My new novella, Physical Therapy, is now available for purchase! Find it at Ellora’s Cave here or through Amazon. Formerly published as Adagio, it’s been revised and expanded into a much fuller text. Here’s what you can expect:
Forced to take ballet lessons as part of his rehabilitation after a season-ending hockey injury, Chris shows up at Stafford Music and Dance Academy with a vow that this will be his only class. However, after meeting his kind but melancholy ballet instructor Arren, he suddenly finds himself interested in more than just the lessons.
As Chris struggles with ballet and Arren struggles with the painful accident that ended both his dance career and his belief in his own abilities, the two men find comfort in their growing desire for each other. Tempted by his instructor’s good looks and grace Chris soon realizes that he’s just the man to encourage Arren to lose his self-restraint—and to reach once more for his dreams. If that means catching Arren in the studio alone and engaging in some super hot and seriously naked therapy of his own devising, then all the better.
If you like hot ballet instructors and stubborn hockey players, this one’s definitely for you.
So as an author I have a big stake in the debate over Amazon: to buy from Amazon, or not to buy?
I’m actually not interested in addressing the Hatchette mess here, nor will I go into any of Amazon’s other issues – though they do need to be dealt with and they speak, I think, to Amazon’s ethos as a company. What I would like to say instead is that when you buy an ebook from Amazon – an ebook that might be available from other venues – you actually cut into the writer’s profits. More importantly, you can often get the same ebook cheaper elsewhere.
Many book publishers make their texts available on a variety of platforms. My novella In The Margin is available at Dreamspinner Press and on Amazon and also elsewhere. Ditto with my upcoming novella Physical Therapy. Here’s the kicker: I see less royalties from Amazon on my books than I do through the Dreamspinner or Ellora’s Cave sites.
tl;dr: Amazon isn’t the only game in town, so don’t be fooled into thinking so. The ebooks you download from Dreamspinner or Ellora’s Cave will work just fine on your Kindle – plus they’re often cheaper, you can browse through other similar artists you might like, and you can directly support the publisher while giving the author a bigger cut to boot.
What’s not to love? Plus, if you do find Amazon problematic for the reasons I already referenced earlier in this post, then this is just one more reason for you to shop for books elsewhere.
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Is that a cynical title?
It’s a cynical title. But this actually isn’t a cynical post. Rather, I’m interested in chronicling the journey of my hey-look-I’m-an-author experience, and part of that is sharing things I wish I’d known before I started actually trying to get my writing published.
So here it is, one of the biggies: the minute you get an acceptance, the minute you get it, put down everything else and celebrate yourself sick. Because the acceptance is the high point. What follows is not bad by any means and there will be other high points aplenty, but the acceptance is one of the pinnacles.
Curious how a shy, sexy dance instructor and his hotheaded client work out their frustrations during sessions? If so, Physical Therapy is for you – and it’s coming at the end of this month from Ellora’s Cave! Keep your eyes on the blog for more details soon.
Well, that was a little more elaborate than I expected. If you’re on Goodreads, come on over and say hi here.
Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.
- Neil Gaiman
I don’t know if I can speak for all writers, but for a long time – in high school and in college too – the art of writing came somewhat intuitively. I was told “hey, you’re a good writer!” and I internalized that; my essays never came back with many red marks. When I wanted to write fiction it sort of just appeared on the page with little effort on my end. Everyone acted as though that was a sort of magic, and I never concerned myself with the groundwork of what I knew intuitively through feeling words: the interplay of verbs and nouns, the brilliant effect of a sentence fragment placed just so, precise diction.
For a long time that worked for me – or worked well enough anyway to propel me through the choppy seas of academia. But now as I set about to make a career of writing (and I sigh when people eye me for writing “genre novels” as though the act of writing a romance is somehow Not Writing) I am having to unlearn all of what I knew before.
Writing is not so much magic as a precise and dangerous alchemy, and for the first time I’ve had to study the separate elements to make them work together or to work differently. The process of doing this, of course, means embracing my own imperfection – and the imperfection of my writing, too.
Those of you familiar with my writing will remember my two short novellas Wanderlust and Threshhold, which told the story of the itinerant wanderer Jamie and his grad-student partner Shea. I ended up revising and editing those two novellas significantly, and then they sort of grew and exploded together and turned into a novel because I wanted so much to explore these two lovers, their impact on each other, and then give them a happy ending.
The novellas have since been yanked, but that’s because I have some good news: Jamie and Shea have found a home at Torquere! I’m really excited. The title will be different so as not to confuse it with the shorter and less-developed novellas, but those of you who have been wondering about Jamie and Shea can finally follow their journey together. I’ll keep you posted as matters progress, so keep an eye on this space!
Well, now that details are finally locked down I can finally share the good news: soon you’ll be seeing some of my work via Ellora’s Cave! I’ll be writing for their Spectrum (LGBT) line and am currently in the editing process on the first manuscript, with two others to follow. I’ll just put a teaser here: if you like sports, erotica, and romance, you’re going to be a very happy camper with what I’m working on.
I’ll post more about the work as it progresses, but in the meantime, head on over to Ellora’s Cave via the link above and take a look at what they have on offer!