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Barnes & Noble links updated!

what kind of book 2Yes, most of my ebooks ARE STILL available on Barnes & Noble! (Which I actually found a little surprising. LOL!) They changed the way their URLs are set up though, so most of the links links to my ebooks were outdated. Those links have now been fixed, so if you are a Barnes & Noble customer, all of my ebooks available on B&N can now be accessed directly from each ebook’s individual page here.

I’m sure there are numerous other links on this site that need either updated or eliminated, but those were the most glaring ones. Will work on them as time and opportunity allows.

I have other ideas and projects floating around in my head, just need to find the time (and yes, sometimes even the motivation) to work on and implement them.

I am still around, however, and things are good, but unfortunately writing endeavors are one of those things that seems to be continually having to take a back seat. My books continue to keep selling however, and I thank those who are continuing to seek my stories out. 🙂

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“Mismatch: Book 8 of The Angel Falls Library Files” is (finally!) released

book-8-cover-1-rev-smallThe much anticipated (well, by us anyway) release of the 8th entry from Paige Turner’s illicit journals of the deliciously steamy sagas permeating the town of Angel Falls is finally here!

At over 30,000 words, “Mismatch” follows the story of two mothers and two sons, and the variables and nuances of the sexual discoveries they each experience, discoveries which only get hotter with each turn of the page. Sexual excitement mixes with emotional turmoil at times, as these four distinct personalities navigate the roads to their ultimate incestuous satisfactions. (With a little help from our favorite lusty librarian, of course.)

“Mismatch” is currently available on Carnal Pleasures and Carnaltopia, as well as on Smashwords and Excitica. It should be available at other outlets soon. Keep checking the book’s web page for further availability.

“Confessions of My Nephew”: Today’s featured erotica title on “Kinky Literature”!!

Confessions cover updated 437x700I’m thrilled to announce that my debut story. “Confessions of My Nephew”, is one of today’s featured titles on the website “Kinky Literature“! Their website features and promotes hundreds of titillating titles by dozens of current erotica authors. After today my ebook will continue to be promoted on their site with its own brief info page and a link to the title’s Smashwords page.

“Kinky Literature” does not sell books directly, but rather promotes various titles along with links to the Amazon and/or Smashwords pages where they are available. The site is run by a couple, Richie and Randi, who were part of the group that founded YouPorn.com.  (Richie is also the author of “TaXXXi Tales”.) It’s a wonderful service they offer to their fellow erotica authors, and I’m thrilled to be included among the list of titles! The site also features a blog and their very own “Sexpert”, who gives advice on matters of a ‘kinky’ nature. 😉

They have informed me also that they will be featuring and promoting my title “Mother Pushes the Swing” in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, be sure to check out the enormous number of available titles that they promote, as well as their other features.

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Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted an entry here. We’ve moved again, and other matters have taken up considerable attention, including an atrocious amount of time it took to FINALLY get internet access hooked up! Book 8 of Angel Falls is still in final editing stages, but we’ve only been able to work on it bits at a time. Hopefully soon we’ll actually start to feel like smut writers again. 😀 LOL!

 

Oh, how I love to tease!!

browsing-pornI am currently in the process of re-tagging all of my Tumblr posts that include excerpts from our ebooks and linking those tags to each ebook’s page on this site. (Which is turning out to be a much bigger project than I anticipated. LOL!)

So now, when you click on the “Read excerpt” links at the bottom of each book’s page, instead of being directed to just one excerpt on my TabooTalk Reddit forum, you will be directed to NUMEROUS excerpts posted on my Tumblr blog!

I’m still working on getting to all of the excerpt posts, but as of now each ebook page has at east a handful of excerpts linked to it. (Except for the bundles, but I plan to get to them eventually also.) Many of the excerpt passages repeat, but most excerpts have different images attached, so they should still prove to be… ‘entertaining’. 😉

Also keep in mind, it is Tumblr, which seems to have been a bit overrun with porn bots lately. I’ve tried to eliminate all of the images that seem to generate pop-ups, but I’m sure I’ve missed a few.

sore-pussyMy publisher might say I’m “giving away” too much… LOL… but if you’re considering acquiring any of our titles, please check out the excerpts for a much better idea of what the stories are about.

