I consider myself a writer, but for whatever reason find it difficult to call myself an author. Whether it’s because I don’t feel like I write often enough or publish often enough, it’s not a title I’m comfortable with yet. Frankly, I keep waiting for someone to leave a review that shreds my ability to string two words together. They haven’t yet, in case you wondered. Any negative reviews have been about the topic I’ve written about – and I can live with that. BDSM erotica isn’t exactly for everyone.
I know I’ve come a long way since the release of my first short story, The Visitor in June 2013. I’ve learned more – beta readers, editing help from amazing friends, use of language and sentence structure. Every single time I work on a new story that I intend to publish, I’m putting more and more skills I’ve learned into practice.
My newest release, The Adventures of Sir and Babygirl, has gotten many more reviews and much more attention. A blog tour definitely helped. In terms of the time it takes to coordinate and plan a tour, it was worth every penny I paid. Did I make my money back in sales? Not exactly. But these things take time.
I will admit I made mistakes with Sir and Babygirl. In terms of marketing, I haven’t made it clear that each chapter is really a short story that is meant to be able to stand on it’s own – but connects to one another in terms of telling a bigger story. The last two chapters/stories were tacked on because I worried there wasn’t enough heat and sex in the earlier stories. I like to think they’re both well-written, but they don’t flow. That would be ok, if I’d make it clear that they didn’t have to flow. Each chapter/story is supposed to be a different adventure, so that the title actually makes sense.
I also didn’t make it clear that this was the first in a series. I should have added something extra to the title. I’m already thinking of topics for future books – limits and boundaries, meeting the family, and maybe just some random kinky stories. The idea is that I want people to see the relationship grow between them, but not necessarily in the typical story-telling format.
With regards to writing, well, without a professional editor, I have no doubt someone could find errors. Being the perfectionist that I am, I hate the idea of someone spotting mistakes. But, the writer in me only as one question, “Do the errors detract from the story?” As long as they don’t, I can live with it…sort of.
After a couple of less than positive reviews, I doubted myself. I was afraid that I’d royally screwed up by not being clearer in my promotion. I spent a night feeling sorry for myself and wallowing in self-doubt. And then I realized that this is my first novella instead of a dark, erotic short story. Of course, I still have plenty to learn! And the majority of the reviews I’ve received have been positive. That’s got to mean something, right?! (This particular review meant a lot because it’s not something he normally does.)
So, I’m going to keep learning and growing, getting better and better each time. And there will definitely be more from Sir and Babygirl. Their story is only beginning, and it’s my job to tell it.
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