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The Artist: Collection

The Artist Collection 1563x2500by H. K. Kiting

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This edition contains the five individually published stories: Silver Skin, Canvas, Statuary, The Cube, Wired, and the bonus short story The Burrito exclusive to this book.

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 makes the model wonder if they are a permanent part of the exhibit.

Connor Jackson delivers himself to the studio for a project Adam titles “Silver Skin.” That coloring is just temporary. Isn’t it?

Connor experiences bondage like nothing he ever has before for Adam’s project called “Canvas.” And once you’re helpless, even something like breathing can be taken out of your hands…

For “Statuary,” Adam enlists Kip to literally be joined with Connor. Adam proves that when it comes to human statues, two is better than one.

Connor is put into over-the-top bondage for “The Cube.” This time though, he’s not just kept on the studio floor. Adam takes him to his upstairs bedroom where things get a kinky start.

For Adam’s project “The Burrito,” Kip and Connor are made one again with bondage and breath control that takes them to the edge of pleasure and fear.

In the series finale, 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 “Wired” – with himself as the model and Connor as the artist.

Enjoy these gay adult tales of sex, bondage, art, peril play, encasement, breath control, and romance.

 

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?


We really want to hear from you. If you have a comment, complaint, or topic suggestion, mail us at sexyfic@gmail.com or stop by SexyFic.com and leave a voicemail on the tab that allows you to record a message. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and leave a review for the show if you like it.

 

Writing and Publishing Erotica #15: Book Covers

[14-01-04: Corrected and uploaded the correct audio file… Sorry!]

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

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What’s your most recent release?

H. K. Kiting: The Funhouse

Dean Chills: Forbidden WInter

 

Episode 15: Book Covers

We’ve talked a bunch about the act of writing itself, but we’ve never touched on one of the most important aspects of your book: The Cover. In many ways, the cover is more important than the contents of your book: it’s the first thing a prospective reader sees, and if they hate the cover, your book has zero chance of being bought.

 

The Funhouse 200x300What should be on an erotic book cover?

  • Shirtless men and Fabio clones?
  • Half-dressed women
  • Faces or just bodies?

Amazon’s UNOFFICIAL rules:

  • –Naked female torso including front view or sometimes side view.  Side boob inappropriate.
  • –Arms or hands across breasts.
  • –Naked butt.   On one occasion, upper thigh close to lower butt cheek was unacceptable.
  • –No naked people in a clinch even if they aren’t “fondling”.
  • –Any sexual position that implies penetration (Missionary, doggie-style, etc).
  • –No naked characters straddling each other.
  • –No handcuffs on wrists.  Handcuffs being held is fine.
  • –No “O” faces.
  • –No nudity.
  • –No women on their knees in front of men (as in implied fellatio).
  • –No men between women’s thighs (as in implied cunnilingus).
  • –No men’s faces on breasts.

Still there is NO official list of rules other than a vague statement that their content guidelines are “About what you’d expect.”

Hanging Out in the GarageWays of getting a book cover made:

  • Buy a premade book cover
  • Hire someone to make a book cover
  • Do it yourself

Doing it yourself:

  • Tools (Photoshop, Pixelmator, etc.)
  •  Abtract?
  • Photos- Taken yourself or purchased from Stock Photographers [Jason’s Mummification]

Legal considerations:

  • Model release (and especially decency clauses)
  • Photo licenses and royalties. Not as simple as just buying from a stock site.

 

We really want to hear from you. If you have a comment, complaint, or topic suggestion, mail us at sexyfic@gmail.com or stop by SexyFic.com and leave a voicemail on the tab that allows you to record a message. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and leave a review for the show if you like it.

Iron Work

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by H. K. Kiting


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Dan and Jim hit it off working their first day together as welders. “Love at first sight?” asks Jim. “Maybe,” Dan replies.

After a sexy cleanup in the shower, they grab some dinner and head to Jim’s place. Jim reveals that he’s also an artist, and he wants Dan to literally become one with his exhibit.

Once Dan is chained and helpless, Jim gets out the plastic wrap and there’s no sign of him stopping there. Just how far will Jim go making Dan a permanent part of his art?

Find out in this adult tale of gay romance, sex, peril play, breath control, and bondage.

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