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How Long Do You Like It? by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985) #writerslife

Hi everyone,

So, how long do you like it? Now, now, don’t be rude! 😉 I’m talking about book lengths and word counts here!

As I’m sure most of you know, I write a huge amount of variety. That includes in genre, pairing and book length/word count. I just love to work on different types of projects. Admittedly, I would like to write more full-length books, but that would mean writing fewer short stories and novellas, and I often write those either because I’ve been inspired by a call for submissions, or been specifically invited to a project, which is always lovely. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to take part in all the projects I’d like to, and write all the ideas that pop into my head.

Which brings me back to my question… what word length books do you prefer? I’ve been lucky enough to have a few releases out this year, with more coming, but they’ve all been short stories or novellas. My last full-length novel was (re)released in September of last year, and also a co-authored full-length novel was released in October of last year. I’m currently working on my next one, which I hope to release in the next couple of months.

So please let me know in the comments… what book length do you prefer, and why?

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) and The Persecution of the Wolves. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 150 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. You can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

How Do You Feel About Pre-Orders? by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

Hi everyone,

I have a question for you today… how do you feel about pre-orders on books? I’m not talking about from the author perspective, where if you get enough pre-orders you increase your chances of hitting a bestseller list, etc. I mean as a reader. If you can pre-order a book, will you? Will you click that button and let technology do the rest? Or will you hang on until the book is actually released, or hang on until pay day and get your copy? Does it depend on the price? On the author?

I’m genuinely intrigued by what people think on this topic. With the work I have available and coming up through publishers, of course I have no choice in whether it goes onto pre-order or not. Some publishers do it, others don’t. I guess it depends on how far ahead they work in editing and scheduling new releases.

But when it comes to self-publishing, I quite like having that option there as a backup. I’m the sort of person that likes to plan ahead, get things done. I’m not a last-minute type of person. So if I can get a book completed, edited and ready to upload, I prefer to do so. Then if real life intervenes or something goes wrong, at least I know, through the magic of technology, that the book will release anyway.

It also means there’s more time to fix things if they do happen to go wrong, or if the various retailers are slow in approving books. And it means that purchase links are generally available in plenty of time for release.

So for me, I like pre-order as it makes lots of things easier and less stressful. But what about you? Do you bother with it?

Happy Reading,

Lucy x

P.S. It’s almost time for Wimbledon! So if you’re into sports romances and want to get yourself in the mood, then check these babies out… (click covers for more info)

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SweetSpot

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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 for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. 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

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