Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Free Books in December!

Would you like some free books?

From December 25th until the 29th, The Cup Bearer, and other stories will be offered free on Amazon.

From December 26th until the 30th, A Night Alone will be offered free and from the 27th to the 31st, A Lesser Aphrodite will be free.

And assuming everything goes as planned--I finish the extra story and get it to the editors by Monday without difficulties--On the Hunt: Hyacinth & Callisto (newly updated with an additional story about Hyacinth and Zephyr) will be offered free on Amazon from the 28th through January 1st.

[p.s. I'll update that link to On the Hunt as soon as Amazon gets it posted... IT IS POSTED!]

So, did you get a new Kindle for Christmas? Well then, take advantage of these deals. They won't be around forever.

And looking forward, I will be publishing my newest eBook, To the Fairest, in January for $1.99 at Amazon.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Io Saturnalia!

My yearly time to sign off for the winter holiday season is upon us... so, until January, I say to you all:

Io, Saturnalia!

I hope to have quite a few surprises for everyone in the new year! Please stay tuned.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Mainstream Erotica... before Fifty Shades

Anne Rice on Vampires and Erotica

I have read her Sleeping Beauty trilogy of erotica and except for an overabundance of spanking that I just don't see the sexual appeal in I can't say I didn't find her works very titillating. In fact, when I am down and out, I always reach for this trilogy. Not only does it perk me right up, but it also gets my juices flowing... my literary juices, I mean. 

Penguin trade paperback cover

My favorite scenes? 
  • When the prince first wakes Beauty. 
  • When Beauty is being shown the "torture" room in the castle (still not sure all those positions are actually possible, but what the hey?). 
  • Beauty's exile from the castle and sex in the wagon (dear gods, so hot!).
  • Tristan in the stables servicing the other "studs."
  • Beauty in the tavern with her Captain (basically any of those scenes...)
  • Tristan and his master.
  • Tristan and Beauty on the Arab ships... first night at sea (I will never look at fruit the same!)

And, wouldn't you know I can't remember the third book as well. Been a while, actually, since I read that one. Will have to un-bury it from the back of the bookcase and dust it off.

Guess I have some reading to do this holiday season...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Join My Email List!

I am going to attempt an experiment. If you click on "Email List" above (or here) hopefully you'll end up on a page where you can sign up to be part of an email-mailing list to receive information on upcoming releases, announcements, and other really, really special news about Erato's Musings. Since I've done this before, I am not going to promise perfection. There's a bit of a learning curve involved. If you would like to receive periodic notes from me in your email box and aren't afraid of a little trial and error, go ahead and fill out the form please. I would greatly appreciate it! A million thanks! Oh, and I promise to not to spam you all.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Barnes & Noble has Decided to Play with the Big Boys!

I haven't sold a single ebook via B&N. Not a one. Got a few hundred hits on my free singles - which I have since decided to remove from sale so that I can add an additional chapter about Hyacinth and Zephyr's time together- but nothing else. So, when I received an email from Selena Kitt about B&N's new policy regarding questionable content (particularly in the content of the description and on the covers), I decided just to go ahead and pull the plug.

I used to (note the tense here) use Smashwords to distribute my books to all the big ebook retailers, except Amazon, and have received from them NOTHING! Even though I have a whopping balance of $2.38. The same profit I have had all year. No actual payments though.

It really wasn't a hard decision, but tonight I signed into my Smashwords account and unpublished all my books with them. Every last one. Couldn't figure out how to close my account, however.

[If someone does, let me know!]

Even the one, cover pictured below, which they refused to actually send out for publication at any retailer except the Smashwords home-site because of her "painted" bare breasts. I'm sorry, but if the artwork can hang in an art gallery visited by school children on a field trip, why can't it be shown on a book cover? Seriously, this is ART! Old, well-respected art!

In a week or so, I am going to have to make a far more difficult decisoin. I will have the opportunity to enroll The Cup Bearer and A Night Alone in Kindle Select/Prime. I am not sure whether I should or not. Yes, A Lesser Aphrodite is doing well there, but I'm not sure it is enough for me. Perhaps, once I get everything straight, I hold some more free days and see what happens then make my decision.

Anyways, this is just a heads-up for any of my followers and lovely potential customers. So far, Amazon has been the best for me and I'm going to stick by them.

Let's hope, they don't pull any crap...

Ghostwriting - Pros and Cons of a Secret Writer

What is Ghostwriting? or Who is a Ghostwriter?

  1. ghostwriter is a writer who writes books, articles, stories, reports, or other texts that are officially credited to another person. Celebrities, executives, and political leaders often hire ghostwriters to draft or edit autobiographies, magazine articles, or other written material.

In order to help supplement my everyday income, I have a Fiverr page where I offer a few gigs. One of those gigs is to help other writers with their erotic love scenes. It seems, an author either has the skill or doesn't have it. Writing sex isn't as easy as it looks. For those who would like to make their living writing erotic or romance short stories, books, or anything in between but can't seem to figure out how to write the actual act, I am their savior.

I have written for at least two prolific, and I assume top-selling authors since they keep returning fo rmore stories and absolutely rave about my style and talent, of relatively popular erotic/romance ebooks (according to my limited Amazon searches). I have written for three separate sites which sell erotic stories. All of these, I have been happy to do. Here's why:

For only $4 I write a 500-1,000 word excerpt about the characters of their choice, doing the things of their choice, in the location of their choice, and as hot or raunchy as they chose. They make all the decisions and all I have to do is write. It is incredibly liberating! I don't have to think of what happens before or what might happen after. I don't have to create the characters and make them real. All I do is get them together. It allows me the freedom to explore different phrases, acts, experiences, behavior that might not have thought to use before. Very often, I get a rush of creative ideas for my own works right after I finish a gig.

The only thing which bothers me is the amount of time and effort I put into each excerpt. As a perfectionist, I always want to do my best but sometimes I go a little too overboard. I write too much. I get invested in the story and characters and then almost want to beg the author to let me write more, finish the book, whatever. And, for so little. $4 is really not enough. But, as an amateur, I still shy away from asking more. I am not a well-known author.

And the time I spend writing these excerpt's takes away from the time I have each week to dedicate to my own writing. I am afraid of the day I will end up ghostwriting more than actually writing my own stuff. To become a famous writer, through the work of others (although I did read one review of book I helped write in which the reviewer said the best part of the book for her was the sex scenes. My scenes!), yet still unknown.

When I thought to stop ghostwriting for a while, opting to take a month off for personal reasons, I was honestly amazed by the number of previous clients who were worried I wasn't coming back. I almost didn't want to come back. I was tired of the few clients who requested, consistently, so much more than I was actually able to give or who started off wanting simple excerpts and then arguing with me when I wasn't able to get the full story they desired written in a 1,000 words. It is amazing how a few can ruin a good thing. But, alas, after my return, those clients have gone elsewhere. What remains, it seems, are those clients who sincerely enjoy and like my work and applaud my skill.

Is ghostwriting worth it? How much would you pay to have someone else write "your" story?

Friday, December 5, 2014

The World Needs Books!

Just YES!

Madison, here, may be the most awesome girl in the world! Please, share. This needs to be seen and heard by everybody.