Month: April 2015

Podcast Episode 22: Covers and Length Revisited

Writing and Publishing Erotica Episode 22: Book Covers and Length

 

NOTE: There was no Episode 21. I had a blank script saved with that title, and thought we’d already recorded that one. We went on and recorded this one as #22. Episode 21 will henceforth be known as “The Lost Episode.”


 

Welcome back to Episode TWENTY-TWO of the Writing and Publishing Erotica Podcast. I am H. K. Kiting and I am Dean Chills and we’re your hosts for the show. This is the podcast where we talk about writing and publishing in general, and include the occasional tidbit about erotica specifically.

If you find enjoy this podcast or find it helpful then review us on iTunes.  Also, check out our books at SexyFic.com

What’s your most recent release?

H.K. Kiting: Bamboo and the Artist Series

Dean Chills: Demon Trilogy and Bear and Chaser. Also, first four Rick and Owen books in Audio

 

Episode 22: Topic One: covers

Reader Mail: I was wondering if you could one question I have about book covers: what websites do you guys use? I’ve looked at Shutterstock, which has the best selection but is far too overpriced, IMO… especially since I have no guarantee of making that money back. I’ve also looked at Flickr, but am not always happy with the images that pop up when  I search specifically for “Creative Commons — Commercial Use.” I’ve checked out a few other sites, including public domain image sites, but nothing seems to be as of high quality as the more expensive places. I’ve flirted with the idea of contacting the Shutterstock photographers directly and getting permission from them, but that quite literally feels like taking away from their livelihood — and I would hate to ping Shutterstock’s radar if they found out I didn’t purchase an image from them (is that even possible?). This is, all in all, the one point on which I’m a little confused about. Do you have any sites you’d recommend?

And also:

I’m a recent listener to your podcast and I have not gone through all the episodes yet so forgive me if you have gone over this question already. I listened to your episode on Cover Art and I wanted to ask how you have gone about obtaining the pictures for your cover art. Do you hire people to pose for it or is there a site that you go to that commissions out photos? I ask this because I am thinking about going into erotica and I want to know how much I should expect to be pay for obtaining attractive cover art.

 

www.dreamstime.com

www.istockphoto.com

www.shutterstock.com

www.fotolia.com

www.stockXpert.com

www.123rf.com

www.bigstockphoto.com

 

 

Topic Two: More Reader Mail:

 

Hey guys! Love the podcast and have found it to be a wonderful source of inspiration and information about the world of self-published erotica. I’m currently in the middle of my first book, and it has been a blast to write! I do have a question about the veritable “meat and potatoes” of erotic fiction, however — namely, the sex scenes. You’ve discussed many tactics to make these scenes engaging and erotic, descriptive and readymade for one handed reading, but I’m still a little fuzzy on one particular aspect — the length. How long before the reader loses interest? How short before they feel ripped off? What word count should we typically aim for? Is it better to have one long sex scene or break it up into multiple erotic sequences? Is there some magic ratio between set-up and sex scenes we should strive for? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

 

And Should you use create-space to make a POD paperback if your story is less than 10K words?


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The Artist 5: Wired

The Artist 5 Wired 1563x2500by H. K. Kiting

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The Adam Seville Studio is a small place in New York that holds private showings, by invitation only, of the latest work by the artist. Not satisfied with the typical materials used in the art world, Adam incorporates living men into his pieces. It’s interactive, sensual work that sometimes makes the models wonder if they are a permanent part of the exhibit.

In Volume 5 of this series of stand-alone stories, Connor is now living with a listless Adam who seems to have lost his passion for art. Then Adam realizes what he needs is one last exhibit – with himself as the model and Connor as the artist. Wire bondage and plastic coverage make for a beautiful scene.

Enjoy this short m/m tale of domination, peril play, sex, bondage, and breath control.

The Artist 4: The Cube

The Artist 4 The Cube 1563x2500by H. K. Kiting

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The Adam Seville Studio is a small place in New York that holds private showings, by invitation only, of the latest work by the artist. Not satisfied with the typical materials used in the art world, Adam incorporates living men into his pieces. It’s interactive, sensual work that sometimes makes the models wonder if they are a permanent part of the exhibit.

In Volume 4 of this series of stand-alone stories, Connor makes another visit to model for Adam. This time however, he’s not just kept on the studio floor. Adam takes him to his upstairs bedroom where things get a kinky start. When Connor is put into over-the-top bondage, where will things end?

Enjoy this short m/m tale of domination, peril play, sex, bondage, and breath control.

No Demands

by H. K. Kiting

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George is cruising “hustler row” looking for the perfect model when he spots Noah. He’s a young man on the street, willing to do most anything for hire. Just what George wants.

The two of them head back to George’s photographic studio. What starts out as staged bondage soon turns into the real thing as the two men’s secret desires start feeding off each other.

Just how far will things go during their afternoon of passion and kink? Follow along and find out as they do in this gay adult tale of lust, bondage, peril play, and breath control.

Bear and Chaser Go to the Pool

by Dean Chills

When Martin goes to visit Paul at his home, he has no idea what to expect. When Paul invites him into the backyard and the very private pool, he starts to get an inkling of what Paul wants.

What will these two very different guys find that they have in common? Could there be danger involved? Find out in this erotic gay tale of underwater masturbation, breath control, and anal sex. Who knows what goes on behind the privacy fence?

Book two in the new series “Bear and Chaser.”

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Bamboo

by H. K. Kiting

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Albert and Florencio just nailed a huge business deal in Shanghai, and they have the rest of the week to celebrate.

The first thing they do is spend a hot evening of kinky sex in their hotel room. The next day, Florencio has a surprise for his lover.

He takes Albert to a mysterious building labeled “Bamboo.” Once inside, Albert is put into extreme bondage in the play area, and Florencio can do anything he wants with his lover.

Will Albert even survive the experience? Find out in this gay adult tale of bondage, sex, romance, breath control, and peril play.

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