Okay, I don't know if you have caught on or not, but the dates on my blog and the actually post dates are different. That's because you all know that I don't have a computer or Internet at home. However, I finally checked out a netbook from school until I graduate. I can now only get on the Internet in hot spots, which does not include the area around my house. On the upside, at least it does have the basic WordPad so I can write my second post and write blog posts, save them, and post them online later. Anywhoo, I was up this morning and found an old blog post that I was suppose to put up before Ain't Karma's A Bitch? So here it is...
Today I received the surprise of a lifetime...the proof of my book came in the mail three days early. I wasn't expecting to get it until at least the sixth, but I'll take it. I cannot describe the feeling I had when I saw my grandfather walk through the front door carrying that box, and it was at that moment that I knew what it was before he even placed it in my hand.
Then, I finally opened the box and saw the spine. I was like, "Oh my God!" Then, I hurried and closed the box back. I was so excited I literally had to coach and prepare myself before I pulled the book out of the box. I took a deep breath and removed my creation from its package. My initial reaction was, "What the heck? It was supposed to be hardback with a dust jacket." Then, I remembered I changed it to paperback before I submitted it for review.
After I got over that whole fiasco, now it was the moment of truth. It was time to look for material mistakes. Good news is, it looked exactly like it did on the computer. Bad news is, I still felled to correct a couple minor details. The first thing I forgot to do is indent my paragraphs. Now each chapter looks like one long paragraph. In a way, its fine with me, but that's only because I know where each paragraph begins and ends. Honestly, I pondered leaving it, but I just can't ignore a problem that obvious. The second thing is the font. I had so much problem with the different fonts before that when I removed all the formatting to start over, i didn't change my fonts again. I used the most basic fonts that I could find. If I'm not mistaken, I had my book in Courier New and when one of my character texted, I used Times New Roman for the text messages. Well, the words are light and the text messages are darker then the rest of the book (and I didn't put it in bold either). Don't get me wrong, the book doesn't look bad at all. It's the fact that it looks like I typed it on a typewriter.
As far as other errors like unwanted spacing and ecetera, I haven't read the book over yet to check for those types of errors.
In other news, I received another email from Smashwords saying that they have found a silver lining in the PayPal requirements. As long as bestiality, incest, and rape aren't the main theme of the book, you can publish it. In other words, if the main topic of your book is about...uh I don't know...the struggles of two teenage girls who are transitioning to adulthood and you write a few scenes of rape and underage sexual content then, its okay, its like life. Things like that happen, but that doesn't mean its your life's story. Anywhoo, my contract will be up with KDP on the eighth of this month, so after I get things situated on my end, you will be seeing my work back on smashwords as well as KDP (amazon) and lulu.
You know, since I am on the subject of PayPal and their regulations, I might as well tell you what I think of this little policy. Putting it nicely, it sucks major big balls. Like I said in one of my previous blogs, this regulation is like music producer trying to control what their artists write. This is absurd. In email I received from Smashwords, it says their purpose is to help indie writers whether or not they read the books themselves. What are people going to do next...take away freedom of speech perhaps? The day I start writing what people tell me to write, is the day I loose my hands and someone else has to write for me.
I am only one person and I can only do so much. I need you to help raise the awareness about PayPal's attempt to control what we write. I'm against bestiality, but I bet there are a select group of people out there who gets off at the thought of that. Who am I to criticize the author who entertains these thoughts? You may like that yourself or you may be trying to reach a certain audience, but by all means make your paper boo boo. Erotica is all about sex and there is no way in getting around that fact, but believe it or not, erotica is way more than written porn with a long story line. Erotica is also about exploring that side of yourself. Erotica is about sparking your imagination for your adventurous side. If you limit the imaginations of indie erotic authors then you might as well call it the end of real erotica.
So, spread the word, blog about it, and help keep the limitations off the imaginations of indie erotic authors.
Until next time,
Queen B... and the B is not for Breean!