At the very least, I hope you enjoy the “tease”. 😉

Updated Links Page

late-masturbatingJust got done doing a bit of an overhaul to my links page, which was SORELY in need of updating!! I added a few links, changed some that were outdated, and -regrettably- deleted a few where the web page no longer exists. (A couple of them I was almost crying at having to get rid of.)

It’s also categorized a bit more, with the “taboo” related stuff in it’s own section, and just ‘general’ sexy snippets and information in another. A few more erotica authors were added to the list as well.

If you’re a fan of this site and have a web page or blog you’d like to see promoted in my links section, feel free to contact me through the form on the links page near the bottom, or through my “About/Contact” page.

book-8-cover-1-rev-smallOn a side note, book 8 of The Angel Falls Library Files, “Mismatch”, is still in the editing stages, but I do have a page set up for it which includes a cover reveal. The first excerpt from the story is also up on my Tumblr blog, which you can read by clicking >here<. 🙂

We have two other projects also in the works, but I will try to update this blog a little more frequently than I have been lately. (Stuff just seems to keep coming up.)

OHH!! Almost forgot… Just recently received a review on Smashwords for my story “If the Door Is Open…” 4-star rating by the reader, and a very complimentary review. 😀

Want MORE of Angel Falls??

peek nudeAs another prelude to the release of book 7 of The Angel Falls Library Files, I’ve put together a new Tumblr blog entitled “Life in Angel Falls”.

This blog is designed to be a companion piece to the Angel Falls series, containing snippets and short vignettes based heavily on characters and events from the Angel Falls Library Files, and occasionally from some of my other titles as well, inspired by some of the erotic images I come across on Tumblr and other online sources.

Containing teasers of unwritten stories, side stories, extensions of stories, and sometimes excerpts from stories already released, this blog is presented as a “peek” into the secret notes kept by assistant librarian Paige Turner as she continues her ongoing journey into incestuous discoveries among the residents and students of the quaint little college town of Angel Falls.

If there’s a naughty little taboo secret nearby, Paige will surely find it. 😉

real life disappoints-masturbate to tumblrIn reality, this is more or less a venue for me to help keep my writing skills sharp, and will hopefully end up giving fans of the series a little more to help fuel their imaginations inbetween releases of our books. Right now there are only a handful of entries in the blog, but it will be added to on a fairly frequent basis.

Book 7 of The Angel Falls Library Files, “Double Dare”, is currently in the final editing stages and should be ready for release in just a matter of days!!

Ohh, and book 8 is already under way. 😉 LOL

 

Our latest release -“The Angel Falls Library Files: The Extended Family Collection” – is now available at Carnal Pleasures and Smashwords!

AF Trilogy 2 cover 2 smallThe Angel Falls Library Files: The Extended Family Collection“, the 2nd trilogy bundle in the Angel Falls series, is now available on Carnal Pleasures, as well as Carnaltopia and Smashwords. It should be available at other outlets as well soon.

This collection contains books 4, 5 and 6 of the ongoing Angel Falls series, “Tattletale“, “Seduction of the Shrew“, and “Forbidden Incentives“.

This is a prelude to the release of our upcoming book 7, “Double Dare“. Stay tuned… 😉

Also, on a side note, more of my titles are currently available once again on Smashwords. Even more will be available shortly. 🙂

Angel Falls returns to Amazon

censoredSometimes the good folks at Boruma Publishing just amaze the shit out of me.

Going through various channels, the first four books of The Angel Falls Library Files, “Craving His Attention“, “Sharing Secrets“, “Give and Take“, and “Tattletale“, are once again gracing the pages of the ever-popular Kindle section of Amazon’s website. (The links for each can be found on each book’s individual page.) Books 5 and 6 are expected there shortly.

I have rather mixed feelings about this…While I applaud Boruma’s efforts and abilities, it is, after all, Amazon. “Feeding the beast” is still somewhat distasteful to me, considering the way Amazon treats many individual authors. Plus the fact that, even though these titles managed to slip through despite their EXTREMELY taboo nature, descriptions and excerpts had to be “adjusted” to hide that fact, which in effect means that readers really won’t know what they’re getting until they actually buy the title, and readers who actually DO want titles that extremely taboo still won’t be able to find it unless totally by accident.

