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Reminder: price increase on Her Substitute (and other stuff)

Well. Time flies, eh? Blah blah blah cliché, blah blah blah aphorism. Here we are at the end of February, just about, so I figured I was overdue for an update.

Not that I’m sure anyone is reading these updates. Let me know if you do. I used to blog a bit more frequently, back in the day, and I could do more but blogging takes time from writing. Although that’s a weak defense; plenty of other stuff takes even more time from writing. Ah well, you get the picture. Let’s dive in.

Reviews for Her Substitute

First of all, thanks! Thank you to everyone who left reviews on Her Substitute on Amazon.com (and .co.uk, fellow UK people!). I don’t have time right now, unfortunately, to quote people. I will at some point and add them to the page for the book.

I really, really appreciate your time to review the book. It absolutely makes a difference to sales, to perception and most important of all (ahem) to my ego. Only kidding. Nothing helps that. Anyway – big sloppy wet kisses or hugs (your choice) to all my reviewers.

Want to be one of the people receiving this unwanted close contact? Review the book already people.

Price increase for Her Substitute

As I mentioned back when I launched Her Substitute, the initial price was introductory, for all you lovely people! As of March 1st, I’m pushing the price to $6.99 (and near equivalents – basically whatever A Lie Within A Lie: The Spy costs globally, it’ll cost the same). In addition, I’ll be adding Her Substitute to Kindle Unlimited, which means I have to remove the PDF version from Gumroad, where it’ll be gone for at least three months. Let me bullet point all that for ease of skimming:

  • Her Substitute will cost $6.99 as of March 1st
  • It will become available to read for free, for Kindle Unlimited members
  • It will be removed from Gumroadif you want the PDF version, buy it now

Why do I have to remove it from Gumroad? Because putting a book in Kindle Unlimited means it can’t be available for sale anywhere else. It’s a rolling three month exclusivity period. If, at the end of the three months, I can see that the ‘sales’ (AKA page reads) for Her Substitute don’t look as good as the Gumroad sales have been, I’ll pull it back out.

Which makes me think I should consider putting Practice to Deceive in Kindle Unlimited too. Hmm.

On to the free stuff!

The New Job… is coming back

After a couple of months away I think I cracked – kind of – where to go next with The New Job. (A title which is so ‘working’, it might as well be earning a paycheck.) That means in the next newsletter (which will go out this week, i.e. in March) you’ll be able to read some more of it. Yay! As always, I appreciate feedback – especially on stuff like this, which is totally in process, hence my stop-start cadence, really.

Are you sitting there saying “What the hell is The New Job?” You should subscribe to the newsletter.

Did you see my ‘ad’?

YouTuber and masking enthusiast couple KairaChloe have been making mask videos for a while, and also were taking commissions – so I asked them to make a little video for me to promote Her Substitute. I wrote a little script, Chloe got on camera and had fun with a mask. Here’s the result.

Fun huh? It wasn’t super elaborate, but still I got a few new readers from it. It always surprises me that there are people out there who don’t know about mask fiction. I have thoughts on this, but I might save them for another post. I’m currently thinking about another commissioned video which might promote my books in general… this time without masks. We’ll see if it works out.

That’ll do for now! I’ve got more, but I’ll keep it to myself for now. Speak soon!

 

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Quick update for January

Happy New Year. At last. Clearly, I am not dead. Yet.

The New Job (and the newsletter) aren’t dead either. I’ll get it out soon. For those who haven’t, feel free to sign up from any of the spots around the site and get both the newsletter to ignore and access to a piece of fiction that’s been (very) slowly growing.

Writing has been painful as of late. Various reasons, all personal. Trying to grind out the words, but it’s been hard. Hoping to address this soon.

However, I’ve managed to get my shit together long enough that soon – like, within a few days soon – Her Substitute (nee The Substitute) will be hitting pre-order on Amazon. I’ll also have it available away from Amazon, at least for a limited period. Much more to come as the date of release approaches. I think I can say with some certainty you’re going to like it.

For now, leaving you with that, and a generally warm fuzzy feeling, as I’m a nice chap. More soon.

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Newsletter and other small stuff

Hey, hello, I’m on ‘va-cay-shun’ as Americans like to say so this’ll be short.

