April 18, 2009

Stories of passed and present

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:44 pm by ricsavage

It is funny, you write a story.. you promote the story.. and while you are promoting the story you start writing the next.. your story when writing it means everything to you it is so deeply personal.. and yet a couple of years after it is in print and you are working on your fifth story.. the first story is something of a distant memory. Well that was how it was for me with the story “The Anniversary” it is a story that for what is basically is a romance, deals with some pretty strong emotional subject mater.
When the book was released from, [www.blackvelvetseductions.com] (http://www.blackvelvetseductions.com/Crimson%20Z.html) and the story appears in the anthology the Crimson Z, I receives some complementary reviews. Over the following couple of years I have had a few comments. Then I received this
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Richard, I don’t know if you will see my comments here, but I just had to say that I just read The Anniversary and I bawled liked a baby at the end. I have read several bdsm type stories, but they don’t hole a riding crop to your story here. Great action between Peter and Evelyn, for sure but to be expected in a bdsm story. But then you mixed the subgenre up by adding James, so vanilla he couldn’t tie a decent knot when he tried. That doesn’t matter one iota because his love for Evelyn is just a real and consuming as Peter’s was for her. Evelyn is a great conflicted heroine. When she gets in her car after leaving Peter, well I lost it just as she did. Who knew that a bdsm story could be hot and touching at the same time. Thanks for a great story. M M

What a lovely thing to say, I found myself reliving some of the things that produced the emotions I drew on when I first wrote the story.. What surprised me most was how deeply it touched me again.. My current work in progress “The Trainer” is also very emotionally charged and deals with deep relationship issues with in a D/s marriage.. Just kind of made me wonder how long the feelings would last for the current story… I guess time will tell

Ric

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October 12, 2008

The devil is in the detail

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 9:04 am by ricsavage

Had a little revelation the other day..  it was a combination of things  first a meeting with a great artist..  Chris Christoforou  not only a fantastic artist, but a really nice guy too.  we spent a lot of time talking on a wide variety of subjects, which will no doubt become subjects for subsequent blogs..  we did spend time talking about fine detail and the importance of good quality of reference material.  Following our chat I have been re-evaluating some of my own ideas in art work..  as a parallel to this I have been working on a new short story, a piece called “in the driving seat”  it was intended as a 2500 word short story  but it currently stands at about 11,000  I am working on the second round of edits. Thank you Laurie www.blackvelvetseductions.com    The editing process takes you a while to go through, and most writers sigh when they see the edits.  But the up side and it is a massive up side, you go deeper into the story and the characters.  Without going into to mush of the plot, after all I would like you to buy the story, it is about domestic discipline, spanking to be precise.  The first pass of edits got the story into a rough shape.  Beginning, middle and end.  The second round gets us looking at characters and there motivation and emotions.  I was sat at the pc this morning working on a letter to my editor and publisher and mentioned a bit of detail I was working on and suddenly a little light came on  and I drew a direct comparison between my art and writing.  The analogy I used with painting was.….  the devil is in the detail.. you can draw a tree  and it is a tree..  no question..  but there are lollipop trees, a ball on a stick and trees where you see every leaf, every detail in the bark..  writing for me is the same, the first pass is the sketch.  On the second  come the detail and third yet more detail and observation  detailed emotions is rather akin to fine detail painting.

 

With the current story “in the driving seat”  by and large I am happy, it has direction and is coming along   a bit slow but solid progress   the scene I am working on takes place in the kitchen and is prior to the spanking in the first found the woman is angry..  but in looking at the character and getting into the character, yes she is angry, but it is more than that, she is resentful.  The male lead has just ordered her to strip.  If I had kept is as angry she would tell him to bugger off, or maybe worse, to make the scene work, she has to strip so changing the emotion to resentful she will do what he says begrudgingly.  It was that parallel with fine detail which got me there, seeing the depth of emotion in the same way as I look for the fine detail in art.

August 17, 2008

Why Are You Writing?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 5:24 am by ricsavage

Why Are You Writing?

 

It is a question I have asked myself.  Along with, do we just right for ourselves?

 

I guess what prompted sole searching was this….  I have a friend, actually a life model from my art class that has written a rather nice book. It is a good story, a rather nice romance. I thought of BVS and had her pass it along to Laurie Sanders.  Chatting further, the life model told me that she didn’t want to do revisions, that as far as she was concerned the book was finished. I knew there and then that the book, unless vanity published, would not see the light of day. It is not enough to write, even if you write well. The stories need to stand on their own in the market place and they need to be commercial enough to sell.  It makes sense in my opinion to make the stories you write as market driven as possible by aiming at the market. Writing for your self is great fun, but writing with a view to publication is quite a different matter. 

 

I’m sorry if that turns our life passion into a commodity, but it is a commodity when you stop and think about it.  If you intend to get your words in print.