In any case, there they are for those folks who are helplessly addicted to Amazon’s nifty little “Buy now with one click” button. I would still much rather readers buy my books through other venues for various reasons, not the least of which is that the royalty percentage I receive through Amazon sales is atrocious due to the various channels these books need to go through. (I receive the highest royalty percentage on sales through Carnal Pleasures and Carnaltopia.) But, for those who insist on only going the Amazon route as their source for smutty entertainment, well… a sale is a sale, I suppose. I just won’t get paid as much.

By the way, the debut title of my love, Lilly-Rose Young, “Pushing Boundaries“, is also available on Amazon.

“Mother Pushes the Swing” is once again available on Smashwords!

FORREST YOUNG - Mother Pushes the Swing 7-retouched smallAfter a prolonged absence, my ebook “Mother Pushes the Swing” is once again available to customers of the Smashwords website. More of my titles will be added to the Smashwords website as well within the next few days.

“Mother Pushes the Swing” is also now available on the Excitica website run by erotica author Selena Kitt.

Look for the release of a couple of brand new titles within the next few days as well. 🙂

 

Ready To Be Teased??

shocked-glassesCheck out my Tumblr blog where I just recently posted a FIRST EVER “sneak peek” excerpt from our upcoming ebook “Double Dare”, the next installment of The Angel Falls Library Files!! Look for some other excerpts coming up later on, and (hopefully soon) a cover reveal.

Also, taking a moment to blow my own horn here, my anthology “The Irresistible Moms Collection” is currently holding the NUMBER NINE spot on the Carnal Pleasures Top 20 list!! “If the Door Is Open” also bumped up a few notches at number 15!

(Oh, that felt so good!)

Blowing the Horns Of Others

How’s THAT for a dirty-sounding blog title?? 😉

late night surfingSome of you may have noticed a new little blue box at the top of the page. (The one labeled “Artistic Endeavors“.) If you hover over it or click on it, you’ll find a whole bunch of little goodies behind it. (Or soon will, anyway.)

In an attempt to make this web page a little more than just about my ebooks (although that WILL remain a major focus) and more about “taboo erotica” in general, I’ve designed these pages to direct people to creative works by others who share my same penchant for the delightfully forbidden and deliciously taboo. 🙂 This project is still in its VERY early stages -in fact some of the pages don’t have anything in them as of yet- but as I find the time to work on it, it will be filled with links to sites that will delight your senses in one way or another. 🙂 Stay tuned and keep checking.. These pages will be added to on a regular basis.

In a couple other noteworthy updates, I will soon be releasing the second trilogy of The Angel Falls Library Files, which will contain books 4, 5 and 6. It will be a prelude to the UPCOMING BOOK 7 of the series, which my gorgeous and talented wife and I are currently working diligently on. It’s actually my first attempt at doing a story with a brother-sister theme, and to be honest I felt a bit of trepidation about it. It’s not that the concept doesn’t turn me on (it does!! LOL!!), but I wasn’t sure if I could do as much justice to this particular relationship dynamic as I had with previous ones. As with most of my stories though, this one eventually started taking on a life of its own, and I’m actually quite pleased with the way it turned out. 🙂 The final draft is done, just in the process now of picking nits. Look for some excerpts to be released soon!

Lilly-Rose and I are also doing some brainstorming on a project that we plan on releasing as a stand-alone story, not part of the Angel Falls series. I don’t want to give TOO much away too soon,  but it involves a whole immediate family scenario, where past, present and future intermingle. There are many facets and many levels of interaction, and is easily our most ambitious project to date. It wouldn’t surprise me if this one won’t be ready for release until the beginning of next year. But we’re both very excited about it. 🙂

Stop the presses!!

News, news, and more news!! Jeez, where do I start?

Spinning Heads complete cover 1 500x800lWell, let’s begin with the fact that my latest offering, “Spinning Heads-The Complete Collection” is NOW AVAILABLE on Carnal Pleasures and Carnaltopia! This includes all five of my original series of short erotic stories, along with a couple of additional naughty treats:

Lucy-original cover 1 complete 500x800This particular collection includes the ORIGINAL version of my short story “Lucy”, which was considered just a little too “taboo” for most distributors and ebook sellers to carry. The version previously released for publication was modified (much to my chagrin) in order to provide it broader availability. I finally reverted it back to its original version for this collection. (So CENSOR THIS, assholes!!)