First, thanks to the valiant efforts and kind words of several Amazon reviewers, The New Job will continue… but yeah I’m late. Sue me for your free fiction! It’s been tricky to continue, despite quite a few suggestions. I think I might have to be more specific next time: don’t tell me the destination, just suggest a next step. While many of the ideas were good, many were also way too broad to be feasible. That said, a good idea is a good idea. Not signed up for the newsletter? Do so here and when I do send it, you’ll get access to an 11,000 word (and counting), er, thing.

Second, small thing. I have a DeviantArt account, like most good,,, uh… deviants. For the vast majority of the seven (!!) years it’s been active, it’s just been me collecting my usual perversions in one place. There’s art, cosplay pics, that sort of thing. However in an effort to give back I did toss the first two issues of BBSSG (AKA ‘Betty Brant as Spider-Girl’ fic) on there literally five (!!!) years ago. I’m about to start adding them gradually so there’s a repository there that isn’t behind Yahoo’s walls. In addition I posted Beneath the Veil, which is ancient, but this puts it out there. (One day I might get the energy to rewrite that thing and then maybe publish it…? But really, don’t hold your breath.)

Part of the reason I threw Beneath the Veil on DA is because on a whim I threw it on Fictionmania, and lo and behold… found a group of readers there who’d never read it. Sigh. I mean, it’s only seventeen (!!?!?) years old. Uh, guess I’m not as notorious as I thought. Anyway, that happened. (Also if you’re here and you’re like “Beneath the whatnow?” please please comment and let me know. I’m interested to know what (if anything) people have never read. I work under the assumption everyone’s read everything. Maybe I should write up a ‘checklist’ of stuff. Which will depress me in a “Why haven’t I written more?” kind of way. I digress, as I am wont to do.)

None of this changes anything really, but as a self-pub author, you’ve got to spread yourself around a bit so people can find your stuff. Ergo, this sort of thing happens.

Halloween in a week. Anyone doing anything fun, writing wise?

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So, what happens next?

For those of you who are on my newsletter mailing list, you’re getting access to an ongoing story called (provisionally, I guess) The New Job.

By the way, don’t panic. It’s going to continue. More on that in the next newsletter.

But here’s my question: what the heck should happen next? I wasn’t kidding you when I said I have literally no idea what direction this thing is going in. You know what the general setup is, and you know exactly what our protagonist got their hands on at the end of the last installment.

So what happens next? Let me know in a comment or drop me an email. And make it quick! I have to write this thing soon!

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September update

Hello! Been a while. Well not that long, but a while. An indeterminable unit of time. Long enough that I have a nagging feeling that I need to update you guys about… well, whatever. So let’s see what we got.

Father Knows Best is still being worked on. Seriously! It’s been slow, to be frank, because editing isn’t my favorite task. Especially when editing basically means rewriting, which I’ve mostly been doing – it’s an old story and I feel it needs some work in most scenes. Recently a scene sort of popped into my head which I really felt I needed to add, so that’s getting spliced in somewhere, somehow. I think it’s hot, so, you know… worthwhile. Of course, I still have the ending to write as well.

By the way, I’m sure I’m going to need to change the title on this one. It’s just kind of dull, really. Got any thoughts? I’m also pretty positive it might have to be sold away from Amazon. Even though the story doesn’t feature actual sex between actual blood family members, some might read it that way, and Amazon has a strict no-damn-way policy on stories that feature incest. So, while I’m not changing the story (it’s about a father and his stepdaughter, as you might recall) it might get sold in places other than Amazon. Not something I intend to make a habit of, by the way.

Speaking of title changes, I’m pretty sure I’m going to change the title for what was The Substitute. Partly to avoid confusion with Vic’s original work, but also to make it a little clearer. I’m thinking Her Substitute. At least that implies impersonation and crossdressing! I need to edit this, and I mean really edit it (not rewrite it), but that’s going to take a while as it’s novel-sized. I had this weird notion I’d get it out in October… I really have no idea if that will happen. Good news is I already have my cover image, I’ve just got to piece it together. Who knows, maybe this could be an ebook/paperback simultaneous release.

Finally… the sequel to Practice to Deceive has gotten some love recently. It’s over 55,000 words now, but I’m projecting it’ll be the same length as Practice to Deceive so… plenty of words to go. (About double that number, at least.) I’d say I’m about half-way through the plot too, but things are starting to get interesting.

Elsewhere, The New Job will get more words before the middle of the month. If you don’t know what that is, you’re not subscribed to my newsletter! Subscribe today and get this piece of serialized fiction as I write it, month to month.