I remember like it was yesterday. It was January 6, 2013. I was talking on the phone with a friend and we joking about writing a book. It was nothing new to me because I have been told for years that I should write a book. After I hung up the phone, I decided to play around with the idea of writing. I started jotting down characters name, ages and occupations. Whether they were married, had children and so on.
The next morning, I went to work and mentioned that I was thinking of writing a book to a coworker. She was just as thrilled as I was with the idea. As I was speaking with her, I began to think "Wow! I may be able to do this, but what in the world would I write about?" Still contemplating, I decided to pick up the phone and call my sister. Her excitement for me made me realize I could probably write at least one.
I went home that night and started jotting until I came up with 5 groups of characters. I then thought to myself 'I can write 5 short stories with the characters, but what about?' Then it hit me, what do I enjoy 'think' I know a lot about but most of all what do I know about that I would find interesting. Sex! The touch of a man on my body, the scent, and on and on I began to think. I thought to myself how I feel my desires are not normal but some other people may have some of the same desires. I decided I would like to share some of my desires (along with some made up desires). I began to search the internet for information on how to actually 'write' a book and then stopped instantly. I pulled up Word and just started typing.
Once I started to write, I COULD NOT STOP! Idea after idea flowed through my mind. I felt so good bringing my ideas to life. I felt as though I were within the story touching these people, kissing them, hugging them, as well as fussing and arguing with them. I would burst out laughing, and be serious all at the same time at certain times of writing. Before I knew it, it was time for me to go to work.
I went to work with absolutely no sleep. I was so excited to get back to the laptop and write, being fatigue did not even hit me...until later.
The writing process was an experience I will never forget. The highs and the lows. 'Will people like my book? Is it too graphic? Are there too many sex scenes? How can I go to church after writing this type of book? How can I market this to some of my peers who are against what I am writing about?' My lows were very low! I almost gave up because of the way I was feeling. My sister and friends kept telling me to continue to push. Right after I hit my low, I hit a writers block. WHAT?! I had no idea what was going on with me. I just knew that the ideas stopped coming and I was lost. Once again I hit the internet to find out what I was experiencing..Writers Block. I couldn't believe it. I mean I have not been writing for years, only a few months. I took a week to get it together. All of a sudden, the thoughts started coming back and I was back to writing.
I finished my book in April 2013 and off it went to editing. I purchased my website, logo, book cover and copyrights all in the same timeframe. I was beyond excited. Then the problems with the editor, not corresponding as they should with delays. Let me just say I almost gave up AGAIN because of all the problems I had with the company I hired. They were extremely polite about the errors they caused and did everything possible to try and correct them, but I was a firecracker.
While the book was at edit and layout. I started the marketing process. "Or what I thought was marketing." Let me just say that I started late :). I did get ads on a couple of websites and get flyers out in 5 states though. I received my first proof and sat down to read it. I thought, "Wow, this is really good". My second proof came and I published immediately. My book Dilemmas Part 1 (African-American Adult Erotica) went live on June 1, 2013 and my eBook went love on June 18, 2013. Both days were very exciting to me.
I am proud of my work thus far and working on a second book. (Haven't started Part 2 of Dilemmas just yet). My numbers are steady right now and I am not so much worried about the dollar as I am about people liking what they read. I hope my books allow people to enjoy their sexual desires (safely) and maybe get some new ideas as well. (Trust me it is not PG ;))
I hope you have enjoyed my first blog post! I hope that new aspiring authors are able to get some ideas on how to get started with becoming an author from this blog as well.
More to come...