The Holidays are almost over. My next book seems to be finished, except I'm never sure when a book is done. I think it's good, but of course I do. I polish and polish and polish and there always seem to be just one or two more rough spots, where changing a word or something will magically make the sentence or concept or paragraph come alive. It's called editing.
Okay, I've got that out of my system. Today's amazing blog post comments on support. It also mentions sex. (Got your attention, didn't I?) If there is one thing an Indie author needs, it's support. In the search for ways to promote the work, we seek out others who have similar desires. If we're lucky, we find like-minded souls who will act with us as a cheering section and resource. Of course, it's mutual. As we give, so shall we receive. It's also fun.
I write thrillers. To my amazement, I find one of the most supportive groups around writes paranormal romance. You know, vampires, erotic vampires, sexy demons with huge sexual appetites. That kind of thing. I don't normally read romance books, much less paranormal romance. The Paranormal Romance Guild accepts all genres and is one of the best support groups going, with friendly members and humor. I was seeking out sites that would consider doing reviews and I stumbled onto this gold mine. You might check them out. The web address is here: http://www.paranormalromanceguild.com/
There is also the "Thriller, Mystery and Suspense" forum on Amazon. A great group to tune into, with folks like Ted Krever, Nash Black, Ian Fraser, Jenny Milchman and many others. Goodreads has many forums and groups. My favorite is The James Mason Community Book Club. Great for suspense and thriller writers, moderated by Rick, an excellent host.
I want to give a special mention to C. J. Ellisson: http://www.cjellisson.com/ who goes out of her way to support others, has a nifty blog and website and gives away her stuff from time to time. Erotic, vampire books, for those who are interested. Highly explicit.
Male authors might want to read some of her books (and others by authors in the PRG) for a peek into the female mind when it comes to sex, something we men are usually not very good at. Women snort in contempt when they come across a stereotype sex scene in novels written by men. It can be a good sex scene and keep their attention, but there is usually something missing, from a woman's point of view. I gotta tell you, guys, it ain't easy to get it right. I'm still working on it. To be fair, I don't think women fully understand the male experience either.
Kind of goes with being human and the whole gender thing.
So, support each other and have a good time while you're doing it.