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.