking through your blog, and you have a lot of good advice for other authors up there. Any little nuggets you'd like to share here?

And thank you for interviewing me! I wanted to make a blog that was both reader and writer friendly. When I first started writing fiction, I found that my best resources were other writers' blogs, so it's kind of my way of giving back. One thing that I haven't talked about yet but plan to is giving stories away for free as a new writer (which I've done through KDP Select). Sure, it won't make you any money, but it will get your books into the hands of your readers. There are well over a thousand people out there who have read at least one story by me, thanks to my free stories. I plan to explore the topic some more in a future blog post. 

How is NaNoWriMo going for you? Are you doing one long story, or many shorts that add up to 50k words?
It's not going at all! I am writing one long story, but I've stalled at just under 1,000 words. It's probably because I'm a plotter rather than a pantser. I like to plan ahead before I write, and at this moment there is a void of 49,000 words in my NaNoWrimo story before my MC meets her doom. I've written three novel-length stories in my life, but I feel like my brain has been stuck in short story mode ever since I started publishing erotica. Short stories and novels are so much more different than I expected. There's probably an entire blog's worth of differences right there. 
You say that your current bestseller is a gay billionaire story. What would you say has made that such a success? 

Honestly, I'm not sure. It's my shortest story, clocking it at almost exactly 3,000 words, so it's almost 50% plot/build up and 50% sex. My main theory is that it intersects gay and billionaire, which are two popular genres. There's an m/m scene that becomes an m/m/f scene, which doesn't hurt. My cover is something I slapped together using Kindle's cover creator, and the photo I used was just a naked male torso. I considered redoing the cover, but the current one basically communicates what the story is: low-brow, down and dirty sex. There's a formula for a bestseller somewhere in there. 
Are there any genres or kinks you haven't written yet that you want to try out soon?
There are so many! I keep a notebook for brainstorming (something that every writer should consider) and there are entire pages devoted to just IDEAS. BBW and pseudo-incest are themes that I've been especially interested in, lately, among others. Also, I have two lesbian stories published already (Devil in a Red Dress and Hazing the Sisters) but I would love to write even more of them. Because I love hot girls.
Your boxed sets look really nice with the 3D box "cover". Would you say that sort of design has helped your bundles sell more? What did you do to make it?
Thank you! I think it really did. The cover communicated to the buyer what they were buying, which is multiple stories in a box set. My first bundle was the "Werewolf Four Pack," which had a normal, 2D cover and only sold one copy. On the other hand, "Strange and Sensual Creatures" got 798 free downloads plus 4 sales with the janky 3D cover I cobbled together in GIMP. I merely designed a cover like I normally would have, changed the perspective so I was viewing it at an angle, and drew in the rest using the paintbrush tool. I threw in a shadow to make it more dynamic. Not very fancy, but it got the job done. Readers are probably more likely to pay for a bundle if they can actually see that they are getting multiple stories rather than a stand-alone. 
What are your writing goals going into the new year?
I'm always seeking to improve my writing. I want to write believable characters, realistic dialogue, and settings that you can dive into. Other than that, I really want to experience REVISING a novel. I feel like it's the climbing Mt. Everest or Giving Birth of writing. Once I do it, I'll be invincible. Hopefully, my NaNo project pans out so I can get myself into gear.
Do you have any advice for writers just starting out with erotica?

For erotica specifically, think of it like you're performing a service. There are hungry, voracious readers out in the world who want to see a certain type of kink, relationship, or character, and your job is to provide it for them. On the other hand, you need to write about things that turn YOU on, because your enjoyment shows in your work. Being successful in erotica is finding the balance between the two, in my opinion. 

Do you have anything else you'd like to add?

Only to say that I despise censorship. I abhor it. Sex is the most natural and fun thing about being human. It can be dark at times, but it isn't hateful. Art allows us to explore the unexplored, stand at the edge of our consciousness, and express our fantasies in a way that nothing else can. The notion of retailers pulling down our stories for being "obscene" is just dumb.The line between obscene and acceptable is arbitrary at best. On top of that, they are controlling the type of information that is released to their consumers, or policing our thoughts, so to speak. I urge everybody to read and write erotica! We need to keep sex in the spotlight because humanity depends on it...literally! 

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