Happens Every Time cover complete 1 500x800This collection also includes an additional bonus SIXTH story written more recently, entitled “It Happens Every Time”. This story takes a bit of a different tone than the rest of the series, but probably presents the “cuckold/hotwife” fantasy in a rather unique light, as seen from the perspective of the “extra” male in this equation. It’s a bit of a heartbreaker, but still plenty of hot sex action. 😉

This collection, by the way, is a Carnal Pleasures/Carnaltopia EXCLUSIVE! You won’t find this complete collection, or the bonus material in it, anywhere else.

This is also probably a good time to introduce my BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW Home/Welcome page. Yep… went out a got me a new doormat. 🙂 This page is a little more versatile than the one I put together previously, allowing me to add a little more content around the edges, and I think it looks a bit sharper also. My old front page is still active, for those of you who still have the link, but if you click the link at the top, it’ll take you to my freshly painted foyer.Just be sure to wipe your feet, or better still, take off your shoes and stay a while. 😀

Ohhh, and HEY!! I’M FAMOUS! I’M FAMOUS!!

ITDIO psp cover 5 reverse 9 500x800Okay, maybe not quite… But I DID notice recently that I currently have not just one, but TWO of my titles prominently displayed on the Carnal Pleasures Top 20 LIST!! My stand-alone story “If the Door Is Open” is Irresistible Moms psp cover 1 500x800bringing up the rear at number 20, and my anthology “The Irresistible Moms Collection” is dangling at the number 13 spot! Not quite the NYT bestsellers list, but hey, I’m tickled pink! Thanks to my many readers there who make me feel that it’s all worthwhile. 🙂

 

 

Just released!! “Forbidden Incentives: Book 6 of The Angel Falls Library Files”

Forbidden Incentives cover 1-500x800Again, this one has been a long time in coming. At over 30,000 words, this is currently my longest released work to date, and my second full collaboration with my wonderful wife Lilly-Rose Young. (I so love writing with this woman!!)

“Forbidden Incentives” is the sixth entry in my Angel Falls Library Files series, focusing on Paula and her son Justin, who’s lives take drastic turns when Paula attempts to turn her son’s lackadaisical attitude around with “less-than-conventional” methods. This sets them on paths that neither one of them could have imagined, especially when they meet Paige, who’s life is dramatically affected by them as much as their lives are affected by her. It all culminates in a pivotal point in the creation of The Angel Falls Library Files.

There were just too many variables and too much detail I wanted to include to make this a “short” story. By all rights, I could have actually turned this into two separate books, but I wanted this story to wrap up in what is basically the second “trilogy” of the series. Beginning with book 7, this series will follow a slightly different sort of format, focusing on much shorter stories as the series expands beyond Paige and her incestuously naughty family. 🙂

Book 6 is currently available on Carnal Pleasures, as well as Carnaltopia and Smashwords, and should be available on other venues shortly.

We hope it was worth the wait. 🙂

 

Now that I FINALLY have a freakin’ moment (just barely)…

stories unwrittenYeah, I’m still around. (In case anyone was wondering.. LOL!) Just been real hectic the last couple of weeks or so. Hopefully I’ll get back on track here sometime soon, at least to get back into the blog hops for MasturbationMonday and TabooTuesday again. Kind of miss doing those, and checking out the other participants as well. Even though I haven’t been able to participate lately, check out the sidebar links and keep up with what other folks are offering. 🙂

I want to take a moment to thank the folks at Boruma Publishing for making me a contributing author on their WordPress site! The timing is a little bad, but I do plan on making some contributions there as soon as things settle down here! Kudos to K.C. Cave and Alana Church for making their voices heard there, and helping to get their site off the ground. Whenever I catch their posts and have a moment to do so, I’ll be sure to post links to them on my TabooTalk forum, and maybe a couple of other places as well. 🙂

Work on book 6 of Angel Falls is coming along very nicely! My beautiful and thoughtful wife saw fit to grace me with a tablet for Christmas, which has allowed me to focus on my writing endeavors at times and places I wasn’t able to before, so that’s allowed my progress to increase dramatically! Look for a cover reveal and some “sneak peek” excerpts slipping onto this site very soon. 🙂

Hope everyone had an absolutely fantastic holiday!!!

