NaNoWriMo Notes Day 6

This is one hell of a cold but I’m over the worst. Still more slime coming up than seems natural and I really shouldn’t have watched Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ the other night. November 6 and I feel OK for the first time in a week.

Couple of things have happened in the last few days. First of all I am seriously behind in my NaNoWriMo word count. I have been writing, but not for that. Which brings me to the question; why am I doing NaNo if I am so busy? The usual purpose of NaNo is to get people writing. I am already writing – I’ve just finished another piece under my real name. I wanted NaNo to help me with my Erotica challenge. Part of that was getting more written. Not necessarily 50,000 words but I was hoping to get a story a day out. I still am. But real life comes first, and since I am writing, I don’t feel as bad if I do let it slide. We’ll see. I have a couple of chores left this morning then I will throw myself into things and see where the day ends up.

Secondly the challenge has hit something of a snag. Well, my sales dried up. My partner blames my pricing became I am writing vanilla erotica and he claims its only ‘niche’ that can happily claim a $2.99 price tag without people venting their spleen about being overcharged. My ‘challenger’ agreed with my partner. He made it clear that his erotica was very hard and even admitted that Amazon had actually pulled a load of his titles.

It is too early yet to draw any conclusions from the couple of months my titles have been on sale. And there are still only three of them. The playing has field changed dramatically over the last  twelve months. All book publishers have come down hard on erotica. Not just what they sell but how easy it is to find it. No publisher wants to be the subject of a ‘my children found Daddy porn’ news story, no matter how manufactured the story really is.

So. NaNoWriMo? My other works will count towards your word count. If I pass 50k, that will give me a victory of sorts. A story a day for November will make me feel good about myself. Do both and I’ll feel like a winner.

So part II. The challenge. It was initially on his historic sales and if I could match them with the aid of social media. I still have three months left. Interesting to note that my ‘challenger’ has put all his stories in one book and is now selling that at the $2.99 price point. We agreed that gives me room to drop my prices 🙂

Right, back to work. Wish me luck.

The Challenge

While I can happily admit that I am enjoying writing erotica, I must also confess (a small confessions since I am sure I’ve mentioned it before) that I started writing the current batch and style of erotica in answer to a challenge. A friend started writing and publishing short erotica stories before me and boasted about how well he was doing with his Amazon sales (less so Barnes and Noble). So the challenge was made, see if I could match his sales. I had six months to do so with up to twelve titles, not including collections.

He does have one huge advantage; output. He can write a 5000 word story in a few hours and the work he puts into proof reading, editing, and covers is as near as zero as one divided by infinity.

I am quite the opposite. With all the duties of family, home and work, I get a bit of time left each day if I am lucky. When I write, whatever I write, I like to get a story planned and told, and then proofread, edit, get a friend/partner to read it, edit again, then format it for publishing on Amazon Kindle. Making the cover can take anywhere from minutes to hours if I have to work from my own photographs (choosing, editing, correcting, layout design, and so on). And even then my efforts look like they were cobbled together in 5 minutes or less.

So my output is currently running at one story per week. I’m not just writing erotica. There my output is a staggering one story per month. That will speed up as lfie relaxes a little, and life has been hectic.

The main difference between us, and the crux of the challenge is in our approach. He relies on word of mouth for the titles and the type of erotica he writes. I choose to try to promote myself first and the writings second.

October is my third month, and my chances of winning the challenge are looking shaky. It’s not total sales fortunately, just what I can manage in the sixth month. Three and a half months to go.