Being an Indie author.

Where does the time go for an indie writer? Allotting the proper use of time seems to be the most pressing issue in my life. It seems that I have five segments that require my attention.

As a writer, the very first is thinking up a story and putting it to paper. Not an easy task for me at least. Contemplating the theme of my next story, outlining a general plot and then trying to put it all together. I wish I had 24 hours a day just do that. As a writer I find that I can often maintain an average of 2000 words a day on a story that is well-developed and ready to be written. Unlike more prolific writers than myself, my novels tend to run less than 80,000 words. Which means if all goes well, 40 days or less of writing could produce a novel. Sadly rare is the case that I can write more than two or three consecutive days without something interfering. Therefore those 40 days spread the two or three months.

Alas, a second even more demanding task befalls me. That is editing and rewriting what I have already written. Unfortunately I have found that at least three times that amount of time is required to edit one. That is with myself and a few devoted friends who are willing to help. During that time. of course any new writing suffers. Not only is it more time-consuming, it is far less rewarding to read the same sentences 4, 5, sometimes 10 times each. Then only to find that it still does not sound right and a section must be completely rewritten.

The next task while not nearly as time-consuming, can be even more frustrating. Coming up with a cover for the story. While not yet satisfied with the amount of money coming in, I am forced to generate my own covers. They may not be as clean and polished as some of my competitors, but I feel comfortable with them.

Now I have written my book! I have done the editing. And it has a cover that I am proud of. The hard work begins. Even though I publish on Amazon using Kindle Direct Publishing which is free to the user, there is a lot of work involved. Working the many blogs to try to publicize my work. Using social media’s as best I know how, which is limited takes far more time then it is really worth. Also involved is the discounts and giveaways. They have to be coordinated so not to overlap each other too much.

The fifth thing may be the most important of all. Real life! How to deal with the daily grind of keeping a spouse happy, doing the daily chores and in general communicating with the rest of the world who are not involved in the book. At least I don’t have a real-world job that takes some of my time as well.

Oh my, I forgot something. Sleep! Oh well we can forget about that or at the least cut it back.

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POV for Erotic Stories

I recently read a great blog by Faith Tyler concerning the gender of erotic writers. I was going to comment directly on her blog, but felt I had more to say on the issue, than a simple quick quip.  It got me thinking about my own stories and novels.  As you read this you will see how I digress from her point of view to a whole different topic, sorry but this is really just a stream of conscience at times.

 

In her comments she explained that often feminine sounding writer’s names were more than likely males.  She was probably correct in many cases.  The telltale points, as she put it, being the way the female heroine was treated or responded.

 

When I first started writing, many, many years ago, my first novel, (yet to be published) was a science fiction story.  At the time, few such stories were written from the female point of view, so of course my story took a male slant, and my intended pen name was masculine in nature.

 

Once I hit upon Kindle Direct Publishing, a whole new world opened up to me as a writer.  No longer was I constrained by trying to fight my way though the world of agents and multifaceted publishing houses with their premature judgments of a writer just by the sound of the name (female, male, or all of the above).  I could write what I wanted and present it to the world in my own way.

 

At first the words spilled out rapidly in the form of novels.  Too fast at times.  I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work involved in putting a finished product on the market.  The re-write, the cover, all had to be done, then redone.  Bored with the process I began to pen short stories.  They began in part because of my reading what others had published on Amazon.  Reading many of the stories, I was appalled by the lack of editing for one thing, as well as the poorly presented views in sex scenes.

 

In an effort to improve my own writing, I follow many blogs concerning writing.  I found beta reader blogs on Facebook to be very helpful. While others would read my works, I had the opportunity to read many other struggling writers attempts.

 

Now back to my original point.  It seemed to me that the vast amount of stories being submitted to Amazon had a male slant, no matter the name listed as author.  I began to experiment with short stories of my own.  I currently have several on Amazon.  In watching my limited sales and give away numbers, the stories with the females subservient to the males tend to move faster.  Even stories written first person female, do better if the woman lets the man take the lead.

 

The conclusion I have drawn from my limited exposure to the demands of readers is a tendency to want women who are quick to have orgasms and men who last all night long.  Both cases are seldom true in real life, but from personal experiences, it may be more true for women than men.  Given the right circumstances, a woman who is predisposed to having a sexual encounter might have worked her mind up to be ready for such an event long before the man even arrives on the scene.  In that case, very little simulation is required for an orgasm.  Sadly, if a man has the same predisposition for such an encounter, he is more than likely to be fighting premature ejaculation, rather than a long slow bout of making love.

 

With that in mind, I tend to write my stories making women have rapid and multiple orgasm while the men last forever.  Stories are not reality, (they are not intended to be) they are out there to simulate the reader’s mind, and body sometimes.  It is the job of the writer to find the points of view that please the most readers as possible.  If that means sounding more masculine in style, then often the writer might do that.

 

A short story I wrote called “Frat Party” was written from a first person view of a young woman.  She got involved in a gang bang situation.  When I wrote the story, it was just to see if it would “sell”, most of my short stories were written to be given away, but I call them sales.  I disliked the story.  Multiple men having both oral and anal sex with her (which I haven’t tried, so had to guess as to the true feelings) did not excite me.  But as soon as I put it up, it began moving.

 

Maybe I’m appealing to mostly men, but short stories I have put out with a more feminine point of view are not doing as well.  Maybe that’s why Faith saw so many males using female names.

 

Just my thoughts on the subject.