Friday, March 31, 2017

Writing Forecast and Random Thoughts

It occurred to me as I sent out my mailing list that I totally forgot to add my writing forecast. I usually do that, and I'm not going to spam just to send that out, so I'll put it here.

First and foremost, there's a anthology being putting together by Yolanda Olson called "Twist Me" (which, I'm not really fond of the name, but whatever) which is going to be "dark", pretty much whatever flavor we want. I think dark romance? Not sure. Anyway. All proceeds of that is going to the ASPCA so I'm writing a story that's been bouncing around in my head for a while for that. I'll let y'all know when it goes on sale.

After that, I am going to be switching to Villainess for a minute to write the third in the Unusual Suspects series centering around Adira. Then, I should be writing two shorts for the Janus Key Chronicles, and then finally to Villainess #5: The Queen of Disks. I've actually already got a start on the Queen of Disks, writing stuff as it occurs to me. I have to stop myself from making each book longer and longer. They just keep growing! Things keep happening!

Villainess, for those who don't know, is going to be a set series of 16 books, 4 sets of 4. The first four are done, and they were basically the "introductory" four, setting the scene, the characters, the theme and mood, and pretty much everything. From here on out, I'm going to start messing with that. The second four will definitely be more transformative than before, both for Caprice and a lot of secondary characters.

We'll see where the story takes us, but I already have a pretty good idea.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Role-Reversal

I've gotten a few reviews on Goodreads lately for Dominating Her Intern... and they've been one stars. I'm thrilled people have been reading (or listening to) it! I wish they'd review it on Amazon, one star or not.

What I find kind of funny and very interesting is the aspect of the role-reversal in the story and how people have reacted to it. It's a femdom story, or female domination, so the woman's in charge. I've read a lot of BDSM shorts (with and without billionaires) in preparation to write erotica (and afterwards, of course). I made Ms. Frost, the female billionaire dom, in this story basically the same as the maledoms in other stories I've read, except a woman. The acts are geared more towards the femdom audience as well, but the attitude is virtually identical. And people hate it.

Is it dubious consent? Absolutely it is. Yes, in the story Marc CAN say no, but he's threatened with losing his internship if he says no. Would he? We don't know as he dubiously consents. It's one of the rare dubcon stories I've written (I can't actually think of another off the top of my head, but I'm sure I've written one or two more in there) as consent is a big deal to me, fantasy or not. There's no doubt Marc is enjoying his submission (hence, dubcon--it's "Ok" because he really likes it... or is it?), but people have rightfully called what Ms. Frost did as sexual harassment. They didn't like it. Yet, I've read stories with the boss and BDSM elements roughly the same (shame, humiliation, dubcon), and when it's a dude in charge, it seems perfectly OK.

I don't know why that is. Is it the double standard? Is it because it's OK for a man to be in charge and not a woman? Is it something else? Is it because the readers of erotica are mostly women and don't like seeing a man humiliated like that? (Although, it's pretty clearly stated it's female domination.)

What I can say by the numbers is that Intern has outperformed all the other Dominating singles, by a factor of 170% percent. What I mean by that is that next best performing single--which is the second followed closely by the fourth--didn't even come close to Intern. Intern is almost double in income. Certain allowances can be made for it being the first in a series. People will naturally check out a first book first and decide if they like it enough to continue to the second. However. since I have a block of the singles, five in total, which are about the same for money earners. Hence, one could expect that Intern would have made about the same amount were it not first.

Or is there another reason? It's so hard to say, it really is. Dominating Her Intern has the most reviews of all the Dominating books on Goodreads. I did put the audio up for a promotion.... oh a long time ago last year. Yet these new reviews are, well, new. What spurred them on? And the difference in sales/money is substantial between Intern and the next five highest, so why aren't there more reviews on any of them? There's like... two between all five where Intern has seven. Is it just because of the dubcon? Is it because it's the first of the series? Is it something else?

I find statistics fascinating, and so this phenomenon here has me thinking it's something else, and the only thing I can think of is the role reversal, femdom instead of maledom. I don't have, sadly, solid enough information to draw a conclusion for sure. I could very well be wrong, but it's definitely something to think about!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Narrating a Book?

As you all know, I have many audio books made of my shorts (and not so shorts). For all of these, I've used ACX to hire a producer (the narrator) to produce the book for a royalty share of every copy sold. It's a pretty nice deal, free money, quite honestly since most of my part is done and I just have to wrangle a new type of cover from Jotham. I mentioned a while back to my husband that it sounded fun to do that, to narrate a book. Much to my surprise, over Christmas, he bought me the very basics of what I would need to actually DO that: a good microphone, a pop stopper (for the layman, which was me up until a couple months ago, is that thing that looks like a spit guard for the microphone--it stops excessive popping sounds from translating through on the mic), and an arm to help position the mic.

I have successfully recorded my first audio book doing that! It's my own simply because 1) ACX has it set up so that you are either a narrator OR a producer. You cannot be both. That sort of boggles me. What if I am an author who wants to narrate a friend's book, or a stranger's, or anyone else's NOT my own? 2) It was Last Night, which never sold well anyway. Horror + erotica doesn't sell well. There may be some exceptions, but... putting actual horror in with sexy times appears to be a boner killer. 3) I wouldn't want to mess up anyone else's book until I've had some practice.

Now, I still need to adjust the audio volume--I've had to re-up my knowledge on sound mixing, which was foggy at best even when I knew what I was doing--but I heard from ACX and that was the only error. They didn't say, "God damn, you suck!" or "Jesus Christ, leave it to the professionals!" or anything like that. Just a rather nice, "One of your files doesn't meet the -60dbz threshold." Oh, whoops. It should be an easy fix.

I'll update y'all when I have more information.

Crystal Balls and Hot Cauldrons LIVE on Amazon!

I thought I'd scheduled this post, but evidently I did not!

The very last Witches of Back End short, Crystal Balls and Hot Cauldrons, is LIVE on Amazon! The witches defeat the warlocks threatening to invade their sleepy little town in the only way they know how: lots of sex.

Check it out today!