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Sascha Illyvich ~ Guest Blog: Lessons for New Generation of Authors

Lessons for New Generation of Authors

I’ve been spending a lot of time talking with my publicist and discussing the work habits of this new generation of romance authors.  The astounding thing is that observing this generation of new authors gives me both good feelings and bad.

For starters, with the growing E-book revolution (and it IS a revolution) we’re able to get published faster, but so many authors don’t take a hard look at the houses they’re submitting to.  If they did, we’d end up with less crap out on the market. The lesson here is to research not only the house, but other authors who WRITE for that house. This will avoid mistakes.  Take a new publisher that has been courting me lately.  They don’t have a solid reputation entirely due to mistakes made because the owners didn’t understand the business model of the E-book industry from the outset.  They admitted this and this has been confirmed by a friend of mine who is one of the most respected names in Erotica today.  And other authors have come forward to share good experiences about this house as well as a few bad ones.  That’s fine.  Talking to the authors of the house gives you a well rounded view of how they operate. 

Total E-bound has a huge and successful stable of happy authors. Before I signed with them, I looked at the website, got some feedback from some of the authors and felt that I had done my due diligence.

Next up, work ethic.  Raise your hands if you’re a new generation author and you struggle to make that word count every day while trying to promote your books with all the Web 2.0 nonsense.  Tell me it’s a pain in the ass. 

It is. But I do it and have done it for years. I’ve had to grow and learn to utilize different technologies while still embracing the old ones.  Not only do I have to do that, I have to recognize and jump on opportunities that come my way all while writing, doing PR, blogging, doing my Radio Dentata show and attempting to keep a clean house.  I threw that last part in because for the sake of argument (and let’s face it, my S. O. is NOT) I am Alpha Homemaker.  So I cook dinner, do dishes, clean (somewhat) all while maintaining a successful writing career. 

The key is determination and the fact that even as technology improves and makes our lives easier, we need to do the things that make us successful regardless of what they are.  Otherwise we’ll get lost in the shuffle.

Work Ethic:  I’ve seen too many new writers get by on turning in stories that are basically crap other than the bones.  Listen.  I had to bust my ass (uphill in the snow both directions) to get a good first draft finished and then sold.  This goes back to my earlier point about researching the Houses you write for.  A bad house will take a crappy first draft.  A good one will reject it with comments.

Piracy Complaints:  Saw this one coming didn’t you?  How many of us reading this have had our work pirated?  I have.  I was flattered on one hand and pissed on another. Sure I’ve spent time chasing these jackanapes but it’s useless.  Another blogger/author posted a great blog about piracy and she’s right in suggesting that we’re not going to convert pirates to readers or shut down the sites.  Let it go. Hell, call it free publicity and don’t forget to write off the loss as a tax deduction.

Writing and Excerpt sharing:  The concept of an excerpt is NOT to give me 500 words of your 10,000 word story.  That will NOT get a book sold no matter HOW great an author you are.  Christ himself would NOT sell the bible on 1,000 words.  Give us something of value to entice us.  If your story is 5k or less, why?  Learn to write longer.  Take the shorter pieces and sell them to e-zines, throw them up on Literotica for free marketing or put them together in a short story collection.  Then give us a lengthy excerpt from the story.  Otherwise, you’re wasting your time and mine.

If you have a 10k story, that excerpt can and should be 2500 words of HOT. And DON’T GIVE US THE ORGASM.  If you’ve got more than 10k, that excerpt should be no more than 5k.

I know some of this seems harsh but I’ve been around a long time.  And I’ve at least been tactful here compared to my blogs on Midnight Seductions about cross dressing or fellatio! 

What say you? Care to share other lessons for this new generation of authors?

Kinky Erotic Romance by Sascha Illyvich

                  

 

Twelve Days of love ~ Day #12

Today we welcome guest blogger Kissa Starling to our pages. We know you’ll enjoy her stories – we do! Good luck in Kissa’s contest and we’ll see you tomorrow at the Midnight Seductions party!

 

 

A very wise woman recently asked me if I preferred romantic ‘things’ or romantic ‘gestures’. I’d never thought of romance in those terms before and it got me thinking. I came down on the side of liking romantic gestures with a huge thud. Diamonds and cars are nice but I want to know my partner’s thoughts by his actions. One of my most romantic stories is PS- I Love You. It’s part of the Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2009 Anthology. In my story Nancy treks across the country to honor the love of her life. Scenes from their past bring the romance, relationship and love to life for anyone who reads this.  What a wonderful, romantic gesture!

 

You can find out more about PS- I Love You, and my many other stories, on my website: www.kissastarling.com   

In honor of love, and romantic gestures, I’d like to give away a print copy of Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2009. How do I enter? You may ask. Leave me a comment at any or all of the places I’m blogging today. One comment per blog and one entry per comment. In your comment write about the most romantic gesture you’ve ever seen, read, or been a part of. I’ll draw from the hat and announce the winner on February 13 at the Midnight Seductions yahoo group:

 

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MidnightSeductions/?yguid=271938627 

  

Here’s a link to all of the places I’ll be posting on February 12th: 

My website blog: www.kissastarling.com/blog 

Mahalia Levey’s blog: http://mahalia2010.wordpress.com/ 

Midnight Seduction’s blog: http://midnightseductionsauthors.blogspot.com/ 

Adriana Kraft’s blog: http://adrianakraft.com/blog/ 

Sheila Stewart’s blog: http://darkcravings.blogspot.com/ 

Ginger Simpson’s blog: http://mizging.blogspot.com 

  

The Midnight Seduction Authors are celebrating romance by hosting these ’12 Days of Love’ blogs that you’ve seen all over the internet. We are throwing a huge all-day-chat bash on February 13, 2010, from 10am EST to 10pm EST. Prizes willbe given away every hour on the hour. Excerpts, recipes, jokes and romance tips will be posted throughout the day. 

