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Cameron Allie

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  1. Mira, you made some good points. I didn't realize that Beauty had a satisfying ending. From what my friend told me it didn't sound like that's where it was going, but it's been like 12 years since I tried reading it (and I was pretty young at the time) maybe I should give it another try. Although since meeting so many new and amazing authors my reading list has grown drastically! If you enjoy M/M you might want to give Over the Rainbow a try. Only a few of the stories are erotic in nature, but mostly it's a good introduction to a lot of authors, many of them write M/M stuff. Alexa Land is just one that I'll probably end up picking up a few of her books.
  2. If it's erotic romance, it doesn't need to be toned down. They're looking for hot and spicy
  3. I'm pretty new to this genre and new to writing on a professional level. But I think from your original post this is important: Or does keeping the romance in erotic romance not leave room for too many sex scenes that are still meaningful? There is a big difference between erotica and erotic romance. Erotic romance still centres around the love story, it has to come to a meaningful and happy ending, the sex isn't supposed to be thrown in. Sex for the sake of sex is erotica. So when you're writing you need to keep in mind audience (this is what I keep hearing). For me personally I'm not a big fan of erotica, I like there to be a central love story that works toward that HEA. While reading about things like rape and all the really explicit stuff is what some people are interested in, it's not really for me. When I was in high school a friend of mine lent me Beauty. She thought I'd like it because I was always reading romance novels. While it was definitely HOT it was too much for me and I never made it through the first one. It made me uncomfortable. You might want to have a look around at various publishing houses (if you haven't already) and see what their guidelines are. Most of them will have a "Rules" list of things they don't accept. Also, if you aren't on Goodreads maybe you should consider joining there and joining a few groups to see what interests readers the most. Another idea is to look at the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought..." section on Amazon, to see what those readers are interested in. Now, again I'm new, so I might be off base with this, but I think that what most readers are looking for are a strong alpha hero, who ultimately does the right thing, and a woman who is willing to go head to head with him. They are looking for interesting plots. Some want the heat level turned up. Some readers will jump heat levels for a good story. Although I assume that you'll get more people willing to drop down a heat level or two, than those that will go up. I don't know if that helps at all,....or if I just went rambling.
  4. I've heard good things about Mailchimp. And I think it's free up to the first 2,000 subscribers. I've used Wix in the past, although Andrew (my tech guy) is a big Wordpress fan, and that's what we'll be using. Although I'm starting to get the hang of it. He also set me up with this thing called Disqus, it's for the comments. So rather than use Wordpress' built in comment feature we'll be using Disqus. What's cool about it is that to comment people have to log in, or use their Facebook or Twitter profiles to comment. I hope it doesn't discourage people from posting, but the reasoning is to help keep trolls at bay. Hopefully people won't start shit, or post mean things because their anonymity is removed.
  5. Thank you Aidee! Very helpful. I think I have most of those things already. I've been peeking around on other author's websites to see what they've been doing. It's an insane amount of work, and I really don't know what I'd do if my husband's buddy wasn't helping me out. He's gone way above and beyond. I'll keep checking back to this list to ensure that I have everything. Although I think I'll save the printable list of books until I have more than one!
  6. By the way, I just stopped by your website. I'll take a longer peek when I have more time, but your chapter one excerpt starts with a really strong hook. It pulled me in, I definitely want to read more!
  7. Thanks Dan. Good info. I had planned to use Mailchimp, but I had no idea about connecting it to my mailing address. That's really good to know.
  8. I'm getting together with my tech buddy this weekend launch my website. I've got a few ideas I've gathered from research, workshops, etc. but I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts, tips, hints they wanted to share about the creation of their own website. What did you find difficult, what was easy, what's a must have (besides: book lists, bio, mailing list, and contact) Thanks! Cameron
  9. That's exciting! What type of project is it?
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