OMG it’s November. I can’t believe the end of the year is upon us. We’ll blink and it’ll be 2020. However before that, it’s time for another IWSG post.
Not much going on with me. I’ve hit the seasonal slumps so not really in the mood to focus on much even though I need to finish my next novella. You’d think low angst and simple plot would be an easy thing to quickly write, but I like to make things harder on myself.
On an upside, I had a release last month. I was nervous about this one as it’s my first f/f but I got a sensitivity reader and that helped ease my nerves as I sent it out into the world. With no paid promotion, I have to say it was my best release so far. I am coming off my best overall month as an indie which I was excited about. The difference in how the numbers have dipped was expected, but at least I ended October on a high.
I would love to keep the momentum going, but I’ve put myself on a marketing spending restriction for the rest of the year. My hope is to figure out some sort of plan for next year with how I market so I work smarter, not harder. Fingers crossed things will go somewhat well.
Moving on to this month’s question and it’s a fun one.
November 6 question – What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever googled in researching a story?
I really had to think about answering this one. Not because I didn’t know the answer, but because of what the answers would be.
Fiendish is a dark and twisted retelling-ish of Beauty and The Beast. My twist was not making the “Beast” ugly on the outside for some reason and in need of learning the meaning of true love and all that jazz. Instead, Seth was handsome, rich, charismatic, but it was all a disguise because he was also a serial killer.
His acts are on page and variety is the spice of life right? That means I spent time researching various ways to dispose of bodies. Also learned how long a person could survive without food and/or water. I also learned that you can get a lot of interesting things on Amazon that could aid in your endeavors such as full body suits to cover your clothes so you aren’t leaving behind trace evidence.
I think you get the picture. I was Googling a lot of things in relation to time Seth spent with his victims. Clearing my browser history was certainly an important wrap up after it was all said and done.
For Anything Once, I was again in need to clearing out my browser history when it was all said and done. But for a very different reason. The beginning of the blurb says it all:
Four letters, so simple and unassuming.
Four letters that change everything.
LOL No, I wasn’t watching a bunch of porn, but Quinn was curious about things and it was part of the learning/self discovery process of the book that she researched. Quinn Googled, which meant I Googled so I had an idea of what came up when you typed in certain things.
So, if you’ve read the book each of the articles and/or videos she referenced was a fictionalized account of something that actually popped up during my searching.
Research is important, even in writing an erotic romance. Though my sister did remind me of incognito mode so maybe I can start using that instead of having to keep dumping my search history, but eh…honestly I’m a writer, there’s things I don’t know which is why we have the world wide web to help fill in those blanks. hahaha
That’s it for me. I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday. Stay warm!
Until next time
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