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MidnightSeductions/?yguid=271938627

 

Twelve Days of Love – Dee Dawning

Today we welcome guest blogger Dee Dawning to our pages! He’s talking about ménage – one of our favorite topics – and he’s offered up an excerpt for your enjoyment, as well! Welcome, Dee!


Hi y’all, I’ve never guest blogged before, so I thought I’d start with a tried and true blog from last year that seemed to be my most popular. At least as far as comments go. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to your comments as well.

Are Ménage Romance Books Here to Stay

Originally posted November of 2009 

The latest hot genre in erotic romance is Ménage a Trois. It is so hot, one e publisher has even created an entire line of ménage books called Ménage Amour and releases two new ebooks a week. This line now numbers in excess of a hundred books.

A year ago November I wrote a blog entitled ‘Ménage: Is this your fantasy?’ that generated a lot of interest. This is sort of an update on that blog. At the time I’d written the blog I’d dabbled in what I call a man’s ménage—two women and a man. Now ten months later, I’ve penned several women’s ménages and have more in progress all under an undisclosed pseudonym.

Here is a short sample ménage excerpt from one of those upcoming ménages. Though it doesn’t show the steamy parts, you get the idea. 

 

 

I knew before we did a thing that I would love it. I tried not to show how pleased I was when I took their hands and walked hand and hand with them into the bedroom. We sat on the edge of our  California king, Marc on my left and Jack on my right.

Starting with my blouse, Marc unbuttoned and took it off.

Next. Jack’s clever fingers unhooked my bra. “Here let me help you take this hot, cumbersome bra off.” Jack removed my bra and my breasts were bare. For a brief few seconds the air-conditioning hardened my nipples, before two warm mouths enveloped them and I melted. As I’d always suspected, lips on both nipples felt divine. Their sucking sent tickly currents of need racing through me, terminating in my core.

Marc’s hands pushed my lacy panties down to my knees. “Lets get these panties off before they get all wet.” He dragged the panties down and over my sweat socks. He removed my socks and I was naked. A thrill ran through me as I realized. It’s going to Happen. I’m going to have sex—with both of them!  

 

 

Writing a woman’s ménage as a romance is a little bit of a challenge in that you don’t want the heroine to come off as a tramp. In the erotic stories, the woman can be normal, a slut or worse, but in the romances the woman should be as normal as possible.  

I’ll tell you a secret. Since I started writing women’s ménages I don’t think about the other kind much. It seems more natural for a woman to receive the affections of multiple partners then men, and of course women are better equipped. Also let’s not forget if a woman has an orgasm, she can keep going, while men are usually out of action for awhile. LOL.

So, why is this relatively new sub genre so popular? I believe women readers love to fantasize about having two or more lovers. They live vicariously through their daring heroines, enjoying all the fruits that could possibly be enjoyed by multiple coupling. Lips, tongues, hands fingers and let’s not forget cocks.  I think women also like the idea of throwing convention out the window. From chastity belts to burkas the little box of sexuality women have confined to has been the work of men. Now that sexual freedom is upon us, some women are testing the limits.

As for the women that experience a ménage, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was an element of exhibitionist involved. You certainly wouldn’t invite two or more men in your bed and then turn the lights out.

I once talked with a woman who fantasized about being gang banged. I asked her how many and she didn’t know, just more then two. When I pressed it by asking ten, she thought and said, maybe.

 How about you? How big is your kink—real and imaginary? 

And what about woman’s ménages? Do you think they’re immoral or overdue. Do you dream of them? Would you invite multiple men into your bed?  

And what about the books? Are you a fan of mfm romance novels? If so, do you think you could get tired of them? Will the demand for them continue to grow, go flat or dry up with time? 

Think about it and comment if you like. 

Earlier today I read a blog by a fiend of mine, AJ Lewellyn, which happened to be about ménages and how ridiculous some of the scenarios are. 

I agree, it seems like a high percentage of the new ménages involve twins or brothers. And of course some writers seem to think more is better and have their heroine the object of serial sex from three, four or even more, studs. To me it’s laughable. How about you?   

 

Midnight Seduction Authors are celebrating romance by hosting these ’12 Days of Love’ blogs that you’ve seen all over the internet. We are throwing a  huge all-day-chat bash on February 13, 2010, from 10am EST to 10pm EST. Prizes will be given away every hour on the hour. Excerpts, recipes, jokes and romance tips will be posted throughout the day.  

  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MidnightSeductions/?yguid=271938627 

Here are covers of some of my more recent romance and erotic romance books. All except Groovin’ are available at ARe ebooks and discounted through Valentine’s Day. https://www.allromanceebooks.com/

 

 

 
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