Dear readers and friends, “Become a Space Slut in Thirteen Easy Steps” is becoming a reality.
I took three months to write it, six months to edit it, and another four months to query agents and publishers. The result? In today’s publishing market, there’s not really room for something that doesn’t fit in a tidy box. Erotica. But not romance. Science fiction, but not speculative. And tentacles? In the first chapter? You’ll scare away readers. Agents and publishers of erotica are looking for the next “Fifty Shades”, and ‘Debbie Does Dallas Meets the Mos Eisley Cantina’ doesn’t really fit in the box.
It came down to three options. I could throw it away. I could change the entire story to make it more commercially viable; delete tentacles and BDSM, give it a romantic bent, etc etc. Or I could self-publish. I don’t want to be one of those authors with the attitude that my art is worth more than the opinions of publishing agents and editors or that the reader just doesn’t understand my work, or that I know too much to be told how to write. The truth is that I believe in this story. My beta readers believed in this story, and even the ones who don’t like tentacles thought mine were sweet. (Schluvenph is an absolute sweetheart.) If I believe in something, and if those who read it in its rough-draft, unrefined, mangled punctuation state enjoyed it, then I feel that I can’t allow it’s lack of viability in the commercial publishing market to strangle it.
It’s time to self-publish, and to share this tale with the rest of the world. Stay tuned! And if you want to know more about “Thirteen Steps”, check out a hot and sexy excerpt here!