Sunday, I was unstoppable and finished publishing House Party 2, 3, and 4 in paperback. I’ve still got a couple of issues with QuarkXPress but for the most part have figured out how to get around the kinks in their system. I’m on a first name basis with the head of their development team and I’ve been surprised that he hasn’t blocked my number. Being a software developer in a past life, gives me insight on how to help them zero in on resolving issues.
It was pretty cool to start with the basic document file for the eBook versions and punch that out into a completely different format, was neat. The first book, House Party, took most of a day to convert to print format. Then I did three books in one day!
Just sending an email with “Your product sucks!” or “it doesn’t work” is not very helpful to most programmers. You have to provide them with examples and exactly how to reproduce the problem. It’s time consuming on my part but if I like a product, it only benefits me to help make it better.
I guess not being able to go to house parties has freed me to get mine out the door. I even refreshed Stripper or Nurse? in print and republished it. Slaving over a hot keyboard, that’s me!
This morning, I got notification that HP2, HP3, HP4, and SorN sailed through the approval process and are now live and available for purchase. So everyone grab your credit card and send me some love! Just kidding, as an engineer the process or path to the goal is the most important thing. Besides patting it on the head and letting it go out and play in traffic, that’s not as much fun as getting it out the door.
While I appreciate every dollar my stories earn, I couldn’t keep my Frenchie in Blue Buffalo or Wifey in stripper shoes. I guess we all dream of being the next James Patterson but like basketball players, only a handful make it into the big leagues.
Besides 50 Shades, authors who write porn have to be content to living on the shelf under the counter of the dirty book store until some pervert shows up to buy us. The last we see before being shoved into that paperbag is the burn of the Lysol as the clerk sanitizes everything.
The last ten years of writing erotica, has been interesting to say the least. Being in the Lifestyle, a lot of what you do cannot be talked about around the coffee pot at work. Foxy and I have had some of the best times of our lives meeting fellow swingers. While other people are bragging about their new car, you urge to burst out with, “That’s nothing! You should have seen this blonde I banged!”
My stories always have a fair amount of humor in them as that’s been my experience, this is a lot of fun. A lot of erotica deals with pain and fighting as the husband suddenly figures out that they’ve moved three times and still have the same milkman.
I think as a writer you subconsciously inject pieces of your situation into your stories. I’ve created a fictional copy of ourselves who are in most of my stories. I quickly figured out that it was probably a mistake but early on I wanted to talk about our experiences. This was before I realized that I enjoyed writing erotic stories and could do a reasonably decent job at it.
The fictional copies of us tend to be pretty true to form. Maybe not as far off the edge but generally speaking, we did most of what our make-believe selves have done. If I come up with a storyline that includes activities outside our margins, I’ll typically create real fictional characters to do the dirty stuff.
According to statics, somewhere around 2.5% of the population throw their house keys in a bowl but I tend to think it’s a little higher than that. Of course, when you’re out in public and on the lookout, you tend to see what you want to see.
As usual, my rambling mind has made a detour into the closest ditch and now spinning its wheels. I just wanted to brag about being able to convert 3 stories into print novels in a single day!
Speaking of bragging, I am now approaching four thousand stories sold on SmashWords. I don’t know how that stacks up against other authors of erotica but it seems pretty cool to me?
My House Party series is only available on Kinky Literature or Amazon due to contractual requirements. Check my links below if you’re interested in learning more?
I’m Larry Archer, and I write erotic stories for the huddled and yearning masses. Foxy and I are swingers in real life, and I write about the things we do and see. While the Lifestyle is not for everyone, it’s been fun for us. My smut is explicit and hardcore but with a somewhat plot. My porn stories are generally positive and fun as this reflects how enjoyable swinging has been to us. If you’re interested in checking out my stories, I publish at all the typical outlets.