Earlier today, I posted very positive reviews for books by Metilda (Lillith Lo), Katherine Rollins and Frank Lee today on Amazon.There are several other Lush authors posted through Lush Publishing on Amazon and I hope all you Lushites will check them out on Amazon and support them. If you get time to leave a great review for our fellow lush authors on Amazon that would sure be great. I've purchased a lot of Lush Publishing eBooks there and they really are hot reads. That means a lot, Buz. To all of us. You represent the very best of what this site is all about. Thank you.
Beautifully done cover, and what looks to be a very well written book. Here's wishing you the best of luck with it, Metilda.
It's just been great how so many people have reached out to offer help and support while LP goes through a bit of a transition. The turnout for Delphi's book release of Roll the Die was better than expected, and I've been having some wonderful conversations with writers about publishing even more ebooks. Quite a few who would be publishing their first ebooks, and that's an exciting prospect for everyone.In the meantime, there are a few, small ways friends, fans and supporters can help with the cause if you have a little time here and there. First and foremost, if you've read and enjoyed any of our writers' ebooks, please take a few minutes to post an Amazon review. This means more than you can imagine to the authors, and it also helps their books become more visible. This just makes it easier to bring you more books by more writers.Also, LP now has it's own twitter and Facebook pages. If you're on FB, please like the page, and when you see a post pop up on your newsfeed, kindly share it. Follow us on twitter, and please retweet the tweets you think merit the time and effort. (Yup, that split second it takes to click the button.) It's all pretty simple and easy, and it ends up helping out a lot of great people who take a lot of time and effort to bring us the kind of entertainment we all know and drool over. LP on Twitter And on Facebook Here's to a slammin' weekend.
I've done all the hard work. wrote the story, formatted it into an e-book, figured out how to get published on Amazon, found and joined all the erotica websites, got myself on Twitter and Facebook, gave away the free samples, how do I get people to click on that link. I'm not asking anyone to take out a 2nd mortgage most folks spend 3 times more than 2 bucks on lunch everyday. I've got two stories here with 40,000 views. I just need to figure out how to get people to take that last step across the finish line and click the download button. Actually, with one of your ebooks presently showing a sales rank at the 200k range, it doesn't look like you're doing too badly if you look at the ranks of a lot of other erotica titles on Amazon. On FB, it helps to join a few of the erotic book fan groups where you can post ads/announcements of your titles. I know one author who does most of her posting early on Sunday mornings. She says this always stimulates sales. I haven't had as predictable experience, but then I'm not willing to get up that early. It's best to be consistent, though, so your name and titles become more and more familiar to more and more people. Even more importantly...keep writing! There's nothing like putting out a new ebook to get fresh attention, and this helps bring new readers to the titles you've already published. Just keep at it.It's tough for indie authors especially, but there are plenty of people who support them. It's worth trying to connect with a publisher, too, since having a publisher's imprint on your book never hurts. There's still a lot of self-promotion involved, but having that behind you is a good thing. It tells readers who don't know who you are that a publisher thought enough of your work to invest their resources into publishing it. Either way...with or without a publisher...hang in there for the long haul.
Drool You've been looking at those pix I sent you again, huh?
Thank you very kindly, Java :)
As many of you have seen or heard, Lush Publishing is gearing up to continue publishing the best books from the best writers we can. We’re actively seeking new work from writers on Lush and beyond. As a publisher, we’re in a highly unique position, and as the site continues to evolve and raise the standard of quality above and beyond anything similar sites have to offer, LP is naturally part of that goal.Lush is a singular community of writers and readers who go the extra mile to support each other, and LP is here to support and encourage those among us with the drive to achieve something new.So…if you’ve thought about trying to publish, but have any questions or doubts, please get in touch, either by sending me a PM here or through the LP email address: firstname.lastname@example.orgIn the meantime, here are a few of the nuts and bolts: Why Publish with Lush Publishing? You’ll get exposure in the commercial marketplace with a well-known publisher’s imprint. Many self-published writers prefer the freedom of being independent, but the validation of a publisher’s imprint shows an author’s work has the quality a publisher feels is worth investing time and resources into. Your book’s thumbnail will also appear in rotation on the Lush homepage, where it can receive the kind of exposure very few publishers can offer. Lush Publishing Currently Accepts: Previously unpublished stories, novellas or novels or collections of stories. Stories that have already appeared online, on but have been significantly revised or expanded are gladly considered. We want to offer readers something different from what’s available here, so expanded stories should offer a significant amount of new material.Any and all genres/categories are welcome. Guidelines may be somewhat more flexible than Lush Stories guidelines, however no sexual violence/rape, no blood relatives and absolutely no characters under 18 portrayed in any kind of sexual situation. Manuscript length :Short story: 10-15,000 words Novella: 