I recently read an blog post from another author Ann Michelle (see her post here) Where she discussed the concerns readers have about purchasing her erotic tales. I have seen a similar situation and her options have fantastic merit. The option of creating a “plain brown wrapper” for her books could a great thing for the readers who don’t want to look like a freak when the mailman delivers them. The challenge with this is creating the “fake front” as she described. That is a lot of work and it is important to remember that we do take pride in our passions. Sometimes adding useless pages to reach the story you really wanted to read could discourage a reader.
The “Separate Amazon Account” is a much better option. The only people who are aware of your true identity are the folks at Amazon. I write under a pen name and do this for my authoring of my work and While I am not worried about items I purchase, I am always concerned about maintaining my privacy.
Now one that she left out, which is something I have begun doing after a recent request for of all things autographed copies of the printed books is to use PayPal or another service to handle payment transfers. I have a contact page on my web site that can be used for feedback or to inquire about purchasing books. Rather than create new copies with an inconspicuous title and useless pages of what the reader doesn’t want, I have secured copies of the eBooks that I can email directly to the reader. When they want printed copies, I can send out copies from my personal inventory that I secured for book signings I did in Europe and for the autograph seeker.
Remember that We love having our work enjoyed and understand the struggles of obtaining it, but ultimately the only way to get it to you – is for you to tell us you want it. IF you have concerns tell us and for some of us we can make reasonable arrangements.
When I picked up the pen and started writing, I was thrilled at the amount of feedback I was receiving. At the time, I wasn’t even looking for it. Now that I have several stories and books out, I expected to see more reviews. I still receive support on social media with the likes, retweets and shares, and yeah I still get some of the sickos who want me to help them play out their fantasies, but I noticed most recently that while I get email from some of my closer friends, I am not seeing the feedback on the web site or amazon sites.
I am curious as to what may have happened. I thought initially it was just timing, but then I wondered if it was the changing climate here in the US. The government has come under so much scrutiny about cyber and citizens being watched, I got paranoid and thought readers were not commenting because they were scared as well.
I traveled through Europe last year to promote my books and meet a couple of long time friends and was thrilled at the turnout. Scared as hell to go out in public but Europe is not the US and I found it a lot more accepting to girls like me. I mean I only went out once en femme while in Amsterdam and the other book signings were a little more conventional. Strange that only the other girls wanted to chat while the men just wanted an autograph, but each night I received more email than ever in support of the books and a few indecent proposals.
I still love hearing the thoughts and suggestions of my readers, and wish I could see more of it on the web site instead of the private messages. Maybe I should take the advice of one of my more frequent readers who suggested I give my stuff away, What do you think?
It is really weird talking about this since I never really was that interested in making money off of all of this. Now that I am I seem to want more than just getting paid. I would love to hear from readers and other writers to hear your thoughts on receiving reviews and feedback.
I am really excited at the interest readers have had to my stories and books. I was even more blown away that one of my fans was interested in getting signed copies. A little strange for an erotic writer, but more of a welcome surprise. With the help of a few fellow writers, I was able to republish the books on Amazon and they are available in paperback.
Current Titles available are:
- The Messy Truth
- The Nightmare Vacation
- ShapeShifter – A New Journey
- The Assistant