I’ve not typed a real blog post in awhile so I decided to do it now when things have slowed down a little in my real world.
Thank you to everyone who has downloaded Barry the Lonely Reindeer & His Bashful Elf. I hope you all enjoy it. The series has been a fun ride for me and hope for you as well. I’m already excited about introducing you guys to Dylan and Cole in book #5 next year. The guy in the photo below is my Dylan inspiration. Dylan is a bad boy but he has a good heart. He just doesn’t want anybody to know it. 🙂
If you’re brand new to the series, I can’t stress enough that Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer (#1) was written on a lark and is not supposed to be taken seriously in ANY WAY. If you’re looking for something even remotely serious, it will not be for you. While the series has evolved to include more sensitive subjects along with some humor, the first one was absolutely not written to be read as serious fiction. It’s silly and goofy and that’s exactly what I was going for when I wrote it three and a half years ago. Not everybody likes humor in their books and I respect that. And I admit that my personal version of the North Pole is more than a little warped.
The only regret I have about Willy #1 is that I wish it was longer. I cut out A LOT of the first draft. I wrote the story to be submitted to a (now defunct) publisher and the submission call had a 20,000 word limit so I had to make some serious cuts. By the time I pulled it from consideration from the publisher I had no time to go back and edit my original before I published it myself. I love the story as is or it never would’ve been published. However, I hate I had to cut some of the original details.
In Evan the Virgin Reindeer & His Sexy Buck a gossip site was mentioned when Evan was recovering from Blake Simpson’s terror. That site is ReindeerSecrets.com. If you’re new to the series, I had to come up with a gossip site on the fly and Reindeer Secrets immediately came to mind. I bought the domain before putting it in the book so it would be legal. Then readers began asking me if there was a real site. There wasn’t so I created one. I’ve been really bad about updating over there but I’ve kinda revamped it over the past few days and deleted some redundant stuff. I guess it will always be a work in progress but I will be updating more in the coming weeks. Pop over there and let me know what you think. It’s so Christmasy. 🙂 If you have any naughty Santa or elf pics or GIFs send them my way and I’ll add them to the “Gettin’ Naughty” page.
Barnes & Noble and Google Play
Everything of mine has been pulled from Barnes & Noble. I hate it because my books have actually sold pretty steadily on there. I popped on there a few weeks ago and saw that three of my books had been removed without warning. I knew B&N was doing an erotica sweep but come on. The strange thing is that the ones pulled were the most mild stories I’ve published. The ones they left? Straight up erotica. When I saw the books were removed, I chose to remove everything.
In my last blog post I mentioned that my books are finally on Google Play. Within a few days of that post, the third party site that publishes those books on Google Play, Pronoun, sent notification that it’s shutting down. For those who don’t know, the only way new authors are able to publish their books on GP is through a third party as it no longer accepts new sign-ups for indie authors. I’m now scrambling – again – to find a way to keep them on there. The books will stay listed until mid-January unless I switch over to another site before then. I’ll update here and on the book pages if/when that happens. I’ve found a third party site that publishes on Google Play but it’s the most NON user friendly site I think I’ve ever been on. If any of my author friends know of other sites that publish on there please let me know.
If you’ve been on social media at all over the past few days you’ve seen the uproar over people who are selling advanced reader copies of books that were sent to them for review.
Every time an author gives a reader a review copy of a book we’re taking a chance. We’re taking a chance that person will share it with their friends, sell it, or post it on a book piracy site. Within an hour of publishing my very first book, Taking Lance, a pdf copy was on one of those sites. I know exactly who did it because it’s the only pdf given to anybody and none of the books had been sold yet. Until this person sent me a message out of the blue wanting a copy (claiming to be a reviewer) the only person who’d read the book was my best friend. It goes without saying that my best friend wasn’t the one who did it. I didn’t call the person out but it made me more careful of who I give review copies to.
There are dozens and dozens of sites claiming to have my books. Probably only 5% of them actually do. These sites promise you free books if you give them your information so they can steal it. Like all authors, I put my heart and soul into my writing, I can’t say I feel bad if people fall for it. It’s theft, pure and simple. A few months ago I actually (after running a thorough scan with my anti-virus software) downloaded a full copy of Eros. I actually downloaded an illegal free copy of MY OWN BOOK. That site has since been taken down but new ones pop up as fast as others go away.
I’m open to giving review copies to readers. I do give review copies out. If you review books anywhere (Amazon, Goodreads, blog, etc.) and you want one, ask. I almost never say no. However, if you request a copy of Barry the Lonely Reindeer & His Bashful Elf, all I ask is that you’ve read the first 3 in the series. It’s not as much of a standalone as the others.
There’s been a lot of talk about legalities and that type of thing in regards to people selling ARCs. Some say it’s legal, some say it’s not. All I know is if I give an ARC or review copy to somebody and I know beyond doubt they’ve sold, shared, or put it on a piracy site, they will never get another one from me and I will make sure other authors are aware of who did it and know to steer clear.
Sorry if that sounds mean but authors work hard to get stories published. We don’t just write the story and throw it up on Amazon or wherever. It takes a lot to go from that first draft to the final, published copy. For somebody to steal copies, it hurts us.
Enough of that. I obviously feel very strongly about it.
I hope everybody is doing well. I love hearing from readers so if you have questions, comments, or suggestions shoot me a message or find me on one of my social media accounts. I’m in the process of writing Willy #5, as I said above. I have the character names, professions, and the conflict of the story figured out but I’m always open to suggestions. I can’t promise I’ll use them but I will consider everything sent to me.
Until next time,