The last few weeks have given me time to think about a number of things. As a fiction writer and a writer of erotic tales, it’s important that I tell an “entertaining” story and at the same time, not sell out to those who want something so specific it questions my integrity as an independent author. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all of the feedback I get and have never been shy about asking and begging for feedback about my work, but just because someone wants more of “this” or less of “that” doesn’t mean I am simply going to comply. The important thing for me is that I try and reach at least one person – whether they enjoyed the story or not.
While I have some close friends who live near me who have always been supportive and helpful, I get a great deal of feedback from outside the US, which can be exciting knowing that my stories are traveling around the globe, even when it’s a small audience. Over the last few years, I think I have done a great job of being patient when it comes to measuring my success as a writer. I have received quite a bit of feedback related to my work and I am grateful for it. Sometimes I have to beg for feedback, which I really don’t like to do, but I have a few friends who are very helpful and one in particular has been a huge part of my success. I have never met her face to face (not surprising for some of us still in the closet), but her honesty and genuineness has been more than an inspiration to me. She has motivated me without trying. The person I am speaking of is Sally Bend.
I came across Sally’s site via Twitter, where I do most of my book marketing and after reading her reviews of others and having a chance to read her own work, I realized that the style is not important, it’s the interpretation. Sally has reviewed a number of my books and confirmed the direction I was taking with each piece. She is not afraid of giving criticism and at the same time praises authors without spoiling the book.
If you get the chance to visit her site (http://www.sallybend.com) or follower her on Twitter (@bibrary), you won’t be disappointed. Thanks, Sally for your honest and kind words and for reminding me to stay true to who I am… as a writer and as a human being.
Sally was gracious enough to post a web interview with me some time back… Check it out here.
This was a rough 2017 for me. I dealt with a number of issues – Family issues, career issues and like most of us money issues, but the hardest part of 2017 was taking a stroll down memory lane. With more time on my hands than I would care to admit, I began cleaning out some old boxes and stumbled across a couple of journals I thought I had lost. Some of you may remember my first book (Am I Still the Victim) that I eventually removed from publication. That first book was based on my journals from years ago. These recently discovered journals took me back to an even darker place than I thought possible.
If only for a moment I remembered a time when I was always scared and vulnerable. It didn’t take long to come back to reality, but the reminiscing was emotional, to say the least, but it also inspired me to sit in front of the keyboard once again.
My latest book, which is going to be part of a series is VERY loosely based on the experiences I wrote about in my journals. Due out in 2018, I wanted to share an excerpt from the Prologue. I hope you find it entertaining, educational and inspiring.
I am growing increasingly frustrated with Amazon right now. So much so that I putout a feeler on social media to see where readers were getting their ebooks from (Kindle or iBooks). The unanimous response was Amazon Kindle – which frustrated me even more because of the problems I was having.
I recently got wind of something I was ignorant about and maybe I still am. I friend from Canada reached out to me not too long ago informing me about one of my books not being available in Canada. As I looked into it I also realized that this was similar to what was happening in the UK and other parts of Europe. I have a specific author page in the UK with Amazon, but as I look at the postings, it indicates that they are available in the US and not specifically in the UK.
Has anyone else seen this issue before? If so how did you address this or is it even an issue? I am curious and concerned as I have been having some major difficulties of late with Amazon and specifically Kindle Direct Publishing which has held up the release of other works I have written. My hope is that this is just another situation where I don’t have all the facts, but if it is Amazon and there is no way to get around it, I may consider publishing all stories on my web site instead and using PayPal or other eCommerce service to sell the books.