Oh, I know it's still a one-in-a-million chance that it'll happen to an indie author like me because people like me are extremely small fishes in an incredibly big pond, but people do sometimes manage to get people to sit up and take notice of their work and I just wish I knew how to make that happen. Maybe it's all just hype. Create hype and people will follow, if only to see what all the fuss is about. And whilst not all of those people will bite, a fair few may just stick around to see what's going on. I mean, I've got the radio on here in the office, and an advert's just come on telling me about, and I quote, "the movie everybody's talking about" - which is Ewan McGregor's new one, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Now, for starter's, everybody is not talking about it because I'm not. In fact, nobody in this house is talking about it, nor are they talking about it next door or in my mother's house, so therefore (if we're going to be pedantic - which I am, for the purpose of the point of I'm trying to make, and I'll get there, I promise, just stick with me), everybody is not talking about that movie. However, just by saying that, by making everybody think everybody is talking about it, it creates that little bit of hype that just might draw a few more people into the cinema to watch the film. Do you get what I'm trying to say here? Bang on about something for long enough and people will turn up to see what's going on, that's what I'm trying to say. I just think, however, that if I banged on about my books all the time it would have the opposite effect, but there you go. Like I said, I've still got to get to grips with the art of marketing... "The book everybody's talking about... No Matter What by Michelle Betham..." Ah, if only... But a girl can dream... ;-)
No Matter What and See You At The Show - both had a fair few sex scenes but they were scenes I actually toned down because I thought they might be a bit much, but now, well, I wish I'd left the bugger's in their original state! Still, you live and learn... And anyway, those books aren't erotic fiction, they're contemporary romance, albeit it a little bit on the steamy side, in parts.
But I am certainly not ruling out writing something a lot more steamy in the future - why not? And I'm not just jumping on the erotic fiction bandwagon here, it's something I've always wanted to dabble in, I just wasn't sure how popular it was or how much of a call for that kind of book there was. But, it seems, there certainly is a market for it. Sex does sell, apparently. Still got to market the things once they're written though, and that's still something I have yet to master. But, if you can write a decent book with a plot that people are interested in, concerning a subject that makes people sit up and take notice - and if you can get the marketing of that book just right, then you can certainly hit the dizzy heights of success. Oh, and I'm also more than aware that I've probably done more marketing for Fifty Shades of Grey than I've managed to get for me own books here, but there you go.
So, congratulations to Ms. James on the success of her books. And for making Time Magazine's list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World. You've cracked it, missus! Now, if you've got any tips you might fancy passing on, I'm more than happy to listen... ;-)
Right - I'd better get back to finishing off me own humble little novel then. Book number 4 and nowhere near anything erotic, but if you like a bit of romantic comedy... Okay, okay, no plugging today. There'll be enough of that when the thing's released...
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