 

If our books were a can of beans with an interesting label and a pretty picture people might stop and look at it. They might even pick it up. But when they read that the beans were strawberry jelly and curry flavored, they would put them down again. I wouldn’t advocate making the product bland just for it to fit in. I am more in favor of individual, unique, thought provoking, and challenging writing. However, it makes sense to cut out the things that don’t work from the outset.   If you are told that wimpy beach bum heroes just don’t sell, and that rugged dependable types do sell  it kind of makes sense to do more of what the consumer wants (rugged dependable type heroes) and less of what they do not want (wimpy beach bum type heroes). 

 

I suppose as I have asked the question I should answer it for myself.

 

Why do I write?  I love it..  it is as frustrating as heck but I love writing and drawing, it is my life.  And I suppose I am optomistic enough to think someone might be interested to read and look at the work I do

 

Happy writing and make every word count

 

Ric

August 1, 2008

Ask not what your publisher can do for you.. but what you can do for your publisher

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 2:38 pm by ricsavage

I know I am preaching to the converted here. 

 

I was in a writer’s forum the other day and I was struck by the general attitude the writers took. The attitude of many of the authors was, “Well.. I spent all that time writing the book, the least the publisher could do is ALL the promotion.”  I found the attitude strange.  It was almost the writers were washing there hands if the project.  The publisher can’t autograph the books or set up signings on my behalf writers, even if they wanted to. The best the publisher can do is to send out some direct mail pieces to their readership or to bookstores. But they can’t promote the book in the same way I can as an author.

 

I really can’t see what authors expect to gain from taking the stance that publishers should do all the promotion.

 

From my prospective, and I might be on my own with this, though I hope I am not, getting a story into print has been one of the proudest moments of my life.  I have been writing without success for years. Finally hitting the right combination of story and the help of an editor that believes in me I am in print.  That story took about a year from concept to print.  I wanted the whole world to know..  I can’t understand a writer who wouldn’t.

 

The writers in the forum seemed to think that, with the book in print that is the end of the process for them, that once the book was published it was just a matter of sitting back and waiting for the royalty check to pop through the door. 

 

As JFK put it “Ask not what your publisher can do for you.. but what you can do for your publisher…” or at least I think he said that.  I see it as a symbiotic relationship between myself and my publisher.  I want to get the book out there.  They want to get the book out there, book sales being the result, hopefully.  So surly everyone is on the same team rather than a “them and us”  we all want it to be a success, surly that’s why we wrote it..  right?? 

 

I was struck by the irony that many of the authors didn’t seem to see royalties as being connected to promotion and promotion leading to sales, like the “Royalty Fairy” was mysteriously popping a cheque in the post. There was kind of a “not my problem” feeling to it.. 

 

It all goes together as one circle.  Promotion leads to sales and readership which leads to more sales and a larger readership.

 

For the actual promotion, I have a little list of ten things to promote that I try to do every week.  My list isn’t just for promoting my writing but is for promoting my erotic art as well but the principal is the same.  The top ten is an aspiration list, with the most important tasks down to less important tasks.   I rarely do all ten, but I feel if I have done at least two or maybe three of the things on my list, then I have done something and one piece of promotion is better than no promotion. It all adds up.

 

I’ll get off the soap box now

 

Ric

July 24, 2008

Can you be Just to close to the work?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 12:18 pm by ricsavage

Can you be Just to close to the work?

In a physical and emotional sense I believe you can..  my approach to this is two fold as artist and writer.   First as an artist you can be just too close you really don’t see a project clearly at the time.  On many occasions I have painted a picture, which I loved considered it to be a good work, to revisit it a few years later and think “what the heck was I up to when I painted that?”   and the reverse is true..  a painting that I considered a bit lack lustre at the time with the benefit of hindsight looks a valid piece of art..  the same is true of writing  though sadly a lot of my early stuff was so shallow I would be to embarrassed to show it to anyone now.  It is all apart of that growing process..  I guess one of my hardest learnt lessons so far in writing is, keeping it in a point of view and deep characterisation.  It is important to fix your point of view and keep it there and if you switch to another view point make a clear transition.   But of course when writing you can’t always see it..  You are too involved..   For what it is worth..  My ten cents..   Sometimes it is good to step back and look at the BIG picture, either art or writing, is the structure good?  Does the idea work over all?  Is the plot strong? 

 

Cheers….  

 

Ric

May 24, 2008

Contest Anyone?

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:00 pm by laurie979

Hi Guys,

As you are probably all aware Black Velvet Seductions signed with Author Island last month as a publisher associate.

Our association there entitles us to listing of all of our books on the site, to mention in newsletters, and to having a contest listed each month at Author Island.

As you may or may not be aware we have had the Black Velvet Seductions Birthday Bash going on through Author Island throughout the month of May. The contest has brought a number of new visitors to our site to check out our books. Many of the visitors have bought books or signed up to receive our free newsletters, which gives us the opportunity to gently remind them of our books again and again…which tends to eventually result in sales. Our association with Author Island thus far has been generally a very positive one and so is something we plan to continue at least as long as we see value from it.

The intent of our membership at Author Island is for the membership to benefit all Black Velvet Seductions authors. With that in mind, I am trying to put together additional contests to be promoted through Author Island and I want to spread that availability around so that it is available to any author who would like to take advantage.

