|Posted by alexandria Infante on June 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
Author Alexandria Infante for Eternal Press.
Today, I postulated the question; why are near Erotic and Erotic Romance Writers treated differently. Almost as if, we were branded with a scarlet A among the writing community, because they never take us seriously.
Perfect example; I liked over 100 author pages on Amazon as a favor to some fellow authors. Ya know how many people liked my page, and kept shouting for me to add tags. 16 flippin people. Is that some janky arse shite or what lol? J/K J
Well anyway, you would not believe some of the comments I received when I posted this same question. I have changed the names of the kind folks that posted, because I’m not trying to hurt people’s feelings, (well except for one tool who just wouldn’t stop ranting!)
It’s their opinions, and the great thing about America is that we are entitled to them.
However, I do feel that some of the things they said were a bit harsh. yet, at the same time its good to get feedback from the public. Most of them have the misconception that all we erotic Romance novelist do is ply them with gratuitous sex, have no form, skills, hope of any kind of plot, goal for the writing, and our characters just aimlessly screw each other; and to this I do take OFFENSE.
We as Romance, near Erotic and Erotic alike need to skool them lol, because we have substance, heart, talent, and everything else that a “Normal” fiction writer does.
C’mon fellow Erotic writers, let’s storm the “Normal” fiction masses and show them what we can do!!!
Some of the comments that were posted on the site…
Interesting dilemma, Alexandria I haven’t read your books, but clearly you have put your heart and soul into them. I think there probably is a segment of the reading public that arbitrarily rejects the “erotic” label. Probably because of a perception that “erotic” is synonymous with gratuitous sex rather than what Faulkner referred to as the “heart” vs. “glands” in his Nobel Prize address. Can an erotic novel have pretensions to art? Of course it can in the hands of a serious novelist. Think Lady Chatterley’s Lover. A marvelous novel, ahead of its time, though it would likely have been categorized “erotic” had it been written today. Now here’s a bit of irony for you to ponder. I first read this as a young teenager in the “expurgated” version. Ran into a lot of asterisks. But it had great power as a love story. Some years later, when the ban was lifted, I read the “unexpurgated” version. Maybe it was dated by then, but I found some of the dialogue (passages like “F___k a flame”) a little ridiculous. In the end, I thought the expurgated version was a better novel. What was left to the imagination was more powerful than some of the explicit passages. I think that is something for every serious novelist (such as yourself), writing in the erotic genre, to weigh carefully.
I find it difficult to take, any writer that uses ‘kinda’, ‘lil’, ‘cuz’, ‘shud’ (etc) too seriously - but, maybe, I am just an old British dinosaur ! (No offence meant) !( yea he is, but he should have tried punctuation first tee-hee.)
I think it depends. I imagine fans of the genre will take the writers seriously but there does seem to be a bit of a stigma on it. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of it. I don’t mind if there are erotic scenes in books, but in erotic novels that I’ve read, it seems that the big goal is to get two people into bed. In addition, that’s what the genre is about I know. But that’s not what I read a book for. I also think that the genre has been hampered in the past a bit by some poor writing and hackneyed or cookie cutter plots. That could be changing, things becoming more sophisticated in the genre. So I do think in the writing world in general, the genre might still be looked down a bit, but I don’t think that’s necessarily fair. It has an audience and if the writing is good, it should be as respected for what it’s supposed to be.
Yeah, I gotta say Alan (yeah, that’s right, I typed “gotta”…hell not to mention “Yeah”), if offence (in America we spell it offense so you’re spelling is really upsetting my spell check) was not meant, why say it? Obviously these are informal discussions in an online chat format, not book proposals or resumes. And please, don’t get me started on British English. Much as I love things British, when I was there in the 80s, there were times I needed the Universal Translator just to understand people. After all, it wasn’t Americans who created rhyming slang. I know the British think they invented English, but they didn’t. They appropriated it from about 80 different other cultures thousands of years ago and slapped their own brand name on it when it started coming together in the form of a language. American English is just another branch of the tree.
Having said that, Alexandria, your stuff (yeah Alan, I typed “stuff”) sounds interesting. If I have a complaint with the erotic genre it’s with those books that put aside plot and character development for sex scenes. But you seem to have a pretty good balance. It’s nice to have a strong female character too. I think one of the things affecting the respectability of the genre is the Harlequin Romance sort of work which I think a lot of people think of when they think romance or erotic fiction. They do seem a bit “assembly line.” Maybe writers like you can bring some legitimacy to the genre.
As a writer of erotic stories, I can tell you from the feedback I get on Bookrix.com, people do take you seriously.
Loved this discussion, it was great and full of feedback.
So guys, just thought I’d share a few with you out there. I’ll keep you posted with updates
|Posted by alexandria Infante on December 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM||comments (0)|
Well Hey everyone,
I know it's been awhile. Been crazy busy, released three more books in the last month, but I may have a break soon lol. With finals being this week and next week, preparing my students for some prime chaos...muhahaha, j/k. I probably won’t have the time to write in the next two weeks.
With this being the holiday season, I'm rushing to get the 11 books from the TBMD series out there, great stocking stuffers, (I know, shameless huh? LOL) Anyway, I think with my birthday coming up, and Christmas, my wish, is to learn how to be an AUTHOR!
I take criticism pretty well, but what bugs me, is when people think one thing, when it’s totally the opposite.
