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Valuing Our Work by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

This article originally appeared at The Erotica Readers & Writers Association blog.

I had a conversation with someone recently that went something like this:

Woman: Oh, you’ll have to lend me one of your books to read.

Me: I thought you were buying one? (I’d previously given her a business card with a link to my website, etc)

Woman: Oh, I was. But then I thought I didn’t want to spend any money on it, in case I didn’t like it.

Me: (in a jovial tone of voice) That’s my livelihood you’re taking away.

Woman: I’m not! I just wanted to lend one, then I’d give it back.

Me: What, with sticky pages?

This then, fortunately, diverted the attention away from the conversation and made everyone giggle, and it wasn’t brought up again. But it made me think: what value is put on books? And I mean in all genres, not erotica specifically.

From what I can see, not much. Why do people balk at spending a couple of quid/dollars on an eBook (paperbacks, of course, are a different kettle of fish as they’re usually more expensive) which will hopefully give them hours of reading pleasure (and maybe other kinds of pleasure, too!), and possibly then be read again sometime in the future? Yet they’ll think nothing of spending more on a cup of coffee, which will be gone within half an hour, and not have any lasting impact on their life. The cup of coffee would have been made very cheaply, quickly and easily. Sure, it probably tastes good, but that’s it.

A book wouldn’t have been written cheaply, quickly or easily. Writing isn’t any of those things. Yes, some people can write much faster than others, but that still doesn’t make it an easy task. It’s hard work. Enjoyable, yes, but still hard work, and, most importantly, a valid job/occupation.

I wonder if this is what it comes down to: people thinking writing isn’t a proper job. Because, for the most part, we can set our own hours and have some freedom, it means it’s not real. Therefore, if it’s not a proper job, then we shouldn’t expect to be paid properly.

Naturally, people “in the know” realise this is a load of rubbish. Although I don’t write full-time, I’m gradually building up my volume of writing to boost my overall income. I don’t rely on it, because I can’t. Not by a long stretch. Therefore, it’s important that my work (and every other writer’s) is valued. Even if it’s not a full-time job, it is still a job. Just because we enjoy it, love what we do, doesn’t mean we should do it for free, or a pittance. Folk mistakenly believe that all published authors earn a fortune and therefore, what’s one freebie here or there?

Sorry, not happening. I already run quite a few giveaways on my site, in my newsletter, as part of blog hops, and so on. And they are for people actually interested in reading my work. I hope that they will read one of my books, like it, and buy another. Maybe recommend it to their friends. If they don’t like it, fair enough. Reading is subjective and, as much as I’d like to, I know I can’t please everyone. But at least there’s a chance of gaining another valuable reader. In the case of the woman above, I’m not sure I would have, regardless of whether or not she enjoyed my book. After all, if she’s not willing to spend money, take a chance on a book/writer, then she clearly doesn’t value writing.

I would love to hear your comments on this. Am I crazy? Over-sensitive? What? Should I just lend her a book?

Happy Reading,
Lucy

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor forCliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more athttp://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

Casting: One of the Many Reasons I Love My Job

When it was decided that this month’s theme for the Dirty Birdies would be about casting people to start in the films/series of our books, I knew two things:

  • This post would write itself
  • It was just an excuse to post photos of hot guys – hurrah!
So, here goes:

Author: Kristin Dos Santos from Los Angeles, California, United States

The divine Mr. Skarsgard would be Malachi, the submissive vampire in my fem-dom story, Punish Me Good, which appears in the mini-antho of the same name.

The similarities would be striking. Mainly because I wrote the story with The Skarsgard as my Muse…

Awww, come on. If there was to be a vampire knelt at your feet, could you think of a better option? 😉

Author: Eva Rinaldi

Chris Hemsworth as Thor (yes, I’m being awfully specific) would play Scott, from my fairy tale retelling Susie White and the Right Hand Man. Again, this is because I wrote the story with this slab of sexy man meat in mind, when I heard he was going to star in Snow White and the Huntsman. My pervy little mind immediately went into overdrive, and although Susie White and the Right Hand Man is far from my filthiest story (in fact, it verges more on the sensual romance side than erotic romance), it does feature a seriously hot guy. And he gets naked.

 

 

Author: Gage Skidmore

Jensen Ackles goes from Supernatural to actually being supernatural in my erotic romance, Succubus Comes Home. The hottie would play an incubus in this paranormal romance story – but basically he could play it by walking straight off the set of Supernatural – tight jeans, t-shirt, scruffy boots… you get the picture.

 

Author: Gage Skidmore

Ahh, and what post about totty (from me, at least) would be complete without a mention of Jared Padalecki? My beloved Jared would be cast as waiter Sam (yes, I thought real hard about that name) in my story Just Couldn’t Wait which appears in the anthology Uniform Behaviour. There was an episode of Supernatural that inspired the idea (in season four I believe when Sam’s being all bad-ass) because he was working in a bar, in a tight white t-shirt and suddenly my brain took it several steps further and made him into the Muse for a story where he’d be a waiter in a posh get up, and the female character would get to see what was under that stuffy exterior. *drools*

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Lucy is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story – so she did. It went down a storm and she’s never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Constable and Robinson, House of Erotica, Noble Romance, Ravenous Romance, Resplendence Publishing, Summerhouse Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour and Seducing the Myth. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9