Hitting a Bestseller List

Writing a USA Today or The New York Times bestseller is a goal for many (most?) authors. I was thrilled to make the USA Today list last month as part of the 14 author Valentine’s box set Bound, Spanked and Loved: Fourteen Kinky Valentine’s Day Stories. There are those who say making a list with a box set doesn’t count. In fact, Romance Writers of America will not publish box set wins under their author congratulations. Additionally,...

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Getting reviews – what every erotica writer needs to know
Feb15

Getting reviews – what every erotica writer needs to know

Some people will swear up and down that reviews sell books. I’m not so sure.  I’ve had books with tons of glowing reviews that didn’t sell so hot. Meanwhile, my colleague and friend Emily Tilton has hit number one on Amazon in numerous categories and her books have very few reviews. I think in our genre, there are many people who are one-handed reading in the closet and there is no way in hell they’re going to leave a review. So...

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Getting the Max out of Your Author Newsletter
Jan16

Getting the Max out of Your Author Newsletter

Yeah, yeah, yeah. You know you should have a newsletter, but you just haven’t had a chance to really work on building it yet.  Or you have started a list, but there’s only 30 people on it. Or you prefer to just use the Amazon “follow” feature instead.  Believe me, I’ve been there, but working your newsletter sign ups and releases is like going to the gym. You might have to make yourself do it, but...

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Moving out of Writer’s Block

For my first couple years as an author, I couldn’t keep up with my ideas. My brain overflowed with plots and scenes, characters who screamed for me to tell their stories. I wrote as fast as I could, feeling like a hamster on a wheel. It seemed at the time that I’d never catch up to the endless supply of stories bubbling up. This past year I’ve experienced a series of stops and starts with my writing. A nudge from...

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Best Blog Hops for Erotic Authors

If exposure is the name of the game, sharing teasers of your erotic writing in weekly blog hops can help boost your blog’s page hits and gain new readers. When I first started participating in blog hops I groused that the only people who visited were other authors, but then I realized that they’re the perfect kind of visitors.  They’re wonderful for networking and mutual support and hey, they read and buy books, too!...

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