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Writing to Market – What are your Thoughts? #writing

Hi everyone,

Today I’d like to do a quick post on writing to market. I’ve been writing for quite a few years now, and I’ve always either written whatever I felt like, or answered calls for submissions and so on. My readers are used to me having tales that are M/F, F/F, M/M/M, menage, paranormal, contemporary, long, short, etc… But I’ve never written to market – i.e. looked at what’s selling well and deliberately written a book on that topic.

Until now.

Probably the main reason I’ve never done this before is because those “crazes” for want of a better word (huh – you’d have thought a writer would be able to come up with a better word!) have never really appealed to me. Alternatively, in the case of Fifty Shades of Grey and BDSM, I was writing BDSM long before E L James hit big. Another reason is that generally I just can’t write flipping fast enough to keep up with the trends.

But now, after much encouragement from one of my writer buddies, I’ve gone and done it. I signed up for NaNoWriMo when I previously had no intention of doing so, and with barely a book idea in my head. And now, with two days to spare, I’m under 2,500 words away from “winning” NaNoWriMo (which for those of you that don’t know, the aim is to write 50,000 words in a month). With a reverse harem romance book. The first in a series of three (with potential for a fourth). Reverse harem is insanely hot right now, but the question is… will folks buy my reverse harem books? Guess there’s only one way to find out.

I’ve actually really enjoyed writing this genre – though admittedly it wasn’t something I’d given any thought to beforehand. I figured it was basically menage with a few twists and turns and differences along the way and just held on for the ride. It’s not too much of a departure from what I’ve written before, so fingers crossed my existing readers will check it out, too.

So… what are your thoughts on writing to market? Does it make a writer a sell out? Would you read a book from one of your favourite writers if you knew they’d deliberately written it to hopefully capture a piece of a large market?

Would love to know your thoughts on this!

Happy Reading,

Lucy x

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller), The Persecution of the Wolves and Hiding in Plain Sight. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 160 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. Subscribe to her newsletter and get a free eBook: http://www.subscribepage.com/lfnewsletter

Entertainment for Entertainment’s Sake by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

Hi everyone,

Today I’d like to talk about entertainment for entertainment’s sake, or TV show/film/book shaming.

Lately I’ve noticed a bit of a trend online, whereby people “shame” others for watching certain TV shows or films, or reading certain books. I felt it was a topic worth discussing… so here I am.

Personally, I watch all kinds of TV shows and films, and read all kinds of books. As long as I’m entertained, it doesn’t really matter to me what the genre is (though obviously there are some genres I don’t enjoy at all), or the tone, etc. Sometimes I’m in the mood for something dark and totally gripping, sometimes I’m in the mood for something dramatic, and sometimes I’m in the mood for something light, funny, something I don’t have to think about too much, or all of those things. That’s my preference, my personal opinion.

So why, then, do people feel the need to shame others for watching/reading certain things? I joined in with a discussion about a certain TV show a while back, and while on the one hand people were commenting saying how much they enjoyed the show, too, some others jumped in and started picking it apart, saying the show was inaccurate (I hadn’t noticed), lacked substance, and so on. I didn’t argue, because that’s not my bag, but it did irritate me. It felt as though myself and the others who’d stated they enjoyed the show were being shamed for liking a show that “lacked substance.” Granted, it is what I’d call a light and fluffy show, and doesn’t require you to think about it an awful lot. But for me, that’s the charm. Sometimes all I want to do is plonk myself down in front of TV and be entertained, and smile, and laugh, and be charmed by something. For me, that show ticked those boxes.

So why is that wrong? Are we only “allowed” to enjoy deeply cerebral TV shows, films and books? Or are we only “allowed” to admit to those things which educate us or make us think? Do we have to keep our enjoyment of entertainment for entertainment’s sake under wraps? Why should we?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that inaccuracy is okay – research can easily prevent that, but mistakes happen. The editor in me picks up on them frequently – in fact I watched a show recently (one of the dark, totally gripping ones, actually!) which completely hooked me. I thought it was fantastic, but I did notice some continuity errors. They bugged me a bit, but not enough for me to stop watching the show, or even comment on it anywhere – life’s too short. But when I Googled afterwards, I saw articles dedicated to pointing out those issues and slating the entire show!

So, let’s discuss. Where do you stand on this debate? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Reading (or watching),

Lucy xx

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller), The Persecution of the Wolves and Hiding in Plain Sight. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 160 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. Subscribe to her newsletter and get a free eBook: http://www.subscribepage.com/lfnewsletter

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Some memories are better left forgotten…

Haunted by an unclear past, biologically enhanced Marine, Eva Montreaux, can’t be distracted from her mission. With American servicemen being brutally murdered on the island of Okinawa, it’s more than priority. It’s critical. But when her investigation brings her face to face with Marcos Delacruz, it triggers memories. Ones she lost. Memories that somehow include him.

Marcos Delacruz has tried to forget the woman who left him with nothing but empty promises. Even now, three years later, Eva doesn’t seem to express any guilt over breaking his heart. In truth, she seems to barely recognize him. This deployment has been challenging enough with too many restless spirits haunting the island. But when his own investigation forces him to cross paths with her once more, Marcos discovers there may be a deeper truth.

With the number of murders climbing rapidly and the rising need to track the murderer across the tropical island, Eva struggles to reclaim what she lost. But the island holds darker elements–a serial killer. One that doesn’t appear to be human.

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