Well, it finally happened. Edits got done. Covers were made. Uploads were struggled with. Now Volume 1 of the ABCs of Erotica is available on multiple sites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Books, Smashwords and Xcite). You can get the first story A is for Anal is a free separate download or get all three together, A – C (A is for Anal, B is for Beach and C is for Cock Ring).
Ok promo over, what does this mean? Well, I’ve had about 450 downloads of the freebie on Smashwords. I’ve had about four downloads of the A – C but they were all 100% coupons I distributed to a few reviewers and beta readers. There was one real sale on Xcite.
Am I disappointed? Sure. Realistically I didn’t really expect to become an overnight bestseller with one release. Would it have been great? YES! But what I really need to do is write more and get more work up. That is what everyone says is the road to success.
The real question is how do I get people to really look, really sample and then really buy. Maybe I am overthinking. It is hard to tell. I’ve promoted on Twitter and Facebook. My book was included in an AllRomance newsletter. I updated the web site. It is weird, you need sales to generate other sales but it has to be jumpstarted somehow.
I do wonder though, is the particular combination in A – C too wide in terms of taste? Does it not reach the right audience?
A is for Anal is an M/F encounter. It is explicit (I think) but does have some more tender/romantic type undertones. It is clearly the beginning of their “relationship” but it has hopes of going somewhere.
B is for Beach is somewhat similar. It describes the first in person meet of a man and a woman who have a pretty detailed sexual encounter on the beach. I left out a lot of scratchy sand description. Again, while detailed, it is perhaps a more romantic mood.
C is for Cock Ring is a departure from A and B. It is a BDSM scene. Here the man is the submissive and the woman (Mistress Ven) is the Domme. It details their second encounter where she introduces the use of a cock ring and also gives correction and punishment.
My plan was to go through the alphabet and then to repackage some according to theme. For instance, I’d match up C is for Cock Ring with D is for Domination and then probably a third. Now I’m wondering if the stories are too dissimilar in Volume 1.
What do you think?