A lot has happened since my last post. Can’t believe it’s been over a month but anyway…
In Her Closet is back on sale. The four publishers I sent it to have the same responses that I received when I initially wrote and submitted it 2 years ago.
“well written but it’s not for us”
“this is not a romance.”
“we prefer the main characters have sex closer to the beginning of the book” ( Yves doesn’t do the donkey until the 5th chapter and even then it’s not with the main love interest–Elijah).
So even though it hasn’t sold well, I’ve decided to keep it as a self punned title. I’ve obsessed over this book for far too long. It’s time to move on to other things.
I’ve completed the first draft of Having it Both Ways (aka the book that refused to be written). I’m letting marinate for a while so that I can come back to it with fresh eyes. In my mind I am already making corrections and editing out huge chunks to make the story tighter. Once that is done I plan to submit it. Why submit it, you ask? Let’s just say I don’t feel so comfortable doing things own. If you’re a writer or a reader of erotica and erotic romance you probably heard about Paypal Crusade for Morality. What you don’t know is that my self-published books were caught up in the mayhem. I chose not to blog about it because 1) I was so insane with anger that I probably wouldnt have been able to articulate more than a few grunts and expletives. And 2)There are far more eloquent and fiery missives by a few brave writers that I admire. I would suggest visiting http://www.remittancegirl.com and http://www.bannedwriters.com for the ins and outs of what happened and how Paypal and smashwords have chosen to approach this matter.
The whole thing has been a rude awakening for me. I thought about the stories that I have out for submission and the three that I’ve published and I realized that ALL of them could potentially be pulled from the market because their content is deemed unsavory. And while I love writing erotica and erotic romance, it would be dangerous to my career if I put all of my eggs into one basket. I need to branch out, write across different genres. The thought of it terrifies me but thats usually a sign that it is something that needs to be done. So that’s what I plan to do for the remainder of 2012. There are a few erotica and erotic romances that I want to write but I need to shift them around on my schedule. So that’s what I’ll be doing. I’m sure this decision will promptly drive me insane but as long as I promise to do it quietly I’m sure you all won’t mind 🙂