A Quick Note for Smashwords Customers

Most of my titles have recently been removed from Smashwords so some updates and/or modifications can be made. They will gradually be added back to the Smashwords site over the next few days. An enormous amount of gratitude goes out to the good folks at Boruma Publishing for their invaluable assistance in completing this task. (If you’ve already purchased one or more of my titles on Smashwords, first of all THANK YOU!! and the version you purchased will still be available to you for download.)

In the meantime, my entire catalog is still available at many other venues including Carnal Pleasures, Barnes & Noble, and Taboo Reading.

On a side note, I am pleased to announce that I am now a contributing author to the Excitica website! All of my titles will soon be available there over the next few days as well.

The Amazon eBook Market

I wonder how much of an ass-reaming I would get if I posted this on the eroticauthors Reddit group. 😉 I’m sure the Amazon whores would once again try to ride me out of town.

In any case, if you’re an erotica author, this may be some food for thought from the folks at Lots’s Cave…

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For the last year stories have abounded regarding authors getting rich with incomes of ten to a hundred thousand per month by writing short stories. Is this possible? How much can I really make?

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Ever since Amazon changed their Kindle Unlimited program, authors have been trying to gauge the eBook market. Authors, particularly those writing short stories (3,000-5,000 words) have started to wonder if the market will even support their shorts, or if a shift into longer works is necessary to earn an income. Doing some initial research, I found answers couldn’t have been more conflicting.

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Usually when conflicting answers exist, one finds in them a majority opinion. With enough backtracking the answer process becomes clear. In this case however, little data could be found with which to form a starting point. What I found is the entire…

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Just A Short Little Update…

hands 001We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for a wedding ceremony! We were able to stand and declared our love and devotion to each other in front of a few close family and friends on an 80 degree fall day in a beautiful park on top of a hill two weeks ago today. In spite of a ‘minor’ little glitch in getting the paperwork taken care of, my Lilly-Rose now has a legal claim to me. 😀 (Ball and chain not included, but hey, that might be fun too…)

After way too long a time of everything being put on hold, work on “Seduction of the Shrew”, entry number 5 in the Angel Falls Library Files series, is coming along quite nicely. I put down the basic premise, and my Lily-Rose checks the editing and offers suggestions. I love the collaboration!! (Although I do wish she’d contribute a little more to the sex scenes. She does much better at writing sex scenes than I do. LOL!) Now that all the wedding planning and things like that are over with, we’re able to devote a bit more time to our writing endeavors. If these beginnings are any indication, we are going to come up with some really great stuff in the future! As with most of my stories, this one will go in a few directions I’ve never touched on before.Book 5 - psp cover 2-FLRY 500x800

I’ve been spending a bit of time trying to get my new Tumblr blog back up to the following that my old blog had, but it’s been very slow going. Social media is such a funny and fickle thing, but it seemed with my old blog, the more of a following I hadtumblr sidetrack there, the more attention my web page got. I’m hoping this new blog will follow the same pattern. Right now my Reddit page seems to be the most prevalent gateway to my web pages, which is actually a little surprising to me. But, I’ll gladly take what I can get. LOL.

By the way, for those wanting to sample some excerpts from most of my books, there are now a significant number of them posted on my Tumblr page, which you can find by clicking >here<. They are short excerpts combined with images reblogged from other Tumblr users which happen to fit the scene from the story. It’s actually kind of fun going through images and coming across ones which I think, “Hey, this would go real well with [this scene] from [this book]!” LOL. Another way to keep the creative juices flowing. 🙂 if they only knew

Speaking of Tumblr blogs, my Lilly-Rose is now maintaining three of them. If you like eroticism that is a little more on the romantic, sensual, playful, and sometimes even ‘cute’ side, go check out her blogs, Lilly-Rose Young, A Little Space 4 Me, and Elegant Orgasm. Each one has its own “flavor”, reflecting the various sides of her personality.

As you can probably tell, she definitely keeps my life interesting. 😉

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Three Cheers for Banned Books!!!

dirty storiesI love writing “dirty” stories.