The author Island promotion of the contest is important as they have quite a bit of traffic…and so having a contest listed there can mean additional traffic to author sites or to the BVS site or BVS blog site.

I am accepting contest proposals to fill upcoming openings for our contest spot at Author Island. If you have an idea for a contest we could do either as a group, or that you could do individually please send your proposals to me.

Contest ideas anyone? Please share them. 🙂

April 10, 2008

Introduction from Ayn Amorelli

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:20 pm by aynamorelli2

Hello,

I hope I’m doing this right, but somehow managed to get two blogging accounts instead of one LOL.  I’m Ayn Amorelli, whose latest book, Contract Bride, a sensual contemporary romance is published by Black Velvet Seductions.

I have 4 published books, and also write ghost stories under Ayn Hunt.  I also teach Gothic writing online for coffeehouseforwriters.com. My schedule for it is at www.authorsden.com/aynhunt.

Hubby and I live in Texas and are empty nesters. We’re expecting our second grandchild in late September or early October. My daughter and her husband live rougly a 40 minute drive away from us, which is just right, I think.

I’m an avid reader of just about everything and am currently decorating my little office in the back of our house using Feng Shui principles. Feng Shui is decorating with balance and harmony. I don’t understand all the history or other things associated with it, but know it works, from what little I’ve done so far.  Currently, I’m on the part of getting rid of clutter, which is a major tenant of it.

I was a freelancer for 25 years before I tackled writing novels while in my 50’s (I’m 60 now) and have always wanted to be a writer. I write about what interests me, and am a ‘pantzer,’ which means I’m never sure what my characters are going to do in advance. To me, that’s part of the fun of writing…being surprised. 

That’s probably more than you wanted to know. 

Thanks,

Ayn    

April 2, 2008

1st Quarter Royalty Checks Have Been Mailed

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:05 pm by laurie979

I thought I would post this evening and let everyone know that royalty checks for the first quarter have been mailed. As you know, royalties for the first quarter of 2008 are not due until the last day of April, but I had all my ducks in a row early this quarter so was able to get them out really early.

Please don’t get so used to the early mailing that you plan on it. We have set the due date for royalties as the last day of the month following the close of the quarter because we sometimes need the month following the close of the quarter to obtain all the data and to produce the statements. This will probably be even more the case as we grow, with more authors and more sales.  

April 1, 2008

Has Anyone Taken Advantage Of….?

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:42 am by laurie979

Just a question….has anyone taken advantage of the free promotional opportunities on All Romance Ebooks?

I just sent my email…I’m interested in the interview…not the guest author column…as I don’t usually write that short. 🙂

I might be interested in the radio spot…depends on whether it is live or could be edited. 🙂

Just curious if anyone else has taken advantage of the opportunity.

March 29, 2008

ARe (All Romance Ebooks) Free Promotional Opportunities

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:17 pm by laurie979

All Romance Ebooks has several free promotional opportunities available for authors. The details are listed below.

All Romance eBooks (ARe) is currently in the process of booking interviews and filling our guest author spots for the next quarter for our Wildfire newsletter. Spaces do tend to fill quickly so please respond as soon as possible if you are interested. The Wildfire is released every Friday to our customer base via email, then archived on our site for up to two years. This is a fabulous free promo opportunity. Each issue contains 2 industry interviews and one free read. Queries should be sent to: info@allromanceebooks.com

Interview Opportunity:
Interviews are conducted via email. You will be asked to answer 10 questions and provide a short bio, your backlist, a list of any upcoming releases, and relevant links that you would like us to post (i.e. website, blog, newsletter).

Guest Author Column:
We fea! ture one guest author each week who provides a free short read. This can be something previously published or something you intend to publish elsewhere, but it should not be an excerpt. We are open to all sensuality levels and all romance sub-genres. Preferred length is 200-2000 words.

If your submission is accepted, a contract will be sent to you. Established authors may be granted a reserved slot in advance of the manuscript being delivered based on a query. The intent of the contract is to establish that you own the rights to the work and that you are giving us non-exclusive permission to publish it in our newsletter and post it in our archive.

Many authors have used this opportunity to promote upcoming releases by writing a piece related to it. If you don’t have a new work that you are promoting, this is also a good opportunity to remind readers of your work. We always follow the story with a short bio, your backlist, a list of any upcoming releases, and ! relevant links that you would like us to post (i.e. website, blog, new sletter).

Guest authors are given a free “What’s Hot” spot on our home page for one week.

ARe Radio: What’s Hot in Romance
All Romance eBooks selects two authors each week to feature in their one-hour radio show, What’s Hot in Romance that airs live on Internet Voices Radio every Monday at 9:30 pm EST. Links to the podcast will be published in our weekly Wildfire newsletter, on our website, and provided to the author. Each of the two weekly segments will focus on a recent release in the romance genre and will consist of a 15-20 minute interview with the author followed by a 10-15 minute reading done by the author. Send query to info@allromanceebooks.com

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