Title: Counterweight 5/?
Note: Modern day AU of my fantasy blackice fic The heavy weight of duty but can be read standalone.
Word count: 1762
Summary: The fundraiser is unsufferably dull and Jack goes onto the balcony for a smoke. When a tall dark stranger named Pitch follows him, suddenly it’s not so dull any more.
Try some dinosaur erotica. That worked wonders for two student girls at Amazon. It sounded so ridiculous, people bought is just for the fun of it. I am not joking. Writing bullshit is a way to earn money. Just don’t- don’t use the same pen name.
Yes! And the other monster erotica like Cum for Bigfoot (oh boy nothing like putting it all out there in the title) - I’m tempted :) I actually wrote something over Christmas (pretty much the decade-old idea that seeded The Heavy Weight of Duty but with a horned - and horny - alien king) in about 8 hours, but decided I liked the idea too much and wanted to write it properly!
not-poignant replied to your post “not-poignant replied to your post: I’ve decided that this is the year…”
Yeah, take a look at indie publishers like Circlet Press too for short story anthology submissions - it’s token payment, but it might be a good way to flex your original smut slash writing wings. You’d freaking nail it.
Asdfghjkl me, nail it? Oh god. *blushes and flails* I don’t know about that. Well. We’ll see. Hopefully :D
Thanks for the info about Circlet Press - I hadn’t heard of them. I was looking at doing the same thing for Totally Bound, which is a British company - and their next call for submissions is for a vampire, werewolf and humans anthology, which sounds ridiculously fun :3
As well as non-smut for places like Tor.com and Analog - but as with everything else, I need to actually finish something first. Hopefully my new job will help with that, since it’s not going to kill all my braincells from boredom :)
The question is also your reader base.
Yup. Which is why it seems important to have some smut, since that’s what my current readers know me for, and hopefully that will translate to their being interested in my original writing in the same genre.
At the same time there’s also the potential reader base that Amazon and Smashwords could open up - even through just from searching through categories, and of course word of mouth/blogs. Amazon and Smashwords have much bigger audiences than AO3 and fandom - but there’s a much bigger pool to get lost in as well.
I have a couple of friends who’ve had some success and I’m going to beg them for their advice :D
It’s pretty normal to use nom de plumes per genre in writing - especially with erotica. I have one set up for my original stuff - since I can’t use Not Poignant. It’s also easy to register the name as a small business, to trade under easily. <3
Notta Poignetta? xD
Seriously though - yeah, I’ve seen a lot of writers do that. I want to change my name anyway as I hate it (my surname, I used to hate my first name but I got over it in my mid-twenties) but either I’ll wait until I need a new passport, or possibly I’ll never do it because I’m lazy :P
Good to know about registering the name - I hadn’t thought of that :)