More importantly, I love writing stories that contain ideas… In this case, the underlying theme in most of my stories (along with lots and lots of “hot sex”!!) is the idea of people being able to enter into whatever types of relationships that work for them and satisfy them. No matter WHAT type of relationship that happens to be!

Most people don’t seem to like that “idea”. They don’t understand it. It scares them. And because of that, they don’t wish me to express that idea. It makes them uncomfortable. To me, that’s what good writers do… They make people “uncomfortable”.

As a proud author of banned books (thanks, Amazon…), I thought I’d pass along some interesting information about other “banned books” and how they got banned, courtesy of the ACLU website:


Introducing – Carnaltopia!!

There’s a new erotica e-book dealer in town… and this one is hot enough to practically melt your computer monitor!!

Carnaltopia features authors and stories that the folks at Carnal Pleasures considers “the best of the best”.. Stories that are creatively imaginative, well-written, and most important of all, hot! HOT!! HOT!!! Most of the stories are ‘taboo’ in nature, although some are not. Just quality works of erotic fiction that will set your imagination soaring, and most likely send your fingers flying. 😉

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Currently there are only around a dozen or so authors featured on Carnaltopia, but more will be gradually added over time. I am honored beyond words that they asked to have my titles included among this list of distinguished authors, and they have also seen fit to want to include “Pushing Boundaries“, the premiere title by my love, Lilly-Rose Young.

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Among the other fine authors included on this site are my good friend K.C. Cave, as well as Becca Sinh, Tani Fredricks,  Charles E. Magness, Franki McCallister, and Alexi Fall.

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Carnal Pleasures is a wonderful site featuring dozens of authors and hundreds of stories. Many of these you will NOT find on Amazon, or many other sites. If you’re looking for stories and authors that they consider the “cream of the crop” in quality erotic storytelling however, give Carnaltopia a try. 🙂

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Heyy, look at this… TWO POSTS from me in ONE DAY! (If you’re wondering about the title, just keep reading.. It will make sense, I promise, and you will probably chuckle at my creativity. Then again, maybe not…)

computer sex 001A while back a fellow author asked me about the benefits of using social media, and the best ways to go about it. Since then, I’ve been rumbling in my head about putting up a post concerning that, the benefits and pitfalls of various ones, and how to use them to an author’s advantage. Well, just recently I came across an article that actually offered much more sage advice about it than I would be capable of. (And probably with much more flair. I’m kinda jealous about that part.)That article is posted below in its entirety, as well as a link to the original source. 

Social media is a great tool for self-promotion and making your presence known, but let’s face it, it can only do so much. Using social media alone is not going to make you rich by any means. But it is an excellent start, and a place you can direct people to. Even if you have a publisher, self-promotion and an attractive web presence is pretty crucial. I will probably still offer my own thoughts about each type of social media, what’s good and what’s bad about them, and how best to use them in a future post, but for now, here are some excellent words of wisdom concerning that topic from Chuck Wendig on the Terrible Minds website: 


SOCIAL MEDIA FOR WRITERS IS A MISUNDERSTOOD OPPORTUNITY

You can sell books using social media.

You also can’t really sell books using social media.

The cat is both dead and alive.

Let me unpack this a little bit.

For quite some time, social media has been promoted by nearly everybody, including publishers, as a Very Good Way to SELL YOUR BOOKS. You have a Certified Platform. It is the place where you express your Authorial Brand. (My platform is cobbled together from the skulls of my enemies, and my brand looks like Calvin peeing on a tiny bigot.) Publishers say: YOU MUST TWEET. YOU MUST FACEYTALK. YOU MUST BLARGH ON THE BLOGS. Not-good publishers take this a step further and basically use an author’s social media presence — meaning, her brand and platform, or her “brandform,” if we’re into making up shitty corporate-speak — to sell the books instead of actually levying their own power as a publisher to do the same. (Note: if this is your publisher’s only marketing plan, please bill them for your time.)

And it has become quite understood across both traditional and indie publishing that This Is Now How You Sell Books. And that’s not entirely inaccurate.

But it is a little bit inaccurate.

You can, indeed, sell books on social media.

You can sell, depending on your outreach, 10s to 100s of copies of your books.