15-35,000 words Novel: 35,000 - unlimited words Anthologies : Themes and submission instructions will be posted here on the Lush Publishing forum, as well as on FB and lushpublishing.com Royalties :Authors will receive a 50% royalty, which is the higher end of the standard among erotica publishers. How to Submit :Queries and manuscripts should be submitted to email@example.com. Send a brief cover letter with your manuscript included as an attachment.Manuscripts should be polished and proofread. Even so, it’s very likely more content and line editing will be in store in order to prepare the book for publishing. Ideally, this process would be done in Word using Track Changes, but if you don’t have MS Word, just send a message and we’ll see what we can do to work around that. Manuscripts are preferred in MS Word, 12 font, 1.5-spaced between sentences, and in Times New Roman font.The header of the document should include your pen name, email address, and links to any blogs, websites or social media pages you maintain as an author. Synopsis :Just below the header information of your manuscript, include a brief synopsis of the work (one or two short paragraphs) that would appear on Amazon as a promotional blurb. A few minutes to look at other ebooks on Amazon and how these synopses are written should help give a good idea of what they’re like. Also include 5-10 keywords to be tagged on Amazon for people who are doing 'searches'. Spanking, for example, will come up in key word searches, and having the appropriate tag will help your book reach more of the readers interested in what you’ve written. Pen-Names :Pen-names that mimic normal names are much easier to market. The vast majority of erotic authors write under pen-names, and their readership generally understands this. Names that sound creative and stand out are fine. Angel Payne and Victoria Blue are two pretty popular erotic romance authors. No one imagines these are real names, but it allows their fans to address them in a more personal way than names like penis-cuddler-72. Cover Art: Once editing is underway and you've been given the green-light to proceed, please have a look at Shutterstock or Dollar Photo for images that you like. Please choose 3-4 suitable images from Shutterstock and send the links to your editor. The final decision on covers will be via mutual agreement between author, editor and publisher. Several cover options are usually created and the process is always fluid. If you have ideas and preferences, changes can be made until everyone is happy with the final result.If you wish to provide your own graphics for the cover, they will need to be approved first, so please email them along with your submission. Promotion :Even Stephen King is expected by his publishers to participate in the promotion of his books. LP will promote your book here, as well as on FB, twitter, lushpublishing.com, tumblr and Pinterest, but authors need to establish an Amazon profile as well as to maintain a presence on FB and twitter, and to be as active as possible in posting announcements about your publications. It’s a lot like promoting hits and votes on your stories right here.Being active enough to promote with reasonable regularity is great. The more you do, the more your pen-name and book title(s) are going to be noticed, and the better chances you have for selling copies and reaching new readers.It’s important to remember that when you promote your work under your pen-name, you’re representing yourself to the general public (well, the generally erotic public, anyway), as well as your publisher. Being positive and professional goes a long way. I recently read posts on FB from another publisher who said they always look at the way people who submit to them present themselves on social media. If their behavior is unprofessional, they end up getting rejected no matter how good their stories may be.If you don't already have an account with Amazon Central (authors), you can set one up after you publish your first book. You can then link all your books to a central page that will give readers more information about you. For more information on setting up an Author Bio on Amazon: http://www.lushstories.com/forum/yaf_postst23430_Setting-up-your-Amazon-Bio.aspxIf you have any other questions that haven't been covered, open questions are welcome here in the publishing forum, or you can PM yours truly here on Lush or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Birthday! May it rock!
It's good to see such excellent reviews of a book that absolutely deserves them. The kind words and support mean more than you can imagine to any writer. I'm planning to create a separate thread about this, but if you have the time, please remember to post reviews like this on Amazon as well. This helps make it possible to keep publishing the authors who write such great stories for us all to enjoy.Hearty thanks to both Raven and She. You both rock...and speak the stone truth.
Well that just brought a smile to my day. Although I've never been involved with the e-publishing end of the LS operation, I have worked in the past with Frank in other capacities at Lush. A more-than-fine writer himself, in his work in other areas on behalf of the site and its members he is diligent, capable, professional and perhaps most of all encouraging. Supportive, approachable and kindly with his advice, LP couldn't have a better steward. (I might even dust off my own WIP!!!)Frank Lee: "NOOOOOOOO!" Me: "Thanks, Frank...." xx S 'Commissioned' to head e-pub reminds me of a story, reputedly true... It seems King Edward the VII was post nuptuial (?) with mistress Alice Keppel when she mentioned that she was short of money... (As mistresses will...) The King said, "My dear lady, I've already spent enough on you to commission a Battleship!!!" "And spent enough IN me to float one, Sir," she demurely replied. This really made me nervous for a minute there, but then I looked again and realized you spelled it without an H. Thanks, Steph. It means a lot.
