|Posted by AngusClarke on May 5, 2014 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
Ah. Another story- another anti-climax! I guess we all expect the heavens to open when we put stuff out there, and then just get rained on. There seems to be two main strands of thought- one says- you've got to market your ass off; the other- just keep on writing. As usual, the truth will lie in the middle like a fat pig in shit.
|Posted by AngusClarke on May 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
Well Ishtar is published and set free into the world- Good luck babe!
|Posted by AngusClarke on November 11, 2013 at 5:35 AM||comments (0)|
Well, the free sampler of Ishtar seems to show my new direction has potential. Ishtar Unleashed has had more downloads in a day than my other two stories have had in a couple of years! THis bodes well for when I finish the first novella in the series and start charging- but we'll see.
|Posted by AngusClarke on November 10, 2013 at 5:10 AM||comments (0)|
Just released a free taster of Ishtar Unleashed on Smashwords, and it's had a lot of downloads already. Unfortunately, the reason I did so was inspired by frustration- Lost thousands of words due to a computer virus! Had to do something that made me feel like I was doing something... I hope people realise it's just a couple of thousand words... I did make it clear in the description.
|Posted by AngusClarke on November 7, 2012 at 7:15 AM||comments (0)|
Interesting. Just found a writer on Smashwords who seems to offer only free titles- Eva Gale. I've read that offering older titles for free is a good way of attracting new readers, but if all your titles are free, then it would seem to defeat the purpose. This writer seems quite good, so I'm sure they could actually get some sales if her stories were priced at say, 99cents. So what's the deal? I note that she has only 3 stories available on Smashwords, and all of those were written in 2009. Nothing since then, so the mystery deepens. There is a website, and maybe that can shed some light on this growing mystery. Ah. Neither her website or blog are still running. Hmm. Hubby find out and put his foot down? I hope this obvious conclusion is wrong, but in her bio she does talk about home schooling her 7 children on the farm, where she lives with hubby. Perhaps one of them found evidence of her nefarious activities. What is it with sex? What's the harm in a dirty story?
Anyway, I'm going to review one of her stories, because it's well written. Here's to you Eva, and hopefully one day you can return to writing what you're good at...
|Posted by AngusClarke on November 3, 2012 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
Well, just uploaded a little song I wrote to the website homepage. Hopefully it's not too invasive, as I've kept the volume low and have faded it in. It's supposed to have an erotic feel, and the simple lyrics are meant to suggest a long kiss downstairs that lingers until the woman has reached her peak... as it were.
Never knew a kiss could last so long
Hidden lips and secret hollows
Peach, pair, plum
Cherry on my fingers
Peach, pair, plum
Cherry on my tongue
Peach, pair, plum
Until your song
Until your song
Hope it's not too corny!
|Posted by AngusClarke on October 22, 2012 at 6:50 AM||comments (0)|
After a couple more hours trawling through the erotic list at Smashwords, I've found another author who seems worth taking a risk on, and yes- it's a woman. Selena Kitt. So far I've found that about 30% of the writing at Smashwords seems quite poor, and the remainder decent, if a little uninspiring. I'm looking for stuff that stands out from the crowd because of originality and 'heat'. However, I'm starting to think that my search for inspiration at Smashwords might be misdirected, as stories here seem to be shorter and a bit more 'porno' in style. I'm sure there's a proper term for that... My first 2 published stories followed a similar format, but the one I'm currently working on, while not exactly erotic romance, doesn't dive right in to the nitty gritty as it were.
|Posted by AngusClarke on October 20, 2012 at 6:45 AM||comments (0)|
Well, I think I'll start the reviews with an statement of intent. I'm looking for good stories, and as I publish at Smashwords, I think that's where I'll start. So... after a little browse I thought I'd begin with an erotic vampire story- as they seem to be the go at the moment. Oh, I should inform you that I am an English teacher, so have some small claim to knowing what's good and what's not- but not too much of a claim. At the risk of boring you, I should also say that while I will be reviewing non-free titles, I will only read the free samples for those titles- I'm a firm believer that you can actually get a good insight into the quality of a book from the very first paragraph.
Well, unfortunately, I put in erotic vampire as a search term on Smashwords and 10 stories came up, and I don't think looking at their samples that I would recommend any of them. So, let's just see what we can find with just 'erotic.'
Well, despite wanting to review a woman's piece as my first review, the first really decent piece was written by a man- Alex Exley. His '5 Erotic Stories' is good value at $2.99 for 55000 words. Some of the stories I passed by in my search were as much as $7, with a much smaller word count. In addition, he can write believable dialogue and has a nice turn of phrase. He comes out with some entertaining similes and metaphors, but should be careful not to make them too regular. The first story of the 5 seems to have an entertaining plot, where a cuckolded man finds his friend's partner deliciously over-familiar. Not having read the whole story, the woman's behaviour seems a little odd, but there might be a revelation that makes sense of it all by the end. Anyway, the guy doesn't seem overly bright, and is certainly at the mercy of this minx, despite his best intentions- and that gives the woman a power that shifts her character out of the 'sex robot' role that many females fulfill in erotic fiction written by men. All of the above suggests his anthology of 5 could well be worth the investment of a few dollars.
|Posted by AngusClarke on October 20, 2012 at 3:35 AM||comments (0)|
Erotica is hot at the moment and I want on the bandwagon. I guess I'm not Robinson Krusoe there, and success takes more than a horny imagination and a dodgy word processor. Having written a couple of short stories and sold them through Smashwords, I can see it takes a lot more than the above to achieve success in erotic fiction. A female friend recently told me I should try writing erotica that appeals to women, and that's what I'm going to do. Perhaps you could give me some feedback on my efforts, because as a male, it's probably not going to be an easy thing to do. Here's a link to (what I've written so far) my first story designed to appeal to women as well as men... Ahh. Sorry, having problems finding the Url of the document I'd uploaded, so instead you could go to the Ishtar Unleashed spot on the homepage. That is the working title of my first foray into erotic short stories with female fantasy in mind (alpha-male etc.)
I'd love to hear your opinion (remembering it's just a draft.)
Now to find a likely candidate for MY first review.