Friday, September 24, 2010
24 sep 10 @ 3:06 am
When I completed my first romance manuscript in 2005 there was nothing I desired more than a contract
with a publisher and to earn enough to write for a living. I thank God every day that my query letter and
synopsis were rejected by the major publisher to whom I had sent them. I love the freedom that self-publishing
gives me. And though, sadly, I have to still work for a living, I’m making enough to put towards
a wonderful retirement even if I’m never able to become a full-time writer.
Using a pseudonym
severely limits my marketing potential – most of my friends have no idea that I write much less than I have published
books. I have toyed with the idea of ‘coming out’ and aggressively promoting my books, but
the urge fades almost as soon as it surfaces. The main reason for staying anonymous is that I would like
to reserve my true identity for the literary works I hope to write in future.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
22 sep 10 @ 6:59 am
I’m still a little disappointed at the lack of reviews my books get. It might
be that the books are neither brilliant nor terrible enough to warrant strong reactions, but it would be satisfying if readers
gave their opinions more often. I know many readers use their real names for reviews and perhaps don’t
want to admit to reading my works. I totally respect their need for privacy in that case, but if there
are no compelling reasons I would appreciate them taking the time to write a few lines and give an appropriate starred rating.
A horrible thought just struck me: is it because the option they would choose, zero stars, if not available?
I’ve had a few reviewers who have said words to that effect, but thankfully not many. And almost
all my negative reviews were to do with me using Italics (couldn't resist pressing Ctrl+I for old time's sake) a
little too liberally in my first editions. A filthy habit for which I’ve been successfully treated,
except for rare lapses, like a moment ago. It’s been three years and counting. Ha-ha!
consider my books works-in-progress and rely on feedback to improve future editions. So, please, please,
email me: Lexyharper@aol.com even if you don’t want to write a review on Amazon,
Barnes & Noble or any other website.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
21 sep 10 @ 12:55 am
so pleased that I’m able to publish this novella on Kindle! This is the original version of one of
the seven stories in Bedtime Erotica for Men. It’s longer than the version in the book and
contains the gay sex scenes I edited out just before publishing the book. I thought it unlikely that gay
men would read the book and all the straight men I asked said that they wouldn’t read the story in its original form.
While some of them may have given me true responses (I’m almost sure that my boyfriend spoke the truth), I think
that asking them face-to-face was not the best way to go about it. Straight men will not generally admit
to reading gay erotica, unlike straight women who will not only admit to reading lesbian erotica but will let you know just
how much it turned them on!This
is my preferred version, but I’m not sure what my fans will make of it. If anyone reads both versions
please let me know if I did the right thing in not publishing this version in the book. I had hoped to
publish it for free on Kindle, but Amazon allows only large publishers to publish free content. So, I have
priced it at the lowest possible price of £0.86 on Amazon UK and $1.33 on Amazon US (both prices are inclusive of VAT).
21 sep 10 @ 12:46 am
There have been several heated debates in Kindle forums about the
pricing of eBooks. Some writers feel that they have worked too hard to sell their books below their true
worth. Some claim that readers assume that eBooks priced at $2.99 and below are substandard.
Some have even reported a drop in sales when they have lowered prices, yet others claim that they
have sold significantly more at reduced prices and as a result have accrued greater royalties. It’s
a debate that will rage on for a good while yet and I’m not sure that the outcome will be conclusive.
As a writer what I want most is
for people to read and enjoy my writing. If pricing my eBooks at $2.99 gives me a larger readership then
I’m happy! I’ve never been able to price my paperbacks at exactly the price I wanted due to
printing, publishing and distribution costs – Kindle is the first chance I’ve had to do so. These
prices won’t stay lowered forever, so if you are thinking of getting one of my books this might be the time to do so.
And as always, please download a sample first as my raw writing style may not be to your taste.