So, you guys know pretty well that I write both the vamp/were and Fae series. My characters have accents, and I just loooove to use British slangs. Nothing send it home like “He’s Tuppin what?” Lol.
Anyway, because of the accents, people seem to mistake them for typos, then either berate my books, or score them low. Now, I wouldn't have a problem if they were crap ( and you guys seem to think not), and it was an honest review; like the story didn’t work for me, the time was off, the characters were hard for me to identify with, or the like. That ‘s fine with me, because I know you can’t please everyone.
However, what I do have a problem with, is when it is a mistake on the readers part.
what I've done, is as thick as it may seem to you guys since you already know my style, I’ve put a word list on the first three pages of the book; and maybe this will help. I won’t change it, because I just feel like, the accents, slangs and what have you give the Characters…CHARACTER.
As a teacher, it truly bugs me for being slammed for grammatical errors, especially when I know there aren’t any. Moreover, there is, its something minor.
One reader said the book was “Riddled with grammatical & spelling errors. That just hurt, because it's posted on a certain site, so I'm pretty much stuck with it.
Another reader gave me three stars on one of my historical, then commenced to go through the book with a fine tooth comb, and what she pointed out, just seemed so trivial to me. Because she said that she really enjoyed the book, and that just kinda seemed like an oxymoron to me.
Needless to say, my sales for that book plummeted, and I’m only just recovering now, because another reader loved the book and rated it 4 stars. Much Love Pgirl!
But I digress,
As I’ve said, this year my Xmas/B-Day My wish, is to Learn to be an Author.
Charlaine, Laurell, Anne, who y’all do it gurl! I seriously need some help!!!
I truly hope this post didn't offend anyone, just what I felt like today...
|Posted by alexandria Infante on October 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
last month was cray, cray lol.
I feel so bad; I've neglected the blog for almost two months. I released 12 titles so far, and with the marketing stuff I'm doing on my own now, it was completely insane. I re-released Teaching Between Midnight and Dawn, because I was completely appalled when an fellow colleague of mine bought the book, then asked if it had ever been edited.
Believe me; I was mortified, especially since I am a teacher.
What I did was basically a re-write, and I swear it's so much better for it. I'm offering it for free this month on the www.poisionedpin.webs.com site, so you guys check it out if you like.
that pretty much sparked the riff between my publishing company Eternal Press/Damnation Books and me, because they didn't want to re-edit it; then said that I should have caught the errors. This was hysterically funny to me, because that's what the F*** an editor is for. Moreover, the even funnier thing, is, the supposed CEO edited the book, so that should have told me something.
For those of you out there looking for a home for your work, I'm sending out red flags, red alerts, fireworks, WWII warning systems, and just screaming from the top of my mf lungs, to tell you to stay the hell away from them! If you wanna hear my horror story, just drop me a line, especially if it can save someone from those baskets!
On a happy note, I just released Dark Premonitions today, and I can honestly say it looks awesome.
Encase I didn't say it, the lovely young ladies on the cover are all related to me lol.
My daughters are on book 2 and 3, and my niece is on book 4.
Since they're so lovely, I just decided to use them; plus its free labor tee-hee.
That's pretty much an update on my doings, and each of the books are on Amazon now. also, you can read sample chapters on the sites as well.
www.poisonedpin.webs.com (paranormal/vamps, weres)
www.farietalewish.webs.com (paranormal, faries)
Available on Amazon Now
T.B.M.D; Arieanna's Legend
T.M.T.N; kissing cousins
T.C.B.M; the Arvantes
Dark Premonitions; the seeker (Oct.21st)
Midna's Farie Tale
To Teach is Divine
A Lad's Trousers
A Slow Time to Love
Fire & Ice.
|Posted by alexandria Infante on August 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM||comments (0)|
Well hey guys…
my publishing company unfortunately we parted ways. I know that sounds terrible, but in the end I believe it is to my benefit. We still have some hiccups, and I hope they’re ironed out soon; because I seriously don’t wanna haf to get ghetto!
Other than that, I’m on a high. Datin a new cutie with the most amazing grey- blue eyes, and lashes that would make any woman just hate, (younger than me I mite add too tee-hee. Lovin that hahaha) but above all its his sweetest disposition.
Also, published my first title myself, and I am telling you;when it was done and I saw what I could do, I did my own lil jig lol. So, since my tit with my company I’ve released Midna’s Farie Tale, Mendacity, Fire &Ice, A Lad’s Trousers and A Slow Time to Love; all on Amazon so you guys check em out.
As well, I’ve added three new sites besides the www.poisonedpin.webs.com
I was over on LinkedIn and there was this thread about websites, and it never dawned on me that I could have one site for each genre; so hence the three new sites hahaha. So head on over and check them out.
On a personal level, I guess I’m inclined to agree with my horoscope for this month, because I have been a busy lil bee. I plan on looking for a new pub company, and have already started soliciting some new ones. Nevertheless, for now, I’m just gonna stick with Amazon till I find the right one this time. It was a nightmare, but I won’t bore you guys with the details.
Reviews this month are coming in for Mendacity, Midna’s Farie tale and Fire & Ice. I’m really stoked by them too.
So far 4 and 5!
Teach Me the Night; kissin cousins is out next month, so look for it to guys. And don’t forget this month’s contest for a chance to win any of the above.
head on over to www.poisonedpin.webs.com to enter
Missed you guys