That’s not nothing. Every book sold is a pebble thrown into the water. And each pebble has the potential to make ripples that reach shores you had never previously reached. Word-of-mouth is the truest driver for selling your work, and where once our “circle of trust” in that regard was fairly small (and entirely IRL), it has grown much wider given our online networks. So, selling a book to even a single person has meaning. That person, if they like it, may go on and tell their friends (online and off) about the book. And they may tell their friends, and on and on.

Problem is, this is an effect with diminishing returns. You ping your social network a handful of times and after that, they start to feel besieged by the promotion. Here and there, “Hey, I have a book, and I want to speak earnestly about it?” That can work. But a constant barrage of LOOK BOOK LOOK BOOK HEY HEY HEY I WROTE A BOOK I WROTE A BOOK is you being a dog just wantonly humping legs. Maybe we’re not mad at you about it, but it’s still a little embarrassing for everyone involved. If you’re an author with a book out, it’s expected that you’ll advertise it, talk about it, and keep a little momentum going. But it’s also feared that you’ll become a nuisance with it, performing an action equivalent to hitting people in the throat with the damn thing.

So, to reiterate –

Social media can sell some books.

Publishers, however, don’t want to sell “some” books.

They want to sell all the books.

Selling 10s or 100s of copies is not enough to keep your publisher afloat, and it is not enough to justify your advance or their marketing budget (assuming that budget is more than just a shoebox full of bottlecaps and sadness). It will buy them and you too little whiskey.

No, your publisher wants to sell 1000s of copies.

So, how do you do that?

Mostly? You don’t.

The one aspect in your control here is the writing. You write the best book you can. Always and forever. Is this a guarantor of your success? Ha ha ha, fuck no. But it’s something, and at least you can feel good about the book you wrote. Writing a good book is not a prerequisite toward selling well, but it’s a noble, valuable start. Why, do you want to write a bad book? For shame.

Beyond that? Where do the sales come from?

It’s on your publisher.

The publisher has the means to push that book in ways that are both traditional and innovative — a variety of marketing and advertising efforts across the spectrum. Trade reviews and media attention and placement on tables and all that jazz is by and large up to your publisher and how much cachet and cash they have. Again, these things are not a guarantee for success, but remember how I said each book sold is a pebble thrown? Right, your publisher can throw a catapult full of pebbles. They have gatling guns capable of firing hundreds of pebbles a minute. Meanwhile, you just have your two hands. Your two ink-stained, Dorito-dusted hands.

Now, again, maybe you with your two hands can do better than your publisher.

But it’s less likely. Why is that?

Because success in writing and publisher is very frequently a game of luck.

But it’s not purely random luck — this isn’t fucking Chutes and Ladders, man (by the way, FUCKING CHUTES is probably a porn site so I’m sure I’m going to get some great search term hits from that). This is a luck you can tweak. Luck you can add to. Every pebble thrown is (in RPG terms) a modifier to your Luck score. So when the time comes to roll your Luck, well, you get a shot at a more favorable outcome because of all your modifiers.

(For self-publishers, the same thing applies but with the simple reminder that you are more than an author — you are an author-publisher. That’s why I prefer that term, because now you’re doing double-duty. You still can’t count on PURE SOCIAL MEDIA to sell your book. You gotta get savvy. Creative. And if you can’t do that directly…? Then you hire people who can.)

So, social media sells books.

Just not as many as you want.

And more importantly, not as many as publishers might hope.

Now you’re asking:

What, then, is the missed opportunity? The one mentioned in the post’s title?

Social media is not great for authors selling books.

But it is an excellent way to make and cultivate professional connections — and, dare I say it, friendships. Listen, social media is a fucking gonzo great place to hang out with other writers, editors, artists. It’s an awesome place to meet agents, bloggers, booksellers, librarians, readers. It is a fundamental vortex of book-love. You can meet people telling stories across a wide variety of media: books, comics, movies, games. Just talking to folks — and being the best version of yourself when you do it — is another way to throw pebbles. But what you build here aren’t front-end sales. It’s a kind of personal infrastructure. People are awesome. And people make up the industry in which we hope to work. I don’t mean you should get on social media just as some crass promotional exercise — a way to “get work.” But it is a damn good way to meet like-minded folks and learn things from one another. That has huge professional and personal value.

Worry less about selling books online.

Worry more about being a COOL HUMAN meeting other COOL HUMANS.

That last one will take you far.

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