I noticed quite recently that my local library is open until ten o’clock at night. I hadn’t realised this, and, being someone who works late at night, decided it would be stupid not to avail myself of the peace and tranquillity whereby I could spend my lunch break.
Of course, all of this is from the perspective of a child who’d grown up in the seventies. It seemed in those days that I would constantly have an attendant librarian at my back just waiting to pounce at the first utterance from my mouth or the initial intrusive crunching of my crisp packet. Oh how things have changed.
I had just settled down at a table on the second floor, my moleskin open before me, my pen poised in my hand ready to fill the dull hour with the magic of the written word, when… from behind me came the sounds of a loud conversation. I turned, secretively… It was only two young male students, laptops open, deep in study, deep in talk of beer, deep in talk of girls they wished to get into deeply. I could manage that. They looked as if they were preparing to go anyway. So, back to the joys of creation…
From between the shelves of hallowed books there came a deep rumbling trundling sound. It must be the cleaners thought I. But no, it was a large man, dragging a wheeled suitcase behind him. I cast him an annoyed glance. He of course didn’t notice me or hear my anguished tut, tut… But how was the fellow to hear me at all? With his phone on speaker I could clearly discern the irritation in his wife’s voice as it echoed around the walls. Mercifully he passed by and settled in some distant corner.
I managed a few good pages and then I felt the ‘presence’. I turned. Behind me, on a small and angular sofa sat a man. He stared at me. I smiled. He stared at me still. I managed a few more scribbled words (probably not my best work) and then decided that lunch break was over. I packed up my things and avoided the staring man.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love the library, and would fight tooth and nail to stop the government cost-cutting, but it seems that I’d sometimes rather be back in the seventies, back when the Librarian seemed frightening enough.
I felt I’d knocked myself out with taboo brats, and, however delicious their fresh panties were, you can only have so much of a good thing. Well, for a while anyway (I’m sure I’ll return to their fevered clutches one day).
I wanted to do something different, something that not many erotica writers seem to do, and that is celebrating the older lady in all of her glorious grey haired wonder. Why not celebrate the experienced and mature woman? Better a cougar than a mewling kitten!
From a sales viewpoint I have absolutely no idea as to how this is going to pan out. It might be a disaster it might not. Only time will tell. On a positive note, the first title, ‘Celia’, has had two very nice reviews on Smashwords already.
I think that the protagonists will all appear quite ‘strong’ of character, this is in no way intentional. I let the characters speak for themselves as the story unfolds and the first two ladies seem to know what they wanted in the end and told me in no uncertain terms.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy these stories and feel benevolent enough to leave a review.
Until next time x
So, once again, I’m taking my stuff from Kindle Select and slowly publishing via D2D and Smashwords. I know this is a decision that many e-writers struggle with. I’m giving my two pence of thought on the subject.
In the long run it’s not a hastily made decision. I’ve given Select a fair crack of the whip, having all of my titles exclusive for six months. For me, the revenue gained through borrows just isn’t worth it. At first it’s exciting, seeing that people have read thousands of pages of your work. It’s only once you work out the mathematics and translate that into 0.4 cent per page, that you begin to question the wisdom.
The tricky thing is that all authors are different and all books/stories are of differing lengths. The variables are dependent upon your popularity.
As a guide I would suggest that authors select a few of their most popular works and try these via Kindle Select. Don’t, as I did, put everything on there! Give the trial a good run (you’ll be getting twitchy after three months anyway), and see how you’re page per view payments are doing. Kindle Select is very profitable for some, but not everyone. The only way to know is to trial it, keeping close check on payments.
For me the trial is over. This is good news for my (modest) readership as my stories are now available on Barnes & Noble, Apple, Nook, Smash etc., making the available market a broader prospect for me.
So, to recap, give Select a go (but not necessarily all of your work) and see if it works for you. Good luck until next time.