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He was thinking about that rickety set of wooden stairs going up the side of the house. Rickety house. Rickety love. Then the train banked at speed and Bill listed sideways into a much bigger, dark-skinned man sitting a space away. The man hardly budged. Bill was sure he was the only one in the entire car who swayed as far as the train. He mumbled a garbled apology and righted himself...
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The jet black Z3 was eating up shoreline like a ravenous hawk, but Hayden decided to pull off the highway. Cutting his speed and easing onto one of the winding side roads, he stole another glance at Diva. She had the passenger’s seat reclined half way while she stared at the roadside in silence. She was close enough to reach out and touch, but the rest of her was somewhere far away from there. ...
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Jimmy was flat on his back with his head under the front end of the Fairmont. He was trying to loosen a rusty bolt at an odd angle. “ Fuck .” As soon as he spat the word he spotted a small pair of lime green sneakers in front of the car. Lime green sneakers, white socks and the sapling-like shins of a child. A ratty looking teddy bear was hanging down beside the shins. He put down...
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“Baby, please,” she sobbed. “I just don’t know…” she looked off toward the window, her profile twisted in anguish, “…how it all gets ahold of me.” Kane regarded her in silence over the rim of his whiskey. She looked deflated but tense. A few hours ago she would’ve stopped traffic. Now she looked ready to lie down in it. The only windows faced the alley, and a random spiral of smoke...
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They pulled a polyethylene drop sheet over his body as he lay in the trench. Demonic laughter merged with the sound of heavy plastic. “Dancin’ with the devil now, motherfucker,” somebody said up above the crinkle. More laughter, voices fading off toward the outer fringes of the junkyard. They left the knife in his thigh, along with three bullets in the trunk of his body. ...
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Sakura uttered a soft whimper when Elizabeth wrung the hand towel over the basin and pressed it onto the teacup pout of her naked pussy. The temperature of the fabric was just enough shy of scalding to cause a split second’s burning sensation before her pores opened to welcome the heat under her skin. “Your landing strip is pretty,” the slender blonde told her. “But Mr. Paxton prefers...
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Sakura was sitting straight as a Newell post, hands clasped over her closely set knees. The skirt Paxton had chosen for her was tighter than she was used to, and she was acutely aware of how much her thighs were revealed in her current position. Her blouse was eggshell beige, creating a strong contrast with the crisp, black skirt without overstating her presence. Dr. Lanyard slouched in...
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Raven in black and grey waiting for someone who doesn’t show. He doesn’t know how he knows this. He just does. It’s one of those feelings that just as easily turn out wrong, but in the moment everything feels like the obvious truth. He feels the tiny shame in the way she props her elbows on the table and her eyes search the fringes of the plaza without moving her head. Her broad mouth is...
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ain’t much good at the usual stuff daily stuff like shaking hands or saying hello can’t even hold your eyes through a whole conversation as if the weary hands that made me quit before they were finished just shoved me out here on the edge of the cosmos all these rough edges that never got shaved off but tonight this hunger lives inside me the way the...
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A lone seafarer by nature, Max agrees to take Alana onboard to help lighten the load of piloting his 45 foot motor cruiser. On a journey along the South American coast, Alana does everything in her power to make Max give in to the powerful chemistry between them. Held back by their past and the...
Athletic and beautiful Violet Chase is an affluent, suburban dream. When a handsome and adoring young houseguest moves in for the summer, she realizes the dream she embodies was never her own. Then the soothing voice of a distant stranger begins to reassure her that her own dreams can only be set...
Professor Stone finds himself sharing his house with Nikki, the devilish daughter of the mail order bride he married in order to help her get a green card. Once Ning's papers are legal, she and Stone part ways amicably. But Nikki has her own plans, including continuing college where Stone...
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Every artist loves their work, but what happens when one falls in love with his subject? Poised on the brink of success, Rey has been creating revealing prints of Teal, his former protege and daughter of the university chancellor where he teaches life drawing classes. The only problem is that Teal...
A chance encounter brings Ilsa, the beautiful, blonde trophy wife of a prominent lawyer, to the undivided attention of one of her husband’s wealthiest and most controversial clients. The moment Dorn, a world renowned painter, meets Ilsa at a formal business function, he is immediately...
Lance meets the beautiful, raven haired Skye at a sidewalk café on the tropical resort island where he lives. The pair meet there every morning as Skye takes time out on her daily walk to the beach. With Skye in town on an extended holiday with her husband, she and Lance have ample...
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